SBD/December 21, 2011/2011 Year in Review

Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part Two

"The real baseball fans have been sitting at home, cussing out their TV, cussing out the Pirates. Now, they don’t feel embarrassed. They can come out to our games."
-- Pirates P Joel Hanrahan, on the team holding the second-largest attendance increase in the NL through the middle of July.

"If Nike, which has built its entire golf division around him and his brand, walks away from him, that's rock bottom."
-- Golf Channel's Gary Williams, on whether Tiger Woods' marketability can get any lower after losing his deal with Tag Heuer.

"I had two problems. I had a partner that went bananas and the second problem is that the economy kicked us in the balls."
-- Former Lightning co-Owner Oren Koules, on his tenure with the club from '08-10.

"We really have no one in charge, by the way. Anybody who thinks the NCAA is in charge has got their head in the sand.
-- Former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, on the current leadership void in college athletics.

"You can get two sources to say the moon is made out of green cheese."
-- Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail, on a USA Today story citing two sources as saying that MacPhail plans to leave the organization after his contract expires Oct. 31.

"Maybe I’ll call Stephen Colbert and see if he’s ready to pick up another sport.
-- USA Team Handball GM Steve Pastorino, jokingly referring to Colbert's financial support of U.S. Speedskating.

"It’s a five-letter word: S-T-R-I-K-E."
-- Fox' Tim McCarver, following Rangers 2B Esteban German striking out during the seventh inning of Game One of the World Series.

"I should probably have another press conference right now to resign. Because my popularity is definitely going to be at an all-time high right now."
-- Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, at his introductory press conference.

"If you’re watching this right now and you’re really hammered on your couch saying, ‘Wait a minute, wow, wow! Wait a minute’ -- these highlights are a year old."
-- ESPN's Scott Van Pelt, while highlights from the '10-11 NBA opening night aired.

Usually we sit in a room, watching the ticker on the bottom of the TV, watching the big names going here and signing there. Now we look at the ticker and it’s our name we’re seeing.
-- Marlins Special Assistant to the President Jeff Conine, on the team’s activity during the MLB Winter Meetings.

When we have disagreements, we just think about the money and we feel better.
-- Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby, on the Pac-12 pooling and sharing media rights among all member schools.

You’re fighting a bully, man. David Stern’s a bully. You can’t really go up against him, man.
-- Nets G Deron Williams, on the NBA Commissioner vetoing the trade that would send Hornets G Chris Paul to the Lakers.

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