When I Googled Mr. Perry after I got the ring, I saw he had the disease and went through rough times. And I thought he needed it more than I did.
–Ten-year-old Tracy Forrest, who spent his college fund, $8,500, on William “Refrigerator” Perry’s Super Bowl XX ring and returned it to the former Chicago Bears lineman
Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do I have warts? Yeah, I do, like all of you. But I know who I am and I’m comfortable with what I’ve done.
–UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun
True to form, Coach Smart’s primary concerns were about his players, coaches, and the overall support of the basketball program. We are honored that he has decided to stay a VCU Ram. He exemplifies everything that is right about college athletics, and VCU is ecstatic about the future under his leadership.
– VCU athletic director Norwood Teague on 34-year-old head coach Shaka Smart, who turned down a job offer at NC State to remain at VCU
You’re not always going to make shots . . . That’s part of the game. We’ve just never done it at that level.
–Butler University basketball coach Brad Stevens, after his team shot 18.8 percent from the field in the National Championship game, the lowest shooting percentage ever by a men’s team in a Championship game
Do the [fire] engines normally follow you down the runway? Only when there’s smoke in the cabin I guess!!!
–World #2 golfer Lee Westwood, after an electrical fire caused his plane to make an emergency landing in Houston
I want to apologize for any offense that may have been caused, especially any parents or children watching. Emotions were running high and on reflection my heat-of-the-moment reaction was inappropriate. It was not aimed at anyone in particular.
–Manchester United soccer star Wayne Rooney, who shouted obscenities into the camera after scoring three goals against West Ham
I don’t have a reputation across all men’s basketball of being difficult to work with . . . I have a reputation of not getting along with [Maryland coach] Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all know that. OK, so whatever.
–NC State athletic director Debbie Yow, responding to a reporter’s question about her reputation
Take the vehicle, I have 10 more. Police don’t have anything else [expletive] to do except [expletive] with me . . . Do you know who I am?
–Former 76ers star Allen Iverson, after Georgia police pulled over his Lamborghini for failing to signal before a lane change
What a turnaround . . . Rapistberger to Religiousberger . . . Good for him!
–Eagles Lineman Todd Herremans, tweeting his thoughts on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Since 1993, according to our research, at least 70 athletes have been suspended, dismissed, put on probation, or forced to withdraw from their teams or the school after running afoul of the honor code. Fifty-four of them, or nearly 80 percent, are minorities. Forty-one, or almost 60 percent, are black men.
–Luke O’Brien and Darron Smith of Deadspin.com, on BYU, where 23 percent of athletes are minorities
It is the first book I’ve ever read.
–UConn star basketball player Kemba Walker, on Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate
–Human Rights Campaign on Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who used a homophobic slur during a game and was quickly fined $100,000 by the NBA
I hate the fans. It is bad enough that they bother us during the season, but they will not leave us alone in December when we go out to eat. We stayed here during the off season last year, but we will be going to California this year. There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the off season.
–Sarah Madson, wife of Phillies reliever Ryan Madson
A parent’s role is to be positive. And if you can’t do that, shut the bleep up. If you’re not encouraging and not positive, then sit there and discuss the weather.
–Former NBA player and youth sports advocate Bob Bigelow
I have a set of cymbals that every time he runs by the bench, I’m slashing them . . . And I went out and bought the brightest flashlight I could find, and every time I get eye contact I’m shooting it at him. He’s going to be great. He always is. He’s a lot like [Michael Jordan]. I think his mental capacity to fight through these things is off the charts and we expect him to be terrific.
–Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, on the Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who suffered a migraine in between games 1 and 2 of their playoff series
I’ll do anything . . . If I have to work for UPS, I will. I got a family to feed. I’ve paved roads, fixed roofs, done landscaping. I’m not better’n anybody else. I don’t want any handouts. I’d be happy with $12 an hour if I could get it.
–Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Brian Schaefering, on what to do during an NFL lockout
My uncle says he has a plumbing job for me. Pays $15 an hour, so that’s not bad.
–Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Chad Hall, on what to do during an NFL lockout
I saw some Girl Scouts selling cookies the other day . . . Maybe I could try that?
–Former University of Wisconsin All-American lineman John Moffitt, on what to do during an NFL lockout
I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way he’s kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work.
–Former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer, on the NFL lockout and commissioner Roger Goodell
Nobody handed the Dodgers to me. Nobody is going to take them away.
–L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, contesting Commissioner Bud Selig’s decision to take control of the team
LIAR, LIAR, VEST ON FIRE!
–Billboard on I-94 in Michigan making fun of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who lied to the NCAA about his players’ violations, and is partial to the sweater vest
~ Classic from the Past ~
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
–Vince Lombardi, football coach (1913-1970)