Theatricality and deception are powerful agents. You must become more than just a man in the eyes of your opponent.
I only ever wanted to be the man who loves children. But from the moment they’re born, that baby comes out and you act proud and excited, hand out cigars. But you don’t feel anything, especially if you had a difficult childhood. You want to love them, but you don’t and the fact you’re faking that feeling makes you wonder if your own father had that same problem. Then one day they get older and you see them do something and you feel that feeling that you were pretending to have and it feels like your heart is going to explode.
Don Draper, Mad Men, S6E3
I’ve never been one to try and draw attention to myself, so a lot of what I did comes down to my personality. I think guys doing end zone celebrations now are just having a good time. They don’t mean anything by it. Obviously, sometimes a guy is simply trying to say that he did everything on his own which is wrong. A lot of it is almost cultural. It’s a fine line because you want to see guys having a good time and enjoy themselves, but at the same time you want to keep it in mind because it’s a team game.
Barry Sanders, on why he never celebrated in the endzone after scoring a touchdown [Sports Illustrated]
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