Best Quotes About Players

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. -Blaine Lee

He's going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That's always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can't handle it. But it looks like he can. -Jack Nicklaus

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? -Jim Bouton

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. -John Updike

The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break. -John Madden

Something goes wrong, I yell at them -'Fix it'- whether it's their fault or not. You can only really yell at the players you trust. -Bill Parcells

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. -Gordie Howe

The courts are as a stage, people love to see attractive players. -Anna Kournikova

It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it. -Andre Agassi

Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success. -Sparky Anderson

The players make the manager, it's never the other way. -Sparky Anderson

Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you. -Leo Durocher

I'm not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog. -Whitey Herzog

We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. -Whitey Herzog

People say you can't go out and eat with your players. I say why not. -Tommy Lasorda

There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens. -Tommy Lasorda

The manager is by himself. He can't mingle with his players. I enjoyed my players, but I could not socialize with them so I spent a lot of time alone in my hotel room. Those four walls kind of close in on you. -Al Lopez

The worst thing is the day you realize you want to win more than the players do. -Gene Mauch

I got players with bad watches – they can't tell midnight from noon. -Casey Stengel

A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me. -Earl Weaver

Coaches are an integral part of any manager's team, especially if they are good pinochle players. -Earl Weaver

All ballplayers want to wind up their careers with the Cubs, Giants or Yankees. They just can't help it. -Dizzy Dean

I think it's incredible because there were guys like Mays and Mantle and Henry Aaron who were great players for ten years… I only had four or five good years. -Sandy Koufax

If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work. -Christy Mathewson

I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them. -Ernie Banks

The players get no respect around here. They give you money, that's it, not respect. We get constantly dogged and players from other teams love to see that. That's why nobody wants to play here. -Don Mattingly

Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century. -Mickey Mantle

I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever. -Ralph Kiner

I think there are some players born to play ball. -Joe DiMaggio

The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it. -Ty Cobb

Only sixteen players have hit fifty or more homers in a season. To me, that's a very special milestone. -Mark McGwire

I never have been sick. I don't even know what it means to be sick. I hear other players say they have a cold. I just don't know what it would feel like to have a cold – I never had one. -Honus Wagner

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill. -Babe Ruth

Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model. People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else. -Brooks Robinson

When I was in baseball and you went into the clubhouse, you didn't see ball players with curling irons. -Red Barber

The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It's that they stay out all night looking for it. -Casey Stengel

You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game. -Pat Riley

There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else. -Pete Hamill

I guess more players lick themselves that are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself. -Connie Mack

I don't want to be one of those great players who never made it to the Series. -Rickey Henderson

They've got so many Latin players we're going to have to get a Latin instructor up here. -Phil Rizzuto

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. -William Shakespeare

I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there's so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument. -Bill Frisell

To all the positions, I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player, I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish, I think that transfers to the other players. -LeBron James

Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can't it happen to me? I'm not worried I'm young – it's an incentive to do the best I can. -Cristiano Ronaldo

The type of contract between players and producers is, I feel, antiquated in form and abstract in concept. We have no privacies which producers cannot invade, they trade us like cattle, boss us like children. -Teresa Wright

For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one's acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive. -Frances Burney

I get nervous when they start shooting piano players. -Harry Nilsson

The more that Japanese players go to the big leagues to play and succeed, the more that will serve to inspire young kids in Japan to want to become baseball players when they grow up. -Ichiro Suzuki

Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways. -Tom Brady

I'm a self-taught musician aside from what I've been able to pick up from other players. -Walter Becker

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians. -Walter Becker

I spent a few years here in Memphis, in the late '70s and early '80s, where I was studying a lot of country blues players and their styles. So it seems like every record I'll do, I will appropriate these blues styles that I remember. -Alex Chilton

Italy have plenty of high-quality players. Newcomers need time to get adjusted to the set-up and the system of play. I'm very young, and although I think I have shown good quality in my international games, I realise that there are plenty of others competing for places. -Alessandro Del Piero

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. -Tony Iommi

It's getting better and better. You know, guys are feeling more comfortable and they are not afraid to speak up and be a leader. I mean, our team, we have 25 players, we have about 25 leaders, too. So whatever someone says, people listen. -Johnny Damon

You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country. -Herb Brooks

I think that the game is the game. I think that expansion is good for the game because it gives more jobs to the people and more ballplayers can play, but I think the game is still the game. The ballplayers, they come into the game with one thing in mind – it's their job. -Tony Oliva

The people who run the game, they are the ones who want to change it and make people believe that it's different somehow. It's not different, the only difference is that some ballplayers today have a chance for a four- or five-year contract and they can make big money. -Tony Oliva

I didn't want to fall into the trap of competing with all these other great guitar players. I just want to sidestep the whole thing and get out of the race. -Kirk Hammett

Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting against the technique oriented eighties. -Kirk Hammett

I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports, to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players. -Mike Piazza

Today, free agency takes away a lot of your heroes, they go somewhere else. Some of them don't but a lot of them do-take the higher offer to go somewhere else. And, it turns the fans off because they get attached to the players. -Bob Lilly

I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up. -George Benson

It was a wonderful experience to play in the NFL, and I have no regrets. I truly will miss playing for the Lions. I consider the Lions' players, coaches, staff, management and fans my family. I leave on good terms with everyone in the organization. -Barry Sanders

I have no distributor… it is indicative to me that there are these pockets of players and collectors all over. You should see the correspondence I get from over the world letting me know how significant they think I am. I know that wherever I go, I am well received. -Bill Dixon

The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed. If you have five players in a situation where the music is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed, it won't succeed even if one of the musicians takes control. -Bill Dixon

I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me. -Richard Thompson

I don't follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, 'Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.' I just like being myself. -Maria Sharapova

'Authoring tools' are terrible; there is almost no software that can create closed captions for media players. And of course there is no training. TV captioning is bad enough, and this stuff is generally worse. -Joe Clark

When I joined the band, being that I was going to take this up as a profession, I realized that there were no two finer guitar players in the world that I'd rather play with. -Michael Davis

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot. -Michael J. Fox

Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches. -Paul Hogan

Once I grew from 6'1' to about 6'6', by that time I was going into 12th grade, and that's when I started wanting to play basketball, because, pretty much basketball players always got the girl. -Eric Williams

I'm going to try to enjoy the All-Star break, hope my players reflect on what happened the first half of the season, come back with a different attitude, try to find our solution on how to win it. -Don Baylor

I'm a fair manager, put it that way. I like to be fair with the players, but there's a time for discipline. -Don Baylor

Some of the money from the senior players goes to helping out the younger kids. It is from the players' pool, the fines for being late and so on. Some will go to something like the tsunami appeal and some to helping out young players. -John Terry

There are a lot of young players here right now, and these guys are going to eventually learn as they go. Next year we can't use that as an excuse that we had so many young players on the team. -Jerry Rice

When you coach as long as I did, you can't help but miss those Saturdays – dealing with the players, the game preparation, the challenges, the excitement. -Tom Osborne

There's only so much you can do until you get on set and see the aesthetics of what you're dealing with. Then you see what the other players are giving to you. It's all about the transfer of energy between different actors. -Karl Urban

My Mother is Swedish and my Father is Scottish, he played for Charlton in the 1960's and was in the Army, he captained the British forces team. We then moved to S.A. because a lot of players did that at the time. -Richard Gough

When I was a young player, I would look at players and think, he does this well, and try and pick up good points from them, or he conducts himself well, I'll pick up on that. -Richard Gough

The USA have recently done well in the Olympics and the Youth World Cup. So I think there will be some good young players available in the future, and not too expensive which is important to the club. -Richard Gough

An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments. -Elliott Carter

I just try to be myself, whatever that is. I don't think about how I'll be remembered. I just want to be consistent over a long period of time. That's what the great players do. -Dan Marino

I would love to see as many of the black players as possible in today's Major League Baseball make every effort to go to the Negro Leagues Museum and get a first-hand view of how it all started. -Ferguson Jenkins

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play better than ordinary players at all. -Al Alvarez

I've always been into guitars… we want to put keyboards on, but keyboard players don't look cool onstage, they just keep their heads down. There has never been a cool keyboard player, apart from Elton John. -Noel Gallagher

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less. -Pete Sampras

I'd play with these Indian players, the tabla and sitar. -Bob Livingston

Two kinds of ballplayers aren't worth a darn: One that never does what he's told, and one who does nothin' except what he's told. -Bum Phillips

How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you win. -Bum Phillips

They talk about those All-Star Games being exhibition affairs, and maybe they are, but I've seen very few players in my life who didn't want to win, no matter whom they were playing or what for. -Carl Hubbell

You look at all the great players that they've had and the potential of playing in Yankee Stadium. -Nick Johnson

We'll see some simplistic players for a while, who'll then get into more complicated things and evolve with their instruments. This is a cycle that happens over and over again in music. -Billy Sheehan

I think the future looks great for music, musicians, bass players, and all we love about music. -Billy Sheehan

Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music. -Derek Bailey

I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me. -Derek Bailey

Black and white players hadn't appeared together in public before Teddy Wilson and I began working with B.G. -Lionel Hampton

I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports. -Terrell Owens

I don't have any tricky plays, I'd rather have tricky players. -Abe Lemons

The only football players in my time were fellows who really loved to play football. They were not in it for the money. There wasn't much money there. They would have played football for nothing. -Red Grange

It is time for everyone to sit down – the NCAA, the NBA, the players union and the coaching fraternity – and come up with suitable solutions to these problems. -Dick Vitale

Because Microsoft seems to sometimes not trust customer choice, they salt XP with all these little gizmos and trap doors to get people to try Microsoft stuff. But the reality is that we're downloading more players than we ever have on a worldwide basis. -Rob Glaser

I knew I wasn't a baseball writer. I was scared to death. I really was afraid to talk to players, and I didn't want to go into the press box because I thought I was faking it. -Roger Angell

Sometimes guys need to cry. Some hockey players think they're too tough to cry. -Brett Hull

I wanted the players to feel like they were part of a family, to be conscious of that controlled togetherness as they made that slow entrance onto the field. It had a great psychological effect on the opposing team, too. They'd never seen anything like it. -Hayden Fry

We probably spend more time talking about individual players in our coaching sessions than anything else. -Hayden Fry

I have made it totally clear to the players that my door will always be open. -Stuart Pearce

I am nothing without the players. -Stuart Pearce

I feel for the players. -Vanna White

Nasser Hussain is brilliant. I am very impressed with him. With no disrespect to the current players, he has had to work with material which is not of the highest quality. -David Gower

I think that by and large chess players have been very kind. Like I said there have been a few incidents, but they certainly didn't serve to bring me down any. -Maurice Ashley

We try to recruit good players and good people. -Tim Buckley

When you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore – because all the players are so talented – it's about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions. -Hakeem Olajuwon

Players come and go, good friends, players who performed well. You can't control that. -Mats Sundin

I think we've got a lot players in the squad who are more suited to European football at the moment. -Steven Gerrard

I think the tour is doing a better job of showing off the personalities of the players with their website, which is filled with tidbits of what the players are up to. -Jennifer Wyatt

By obtaining a sense of its place in the unfolding drama of life, set in an ecological theatre, so we can understand why it has become one of the leading players. -Simon Conway Morris

I criticize a lot of players and coaches. But I back it up with facts. A lot of times guys get mad at me because someone told them what I said. I say, 'You're wrong: Go check the tape.' -Phil Simms

We've carried that over into the visual development as well. We've designed quite an exotic cast of characters, but the last thing we want is to dictate to the players how their PCs should look. What we want to do is inspire. -Sam Wood

It's not in baseball's interest or the players' interest to be taking this stance. It's the people's game. -Fay Vincent

I've found that prayers work best when you have big players. -Knute Rockne

A coach's greatest asset is his sense of responsibility – the reliance placed on him by his players. -Knute Rockne

The coach's job is to get the best players and get them to play together. -Bernard Ebbers

So I'm going to tell you, it's going to be a good year. There are good players all over this country, and it is our job as a scouting department to find them, draft them, sign them, develop them, and help us to continue to win championships. So it's going to be a good year. -Roy Clark

We draft mostly high school kids and we have one of the finest, if not the finest, player development programs and coaching staffs and we teach our players the right way to play. We also have a game plan in scouting, and there are certain types of players that we look for. -Roy Clark

What I would pay much more attention to are the few points where the player can inadvertently make a career decision. Most players end up back-tracking, though some actually enjoy this. -Graham Nelson

I'm very fond of piano players. -Michael Parkinson

Even with the quality of players that we have, they're an extremely hard side to break down and once they get on top of you, you find it difficult to stem the flow of attacks. -Frank Lampard

I admit I was somewhat concerned when we started to sign so many players – naturally you are going to worry about whether you can retain your place in the side. -Frank Lampard

I've never seen anything like it since. Some of the Canada Cups came close, but by then a lot of European players came and played in our league so we were more familiar with them. -Marcel Dionne

Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I'm always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players. male and female. -Mick Taylor

I really don't have a favorite course. I usually ask where there are the least players. -Darrell Royal

I have found that the players who have played in that game really do have respect for their adversaries. -Darrell Royal

By analogy, if we were to develop a soccer team, then we would not invite basketball and volleyball players to the try outs. We would invite soccer players to apply. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed. -Johnny Rivers

The new Pirates! builds on that legacy delivering an even more powerful and fun experience to players… and is still unmatched in offering a blend of genres in one great game. -Sid Meier

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten. -Brian Setzer

As players, we always have a way to get back at you. -Lawrence Taylor

The NFL, and I've played a lot of years for them, and they have a lot of restrictions on their players, they have restrictions on their licensees, they have restrictions on everything. -Lawrence Taylor

One thing we were looking for from the start was players who really fit together, who sounded in tune. -Neville Marriner

Taste is changing, style is changing, and players' abilities are changing. -Neville Marriner

And that is the reason why this victory is great, because different players have made contributions to the win. -Sachin Tendulkar

I believe every era has its significance and the same holds true for players and coaches. -Sachin Tendulkar

I have never believed in comparisons, whether they are about different eras, players or coaches. -Sachin Tendulkar

There are a few players who don't like to think about the game. -Sachin Tendulkar

I feel like Josh, Michelle and Adam were all team players, who wanted to be a part of an ensemble. -Adam Arkin

I'll never forget that first night with the team. Going to the ballpark on the bus was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. I had to walk down that aisle between all the players. I really didn't know too much about the Detroit Tigers at that time. -Al Kaline

All of a sudden I'm in the major leagues and we're traveling from town to town. I see the other players dressing different every day. I've got only one suit and I keep wearing it over and over. I'm really embarrassed. -Al Kaline

What gets me upset about with the newer players is their lack of intensity. They tend to go through the motions a little bit. They don't understand that you've got to practice the way you play. -Al Kaline

I had to make a change. It was no slight on my staff either. We'd all been at Boro for seven years. But certain players had got too familiar with the set-up. I had to turn it round. Terry was the one man I could think of to do it. So I went for him. -Bryan Robson

All the stuff about being a drinking club, or having players who were not good enough, I treat as rubbish. -Bryan Robson

You can't let players do what they wish and be professional. That's a fact. As for the team, Boro had two internationals when I got there in 1995. Now they have more than 15. And they didn't cost the fortune some suggest. -Bryan Robson

It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they're not the only players in this game. -Floyd Abrams

Where Joe was more vocal and emotional whereas Chuck was very reserved. But, both of them executed great strategy and both of them demanded a lot of their players. -Franco Harris

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players. -Gerry Mulligan

You try on purpose to get players with different qualities which will rub off on one another. -James Levine

It's important we win and because of the players we have we should win some matches in style. -Jamie Redknapp

You want to win things and I am at a club where we have the players to do that. -Jamie Redknapp

I do still have some of the experience from playing, but it's been so long since I've been out in those quarters, semis, finals, the important final matches, just against the top players. -Jennifer Capriati

