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THE BEST OF QUOTES OF THE DAY
Published December 23, 1994
"I don't think that baseball will ever be, in our lifetimes, what it once was." -- Bob Costas, "Meet the Press," NBC, 9/11. "Lest anybody not understand, there can't be joy on any side." -- Acting Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, announcing the cancellation of the World Series, 9/14. "My legacy in this league is that I'm going to be the one that unshackles the merchandise sales." -- Jerry Jones in a U.S. NEWS interview, 9/26 issue. "Man, I've got a Rolls-Royce. Big house. Limo. All those things. This is why every kid's dream is to be a major-league ballplayer." -- Lou Whitaker, arriving at a players union meeting during the strike TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/22. "We're going to be showing cartoons here within a month." -- ESPN's Keith Olbermann, on labor strife in sports, "SportsCenter," 9/22. "He is a very successful automobile dealer. What makes him think he has the abilities to do what he is attempting to do here is beyond my comprehension." -- Peter Angelos on Bud Selig, Baltimore SUN, 10/4. "I came here as a dove. Now I am a hawk." -- Penguins owner Howard Baldwin, after another unsuccessful round of hockey talks, CANADIAN PRESS, 10/6. "They are to the NHL what chickens are to Colonel Sanders -- necessary to the business but of no concern." -- Vancouver PROVINCE's Tony Gallagher on the fans, 10/7. "He reminds me of me, but that's no blessing." -- Bud Selig on Gary Bettman, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13. "I didn't think Senators had this much sense." -- DETROIT FREE PRESS' Mitch Albom on Bucks owner Herb Kohl holding the line against Glenn Robinson, ESPN, 10/16. "We have allowed our most violent street gangs in this country to serve as the sports world's unpaid fashion consultants." -- N.Y. POST columnist Phil Mushnick, on the popularity of black sports apparel, "Outside the Lines," ESPN, 10/20. "The owners are talking about replacement players. We think it's a lot easier to have replacement owners. There's only 26 of them, and they're not very good at what they do." -- Agent Rich Winter, on the possibility of a hockey league run by the players, EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/17. "The photographer doesn't say give us your best side, he says give us your least damaged side." -- Blues forward Brendan Shanahan, on being in GQ, "Entertainment Tonight," 10/25. "Let's see where they are a year from now." -- NHL Senior VP Brian Burke on the NBA announcing its decision to play the '94-95 without a CBA, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/28. "It's easier for young people in this neighborhood to get drugs than it is to get Nike merchandise." -- Independent retailer Robert Logan, on supply restrictions in urban areas by top apparel companies, HARTFORD COURANT, 10/31. "We're not here to prod the establishment and we're not here to replace it. We're here to coexist with it." -- Dick Moss, announcing the formation of the United Baseball League, 11/1. "The understanding is that we will not leave until we have a deal." -- Braves President Stan Kasten, during pre-Thanksgiving baseball talks, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/14. "I am sure the French want the Louisiana Purchase back, too." -- Bulls Player Rep Steve Kerr, acknowledging the improbability that NBA owners will dump the salary cap, BOSTON HERALD, 11/15. "We think this gives us exactly the same profile that Blockbuster Video and Disney gave to the NHL." -- CFL Commissioner Larry Smith on FedEx's involvement in starting a CFL franchise in Memphis, TORONTO STAR, 11/18. "It appears the old way of owning a sports franchise no longer works." -- Dallas Stars Owner Norm Green, bemoaning the trend toward "big business" ownership of sports franchises, 11/21. "The ones that do, it's not good for their health, believe me." -- Terry Pendelton, on MLB players who might cross picket lines during spring training, WUSA-TV (DC), 12/5. "This is not about a league fighting with the union. This is about a league fighting for its future." -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, after the NHL Board of Governors unanimously stood by the league's tax plan, 12/12. "We're not talking about the game here. We're talking about a business in serious trouble, and it would be a lot more appropriate for understanding if the issues were analyzed in the business context they require." -- Outgoing MLB chief labor negotiator Richard Ravitch, criticizing the sports media's coverage of the baseball strike.