1. "Everybody on a championship team doesn’t get publicity, but everyone can say he’s a champion."
- John C. Maxwell, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork Workbook: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team
3. "New York is the place where everyone will stop a championship fight to look at an usher giving a drunk the bum's rush."
- Quote by Damon Runyon
4. "The first time I managed to pick up a basketball I knew I was destined to lead the UK to another National championship. ... Even now, so many years later, I still believe Kentucky will go undefeated in March & win everything."
- Quote by Hunter S. Thompson
5. "Temple University sports psychologist Michael Sachs, who made an extensive study of these states, summed this up nicely: Every gold medal or world championship that’s ever been won, most likely, we now know, there’s a flow state behind the victory."
- Steven Kotler, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
6. "And he made a home run, and his team won the state championship. The greatest thing about this story is that every time my dad tells it, it never changes. He's not one to exaggerate."
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
7. "the next national or world championship. I had spent the years between ages fifteen and eighteen in the maelstrom of American media following the release of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, which was based on"
- Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
8. "She coached every day like it was the national championship game. Every practice was coached like that. It was never a letup. I can’t ever remember a day where she was tired, ever. —MICKIE DEMOSS"
- Pat Summitt, Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories
9. "I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus."
- Rick Pitino, The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life
10. "Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics great who won more championship rings as a player than anyone else (eleven), revealed in his memoir, Second Wind, that he sometimes secretly rooted for the opposing team during big games because if they were doing well, it meant he would have a more heightened experience."
- Phil Jackson, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success