Sports and Sportsmanship Go Hand in Hand

Good Sportsmanship Shaking Hands

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers should have been thrown out of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. Nough said. He lacks good sportsmanship, and good sportsmanship is the hallmark and keystone of sports. His dirty, devilish, dastardly deeds and his acrid, acrimonious, acidic antics were part and parcel of the Pacers 117-92 blowout loss to the Miami Heat.  “Poor sports,” dirty players and unsportsmanlike conduct have no place in the wide world of sports. None.  It’s just like Moma said: “God don’t like ugly.” Again, enough said.


Here are some prized sportsmanship quotes that merit mention and that are worth our while:

Rules cannot substitute for character. — Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good. — Joe Paterno, college football coach

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. — Martina Navratilova, tennis player

 If it is a cliché to say athletics build character as well as muscle, then I subscribe to the cliché. — Gerald Ford, 38th President

Sports gives your life structure, discipline, and a pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide. — Bob Cousy, basketball player

One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.— Knute Rockne, football coach

I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. — Muhammad Ali, boxer

Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority.— Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame football coach

Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not. — John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. — Ara Parseghian, football coach

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game-winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan, basketball player

Champions keep playing until they get it right. — Billie Jean King, tennis player

The only way to prove you’re a good sport is to lose.— Ernie Banks, baseball player

It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.— Harry Sheehy, athletic director

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will. — Vince Lombardi, football coach

It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. — Vince Lombardi, football coach

The will must be stronger than the skill.— Muhammed Ali, boxer

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose. — Anonymous

It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best. — Hakeem Olajuwon, basketball player

In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference.— Anonymous

If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life. — Isiah Thomas, basketball player

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.— Vince Lombardi, football coach

When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game. — Grantland Rice, sportswriter

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.— Lao-tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal)

Win or lose, do it fairly.— Knute Rockne, American football player and coach (1888-1931) –


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