I can understand why some of these drummers and bass players become cult figures with all of their equipment and the incredible amount of technique they have. But there's very little that I think satisfies you intellectually or emotionally. -Ken Burns

It's hard to compare. Different times, different players. The administration four years ago did not have 9/11. I could tell you this; this particular administration was better suited to handle that than the former. -Montel Williams

As far as starting or not starting, that means more to some players than others. And if it means more to someone else, I think you should let them start and just go out there and do your job when it's your turn. -Sue Wicks

I was surprised I won the award because I've always been a very aggressive player and I earn my share of fouls on the court. I play rough, and because I'm an older player, of course I use tricks on the younger players. -Sue Wicks

You have to demand things and believe you're worth more. And once you do demand them, you're usually going to get them. The players who first came in were very humble because we came from obscurity. Today's players, on the other hand, have a sense of entitlement. -Sue Wicks

It's funny, 'cause it seems like just yesterday that I was the youngest player just starting out. But now there are young players all over the league, and they'll ask me questions about playing overseas or finding an agent. -Sue Wicks

Well, to tell you the straight honest truth, it was like a Grateful Dead cover band. I didn't feel – and nothing against the guys – I didn't feel that they were opening up like they should. I'll tell you what, with guitar players, Steven has what I like in guitar players. -Bill Kreutzmann

Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball. -Barry Bonds

Because I select my players from a feeling that comes to me when I am with them, a certain sympathy you might call it, or a vibration that exists between us that convinces me they are right. -Erich von Stroheim

It's unfortunate that you don't see the loyalty from management to players and players to management like we used to see in the old days. -Kevin Johnson

With the players Madden is definitely king and that's probably why it's been one of the top selling games all these years and will probably continue to be. -Michael Strahan

It's fun to come back to the town where I went to school and see all the new Wildcat players. -Natalie Gulbis

One is my club, I want to develop those players, and I want to be in the beginning at least, until I have everything ready, I want to spend as much time to develop those kids as possible. -Thomas Dooley

The Porto players were with me for two and a half years, they believed in me, in my methods, in the way we do it. The next day I go and a manager arrives who works completely differently. -Jose Mourinho

I believe that today's players who are Christians feel that it's important and their responsibility to acknowledge their faith. -Lynn Swann

And historically the owners have used loyalty to a team or a city to hold players as opposed to always paying their worth. -Lynn Swann

Players today are concerned about the money, but the large dollars only go to those players who are the best. -Lynn Swann

And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running the game like a business.' -John Thorn

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own. Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity not only resembles work but is work. -John Thorn

But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won, no matter what their addresses had been the year before. They rooted for the Old-English 'C' on the players' shirts. -John Thorn

Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young. -John Thorn

Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling – baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail. -John Thorn

The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because, at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting, and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me. I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed. -John Philip Sousa

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it. -Sammy Hagar

What I always do is just look at the players, look at the best 11 they can put on the pitch. -Alan Hansen

We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it. -Allen Iverson

A lot of players might be tired, but I feel nice and sharp. -Robbie Keane

I am happy at Leeds and I want to stay. There has been talk that Leeds might sell some players, but all the players believe we can win some silverware next season and it is important that we are all kept together. -Robbie Keane

As a coach you can influence the diet of your players. You can point out what is wrong. -Arsene Wenger

Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players… they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure. -Arsene Wenger

I think in the future we need to look at our youth department to provide more players for the first team think it is important for a club to have a good amount of players that have roots with the club and region. -Arsene Wenger

I think generally the Japanese players have more intensity in practice but generally I do the same things. -Arsene Wenger

But the equipment to protect the players hasn't developed along with that, so now you have more players out with worse injuries, for longer periods of time. -Leigh Steinberg

I played with a lot of great players before. They're all the same. They take a lot of responsibility for their own play, put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to play well. -Mark Messier

I just think overall a lot of it has to do with conditioning and players putting in the time and the effort in the off-season to keep themselves in condition for 12 months a year. -Mark Messier

As a captain, I think it's important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad. -Mark Messier

I think to compare any time you win a Stanley Cup would be unfair to all the players from all the teams. -Mark Messier

At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence. -Arsene Wenger

So, the international community are all the countries that are important: the United States definitely everywhere; the European Union because it is very important, and also, they do show a great deal of international responsibility; and then the local players. -Lakhdar Brahimi

It's all right buying all these good players but they've got to gel, and that takes time. -Eric Bristow

Every week Rangers have different former players come out at half-time. Spurs should have a couple a former players on the board, who know what the supporters want. -Graham Roberts

I find young kids. I enjoy coaching and enjoy making them better players. -Graham Roberts

But Rangers don't need to go there and win, they need to go there and get a point. I think the hardest thing about it is there will be no supporters. Playing in an empty ground will be a problem for the players. -Graham Roberts

It's better to have done because then you know what the player is going through and you understand the pressure, but then on the other hand I know a lot of people that were good players but not good coaches, and vice versa. -Guy Forget

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespe. -Jim Coleman

I think the Commissioner is taking the steps necessary to give the game back to the players and the fans and hopefully take the league to the next level. -Cobi Jones

Still, I believe it is only a passing phase and cricket will one day produce an abundance of great players. -Frank Woolley

But I think the image that's thrown out on television is a bad image. Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars. And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation. -Oscar Robertson

I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college. -Oscar Robertson

I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen. -Oscar Robertson

Some players are more physical than others, some play with more finesse. Some are just really great all-around players. So you have to change your game. -Oscar Robertson

This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money. -Oscar Robertson

I'm starting to see players copy what I do. I'm flattered. -Dennis Rodman

So it's more the musician in me that makes me stretch out and try different things more than anything. But, like a lot of guitar players, I have one certain niche that's my thing that I'm better at than the others. -Lee Ann Womack

It's been years since I've had a real input in the game anyway. For this game, I've just tried to keep all the other stuff away from the players and coaches. -Bear Bryant

It often seemed like we had become a nation where the only heroes were rock singers and ball players and that there were no large men of probity who could be called upon for the task. -Elliot Richardson

During the final two weeks of training, our students work simulated game situations in which our staff members role-play as players, managers, and coaches. They are given immediate feedback following each camp game. -Jim Evans

Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly. -Jim Evans

Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face. -Jim Evans

I think right now the jury is out on where and how much profit is available in the consumer electronics industry, because if you look at the current consumer electronics players, the biggest ones on the planet struggle to make profit consistently. -Kevin Rollins

I had no idea until I joined the games industry and met some of the power players, particularly those running large public companies, that much of this world is run by complete clowns. -Mike Wilson

I watch a lot of hockey. There are some good hockey players and there are some awfully stupid hockey players. -Ted Lindsay

They thought we were going to hurt the game, but we just wanted to help ourselves, because the players needed to get together to protect their interests. -Ted Lindsay

I was considered as a jazz man rather than as a blues player. There were no blues players-you played one sort of jazz of another sort of jazz. -Alexis Korner

Our coach was absolutely out of his head. He must have read Bear Bryant's book. We had 78 players out. The first day 35 quit. Twenty quit the second day. We ended with 17 players. It was depressing. -Merlin Olsen

In 83 I thought we were going to go all the way. We had Roy Smalley, and Steve King, and good players. -Bert Campaneris

And that's why, you know, it's players like Randy Moss that unfortunately put a stain on the entire league. -Boomer Esiason

As far as other instrumentalists, I used to love mellow sax players like Paul Desmond. I love piano. -Boz Scaggs

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice. -Boz Scaggs

After the '96 Olympics, we all started believing that this is bigger than we thought, and we were willing to do the work. We knew that it was up to us, the players, to make soccer successful. -Brandi Chastain

So along with that is spending a lot of time with the ball. For me it was, I loved to juggle the ball in my front yard, and I always challenged myself – how many juggles can I get today? I think for players to get better, it's just about spending the time. -Brandi Chastain

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. -Chuck Mangione

Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing. -Eric Cantona

There's just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days; a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes, trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar. -John Fogerty

Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated. -Ritchie Blackmore

I had given up the guitar between '75 and '78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes. -Ritchie Blackmore

I know it's more five-star now than it was then, but it's still a difficult tour. In the same way as India and Pakistan players find it difficult coming to Australia. People sometimes have difficulty believing that. -Richie Benaud

First of all, it was such an honor to be chosen. You had to be voted in by players and coaches that time. But having it in Hawai'i was a brilliant idea. -Dan Fouts

I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players. -David Bowie

Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders. -Martina Hingis

The top players talk more now, and we have more meetings. We're just trying to get things better. But we still need somebody who could make a difference. -Martina Hingis

I like a lot of bass players. I like a lot of tuba players too. -Rick Danko

Those days were very tough. All my teammates are white, and it was a different time. I couldn't go out to eat with the white players; I had to wait until someone brought something out to the bus. We couldn't stay in the same hotels. -Juan Marichal

Rugby is great. The players don't wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that. -Joe Theismann

Disco does work better with black artists or players. They just feel it more. -Giorgio Moroder

And, well of course, Count Basie, and I think all of the black bands of the late thirties and early forties, bands with real players. They had an influence on everybody, not just drummers. -Buddy Rich

When the Domaine Musical started up, I wasn't part of it. They were the major players in contemporary music at that time, braodcasting old and new composers' work. And I wasn't one of them. -Luc Ferrari

I'd far rather talk about players. They are the people who make things happen. -Jock Stein

As football players you have all the experience on the field. You don't have the experience off the field. -John Elway

It's all about putting the best team together – not just in the front office but the players on the field. -John Elway

The human element should be the two players on the court, not the officials. The best officials are the ones you never notice. The nature of the game made officials too noticeable a part. -Gene Scott

I always make it a point to pick songs on which players really shine. -John Mayall

At least six Bayern players, who have won almost everything, are in the national squad. -Franz Beckenbauer

Certainly it is a different world for players nowadays. But it depends on the individual. -Franz Beckenbauer

But remember, guitar players are a dime a dozen. -Krist Novoselic

My philosophy about the game, for instance, is that you have players out there who really do different things. -Tiffeny Milbrett

I don't know if we are the best team in the world. I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It's a dream. -Zinedine Zidane

When I was playing I felt tired all the time. My recovery period was a lot longer than the other players. They'd be ok after an hour – I'd have to stay in bed till the next session. -Jonah Lomu

We're all players and musicians and we sure all get along good. We just clicked right off the bat. We started playing and then we almost immediately started recording. -Krist Novoselic

So I am one of those bass players who can do something and musically, it was back then and now it is even more, if you noticed on the new album, I am not playing all the time anymore. -Miroslav Vitous

But what I'd really like to tell you is I never dreamed of being in the Hall of Fame. Standing here with all these great players was beyond any of my dreams. -Robin Yount

My high school coach was Ray O'Conner. He has coached a lot of players that have signed professional contracts, and many of those have gone on to play in the major leagues. -Robin Yount

The president requested me to restore order in the national team. I have been designated to be part of the official delegation to Egypt to help boost the morale of our players. -Roger Milla

They have very good individual players, but they need the collective game. And they still do not have it although there are now only six months left to go. -Roger Milla

I don't think the game should be perfect. It's 95 percent mistakes out there – you have to work with 10 players on your side and another 11 against you. It's a crazy, chaotic game. -Tiffeny Milbrett

The trouble for today's footballers is they have too many distractions. We used to get our old players coming to watch training with football magazines in their hands. Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices. -Franz Beckenbauer

So our ears got used to listening to jazz in the place that it was that the bass player could not play. No one really realized it and really addressed it until the bass players who could play their instrument came along and started doing something with it. -Miroslav Vitous

I was also lucky to play for an owner, Bud Selig, who truly cared about his players. He'd call me into his office once in a while when he knew things weren't going so well. And it's funny. Every time I left there I always felt like something good was about to happen. -Robin Yount

I was also very lucky to be a teammate of two of the greatest players to have ever played the game. I learned very early on by playing for Frank Robinson and with Henry Aaron that even the greatest players in the game were just one of the guys. -Robin Yount

I was lucky enough to get to see guys like Bugs Henderson, Jimmy Wallace, all those great Texas blues players. -Dimebag Darrell

The manager is to be blamed who distributes parts to his players which they are unable to act. -Franz Schubert

As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game. -Rex Stout

In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction. -Angela Merkel

I've been lucky to broadcast some great events and to broadcast the exploits of some great players. -Ernie Harwell

I'm not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw. -Johan Cruyff

During such a competition players are there for a long time as well as all the people around them. They need to train, to eat, to go out. There ought to be something in it for everyone. On that particular point, my experience has been a bonus. -Michel Patini

I was playing the best football of my career at the time, finishing top scorer in Italy three year's running. There were other good players around but I think I was the best at that time. -Michel Patini

We arrived in Argentina with a lot of injured players, including our goalkeeper. Also we were unlucky to be drawn in the same group as the two tournament favourites Italy and Argentina. -Michel Patini

Anyway, how can you sack anyone who still hasn't got a contract. I'll be there for the game and I'll stand behind the dugout giving instructions to the players from there. They will respond to me more than the next manager. -Paul Gascoigne

I won player of the year and players' player, two cups and two championship medals, had a great time. -Paul Gascoigne

Then all the foreigners started coming over. I don't mind that but a lot of teams are laying out fortunes for ordinary players and that's no good for our youngsters coming through. -Paul Gascoigne

I can say that hands down from being in this business 32 years; we're going to be much better than we were last year just because there's eight new players that now have experience and Palacios will be healthy. -Rick Pitino

I'm at the stage of my career when it's not only about winning and developing players, it's about having fun. That's a void in your life right now, but it's something you're going to have here. -Rick Pitino

It's up to the national associations and their leagues to limit the entry of foreign players. -Sepp Blatter

For us chess players the language of artist is something natural. -Vladimir Kramnik

I made a better decision in choosing my team. Sure, I had a bigger choice of players to choose from – but I couldn't have asked for a harder working group of players who did an incredible job. -Vladimir Kramnik

In chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Both players are always instrumental in this. -Vladimir Kramnik

Canadians send us great hockey players. You also send us wonderful performers, from the beginning, with Mary Pickford. -Jamie Farr

It strikes me that these days, clubs don't even want players who can truly play any more; they just want athletes, quick guys who don't have a football brain, can just run and run; some of them, Jesus. I can never imagine acting like that. -Robbie Fowler

Most professional players are their own biggest critics. Some of the things you read in the papers that strike you as bang out of order will already have been thought by the players themselves. -Rio Ferdinand

I always liked serve-and-volley players and big athletes. -Richard Krajicek

Guys like John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg were also very good grass court players. -Richard Krajicek

I have a feeling we are going to be world champions, I can't really explain why. Brazil are probably the best team in the world in terms of individual players. But the team with the most gifted players do not always win. -Oliver Kahn

Something happens to us all when we experience something as a unit that doesn't occur when we're on our couches or holding our little portable DVD players. -David Ogden Stiers

The seeded draw came into being. This means that the two best players of the tournament are placed in opposite halves in the draw, and cannot possibly meet until the finals, if they come through successfully against all the rest of the participants. -Helen Wills Moody

You don't underestimate either players or audience in any circumstances. -Peter Maxwell Davies

I know what I want at least, and the older I get I think I'm better at getting it out of players and singers. -Peter Maxwell Davies

When we started there was this element of these experiments we were doing where we weren't really sure how the music would play out because the music was all on different players. -Wayne Coyne

They try to say this era was a tainted era. But so many great players played in the last 15 to 20 years. This is going to be the best era in the history of the game in my opinion. -Rafael Palmeiro

I don't think that – you know, I'm sure that there's guys that are doing it, because I'm sure in every sport there's players who want to get the edge. But I think that it's been blown overly – way more than guys are using it in our game. -Rafael Palmeiro

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence. That's always a challenge. -Rita Coolidge

