Top ten dumb quotes from sportspeople

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Greg Norman of Australia waves as he walks down the 18th fairway during the third round of the British Open Golf championship.AP Photo/Paul Thomas

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It’s finals time in the AFL and NRL and there are sure to be many stirring speeches given by coaches trying to gee their teams up.

It is also a time where commentators get a bit more excited than usual and players are interviewed at times when they have other things on their minds.

This can lead to some regrettable quotes remembered long after the event or the interview is forgotten.

I am sure the commentators will give us our fill of the usual clichés:

“He’s taking it to the next level.”

“They gave 120%.”

“They’re asking questions of the defence.”

And we will hear coaches saying, “We’re taking it one game at a time.”

But I thought I would do a top ten of dumb quotes from sports people and commentators.

I only needed to look to three people to get ten I love. In no particular order they are:

Greg Norman – Australian golfing legend
“I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and my father.”

Yogi Berra – American baseball legend
“You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”
“Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”
“I didn’t really say everything I said.”
“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”

Murray Walker – legendary F1 race commentator
“There’s nothing wrong with the car except that it’s on fire.”
“If is a very long word in Formula One; in fact, if is F1 spelt backwards.”
“And now, excuse me while I interrupt myself.”
“The lead car is unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”

My favourite of all:

“We now have exactly the same situation as at the beginning of the race, only exactly the opposite”

Will this year bring any new dumb quotes?

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