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 May 02, 2017
“When someone tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football”

"When someone tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football” is a saying that has been printed on several images. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1979 and is of unknown authorship.


8 February 1979, Sentinel Star (Orlando, FL), “Hush Puppies” by Charles Wadsworth, pg. 6B, col. 2:
OVERHEARD: The next time someone tells you that nothing is impossible, ask them to dribble a football.

13 May 1979, Plano (TX) Daily Star-Courier, “Out’s Bounds” by Ed Voss, sec. 1, pg. 12, col. 1: 
When someone tells you that nothing is impossible—ask him to dribble a football.

24 June 1979, Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR), “Jokes: Bob Steele on the Air,” Parade magazine, pg. 33, col. 4:
When somebody tells you that nothing is impossible, ask them to dribble a football.

Google Books
Today’s Chuckle:
2500 Great One-Liners for Every Occasion

By Paul Harlan Collins
New York, NY: Perigree Books
1993
Pg. 98:
Next time someone tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.

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Leif Juergensen
1/4/95
(...)
When someone says nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.

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David C. Wright
10/9/95
(...)
When somebody says nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football

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Laseroo
8/14/99
(...)
“Those who say nothing is impossible have never tried to dribble a football”

Twitter
Nicolas M. Leon‏
@nicolasleon
When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.
3:49 PM - 15 Jul 2008

Twitter
moswald‏
@moswald
When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, have him dribble a football. --Unknown
10:20 AM - 6 Aug 2008

Google Books
The Capitalist Spirit:
How Each and Every One of Us Can Make A Giant Difference in Our Fast-Changing World

By Yale Hirsch
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2010
Pg. 206:
When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football. — Anonymous

Google Books
The Little Book of Humorous Quotes
Edited by Malcolm Kushner
The Little Quote Books
2011
Pg. ?:
When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football . ~Author Unknown

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 • Permalink