I've got my whole life. There's a lifetime of experience, a lifetime of experiencing the road and the music and different players. It makes me a richer human being. I have a greater source of information to tap into, a wealth of life. -Rita Coolidge

What we've seen this season is that if something that will enhance performance is available, some players will indulge… unless the penalty is an absolute deterrent. -Michael Wilbon

You make sure that there's a structure that's interesting for them to play on top of, then do temp versions and try it on the film. By the time the players come to the recording session, I've found what works. So I'm not wasting their time. -Mike Figgis

Even though I may not intend it when I set out to write the book, these places just emerge as major players in what I'm doing, almost as if they are insisting on it. -David Guterson

Getting a chance to practice six months against my own teammates, who I consider the best soccer players in the world, there's no way I couldn't improve. -Lorrie Fair

I set myself up to be a bass guitarist and bass players get a lot more work than people like me. -John Entwistle

Sometimes if you have very confident people, you have to tell them please, be polite, there are other players are good enough as you and you should never speak out of an orchestra. -Kurt Masur

I don't give players a chance to hit me. -Eric Dickerson

The 50 greatest players don't matter when you're in the Hall of Fame. We all know that I was not one of the 50 greatest, I was one of the 25 greatest – in my mind. -Dominique Wilkins

Michael was a rare breed. There's no question about that. He did things that a lot of players could never do, and still to this day players can't do those things, so the honors that he's had are definitely deserved. -Dominique Wilkins

The important thing is to get the right players on the team so Mike can be successful. -Chuck Daly

I've had too lengthy a career and coached too many players to make a choice. -Chuck Daly

To go to the next level, you have to be special, and I look for those special qualities in those players, those qualities that I think will translate to the NFL. -Ron Jaworski

The challenge coaches face is replacing players they were counting on to be major pieces of a puzzle. In a lot of cases, there is just no way to make the necessary adjustments. -Ron Jaworski

RFID is going to get its technical embedding time it needs as serious players are not going to get involved on a sufficient scale with something that might not work. -Mike Marsh

You've got to be extremely careful, because you could be with a great team, and you could be the product of a great team. There are some players that stand out despite the teams that they play on, and there are some players that are good because of the team that they're with. -Marcus Allen

My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they're tremendously exciting players. -Chico Hamilton

My job, when it comes to free agency, trades, is not to pick players, but support the personnel department and the coaching staff. We have to have the financial resources to make things happen and that's my job. -Arthur Blank

We spent a lot of money on some players. -Bobby Bonilla

We've got a support system that gives our players a wonderful opportunity to graduate. If they go to class and give good effort, they can graduate from this school, and I believe that's important when you go out recruiting. -Steve Spurrier

So I don't really believe that how many years you've had in the league determines how well your players play… Coaching is coaching. -Steve Spurrier

But at some point, we've got to have disciplined play and have got to coach better. I'm not putting it on the players. We've got to coach them to tackle and block better. It's as simple as that. If we can do those things, we'll have a chance. -Steve Spurrier

But as coaches, we need to get a little more fire and passion and be more demanding that our guys get the job done. I think players will respond to that, and we'll see. -Steve Spurrier

There's always room for improvement. We have a nucleus that's pretty good. You want players that will help. -Jason Kidd

We were going to have to experiment, and we needed to develop our younger players. And a lot of the changes were because of injuries. But that's where I give a lot of credit to the group in terms of being able to maintain things. -Isaiah Thomas

We decided to go the way of trading and getting younger players. -Isaiah Thomas

We decided to either try trades or just go with older players. If you do that and let contracts expire you can be in the lottery for about four or five years and expect your fans to be patient. -Isaiah Thomas

Most players in this league say they want consistency. -Isaiah Thomas

It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It's hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish. -Isaiah Thomas

It wasn't about the X's and the O's and the strategy; it was more about keeping 12 guys focused and committed to a task. That group dynamic, and then helping them to grow as people and basketball players. -Isaiah Thomas

There are a lot of people who can do it on the guitar and sing at the same time, but I think what is harder is bass players that can play the bass and sing. -Graham Coxon

Well, I like to – the game of serve and volley, but it's very tough, you know, against the best players because they return so good and their passing shots are really good. So it's really tough to get there with those players. -Daniela Hantuchova

We'll have all the same players… We'll be missing one, actually. -Sonny Bono

The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction. -Isaiah Thomas

I would still like to get more athletic and have players that can really cover what's going on in the game. -Isaiah Thomas

I want to see if the player communicates with his teammates and how he responds to coaching. Another thing to remember is players' bodies can develop better than their skills. -Isaiah Thomas

I believe in the players and what I've put together and we'll make it work. -Isaiah Thomas

I mean, every single time I was there with Mahesh, I just tried to learn something of his game, because he's, you know, one of the best doubles players that's been around ever. -Daniela Hantuchova

I think you always have, you know, new players. Every year you see new faces, juniors coming into the seniors. I was one of them at the time long time ago now. -Amelie Mauresmo

I can't say I feel influenced by today's guitar players. -Robin Trower

I'm very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family's long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship. -Shaquille O'Neal

It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now. -Mickey Gilley

Today I join the greatest players that played the game. It is a great feeling being here. -Eddie Murray

While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor, he was also very serious about composing music. In reality there are only a handful of skilled players who can play his most complex pieces. It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory. -Dweezil Zappa

I mean, no offense, but I don't really see why, like guitar players from Creed, or something like that, are on the cover of guitar magazines. Almost anybody can sit down and learn to play those songs. -Dweezil Zappa

And, you know, my dad would show me some things sometimes, but the best things that I got to do were to actually see really good players play up close. That gives you an idea of fingering and technique and what not. -Dweezil Zappa

I think today the players are too nice to one another, but that might change with the unbalanced schedule, with teams playing each other more and more. When you face each other that much, with that much at stake, something's bound to happen. -Dennis Eckersley

Whatever the reason is, I hope we can finish talking about the Olympics. It's gone, it's behind us. The schedule wasn't proper for players who went there and there is some fatigue in a lot guys' play right now. -Saku Koivu

But the manager's bought wisely – the players who've come in have taken us on to a different level and the players who won promotion have also performed at the top level, so long may it continue. -Teddy Sheringham

In Holland and Spain and France, where so many of us come from, people aren't interested in the sex lives of their players. We don't hear these stories – even in Italy where the media is right on top of football. -Dennis Bergkamp

I think these awards are always nice for a player but they also reflect well on the club. It shows that Arsenal's performance have been noted all around the world and it helps by having so many good players around me. -Dennis Bergkamp

My aim is to play as many games as possible and to go out and be one of the 11 players again. -Dennis Bergkamp

A lot of the players are not involved with any NHL team, so to play and travel around with the Oldtimers' it's a kind of gift that the players really appreciate. -Guy Lafleur

The players wanted more money, higher salary caps and they didn't have that family relationship we felt with the players. Mentally, the players were more businesslike. -Guy Lafleur

But to be fair, if you take players from my era to now, the game has changed and the players have many more shots. They use them differently than we did. The speed of the game has changed. -Ivan Lendl

Many times the players get in there and it's just about as well as they could have done, and other times they get in there and they favorites and they don't win. -Ivan Lendl

However, there is no assurance that we can produce world class players so soon. Only time can tell. -Jahangir Khan

The two major things that changed the makeup of all professional sports are money generated by television and courts that players went to in order to win their freedom as free agents. -Will McDonough

The ability of players to jump teams when their contracts are up has hurt fan loyalty. -Will McDonough

I don't think the players play with the same desire they once did. -Will McDonough

Jack Bruce, as soon as I saw him, it changed me. I didn't even know what bass players did until I saw Cream. -Geezer Butler

There were times I thought I was going to turn to the blues, but then I'd hear better blues players. -Stephen Stills

Pianists don't argue too much generally because we have such a hard time just getting things right; arguing is for string players. -Emanuel Ax

The players have to come and play. Today we did. -Bill Laimbeer

We then went through the audition process and picked a guy named Richard Campbell and he is no secret to L.A. players as he was with Natalie Cole for years and Three Dog Night. -Gerry Beckley

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues. -Mose Allison

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden. -Mose Allison

The money is in a different league these days, of course, but I have special memories of the 60s and 70s which players today don't have. There wasn't the same celebrity attitude and media exposure. We had a bit more freedom. -Peter Shilton

All I've done all my life is just tried to better the game for our players and for those people watching. -Bobby Hull

We're going to have more kids playing, and we're going to have a better chance of finding those players Minor sports in a community is for fun and recreation. For everyone. -Bobby Orr

You hear all the time about European players playing the game. These players that come over at 17, 18 and 19, they just don't all of a sudden become skilled. From the time they were little fellas, they learned the fundamentals of the game. Let them create. -Bobby Orr

I consider myself more of a loner now and I think when you get older, especially in this game, and just talking with other players who have come and gone, I see what they were saying when I was a young guy in the locker room. -Brett Favre

I, most talented players don't always succeed. Some don't even make the team. It's more what's inside. -Brett Favre

I notice that teams are now more interested in Japanese players than when I first went to Europe. -Hidetoshi Nakata

We talked to the referees before the game; there's always new situations to adjust, for the refs and for us as well. Even on the ice, it's good for players to talk and interact with the referee. -Peter Bondra

I quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them. I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove over the drum set and we got into a fight. -Steven Tyler

Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess – players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation. -Boris Spassky

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though. -Boris Spassky

The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich. Only Fischer changed that. -Boris Spassky

Even though there are some great keyboard players on the album, there are a number of songs with no keyboard on them and the backing is all guitar oriented. This is first time I've ever done this actually. -Lee Ritenour

All I can say to the young players is, enjoy every moment of it. Just enjoy every moment of it. Your career goes by very quickly. -Mario Lemieux

Everybody I talked to – from my friends to my family and some of the players – really gave me a lot of support from the start. And that certainly made me feel good about trying to come back and be one of the best again. -Mario Lemieux

Once I'm at the arena with the guys in the dressing room, and in the bus, and on the plane, I'm a player. And I sit in the back with the players and I play cards and try to take their money. -Mario Lemieux

I don't know if 1300 players could really participate in the selection of a commissioner, and I've never given it a great deal of thought. I think it's a logical point they could make, but it's only an academic one. -Pete Rozelle

In fact, an awful lot of N.F.L. club owners have practically no influence on their players at all, simply because they're not full-time working owners. -Pete Rozelle

Rather than saying that the commissioner is hired by the owners and therefore is subservient to them, you have to look at whether or not the players are getting a fair shake. -Pete Rozelle

I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don't think about coming out. Unless you're number one in the world, nobody cares, usually. -Billie Jean King

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got. -Larry Bird

Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players. -Larry Bird

The best players will play. That's the way it will always be. -Larry Bird

I think the players, I put in the book for example that we should go back to wood rackets, probably they laughed at me, I'm a dinosaur, but I think that you see these great players, have even more variety and you see more strategy, there'd be more subtlety. -John McEnroe

If Roger stopped right now and never won another match, to me he'd already be one of the greatest players to ever play the game. To me, he's the greatest all around talent that I've ever seen. -John McEnroe

The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones. -Gary Cherone

Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary. -Lee Konitz

Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When the line started to blur between the fans and the players, sometimes things can get ugly. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think the NBA players have to be held accountable in a reasonable way, just like any other professionals. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed. -Willie Stargell

I know a lot of people on the field – players, coaches, managers – are glad that I'm gone. -Frank Robinson

People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card. -Frank Robinson

You know, when you can play with the greatest players of that particular era, you look forward to going to the ballpark. I mean, you thought it was great to be there in the clubhouse. You thought it was great to be on the field. -Johnny Bench

I've really got no complaints about the way I played, just extremely frustrating with the putter and I'm sure there's a lot of other players saying the same thing except the guy who's going to win the golf tournament. -Greg Norman

The players have competed on the level the last 25 or 30 years are always going to be the players that compete at a high level. These guys practice hard, they work on their game, they still hit the ball extremely well. -Greg Norman

To give you an idea what it feels like to be going in with some of the best baseball players of all-time, I mean it is fantastic. I have to say this about them, there are so many of these guys up here that were my role models, people I looked up to, people I wanted to be like. -Dave Winfield

I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I've done that in my 33 years as a head coach. -Don Shula

Trumpet players see each other, and it's like we're getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something. -Wynton Marsalis

The players never think they project enough. In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself. -Esa-Pekka Salonen

Sure we have skilled players, but the biggest thing might just be that we are so well conditioned and how we can play for 90 minutes at a high tempo which is needed in soccer at an international level. -Claudio Reyna

I was on the sideline with a knee injury and when I came back, I wanted to play at the best level I could. And that's the case for a lot of players, they want the chance to play against the best competition. -Claudio Reyna

EA SPORTS has a strong partnership with adidas and through this relationship they approached adidas about using some of their top players from around the world. -Claudio Reyna

I have seen games on Xbox 360 and HD TV and I'm amazed at how realistic the players look. -Claudio Reyna

I've had one very bad ankle injury but otherwise I've been incredibly lucky with my fitness. I've worked hard at it and I've always been fit even compared to other players. That sustains you through various parts of your career, but I am 36. -Graeme Le Saux

Of course I have the odd bad game like other players. But I can't accept that. Especially when things don't go right for United. It all means so much to me to be succesful here. It drives me crazy at times. -Ruud van Nistelrooy

He who gets the best players usually wins. -Bobby Bowden

The team with the best players wins. -Jack Welch

I love little kids looking up to me, young players looking up to me, respecting me. -David Beckham

Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots. -Dean Smith

Maybe I'm sort of like the players – there's still a lot of little boy in me. -Herb Brooks

If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it. -Bear Bryant

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it's what his players know that counts. -Bear Bryant

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story. -Casey Stengel

Some players you pat their butts, some players you kick their butts, some players you leave alone. -Pete Rose

It's hard for young players to see the big picture. They just see three or four years down the road. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. -Reggie Jackson

Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out. -Sam Snead

It was an ideal day for football – too cold for the spectators and too cold for the players. -Red Smith

I'd rather rot on my own floor than be found by a bunch of bingo players in a nursing home. -Florence King

I am most proud of the development of the characters as personalities that game players could relate to and care about. -Roberta Williams

There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players. -Kofi Annan

Now that I am much older, I have had a number of sax players tell me I was responsible for them playing sax. Some of them I have admired over the years. -Clarence Clemons

I think that people who have played sports have an ability to relate to people because when you're playing you have to work on teams and with opposing players. -Michael Michele

King's Quest IV was a much bigger hit than I, II, or III. I do feel that King's Quest IV was a pivotal game in bringing in more female players. -Roberta Williams

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters. -Garry Kasparov

Why are baseball managers the only coaches who dress up like the players? -Jay Mohr

It's no secret what's going on in baseball. At least half the players are using steroids. -Ken Caminiti

Football players win football games. -Chuck Knox

This whole thing's about development. Not only are we trying to develop players, we're trying to develop ourselves. -Michael Cooper

It's a disappointment to lose key players. On the other hand it creates an opportunity to play other players. -Tom Moody

It takes the pressure off of your better players to know they don't always have to be on top of their game for the team to do well. -Cal Hubbard

The final ballots represent players, managers, executives and builders who are top-tier candidates and worthy of review for consideration for election to the Hall of Fame. -Fay Vincent

In my day, the players used to work their socks off. It's all changed now, obviously. -Gordon Smith

Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act. -James Agate

The perception is that baseball's players' union is protecting players to use steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs. -Jim Bunning

There are so many great players on the men's – and women's – side. Hopefully I can keep improving and eventually play in the Masters. -Michelle Wie

Our players are mad, but it's good mad. -Nancy Lopez

My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players. -Hakeem Olajuwon

I never really had a chance to know the players individually… I thought when they were on the floor, they worked hard. But I never really got to know them. -Lenny Wilkens

