As sports fans, we all have our fair share of heartbreaks, jaw-dropping and heart-pounding last-second moments, but most importantly, the sweet sweet feeling of having our team or our favorite player become  a champion.

Here are my three favorite quotes that embody all of the roller coaster of emotions we experience when watching our favorite game

1. Bill Simmons on watching the Stanley Cup finals with his daughter and what it means to be a #legit fan:

“Sports is a metaphor for life. Everything is black and white on the surface. You win, you lose, you laugh, you cry, you cheer, you boo, and most of all, you care. Lurking underneath that surface, that’s where all the good stuff is — the memories, the connections, the love, the fans, the layers that make sports what they are. It’s not about watching your team win the Cup as much as that moment when you wake up thinking, In 12 hours, I might watch my team win the Cup. It’s about sitting in the same chair for Game 5 because that chair worked for you in Game 3 and Game 4, and somehow, this has to mean something. It’s about using a urinal between periods, realizing that you’re peeing on a Devils card, then eventually realizing that some evil genius placed Devils cards in every single urinal. It’s about leaning out of a window to yell at people wearing the same jersey as you, and it’s about noticing an airport security guy staring at your Celtics jersey and knowing he’ll say, “You think they win tonight?” before he does. It’s about being an NBA fan but avoiding this year’s Western Conference finals because you still can’t believe they ripped your team away, and it’s about crying after that same series because you can’t believe your little unassuming city might win the title. It’s about posing for pictures before a Stanley Cup clincher, then regretting after the fact that you did. It’s about two strangers watching you cry at a stoplight. It’s black and white, but it’s not.”

The long essay in its entirety is worth a read:

2. This quote from the late great David Foster Wallace from his essay, “Federer Both Flesh and Not”:

“Genius is not replicable. Inspiration, though, is contagious and multiform–and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled.”

I mean, just look at all these highlights against his rival, Rafael Nadal who despite continuously beating Roger Federer bowed down to Federer in this year’s Australian Open:

3. And lastly, when the series goes into a do-or-die Game 7, you can’t help but shout like Georgian NBA player,  Zaza Pachulia:

Can you think of other quotes that made you nod your head in agreement? Tell us by posting a comment below.

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