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14th Aug '16 5:28:22 PM Jhonny
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* The earliest known reference to a game called "football" is a decree by the Mayor of London banning it for being a source of violence... in 1314. No wonder the FootballHooligans are such a popular trope.

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* The earliest known reference to a game called "football" "football"[[note]]Likely referring to a game that can best be described as a mixture of "capture the flag", [[RugbyIsSlaughter the worst things you ever heard about Rugby]], soccer and all other sports ever called "Football" by anybody rolled into one with no limits on the number of players or the playing time and rules that were - if any - subject to mob approval rather than written down before hands[[/note]] is a decree by the Mayor of London banning it for being a source of violence... in 1314. No wonder the FootballHooligans are such a popular trope.
14th Aug '16 5:22:11 PM Jhonny
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* Legendary [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] manager Bill Shankly ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Shankly link for baffled non-Brits]]) gave the page quote in a 1981 interview. It's also repeated as, "Someone said 'Football is a matter of life and death to you,' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'."

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* Legendary [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] soccer]] manager Bill Shankly ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Shankly link for baffled non-Brits]]) gave the page quote in a 1981 interview. It's also repeated as, "Someone said 'Football is a matter of life and death to you,' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'."



** When Brazil lost the final of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.

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** When Brazil lost the final last and decisive match ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness there was no final]]) of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.
14th Aug '16 2:59:00 PM laserviking42
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* Not just professional sports, in many parts of the US (especially in the South and Texas) high school football becomes more important than life or death. Impoverished towns that can barely maintain their own infrastructure are somehow able to boast state of the art stadiums for a high school team that seat tens of thousands. They will rabidly defend the spending decisions when questioned.
19th Jun '16 8:14:19 PM Dialh
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** When [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland four years later, Cleveland and its surroundings celebrated. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z0WCIzoPQ This is how the local sports radio station reported, and reacted to, the news.]]

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** When [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland four years later, Cleveland and its surroundings celebrated. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z0WCIzoPQ [[http://deadspin.com/is-this-for-real-cleveland-media-react-live-on-air-1603647613 This is how the local sports radio station media reported, and reacted to, the news.]]
13th Jun '16 6:59:43 AM bwehehehe
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* Basketball and boxing are notoriously Serious Business in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association, formed in 1975, is the second oldest professional basketball league in the ''world,'' only behind the NationalBasketballAssociation; the PBA came out from a league that started in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 30s]]. It also helps that you can find a basketball court (full or half) on just about everywhere - from the streets to construction sites. Barangays (the smallest administrative unit in the country) are also known to hold basketball leagues every summer that draw in hundreds. "Multi-purpose halls," which are basically glorified basketball courts are the favorite projects of most city and town mayors, often [[ItsAllAboutMe bearing their name]] on the roof or on the backboards. That's how serious basketball is in this country; if it were a religion, it would easily upstage Roman Catholicism as the biggest one.
** In regards to the boxing part, a Manny Pacquiao fight is a surefire guarantee that crime rate in the entire country will drop to virtually ''zero.'' Yes, everyone loved to watch him so much that even lawless elements stop doing their business just to see Pacquiao fight in the ring.
9th May '16 11:23:03 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]

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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA expelled one of its team owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. This ended up setting a precedent which resulted in another team owner[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks[[/note]] voluntarily giving up control of his team after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]
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8th May '16 10:25:16 PM KYCubbie
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** In 1997, Tom Osborne retired from the position of head coach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (The Cornhuskers) football team. That single story took over the ''entire front page'' of most newspapers in Nebraska, plus large chunks of the rest of the news sections, plus a good chunk of the sports sections. OK, the guy had been head coach for 25 years, but come on people, priorities?
*** And then he became a state senator. At one point a lot of people were hoping he'd run for governor as well. Subsequent head coaches have been summarily fired for not quite measuring up. In Nebraska, Tom Osborne is approximately on a level with ''Jesus'' in terms of general popularity.

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** In 1997, Tom Osborne retired from the position of head coach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska–Lincoln (The Cornhuskers) football team. That single story took over the ''entire front page'' of most newspapers in Nebraska, plus large chunks of the rest of the news sections, plus a good chunk of the sports sections. OK, the guy had been head coach for 25 years, but come on people, priorities?
*** And then he became a state senator.senator, and later a U.S. Representative. At one point a lot of people were hoping he'd run for governor as well. Subsequent head coaches have been summarily fired for not quite measuring up. In Nebraska, Tom Osborne is approximately on a level with ''Jesus'' in terms of general popularity.



** And in 2012, a U.S. Representative who was a diehard Carolina fan said, "I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I'd have to pull for the Taliban."[[note]]He had already decided not to run for re-election.[[/note]]



* While on the topic of college basketball, can we point out how serious of a business it is when it comes to the University of Kentucky? The Men's College Basketball Team is considered the uniting factor of the state. When the team was having a subpar (for their standards) season, the President of the University was said to be feeling the hot seat because the coach wasn't fired. Attack ads in the Republican Senatorial campaign were created because one candidate claimed to be a Duke fan over a UK fan.