A professional player is smarter than a college man. He uses his noodle. He knows what to do and when to do it. He rarely goes up in the air as is the case with most of our college players when they get in a tight place. -Red Grange

I know most players do, but I always keep both eyes opened. I still do it. I see two shafts, the real one and the transparent one. I look for what's on the inside edge of the transparent one. -Ben Crenshaw

I am hoping the four new players can bring in some energy and fresh enthusiasm because they do not have the baggage that comes from being part of a losing side. -Andy Pick

The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax us citizens for our carbon footprints. -John Coleman

I'm always learning from experiences because each one is different and there are different players involved in the project at the time with their own way of doing things. -Christopher Meloni

In life I've learned one thing; if you want to be good you have to connect with the best people. So I got very close to the high-stakes players here. I get to watch them and play with them a little bit. -Guy Laliberte

I like ice hockey, but it's a frustrating game to watch. It's hard to keep your eyes on both the puck and the players and too much time passes between scoring in hockey. There are usually more fights than there are points. -Andy Rooney

The owners don't win by having a lockout. Shutting down your business is not good for anybody and it's certainly not good for the players, it's certainly not good for the fans. And that's most important to us. -Roger Goodell

I worry when athletes are simply used by their universities to produce revenue, to make money for them, nothing to show at the back end. I grew up with a lot of players who had very, very tough lives after the ball started bouncing for them. And that's why I'm going to continue to fight. -Arne Duncan

Darts players are probably a lot fitter than most footballers in overall body strength. -Sid Waddell

The players are under so much duress, it's like duressic park out there! -Sid Waddell

The key is having great players. But there are a lot of teams that have All-Stars and haven't been able to put it together. -Mark Cuban

Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school. -Karl Malone

They changed the floor back to old school. They changed the uniform back to old school. Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school. -Karl Malone

I've always talked to players about perception and reality. I don't worry about perception. There may be some of that, that people want to attach to a good name, but the reality is that some good things can happen. -Tony Dungy

Based on all criteria – military power, economic influence, cultural dominance – America remains number one, even though other, new players are increasingly challenging it in that role. -Robert Kagan

At the moment there are some England players who are the stars of their club teams, but not for their country. It's difficult to explain. -Diego Maradona

I have 23 top players and they are all ready to put on the jersey and work on the pitch and that makes you happy and then you have peace of mind. -Diego Maradona

You need a lot of leaders, but a hockey team needs a voice, not only in the community, but more importantly between the coaching staff and the players. There are always ups and downs in a season; the captain is the guy players look to in those situations. -Joe Sakic

Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players. -Kristi Yamaguchi

I think you can be the greatest orator of all time, the greatest motivator of all times, but if those players know that you don't care about them, and you don't try to understand them, then they're never going to hear what you have to say. -Mike Singletary

I've been around young, talented, non-coachable players. I've been around veteran, talented, non-coachable players. No matter what you do, sooner or later – even if a coach comes in that's able to connect with them – if that's who they are, they're going to go back to it. -Scott Brooks

You learn from playing against the best players and the best teams, and we're going to keep fighting and figuring out ways to beat them. -Scott Brooks

You can have great players, but if they don't want to be coached, what are you going to do? -Scott Brooks

I'm very thankful to players like John Stockton and Spud Webb. They've made it possible for someone like me to make it. I think teams are actually looking for one player under 6-feet now, because they make things happen. -Scott Brooks

The Madden NFL franchise holds a special place in popular culture and the cover is a coveted position for players all over the league. I'm honored to be the first cover athlete chosen by Madden NFL fans and it's a great way to cap off an amazing year for the Saints and the city of New Orleans. -Drew Brees

Everyone knows the game is about the players. -Mike Quade

I have worked out with the Thunder, Lakers, Knicks, Grizzlies, Spurs, and a few others before the draft. I have worked out primarily against shorter and supposedly faster players in these workouts. -Jeremy Lin

Wrestlers are a bunch of wanna-be football players. -Brian Bosworth

I do my own analysis on the teams I am refereeing. I will know some of the personalities, the players who could be difficult customers in a scrum situation, the ones I am going to have to really work hard on early in the game to get what I want. -Alan Lewis

I have three tools at my disposal – my whistle, my body language and my talk. It is a question of how I marry them up to try to get the players around to my way of thinking. -Alan Lewis

You have got to boss scrums. The players need to know what you want them to adhere to. Then it is up to them to decide whether they are adhering to that or not. -Alan Lewis

There were no women's players I knew of. I didn't even know women's hockey existed. -Angela Ruggiero

I hope the business sense that artists like Jay-Z and Nelly are showing rubs off on the young players. I want somebody to stand up and say, Look, these kids got it going on. We want to be a part of them. -Antonio Davis

I actually think some of the rappers can help our image, because the thing I'm concerned about is the NBA's image. I always want our image to be on the rise, and if the rappers can help young players get business-minded, then I'm all for it. -Antonio Davis

I am basically turning football players into sprinters for a while. When we first talked about it, I didn't know how my expertise could be used. -Ato Boldon

The first few weeks football players look at you like you are speaking a foreign language. My job is to get them to trust me, trust the system. I ask them to run in a way that makes no sense to them. -Ato Boldon

We are making a little portion of their brains be sprinters; they are 100 percent football players, but for these purposes, they must learn the proper way to run. -Ato Boldon

I remember Agassi playing Federer in Basel, Switzerland in 1998, and Andre was already saying at that time that Federer would be tough. Usually at the time players are 17, you can see if they will be great. -Brad Gilbert

We are looking to get counties to play their young England players earlier, and the first reports from the counties are that it is working well. It also helps us to prepare in a better fashion. -Andy Pick

It really gets into your system. All baseball players have this internal clock around February when it starts to kick in and the juices start to flow. I think underestimated how much I was going to miss it. -David Cone

The owners said that they wanted the salary cap and refused to promise that they would abide by the rules of the just-expired contract after the season ended. Believing we had no choice, the players went on strike in August of 1994. -David Cone

I think about what I say. I don't give stock answers. I'm not trying to cultivate an image with the public, like several of the top players do. -David Duval

I love hitting the ball, controlling the ball. And yeah, even the roar of the crowd. I enjoy the roar of the crowd probably less than some players and more than some. But I'm not out here to be a celebrity. -David Duval

World Class players can lay down the toughest hands and play any two cards at any time without fear. Their reads are impeccable. -Chris Moneymaker

The players don't play the position game as much as we used to play. A lot of young guys go up and down, shoot the puck, go for the rebounds. You're getting tired quicker because the body has to react where the puck is going to go. You cannot read it, because you don't have the puck on your stick. -Jaromir Jagr

No matter what players say or people say, you want to be liked and appreciated, even if you've had a downfall. -Jason Giambi

We've got to have a radical rethink of the way the sport is funded to help the young players develop. -John Higgins

It would be fantastic to have the two top-ranked players in the world playing out of the same club. -John Higgins

Snooker players go into steady decline and lose their intensity after a while. But I will have real purpose the next five years. I want to prove people wrong and win a lot more tournaments. -John Higgins

With some other top players I'm part of a company trying to put on events in Europe, especially Germany, but also Poland, Austria, Russia. There's so much talent coming out of the Far East now, and we want the same thing in Europe. -John Higgins

The whole kiss-and-tell thing is a negative approach that often happens in a World Cup. We will see negative stories about the players and it can affect their confidence and the overall performance of the national team on the pitch, let alone the bid to actually stage the competition. -Gary Lineker

When you're winning games, everyone thinks everything the manager says and does is fantastic. Then it goes the other way, and those earlier criticisms of players can backfire. -Gary Lineker

As football gets more globalised, it's probably more important than ever to have one or two players in your team who have grown up in the same streets or been to the same schools as the hard-core fans. -Gary Neville

A coach once told me there are four factors that determine a players' performance: his tactical awareness, his physical condition, his technical ability and his mental strength. -Gary Neville

It is one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents who do everything for them. They don't know how to set up their own bank accounts, they don't know what they are spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions. -Gary Neville

There are some agents who do a good job looking after players but there are others who stifle and mollycoddle them. -Gary Neville

Not having the online game has made it more difficult. There are a lot of young and upcoming players in poker. But you don't get to see them because TV has sort of been taken away. -Chris Moneymaker

I'm from a council estate myself, and the biggest release we had as kids was football. That's where all the great players learn their trade – as kids having a kickabout. -Colin Cooper

Because I tried to everything possible to become the best player in the world? Do I believe steroids and growth hormones helped me achieve that? Yes. Were there a lot of other players doing it that I had to compete against? Yes. -Jose Canseco

Owners, the way they blackballed me from baseball, the way they used me, in a sense, and then the way they wanted to send a signal to the other players, saying, you know, we're going to get Jose Canseco out of the game. This is a cue or a message for you other guys to stop using steroids because the owners lost total control of the steroid use. -Jose Canseco

It's not that easy for some of these players in China to get the coaching they need. -Michael Chang

That's what really seems to be the more difficult aspect – to have the men break through and challenge the best players in the world. -Michael Chang

I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players. -Pau Gasol

A band's only unique thing is its chemistry, especially if none of you are prodigious players or particularly handsome. The one thing you have is your uniqueness, so we hold on to that. -Chris Martin

I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn't wait for them. I tell them to get on board. -Alex Ferguson

You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well. -Alex Ferguson

I tried the broadcasting thing, the coaching thing, but I'll never replace the competitive feeling of being out on the field when we were players. -Gary Carter

At least for soccer players, it comes down to a blend of two types of fitness – your base endurance, which comes from longer distance running, and your speed, which comes from sprint-based workouts. -Heather O'Reilly

I think that a lot of players and a lot of teams don't think of contact lenses as being a part of that essential gear but it truly is. You want every competitive advantage you can find and obviously having great vision is one of those advantages. -Heather O'Reilly

Our journey has taken 21 players but our goal is still the same, to win the World Cup. -Heather O'Reilly

I think my main objective is to watch as many players as I can and grab a little bit from each of them, especially the things they do well. -Marta

The PBSI (Indonesian Badminton Association) have to work harder to widen the pool and find quality players. The present indifferent culture has to change. -Taufik Hidayat

Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball. -Jennie Finch

I need to see where I am physically and practicing with NHL players is the best way to find that out. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

A lot of players know I've been around 13 years and this is my second lockout. I got a lot of respect. I know what's going on both for the league and the union. -Paul Pierce

Some players are criticised for having no loyalty. Well, I wanted to go back home and play for the club I supported. I don't think that's a crime. -Alan Shearer

In the history of women's tennis the great players have come back from long absences with no problems. -Lindsay Davenport

Tennis players we're always playing in center courts that feel like arenas. And when we get on the court and the crowd cheers your name or salutes you – it's like you're a gladiator in the arena. And everyone is cheering – and you're fighting, you're screaming, during your strokes – it feels like you're an animal, fighting for your life. -Novak Djokovic

You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life. -Novak Djokovic

Well, I do feel that I carry the responsibility of representing my country wherever I am, and this responsibility came with the success that I had in last couple of years, not just myself but the whole group of tennis players that comes from Serbia. And athletes in general are, in this moment, the biggest ambassadors that our country has. -Novak Djokovic

I don't think there has been enough communication between the players and the tournaments. In one sense it's just as much the players' fault. Players talk between each other and in the locker room about things that can be improved and then when the time comes to talk and really do something about it they stop. -Novak Djokovic

People have to understand how important it is for the players to let off steam, switch off and relax. -Will Carling

I try to respect everybody out here: players, caddies, fans, media. -Phil Mickelson

I feel so fortunate, so honored, to have played this game that I love for so long, with so many great players, and in front of so many wonderful fans. I fulfilled a childhood dream the first time I stepped on an NFL field, and the league did not let me down one time. -Drew Bledsoe

There are things players go through on an everyday basis in the business of football. You don't see it all with the glitz and glamour of game day. -Terrell Owens

Soccer's not a game that you can restrict players, especially creative players and players who have proven themselves at that level. -Tiffeny Milbrett

When you have a core group of young players as we do, the future looks bright. -Saku Koivu

Nowadays there are too many players who can't get a contract elsewhere, who come to England and just take the money. -Rob Andrew

The players must be at the centre of their industry. -Rob Andrew

You are always going to get extreme views around coaches and players. -Rob Andrew

I think players tend to get anxious if they've not really done things properly – like eating, resting or training. If you're fully prepared you've got nothing to worry about – it's just a game of football. -Roy Keane

I've had influences from many people including the coaches and players I've worked with. -Roy Keane

When I played, I received racial abuse but I was just one of a few black players and we weren't backed up by the authorities. -Ruud Gullit

I like stubborn players. At least they have an opinion. If they are right or wrong, this doesn't matter for me. -Ruud Gullit

Football develops, it becomes quicker, players develop as athletes. -Ruud Gullit

Too much money at a young age, it just takes your eye off the ball. And you're not as hungry as players used to be. You think you've made it before you've done anything. -Ryan Giggs

It's not just the players, it's the culture. Sometimes it's the people around them; the people who are looking after them – the money they're given. Some of the families give up their jobs and live off their sons. That would never have happened 10 years ago. -Ryan Giggs

What you've got to realise is that footballers, and me in particular, have seen everything in the changing room. Everything. I've seen the manager kicking off with the players, the players kicking off with him, players fighting each other, managers fighting, everything. -Ryan Giggs

The way I look at myself, the biggest achievement in my eyes – forget winning trophies or scoring in World Cups – is that I'm still at a top club playing at a really high standard having been almost two different players. -Michael Owen

There are pitfalls in World Cups, there are players who can win penalties and players who get the slightest touch and go down holding their face or whatever and get someone sent off. There are all these little things and you're hoping that you're not on the wrong end of it. -Michael Owen

Some players don't like training and I've seen some players who aren't bothered if they play or not. But I want to play every game. Sometimes you have to rest in certain games, but I want to play in every game. -Wayne Rooney

I'm not really that bothered by appearance. I know a few players who go off doing stuff in the mirror ages before they go out to play a game, but I'm not really interested in that. -Wayne Rooney

You can't say that being a fan is more serious, because players are trying to do better in order to get paid better. -David Ortiz

I was at one time a football wife, and there is a certain level of bonding that happens between women who are the wives of football players. -Gabrielle Union

What I would tell young players is that as you get older, the best thing you can do is try to have other interests and have opportunities. -Ricky Williams

I think sometimes when it comes to sports, and especially relationships between players and coaches, that people lose track, lose a sense of reality. -Ricky Williams

Defensive backs are the best players on the field. But when you get an exceptional player like a Deion Sanders or a Darrell Green – these guys are fast and they have very good technique. You have to work a little harder. -Jerry Rice

The one thing about players today is that they're very sensitive, and very fragile. They didn't grow up with tough coaches. -Doug Collins

To me, the Seventies were very inspirational and very influential… With my whole persona as Snoop Dogg, as a person, as a rapper. I just love the Seventies style, the way all the players dressed nice, you know, kept their hair looking good, drove sharp cars and they talked real slick. -Snoop Dogg

It's critical that the manager has the respect of players so he can make the moves that he feels is appropriate without having somebody go to the papers. They respect you. So you respect them back. -Dale Murphy

It's strange but I suppose I'm one of those senior players now and I'll be helping the young players as much as I can. -Wayne Rooney

Football's about the young players, bringing youth team players through to the first team and hopefully getting the best out of them so they can go on to play for their country. -Wayne Rooney

I don't think I look up to any players. Obviously you respect everyone. -Wayne Rooney

Football is made up of all kinds of conflict. In a dressing room, between players, between us and the manager, between us and loads of people who don't seem to matter. It's constant and harsh sometimes. -Wayne Rooney

All the cameras shifted from the players to me. -Lesley Visser

We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. -Mario Lemieux

You always want to see the NFL try to protect the players. -Tony Dorsett

My four older brothers were my favorite players. That's why I got into football and sports. -Tony Dorsett

