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Sports Movie Quote or Real Life?

Matt HaupertFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Sports Movie Quote or Real Life?

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    The NBA season is over. The baseball season is getting into the thick of the boring part. Football still seems years away.

    So what do we devoted fans, whose lives revolve around the teams we so closely follow, do now?

    While your friends pretend to like soccer for the next few weeks despite not really knowing any of the rules, I offer a more captivating alternative: Useless Sports Trivia (UST).

    The best thing about UST is that you don't just have to observe—you get to participate. You'll find today's trivia topic to be relevant, riveting and rigorous, fulfilling the three Rs of UST.

    As sports fans, we've all witnessed real-life story lines that seem captivating enough to be made into movies, and we've heard hilarious and inspiring quotes that would stand out in even the finest screenplays.

    Sometimes, it's almost impossible to even tell the difference.

    On the following slides, you'll find 11 of the most humorous, inspiring and memorable quotes from both the real world and the canon of sports cinema.

    For each quote, we've just got one simple question: Sports movie quote or real life?

    See what you can do.

    Welcome to UST, rookie.

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    Quote: “Show me the money.”  

    Sports movie quote or real life? Skip to the next slide for the answer.

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    Gotcha!

    I'm guessing most of you are familiar with this line because of its famous use in the film Jerry Maguire, as shown in the scene above. In fact, that seen made this line one of the most famous sports movie quotes of all time—in fact, it's one of the most famous quotes from any movie, sports or otherwise.

    Writer Cameron Crowe can't be credited with making it up, however.

    According to Jeff Merron of ESPN's Page 2, the line was borrowed from the real life of Arizona Cardinals safety Tim McDonald, who apparently told owners, "I've got a wife and I've got kids and I've been beaten up for five years here in Phoenix and now I'm a free agent. Show me the money."

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    Quote: "Win one for the Gipper!"

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    Associated Press

    This one may have tricked a few of you who saw the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American, starring Pat O'Brien as Rockne, legendary Notre Dame football coach, and Ronald Reagan as George Gipp. Though the line was said in the movie, it happened in real life first.

    "The Gipper" is a nickname that refers to Gipp, one of the greatest football players in Notre Dame history, who prematurely died at age 25. As legend has it, Gipp told Rockne to tell his team to "win one for the Gipper" if they ever found themselves at a point of desperation.

    In the final game of the 1928 season, Notre Dame was up against an undefeated Army team, and Rockne used Gipp's words in a halftime speech. The inspiration worked, as the Fighting Irish went on to pull off the upset.

    Nobody knows for sure if Rockne's story about Gipp on his deathbed was entirely factual, but his halftime speech has gone down in history nevertheless.

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    Quote: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."

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    MURRAY BECKER/Associated Press

    This was another tricky one because this quote, spoken by Lou Gehrig to his fans near the end of his too-short life, was also immortalized on the silver screen in the movie The Pride of the Yankees.

    Two weeks after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—now referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease—the Yankees legend gave a heartfelt speech to his home crowd, explaining that while many felt sorry for him and thought his life had taken an unfortunate turn for the worse, he was still grateful for the experience he had had and found himself to be boundlessly lucky.

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    Henryk Sadura/Associated Press

    Quote: "You don’t live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!”  

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    In 1989, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche became infamous for a midgame announcement during a contest against the Seattle Seahawks.

    Bengals fans had reacted embarrassingly to a questionable call by referees, throwing things onto the field and prompting Seattle to refuse to continue the game until the outrage had subsided.

    Wyche was given a microphone and tried to end the madness with the ultimate insult: comparing Bengals fans to Browns fans. Ouch.

    Well, needless to say, that certainly shut them up.

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    Mark Newman/Associated Press

    Quote: "You’re gonna eat lightning, and you’re gonna crap thunder."

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    It's a beautiful image, isn't it?

    Pete Carroll feeds his team lightning before the Super Bowl, giving them just enough energy to win the game.

    Mike Trout craps thunder as he rounds third base, propelling him to reach home safely and preserve a victory.