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* While on the topic of college basketball, can we point out how serious of a business it is when it comes to the University of Kentucky? The Men's College Basketball Team is considered the uniting factor of the state.state (at least outside Jefferson County, where loyalties are divided between UK and the local University of Louisville). When the team was having a subpar (for their standards) season, the President of the University was said to be feeling the hot seat because the coach wasn't fired. Attack ads in the Republican Senatorial campaign were created because one candidate claimed to be a Duke fan over a UK fan.



** The CFL is especially important in Saskatchewan, mainly because we don't have a hockey team to root for. 65% of CFL gear sold is Rider gear... and God help you if you like the Winnepeg Blue Bombers
* Currently, in Turkey, mentioning the victory of Besiktas against Fenerbahce is a possible threat to your perpetual well-being. You have been warned.

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** The CFL is especially important in Saskatchewan, mainly because we don't have a hockey team to root for. 65% of CFL gear sold is Rider gear... and God help you if you like the Winnepeg Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Bombers!
* Currently, in Turkey, mentioning the victory of Besiktas Beşiktaş against Fenerbahce Fenerbahçe is a possible threat to your perpetual well-being. You have been warned.



** The hype is rarely if ever lived up to. The aforementioned draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. and dozens of others said to be in the know praised [=JaMarcus=] Russell as "John Elway-like" and fully expected him to throw up huge numbers in the NFL. Russell actually did get drafted first, but... let's just say all those experts have quite a bit of egg on their face; Russell is likely to be remembered as the single biggest draft bust in NFL history, never performing with even moderate skill in spite of his illustrious college career. Conversely, one of the most enduring and successful NFL stars of the last decade, Tom Brady, was a ''sixth round'' pick.
* The Heisman Award. There is no award in college football that is more utterly meaningless in every way imaginable, and that includes the BCS Championship. Yet every year, there are massive campaigns, a lavish awards ceremony, and firestorms of controversy over who won and who didn't. We even find out who finished second and third, for crying out loud!
** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints runningback Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, recieving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from recieving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from ''awarding'' former Texas Longhorns and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he recieved that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]
* The President of France is personally holding an inquest into the French football team's failure to progress past the first round of the FIFA World Cup... the sports minister is on record as saying that "those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation," amid whispered campaigns by players that the French people "need to know the truth" of what happened at the camp.

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** The hype is rarely if ever lived up to. The aforementioned draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. and dozens of others said to be in the know praised [=JaMarcus=] Russell as "John Elway-like" and fully expected him to throw up huge numbers in the NFL. Russell actually did get drafted first, but... let's just say all those experts have quite a bit of egg on their face; Russell is likely to be remembered as the single biggest draft bust in NFL history, never performing with even moderate skill in spite of his illustrious college career. Conversely, one of the most enduring and successful NFL stars of the last decade, Tom Brady, Creator/TomBrady, was a ''sixth round'' pick.
* The Heisman Award. Trophy. There is no award in college football that is more utterly meaningless in every way imaginable, and that includes the BCS Championship.[[OverlyLongName College Football Playoff National Championship]]. Yet every year, there are massive campaigns, a lavish awards ceremony, and firestorms of controversy over who won and who didn't. We even find out who finished second and third, for crying out loud!
** And then there was the controversy when former University of Southern California Trojans and current New Orleans Saints runningback running back Reggie Bush, who had without a doubt the most electric season the year that he won the Heisman (had 2,600 all-purpose yards (rushing, recieving, receiving, returning, and passing), and 18 touchdowns (15 from rushing, two from recieving receiving and one as a punt returner) and broke out runs of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays quality almost every game) was declared retroactively ineligible as a player for the year he won the award over accepting illegal benefits. Bush and USC airmailed both copies of the trophy they received back to the Heisman Trust, who decided not to declare a winner for 2005. But this didn't stop sports journalists from ''awarding'' former Texas Longhorns and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who ironically tore Reggie's Trojans a new one in the 2006 Rose Bowl the next month to decide the national championship, the trophy. And to make things worse, [[UnPerson Reggie's name has been stricken from all record books that he is mentioned in, all awards he recieved received that year were taken away, and any images or mentions of him in USC's athletic facilities have been removed.]]
* The President of France is personally holding held an inquest into the French football team's failure to progress past the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup... the sports minister is was on record as saying that "those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation," amid whispered campaigns by players that the French people "need to know the truth" of what happened at the camp.



*** This has since been redacted because - get this - FIFA (the world's governing body for the sport) threatened suspension of Nigeria's team from FIFA because the above constituted government interference of the country's program.

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*** This has since been redacted reversed because - get this - FIFA (the world's governing body for the sport) threatened suspension of Nigeria's team from FIFA because the above constituted government interference of in the country's program.



* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each others favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].

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* UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball/Soccer vs [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball American Football]] [[AmericansHateTingle debates]] are very serious at least on the internet. Both sides [[strike:are rather respectful in their debate and employ eloquent and well-researched arguments]] have {{Flame War}}s about each others other's favored "football" with complete FanDumb behavior and absolutely pathetic and not researched arguments to why their sport is better. It would be easier if both sides just said "I just don't like that other football" and be on with it, but that's why it's here in the first place. Calling the former sport ''soccer'' is a BerserkButton to Association Football fans. Ironically, in a research mistake by these two sides, [[AwfulTruth the word was actually coined by a Brit and not an American]].



