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50 best things anyone has ever said in sports

Maybe it was a quote after a game. Maybe it was a slogan. Maybe it was an announcer's signature or memorable call. Whatever it was, if you're sports fan, you know it. And I give a nod to a couple of local coaches and their most famous sayings. It is what it is. (That cliche did not make the list). So enjoy my selections of the 50 best things anyone ever said in sports. There certainly have been more than 50. Some were left out. Which favorite of yours didn't make the list?

Ali "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.'' (boxer Muhammad Ali)

"You can run, but you can't hide.'' (boxer Joe Louis)

"Let's get ready to rumble.'' (ring announcer Michael Buffer)

"It ain't over till it's over.'' (Yankees' Yogi Berra)

"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!'' (baseball broadcaster Russ Hodges)

"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.'' (Yankees' Lou Gehrig)

"Havlicek stole the ball!'' (Celtics announcer Johnny Most)

Gibby "We're gonna win the game. I guarantee it.'' (Jets QB Joe Namath before Super Bowl III)

"I don't believe what I just saw.'' (announcer Jack Buck after Kirk Gibson’s homer in 1988 World Series)

"We talking about practice.'' (former 76er Allen Iverson)

"Playoffs? Playoffs?'' (former Colts coach Jim Mora)

"Gentleman, start your engines.'' (late Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman Jr.)

"Win just one for the Gipper.'' (Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, quoting George Gipp)

"Don't look back, something might be gaining on you.'' (pitcher Satchel Paige)

Banks "Let's play two.'' (Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks)

"Do you believe in miracles?'' (Olympic hockey announcer Al Michaels)

"The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.'' (Wide World of Sports)

"One minute remaining in the period.'' (PA announcer at every hockey game)

"How about that?'' (announcer Mel Allen)

"You da man.'' (unknown golf fan)

"Just give me the damn ball.'' (NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson)

"Fore!'' (bad golfers)

"Play ball!'' (baseball umpires)

"Down the stretch they come!'' (PA announcers at horse races)

"Goooooaaaaaaaallll!!!!'' (Spanish soccer announcer Luis Omar Tapia)

"He shoots, he scores.'' (late Hockey Night in Canada announcer Foster Hewitt)

"Say it ain't so, Joe.'' (child to Shoeless Joe Jackson after 1919 Black Sox scandal)

Babe "I had a better year than he did.'' (Yankees’ Babe Ruth on making more money than President Hoover)

"Nice guys finish last.'' (baseball manager Leo Durocher)

"No mas.'' (boxer Roberto Duran)

"There's no 'I' in team.'' (unknown)

"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.'' (sort of said by Packers coach Vince Lombardi)

"Yes! And it counts'' (announcer Marv Albert)

"Time for a T.O. babeee.'' (announcer Dick Vitale)

"A tie is like kissing your sister.'' (former Navy football coach Eddie Erdelatz)

"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.'' (sports writer Grantland Rice)

"Turn out the lights, the party's over.'' (former Monday Night Football announcer Don Meredith)

"Holy cow!'' (former Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto)

Mac "You cannot be serious!'' (tennis player John McEnroe)

"Juuust a bit outside.'' (announcer Bob Uecker in the movie Major League)

"Just do it!'' (Nike)

"Just win, baby.''(Raiders owner Al Davis)

"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!'' (boxing announcer Howard Cosell)

"Shut your yap!'' (Lightning coach John Tortorella)

Jon "Pound the rock!'' (Bucs coach Jon Gruden)

"If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'.'' (unknown)

"There's no crying in baseball.'' (Tom Hanks in the movie A League of Their Own)

"Da Bears.'' (Spoof of Chicago Bears fans on Saturday Night Live)

"Upon further review … '' (NFL referees)

“Hi, mom!’’ (unknown origins, but an appropriate way to conclude this post)

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:41pm]


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