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Top 10 Sports Movie Quotes…To Use While Watching Sports

Inspiring Much of the Top 10

There are a handful of quality sports movies. From those, dozens and dozens of memorable quotes and one-liners have arisen. However, the true magic of a sports movie quote is being able to seamlessly drop said nugget in casual conversation. One reaches the pinnacle when you can perfectly drop a sports movie quote in the context of a sporting event.

When this all makes sense, it’s magic. I think you know what I’m talking about, but just in case…here’s the top 10 that I find myself (and/or fellow fans) dropping while checking out sports spectacles in-person or on TV. And they never seem to get old…

10. “I must break you.” (Ivan Drago, Rocky)
Admittedly, it’s rare that this one comes completely in the flow. But, once in awhile, you hear a quote from a player or coach that solicits an “I must break you” reference. And when it works, it’s money.

9. “You’re five-foot-nothin’, a hundred and nothin” (Steele, Rudy)
Yes, call it a bias, but it seems this one usually comes directly following a ridiculous and unexpected play — unexpected because the player making said play is, well, tiny. David Eckstein immediately comes to mind.

8. “The sun even shines on a dog’s ass some days.” (Sidney Deane, White Men Can’t Jump)
Often used when something happens that is so atypical that you’re not even pissed off. I’ve used this on occasion when watching the Mets and begging one of our (always reliable) closers to just throw it 95 down the plate and let (fill in career .200 hitter with no home runs) hit it over the fence. “If he does, I’ll tip my cap.” Seconds later, while tipping my cap, I’ve mused: “The sun even shines on a dog’s ass some days.”

7. “Starting defense, place at the table!” (Steve Lattimer, The Program)
OK, I’ve likely only used this a handful of times. When reading about one of the new Jets draft picks cracking the starting lineup, I’ve been know to drop it. And it’s definitely found its way into an email exchange or two…also used it when watching Chris Hovan or other face-painted defenders have a mild psycho fit on the field following a sack or big tackle for loss.

6. “Noonan! Miss it, Noonan” (Everyone, Caddyshack)
Perhaps the most widespread use and applicability across sports. Easy to inject into any pressure-packed sports moment particularly clutch putts and free throws. Miss it Noonan was made for free-throws.


5. “Sweep the leg/Put him in a body bag, Johnny!” (Karate Kid)
I like to reserve this for when Frankie Rodriguez enters the game nowadays. Unfortunately, yelling any such quotes when prior Mets closers emerged from the pen was just plain silliness (see: Looper, Benitez). Now…much fun.

4. “It’s in the hole!” (Carl Spackler, Caddyshack)
In theory, perfect for golf and very little else. However, Carl Spackler quotes make themselves flexible enough for any situation.

3. “Don’t think this one has the distance…” (Jake Taylor, Major League)
Used in exactly the same manner as the movie…on a pop up to the catcher. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet, every time a backstop turns toward the stands behind home plate and puts his glove in the air I find myself muttering…


2. “It’s too high…” (Wahoo Drum Crew, Major League)
The fact that I can’t find a clip of this is the biggest Internet travesty in recent memory. Let’s just say every ball that’s a no-doubter off the bat from the opponents at CitiField, my buddy and I turn to each other and say: “Too high.” Then we proceed with the rest of the classic exchange as if quoting it for the first time. Like grade-schoolers…”at first, I thought the trajectory…” Quite amusing always…

1. “Juuuust a bit outside.” (Harry Doyle, Major League)
Perfect for any pitcher who can’t come near the plate. Oliver Perez usually solicits a few of these per at-bat. Call me evil, but I immediately think back to a certain playoff series and pitcher every time (still big fan) I ponder real-life usage of this legendary Doyle drop. What’s underrated? The next part of the quote…”Juuuust a bit outside…tried the corner and missed.”


That’s what we got, folks. Sure, there are a half dozen more from Major League alone, but I’ll leave that to y’all. Hit us with others in the comments. Made-for-game quotes from sports movies. Holla.

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  1. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

    “Let’s put the women and children to bed and go looking for dinner”.

  2. Danaconda

    June 2, 2009 at 9:50 am

    “You’re killin’ me Smalls.”

    An extremely versatile quote in not only sports, but life.

  3. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

    “Take one for the team Dorn”

    Perfect to say to your wingman when he’s forced to talk to her ugly friend

  4. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “…u are one of the guys that got us here…! skipper
    “i’ll make!” jimmy chitwood
    “this is top shelf, baby.” mmf

  5. Chairman Grey

    June 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    As long as you’re heavy on the Major League, how about “Strike this motherf*cker out.”

  6. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    in retrospect Mr. Chairman, that and give ’em the heater, should’ve been on there…classics

  7. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Dammit Dorn, get in front of the ball. Enough of this “Ole” bullshit.

  8. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “He really hit the shit out of that one. Anything flies that far oughtta have a damn stewardess on it, don’t you think?” (Crash Davis, Bull Durham)

  9. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “I’m listening to the fucking song!” from Slap Shot if anyone talks during the national anthem.