* In Puerto Rico, Female volleyball is serious business. Boxing too.

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* In Puerto Rico, Female women's volleyball is serious business. Boxing too.



* In many parts of the South, the Holy Trinity is God, Jesus and Dale Earnhardt.

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* In many parts of the South, the Holy Trinity is God, Jesus and Dale Earnhardt.Creator/DaleEarnhardt.



* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA is in the process of expelling one of its team owners for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
* In FlyoverCountry, High School Football is treated with the same intensity as the Superbowl. Seriously. Insult your home team? Congrats, you just committed suicide by mob.

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* Race relations are ''extremely serious business'' in the world of basketball. The NBA is in the process of expelling expelled one of its team owners owners[[note]]Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers[[/note]] for a racist rant towards his mistress that was recorded on audio and leaked by TMZ, and that's just one of his alleged crimes against race relations, but perhaps the most vicious of all as it directly threatened to undermine the NBA itself. Also, the usage of the old idiom "chink in the armor" as a headline on the ESPN website to refer to a slump being undergone by a Knicks player who just so happens to be Chinese-American Chinese-American[[note]]Jeremy Lin[[/note]] severely TARFU'd, if not outright FUBAR'd, the idiom's reputation (previously, the phrase had been used without controversy to refer to other sports-related slumps). The editor who committed that boner? Fired. It just goes to show how much of a champion the sport is in terms of race relations.
** The aforementioned expulsion led to a second team owner getting one step ahead of the NBA posse by selling his team.[[note]]Bruce Levenson of the Atlanta Hawks, after it came out that he had sent an internal office email expressing concern that white fans might be reluctant to attend games alongside too many black fans.[[/note]]
* In FlyoverCountry, High School Football is treated with the same intensity as the Superbowl.Super Bowl. Seriously. Insult your home team? Congrats, you just committed suicide by mob. Take that UpToEleven in Texas.



* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.

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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, game. Serious Business indeed.
8th May '16 10:02:46 PM KYCubbie
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** In New Jersey, where Lombardi used to coach the New York Giants, the only thing named after him is a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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** In New Jersey, where Lombardi used to coach the New York Giants, the first NFL team that Lombardi coached, now plays, the only thing named after him is a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.Turnpike. Actually not all that surprising; Lombardi was from Brooklyn, and the Giants didn't play in New Jersey during Lombardi's lifetime.



* Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (or at least he was Chad Johnson) recently legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco," his nickname, just so he could put it on the back of his jersey. This despite that "ocho cinco" means "eight five"; "ochenta y cinco" is eighty-five. It was also mostly due to his ego.
* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball is a religion in many, many parts of the United States. The greatest rivalry in all of sports, according to ESPN, is [[http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/other/bestrivalries.html that]] between the Ohio State University and the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Other college blood feuds include Alabama/Auburn, Florida/Florida State, North Carolina/Duke, Oklahoma/Texas, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Notre Dame/USC, and Army/Navy.

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* Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (or at least he was Chad Johnson) recently legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco," his nickname, just so he could put it on the back of his jersey. This despite that "ocho cinco" means "eight five"; "ochenta y cinco" is eighty-five. It was also mostly due to his ego.
ego. He later changed his last name again... back to Johnson.
* UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball is a religion in many, many parts of the United States. The greatest rivalry in all of sports, according to ESPN, is [[http://espn.go.com/endofcentury/s/other/bestrivalries.html that]] between the Ohio State University and the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. Other college blood feuds include Alabama/Auburn, Florida/Florida State, North Carolina/Duke, Oklahoma/Texas, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Notre Dame/USC, and Army/Navy.Army/Navy. North Carolina/Duke and Kentucky/Louisville, while hard-fought on the football field, are far better-known (and more intense) in men's basketball.



** The Iron Bowl has always been huge in the state of Alabama, but when you add to it SEC (and even BCS) Title implications? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT_3JbGX1w You get the 2013 Iron Bowl]] (Entire game is posted). We do not exaggerate when we say that the state infrastructure ''shut down'' to watch the game, and it lived up to every bit of the hype.

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** The Iron Bowl has always been huge in the state of Alabama, but when you add to it SEC (and even BCS) Title national) title implications? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT_3JbGX1w You get the 2013 Iron Bowl]] (Entire game is posted). We do not exaggerate when we say that the state infrastructure ''shut down'' to watch the game, and it lived up to every bit of the hype.
4th Apr '16 1:35:35 PM Jhonny
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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.

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* In Europe, especially the Nordic countries and Germany, Handball is extremely popular. As Germany is one of the biggest markets, the world governing body for Handball ''changed their own rules'' to allow Germany to participate in the world cup even though it had not qualified. Go to Schleswig-Holstein (the northernmost state of Germany) and go to a Handball game, Serious Business indeed.
26th Mar '16 9:53:12 AM nombretomado
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* Australian {{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."

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* Australian {{cricket}} UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."
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