Looking Back at Al McQuire

Coach Al Mcquire when asked by his broadcasting partner Dick Enberg What is it that he would miss the most about coaching sarcastically responded: ” I will miss telling 16 and 17 year old young men that their attending my school is the most important thing in my life!!!” Al was one of a kind and maybe one of the great strategists in the game. He always told it the way it was. When another guard on Marquette claimed that he was as good as Al’s son Allie and wanted equal PT, Al reponded”in a battle of equals my son wins the argument every time. Al also admitted he ruined Allie’s career by being his head coach. Check out Al dancing from a Youtube moment:

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  1. freddy from boca

    al was my favorite coach of all time.

    The Language of Al McGuire

    Al McGuire had a way with words. In fact, it seemed like he had his own personal language. The New York Times called Al McGuire “the James Joyce of the airwaves” before the 1995 NCAA basketball tournament. His almost stream-of-consciousness delivery coupled with his unique phrasing made McGuire one of the most popular college basketball announcers. Here’s a sampling (with translation) of McGuire-isms:

    McGuire phrase Translation
    go barefoot in the wet grass enjoy the moment
    congratulate the temporary live for the moment
    carnival gates are closed game’s over
    salt and pepper coach X’s and O’s coach
    cupcakes easy opponents
    white knuckler close game
    French pastry a showy move
    cracked sidewalks bad part of town
    sand fights hard-fought games
    yellow ribbons and medals success in recruiting
    tailenders walk-ons or complementary players
    Dunkirk an extremely poor performance
    dance hall player short on talent, but long on effort
    memos and pipes university administrators and professors
    two loaves of bread under their arms good jobs
    seashells and balloons victory and happiness
    curtains game’s over
    tap city game’s over
    aircraft carrier big center
    cloud piercer player who jumps well
    ballerina in the sky player who jumps well

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