SBD/Closing Bell

Quick Hits....

“We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that” – ESPN's Mike Soltys, on Brent Musburger's comments on Alabama QB A.J. McCarron's girlfriend during last night's BCS National Championship broadcast (THE DAILY).

"I sincerely apologize for the delay, and for the hurt that it caused you as a fan. ... Thank you for your patience throughout this process" – Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos Jr., in an open letter to fans apologizing for the NHL lockout (Hurricanes).

"He probably deserves to be in two Hall of Fames" – Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, on Bulls and White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 1/7).

"If I see the Hall of Fame is continuing to suck wind, I know what that means" – Charlotte City Council member Michael Barnes, on the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority no longer reporting detailed financial performance of taxpayer-owned buildings like the NASCAR HOF (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/8).

"He didn't fall on her. He came close and I just pushed him a little bit" – N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on Spurs F Stephen Jackson spraining his ankle during a game against the Knicks last week after tripping over a waitress serving Bloomberg a drink (N.Y. POST, 1/8).
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