The Rooneys are very classy. They're very deliberate with their decision-making. Once you're part of that family, Steeler nation, they treat you with respect. You don't have a lot of rambunctious players running around. -Tony Dorsett

Golf is growing, and there are more good young players, but you don't see them going abroad. It's so expensive to travel. -Retief Goosen

You never had the opportunity to play with some of the great ballplayers, but being that close around them, and being in the same category, was a great feeling, to feel that vibe of all the best players who played the game. -Rickey Henderson

What is true of the NFL is that it has been well-managed over the years. And that has been beneficial to the fans, it's been beneficial to the game itself, it's been beneficial to the players, coaches and everyone involved. -Roger Goodell

I talk to players all the time. -Roger Goodell

I have to make a lot of decisions that aren't in the best interests of individuals, whether they be owners, club executives, players. -Roger Goodell

I don't want players coming in from the college level that are either trying to avoid a suspension, declare themselves ineligible on their own, hire an agent and decide, 'I'm going to enter into the NFL.' -Roger Goodell

Cameroon is stronger because it's a country of conquerors, of winners. Cameroon's players aren't necessarily very technical, but that when they play, they play to win. -Roger Milla

You know there are so many people that have touched your life both on the ice and within your career in the NHL whether it be owners, GM's, coaches, players, trainers, all the way down. And that doesn't even account for all of the people that you encountered outside of the game that you met along this trip, too. -Ron Francis

Every time I score the passion comes out and I try to relay that back to the fans and to the players and the staff how grateful I am to be playing for such a good football club. The fans have taken well to me. I am part of the furniture at Everton, but I don't take it for granted. -Timothy F. Cahill

I'll always take Scrabble and chess if I'm going filming. But I do have the Scrabble dictionary, which can be infuriating for other players. -Saffron Burrows

I think I'm bad luck for Tiger because he missed the cut in Charlotte with me. But yeah, those are two of the best players of all time. Tiger's the best player of all time in my opinion, so when he's not in the field, it's a relief because he's such a great player. -Webb Simpson

Sometimes the ATP puts a lot of pressure on the players and sometimes you get injured because you play on a dangerous surface. Nothing happens, no one pays for that. -David Nalbandian

As tennis players, we work and we sacrifice many things. To lose, that's not a happy thing – I mean sure, I was disappointed. You have to come back strong. But to win the last point in a grand slam tournament, that's the most beautiful and most satisfying feeling you can get as a tennis player. It's worth it. -Bjorn Borg

There have been players with Indian heritage, but there hasn't been a Native-American professional basketball player who became a regular for all sorts of social and political reasons. -Sherman Alexie

People often say that videogames made by Western developers are somehow different in terms of taste for the players, in comparison with Japanese games. I think that means that the Western developers and Japanese developers, they are good at different fields. -Shigeru Miyamoto

Well, the responsibility for maintaining a reliable transmission grid is one that's shared by an awful lot of players who have a role in the grid: Companies that either generate and transmit energy or just play the role of being the transmission systems or monitoring them. -Spencer Abraham

Bass players are always the intellectual kind, but nobody knows it. -Stanley Clarke

I don't know concretely if it's due to superstition, but any time a new rule is implemented into the NBA or a new piece of equipment or a new technology, there is always a transition and adjustment period by players and coaches and anyone involved with the game. -Stu Jackson

Even all the top players going to Europe to play helps soccer in America, as do all the MLS players like Beckham and all that, they're trying to promote it. At the end of the day it's about getting the younger generation interested at an early age so most of them will move on and play. -Ian Rush

I think great players can play in any year, that's why they're great. A lot of it is down to the mental approach. -Ian Rush

There is still a lot of football in me and I enjoy watching the players go out there and be the best players they can possibly be. -Jerry Rice

The reason I didn't take the baseball route is because they don't have rankings for baseball players. -Jim Courier

From the time I was 3, I wanted to be a major-league player. To accomplish that at 35, get my name on my jersey, be in the clubhouse with major-league players, see my family for the first time in three months, be in my home state and pitch the day I got called up, was incredible. -Jim Morris

The young Obama's lack of playing time on the high school basketball team was due more to his ability than the coach's preference for white players. -David Maraniss

I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives. -John Wooden

I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don't get me wrong. But don't try to put the organization above the players. -Michael Jordan

It's hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it's definitely impacted the league. -Michael Jordan

I don't blame the players today for the money. I blame the owners. They started it. They wanna give it to 'em? More power to 'em. -Yogi Berra

I feel as though I've proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league. -Kevin Durant

I'm busy working on every aspect of my game – defense, shooting, rebounding – but I really want to become a better overall team player. Help my teammates become better players out on the court in order to win more ball games. -Kevin Durant

Golf is a game to me. Other players work extremely hard all year long. I work hard before Augusta. I know I get good results when I practice, but it also wears me out. It literally wore me out even when I was in my 20s. -Fred Couples

I think people like players they can relate to. It seems as if people think they know me. I just think I'm an ordinary Joe who plays golf very, very well. -Fred Couples

Our economics are not baseball's economics. Our game is not baseball's game. Our owners are not baseball's owners, with one or two exceptions. Our union is not baseball's union. What we do has to be crafted and suited to address hockey, to address the NHL, to address our 30 teams and our 700-plus players. -Gary Bettman

Black players had an issue with Joe Torre. They weren't treated like everybody else. Even I got called out in a couple of meetings that I thought was unfair. -Gary Sheffield

If you're equally good as this Latin player, guess who's going to get sent home? I know a lot of players that are home now can outplay a lot of these guys. -Gary Sheffield

More and more these days what I find myself doing in my stories is making a representation of goodness and a representation of evil and then having those two run at each other full-speed, like a couple of PeeWee football players, to see what happens. Who stays standing? Whose helmet goes flying off? -George Saunders

Only 38 per cent of players in the Premier League are English; that is a damning statistic. Soon, the England manager will have to go scouting for players in the Championship – and when I say 'soon' I mean the next four or five years, perhaps even for the next World Cup. -Glenn Hoddle

My saddest decision in football was leaving Paul Gascoigne out of the 1998 World Cup finals. But he wasn't fit enough and once that decision is made, as a manager and a group of players, you forget about who isn't there and focus on the job. -Glenn Hoddle

The old adage that you shouldn't change a winning team doesn't apply in modern international football because managers have to study the opposition and pick players who exploit their weaknesses. -Glenn Hoddle

A lot of other bass players have told me I'm the only bass player who plays with a pick but sounds like he's playing with the thumb and fingers, which is a great compliment. -Glenn Hughes

I like to be able to control which players I'm working with. Because it doesn't matter how good a coach you are if the guys you're working with think they already know it all. You need a response, you need to feel they're trying. I want players who are always striving to improve. -Gordon Strachan

I noticed a lot of guitar players neglected the rhythm part of rhythm guitar and decided I would try to focus in that. As my skill and knowledge of the instrument grew, I found lead started to come naturally. Sometimes I play guitar like a frustrated drummer. Ha ha! -Hal Sparks

The only players I hurt with my words are the ones who have an inflated opinion of their ability. I can't worry about that. -Bill Parcells

So if the players trust the coach, it's not a problem. If the players don't trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa. -Bill Parcells

There's a line, players usually don't cross it and coaches usually don't cross it. Every once in a while you get a little temper tantrum on both sides, I certainly have had 'em. I'm not proud of those. -Bill Parcells

Usually older players, late in the season, start to get cold. -Bill Parcells

I don't have to make examples out of players to establish my own place. I don't feel like I have to. -Bill Parcells

The best thing you can say about any coach is his players play hard for him. -Terry Bradshaw

The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, 'A civilization is judged only in its decline.' That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players. -Nikki Giovanni

The woman's tour is very tough for all of the players. -Li Na

I think players changing coaches is normal. -Li Na

Young players are starting to come up as well and they will see me as one of the older, experienced ones. -Caroline Wozniacki

I never give up on my players, and I'll never give up on people. -Art Modell

I'm very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard. -Wayne Gretzky

Look, I'm in the top 20 of players who ever lived. -Charles Barkley

Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that's why they never hit any home runs. It's a safety issue. -Jay Leno

I cannot get myself interested in video games. I've been given video game players and they just sit there connected to my TVs gathering dust until eventually I unplug them so I can put in another special-region DVD player. -Quentin Tarantino

Assistant coaches become a little bit more buddies to the players than a head coach. -Adam Oates

I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film. -Steve Sabol

Football is such a great game, but football players are so dull. -Steve Sabol

Guitar players never listen to lead singers. -Steven Tyler

The world depends on fungi, because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world. -E. O. Wilson

I think of guitar players in terms of doctors: you have the doctor for your heart, the cardiologist, then one that works on your feet, your leg. But I believe George Benson is the one that plays all over. To me, he would be the M.D. of them all. -B. B. King

In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the 'fast' guitar players. -Ritchie Blackmore

I want players who are always striving to improve. -Gordon Strachan

Believe me, you need good people if you want to make good players. -Gordon Strachan

All the really good players I know, they all knew right from wrong. So many of them don't learn that at home nowadays. -Gordon Strachan

Good people hire people better than themselves. So A players hire A+ players. But others hire below their skills to make themselves look good. So B players hire C players. C players hire D players, etc. -Guy Kawasaki

I noticed a lot of guitar players neglected the rhythm part of rhythm guitar and decided I would try to focus in that. -Hal Sparks

Two years ago, of course, I was just a rookie and listened to everybody. In a way I am still a rookie. I'm only 23 and I'll be surrounded by great players who have played in a lot more Ryder Cups than myself. But the rankings say I am the best player at the moment and so that brings a responsibility. -Rory McIlroy

I've always said the players don't build up rivalries themselves, people from the outside build up the rivalries. I just want to play good golf. I want to try and keep winning golf tournaments. -Rory McIlroy

Most politicians keep close tabs on what's happening back home and work assiduously to keep lines of communications open with the political players in their states or districts. -Joshua Micah Marshall

When I played, the owners had the power. The prisoners are running the prison now, not the warden. The warden is strong and he has say so but, the balance of power is definitely with the players. -Julius Erving

English football is in a bad way because the foreign players here are so good, so dominant. -Kevin Keegan

They are not your players, they are loaned from the club. You just wheel them out for a game for England. -Kevin Keegan

I believe in work, in connections between the players, I think what makes football great is that it is a team sport. You can win in different ways, by being more of a team, or by having better individual players. It is the team ethic that interests me, always. -Arsene Wenger

English players are as easy to coach. The problem is that the Premier League has the best players in the world, and statistically not all of them can be born in England. But we don't have enough English players: we are working very hard on it. -Arsene Wenger

Some people are drawn naturally – there are natural guitarists, and there are natural piano players, and I think guitar implies travel, a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town. -Hugh Laurie

I think my top salary was maybe in 1966. I made $17,000 and 11 of that came from selling other players' equipment. -Bob Uecker

It was simple reality – most competitive tennis players in my day were privileged, spoiled, entitled and white. Also, many of them were beautiful, fit, tan and of good stock – great big hair and white teeth and long legs. Then there were the rest of us. -Anne Lamott

As far as actors go, you're not going to find many ballplayers better than me. -D. B. Sweeney

I'm surrounded by great guitar players. -Rick Springfield

You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it's hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs. -Tom Waits

There is also something called the Legislature. There is something called the press. There is something called people. These are all different players on the stage. -Andrew Cuomo

I really have to make sure that I'm staying true to who I am, and that I know my responsibilities to current N.B.A. players, to future N.B.A. players, to our past and retired N.B.A. Players. -Derek Fisher

Most players I play with, I don't look at their swing when they're over the ball or anything like that. -Tiger Woods

I can't see anyone coming out, because the players feel it is no one's business. We all stick together. We're a very tight group. It would be too hard for just one person to do, too stressful. And why should it make a difference? The LPGA is about golf. -Hollis Stacy

I consider the guitar a tool for the most part. I do pick up the acoustic now and then, I certainly don't have any routine. Usually the only time I practice is when the band gets together. Hendrix has always been one of my favorite players, but I was a sucker for Nugent in the late 1970's. -Ian MacKaye

All I ever wanted to do was play competitive golf against the best players in the world. -Jack Nicklaus

A lot of young players don't really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A lot of players think the game is all about individual performances when it's really all about a team game. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Even though there are a lot of bright tennis players out there, you still have to protect yourself and save all your mental and emotional energies for tennis. -Chris Evert

In order to gain the respect of your players in the locker room, you can't just perform on Saturday. You have to do it consistently during practices, meetings, and in the weight room. -Junior Seau

Big players want to play in front of big audiences. -Kevin Pietersen

India buzzes for its players and that makes you feel special. -Kevin Pietersen

After a while, though, you realize that a whole slew of young singer-songwriter piano players are getting compared to you. That's when you feel the passage of time is occurring. -Tori Amos

Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well – at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz. -Thierry Henry

The thing is, don't get me wrong, I still love scoring and I hate to lose but now I see myself more as making players play better. Sometime you do what you have to do and you have to perform, that is still there, but in my mind I am thinking about making the guys around me play better and that is never an easy thing to do. -Thierry Henry

It's always great playing with other musicians. It's also a great situation where I'm the older guy, I've influenced generations of guitar players. -Ace Frehley

There's an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue. -Joe Namath

Man, coaching is a hard job, and it requires a lot of time… I hear stories from coaches who tell me that players call them in the middle of the night not knowing where they parked their car. -Joe Montana

One of the biggest reasons I like coaching college ball is the kids. I feel I can impact players' lives. I like the fact that they're student-athletes. I like to see those kids graduate. -Rick Majerus

I'm not the first player to have their home Grand Slam and not perform. There have been a few Australians and French players, you name it. It's a tough thing. But it is one of those things. Would I rather have a Grand Slam in my country than not? I would. -Samantha Stosur

You hear a few people saying that, you know, maybe some of the past male players like to watch me play or whatever else, just because I play a bit differently and maybe they can relate to it a bit more with a bigger forehand rather than a backhand, good serve and whatnot. -Samantha Stosur

Tennis Australia really led the charge as far as upping the prize money and trying to do the right thing by the players. They also led the way so women have equal prize money in all the grand slams too. -Samantha Stosur

I think all tennis players have to struggle through the early stages of their career. We start off playing tournaments and really just get by. I always had a dream to play in the big tournaments and never have doubted if it was worth it. Having to battle a little early on in my career makes it all the more worthwhile now. -Samantha Stosur

I think I will always stay involved in tennis and would like to give back by helping out young players. I have done a little commentary and may one day enjoy doing that again. -Samantha Stosur

Videogame players essentially choose whether to win the game or to die heroically. There's a certain glory in both. -John Green

Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling. It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer. -James Harden

I think it's a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra – especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music. -Gustavo Dudamel

Asian players train so hard. Most of the time, on Monday mornings, the only people you see on the range are Asians. I mean, only see Asians. -Yani Tseng

When I was coaching with the Patriots, the players pulled a practical joke and I said, 'Do you think I'm Charlie the Tuna, like a sucker?' After that, they called me Tuna. -Bill Parcells

If the players don't trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa. -Bill Parcells

Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I'm no different. -Bill Parcells

I've been around enough to know what it takes to get a team to reach its potential, and I want players who want to reach their potential. -Bill Parcells

In my situation, unlike some players who retire because they have no choice – either teams don't want them or injuries have caused them to retire, and they just can't do it – for me, I really had never thought I would give out mentally before I gave out physically, but I think that was the case. -Brett Favre

I am supposed to set an example to young players. -Zinedine Zidane

I played on this soccer team, called Hollywood United, and there were a lot of old ex-international pro-players. We played this benefit match at the Rose Bowl, and the crowd streamed in. It's so nerve-wracking to go out into a stadium, feeling a billion eyes upon you when you mess up your touches. That's an overwhelming environment. -Donal Logue

My own Brubeck Institute in California is turning out fantastic young jazz players, and I know great things will happen. -Dave Brubeck

I got a poster from Columbia Records, and there's Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Ellington, Count Basie – everybody in that poster has died, I'm the only one left. And great players like Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan, it's hard to believe they're gone because we were all so close. But I believe in the future and the tradition will go on. -Dave Brubeck

The people I still talk to are some of the old Galaxy players all over the place. That's a bond that's pretty special. -Cobi Jones

There's no need to overwhelm yourself with thoughts, because you know that you're just as good or better than some of the players you're going up against. -Cobi Jones

Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique. -Pete Sampras

We have about 4 million people who have voted for who they want to see in the Hall of Fame. There are some people they put down that are pretty good players. You have Ray Guy, Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes and Donnie Shell. -Gale Sayers

Small players learn to be intuitive, to anticipate, to protect the ball. A guy who weighs 90 kilos doesn't move like one who weighs 60. In the playground I always played against much bigger kids and I always wanted the ball. Without it, I feel lost. -Andres Iniesta

I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field. -Andres Iniesta

If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career. -Andres Iniesta

You have to go into each match believing you can beat all of the players. -Andy Murray

I think most players would love, at one stage in their career, to say, 'I've been No. 1 in the world.' -Andy Murray

I've been asked a lot lately if tennis is clean or not. I don't know any more how you judge whether a sport is clean. If one in 100 players is doping, in my eyes that isn't a clean sport. -Andy Murray

A lot of the players are very complimentary about each other; they embrace at the end of matches because the level of the tennis has been so good. I think that's something that tennis has got to be proud of. -Andy Murray

For me, and most of the other players, too, if you had to pick one of the four Grand Slams, you would pick Wimbledon. It's got tradition, it's got atmosphere, and it's got mystique. -Stefan Edberg

I also think there's too many players who say the same boring answers, they don't even have to turn up to interviews because journalists answer their own questions the way they ask them. Unfortunately the way it is now players are so afraid to say anything, but I'd like them to be honest. -Shane Warne

It's easy for me to get along with chess players. Even though we are all very different, we have chess in common. -Magnus Carlsen

Since I retired, I very much enjoy watching Serena Williams play. While I was playing, she was one of the toughest players I ever faced. Her ground strokes are so solid, her serve is one of the most powerful in women's tennis, and mentally she is just so strong. -Monica Seles

As with Cesc Fabregas, some players who go and play for foreign clubs improve on a cultural level. It makes them grow on many levels; intellectually, because you have to learn a new language and adapt to another culture, and on a footballing level too. -Vicente del Bosque

Russia is one of the places where significant presence of social networks are driven by domestic players right now. -Yuri Milner

It's easier to date a football player for sure. Football players have one game a week, and they practice every day, but they're all at home. In basketball, they're on the road all the time. -Khloe Kardashian

Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you. -Chad Harbach

I didn't want my records to sound like anybody else, and when I've got my guys in the studio, I have a language with those guys because we work together every day. A lot of times, you bring in outside guys, studio players, whatever, and they're great musicians. It's just that they don't necessarily play the way I want it to be played. -Jason Aldean

My tastes in all things lean towards the arty and boring. I like sports documentaries about Scrabble players, bands that play quiet, unassuming music, and TV shows that win awards. In that way, I am an elitist snob. -Michael Ian Black

As the game gets bigger for the fans it gets bigger for the players. -Michael Strahan

Tom Coughlin is great with the players and he is what you see with the media. He's a good guy and he's a fun guy, but at the same time he's a serious guy when it comes to winning and it comes to football. -Michael Strahan

I just love poker players. -James Woods

Broadcasting began, essentially, in the hands of very, very few players – actually two – and when television came along, there were two networks, then three. Rules began to get formulated that essentially protected that concentrated group. -Barry Diller

There's a sense of aliveness that comes from connection, shared experience. And you see it in every place. You see it when ball players jump up and down, gather at home plate, hugging, and it's not just because they're winning, it's that shared moment, that feeling of – we enter the world alone, we leave alone. -Peter Guber

I hope somebody falls in love with me – other than my fiancee. But that's what you want. As a player you want a team that really wants you; head coach, GM, owner, everybody that really wants you in their place and the players believe in you. I'm looking forward to making somebody fall in love with me. -Robert Griffin III

You don't have to be popular with the players to be a good manager or coach. -Francis Lee

The rawness and the richness of music on vinyl almost went away, but it still seems to be on a lot of people's radar, and for good reason. It does something different than more accessible means of music playing, like MP3 players and downloads and whatnot. You get in front of these archaic contraptions that go 'round and 'round. -Billy Gibbons

In club football you have your players and staff with you all the time, preparing for two games a week, you know them inside out, you have a discipline over them. -Graham Taylor

In international football you have 10 games a season, with players from different clubs. There's no time for proper coaching; they're just recovering from playing on the Saturday. -Graham Taylor

Most announcers play pattycake, pattycake with the players they're covering. -Johnny Miller

Even in my side of the world, I've been in publishing for what, 25 or 26 years, and it's gone from being a gentlemen's club to being a few big players, and it's very corporatised. -Iain Banks

I've enjoyed my time in the game, whether it be managing Luton in the top flight, taking Spurs to Wembley or, as director of football, pinpointing players such as Jermain Defoe, Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane with real sell-on value. -David Pleat

Comedy is like music. You have to know the key and you have to find players with good chops. -Christopher Guest

You and I are players, God's our coach, and we're playing the biggest game of all. We have a loving God that made us. We need to get on His team. It says in His word, there's only one way to Him and that's through Jesus Christ. -Joe Gibbs

I love sharing my knowledge of hitting with others. Now coaches and players at all levels can learn my systematic approach to hitting a baseball with more consistency, mental strength and accuracy. -Dusty Baker

My music lives because of real players. -Abel Korzeniowski

I remember my dad, who coached football, would buy some of his players football shoes when they couldn't afford it. -Chaske Spencer

I love players like Thurston Moore. I mean, you can put notes down on a sheet of paper, and if you practice and get your chops up, you can play like an Eddie Van Halen or a Steve Vai. But nobody can do what Thurston Moore does; he's his own guy. He talks through his instrument in a language that's all his own. -Frank Iero

On the PGA Tour, guys finish in the top 10, make a ton of money and think they're great players. In my era, you had to win. We didn't settle for anything else. -Hale Irwin

As the National Football League and other pro sports increasingly reckon with the early dementia, mental health issues, suicides and even criminal behavior of former players, the risk of what's known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is becoming clear. -Jeffrey Kluger

More and more NFL players have been willing their bodies to science so that their brains can be studied even if they die of other causes. -Jeffrey Kluger

The families of many athletes – incensed at the sports leagues and hoping to make games safer overall – are increasingly making the brains of players who die prematurely and suspiciously available for study. Some athletes are even making the bequest themselves. -Jeffrey Kluger

When I think about athletes, probably my favorite guest of all time among baseball players was Ted Williams. -Charlie Rose

I know some players like being the centre of attention and I admit that when I first became a player I liked fame, too. But that feeling lasted only for three months. Then I realised what it was really like to be the centre of attention all the time. It isn't all good. -Mario Balotelli

Ashley Cole is a fantastic defender. I have seen him keep the best players in the world quiet. -Ronaldinho

I come from a family where soccer has always been very present. My uncles, my father and my brother were all players. -Ronaldinho

I think each player has an individual style. Each is concerned with giving the best to his team, and I think my best talent is dribbling and setting up goal situations, giving an assist or deceiving one of the other team's players. -Ronaldinho

My heroes were always soccer players. -Ronaldinho

I was surprised when I finally moved to Boston and the East Coast, to discover that there weren't that many vibraphone players around. And I was the only one playing with four mallets. -Gary Burton

But if you listen to great piano players, both classical and jazz, there's a huge range of dynamics and colors and emotional expression that's possible with the instrument. -Gary Burton

I think 'Horace Silver' was actually the first live jazz group I ever heard back when I was a kid in St. Louis. So along with most players of my generation, I have a real affection for the music of 'Horace Silver.' -David Sanborn

I'd do a demo recording by myself, layering instruments on top of one another, and while that's fun, it doesn't have the same impact as getting some great players together in a great studio with a great engineer and producer, then waiting for the magic. -Bernie Leadon

I sacrificed for the Dallas Cowboys when most quit. I put in overtime to try to help young players. -Charles Haley

It's hard to be a clubhouse guy without being a great guy. I mean, the nature of the job is, you know, you're picking up dirty clothes and you're doing all the tasks that the players – that nobody else wants to do. -Terry Francona

Once players have my trust, they have it. -Terry Francona

As a manager, the more consistent you are, the better off you are. It's easy to be up when things go well. When things don't go well, the players will follow your lead. So you have to be consistent and upbeat, which takes some work sometimes. -Terry Francona

There are lots of women tennis players, for instance, but because not many of them seem to have much personality, they're interchangeable. You don't have a feeling about them. -Daley Thompson

During my years of professional cricket in England, I realised that although the Australians were talented players, tactically they were a bit naive when compared to those who played full-time on the English circuit. You might find this arrogant, but that was the reality then. -Glenn Turner

I believe in greater self-sufficiency. International sport is tough, no doubt, but there shouldn't be too many crutches. In most cases sports psychologists are crutches, and they tend to soften rather than harden the players. -Glenn Turner

The Tory party is like a rugby union match in which all 30 players are wearing the same strip. They're not sure who they are grabbing round the knees, but they're having a lot of fun doing it. -Simon Hoggart

I'm sure everyone knows that my heart is and always will be with the players, the fans and the entire Dodger family. I've cared about the Dodgers for nearly my entire life, and nothing can change my allegiance to this franchise. -Steve Garvey

'Pong' hit the fancy. It was sort of the perfect storm of a game which has two players highly social, a game that women could play better than a guy, and sort of an acceptance of this social nature of games in a bar. -Nolan Bushnell

It's amazing the things you hear from your players talking to them one on one. I never embarrassed a player, I spoke with him alone. -Morgan Wootten

Excuse my voice – I don't have the thundering voice I used to have to get players going on the ice anymore. -Pat Burns

If one of my players ever wants to hit me, he better do it really hard because otherwise, I'll find a rock, a stick, or a piece of wood – and believe me, it's gonna be a brawl. -Pat Burns

Now, modern economies have a very effective mechanism for deciding if salaries are really too high: it's called the free market. That's how most people's salaries are set, after all, including those of major-league baseball players and European soccer players. -James Surowiecki

If you work for Google or Apple, stock options give you a chance to share in the increasing value of the company. In the N.F.L., nothing like this happens; the players, though rich, are just working stiffs like the rest of us. -James Surowiecki

In industries where a lot of competitors are selling the same product – mangoes, gasoline, DVD players – price is the easiest way to distinguish yourself. The hope is that if you cut prices enough you can increase your market share, and even your profits. But this works only if your competitors won't, or can't, follow suit. -James Surowiecki

Standards wars involve lots of variables, and understanding them often seems more an art than a science. They generally involve just two big players, and end in a winner-take-all situation. -James Surowiecki

I'm really interested in how you create a whole new economy of recycling. It's literally the 'underground economy.' All this stuff that on the surface creates growth and profit, ends up with waste, junk, and CO2. So how do you make it economic to bring new players into the ball game? -Peter Senge

I wouldn't say design has become strictly functional. A lot of cars these days look downright comic book to me, and the info-gadgets with which late industrial people spend the most time – phones, music players, etc. – are blobjects. -Scott Westerfeld

I don't like to waste notes, not even one. I like to put the right note in the right place, and my influences have always been those kinds of players. Keith Richards comes to mind, and I really like Nils Lofgren's soloing, because he's so melodic. I love John Lennon's rhythm playing, and George Harrison was an incredible guitarist. -Johnny Marr

Nick Zinner has been one of my favorite guitar players for a long time. -Johnny Marr

My mother was a champion high-jumper. My three brothers are basketball players. We've all been very athletic. -Grace Jones

By incentivizing Wall Street players to sniff out inefficient or corrupt companies and bet against them, short-selling acts as a sort of policing system; legal short-sellers have been instrumental in helping expose firms like Enron and WorldCom. -Matt Taibbi

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. -Matt Taibbi

Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they've beaten our top human chess champions. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

The World Cup is a very important way to measure the good players, and the great ones. It is a test of a great player. -Pele

Some of football's gaudiest displays of manliness are purely aesthetic. It's not what players do, it's how they look doing it. -J. R. Moehringer

Basketball's eras are defined by teams – Celtics, Lakers, Bulls – and baseball's epochs are defined by players – Ruth, Robinson, Mantle – but with football, it's the sideline strategists, the nutty professors and top coated Lears. -J. R. Moehringer

The greatest players use anger as fuel. Michael Jordan played every night with something like road rage. -J. R. Moehringer

As a kid, I always idolized entrepreneurs. I thought they were cool people in the way that I thought basketball players were cool people. It's cool that some people get paid to dunk basketballs, but I'm not one of those people. -Ben Silbermann

Football spectators appreciate a bit of loyalty, and we're seeing that less and less. There are echelons of football, as in society, where some players are clearly mercenaries. I regret in a way that somehow the local identification, the local bonding between the community and its football team has been commercialised to such an extent. -Vincent Nichols

Growing up in Harlem, I had the chance to practice with a Negro League team. At fifteen, I was over six feet tall and a fair athlete, but my skills didn't come close to some of the players I saw. -Walter Dean Myers

Like the Negro League players, I traveled through the segregated south as a young man. Because I was black, I was denied service at many restaurants and could only drink from water fountains marked 'Colored.' When I went to the movies, I would have to sit in the Colored balcony. -Walter Dean Myers

What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league. -Walter Dean Myers

I don't mean to diminish the job, it's a good job and a real pressure job. But I don't think a relief pitcher should ever be the most valuable player of a league. We only play in maybe half of the games. Being a relief pitcher means part-time employment. We're bench players, and bench players shouldn't be M.V.P. -Dan Quisenberry

I just feel so flattered, because the cosplayers really make sure every detail is there. I don't think I've ever cosplayed a character before, but if I were to, I'd probably go as a Klingon from 'Star Trek.' -Karen Gillan

The president is just the coach of a football team. You need the right support, the right stadium, the right players, the right staff. An excellent coach is not going to win games. -Questlove

I like what Oliver Lakes does on the saxophone. The saxophone comes pretty close to the sound of the human voice and when Oliver plays with other sax players, it's like a dialogue. -Yusef Komunyakaa

You don't buy experience at the pharmacy. You acquire it through games over time. Every player must go through that, but when the federation hired me, they told me they wanted new players and young players who will prepare for the future. -Agustin Castillo

I think the age of 27 to 28 is ideal for the Salvadoran player to play qualifiers. That's why we've brought players who are between 23 and 24. I think in three years, they'll be well-armed to play qualifiers. -Agustin Castillo

Generally speaking, they have as many stars as other firms, but they are low-key about it, because that's not the Goldman way, but their bench is a lot deeper. I think Goldman has as many A players, but more importantly they have fewer C players. And no firm, I have noticed, has the depth anywhere like that. -William D. Cohan

The best way to stop the problem of agents would be for the NCAA to come down hard and suspend a school for two years if it finds players with agents on campus. -Dean Smith

There's always something in the game you wish you would have done different. That's why players improve, because they learn from what they did before. They might have been guessing before, but now they know. -Gordie Howe

Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football. -Jim Brown

I'm not pro-owner or pro-player. I am pro-football. I want the game to go on. I want the game to be tough. I don't want the game to be a killer of our players. -Jim Brown

When you go out on a football field, you are responsible for taking care of yourself. The more rules you get, the less players truly take care of themselves. -Jim Brown

I tried to emulate my favourite guitar players, the old bluesmen like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy. I used to sit by the record player and copy Chuck Berry and the Beatles. You can never copy someone completely, so you end up developing your own style. -Ronnie Wood

