SBD/Weekend Rap

Quick Hits....

"Make me rich" – Tennis player Li Na, to her agent, Max Eisenbud, after winning the Australian Open yesterday (N.Y. TIMES, 1/26).

"Roger was very serious about potentially cancelling the Pro Bowl because apparently it's very expensive and isn't a ton of value to them" – NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth, on conversations with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about changing or eliminating the league's annual all-star event (USATODAY.com, 1/26).

"What we have now is like a panicked stock market. The buyers have frozen, and the sellers are panicking" – Epic Seats co-Founder & VP/Operations James Kimmel, on the plummeting price of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII since last week's conference championship games (ESPN.com, 1/24).

"We'll talk to him and he's in the Galapagos Islands or something. Once, he was down in Antarctica and one of the two helicopters on his boat had crashed. He was, 'I'm a little tied up right now'" – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, on team Owner Paul Allen's tendency to check in with Carroll and Exec VP & GM John Schneider from remote locations via Skype (L.A. TIMES, 1/26).

"Apparently, the NFL needs a geography lesson" – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), on the Super Bowl XLVIII program featuring a shot of the N.Y. skyline with New Jersey just a small speck in the distance, despite the game being played in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP, 1/25).

"Why? That was pretty much my reaction" – Pro Football HOFer Don Shula, on the NFL's decision to play Super Bowl XLVIII outdoors in a cold-weather locale (ESPNNY.com, 1/25).

"A lot of the writers think I’m boring, so I’m going to go all Richard Sherman on you" – Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, at the 75th annual Boston Baseball Writers dinner (BOSTON HERALD, 1/26).

"It's like 'Back To The Future,' is my sense. I've seen this movie before" – Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino, on the Yankees spending nearly $500M on new players this offseason (ESPNBOSTON.com, 1/24).

"He has a great manner about him. At least in our meeting, he was a lot less formal than the players I knew in '90s" – Yankees Senior VP & Assistant GM Jean Afterman, on Japanese P Masahiro Tanaka (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/26).

"It’s so big, you don’t know who’s sitting on the other side" – Devils RW Jaromir Jagr, on the Yankees' dressing room his team is using during today's Stadium Series game against the Rangers (N.Y. TIMES, 1/26).
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