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Quick Hits....

"Every single tax payer in this country, ultimately, is bearing the burden of having to pay the taxes for this wildly inefficient organization that’s giving so little to charity" – Charity Navigator President & CEO Ken Berger, on the PGA Tour's tax exempt status as a non-profit organization (“OTL,” ESPN2, 12/15).

"Can you imagine watching the NFL or a college game without replay now? I think after a year or so, we're going to say, 'Why did we wait so long?'" – Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on MLB's introduction of expanded instant replay for the '14 season (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 12/15).

"Follow the NHL's lead -- it's more streamlined -- and they'll get it right" – Fox' Howie Long, on centralizing the NFL's instant replay system (“Fox NFL Sunday,” Fox, 12/15).

"I'll tell you what, the media -- not you guys, but the bigger media, ESPN -- blew that up. Coach is going to thank them in the end because they probably made him a little bit more money. I guess that’s good for him" – Univ. of Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, on speculation that Nick Saban would leave for Texas (N.Y. POST, 12/15).

"This is the perfect team to be from our nation's capital because they are representative of the dysfunction down there" –The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper, on the state of the Redskins (“Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 12/15).

"To make it go viral like this is just putting a sissy stamp on the NFL. How do you intimidate a 300-pound man? He's already intimidating. Let's grow some nuts" – Pro Football HOFer Lawrence Taylor, on the Dolphins' bullying scandal surrounding Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito (N.Y. POST, 12/15).

"It's simply false. Nobody in our firm has ever spoken to Johnny" – Select Sports Group agent Erik Burkhardt, on allegations that the firm violated NFLPA rules by being in touch with Texas A&M Univ. QB Johnny Manziel (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 12/14).

"I had a good feeling about him. He's down to earth and has good people skills. He has a natural sense of honesty" – Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes, on the selection of former MLBer Ron Coomer as color analyst for the team's radio broadcasts (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/14).

"The baseball world is not going to wait for pre-calc to be over" – 18-year-old SB Nation baseball writer Chris Cotillo, on balancing his work as a reporter with his schoolwork as a high school senior (N.Y. TIMES, 12/15).
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