Thanksgiving is here.
It’s the day of turkey trots, Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, football, feasting and family.
It is obviously a time for families and friends who are like family to get together, offer thanks, enjoy each other’s company and enjoy a tasty meal.
I always take time during Thanksgiving to offer thanks for the little things that are often overlooked, for instance like hugs and that person who always greets you with a pleasant welcoming.
And I always try to offer things on the local high school sports scene that I am thankful for but many of these ideas haven’t changed.
I am appreciative of warm weather for late fall football games, being inside for all winter sports events, no shootouts in the state championship soccer games, the first look at a field hockey match, the squeaky sound of basketball shoes on the court, being alert at volleyball and lacrosse games to not get hit by balls during warmups and walk-off hits during baseball games, to list just a few.
This year I have thanks for a personal bad time that I was going through last summer. Friends, family and co-workers were helpful and supportive.
Now it is time to test memories and be thankful that I was able to dig up from a variety of sources some sports quotes that might be entertaining on the holiday.
Enjoy while your dinner is digesting.
Here we go.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky
If you win through bad sportsmanship, there’s no real victory.
— Babe Didrikson Zaharias
When you win, say nothing, when you lose say less. — Paul Brown
Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost when he carries himself with pride either way. — Jim Courier
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
— Muhammad Ali
If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf. — Bob Hope
I am building a fire and every day I train I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
— Mia Hamm
Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences. — Kobe Bryant
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.— Vince Lombardi
Baseball is the only endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer. — Ted Williams
All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
— Gordie Howe
You win some, lose some and wreck some. — Dale Earnhardt
You wouldn’t have won, if we’d beat you. — Yogi Berra
If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.
— George Brett
October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball and football. — unknown
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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