  10. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Not from a sports movie, per se, but "Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!" can be used any time a nobody with an overinflated opinion of themselves sings the National Anthem (never a kid, though).

  11. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Major League and no "Forget about the curveball…"

  12. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

    "Don't think, it can only hurt the ballclub."

    "Fuck this fucking game."

    Two from Crash Davis that can be used in many settings.

  13. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Who could forget Harry Doyle in Major League,"1-hit, that's all we got, one goddamn hit!"…(his assistant covering the mic) "you can't say 'goddamn' on the air"…(Doyle) "don't worry, nobody is listening anyway."

  14. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

    He's going to need a rocket up his ass to catch that one – Major League


    June 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

    "Are you telling me jesus christ cant hit a curve ball?"

  16. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I'll have to think that "You're killing me Smalls" has to be the most used quote I've ever heard. Just great in any situation.

    Hard to use but always pulls a laugh, "Vaughn a juvenile deliquent in the offseason"

  17. Steve

    June 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    "Hit the bull." (Crash Davis, Bull Durham) Useful anytime you want somebody to do something nuts just to throw people off.

    "Fuck you, Jobu. I'll do it myself." (Pedro Cerrano, Major League) I use this one all the time. Whenever I'm getting frustrated about screwing something up and am now so determined my head might pop.

  18. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

    you're killin' me, smalls, should've made the cut. good call multiple smart people

  19. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Awesome topic. Just another idea…

    I love Alvin Mack in The Program, so I try to use his quotes as often as possible

    "You're the guy who shot my mother aren't you?" Followed up by "I'm gonna bust your guy open and WATCH YOU DIE!"

    "You're about to have 250 lbs of pissed of nigga up yo ass"

    The best one though…is whenever anyone is asking about history, geography or even sports teams…just say "I don't know…Detroit and Buffalo?"

  20. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Another Harry Doyle classic, use this all the time…

    "Got to give him credit for putting himself in front of that rocket"

  21. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

    see this shoe? it says adidas.

  22. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

    "What's that make them?"


  23. picture-me-rollin

    June 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

    "Dynamite drop-in Monty! That broadcast school has really paid off!"

  24. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

    "Bring that shit to me, mon!"


    "Vasoline ball"

  25. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

    "Nice Catch, Hayes. Don't ever fuckin' do it again."

  26. microwave15

    June 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

    "Predictions? Pain." Clubber Lang, Rocky III.

  27. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

    "Hey Bartender, Jobu needs a refill!"

    Never gets old

  28. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    "You got that shot, Cup. that's a hooded 4-Iron.

  29. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Meeting with Rachel Phelps going over who will be invited to spring training in Major League
    " I never heard of half of these guys, and the ones I heard of are way past their prime."

    "some of these guys never had a prime"

    "this guy here is dead"

    "well cross him off them"

  30. Craig

    June 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    You just hit that guy!
    He shouldn't have been standing there.

    Happy Gilmore

    I look like a banker in this – Rick Vaughn (At dinner after making the team wearing a leather vest with no sleeves and a tie)

  31. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    "Rose goes in the front, big guy!"

    Crash Davis

    Hard to put into any conversation, i've mostly used it when correcting uniform deficiencies of my Soldiers.

  32. The Hater

    June 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    [to Rexman] Hey, Rexman! Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television… if you don't blow it. Saw your wife at the Capri Lounge last night. Hell of a dancer. You should be very very proud. Oh, and that guy she was with? I'm sure he's a close personal friend and all, but tell me, what was he doing wearing her panties on his head? [Rexman pops the ball straight up] Uh-oh, Rexie, I don't think this one's got the distance.

  33. Kevin

    June 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Another one from the Ivan Drago "Rocky" film, when they're having the press conference to show how hard Drago punches:

    "Whatever he hits… he destroys!"

    Useful on Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols homers, players getting de-cleated in football, power strikes in bowling, 300-yard drives on the golf course, etc.

  34. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    @ Kevin. Brilliant. Can't believe I hadn't thought of that one before. will immediately insert into rotation

  35. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    From Caddyshack:

    You'll get nothing–and like it!

    (Judge Smalls to his nephew)

    and the best sports movie quote of all time (from Jerry Maguire)

    Kelly Preston when up against the refridgerator:

    Don't ever stop f—ing me!

  36. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    "It was outta my reach. What do you want me to do, dive for it?

  37. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    "Strike this mother fucker out." ~Major League (good for any time a pitcher is sweating it out on the mound and needs a tough K).

    Almost as good is the T.V. edited version of this quote: "Strike this guuuuy out."

  38. Tommy

    June 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"

  39. Camel

    June 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Ummm how about

    "The Price is Wroooong Bitch!"

  40. Kevin

    June 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    youtube : Major League 1 part 4

    7:40 mark – too high……

  41. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Kevin. serious sleuthing sir.

  42. Eric

    June 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    "Ain't so bad! Ain't so bad!" – From Rocky 3 during the second Lang fight. probably better used for trash talk, especially for an opponent who thinks he's hot shit.

  43. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    "Fuck it dude, Lets go Bowling"

  44. Eric

    June 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Or "He's getting beat like he stole something" – from Remember the Titans

  45. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    you can't do dat….never never. If you do dat you go to the penalty box…and you feel shame.

    The french Canadian goalie from Slap Shot

  46. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Be the ball

  47. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Gambling is illegal at Bushwood … and I never slice.

    I held it like an egg. Yeah, and the son of a bitch scrambled it.

  48. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    "Are you crying? There's no crying in Baseball!" 'League of Their Own'

  49. Save Ferris

    June 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    After a beautiful TD or a long HR … from Mr. Miyagi …
    "If do right, no can defence"

    Like someone already said, any tense moment before a play – FG attempt, FT attempt, putt, pitch …
    "Be the ball"

  50. Anonymous

    June 3, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Any time your on the golf course you can use numerous Happy Gilmore quotes:

    Shooter McGavin: Damn you people. Go back to your shanties.

    Happy Gilmore: Looks like a slight hill. Whaddya think?
    Otto: And a slant to the left.
    Happy Gilmore: Nah, it looks that way cause you've only got one shoe on.

    Happy Gilmore: [to his golf ball] You little son of a bitch ball! Why you don't you just go HOME? That's your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME? ANSWER ME! SUCK MY WHITE A**, BALL!

    Happy Gilmore: [to Shooter] Happy learned how to putt! Uh-oh!

    Shooter McGavin: [to the spectators] Damn you people. This is golf. Not a rock concert.

    Mr. Larson: That's two thus far, Shooter.
    Shooter McGavin: Oh, you can count. Good for you.
    Mr. Larson: And *you* can count, on *me*, waiting for *you* in the parking lot.

    Shooter McGavin: Thank you, Doug. You know, I saw Doug playing yesterday. And I've got to tell you, this guy spends more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff!

    Donald: Hey Gilmore, you suck ya jackass.

    Happy Gilmore: [to Shooter after hitting a longer drive] Somebody's closer!

    Gary Potter: Harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. It's like a carousel. You put the quarter in, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and around. Circular, circle. Feel it. Go with the flow.

    Mr. Larson: Trying to reach the green from here, Shooter?
    Shooter McGavin: I'm afraid that's impossible, sir.
    Mr. Larson: I beg to differ. Happy Gilmore accomplished that feat no more than an hour ago.
    Shooter McGavin: Well, moron…
    [turns to see Mr. Larson for the first time]
    Shooter McGavin: good for Happy Gilm-OH MY GOD!

  51. Anonymous

    June 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    fly ball, caught.

  52. Anonymous

    June 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    fly ball, caught.

  53. Anonymous

    June 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    fly ball, caught.

  54. BlueWorkhorse

    June 4, 2009 at 7:11 am

    My favs to use:

    "I ain't seen the floater pitch since Scuffy McGee!" from Rookie of the Year when I'm watching basketball.

    "You play ball like a girrrlll!" from The Sandlot whenever someone on my favorite teams sucks (ala Gabe Gross with the Rays or Dan Kolb when he was with the Braves)

    and "That'll do pig. That'll do." from The Replacements

  55. The "WHTNEP" San Diego Sports Fan Collective

    June 4, 2009 at 7:52 am

    When ever your team calls a timeout to set up a play it's your opportunity to-go-all Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers and suggest the following: "Run the picket fence!"

    When team is ready to play remind them, "Don't get caught watchin' the paint dry."

    "Too high" is my favorite though…I clearly surround myself with the wrong people, no idea what I'm saying…ever.

  56. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

    +1 to Save Ferris. Miyagi-son quote = money.

  57. The "WHTNEP" San Diego Sports Fan Collective

    June 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Not really a sports movie but the scene is related to Sport.

    Player gets taken off the field and announcers begin to speculate that it's a cramp: Use the college swim meet scene in Rodney Dangerfield's Back To School…"It must be menstrual."

    People in the know should then reply "Screw you Melon"

  58. Anonymous

    June 4, 2009 at 11:46 am


    Used when I see anyone from the left half of the Yankees infield.

  59. Anonymous

    June 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Use this if someone refuses to do something you ask them to do(From "Any Given Sunday" when James Woods tells his cheerleader girlfriend to leave with him and she refuses):

    "Fine, stay here and get buttfucked by 12 Neanderthals!"

  60. Anonymous

    July 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Happy gilmore

    Somebody is clooooseerrr

  61. Anonymous

    October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The Movie Sidekicks:
    "I don't need karate gee for brick-breaking"
    "Is That Red Or White Wine With Bricks?"

  62. Anonymous

    May 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No! But I do it anyway, ’cause it’s sterile and I like the taste. -Patches O Houlihan

    • Cecilio's Scribe

      May 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      great one. underrated. inspired me to put up a post showing some respect to patches

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