With North America's greatest TV show ever resuming airings on Sunday night, it's a good time to revisit some of the great moments in sports, and great lines around sports (even the tenuous ones, and one that has absolutely nothing to do with sports), from This Thing of Ours:
|"He never had the makings of a varsity athlete."|
Bacala: The world really went downhill since 9/11. You know, Quasimodo predicted all of this.
Tony: Who did what?
Bacala: You know, the middle east. The end of the world.
Tony: Nostradamus. Quasimodo's the hunchback of Notre Dame.
Bacala: Oh, right. Notredamus.
Tony: Nostradamus and Notre Dame, that's two things different completely.
Bacala: It's interesting that they'd be so similar, though. You know, I always thought 'okay, you got the hunchback of Notre Dame. But you also got your quarterback and your headback of Notre Dame.
Tony: Notre Dame's a ****ing cathedral!
Carmela: You bought a racehorse?
Tony: I didn't buy it.
Carmela: It followed you home?
Christopher to Tony: "You'd **** a catcher's mitt!"
Bacala, remembering Carmine Lupertazzi: "He was a great man. My cousin says it was Carmine who invented point-shaving."
Junior: "When I was a little kid, no older than that, I always used to wonder why nobody collected prayer cards like they collected baseball cards. Thousands of bucks for Honus Wagner and jack **** for Jesus."
Tony: So you get any golf in down in Boca, Uncle June?
Mikey Palmice (on the tee): ****in' manners, please!
Tony: So, you play Manatee, or what's that other one?
Junior: Will you let the man tee off? You yap worse than six barbers.
Ralphie's pre-race instructions to Pie O My's trainer: "Wire to wire -- and tell the midget not to be shy with the whip."
Hesh, looking sidelong as Ralphie departs: "If only his mother had taken that advice."
TV news reader: "In Essex County this afternooon an incident of sports rage among soccer moms led to the arrest of a Verona woman with ties to the Mafia. Our Gillian Glessner was on the scene. What about it, Gillian? Think that other mother better go into the soccer mom protection program?"
Meadow's soccer coach Don Hauser: But Rhode Island doubled my salary. They're giving my daughter a free ride. What could I do? They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
Silvio: Yeah, well, you haven't heard ours yet.
Junior on Tony: "He never had the makings of a varsity athlete."
Christopher, after sitting on (and killing) Adriana's dog Cosette: "I fell asleep. She must've crawled under me for warmth."