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American Sports Cliches Quiz

Fill the blanks in these sports cliches you might remember from high school.
Last updated: March 12, 2019
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Sports Cliche
We're taking it one game at a time
You win some, you lose some
You can't stop him,
you can only hope to contain him
There's no I in team
Second place is the first loser
Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing
It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how
you play the game
Defense wins championships
The best defense is a good offense
Sports Cliche
Practice makes perfect
Pain is temporary; glory is forever
You miss 100% of the shots you never take
Winners never quit and quitters never win
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the
size of the fight in the dog
Sports do not build character. They reveal it
The more I practice, the luckier I get
If you can believe it, you can achieve it
No pain, no gain
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level 82
Jun 3, 2011
Boy, that one about character was HARD. I must have typed every antonym for the real answer - display, reflect, demonstrate, show, showcase... how frustrating!
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level 38
Dec 7, 2016
I know, I think maybe some more leeway should be added to that question because I tried a ton of synonyms for the word but not the exact word.
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level 68
Feb 8, 2019
"Expose"
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level ∞
Mar 12, 2019
Added some more for that, but you have to admit that the original quote is much more elegant.
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level 33
Jun 13, 2011
16/18
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level 38
Apr 13, 2012
12/18. said "fight OF the dog" instead of "fight IN the dog" aghh. can't believe I didnt get the one about winning being the only thing.
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level 28
Sep 24, 2015
Size of the fight the dog is in, is the actual quote. but this quiz is still wrong
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level 67
May 5, 2016
No, that is not the quote: It is a quote made by Mark Twain as follows....... “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
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level 77
Dec 6, 2018
Yes, Malbaby, you are exactly correct - again.
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level 13
Apr 24, 2013
good quiz but isn't there also 'it's not the winning it's the taking part?
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level 22
May 19, 2013
'The best defense is a good offense' you should allow attack for this answer
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level 64
Sep 19, 2018
"The best form of defence is attack" is probably most often heard in the UK.
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level 15
May 7, 2015
16/18 I'm 12 and I hate sports..
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level 24
Dec 3, 2015
i wrote Strong offense instead of Good
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level 67
May 5, 2016
In UK and Australia it is "The best defence is Attack"
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level 22
Jul 30, 2016
Allow the best defense is the best attack because that is what it is in England and Australia
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level 60
Apr 23, 2017
Hey, that's what I thought too.
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level 35
Oct 19, 2016
Huh. I always heard "The best offense is a good defense"
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level 63
Mar 11, 2018
Me too,
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level 75
May 25, 2017
So much empty fluff, non-sequiturs, meaningless tautologies, banality weakly masked as profundity, etc... I guess this is why the people who said these things pursued athletics and not poetry. Still, it's sad that just because someone is associated with sports we treat everything they say as if it's somehow worth remembering.
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level 67
Apr 20, 2018
I guess you were lousy at sport.
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level 75
Apr 20, 2018
I went with my youth basketball team to the finals and led the league in blocked shots that year. I set the record for individual medley in the 8 and under category for my swimming team. My friend Dave and I crushed every game of tennis and badminton we played in P.E. Admittedly, though, sports were never my thing. And I have never played "sport," whatever that is. If you think that the above cliches are somehow profound I'm sure that says more about your aptitude at English than it says about my aptitude at sports.
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level ∞
Mar 12, 2019
As Yogi Bear said, "pitching always beats batting, and vice-versa". I'd agree with kalbahamut. Most of these are pretty stupid, and taken together they are entirely contradictory.
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level 48
Nov 11, 2017
How about, "We talkin bout practice?" Classic Iverson. You want to laugh your butt off, look up DJ Steve Porter's mix of that speech.
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level 63
Mar 11, 2018
It is also said the pitching wins championships.
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level 43
Apr 30, 2018
There are some phrases here to me that are obviously not how I know them, for example Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing - I know it as it's the taking part that counts Pain is temporary, glory is forever - I know as form is temporary.
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level 14
May 23, 2018
Allow attack for offense
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level ∞
Mar 12, 2019
Okay
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level 58
Jun 22, 2018
For the "Winners never quit..." clue, I couldn't get Sean Connery's quote from 'The Rock' out of my head: "Losers always whine about their best, Winners go home and **** the prom queen."
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level 75
May 12, 2019
Losers also kick off their presidential campaigns by bragging about being really really rich, and then refusing to let anyone see their taxes because they know they're full of it.
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level 66
Sep 26, 2018
How about "50% of the game is half mental"? :-D
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level 77
Dec 6, 2018
Gotta love good ole Yogi. As we say in the south, "God bless his heart".