MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Quotes

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 5 18:03:52 UTC 2013

Excellent pointers on both quotes. They sounded familiar, but I was too
lazy to look.

Indeed, Burke was a GM and a special adviser to the team. I thought he
used to coach as well, but I might be wrong on that. Of course, if he
mostly revolved around the business end, it would explain his penchant
for recycling quotables--they can likely be found in "motivational"

The table/menu line has been a staple of lecture circuit for years. I
would peg it to the late 1980s, if pushed, but finding evidence may be
difficult. The lampost line is much older, so the 1937 RD looks good for
it (we may never know where/they/ got it).


On 3/5/2013 10:01 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
> Charlie, Fred and Wolfgang Mieder found an excellent cite for this
> saying and recorded it in the DMP.
> [ref] 2012, The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, Compiled by Charles
> Clay Doyle, Wolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro, Quote Page 248, Yale
> University Press, New Haven. (Verified on paper) [/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> If you are not at the table, you may be on the menu.
> 1993 "Lebanon— At the Table or on the Menu?" Middle East Insight 10,
> no. 6 (Sep.– Oct.) 5 (commentary on a pending Syria- Israel accord).
> 2002 Salt Lake [City UT] Tribune 30 Jul. (quoting the education
> activist Pat Rusk): “I am often reminded of the adage, 'If you are not
> at the table, then you could be on the menu.' If I am not getting out
> and having my voice heard by those who make decisions, I am not doing
> my job."
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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