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11-17-2012, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bleedgreen View Post
its what his dad told him when he was growing up. read it in a book about 99 at least a decade ago.
Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
Maybe this Michael Jordan quote got confused with what Gretzky said or wrote about "100% of the shots" and hence the confusion about the originator?
Ya, as I mentioned earlier, Ive seen this quote attributed to Michael Jordan as well. The most detailed backstory on it that I can find is in a book called "The Optimism Factor", which pre-dates Jordans & Gretzkys pro careers as something they could claim as their own, and takes us back to Brantford when one of Gretzkys coaches (not his Dad Walter) told him "you outskated everyone on the ice etc etc but that you'll always miss 100% of the shots".... my guess is its an axiom that goes back generations, applicable to any number of sports really, an old Chestnut.

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