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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Erk Russell

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Erk Russell

“A good sense of humor even helps in football.”

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“We had a group of about eight boys in the Navy, all from the South — South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi. In the barracks we took the corner, drew a line, said, ‘No Yankees’ across this. We didn’t really mean it, but they thought we did.”

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As a young coach, I ran with the players. As a 55-year-old coach, I jogged with the players. As an old coach of 60, 64, 65, I had to start woggin’. A wog is a little bit faster than a walk, but slower than a jog.”

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“A good story just makes you feel better.

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“My first 31 years in this business were like a guy eating at a buffet table. Later, when I came here to Georgia Southern, it was like eating the desert.”

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“The best way to win a game is not to lose it.”

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“That’s overworked. Heck, once you get a few scabs on the forehead, they’re bound to bleed some when popped open. I’ve quit that, anyway, because I’ve got to uphold the image of a head coach.” – On the blood that trickled down after he’d head-butt his linemen before games at Georgia.

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We had a president that came to Georgia Southern and during one of our booster luncheons to kick off the football season — he’s the new president, his name was Nick Henry…. He got up before the group and said, ‘It’s so nice to be at a college that’s not on probation.’ He said, ‘I taught at Georgia, they were on probation. I went to Arizona State, they were on probation.’… I followed him with my remarks and I said, ‘Dr. Henry, you don’t have to worry about Georgia Southern cheating. Because it takes money to cheat, and we don’t have any money.’”

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“Communication is the most important technique in teaching and in coaching, eyeball to eyeball, one on one: ‘This is what we want to accomplish, and this is the way we’re going to accomplish it.’ Not memos, not bulletin boards or announcements, one on one.”

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“You know what a consultant is, don’t you? A consultant is a guy that knows 100 different sex positions but doesn’t know a woman.”

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“I’m gonna say it one more time. We are Georgia Southern. Our colors are blue and white. We call ourselves the Bald Eagles. We call our offense the Georgia Power Company…and that’s a terrific name for an offense. Our snap count is “rate, hike”. We practice on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek and that’s in Statesboro, Georgia–the gnat capital of America. Our weekends begin on Thursday. The co-eds outnumber the men 3 to 2. They’re all good looking and they’re all rich. And folks, you just can’t beat that…and you just can’t beat Georgia Southern. And you ain’t seen nothin yet…”

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“I had an opportunity (to play) at Alabama. I told them that that was what I always wanted to do and that I was coming, and when I got back home an Auburn coach was sitting on my front porch, and he said, ‘Come on, we’re going to Auburn.’ And I said, ‘I just got back from Alabama, I told them I was gonna go to school there and that’s what I want to do.’ And he said, ‘Well you’ve got to take a look at Auburn.’ So I said, ‘OK.’ We drove to Auburn, he put on a change of clothes, picked up his bag and we went to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and fished for two days. When we got back, I said, ‘I’ve always wanted to go to Auburn.’”

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“My dad always had a job that he really didn’t relish getting up and going to every day. He said, ‘Boy’ — that’s all he ever called me — he said, ‘Boy, you do something that you enjoy doing.’”

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“Attitude might be worth 80 percent of any athlete’s makeup.”

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“Our recruiting budget at Georgia Southern was $200 our first year. I had just left Georgia, whose recruiting budget was a quarter of a million dollars. And as I drove down the Woodpecker Trail, trying to touch base with people in Claxton and Alma and Jesup and Ludowici, sometimes I wondered, “What have you done?’”

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“I’ve been bald so long I really don’t remember when I had any hair. I know I didn’t have any when I coached at Auburn in 1958. I had a thin crop when I played for Auburn (1946-49). That’s it. When I went to Auburn to coach, I had fringe hair, the kind some men part down low and comb across their heads to cover up the bare spots. Haircuts went up to $1 about then. I wasn’t about to pay anybody a dollar to cut what was already falling out, so I got me a razor.”

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“In football, like in life, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get the job done. I’ve always believed that. Football is still football, it’s a game of tackling and blocking and competitive people. Every time I told a joke or told a story or pulled a stunt, there had to be a moral behind it.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – John Steinbeck

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – John Steinbeck


“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

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“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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“I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.”

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“I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?”

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“I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.”

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“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”

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“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

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“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

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“In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”

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“It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.”

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“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

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“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

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“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

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“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

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“Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.”

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“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”

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“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 29, 2012 – Babe Ruth

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 29, 2012 – Babe Ruth

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.”

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“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

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“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.”

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“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

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“As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”

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“Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?”

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“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”

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“I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 28, 2012 – George Allen

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 28, 2012 – George Allen

“Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well.  We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use that ability as best we can.”

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“Every day you waste is one you can never make up.”

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“One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive.  No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.”

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“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most men succeed because they are determined to.”

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“Winning is the science of being totally prepared.”

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“Every time you win, you’re reborn; when you lose, you die a little.”

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“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.”

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“The achiever is the only individual who is truly alive.”

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“The future? This team hasn’t been to the playoffs in over two decades and you’re worried about the future? The Future is Now!”

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“Football isn’t necessarily won by the best players. It’s won by the team with the best attitude.”

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“Football is one-third offense, one-third defense, and one-third special teams.”

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“If you can accept defeat and open your pay envelope without feeling guilty, you’re stealing.”

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“Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.”

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“Success is what you do with your ability. It’s how you use your talent.”

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“Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.”

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“The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who can perform great feats before friendly crowds.”

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“The tougher the job, the greater the reward.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Barry Switzer

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Barry Switzer

“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

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“It was like a heart transplant. We tried to implant college in him but his head rejected it.”

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“The key to his success? He’s just faster than the guys who are chasing him.”

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“It never changes. Football is a game of repetition, mental and physical. You may try to articulate it a little different, but it’s the same thing: Get better players, make fewer mistakes, and drill the fundamentals into your players’ heads. The rest of it is a joke. Teams aren’t winning because of what they had for breakfast or what some coach said in the locker room.”

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“In pro football you’re a number. If you don’t play well, you’re gone and no one cares. But in college, coaches recruit young men and ask them to become a part of their family and help you become a productive citizen for the next 30, 40, 50 years of your life. Your coaches help you develop into something you can be proud of and they are there for life.”

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