Friday, September 12, 2008

Locker room signs

Went back through some old notebooks and made a list of the locker room signs I'd read about or seen over the years. For what it's worth, I thought it might be interesting to share:

Oakland (Mich.) University: "With order comes efficiency. With efficiency comes success."

University of Tennessee: "I will give my all for Tennessee today."

University of Toledo: "The Right Place at the Right Time."

Adelphi: "One at a time."

Cincinnati Moeller: "God + Effort + Dedication = Victory."

Green Bay Packers (under Lombardi): "What you see here, what you say here, what you hear here, let it stay here . . . when you leave here."

Yale (after a long history of losing): "Belief Without Evidence."

Lawrence University: "Play like you're in first, but practice like you're in second."

Bluffton University: "Talent is important. Dependability is critical."

Dallas Cowboys (under Bill Parcells): "Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something."

Illinois Central College: "Focus! If you chase two rabbits, both will escape."

University of Iowa: "Victory favors the team that makes the fewest mistakes."

Philadelphia Phillies: "It's not like a light bulb, you don't turn it on and off."

Dallas Cowboys (under Bill Parcells): "It doesn't take athletic ability to hustle."

U.S. Military Academy: "Discipline is the soul of an army."

University of Indiana: "Don't complicate winning."

University of Toledo: "Play hard, play smart, play together."

Baltimore Colts (under Don Shula): "T.E.A.M.: Together Everyone will Achieve the Mission."

University of Rhode Island: "Live in the moment."

Penn State: "Respect all. Fear none."

Miami Dolphins (under Nick Saban): "Out of yourself and into the team."

Kansas City Chiefs: "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."

University of Wisconsin: "Great start."

Georgia Tech: "When you're not practicing, someone else is."

Dallas Cowboys (under Tom Landry): "The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence." [In smaller type: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." -- 1 Corinthians 9:24-25]

Virginia Tech: "Team United. Strength In Unity."

San Diego Clippers (under Gene Shue): "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player."

Los Angeles Kings: "Play hard."

San Francisco 49ers: "Faithful is believing."

Johns Hopkins: "I will give my all for Johns Hopkins today."

New York Mets: "Through these portals pass the best players in baseball."

Chadron State: "All things are difficult before they are easy."

Cincinnati Bengals (weight room): "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

Dallas Cowboys (under Bill Parcells): "The tougher our standards, the deeper our commitment."

University of Michigan: "Those who stay will be champions."

Pittsburgh Penguins: "Be proud of the way we work."

New York Giants: "Coaching is making players do what they don't want to do so they can become the players they want to become."

Dallas Cowboys (under Tom Landry): "A Winner Never Stops Proving It."

Henderson State University: "Perform at your best when your best is required. (P.S. Your best is required every day.)"

University of Missouri: “What you gave today, you have; what you didn’t give, you’ve lost forever.”

Buffalo Bills: "The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be good enough for tomorrow."

New York Mets: "If what you did yesterday still looks big, you haven't done much today."

England's 1966 World Cup soccer team: "The enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. The enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue."

Tampa Bay Lightning: "Good is the enemy of great."

DePauw University: "DePauw never quits."

University of Texas: "Whatever it takes."

Washington Redskins (under George Allen): "Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."

University of Colorado: "Through these doors pass the nation's toughest competitors. Show it today."