How ’bout them Dayton Flyers, huh? Very fitting that they won what is surely, awfully the final NIT. That said, comma, how ’bout a few more Al-isms?
Here goes — a few Al McGuire quotes that pertain to Saturday’s Final Four semis:
“The nicest thing about coaching is that one day you feel like you can play handball against a curb, and on other days you feel like you can fly to the moon.”
“Look, if you’re into coaching heavy, into the blackboard, if you’re going to charge up the hill into the machine guns, then you might as well stay at St. Ann’s in the fifth grade.”
“I don’t know why people question the academic training of a student athlete. Half the doctors in the country graduated in the bottom half of their class.”
Al’s way of saying “live in the moment”: “Congratulate the temporary.”
“You cannot have a bland feeling about me. Either I’m a showboating son of a bitch, or I’m the darling that everyone picks on.”
“My personal style is not negotiable. That’s how I fly. If you don’t like my onion sandwiches, too bad. I can’t change.”
Jack Wilkinson has written about sports professionally for 37 years, but his career began in his hometown of Lynbrook, N.Y., on Long Island. His elementary school paper, the Marion Street Chatterbox, is the coolest-named paper he's ever worked for. Thank you, Mrs. Roseanne Waldstein, the school librarian and Chatterbox advisor. Jack worked at Newsday while a senior at Hofstra University, and later for the Miami News, Chicago Daily News, New York Daily News and, after moving to Atlanta in 1983, the local rag. A three-time Georgia Sportswriter of the Year, he gleefully took a buyout in June, 2007. Jack's written six books. The latest, "Of Mikes and Men -- A Lifetime of Braves Baseball," is the recently-released autobiography of co-author Pete Van Wieren. Published by Triumph Books of Chicago, "Of Mikes and Men" is now available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Manuel's Tavern and other fine book outlets everywhere.