Quotes From Erk Russell That Will Turn You True Blue

Quotes From Erk Russell That Will Turn You True Blue

GATA, Eagles!
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“My first 31 years in this business were like a guy eating at a buffet table. Later, when I came here to Georgia Southern, it was like eating the dessert.”

“People ask me, ‘Do you miss coaching?’ And my reply is, ‘Every day that rolls around.”

“Emotionally, our players are just as tough as theirs. It’s more physical than anything. Their players are taller. We’ve both got 260-pound linemen. But the ones at Georgia are 6-5, while the ones at Georgia Southern are 5-10…. We’ve got a bus that, conservatively speaking, has about five million miles on it.”

“The best way to win a game is not to lose it.”

“Do what your Momma tells you to do, go to Sunday School, go to church and when you die, you’ll go to Statesboro.”

“I wasn't willing to make another four- or five-year commitment. Did I make the right choice? Absolutely."

“I’m gonna say it one more time. We are Georgia Southern. Our colors are blue and white. We call ourselves the Bald Eagles. We call our offense the Georgia Power Company…and that’s a terrific name for an offense. Our snap count is 'rate, hike.' We practice on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek and that’s in Statesboro, Georgia–the gnat capital of America. Our weekends begin on Thursday. The co-eds outnumber the men 3-to-2. They’re all good looking and they’re all rich. And folks, you just can’t beat that…and you just can’t beat Georgia Southern. And you ain’t seen nothin yet.”

“One more time for the greatest team in America!”

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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11 Cliches In Every Early 2000s Sports Movie And TV Show

A good ole American movie for the whole family.

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I don't care if you owned a letterman jacket and won state or can't throw a football to save your life, we all love a classic early 2000s sports movie. There is something about this simple formula that is a solid tearjerker. So let's poke some fun at possibly the best genre in American film and look at some cliches every movie is filled with.

1. "This is bigger than football (or insert other sport)"

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This line is probably said during halftime of the championship game.

2. Sports fix racism!

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Sports totally bring people together, but sorry you did not solve racism in a 1.5-hour film by bringing a few sweaty boys together to run some sprints. A good start, but let's not over simplify reality, people.

"Let's prove em wrong"

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Who are you proving wrong?? Unclear.

4. LOTS of inspirational music

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Most of a sports movie is just music while people are running and getting in better shape.

5. And LOTS of shirtless boys

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I don't hate it, but after the sixth locker room scene that doesn't advance the plot I start to wonder if their motives.

6. The underdog

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Ah, the skinny kid gets the girl and wins the championship game. That is the american dream.

7. A steamy romance

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This isn't the main plot and they often leave out a lot of clarifying questions and key details about the relationship, but nevertheless, the romance is there. These movies dip their toe into rom comm in attempts to be a movie for the whole family (and have at least one actress in the cast).

8. The least creative mascot name EVER

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Wildcats? Bulldogs? Panthers? Thank u, next.

9. Slow motion running scene

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We get it, most sports require running. Does this advance the plot? Not really.

10. Hard core parent

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Ah the classic parent that is living through their kid. Bonus points if the dad would have gone pro but he tore his ACL or some other sports injury.

11. Based on a true story

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Brb crying.

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