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In fifty years of covering the sport,
by Dick Schaap

In fifty years of covering the sport,
of course Muhammad Ali is by far the dominant figure.
- Dick Schaap

Some people who love boxing might love Mike Tyson,
but people outside of the sport are generally repulsed by him and therefore,
repulsed by the sport.
- Dick Schaap

If I got paid, it was no more than five dollars a column,
and I still think I was overpaid.
- Dick Schaap

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

 

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 worked with Rocky Graziano and Rocky was certainly a character.
- Dick Schaap

I began learning the sportswriting business very early in life.
- Dick Schaap

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I got to know Sugar Ray but I certainly would not say we were good friends.
- Dick Schaap

My top three were Jim Brown, Wilt Chamberlain and Bo Jackson.
- Dick Schaap

Sugar Ray and talked about doing some articles together
or writing a book together but dealing with Sugar Ray
was a lot like fighting him.
He would fake you in and then he'd drop you.
- Dick Schaap

My writing improved the more I wrote -
and the more I read good writing,
from Shakespeare on down.
- Dick Schaap

Also, I am driven by a wonderful muse called alimony.
- Dick Schaap

It's kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters,
boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline.
In both cases it's for the lack of a suitable hero.
- Dick Schaap

Sugar Ray Leonard was as close as anyone came after Ali to being Ali,
but he wasn't Ali.
- Dick Schaap

Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world
during the 1950's when it seemed that he would either
win or lose the championship about every three or four months.
- Dick Schaap

Sportswriters have changed more than sportswriting.
- Dick Schaap

Cliches and adjectives permeated my prose.
- Dick Schaap

I was also in love with the English language.
- Dick Schaap

I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance.
If you have a vote for the most significant athlete,
then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth,
then you have Michael Jordan.
- Dick Schaap

I think on balance, Don King has been bad for boxing.
I think he's done some very good things and I think
he did a heck of a job of promoting Ali but I think
I could have promoted Ali.
- Dick Schaap

I just can't believe all the things I did that decade.
- Dick Schaap

All of journalism is a shrinking art.
So much of it is hype.
The O.J.
Simpson story is a landmark in the decline of journalism.
- Dick Schaap

Today, it's money.
There's no question about that.
Unless you endorse a grill that cooks hamburgers and steaks,
where else can you make the kind of money that you
can make in the ring if you're good?
- Dick Schaap

I think my mistakes were kind of common -
leaning on cliches and adjectives in the place of clear,
vivid writing.
But at least I knew how to spell, which seems to be a rarity these days.
- Dick Schaap

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

A man who views the world the same at fifty
as he did at twenty
has wasted thirty years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
- Hosea Ballou

Homesickness is nothing.
Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
- John Cheever

I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you,
you should stay home and have a good cry.
- Josh Billings

The great social adventure of America is no longer
the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
- Walter Lippmann

Any gentleman with the slightest chic will give a girl
a fifty dollar bill for the powder room.
- George Axelrod

What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all,
because it isn't.
I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.
- Stephen Leacock

At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity,
without being able to render it.
At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it.
- Camille Pissarro

This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago.
They threw things at me then but they were not roses.
- Susan B. Anthony

I have probably purchased fifty 'hot tips' in my career,
maybe even more.
When I put them all together, I know I am a net loser.
- Charles M. Schwab

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty;
it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
- Coco Chanel

When you get to fifty-two food becomes more important than sex.
- Tom Lehrer

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people
in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week.
- Mario Cuomo

I won't be able to do what I'm doing forever.
There aren't that many scripts floating around for fifty-year-old chicks.
- Cher

The wool of a thousand sheep in good pasture at the
least ought to yield fifty marks a year,
the wool of two thousand one hundred marks,
and so forth, counting by thousands.
- Robert Grosseteste

Whether or not our system of Indian management has
been a success during the past ten,
fifty, or hundred years is almost answered in the asking.
- Nelson A. Miles

With The Guess Who, it took us fifty-something singles before we had hits.
- Randy Bachman

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion,
at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent,
at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
- Baltasar Gracian

I mean, I've been in a hundred and fifty films;
I don't want to just sit around and talk about things.
- Michael Ironside

I began drinking alcohol at the age of thirteen and
gave it up in my fifty sixth year;
it was like going straight from puberty to a mid-life crisis.
- George Montgomery

This Adonis in loveliness was a corpulent man of fifty.
- H. L. Hunt

One has to be able to count if only so that at fifty
one doesn't marry a girl of twenty.
- Maxim Gorky

When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes
in the last fifty years -
which are the gay movement and the women's movement -
I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those.
- Bill Condon

Unless you have made a complete surrender and are doing
his will it will avail you nothing if you've reformed
a thousand times and have your name on fifty church records.
- Billy Sunday

If I cut an album now and sell it for ten bucks,
I can put seven dollars and fifty cents in my pocket.
- Mickey Gilley

I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville
that man would not fly for fifty years.
- Wilbur Wright

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand
dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.
- Marilyn Monroe

I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away.
What I thought was fifty years away,
was only ten years away.
And what I thought was ten years away...
it was already here.
I just wasn't aware of it yet.
- Bruce Sterling

I have been a woman for fifty years,
and I've never yet been able to discover precisely what it is I am.
- Jean Giraudoux

I've been fifty thousand times to the Louvre.
I have copied everything in drawing,
trying to understand.
- Alberto Giacometti

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.
- Stendhal

Every Friday I used to have about fifty,
sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard
and I'd take them all to dinner.
All runaways.
- Al Lewis

A three year old child is a being who gets almost as
much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as
it does out of finding a small green worm.
- Bill Vaughan

The heyday of woman's life is the shady side of fifty.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In America, every female under fifty calls herself a girl.
- H. E. Bates

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
- Charles Caleb Colton

One of the things I love about theater,
one of the reasons I'll never give it up,
is that it's fifty percent the audience's responsibility.
- William Petersen

Tires were so bald on the truck that the air was showin' through,
and I had to drive fifty miles an hour all the way out there,
because the vibration was so bad.
- Chris LeDoux

I've only been doing this fifty-four years.
With a little experience, I might get better.
- Harry Caray

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means
each party getting fifty percent of publicity.
- Lauren Bacall

Fifty years ago wealth was stored and transmitted physically through gold bars,
stock certificates, bank notes, and coins.
- Scott Cook

By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are,
and if it is good, it is better than your youth.
- Marya Mannes

Fifty years from now I'll be just three inches of type in a record book.
- Brooks Robinson

Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
- Alexander Hamilton


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