"I am a professional sportswriter, among other things, and I take the games seriously. It is only one of my many powerful addictions, and I don't mind admitting any of them."
Quotes of the Day Archive
"The three most important things for a sportscaster are knowledge of the game, a passion for sports and the profession, and the stamina to struggle."
-- Lesley Visser
"It would be inaccurate to say that baseball has defined my life, but it is correct to say that it has certainly lent definition to it. I have played, coached, umpired, photographed and written about baseball – thousands of games – from Little League through collegiate, international and professional levels. And what has come of it? What have I learned from this decades-long investment of time and effort? One of the most important things I have learned is the ability to understand, accept and deal with failure."
-- Herm Card
"You’re taken seriously if you know your stuff."
-- Joan Niesen
"If I would presume to give any young broadcaster advice, it would be to not take it so seriously, which goes hand-in-hand with not taking ourselves so seriously."
-- Van Earl Wright
"I've always had the notion that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again."
-- Red Smith
"They should have a rule: in order to be a sportswriter, you have to have played that sport, at some level; high school, college, junior college, somewhere. Or, you should have had to have been around the game for a long time."
-- Oscar Robertson
"I wanted to be a sportswriter because I loved sports and I could not hit the curve ball, the jump shot, or the opposing ball carrier."
-- Dick Schaap
"I've sometimes heard players and fans say that we in the media want the team to lose 'because it sells papers and creates interest.' That's wrong. Winning sells papers. And piles up Internet hits. And helps sell advertising because businesses want to be associated with a hot team sizzling with fan interest."
-- Terry Pluto
"I just want the viewer to have a very informative and entertaining listen. I want them to feel like they’ve pulled up a chair right next to us. I hope to bring to the telecast what I call 'buddy information'” -- where you hear something and maybe the next day you say to your buddy, 'Hey, I heard something about this player or this team,' and they pass it on by word of mouth."
-- Tom Verducci
"When sports stars are young, we revere them as warriors who never say die. Then as they age we ask them to hurry up and quit."
-- Larry Platt
"I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more."
-- Harry Caray
"We don't have a rooting interest. We have an interest in watching people excel and then coming up with creative ways to describe it."
-- Beth Mowins
"I was a bit of a freak show as early as age 5 or 6. I knew every player and their number on the Steelers. My parents' friends would try to get me. Very early on, it was something I knew I wanted to do. In my eighth- grade yearbook, you put down what you think you're going to be when you grow up, and I said broadcaster."
-- Ryan Burr
"My love for sports began on the sidelines on Saturday afternoons in my home state, Connecticut. My father was a high school football coach, and I knew I wanted to be around sports for the rest of my life."
-- Nick Carboni
"When I was going to Syracuse…I was interning at a television station, I was working at the local radio station, I was doing whatever I could outside the curriculum to get better. It’s hard just to learn about broadcasting through books. You have to get out there and do it yourself."
-- Todd Kalas
"I wanted it to be like I was sitting in your living room or at a restaurant and we were just talking. I find that far more effective than something cutesy. I'm trying to appeal to the non-hardcore sports fan. I do a lot of explaining and setting up on why something has relevance. I talk to them (viewers), but I'm also an educator of things."
-- Gregg Mace
"I don’t predict anymore because every time I predict something good, something bad happens and if I predict bad, something good happens. So I’m not a very good predictor."
-- Don Fischer
"Over the years, many listeners have told me they remember an anecdote I mentioned about a specific player or team. Few remember stats."
-- Robert Ford
"I wonder sometimes if younger women understand what it used to be like. I'm not sure that they do."