Writer Dan Conaway is a friend of Rob Sangster, my writer friend since we worked together on “The St. Thomas Eagle” in high school, sometime after the Civil War.
Today Rob sent me a link to a weekly column that Dan writes. It’s called “Memphasis” – a catchy name for an apparently “most things Memphis” approach to column writing that we try to do here in allegiant support of our own sweetheart affectionate love for our dear city of Houston.
We could have identified ourselves here from our 2009 start as “The Houstoner” in tribute to our addictive support of “most things Houston,” but we fear that might have left the door open for too many wrong ideas about who we are – and what we do around here. We are happy to be simply who we are, the lifelong seeker who survived his flight to a larger world, but never forgot or lost his connection to Pecan Park, the southeast Houston neighborhood where he grew up. Hail Houston! Hail Pecan Park! They are the same to me. And I am of them and always will be. And that includes liking the work of others as I stumble or am led to its discovery.
Dan Conaway writes a really nice weekly “Memphasis” column for the Memphis Daily News. Rob Sangster, my cool author brother of such really fine international action/intrigue novels, like “Ground Truth” and “Deep Time”, just happened to think I might enjoy a column that Dan Conaway did this week on sports quotes, since The Eagle also had done something along those lines too, only a few days ago.
I not only like Conaway’s selections, but I told Dan that I liked them even better than the ones I used in my own piece. He’s given me permission to use them here, but I simply wanted to make sure that these independently selected copyright-free by quotation lines were credited to Dan Conaway. He’s the one who wove them into a really fine column. I will also close Dan’s list here with a quote by Memphis-born and bred Paul Berlin, the 85-plus years old radio disk jockey who still works the weekend FM airways with a selection of songs he once played for a lot of us Houston kids in the early to late 1950s during the birth years of sweet ballads shifting to rock and roll. You will also find the link to Dan Conaway’s website at the end of this column, with a parting question for Dan.
SPORTS QUOTES YOU HAVEN’T HEARD
By Dan Conaway for The Memphis Daily News
February 12, 2016
Talking-head post-game/primary/poll analysis:
“I won’t know until my barber tells me on Monday.” – Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game.
“I have discovered in 20 years of moving around the ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” – Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner.
“Last year we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn’t think of anyplace else to play.” – Harry Neale, professional hockey coach.
“We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost.” – John Breen, Houston Oilers.
“I found out that it’s not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don’t care and the other twenty percent are glad you’re having them.” – Tommy Lasorda, LA Dodgers manager.
“The film looks suspiciously like the game itself.” – Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pecan Park Eagle’s favorite: “The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday.” – Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach.
On game/campaign plans:
“I’m working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect.” – Doug Sanders, professional golfer
“When it’s third and ten, you can have the milk drinkers; I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.” – Max McGee, Green Bay Packers receiver.
“I have a lifetime contract. That means I can’t be fired during the third quarter if we’re ahead and moving the ball.” – Lou Holtz, then Arkansas football coach.
“My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren’t as good.” – Vic Braden, tennis instructor.
“Blind people come to the ballpark just to listen to him pitch.” – Reggie Jackson commenting on Tom Seaver.
“I tell him ‘Attaway to hit, George.’” – Jim Frey, Royals manager, when asked what advice he gives George Brett on hitting.
“I don’t know. I only played there for nine years.” – Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback, when asked if Tom Landry ever smiled.
And Dan Conaway’s favorite: “Because if it didn’t work out, I didn’t want to blow the whole day.” – Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers running back, on why his marriage ceremony was before noon.
And our TPPE Additional Quote: “Memphis is a town of great ingenuity. It’s the only town in the country that’s both built on a bluff – and run on one too.” ~ Paul Berlin, Native Memphian, Lifelong Houstonian, and Houston’s Iconic Radio DJ.
The link to Dan Conaway’s column site:
Addendum from Dan Conaway, Saturday, 2/13/2016:
A Parting Question for Dan Conaway: Houston once had a print news writer and early TV commentator named Ray Conaway. – Are you related?
Addendum from Dan Conaway, Saturday, 2/13/2016:
“Thanks, Bill, for the kind words. I’m not related to Ray but I’m glad the name has positive Houston history and no outstanding warrants. I’d also like to leave your readers with one more quote a friend reminded me of – from former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, “He’s the kind of player you can give the ball to and a band starts playing. Whether it’s our band or theirs, you never know.” ~ Dan Conaway.
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