George Vecsey Quotes About FIFA, Signal, Soccer, Play, Hero, Sports

George Vecsey Quotes About FIFA, Signal, Soccer, Play, Hero, Sports

George Vecsey Quotes

George Vecsey Quotes:

One of the most beautiful sights in my neighborhood is on High Holy Days when people walk to temple. Not only does this bring the traditional legendary weather, but it gives off a psychic signal to slow down.

George Vecsey

This occasional sports columnist, who has been to his share of Super Bowls, had been glad to be home on Super Bowl Sunday, but the scary commercials made me want to be in the melee of the arena, where you are not aware of commercials.

George Vecsey

FIFA is a vuvuzela. It’s in your ear, but you don’t want to hear it, and then eventually it goes away.

George Vecsey

Nobody has ever called Shea Stadium a cathedral. In style, it was more like the old warehouse or outdated movie theater that Korean worshippers have transformed into a church in the borough of Queens. Not a cathedral – but a place where people go to be fulfilled, nonetheless.

George Vecsey

Three of the brightest baseball pitchers of their times staged comebacks without much success – David Cone, Jim Bouton and Jim Palmer – but there was room to admire their quixotic gesture.

George Vecsey

What I like about it is the creativity. When I watch good soccer players – the way they have to make a play out of nothing.

George Vecsey

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Some anthems are great for sports. You’ve got the Russian national anthem… ‘O Canada,’ how wonderful is that for hockey… but I chose the Italian national song because at my first World Cup, I saw the Italians play four times, and they won all four times – they won the championship.

George Vecsey
George Vecsey
Source: The New York Times

War of attrition, war of wills. That’s what the Stanley Cup playoffs are – more intense, more physical and more prolonged than the playoffs of any other sport.

George Vecsey

I’ve seen elbows that broke eye sockets. I’ve seen a German goalkeeper just level a French guy. His teammates thought he was dead lying on the ground. This was in 1982 at my first World Cup. But a bite is outside any kind of contact collision: dirty foul play. A bite is a bite.

George Vecsey

We all understand the economics of the Super Bowl – 10 or 12 minutes of the ball in motion will be stretched into three and a half hours or more of money-making commercials.

George Vecsey

Youth sports could not exist without millions of volunteers and modestly paid coaches who teach our children how to skate and catch and dribble and also how to get along with others.

George Vecsey

In New York, I run into Packers fans who have never lived in Wisconsin, Canadiens fans who have never lived in La Belle Province, Celtics fans who admire Russell and Bird and Pierce but have no trace of a Boston accent.

George Vecsey

I know, I know – men have that extra hero gene in their foolish makeup; it’s part of our charm. But I happen to know some women who have their inner sports hero, too.

George Vecsey

When I was a kid, my father brought home the autobiography of Sid Luckman, the great Chicago Bears quarterback – probably an extra copy from the sports department where he worked. It was the first sports biography I ever read.

George Vecsey

There is always a group of death in any World Cup. And it’s a complement in a way to be in a group of death because it means that you’re a good team also.

George Vecsey

Sometimes, sport is just plain pleasing to the eye, like watching La Belle France flit by on television during the Tour de France. I can do that for hours.

George Vecsey

Yankee caps pop up all over the world, not as a statement of loyalty to that team, but as a symbol of – what? Winning 27 so-called World Series? Much of the world doesn’t even play that sport.

George Vecsey

Ball caps travel far and wide. They do far more than keep the sun out of your eyes or the cold off your head. Ball caps are a statement.

George Vecsey

In that prehistoric time, before the Internet, before information floated in the ozone, I was a soccer novice who had never heard of Socrates until somebody pointed him out – swarthy, shaggy, tall, slender, mysterious.

George Vecsey

I would never tell anybody to give up hockey – the great sports we have here – basketball, lacrosse – rugby coming into its own – we’ve got so many great team sports, and I say hold on to them.

George Vecsey
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