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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Some day I expect Dick to quote the guy in the Progressive Insurance ad who says that the insurance plan is "OkeymcSmoky Skiddlydoo".
    I could've sworn the Progressive guy got that from Uncle Dick!
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    I was watching an old clip from the Ladies free skate at worlds from 1992, and Dick Button referred to Kristi Yamaguchi as "Too legit to Quit" interms of going pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by bardtoob View Post
    Dick Button's contract renewal situation for ISU Events post-2005 was related to his association, perceived and/or actual, with WSF. He has had opportunities to commentate since because of his popularity with loyal fans and he is an American legend:

    - Friend of Ulrich Salchow
    - 2 Olympic Gold Medals
    - 5 World Championships
    - European Champion
    - 7 National Championships
    - The first to perform 2A in competition
    - The first to perform a triple jump, the 3Lp, in competition
    - The first to perform a flying camel spin
    - Harvard BA
    - Harvard JD

    There are not too many like him left
    If I can add a few more -

    - 6 North American Championships (North Americans are no longer held).
    - Won all these titles and educational accomplishments in an era when they took the boat to Europe to compete.
    - Of all his competitions, his didn't win his very first one (his first teacher advised him to quit as he didn't have any talent). He finished 2nd in his first World Championships. Every other competition he ever entered - He Won !

    One of my favorites - in reference to John Nicks? (maybe Frank Carroll) - "The old goat."

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    It was Mr. Nicks- "The sly old goat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post


    Uncle Dick is channeling Snoop Dogg!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    If I can add a few more -

    - 6 North American Championships (North Americans are no longer held).
    - Won all these titles and educational accomplishments in an era when they took the boat to Europe to compete.
    - Of all his competitions, his didn't win his very first one (his first teacher advised him to quit as he didn't have any talent). He finished 2nd in his first World Championships. Every other competition he ever entered - He Won !

    One of my favorites - in reference to John Nicks? (maybe Frank Carroll) - "The old goat."
    I could have sworn it was "old fox" ???

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    No - it was "old goat". He directed it at Frank Carroll after Kwan skated a great program and Frank was putting his poker face on and trying not to look overly pleased. I forget which competition it was.

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    I want to say that Button called Nicks a "sly old fox" during the 2005 US Nats broadcast, but I can't find the clip just yet.

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    I was mistaken...falling-dance is correct.

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    I always got a kick out of it when Dick would queen out at the end of Michelle's performances. He would end up either spluttering, clapping in the booth or praising her in a way that only could he understand or usually some combination of the above.

    2004 US Championships - LP

    2003 World Championships - LP

    1998 US Championships - LP

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    My favourite Dick Button commentaries:

    John Curry LP 1976:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djadlQLK_ow

    On the art of figure skating:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbwiLcbwGoo

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    Another favorite commentary:

    Lucinda Ruh - 1999 Worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0fvU4wnp34

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    Dick and Peggy were talking about the days when international skating championships were held outdoors.

    Peggy: "I competed at the last."

    Dick: "I competed at the first."

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    I know I'm not quoting it correctly, but in response to a failed element:

    "Whatever that was supposed to be, it wasn't."

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    "Those are very harsh marks. Correct marks, but harsh."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwingDancer View Post
    I was watching an old clip from the Ladies free skate at worlds from 1992, and Dick Button referred to Kristi Yamaguchi as "Too legit to Quit" interms of going pro
    I remember that. That was b/c of the mc hammer song 2 legit to quit was out around that time.

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    To all Dick's fans, his tribute from 2010 Caesars:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFQz...eature=related

    What an incredible legend and icon of the sport. Some of these pictures I've never seen before, but he has earned the right to obsess about good positions and flexibility. His split jumps!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    My favourite Dick Button commentaries:

    John Curry LP 1976:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djadlQLK_ow
    Wow! John Curry at his best!

    On the art of figure skating:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbwiLcbwGoo
    I still think it’s too bad figures have gone.
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