Quotes And Sayings About Super Bowl and Football Quotes for Super Bowl Parties, etc.

What about football? Is it a sport or a concussion? ~Jim Murray (1919–1998), The Los Angeles Times

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. ~Frank Gifford, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 1960 July 4th

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~George F. Will

Football is not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a good example of a contact sport. ~Duffy Daugherty (1915–1987), The Los Angeles Times, 1963 October 5th

One of the great disappointments of a football game is that the cheerleaders never seem to get injured. ~New York Tribune

You can go to the bank and borrow money, but you can’t go to the bank and borrow a Super Bowl ring. The ring is like a crown. ~Joe Greene, 1975

[T]he Super Bowl, the quintessential American creation. A dizzying mélange of brilliant entrepreneurship in an atmosphere of intense competition. It is the perfect show for the most intensely competitive culture in this solar system. ~Robert Klein, “America’s Pastime: Selling the Big Game,” 1990 January 28th, The New York Times (Super Bowl XXIV)

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. ~Dan Birdwell

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. ~Heywood Hale Broun

The Super Bowl is like a movie, and the quarterback is the leading man. ~Leigh Steinberg, quoted by @ESPNNFL, 2014 January 20th

Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers. ~Merle Kessler

The Super Bowl is like Christmas shopping at Macy’s for bookies. ~Larry Merchant, …and every day you take another bite, 1971

Do you know what happens after you lose the Super Bowl? The world ends. It just stops. ~Joe Kapp

The American people are sheep. They’re comfortable, rich, working… It’s like the Romans, they’re happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right. ~Jack Kevorkian, quoted in T. Ward, “Dr. K: I Expect to Die in Prison,” Daily Oakland Press, 2004 April 11th

The Super Bowl has become more of a staging event for a week of debauchery than a contest to determine the best team in the National Football League. ~Peter H. King, San Francisco Examiner, 1980

The Super Bowl is a week-long talk show. ~Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, 1979

No other sporting event can compare with a good Series. The Super Bowl is a three-hour interruption in a week of drink and Rotarian parties. ~Roger Kahn, 1981 [referring to the World Series (baseball) —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Is there a point at which every Sunday during the NFL season ceases to make a man feel like a kid on Christmas morning? ~Mike Alexander, MADfit.com

The Super Bowl. No one misses this game, Jack; not the big one; not if you’re an American. You are riveted every minute to this game. People are betting a million bucks a minute you are. Wealthy people selling insurance, beer, car batteries, beer, automobiles, beer, and beer. ~Robert Klein, “America’s Pastime: Selling the Big Game,” 1990 January 28th, The New York Times (Super Bowl XXIV)

Speed, strength, and the inability to register pain immediately. ~Reggie Williams, when asked his greatest strengths as a football player

In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are. ~Arnold H. Glasow

My idea of a good hit is when the victim wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head… I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault. ~Jack Tatum, They Call Me Assassin, 1979

The televising of football right now is just off the charts, it’s so phenomenal between HD and cable cam and all the rest. I was just sitting in my living room the other day watching those two games and you’re there. You’re right there. You’re in the game and the sound is great. It’s phenomenal. It’s the essence of live television. It’s unscripted and beautifully choreographed. The technology is terrific. If you’re in this business, there’s no better day than this. ~Al Michaels, NBC Sports press conference, Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

The greatest gap in sports is between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl. The winner has confetti, parades, rings, the whole thing. The loser puts his head down and goes to his house. ~John Madden, NBC Sports press conference, Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

[Y]ou’re down to two teams. Football is probably America’s number one sport, and everyone’s looking forward to the game. It’s almost like a world holiday… ~Terrance Knighton, 2014 January 30th (Super Bowl XLVIII)

I have no statistics to prove it, but I’m sure the American workplace will be adversely affected on Monday, the day after XXIV. The game will be the focus of conversation, and distractions happy and sad will be the order of the day, not to mention millions of hangovers. I wouldn’t buy a toaster or a parachute manufactured the day after Super Bowl XXIV. You cannot engender such torrid anticipation for an event so great that it requires Roman numerals as a suffix, then expect there to be no social repercussions at its end. ~Robert Klein, “America’s Pastime: Selling the Big Game,” 1990 January 28th, The New York Times

Most American football players are temperamental. That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental! ~Doug Plank

However, there are several differences between a football game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also, there are usually more casualties in a football game. The object of the game is to move a ball past the other team’s goal line. This counts as six points. No points are given for lacerations, contusions, or abrasions, but then no points are deducted, either. Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the football occasionally. ~Alfred Hitchcock

