“When I lie on the beach there naked, which I do sometimes, and I feel the wind coming over me and I see the stars up above and I am looking into this very deep, indescribable night, it is something that escapes my vocabulary to describe. Then I think: ‘God, I have no importance. Whatever I do or don’t do, or what anybody does, is not more important than the grains of sand that I am lying on, or the coconut that I am using for my pillow.'” Who said it?
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By Patrick Vecchio
Here’s the greatest sports quotation of all time. But first, a little background:
On December 29, 1972, the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in Vancouver for a game with the Canucks. The Flyers were known as the “Broad Street Bullies” back then. Fists, punches and dirty stickwork were as much a part of their game as their hockey skills were.
That night, four Flyers went into the stands after someone in the stands reached over the glass and pulled the hair of the Flyers’ Don Saleski as he fought one of the Canucks. (Saleski had long hair, and many players didn’t wear helmets back then.) Well over 100 penalty minutes were called in that game, most of them during a nasty third period.
“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” Who said it?
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