The players fire the coach, and as long as I'm on the same wavelength with them, I can coach as long as I want to. -Woody Hayes

Every trick is an old one, but with a change of players, a change of dress, it comes out as new as before. -Lady Gregory

I love humorous games. I love to laugh, and I think it's a really great way to attract players. -Kim Swift

The scary thing is that players have a one-upsmanship about money; they sign a contract and they like it until someone signs a bigger one and now they don't like it. I don't like that. I don't begrudge anyone money, but it disrupts the football team. -Joe Greene

In Hollywood, for me, it's all about the movie stars and the singers. Baseball players don't draw too much attention; we're low key. I'm good with faces and sometimes bad with names, but I'll walk up to somebody if I know who they are… show them some love. -Matt Kemp

The style I have in judo is very unique… One big advantage a judo player has is they have very good posture and – like, wrestlers, they show when they're about to do a take-down… which judo players don't, and so I kind of incorporate the boxing style with a judo grip and finishing that way. -Ronda Rousey

To be honest, I'm one of the least-technical guitar players around. I just want a guitar to feel good and sound good. That's it, period. -Scott Ian

Our view is that the very best data miners or statisticians can earn as much as the very best golfers or tennis players. -Anthony Goldbloom

I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players, and that's what I tried to do. -Harmon Killebrew

I do something that I don't think anyone else does. I warm up before a game. Baseball and basketball players warm up, so why shouldn't the announcer warm up? -Chick Hearn

I think that players play, and they compete, and it's not about incentives. -David Stern

Free speech is against governments, not against the NBA. So the players and coaches and indeed owners have been fined for their speech, which is costly rather than free. I sort of acknowledge that there is not free speech when you agree to work in the NBA. -David Stern

I regret the 1998 – 99 lockout. I regret that we didn't work harder to educate our players and our owners about what the damage would be. I never can quite come up with the answer on what else we should have done, but I always blame a part of the problem on us and some part on the players. -David Stern

The key for me is movement. When the ball comes into the box, or when the wide players get it, that's where I have to be clever and make my runs. That's where I come alive. -Jermain Defoe

The role that I play as a lone striker, I enjoy it and particularly playing with great players. -Jermain Defoe

You want to play in the best stadiums against the best players – your Real Madrid's and Barcelona's – you want to play those teams. -Jermain Defoe

There is always going to be competition. When you play for a top club, you're going to attract top players. It's part and parcel of football. -Jermain Defoe

When you play with good players, they will always create chances for the forwards to score. -Jermain Defoe

For me, there's nothing that beats playing. When I'm not playing, I'll watch games on the television, watch stuff on You Tube, everything. I just live for football, love watching great players. -Jermain Defoe

I started doing up-and-down strumming, basically to keep time and to play fast. As time went on, I started realizing other guitar players couldn't do it. I always went against the grain. -Johnny Ramone

Treat the world like a failed state; then you can understand the players needed to fix it. -Cameron Sinclair

You're convincing these big, tough football players to wear what was essentially women's lingerie. There was a little bit of a Jedi mind trick that needed to take place. The product really spoke for itself once guys felt it and touched it. -Kevin Plank

It's pretty simple for me; I believe all people are created equal, regardless of their sexuality. To promote respect and acceptance is an important role for NFL players and the NFLPA. -Steve Gleason

I never set out to intentionally hurt any player and never enticed any teammate to intentionally hurt another player. I also never put any money into a bounty pool or helped to create a bounty pool intended to pay out money for injuring other players. -Jonathan Vilma

History shows fans want consolidation; you see it across the web every place. The big players are people like Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook. -Irving Azoff

I learned a lot in the Minor Leagues, spending six years there. I honed my skills, as far as coaching goes. I was able to work with the players in a lot of facets of the game. -Ryne Sandberg

Despite the situation in Cuba, I had a chance to play on the national team; and compared to other baseball players and other people in Cuba, I had the opportunity to live at a level that was not very high class but in the middle. -Yoenis Cespedes

Describing certain sounds, there's a common language that guitar players have. -Joe Perry

Statistically, I'd say there are about as many gay figure skaters as there are gay football players. The majority are straight. There are just those few exceptions, and those are the ones who have gotten picked on and followed over the years. -Johnny Weir

Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler and I used to argue for hours about who the best athletes are. I thought football players were better overall. -Warren Moon

Basketball players want contact to get a foul called. Slaps on the wrist and bumps on the shoulder are big time to them, and they don't like that. In football, you get that all the time. The whole mental makeup is different. -Warren Moon

I love basketball players for what they do for their size – so graceful. -Warren Moon

Cloud Gaming means that the game doesn't need to be downloaded and run on your computer; it literally means the game runs out on the Internet, in the cloud, with the experience being streamed to the players. -David Perry

I was more influenced by players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen than by the guys in southern rock bands. -Dimebag Darrell

My heroes are guys like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and Coen brothers and Terry Gilliam, more so than a lot of bass players at this point in my life. So I've always been an old-film nut and have very much enjoyed doing videos over the years. -Les Claypool

I want to use my connections with coaches, players, celebrities, whomever, and if I can take that friendship and use it to help someone else, I'm going to take advantage of that. I'm not going to apologize for that. -Tim Tebow

For some reason in today's society, people look up to football players and you have a voice. And it's because of that voice you have the opportunity to impact people's lives. -Tim Tebow

It can be boring to see the same players winning every time. -Marion Bartoli

As a note, I never once refer to 'Train' as a game in the rules, and I also never refer to the participants as players. -Brenda Brathwaite

To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better. -Brian Setzer

There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players. -Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

There is no reason why one should believe you should leave out politicians in cricket or any sport for that matter. There are ways and means in which government can assist in the management and development of players. -Roosevelt Skerrit

Coaching takes patience. I'm more enthused when teaching players who want it versus when I have to. -Kevin Garnett

I was one of seven, and we took a lot of road trips – long road trips. And this was before iPhones and iPads and DVD players in cars. I remember how novel it was when I got my own Walkman so I could listen to music. -Amy Adams

Many players want to make as much money as they can and change teams for ten grand. How is that going to make much difference to their lives? -Ryan Giggs

As players, you just play for the club. I love Man United, I'm going to play for Man United, and that's what my focus is on. -Ryan Giggs

All players have 'ordinary' periods in their career and it's hard to explain why. So at these times, its all about self belief, hard work and hopefully you get the break and your form returns. -Ryan Giggs

There's a band of studio session – hot players – that play on my albums… They're an eclectic bunch of misfits that I've worked with for years and years. -Toby Keith

Most players who play tennis love the game. But I think you also have to respect it. You want to do everything you can in your power to do your best. And for me, I know I get insane guilt if I go home at the end of the day and don't feel I've done everything I can. If I know I could have done something better, I have this uneasy feeling. -Andy Roddick

The best thing I can say is professional football is a business. When they are recruiting football players, they are not recruiting model citizens. Everybody has to be aware of this. What's being selected for the NFL is the ability to play and perform on Sunday afternoons. Everything else is secondary. -Jackson Katz

Most of my ukulele heroes were traditional players from Hawaii, like Eddie Kamae and Ohta-san. There may not be uke stars in popular culture, but there are certainly pop stars that play uke – George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Train, and Paul McCartney. -Jake Shimabukuro

In my regular life, I am very involved in commissions for cities and sometimes countries. And I think of public art as a team sport. The outcome is only possible with the interaction of all the players. -Janet Echelman

One thing I've noticed over the years is that young players – I mean 10- and 12-year-olds – really like my guitar style. There's something in my guitar style that they totally can latch onto and learn quickly, and then go from there to your Yngwie Malmsteens or your Steve Vais or whatever. -Kirk Hammett

Britain has bred many great explorers, but they seem to get so little coverage compared to soccer and rugby players. -Lewis Gordon Pugh

Terrorism is like jujitsu: The small players win if they make the large player use his strength against himself. -Joseph Nye

Football players have some bodies! Oh my goodness! -Vivica A. Fox

One person's going to win, and everybody else is going to not win. So let's not feel like we're losers. Let's utilize the cultural opportunities, get to know the other players on the other team, look around you, enjoy your world series. -Cal Ripken, Jr.

I play football, and most football players are camera shy. We just want to be left alone; we just want to stick to what we do. -Reggie Bush

I am very much a Red Sox fan; I can name you more players than you could possibly imagine. It's just part of who I am. -Bill de Blasio

I have a problem with players who don't take the loss personally. At a professional level you should – it's our job, it's our livelihood, it's who we are at this level. Every loss should be taken that personal. -Hope Solo

Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball. It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come. -Jennie Finch

I believe in backing players and helping them out with their game. -Gautam Gambhir

What really turns me on about technology is not just the ability to get more songs on MP3 players. The revolution – this revolution – is much bigger than that. I hope, I believe. What turns me on about the digital age, what excites me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. -Bono

Actors should be better poker players. But I think there's actual skill and crazy guts that you need to play poker – this ability to put all this money on the line inside of that game of cards. There's this whole different set of skills that doesn't apply to acting whatsoever. -Tom Everett Scott

I always wanted to play for AC Milan or Real Madrid. Real Madrid, of course, because when I was young, the players that played there were the top players. I was looking at Real Madrid as the best of the best. And AC Milan, they also had good players when I was young, so I looked at AC Milan the same way as Real Madrid. -Mario Balotelli

Brazil go into every World Cup expecting to win – so when it is in Brazil, it is expected even more. You can't understand what the World Cup means to our country. Not just the fans and players, but everybody in Brazil lets us know that they expect it. Our president, people in politics, all tell us to come back with the World Cup. -Ronaldinho

Football is a great love because I was born into a family of players and therefore born into football. I'm fortunate to have a style of play that a lot of people like. It's a privilege to be able to do what I like best and in my own way, but I'm fortunate that people like it, and that motivates me even more. -Ronaldinho

Football players are misunderstood. They aren't the dumb jocks people think they are. -Simone Elkeles

The likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry at Chelsea, English players with proper status at a club, they're going to be like the dodo bird. Extinct. -Vinnie Jones

We don't realize how much the NFL is quietly drifting towards flag football. During the '80s, part of the defense's goal was to put the fear of God into offensive players… that's fading away. -Bill Simmons

The NBA and NHL have different agendas: The NBA is much more protective of its players and its brand; the NHL has less to lose, and it's in their best interest to generate buzz any way they can. -Bill Simmons

I was determined to make Renaissance Man Food Services and Herschel's Famous 34 major players in a very tough industry. -Herschel Walker

I love baseball. I love watching baseball. As a broadcaster, I get to watch the best 700 players put on the uniform year after year. That, to me, is exciting. -Bert Blyleven

The flute was an alternative to being a small fish in an increasingly bigger pool filled with a number of great guitar players. -Ian Anderson

I think that, in all of my time, I got just one fan letter, from an NFL fullback named Darian Barnes. NFL players might not have enough time for my books. -George R. R. Martin

When I was younger, I had some close friends who always loved European football, and Real Madrid at that time were the dominant force. I remember family holidays when we used to go to Spain, and we'd bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and pretend to be the players when we played in the park. -Gareth Bale

As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don't think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football. -Gareth Bale

Professional players work almost every day, for hours on end, and the emphasis is on the word 'work.' It can be with a partner or it can be alone, but professional chess is always a pursuit of something new and surprising. -Viswanathan Anand

If you have a strong opponent, a competition is stimulating. I am generally most open to ideas when I have had a bad result. In chess, too, players specialise. This specialty then becomes an entry barrier. -Viswanathan Anand

Chess has given me a lot more than I could ask for. I have been able to feel special, travel the world and do what I truly enjoy. Moreover, chess players love being their own boss and hate having to wake up early! -Viswanathan Anand

Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes. -Viswanathan Anand

We want more women players to take up chess. There are few participants at the national level and hope it will grow. -Viswanathan Anand

I loved coming up with players in scoring position and I had to drive them in. -Willie McCovey

Ballplayers, like everyone else, like to get told they did something right. -Willie McCovey

When there were just eight teams in each of the big leagues, I was always told, 'It's hard to come up, but it's just hard to stay in the big leagues.' That's because there's always somebody. The Cardinals had so many minor league clubs and had so many good ballplayers. -Red Schoendienst

I don't like to compare clubs or players from way back. It's different today. Your ballparks are better. In the days when I played, we had eight teams in each league. Now you have more. -Red Schoendienst

I think I understand why baseball players today are a little standoffish, because the world has changed. You don't know who's trying to take advantage of you, what people really want. -Billy Williams

Philadelphia loves its team, and being able to win a World Series for the city, fans, players and our Phillies organization meant so much to me. -Pat Gillick

At the high school level, the coaches get these kids in revenue-driven sports and take them away from baseball. There's so much pressure on these kids to even play spring football. We need to get the African-American players back in the game, which I think would make it not only a better game, but more exciting and entertaining for everyone. -Pat Gillick

I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron. They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson. -Monte Irvin

When I played, I never needed the spotlight, nor did I want it. I simply wanted to play baseball and be respected by my teammates and the opposing players. -Bruce Sutter

There were times when I'd bench players for their lack of effort. We worked very hard on fundamentals, which was the Dodger way. We needed to be more aggressive. -Dick Williams

What I say about actors is you always want to find an actor you can play ball with. You throw the ball at them and you want them to throw it back. Your ball playing is a lot better when you play with good ballplayers, like any sport. Every actor I know feels the same way. -Robert Knepper

Badminton will gain momentum in a big manner after my win in Olympics. More players will participate in the game now. -Saina Nehwal

Both my parents were amateur badminton players. My father is a scientist and wanted me to be a doctor. But my mom was very aggressive and loved badminton. She pushed me right from the age of nine to take up the sport. -Saina Nehwal

When I was small, playing NBA Live, that's how I knew everyone in the NBA. That's how I learned about the players. -Tony Parker

Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands of industry groups and governments, and we are – increasingly, I think – seeing important decisions made by unaccountable, non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based Internet to one that's consumption-based. -Sue Gardner

Some players tell me that since retiring they've had the urge to go somewhere every three days. To satisfy that urge, they may even jump in the car and drive around the block. -Lou Brock

The day I left baseball, I became smart. When I was in baseball, I played for the love of the game. I'd sign any contract they gave me. But then I stopped playing and began doing interviews with the players at the ball park. I began to see the light. -Chuck Connors

The World Series of Poker was becoming popular, and there were a lot of really bad poker players out there. The misperception was that I was really good, but I just ground it out. It was a good way to make money for Box. -Dylan Smith

I'm more of an actor than a musician. I've made a little name for myself as an actor, but I also front this band. We have some great players out here, and we've found a little niche with L.A. Hootenanny. -Todd Lowe

Fantasy sports went a long way toward developing the sabermetrics formulas used not only by oddsmakers but general managers in hiring players. So the amateur fantasists ended up creating some of the algorithms that Oakland GM Billy Bean's statisticians used to win games with less salary money available for star players. -Douglas Rushkoff

I've never set up any golf course that would favor anybody. I try to make it exactly the opposite, which is what we did at Valhalla when we modernized it to accommodate the lengths players are hitting it today. -Jack Nicklaus

I always appreciated the ex-players. Being a Yankee, you get spoiled. Old-Timers Day, all these guys coming back, spring training, being around them, you get a chance to get to know them. So I always think you learn a lot by listening. -Derek Jeter

Don't get me wrong; it's not like I didn't go out and have fun. But there's been a lot of players that come to New York and get caught up in the lifestyle, and before you know it, they're sent away to another team because it affected their performance. -Derek Jeter

If a player is trying to intimidate a skilled player on your team, what do we want? We want our skilled players playing, so we shouldn't be doing that. -Bobby Orr

Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners. That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world's best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL. -Hunter S. Thompson

When you see young players coming into the squad and pushing you, no matter what age you are, you have to react. You have to worry about yourself and perform as well as you can. If you end up looking around at others, wondering who's performing better, you take your eye off the ball. -Frank Lampard