At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact. ~George Plimpton, Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback, 1965

I quickly learned what many Sunday widows already realized — that football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbal, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. ~Arnold J. Mandell, “A Psychiatric Study of Professional Football,” 1974 [An interesting predecessor by 75 years: “So when women take to Golf they ought first of all to realise that it is not a game but a religion, that it is calculated to improve both body and mind, that it ought not to be taken in hand, as the marriage service says, unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discretely, advisedly, soberly. It is no use for a woman to announce her intention of going in for Golf unless she is prepared to… put away foolish things.” ~John Strange Winter, “Ladies on the Green,” Golf Illustrated, 1899 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The score belongs on the society pages. To preserve the spirit of the occasion, the teams should have played in tuxes or swallowtail coats and corsages. It’s not an athletic event anymore, it’s a carnival. Mardi Gras with first downs. ~Jim Murray, The Los Angeles Times, 1980

It’s time for the pro football playoffs. I love to watch football on TV, and I will tell you exactly why: I have no idea…. Whatever the attraction is, a lot of women seem to be immune to it. I have seen women walk right past a TV set with a football game on and — this always amazes me — not stop to watch, even if the TV is showing replays of what guys call a “good hit,” which is a tackle that causes at least one major internal organ to actually fly out of a player’s body. The average guy cannot ignore something of this importance. ~Dave Barry, “Fools For Football,” 1994 January 16th, The Baltimore Sun

If you’re mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It’s about the same. ~Robert Perry Golic (b.1957), www.BobGolic.com

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theatres, etc., that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness and jazz bands. ~George Santayana, letter to Van Wyck Brooks, 1927

The Super Bowl is a kind of corporate Woodstock. ~Michael Ruby, Inside Sports, 1981

To love the Super Bowl, you only have to think what Januarys were like before it came along. ~David N. Rosenthal, Time, 1982

The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public. ~Phyllis Diller

If it’s the ultimate, how come they’re playing it again next year? ~Duane Thomas (Super Bowl V), quoted in Newsweek, 1971

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? ~Jim Bouton

I don’t think there is anything wrong with a man who wants to give credit to the Lord, but I don’t think the team with the most Christians on it is necessarily going to win. The Lord may be helping their characters and souls, but I don’t think he’s any more for the Dodgers than he is for the Braves. More than being concerned with who’s going to win the Super Bowl, I feel the Lord is probably more concerned that they might find a day other than Sunday to play it on. ~Billy Graham, quoted in Sports Illustrated, “Scorecard: They Said It,” edited by Robert W. Creamer, 1973 July 9th

Losing the Super Bowl is worse than death. You have to get up the next morning. ~George Allen, quoted in J. Mitchell Perry & Steve Jamison, In the Zone: Achieving Optimal Performance in Business—as in Sports, 1997

I always wanted to win the Super Bowl so I could take it and hold it and see what lies beyond it. I think it may be the sun. ~Pete Gent, quoted by Ray Blount, Jr. in About Three Bricks Shy… And the Load Filled Up, 1989

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture, like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays — beyond their meaning — a factor in our economy. Even people who don’t like football tune in to watch the commercials. You can’t say that about many things. ~Bob Schieffer, “More Than Just a Game,” 2010 February 7th (Super Bowl XLIV)

Congress should not be like the Super Bowl where you have to have one team that’s going to win and another team that’s going to be a loser. ~John Breaux (b.1944), FOX News Sunday, 2004 December 12th, to Chris Wallace

It’s ridiculous for a country to get all worked up about a game—except the Super Bowl, of course. Now that’s important. ~Andy Rooney, “Baseball haters—but good sports,” 1984 October 1st, Chicago Tribune

Imagine, thirty years from now people will be talking about that Super Bowl or this Super Bowl. I mean, if people thirty years from now even know what football is. ~Robert John Kuechenberg, 1983

There’s always an asterisk behind somebody’s name who hasn’t won the Super Bowl. There shouldn’t be, but that’s kind of the way history works. ~John Elway

Let’s face it, you have to have a slightly recessive gene that has a little something to do with the brain to go out on the football field and beat your head against other human beings on a daily basis. ~Tim Green

When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team. ~George Raveling

…trying to maintain order during a legalized gang brawl involving 80 toughs with a little whistle, a hanky and a ton of prayer. ~A veteran NFL referee describing his duties, quoted in Richard Saul Wurman, American Football: TV Viewers Guide, 1982