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Quick Hits....

"They're not going to get in. And talking to all the Hall of Famers, they're going to boycott (if anyone gets elected) to make sure they don't get in" – Baseball HOF inductee Frank Thomas, on opposition to the induction of players known to have used PEDs (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/27).

"Frank and I are going to be a little bit longer than Greg. No surprise. His speech probably will be about his pitching -- direct and to the point and see you later" – Baseball HOF inductee Tom Glavine, on his expectations for fellow inductee Greg Maddux' speech at today's induction ceremony (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/27).

“They probably should have done a great deal more than they did quite frankly. But I will say, there are criminal avenues available, there are civil penalties available. He did pay a half a million dollars. I think this is a good discussion that we're having" -- U.S. Rep Tom Cole (R-Okla.), on the NFL giving Ravens RB Ray Rice a two-game suspension ("This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” ABC, 7/27).

"The playoffs have changed. The wild card is worth less than half what it used to be worth. You need to win the division in baseball these days" – Red Sox Owner John Henry, on how MLB's recently amended playoff system influences the team's strategy heading into the trade deadline (BOSTON HERALD, 7/27).

"It was the way he ran the Broncos -- hiring talented people and then giving them the freedom to perform their work -- that had everyone at Dove Valley sad this week" -- ESPN's Ashley Fox, on Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen giving up control of the team ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 7/27).

"I think Rutgers will bring a lot to the table" – Ohio State AD Gene Smith, on the addition of Rutgers to the Big Ten conference (NJ.com, 7/26).

"Not only is it a great idea, but if you don’t, you’re going to fall behind" – Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, on the team's desire to embrace advanced statistics and possibly hire an analytics guru (FREEP.com, 7/25).
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