Best Sports Speeches

I’ve always loved speeches and ones given by athletes, coaches, and other important sports figures are especially touching to me. Here are some (but certainly not all) of my favorites.

1. Lou Gehrig Farewell Speech

It’s a short and sweet type speech but the emotion is so evident. Lou Gehrig was such a great baseball player who had gained so much respect from the Yankees fans over the years. It’s such a famous speech that’s had such an impact and is still celebrated to this day. It’s incredibly quotable and thoughtful to say the least.

2. Jimmy V Speech

Yet another powerful speech from somebody that knew they may not have much time left on Earth. The speech is filled with pathos and was actually used by my English teacher when we were learning about pathos, ethos, and logos because Jimmy uses pathos in such a natural way that really is showcased in his extremely touching delivery. You’ve got to love the heart of this legendary coach, who never lost his vibrant personality even in his final days. This will always be my go to video when I need an extra dose of heart and motivation.

3. Kevin Durant MVP Speech

This was a much more recent speech but still a memorable one. Kevin Durant was the NBA MVP last season and this was his rather long yet touching acceptance speech. The most memorable parts were where he talks fondly of his mother, who is in the crowd beaming up at her son. It’s evident how grateful Durant is to his mom, who he notes did everything possible to make sure he and his brother had a roof over their heads and that they weren’t out in the streets. It’s always nice to see such a humble and gracious player.

4. Stuart Scott ESPY Speech

This popular beloved ESPN announcer lost his fight to cancer early in January. Last summer, he accepted an award at the ESPY’s in the name of Jimmy V, the guy I previously mentioned who gave a famous speech and also lost his battle to cancer. This is such an awesome speech because of the manner that Scott carries himself. He had such a natural grace about him and you can’t help but love that. He was also just a great storyteller and his shout out to Jimmy V made me bawl my eyes out.

5. Rickey Henderson Hall Of Fame Speech

Henderson is a player known for his rather cocky personality on the field. This speech is mostly memorable for how humble he was in it. My favorite part about it is the hilarious personal stories that he adds here. I think it’s hilarious that he had to be bribed in order for him to play baseball.

Pittsburgh Pirates Updates

So I’m already getting a little bored/not sure what direction to go in with this theme. So I figured I’d just stick to talking about what I know best, sports! Okay, I don’t know as much as I would like to but it’s something I enjoy talking about and there’s a lot of news to uncover in it. So right now, I’m going to talk a little about the Pittsburgh Pirates. The organization was fairly respected back when Barry Bonds was on the team. But it gradually went down over the years and didn’t show any signs of hope until a hot prospect from Florida named Andrew McCutchen began playing for the Pirates and they really ended up building the team around him. He’s definitely a star and this season, he’s started out as good as ever, except Saturday night he set himself out of the game in the 9th inning due to a knee injury. However, he’s shown that his knee is better and has started since that night. McCutchen has previously started out pretty much every season ready to go and hasn’t in general been setback by injuries. Fingers crossed that this lucky trend continues.

We all know the potential that McCutchen shows and has shown these past 7 seasons, there are also other players on the Pirates team that should also be singled out. The Pirates have one of the best outfields in the MLB right now. One of those spots obviously belongs to Andrew McCutchen but younger players Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco take the other two spots. Marte is one impressive player and has showed tremendous growth as he enters his third full season of playing in the big leagues. He has a ridiculously high number of home runs and steals, plus his on base percentage is also good. Polanco was one of the best minor league players and moving him up to the big leagues was a smart move to say the least. He’s still getting his footing in the big leagues but that doesn’t say he isn’t impressive, he certainly is and he probably has the most room left to grow out of these three guys.

Josh Harrison is one of my personal favorite players besides McCutchen. Harrison has never been a big all-star or a guy who’s received a lot of hype. He’s a player who worked his way out of the minors gradually. I remember him a couple of seasons ago only being in the game when he was a pinch runner during the games. He’s come miles since those days. However, he still has been thrown around to practically every position out there on the field, which goes to show you how adaptable and talented Josh is. He’s just a quality hitter who has the ability to sneak up when you least expect it and get a home run out of you. He’s certainly a big time threat and I love how humble he is.

