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Volume 24 No. 116
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Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part One

"Zdeno, you said you won't be picking all right wingers. Does this mean you won't be picking Tim Thomas?"
-- The Globe & Mail's David Shoalts, after Bruins D Zdeno Chara said his strategy for the NHL All-Star Game draft would be to choose from all positions and not load up on talent from one position, like right wing.

"I wanted to buy a baseball team; they were selling a media rights deal."
-- Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, on being eliminated from contention to buy the Dodgers.

"I really and truly believe that my time has come and gone, that the dynamics of the business -- of what it means to be involved in the sports business with all of the tweeting and the blogging, an audience with a different taste -- it’s not me anymore."
-- Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, explaining why he retired from his full-time position after the London Games.

"You can’t have Twitter determining anything. You got a bunch of people out there that can’t tell the difference between ‘you’re’ the contraction and ‘your’ the possessive, and now they’re going to determine the dunk contest champion?"
-- ESPN's J.A. Adande, on fan voting on social media outlets determining the winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest this year.

"It was like meeting a hot girl that had an abusive boyfriend."
-- MLS Sounders investor Drew Carey, on the team's reception in Seattle following the departure of the Sonics.

"He's going to teach me cricket because I don't understand what's going on with that cricket thing."
-- President Obama, on helping teach basketball to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron during the Western Kentucky-Mississippi Valley State NCAA tournament game.

"We're going to end the season in September, then basically start it again a week later? We make all these changes so that the season ends before football starts, now we're back competing against football again? Dumbest thing I have ever heard."
-- Golfer J.B. Holmes, on schedule changes for the PGA Tour.

"It’s tough when your fans get more excited about a slice of pizza than us winning."
-- Raptors coach Dwane Casey, on fans cheering after the team reached 100 points in a loss to the Magic. Fans receive a free piece of pizza when the Raptors reach the 100-point mark.

"He came to this city with a mouthful of promises and a pocketful of lies. He is a high-falutin, high-class huckster and hustler."
-- Newark Mayor Cory Booker, on Devils Owner Jeff Vanderbeek after an independent arbitration panel ruled the team should get $2.7M annually in Prudential Center parking revenues.

"This is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen, and if you stare at it long enough you’ll start to like it."
-- ESPN's Michael Smith, on the home run sculpture at Marlins Park.

"It looks like it could have been worn on Soviet Union uniforms in basketball in the 1940s. I expected more from Jay-Z."
-- ESPN's Tony Kornheiser, on the Nets' new black and white logos.

"Why are you keeping that a secret from your audience? In the 21st century we have this thing called the Internet. People in Swaziland know a no-hitter is going on."
-- Dodgers radio announcer Charley Steiner, on the Angels' TV crew not mentioning P Jered Weaver was in the middle of a no-hitter.