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Volume 24 No. 156
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Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part Two

"The best thing I can say about this season was at least it was short."
-- Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen, in a letter to fans about the team going 28-38 and missing the playoffs during the '11-12 campaign.

"Don't follow me anymore. Twitter is a stupid thing. I never make money out of that."
-- Former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, when he quit Twitter.

"We need them to not just see themselves as people who aggregate media rights. That’s not their job."
-- NCAA President Mark Emmert, saying conferences have a “greater responsibility” in their role and support of college athletics.

"Things are bad. It's like dictators, you know. You know, in America, we really don't believe in them."
-- Bears CB D.J. Moore, on the growing divide between NFL players and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"People talk about how we should treat this like sports. You know, we're getting an 18 rating some nights. Do you know what rating we would get if this was not under the banner of the Olympics? We'd be lucky to get a 1 rating for some of these sports."
-- Former NBC Sports Group Chair Dick Ebersol, on the broadcast decisions NBC has made regarding live programming versus tape delay at the Olympics.

"When it launched, people wondered if it was going to be a colossal failure. Now it's basically printing money for the schools. It's been far more profitable than anyone anticipated. "
-- Indiana Univ. Assistant AD/Broadcast Services Jeremy Gray, on the Big Ten Network's five-year anniversary.

"There’s no agreement because neither needs an agreement. It’s not a fight they need to have. They fight because they can. There’s something not quite right about this."
-- Hockey HOFer Ken Dryden, on the labor stalemate between the NHL and the NHLPA on the eve of the CBA expiring.

"He revolutionized pro football without ever suiting up."
-- CBS News' Scott Pelley, on late NFL Films President Steve Sabol.

"You buy what’s available for sale. This isn’t like going on Craigslist and picking up an NFL team."
-- Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan, on why he bought the franchise.

"I think that’s the standard company rule. Every 15 minutes of every program -- regardless of what sport is being aired -- Tim Tebow must be mentioned."
-- ESPN's Bob Wischusen, responding to broadcast partner Dan Dakich wondering during a college basketball game why the Jets were not playing Tebow.

"I want to finish football. There's a lot of people betting on us, and I want to get it done."
-- AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, on continuing efforts to get Farmers Field built despite the company being put up for sale.

"They're going to be missed, there's no question about that. But they're going to be on a plane going to Madison, Wisconsin, to play men's basketball in the middle of winter. Good luck. I hope the money is really good."
-- N.C. State AD Debbie Yow, on Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. Yow served as AD at the school from '94-'10.