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Lead the league in effort

July 9, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

I flopped down and watched a small part of Jon Gruden talking with Manti Te'o on ESPN Monday.

"Lead the league in effort," Gruden said to the San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker, 'because it doesn't take any ..."

"Talent," offered the former Notre Dame standout.

Having a great attitude doesn't take any talent, either.

Lead the league in effort.

That just struck a chord with me because it is so easy to do.

Effort is contagious, so is the lack of effort.

Having a great attitude is contagious, so is having a bad attitude.

"Facing The Giants"

"Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart's not right." - Grant Taylor in Facing The Giants.

"Hoosiers"

"If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says. At the end of the game, in my book, we're gonna be winners."

"I'll make it."

"Leave the ball, will you, George?"

"Ten feet. I think you'll find it's exact same measurements as our gym back in Hickory."

"My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment."

"Remember the Titans"

"People say that it can't work, black and white; well, here we make it work, every day. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans."

"This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don't care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men."

"Attitude reflects leadership, captain."

"Miracle"

"I wanna see the kid in the net who wouldn't take the test."

"Mike Eruzione! Winthrop, Massachusetts! I play for the United States of America!"

"Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em 10 times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have ... This is your time. Now go out there and take it."

"Glory Road"

"You'll play basketball my way. My way is hard."

"Coach Carter"

"You said we're a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph,"

"You really need to consider the message you're sending this boys by ending the lockout. It's the same message that we as a culture send to our professional athletes; and that is that they are above the law. If these boys cannot honor the simple rules of a basketball contract, how long do you think it will be before they're out there breaking the law? I played ball here at Richmond High 30 years ago. It was the same thing then; some of my teammates went to prison, some of them even ended up dead. If you vote to end the lockout, you won't have to terminate me; I'll quit."

"Friday Night Lights"

"Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn't one more thing that you could've done. Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that, gentlemen, then you're perfect."

"Chariots of Fire"

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure."

"Cobb"

"Well, I figure against today's pitchers I'd only probably hit about .290." (Cobb said when he was 72).

"Hoop Dreams"

"People always say to me, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me.' Well, I should've said back, 'If I don't make it to the NBA, don't you forget about me.' "

"Rudy"

"You're 5-foot nothin', 100 and nothin' and you have nearly a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football team in the land for two years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself."

"Invictus"

"No. Tomorrow's taken care of, one way or another. I was thinking about how you spend 30 years in a tiny cell, and come out ready to forgive the people who put you there."

"Seabiscuit"

"I think it's better to break a man's leg than his heart."

"A League of Their Own"

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."

"Tin Cup"

"I hit it again because that shot was a defining moment, and when a defining moment comes along, you define the moment ... or the moment defines you."

"Brian's Song"

"I love Brian Piccolo. And I'd like all of you to love him too. And so tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him."

"Field of Dreams"

"Hey Dad, you wanna have a catch?"

"Secretariat"

"More than 3,000 years ago a man named Job complained to God about all his troubles and the Bible tells us that God answered. Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paused fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds."

"We Are Marshall"

"Those were not welcome days. We buried sons, brothers, mothers, fathers, fiances. Clocks ticked, but time did not pass. The sun rose and the sun set, but the shadows remained. When once there was sound, now there was silence. What once was whole, now was shattered."

"The Blind Side"

"You really expect Michael to lay down on a couch and talk about his childhood like he's Woody Allen or something? I mean, Michael's gift is his ability to forget. He's mad at no one and he really doesn't care what happened in the past."

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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