In international football, you need pace and you need your players up top to create things out of nothing and run at people. -Frank Lampard

If players are performing for you, their age shouldn't really matter, especially because the older players can bring their experience to the table. -Frank Lampard

Footballers do get a hard time, and there is a lot of generalization going on. When you get to meet players and know them as lads, it's always a bit different. -Frank Lampard

There's that talent thing where I can score goals, and there's also that want and ambition to keep doing it and doing it and doing it. I've seen a lot of players do it for a year and then they rest on their laurels, but I've been very driven throughout my career. Without being the most talented, I think I've tried to make the most of it. -Frank Lampard

My mother is a singer, my sisters all sing, my uncles are incredible singers and guitar players, so it's just kind of been like my habitat. -Bruno Mars

People know more about baseball players' contracts than they do about the policies that govern the fate of our children's lives in twenty years. Think about it. People used to say, the whole time I was growing up, 'Do you want to bring a child into this world?' That's pretty dire. -Jackson Browne

Football is entertainment in which the audience is expected to delight in gladiatorial action that a growing portion of the audience knows may cause the players degenerative brain disease. -George Will

My style is a little quirky. I can't play as fast as most professional jazz players. -Donald Fagen

I know my football. And I adore football players. The crashing noise of a tackle, the huddle grunting, and the roar of the crowd are music to my ears. -Rachel Nichols

The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we've had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world. -Bruce Springsteen

I was taught coming up in the Phillies organization to be seen and not heard by people like Pete Rose, my hero growing up, and players like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton and Manny Trillo. -Ryne Sandberg

Like so many of the players, I started at La Masia at the age of 11. I can't ever imagine not playing for Barcelona, let alone not playing soccer for a career. I don't ever want to play anywhere else. -Xavi

Ibiza is a popular vacation place for a lot of the players in Spain. If you go in the summer, there are some of the world's most famous movie and music stars, so nobody cares about soccer players. -Xavi

I'm a big soccer fan, so any soccer player that I meet, I always get star struck. I've met a lot of big stars – Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble – and I don't ever get starstruck, but when I met famous ex-football players, I just got completely starstruck. -Olly Murs

I've always been a big fan of Thierry Henry. I enjoy watching all the great players, really. But we're always drawn to some players more than others, and in my case, it's Titi. He's my favourite player. I also really liked Luis Figo when he was at Real Madrid. -Stan Wawrinka

I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don't think I could have reached the heights that I have in football – being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion. -Joe Namath

I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community. -Magic Johnson

Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night's sleep, and strangers' monologues framed like Russian short stories. -Paul Theroux

Any saxophone player will have those influences come through in their music in a very different way. I can listen to the same 10 sax players as someone else for my entire life, and we'll both play completely differently. That's the beauty of being a musician. -Kenny G

I remember how inspiring it was to meet players like Bobby Charlton or Bryan Robson when I was a kid. I still remember Clive Allen showing up when I received a trophy for my Sunday league team. -David Beckham

Over the years, when I've seen players retire, when you ask them about it, they always say you'll know when you're ready, and I think I know when I'm ready. I think I'm ready. -David Beckham

At the end of the day, I'm a footballer who has played at some of the biggest football clubs in the world and played with some of the best players in the world. -David Beckham

The best football players in the world still earn very little money compared to people who really earn money. -Arsene Wenger

If you have the money and you find the one player who can make you win and make the difference, no matter how expensive he is, you should do it. But there are not many players in the world who will make a real difference. -Arsene Wenger

My target is to make the players as rich as possible within the financial constraints of the club. My target is not to give them less money. I'm happy to make them rich. -Arsene Wenger

I've been so fortunate in life to have worked for such great organizations, with great owners and general managers and all the great players, along with the support of my family. -Tony La Russa

The thing about the banjo is, when you first hear it, it strikes many people as 'What's that?' There's something very compelling about it to certain people; that's the way I was; that's the way a lot of banjo players and people who love the banjo are. -Steve Martin

I first thought maybe I'd do a banjo presentation record, where I'd play a couple of songs and get a bunch of other players to do the rest. Then I realized I had enough of my own songs to do an album of them. -Steve Martin

Companies are hiring cosplayers to be promotional spokes models for them. There are cosplayers trying to develop a cult following even though they've only been cosplaying for less than a year or two. It's all about the social media or Facebook likes. -Yaya Han

Cosplayers love Disney princesses. We all grew up with them. We identify with one or more princesses. -Yaya Han

With the recent addition of a full soundtrack and the players map, millions of Poptropicans around the globe are now fully immersed in a multimedia gaming experience when they embark on our high quality adventures. -Jeff Kinney

There's rule changes every year. I do wish, however, that the NFL did have a voice from the players' side, whether it's our players' union president, or team captains, or our executive committee on the players' side. Because we're the guys that realize the risk; we're the guys on the field. -Troy Polamalu

There's so much built-up camaraderie and sacrifice, and football is such a tough man's game. I think that's why it's so popular. That's why so many blue-collar communities and people can really feel attracted to this because it is a blue-collar struggle that football players go through. -Troy Polamalu

English banjo players really were a law unto themselves – you don't find that kind of brisk banjo playing on the original Louis Armstrong or Bix Beiderbecke records. -Pete Townshend

I didn't start to collect records and listen to guitar players properly until I went to art school, when I'd already been playing for five years. So my style was already formed, and that's why I think it's so unique. -Pete Townshend

I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing. You have to be a salesman, and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you're trying to accomplish on the basketball floor. -Phil Jackson

You have to be able to psychologically help your players, support-wise, be in touch with them, so I think managing people is very important. -Phil Jackson

My philosophy is that you don't motivate players with speeches; you have motivated players that you draft. That's where they come in, and those are the guys that are competitive. You can not teach competitiveness. -Phil Jackson

Talent is to actors what luck is to card players. It's not really anything; it's just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things. Talent is like, you know, I never really believed in talent, I believed in drive and determination and preparation, but talent is sort of like luck. -Shia LaBeouf

You as an individual coach have a responsibility to try to give those players who put themselves at risk and in harm's way a chance to achieve success, and that goes for universities and professional teams, as well. -Bill Parcells

When I was in high school, there were these British blues-rock-type bands with really good guitar players that would jam on one song for half an hour. And as much as I was amazed by some of those guitar players, seeing them prompted me to make a note that that's not something I could do. -David Byrne

I've studied several guitar players and songwriters, mostly from Al di Meola to Dimebag Darrell, from Freddie Mercury of Queen to Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Bradley Nowell of Sublime. -Mark Salling

I am a National Football League player of American Samoan heritage. Because of my status as a professional athlete, I have been blessed to play a role in educating players and fans about the culture and history of America's southernmost territory. -Troy Polamalu

I do not abuse players. I talk to myself; I abuse myself. It's my way of letting off steam. I do it after every century; I do not do it always. I keep telling myself: 'Improve, improve from the previous match, the previous shot. You can do it.' -Virat Kohli

Basketball Without Borders is a leadership camp that takes basketball to different places around the world, to Africa, Europe, America and Asia. It's a camp that brings players from different parts of the continent to one city that's been assigned as the host city. We've been going to a different city every year. -Dikembe Mutombo

My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in. -Arnold Palmer

No one ever sits you down at age eight and says, 'Aminatta, this is what's happened so far.' You have to work it out for yourself, and by the time you do, it's ancient history to many of the players. We're trying to make sense of the past, so we start to excavate our memories. -Aminatta Forna

Working with lots of old media clients, I've had a front-row seat on the ascension of new social players and the decline of traditional news outlets. And it's clear to me that old media has an awful lot to learn from social media, in particular in five key areas: relevance, distribution, velocity, monetization, and user experience. -Ryan Holmes

I'm always interested in working with people who are good team players – that are selfless that way in their interests and dedication to the project. -Diane Paulus

All the really good guitar players – Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, or even Bert Jansch or John Martin – I love all those people. But I didn't start out thinking that I would be a guitar player. In the beginning, I played the guitar so I could sing. I mainly concentrated on my voice. -James Vincent McMorrow

The players in the promotion business today are, by and large, not in it for the art anymore. It's all about how many bucks can you make on a concert. -Sid Bernstein

If I were on the field, I'd want the manager sticking up for me. Sometimes players are dead wrong, ranting and raving, but you stick up for them. They appreciate that. -Bobby Cox

One time I was doing a speech to a group of kids, and just before I get there, I see this little kid crying. I found out they just lost a game, and he was the losing pitcher. I went over there, put my arm around him, and said, 'What are you crying for? When major league players lose, they don't cry.' -Tommy Lasorda

We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking, in an effort to reduce head injuries, yet we still allow fighting. We're stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport do we want to be. Either anything goes and we accept the consequences, or take the next step and eliminate fighting. -Steve Yzerman

Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It's the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop. -Steve Yzerman

I taught myself off records, Memphis Slim, them old piano players, then added to it. Yeah, hard and loud, beat it to pieces. -Pinetop Perkins

There is a finite group of major financial players… and overall, the best thing for all of us is to be in an industry that's well respected, well regarded, and well thought of. -Gary Cohn

I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players. -Pele

You must respect people and work hard to be in shape. And I used to train very hard. When the others players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball. -Pele

When you play against dirty players or very tough players, it's easy to escape because you know what they're going to do. But when the player is tough but intelligent, it's much more difficult. -Pele

Brazil's always had great players, both at home and abroad, but we need to put all that talent together and mould a team out of it. -Pele

My week at school would be good or bad depending on whether Balmain won. I have such fond memories of those suburban grounds, and everything was so undiluted. The players weren't censored, and for me it was a wonderful period of my life when everything was simple and pure. For me, that resonated with rugby league. -Matthew Nable

Technology ventures can succeed with very little investment, unlike many other industries. A lot of the big Internet players like Google or Yahoo were started by a couple of guys with computers. Microsoft was started in Bill Gates' garage. -Jonathan Raymond

If the players understand and accept that their leader is steering their direction through thoughtful, careful measures, then they will pull together to give the best effort every time. -Don Yaeger

Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has long believed that he, his staff and players should be as devoted to family time as they are to playing time, as focused on giving to charities as they are to taking the ball away from opponents. -Don Yaeger

Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them. -Henry Rollins

I love 'Crazy Horse,' and Neil Young is one of my favorite guitar players. -Juliana Hatfield

I appreciate very much Vilayat Khan, the sitar player, and Bismillah Khan, the shehnai player; and among the tabla players, of course, Alla Rakha, Kishan Maharaja, and all these people. -Ravi Shankar

I tried the guitar, but it had two strings too many. It was just too complicated, man! Plus, I grew up with Steve Cropper. There were so many good guitar players, another one wasn't needed. What was needed was a bass. -Donald Dunn

I know that baseball players have certain rituals or habits that they develop, because sometimes it becomes somewhat superstitious if they get on a streak and want to do the same thing over and over again. -Chadwick Boseman

There's a lot of chatter in basketball and, rightfully, you want players to be talking to each other… But sometimes in practice, it gets too verbose… so I tried to take things out of the ordinary and make them special so they'd understand the difference. -Phil Jackson

I think I earned the players' respect, and that's the ultimate in life, isn't it? I didn't care if they liked me or disliked me, as long as I had their respect. -Al Barlick

The goal of mass transit is to convince people to abandon their cars, which feature such enticing accessories as CD players and elbow room. -Brendan I. Koerner

When you're an expert in a subject, you can retain new factoids on your favorite topic easily. This only works for the subjects you're truly passionate about, though. Baseball fans can reel off stats for their favorite players, then space out on their own birthday. -Clive Thompson

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don't criticize a teammate. Never be late. -John Wooden

Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me. -John Wooden

In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me. -John Wooden

I liked George Weiss when he was with the Yankees. He loved the Old Timers' Day. He loved it. And he invited all these people to come, all these players to come. -Yogi Berra

I am absolutely confident that St. Louis can attract major players in technology and make the companies that are here blossom. -Jim McKelvey

I thought the Hall of Fame was for superstars, not just average players like me. -Earle Combs

It would mean a lot to me to get into the Hall of Fame, to be grouped with some of the greatest players in history. -Leon Day

For a blink of an eye, there was so much media glare. It was unexpected, and I don't think we realized the magnitude of the message we were imparting with 'The Nanny Diaries.' There was also this added challenge that some of the media power players whose publications were doing stories on us perceived us to be sniping at their lifestyles. -Emma McLaughlin

With Net Neutrality, the level playing field that gave us Google, YouTube and eBay when they were start-ups would suddenly start to tilt in favor of the big, established players. -Chellie Pingree

I was correct in every call I made, regardless of what managers, players or replay may have said. To me, that's the reason I'm in the Hall of Fame. If I didn't umpire with conviction, I wouldn't have made it for long. -Doug Harvey

If you don't need umpires out there, and you can put robots out there, then why do we need ballplayers? -Doug Harvey

No cricket team in the world depends on one or two players. The team always plays to win. -Virat Kohli

I've really gotten into fashion, and ever since I got into the NBA, I feel like players are walking billboards. -Chandler Parsons

Whatever you're selling, storage or networking or security, you're going head to head with the incumbent players. -Marc Andreessen

Like my best friend, I asked for drums for Christmas, and got them. But when he moved on to guitar, I realized two things: (1) guitar is a much more expressive instrument, (2) way more girls pay attention to guitar players than to drummers. -Greg Iles

A weak, insecure nation needs sporting heroes, players larger than life on the cricketing field, who can transcend the limitations of their country and team. -Shashi Tharoor

Wherever Mantle went in the great metropolis – Danny's Hideaway, the Latin Quarter, the '21' Club, the Stork Club, El Morocco, Toots Shor's – his preferred drink was waiting when he walked through the door. Reporters waited at his locker for monosyllabic bons mots. Boys clustered by the players' gate, hoping to touch him. -Jane Leavy

Playing a character in a video game is different to other performances because your character can't lead the audience of players in one direction. -Andy Serkis

Really racing is about the horses, not me. You can't do it without the horses, and they are the big players as are the lads who look after them, and they rarely get a mention. -Tony McCoy

I get to play with all these different players who don't necessarily approach music always the same way that I might. So I learn a lot. -John Oates

Misdeeds of a few players and certain people cannot and should not bring bad name to hundreds of players who participated in the I.P.L. with full honesty. The reputation of the I.P.L. cannot be tarnished by a few greedy individuals. -Rajeev Shukla

When humans team up with computers to play chess, the humans who do best are not necessarily the strongest players. They're the ones who are modest and who know when to listen to the computer. Often, what the human adds is knowledge of when the computer needs to look more deeply. -Tyler Cowen

We are trying to educate players to use their spare time to train for a life after football, which comes to everybody. You can lead a lot of horses to water, but you can't make them all drink. -Gordon Taylor

You don't hear a film director saying 'Money mustn't go out of the industry' to actors. You don't hear a concert promoter saying 'We must make sure that money doesn't go out of our industry' to Elton John. Some people in football seem to think, 'Never mind the players, let's get on with the game.' -Gordon Taylor

The Football Association have always acted more as a referee than a governor. And the FA, aware the Premier League provide players for the England team, have always had too gentle a hand on the tiller. The result is that the Premier League are the tigers in the English football jungle everybody's scared of. -Gordon Taylor

David Beckham is a patriot, and I am sure he will help in any way he can. Beckham needs to be part of any future plans to remould the England set-up. Beckham and players like him need to be integrated into the set-up in the same way that the Germans take on board former players from Beckenbauer to Rummenigge. -Gordon Taylor

I know so many players who say they wouldn't entertain coaching, until they retire that is, and then they want to take their coaching badges. I suspect this might happen with David Beckham. -Gordon Taylor

The whole object of the players' association is to try and make sure that any individual is able to capitalise on his ability, particularly in football, which is a very short career. -Gordon Taylor

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