There are many other players that I want to talk about. I’m just going to mention some other key players including: Pedro Alvarez, Jordy Mercer, and Neil Walker. These are all guys that are okay and pretty good infielders (Alvarez is the one who notably has some crazy random errors every now and then) who are even better hitters. Walker and Mercer aren’t known for being as powerful as Alvarez (nicknamed El Toro because he’s so strong and awesome) but they are still solid players that the Pirates depend on. The Pirates are still working out the whole catcher situation since losing one of the best catchers around Russell Martin.

I haven’t gotten the chance to touch on all of the starting, relief pitchers, and closing pitchers that I really want to. So I’m just going to save a whole post to talk about that situation. But this is what I’ve come up with so far so I hope that gives you an introduction to the Pirates that you may (probably not) want to know in case you end up watching a game or something like that. But anyway, I’ll shut up now but thank you for reading my rambles!

My Favorite Things: Sports Edition

So guys, these are a few of my favorite things as far as it goes with sports. Feel free to comment on my favorite teams, athletes, sports, etc.

Sport to watch: Football, baseball, and basketball.

Sport to play: Basketball

Baseball team: Pittsburgh Pirates

College basketball team: WVU

College football team: WVU

NFL team: I don’t really have any one team that I love. I just like watching any team in general.

NBA team: Cavaliers

Active NFL player and why: J.J. Watt, Brandon Marshall of the Bears, and Russell Wilson. I love J.J. because he seems so down to earth and even though he’s crazy rich, he acts like a normal guy and doesn’t think he’s better than anyone else, he’s also hilarious. Brandon Marshall because he’s open about his struggles with mental illness and I respect that a lot. Wilson because he was really underestimated when he first became the quarterback for Seattle but he managed to get his team to back to back Super Bowls at such a young age. He’s also crazy humble.

NFL player of all time: Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Jim Brown. I think each of these guys made history with their methods of playing football and they will go down in history for that reason.

MLB player and why: Andrew McCutchen because he has such an awesome personality and attitude about life. The guy is always smiling and you have to respect the way he just turned around the Pirates organization in such a positive way.

MLB player of all time and why: Babe Ruth obviously and I love Sandy Koufax too. Ruth made a crazy impact on the game of baseball in such an intense and awesome way. Koufax had an unconditional way of pitching that was dominant and earned the respect of the world.

NBA player and why: LeBron James and Jeremy Lin. James has done so much for his hometown and I really respect his attitude and passions. Lin came out of nowhere to become a respectable NBA player.

NBA player of all time: Jerry West, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson. I’m biased about Jerry West since he’s from West Virginia and I’ve done reports on him before. But he’s a very down to earth and humble guy. Jordan and Magic are both classic players for what they were able to do. Jordan is obviously the best basketball player of all time because he paved the way for so many other players.

I think my list of favorites is a rather basic one but I put a lot of thought into it also. I think it’s important to have players and teams to follow and look up to as they play the sport that you love. So I hope that you learned hopefully a little more about the athletes and teams that I look up to the most.

Why I Love The Fierce Five

When the Olympics was happening a few years ago, I was the same age as the gymnasts on USA’s team. I was blown away by the talent level of girls that are my age. Basically, the whole time the Olympics was going on, I was watching the gymnastics coverage every chance I got. Looking back on it now, I wonder what drew me to this sport that I don’t typically have much interest in.

My answer is that during this time period, I just found it suddenly fun to watch. I’ve always been interested in watching swimming during the Olympics, largely due to the attractive swimmers. But I never found the gymnasts all that relatable. These five girls were definitely girls I could relate to. For the most part, they were just normal girls, giddy to be in London. They were starstruck over some of the star athletes, and definitely over the big celebrities who tweeted about them. They all had big and awesome personalities that seemed really down to earth.

