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The Day When the Fat Lady Sings (13 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book Ecclesiastes
Steve N. Wagers
November 6, 2005
1. The DUTY Every Man Should FOLLOW!
A) A Life HUMBLE before God!
B) A Life HOLY to God!
C) A Life HONORED by God!
2. The DESTINY Every Man Shall FACE!
A) The Awaiting Day of Judgment!
B) The Alarming Day of Judgment!
C) The Accounting Day of Judgment!
1. The phrase "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings" is usually taken to be a reference to opera. Many operatic performances end with a set-piece aria by a well-built soprano, but the recent use of the phrase is mainly with sport. Many attribute the saying, "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings," to Yogi Berra the witty, no non-sense Yankee great.
2. However, it was first used around 1976 in a column in the San Antonio News-Express by sportswriter Dan Cook. Cook does not recall the precise date or what the column was about. Cook, who is also a sportscaster for KENS-TV in San Antonio, repeated the line, "it ain't over 'til the Fat Lady sings," during a broadcast in April 1978. He was trying to buck up local basketball fans who were dejected because the San Antonio Spurs were down three games to one in the playoffs against the Washington Bullets.
3. Bullets coach Dick Motta heard the broadcast and used the expression himself to caution fans against overconfidence after his team finished off the Spurs and took on Philadelphia. The phrase became the team's rallying cry as they went on to win the championship. From there it entered the common pot of the language. 
4. The wisdom of Solomon, recorded in his journal called Ecclesiastes, covers basically every area of life and death. He has spoken of a man's life, a man's loot and a man's labor. He has described how we are to work, and how we are to walk. He has covered the topics of pleasure, poverty, prestige, pride and pain. He has reminded us that life is something we sh ...
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