On “the big game, which is life.”

Here we go again, with the month’s best quotes about sports and the sporting life.

Where I’m at now, I just feel like I’m in the next stage of my journey as a man. That’s it. I feel like that’s the biggest game that I’m playing. Football is a mini-game to that. I’m still playing the big game, which is life.

— Kris Jenkins, a 360-lb. defensive lineman, formerly with the New York Jets, who announced his retirement this summer and plans to work hard to take off the weight he purposely gained to be more competitive on the field.

We’re going to be recommending that nobody under the age of 14 be involved in collision sports.

Dr. Robert Cantu, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emerson Hospital and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Cantu is writing a book about his years of research on blows to the head and their effects on young athletes.

Bryan.

— First word spoken by Dodgers fan Bryan Stow since he was beaten into a coma in March by San Francisco Giants fans outside Dodgers stadium. He was able to speak his own name at the prompting of a speech therapist.

I can tell you that there are allegations against so many people in so many different positions in society that their release would really wreck lives.

—  Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Marc Schumacher, after sealing Shaquille O’Neal’s 2008-2010 email cache, on August 26. The emails were entered as evidence by Shaq’s former IT consultant, Shawn Darling, who is suing his former boss for allegedly framing him for a heinous crime.

There’s nothing sillier than covering an ungentlemanly sport and pretending to be shocked by the ungentlemanly behavior of the people who play it.

— Writer and former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson

It’s the first time I had a, how should I say this, a guy playing with an alias.

— Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon about Marlins closer “Leo Nunez,” who recently resigned from the team and returned to his native Dominican Republic after admitting that he was not the person identified in official immigration documents. His real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he’s 29, a year older than listed in the team media guide, according to sources.

We named the New Jersey Nets the Brooklyn Nets.

— Musician and part-owner of the Nets Jay-Z,  in an unsurprising September 26 announcement. The Nets will be the first professional team named for Brooklyn since the Dodgers left the New York City borough in 1958.

We just saw this woman with a hammer in her hand, and  we said, “Wait, we should go back.”…Any decent human being would have done the same thing.

— Missouri Western State University football safety Jack Long, who, along with teammate Shane Simpson, broke open a car window to rescue a toddler about to pass out from heat stroke inside the locked vehicle. The toddler’s grandmother had been desperately trying to break open the car window, without success, when the men saw her on the side of the road.

Chanting “S-E-C!” is the last polite way to root for the South.

Grantland writer Bryan Curtis, in a story about the rise of fandom for the conference.

People seem to do best when they have to wrestle between commercial interests and value systems that counteract them. The lingering vestiges of the amateur ideal are worth preserving.

— New York Times columnist David Brooks

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