At the end of the day, I think the Fierce Five really changed my perspective on gymnasts in general. I always knew that they worked hard to get where they are, but watching them made me realize all that the girls had to give up to get on the Olympic team. Gabby had to move away from her family in order to train with a more serious and professional coach. None of the other girls had easy rides to the team either, they all had to work their way up the ladder in an extremely short amount of time.

The world of gymnastics is a competitive and cruel one. It’s really a sport that takes a toll on your body and wears you down. Why else would only those between the ages of 16-19 (sometimes about 20) be able to compete? Now I’m just rambling, but my point is, these girls really showed my generation that we can all make something of ourselves. Your age isn’t something that defines you, you’re never too young to do anything so go after your dreams no matter what!

Best Sports Blogs

For those that love sports, it can be important to find the right sports blogs to keep up with and get the latest news stories. Most of us already have our favorite websites already discovered, but here are some other suggestions. These may be ones you already know so in that case, just ignore me! I just thought it’d be a good topic to discuss here and share some of the sites that I get a lot of my personal sports coverage from. If you can think of any other blogs I missed, be sure to let me know!

Bleacher Report

This is a good tool for having some of the best and most unique lists that focus on some of the hottest topics and players in every sport. It also has specific news and you can add your favorite teams and get the latest updates sent straight to your phone so you never miss out on any stories.

Grantland

Probably my personal favorite because it manages to talk about the latest news in sports but it also has pop culture news too. I think it does a great job at being well rounded and not being strictly sports. So if you’re a person that likes hearing stories and interviews about the latest movies and TV shows, definitely check this one out if you aren’t already. I find myself constantly checking this website because it’s such a great source.

SB Nation

This is another one that does a good job at focusing on particular sports and you can pick your favorites. It also has specific blogs for different teams which I find really cool and helpful. This is definitely a good source and it also has scores which is always a good source if you’re on the go and can’t watch a game.

ESPN

Okay this one is super obvious. However, it’s also essential when you’re talking about websites that cover sports. This is the obvious source for the latest scores and news going on in the sports world. Sometimes it can be annoying when certain stories that you want to read are for ESPN Insider users only. That’s why you should also take advantage of some of these other blogs that cover pretty much the same information except maybe with just slighter different points of view.

Random Facts About Baseball

Opening day officially kicked off yesterday. Baseball is known as being America’s sport. There’s many interesting facts that many people may not know about. Here are several of them that I found the most interesting of all.

Yankees have won the most World Series

They’ve won 26 titles so far. No wonder so many people dislike them, they are pretty dominate.

Nolan Ryan is the best 

He played 27 seasons in the MLB and he has the most strike outs out of all pitchers in history.

Pete Rose banned for life

Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds. He holds the all time record for hits and games played. He was unfortunately banned from the game for life for betting on games while he was managing the team.

George Herman Ruth

Better known as Babe Ruth and one of the best players ever. He played in 2503 games total and had a lifetime batting average of .342.

Chances of getting hit by a ball when at a baseball game

You are 300,000 to 1 to be hit by the baseball and injured if you attend an MLB game.

Shortest MLB player

The shortest player in baseball history was a guy by the name of Eddie Gaedel. He was a shocking 3 feet 7 inches tall.

The baseball itself

A baseball has 108 stitches on it. Those stitches are easily destroyed but make beautiful decoration regardless.

Baseball in radio and television history

Baseball was first broadcasted on radios in 1921. It wasn’t aired on televisions until 1939.

 

Sports Quotes

Here are some of the best quotes from athletes and coaches about many different sports and just life in general. These are all inspirational and heartwarming to say the least. If you can think of any other quotes I happened to miss, be sure to let me know.

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Bear Bryant

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

“Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre

“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

“Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” – Phil Jackson

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 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.” – Michael Jordan