Quotes / Second Place Is for Losers

"Second place is just first of the losers!"
Shelby Trinity, H.I.V.E. Series

And the winner of the tournament won the controllers that were opened for the tournament (worth $80), and $20 in cash. Second place was a can of coke and an autographed picture of Gord. Third place was $20. The Gord likes to remind people that second place is just the first loser.

"If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing."
Bill Shankly, legendary manager of Liverpool FC

The Olympics is really my favorite sporting event, although I think I have a problem with that silver medal. I think, if I was an Olympic athlete, I would rather come in last than win the silver. If you think about it... if you win the gold, you feel good. If you win the bronze, you think: "Well, at least I got something." But if you win that silver, it's like: "Congratulations! You... almost won." "Of all the losers, you came in first of that group." "You're the number one... loser." "No one lost... ahead of you."
Jerry Seinfeld

The winner takes all
You don't win no silver
You only lose the gold
David Glen Eisley, "Sweet Victory"

"If you ain't first, you're last."
Ricky Bobby's motto

Carter Wilson: (protesting) I got an almost perfect score.
Carter's Mom: "Almost" doesn't get you ahead in life, dearest. "Almost" gets you almost.
Carter Wilson: Only one student got higher.
Carter's Mom: Well, that would make you the winning loser, wouldn't it? And if that's good enough for you, then I can see why my opinion doesn't matter much to you either.
Batman Beyond, "Hidden Agenda"

"I grew up around here. And recently Boston is now known as the city of champions. But for so many years it was known as the city of heartbreak. The most heartbreaking thing that I can remember is when the New England Patriots won 18 games in a row only to lose the biggest game of all time, the Super Bowl, to the New York Giants. Every New England resident shares my sentiment. It holds true to the theory that no one remembers second place."

"Second place is the first loser!"

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."
—UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell "Red" Sanders, prior to the 1956 Rose Bowl.note  Later used by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

Race your rival to the finish line. Point to point rules with no second best.
—Screen of The Fast And The Furious (PS2) explaining destination battles.

"Gentlemen, this school is about combat. There are no points for second place."

"Maybe you're the runner up
But the first one to lose the race
Almost only really counts in
Horseshoes and hand grenades"
Green Day, "Horseshoes and Handgrenades"

Coach Riley: Remember, it's not worth playing...
Young Gordon Bombay: ...if you can't win.
The Mighty Ducks, flashback to the 1973 title game. Bombay hit the goalpost and the Hawks lost in overtime.

"Second place, tied with last."
Ted Chaough, Mad Men

Mrs. Senicourt: And rememberó
Young Nicole: I know, I know. Love you too.
Mrs. Senicourt: No, I was gonna say second place is first place for losers but yeah, that too.