December 27, 2007
Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association for the right to participate and have her points counted in state meets.
"Right now, spending time with the people you care about and your friends and your family every day is, I'm pretty sure, what every student needs."
Virginia Tech outfielder and former Dulaney player Steve Bumbry, after the April campus rampage in which 32 Virginia Tech students and the shooter were killed.
"I don't know what we're going to do to contain him. In fact, we'll probably just have to go over and just see what the score is. All indications are it's going to be a game that we shouldn't even go to."
Digital Harbor coach Skip Hartley, about Dunbar running back Tavon Austin. The Poets beat Digital Harbor, 30-6, in November.
"It's just not wanting that other dude to score, man."
Maryland center Bambale Osby, explaining his penchant for blocking shots.
"I still walk in here all the time and think, 'Oh my God, look at this.'"
Maryland native Jim Gates, chief librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"But I guess when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man."
Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, after his walk-off, three-run homer beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3, in the American League Division Series.
"Is that significant, in your opinion?"
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, to police after registering a .093 blood-alcohol level at a traffic stop where officers found him asleep behind the wheel, radio blaring.
"I'd mess with the president in the goat suit."
Midshipman John Arnold, who plays the Naval Academy mascot, Bill.
"That's my ride. I wish it was."
Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams, to the Comcast Center crowd after stepping out of a canary-yellow Lamborghini for Maryland Madness night.
"I don't appreciate you swearing at me."
Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight, in a verbal altercation with a landowner who accused him of unsafe hunting.
"I had a 68-year-old lady pass me on a bike, and that was not cool."
Triathlete Brian Boyle, on competing in his first half-triathlon after a near-fatal car accident.
"He was the most electrifying player I've ever seen. He didn't have the strongest arm, he wasn't the fastest guy in the league or the most powerful. But he could find more ways to beat you than anybody."
Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, on teammate Jackie Robinson.
"It's not the first guy I've hit, not the first walk. Why do you think Tampa traded me?"
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Seth McClung, asked about drilling St. Louis' Albert Pujols.
"Well, there are some players that have psychologists, sportologists; I smoke."
Angel Cabrera, asked how he stayed calm down the stretch to win the U.S. Open at Oakmont.
"I don't want to comment. Get a real job."
Former Oklahoma defensive lineman J.D. Quinn, when contacted by a reporter seeking comment about the Sooners' self-imposed penalties after an investigation revealed that Quinn and another Oklahoma player were being paid for no-show jobs at a car dealership.
"Well, if I remember the quote correctly, he said he likes the new Tiger. I figure I've won nine out of 12 and I've won three times this year, the same amount he's won in his career. So I like the new Tiger, as well."
Tiger Woods, responding to Rory Sabbatini's comments that the new Tiger was "more beatable than ever."
"This game ain't basketball anymore, it's entertainment. It's starting to get like the WWF. There ain't no real wrestling anymore, either. It's all fake."
Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, after Detroit lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Two months later, the FBI announced that it had learned NBA official Tim Donaghy bet on games he refereed.
"People say I have got concussion problems, but I don't have concussion problems. I have got a problem with people giving me traumatic blows to the head, that's what I have got a problem with."
Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond, after Philadelphia Flyers prospect Steve Downie apologized for knocking him out with an illegal hit two nights earlier.
"I have an important question."
"What's Britney doing with her life?"
"Britney Spears. What's she doing with her career?"
"Why do we care at this point? Is she here?"
ESPN announcer Mike Patrick, dropping non sequiturs on incredulous ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge - referring to Britney Spears' disastrous appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards - during overtime of the Georgia-Alabama football game. Georgia scored the winning touchdown seconds after the exchange.
"I want to talk about this article right here. This ... this was brought to me by a mother. Of children. ... Come after me, I'm a man! I'm 40!"
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, screaming at The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson, in response to a critical column about Cowboys quarterback Bobby Reid. The video of Gundy's three-minute rant became one of the year's most viewed on YouTube.
"That doesn't bother me at all. Thanks for flying one of my friends to the game so she could watch it for free."
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, when asked whether he was bothered that the Cleveland Indians asked his ex-girlfriend, country singer Danielle Peck, to sing the national anthem during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Beckett gave up one run over eight innings and struck out 11, kick-starting a Boston comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
"It's just like that lady in the bikini at the beach. They show you a lot; they just don't show you everything."
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Grady Little, on the utility of batter-pitcher histories.
"Well, they're killing me. They're killing my family. They're killing my coaching staff, killing the White Sox fans. They kill the owner. They kill everyone. I hope they feel the same way we feel."
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on his team's play.
"He made me feel like Ty Cobb."
New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, on agent Scott Boras.
"If this ballpark is a cathedral, then people shouldn't be urinating outside the bathrooms."
Orioles broadcaster Joe Angel on Fenway Park.
"The record is not tainted. At all. Period."
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, on becoming the leader in career home runs.
"Twenty-one years ago, Barry Bonds looked like the graphite shaft of a golf club."
Vin Scully, during a Giants-Dodgers broadcast.
"I don't really deal with pitchers, I think they're weirdos."
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell
"I come from basically nothing. You're talking about a mother who's a recovering addict. You're talking about no father. You're talking about hardship. I've done it all, from selling drugs and everything else. ... [Now] I'm the light of my family to show that you can come from that type of environment and make something of yourself."
Morgan State linebacker Lamar West, talking about his troubled youth in Newark, N.J.
"If they can get you at your house, they can pretty much get you anywhere."
Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy, on the shooting death of Sean Taylor.
"A guy like [Joe] DeLamielleure says the things he said about me; you think I'm going to invite him to dinner? No. I'm going to break his ... damn neck."
NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw, on his war of words with retired players and DeLamielleure in particular.
"Eighteen is to 19 what four is to three. Gehrig was great, but he wasn't Ruth."
Former Baltimore Colts and New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, making the comparison between Peyton Manning (18) and John Unitas (19) to Lou Gehrig (4) and Babe Ruth (3).
"He wouldn't have approved, though, that we didn't have any beer here. He liked his Budweiser."
Skip Dorer, at a memorial service for his friend of nearly 30 years, Orioles fanatic Wild Bill Hagy.
"Is it the smartest thing in the world to say that stuff? No. But nobody has ever accused me of being smart."
Aubrey Huff, apologizing for calling Baltimore a "horses--- city" on a radio show.
"When I walked away from Baltimore, I left that whole negative mentality behind. Losing definitely puts an emotional bind on you. They say winning cures everything. That is probably one of the most true statements ever made."
Colorado Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
"It's nice to be wanted and in Seattle."
Former Oriole manager Sam Perlozzo, after being hired as third base coach of the Mariners.
"There are two Terp fans in here."
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese, patting her stomach as she talked about the expected birth of twins in March.
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