    Unfortunately, this quote is not from real life, as anyone familiar with classic sports movies should be well aware. This line comes from Rocky, perhaps the most iconic sports film ever made, and is spoken by Rocky's trainer, Mickey Goldmill, during the first installment of the series.

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    Quote: "Who’s got it better than us? Nobody!"

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    Sometimes, Jim Harbaugh's passionate antics on the football field are reminiscent of a great fictional movie coach, willing his team to victory over a dramatic underscore.

    Cinematic as it may be, however, this call-and-response quote comes directly from Harbaugh's real life.

    The rallying cry has become a sort of motto for the San Francisco 49ers since Harbaugh took over:

    Coach: Whoooooo's got it better than us?

    Team: Nooooooooobody!

    Though this became famous primarily because of Jim, he is actually not responsible for making it up. Harbaugh picked up the saying from his father, who used it to teach his children to be appreciative of all of the wonderful things they have.

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    Quote: "Leave no doubt!"

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    This saying has been used time and time again in various sports settings, including this epic speech by West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, but Remember the Titans can be credited with using it first and using it best.

    In the film, the Titans—our heroes, coached by Denzel Washington—find themselves playing against not only the opposing team, but also against the referees, who are deliberately rigging the game against the Titans due to their high number of African-American players.

    Assistant coach Bill Yoast attempts to get the team fired up and motivated to play on and win despite the unfair, unjust disadvantage. The result is one of the most powerful scenes in sports movie history.

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    Scott Barbour/Getty Images

    Quote: "I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end."

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    Darron Cummings/Associated Press

    Larry Bird: three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, NBA Coach of the Year, NBA Executive of the Year and an all-around inspiring guy.

    This quote sounds like a classic father-to-son or coach-to-player offering of advice before the climactic big game in a dramatic movie, but this was just good old Larry sharing his invaluable Larry wisdom.

    Bird's theory definitely worked in his own life. Known as one of the most motivated and hardest-working players in the history of the league, Bird was able to turn in a singularly legendary NBA career.

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    Dieter Heinemann/Associated Press

    Quote: "The best way to die is to sit under a tree, eats lots of bologna and salami, drink a case of beer and blow up."

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    This is the type of wisdom you might expect to hear from someone like Zach Galifianakis in one of the movies from The Hangover series.

    However, this was actually a real-life quote from Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan, who played his best years with the Baltimore Colts in the middle of the 20th century.

    Donovan passed away last year, and it's unknown whether or not he was in the presence of salami or bologna at the time. It is confirmed that he did not, in fact, blow up.

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    Associated Press

    Quote: "Anyone who wants to be a can't-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama's bra, raise your hand."

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    OK, so this one probably wasn't too hard to identify as a movie quote. In fact, it should have been easy for you to identify which movie it was from just based on the use of the term "paintywaist" and the reference to your "mama's bra."

    Although this line was spoken by the great Benny Rodriguez in the classic movie The Sandlot, it's fun to imagine scenarios when this could possibly have been used in real life:

    Halftime at Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Spurs lead the Heat 47-40. With elimination staring his team in the face, LeBron James gathers his teammates, desperate to do something that will provide a little motivation.

    He delivers a passionate speech, finishing with: "Anyone who wants to be a can't-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama's bra, raise your hand."

    Much to the team's dismay, Wade raises his hand, and the team gets steamrolled in the second half.

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    Phil Sandlin/Associated Press

    Quote: "They're fast, they're big, they're dirty...plus they're fast." 

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    Billy Bob Thornton starred as coach Gary Gaines in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, based on the book of the same name.
    Billy Bob Thornton starred as coach Gary Gaines in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, based on the book of the same name.Associated Press

    There are plenty of players in the real sports world who have made profoundly illogical or ridiculous statements, but these words belong to the character Ivory Christian, a linebacker for the Permian Panthers in the 2004 football film Friday Night Lights.

    The movie as a whole easily lands among the greatest football movies ever made.

    It's powerful, it's exciting, it's heartbreaking...plus it's powerful.


    So how'd you do? More than 10 correct and you were either cheating or lucky. Less than five and you qualify as a basic fan.

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