It’s Opening Day! As of Noon, we’ll still be undefeated and looking to stay that way. Many folks are saying the Jaguars will win. I don’t see it. But then, I never do and sometimes I’m wrong. Still and all, Vince and the boys have had an excellent pre-season and are looking to carry the momentum into today’s game. We’ll be rooting for the Visitors today and yelling loud enough they can here us from there. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some recent life observations gleaned from football I ran across. Thanks to James for sending this email. Much to be found under the category “Wisdom of the Ages” may be found in the following quotes. My favorites are Knute Rockne on a good tackle, Bear Bryant on quitting and Lou Holtz on motivation. Enjoy – and Go Titans!!

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.”
Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

“Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas .”
Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for that.”
Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.”
Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
Joe Namath / Alabama

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”
Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”
Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”
Woody Hayes / Ohio State

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.”
Bob Devaney / Nebraska

“You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.”
Paul Dietzel / LSU

“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.”
Bear Bryant / Alabama

“I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.”
Bear Bryant / Alabama

“Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.”
Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

“I never graduated from Iowa , but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.”
Alex Karras / Iowa

“My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.”
Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.”
Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

“Always remember….. Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.”
Shug Jordan / Auburn

“They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that’s real small pieces.”
Darrell Royal / Texas

“Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“They whipped us like a tied up goat.”
Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

“Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.”
Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post game message to his team: “All those who need showers, take them.”
John McKay / USC

“If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.”
Murray Warmath / Minnesota

“The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.”
Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.”
Darrell Royal / Texas

“We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”
John McKay / USC

“Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.”
Darrell Royal / University of Texas

“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”
Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

“Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football”
John Heisman

Hoping for a good season and a playoff spot …

Blue Collar Muse