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"Sports Night" The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee (TV Episode 1998) Poster

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Isaac: Exaudio, Comperio, Conloquor. That's a Latin phrase that translates: To Listen, To Learn, To Speak. Those words are carved into the stone arches that form the entrance to the undergraduate library at Tennessee Western University. This afternoon, an extraordinary young man named Roland Shepard made what had to have been an excruciating decision. He said he wasn't playing football under a Confederate flag. Six of his teammates then chose not to let Shepard stand alone. And I choose to join them at this moment. In the history of the South, there's much to celebrate. And that flag is a desecration of all of it. It's a banner of hatred and seperatism. It's a banner of ignorance and violence and a war that pitted brother against brother, and to ask young black men and women, young Jewish men and women, Asians, Native Americans, to ask Americans to walk beneath its shadow is a humiliation of irreducible proportions. And we all know it. Tennessee Western has produced some outstanding alumni in the last hundred years. People of wisdom and vision. Strength and compassion. One of them is Luther Sachs. Luther Sachs owns Continental Corp, which owns the Continental Sports Channel, which you're watching right now. Luther Sachs is a generous alumni contributor to Tennessee Western with a considerable influence over its Chancellor, Davis Blake, and its Board of Trustees. Luther, you've got a phone call to make. You've got to call Chancellor Blake and tell him to take down that flag or he can stop looking for your checks in the mail. You've got to put these young men back in a classroom, and I mean pronto. These boys are gonna make you proud one day, Luther. I challenge you to do the right thing. Not an unreasonable request to make of a man whose alma mater declares Exaudio, Comperio, Conloquor. To Listen, To Learn, To Speak. In the meantime, God go with you, Roland Shepard and you six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee. God's not done with any of you yet.

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Dan Rydell: [on the air] We'll bring you the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat, and because we've got soccer highlights, the sheer pointlessness of a zero-zero tie. You're watching Sports Night on CSC, so stick around.

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Dana Whitaker: By the way, in the memos that are circulating we're spelling Chattanooga about fourteen different ways. Now, what do we know?

Jeremy Goodwin: Two O's, three A's.

Dana Whitaker: That's it?

Jeremy Goodwin: No, there are other letters too. But surely that's not what you meant.

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Monica Brazelton: Excuse me, Mr McCall.

Casey McCall: Yeah.

Monica Brazelton: I'm sorry. Is this a bad time ?

Casey McCall: For what ?

Monica Brazelton: I'd like to ask you a question, but if you're preparing the show, if this is a bad time, I can come back.

Casey McCall: What's your question ?

Monica Brazelton: What's my name ?

Casey McCall: What's your name ?

Monica Brazelton: Yes.

Casey McCall: Uh. What are we doing right now ?

Monica Brazelton: If this is a bad time I can just come...

Casey McCall: I'm sorry. I'm not very good at remembering names.

Monica Brazelton: Who was the number two man on the Boston Red Sox staff in 1977 ?

Casey McCall: That was Ferguson Jenkins.

Monica Brazelton: My name is Monica. I'm the assistant wardrobe supervisor for Sports Night as well as two other shows here at CSC. I think you hurt the feelings of the woman I work for. Her name is Maureen and she's been working here since the day you started.

Casey McCall: I know Maureen.

Monica Brazelton: Can I ask you another question ?

Casey McCall: I'm sorry I didn't know your name.

Monica Brazelton: Do you know what color this is ?

Casey McCall: It's grey.

Monica Brazelton: It's called gun-metal. Grey has more ivory in it, gun-metal has more blue. Can you tell me which if these shirts you should wear it with ?

Casey McCall: I dunno.

Monica Brazelton: No you don't. There's no reason why you should. You're not expected to know what shirt goes with what suit or how a color and a neck tie can pick up your eyes. You're not expected to know what's going to clash with what Dan's wearing or what pattern's going to bleed when Dave changes the lighting. Mr McCall, you get so much attention and so much praise for what you actually do and all of it's deserved. When you go on a talk show and get complimented on something you didn't, how hard would it be to say, "That's not me. That's a woman named Maureen who's been working for us since the first day. It's Maureen who dresses me every night and without Maureen I wouldn't know gun-metal from a hole in the ground." Do you have any idea what that would have meant to her ? Do you have any idea how many time sshe would have played that tape for her husband and her kids ? I know this is when it starts to get busy for you. I hope I didn't take up too much of your time. Please don't tell Maureen I spoke to you. She would be pretty mad at me.

Casey McCall: I won't. Monica.

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Isaac: Danny, I need to talk to you.

Dan Rydell: Good, cause I need to talk to you too. Who should go first?

Isaac: Since I don't really care what you have to say, I think it should be me.

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Isaac: [to Dan] You need to stop thinking of me as the defender of all things black.

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Dana Whitaker: Kill 23.

Elliott: I never had 23.

Dana Whitaker: Then you won't miss it much.

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Dana Whitaker: Jeremy, tell me what's happening in Chattanooga. Tell me quickly. Tell me succinctly - bullet points.

[Snaps fingers]

Dana Whitaker: We're on the air in less than two minutes, so don't give me a Valedictory address. Talk to me as if I'm a small child. Tell me what's happening in Chattanooga.

Jeremy Goodwin: I don't know what's happening in Chattanooga.

Dana Whitaker: Okay, tell me a little more than that.

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