Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 2:26PM; Updated: Tuesday September 6, 2005 2:33PM
As mentioned in a previous column, I received a big box of favorite sports quotes. Here's another handful:
Travis Patterson, Summerville, S.C.: "Dandy, he doesn't have immediacy of trajectory!" -- Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football, commenting to Don Meredith on a missed field goal by Roy Gerela of the Steelers.
Jeroen Dekker, Voorhout, The Netherlands: "It giggles as it goes by." -- Dodger outfielder Rick Monday on Phil Niekro's knuckleball.
Michael Norgaard, Pasadena, Calif.: "Statistics should be used the way a drunk uses a lamppost, for support, not illumination." -- Venerable broadcaster Vin Scully
Craig Anthony, State College, Pa.: "I was just thankful I don't have a metal plate in my head." -- Phillies centerfielder Doug Glanville on refrigerator magnet day after the magnets sailed onto the field
Neal De Pape, Minnetonka: "That was a lot of fun. We don't go to jail, we beat up their chicken forwards, we score ten goals, and we win. And now de Moose drinks beer." -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andre "Moose" Dupont, after throttling the Vancouver Canucks 10-5 on February 5th, 1973.
The Game's The Thing
Let us conclude with our customary accounts of the greatest games readers have seen in any old sport:
Corey, Oshkosh, Wisc.: Every year I go to a Packer game with my dad. Every year the Packers have won, except when they lost to the Chiefs in overtime on Oct. 12, 2003. Green Bay had a 14-0 lead, a 31-14 lead, and a chance to kick a game-winning 45-yard field goal with no time left. We still lost, 40-34. Priest Holmes ran roughshod over the Packers, and Ahman Green had a great game until he fumbled in overtime. The next play, K.C. scored and the game was over. Even though I was heartbroken, I still thought it was a great game.
Stu Golfman, Montreal: Canada vs USSR, game one, 1987 Canada Cup, USSR 6 Canada 5 in OT at the Montreal Forum. Growing up in Canada, the Olympic hockey games never meant anything to us because none of our pros were playing. All we cared about was the Canada Cup (now the World Cup). In 1987, I had one of the best seats in the house as Canada lost game one of the series. Among the highlights were Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux playing on the same line, the old KLM line for the USSR, and young players Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny. After being down 4-1 in the second period, Canada made it 4-3 before going up 5-4 in the third. The USSR tied it up and won in overtime. It was the last great win for the USSR against the world's top international players.