A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 30, 2014
“When you think, you stink” (sports adage)

Entry in progress—B.P.. 

28 December 1991, Syracuse (NY) Herald Journal, “Skaneateles peppers Brothers’ goaltenders” by Tom Clark, pg. B8, col. 2:
“If you think, you stink.”

That is the motto of Clifton Park Shenendehowa goaltender Tim Baker adheres to when playing hockey, and it certainly seems to work.

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Troy Renck
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Slumps are often mental. And in baseball they have saying, “When you think you stink’’ Has to find way to relax. The talent is there
5:43 PM - 11 May 2011

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Tom Penders
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@sidrosenberg My old HS coach used to say “when you think, you stink.! LB J is thinking too much. Act, react and think tomorrow.!
9:16 PM - 18 Jun 2013

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Dallas’ DeMarco Murray is on track to set a new season rushing record
By Sam Farmer
OCTOBER 20, 2014, 7:40 PM
(...)
There’s an old saying in football: When you think, you stink. With running backs in particular, they’re usually at their best when they are in reaction mode, rather than following the script as drawn.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, October 30, 2014 • Permalink


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