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 June 19, 2016
“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. What matters is if I win or lose”

“It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose,” a modern sports adage says. The saying was credited to “Darrin Weinberg” in 1985 and to “Darin Weinberg” in 1988. The spelling of the first name is uncertain, as is Weinberg’s identity.


6 August 1985, The Times-Tribune (Corbin, KY), “Celebrity Cipher,” pg. 8, col. 6:
“It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.” — Darrin Weinberg

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Books
1988
Pg. 232:
491
It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.
Darin Weinberg

Google Books
Harry Anderson’s Games You Can’t Lose:
A Guide for Suckers

By Harry Anderson and Turk Pipkin
New York, NY: Pocket Books
1988
Pg. 14:
“It’s not whether you win or lose . . . it’s whether I win or lose.”

15 May 1988, (Stamford, CT), “What course is Bobby Knight steering?” by Blackie Sherrod (Dallas Morning News), pg. C6, col. 3:
You’ve got to admire the honest sentiment on that button that Sandy Lyle wears on his golf cap: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s whether I win or lose.”

25 May 1989, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “Pinellas standouts have confident leader: Tunsil” by Tim Looney, pg. 14:
It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose. - Darin Weinberg

Google Books
Trading Regime Analysis:
The Probability of Volatility

By Murray Gunn
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2009
Pg. 219:
“It’s not whether you win or lose – but whether I win or lose.”
Sandy Lyle

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NESS_RAGS
‏@NESS_GrnCtyENT
“it matters not wether u win or lose” “what matters is if I win or lose “!!!
8:52 AM - 27 Oct 2009

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Robyn Brunson
‏@OooSNAP
It really doesnt matters if you win or lose, what REALLY matters is if I win or lose.
5:24 PM - 16 Jan 2010

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Don Young
‏@donalaya
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. What matters is if *I* win or lose.
10:26 AM - 29 Oct 2010

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Sunday, June 19, 2016 • Permalink