SBJ/Dec. 20-26, 2010/2010 Year in Review

Overheard


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"It's one of those nights where a lot of people stand up and thank their owners. I would do that, except I don't know all 29 of them."
— Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, after winning the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year at the NHL awards show

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"I'm corporate America's dream, and then at the same time, a fan base's ... nemesis of that."
— NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, on his public image

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"It's fair to say that I missed the issue. I told them they could do it. And when it was announced, I wasn't officially informed, but I knew and my guys said that's not allowed. Oh, I blew that one pretty good."
— NBA Commissioner David Stern, on initially allowing Florida International men's basketball coach Isiah Thomas to be a consultant to the New York Knicks

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"This very valuable asset has been swindled away from me in an epic swindle. I'm very angry about it."
— Former Premier League club Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks, on the team being sold to New England Sports Ventures for less than he was seeking


ICON SMI
"I have to have an exit strategy at some point because I don't have anybody in the family that is going to take the team."
— Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, on the long-term future of the franchise

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"When I was backstage, I'm pretty sure I saw him slip a roll of toilet paper into his briefcase. Clearly, they need help."
— Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, prior to NBC Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol appearing on "The Colbert Report," on NBC's expected loss from the Vancouver Games


"Time Warner is offering 8 new porn channels [but not NFL Network!]. What a world! What a world!"
— NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello tweeting the frustration within the league over Time Warner Cable's refusal to carry NFL Network, but deciding to add new channels featuring adult entertainment

MITCHELL REBEL
"If I knew then what I do now, I never would have done it. I got paid, but it isn't a good feeling."
— Reebok founder Paul Fireman, on selling the shoe and apparel company to Adidas in 2006

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"I half-jokingly said I'd love to be NFL commissioner. That looked great when I was struggling with the Russians and Iranians."
— Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on her future involvement with sports


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"I hear he's got his speedboats and his girls, so he seems like he's cool."
— New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar, on team owner Mikhail Prokhorov

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