"Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Lewis H. Lapham on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Lewis H. Lapham on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Lewis H. Lapham on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Lewis H. Lapham on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Lewis H. Lapham on Henry David Thoreau
"Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint."