Sunday, March 24, 2019

Part IV of my Fabulous Feel Good Sports Moments Series (yes, I keep changing the name of the series….sorry!)


The hardest part about this whole series has been trying to define each moment into only one category. Sure, it’s hard to imagine the world without Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods but can you deny that they are also two of the most Inspiring athletes of all time? Even trying to find quotes for each word was hard because most of the time, the words are linked together: “believe in the power of your dreams.”

Two categories that were especially tricky were hope and believe. Very fine line with a whole lotta overlap. Jim Braddock and Seasbiscuit were a huge source of hope during the great depression… because they gave people something to believe in when they had nothing.

I picked the moments for “believe” because of these two quotes:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.” Buddha

“Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable ~Oscar Wilde

The moments in this category were so improbable, they were believed impossible. Yet, somehow–against all the odds, all the speculations and rumors–somehow, they happened. And they became some of the top miracle moments in sports history.

But even more than that, these moments keep us believing! Believing in the underdogs and Cinderellas. In last second shots and catches. In the unexpected. In miracles.

These moments keep us believing that one day, we will win.


“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Jim Valvano + Charles F. Kettering

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~ North Carolina State’s head coach Jim Valvano

Video of the 1983 NCAA Championship when NC State beat the heavily favored Houston Cougars at the buzzer.

“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it.— David Joseph Schwartz

“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.~David Viscott

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.
— Mahatma Gandhi

“Because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being.” ~Rolling Thunder of the Cherokee Tribe

“If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish, will come true” ~Cinderella

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

~Walt Disney

Up next tomorrow: Dream

Go back to Hope….. Imagine….. or Inspire….

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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