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Volume 21 No. 2
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In their own words: Quotes of the year

Mike Krzyzewski
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“Where else is this in the middle of a court or playing field? There isn’t a logo in between the second baseman and shortstop. You’re not side-stepping over Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”
— Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, supporting an NCAA rules committee decision to remove temporary decals
or logos from courts

“The best thing I can say about this season was at least it was short.”
— Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, in a letter to fans about the team going 28-38 and missing the playoffs during the 2011-12 NBA season

“It was a cocktail napkin that I wrote the deal on and I said, ‘Here’s the deal.’ The napkin was square. He said, ‘You will really sell me the team?’ I said, ‘Let’s shake hands on this deal and I’m going to sell you the team.’”
— Outgoing Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, on his deal to sell the team to Shahid Khan

“The gentleman is a good man. He still works for me. We didn’t shoot him or anything like that.”

Bruton Smith
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— SMI Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith, on an engineer who authorized changes to Bristol Motor Speedway without Smith’s approval

“Melinda Witmer and I kid about it now, but it was our summer ritual where we would lose three weeks of our lives trying to come to an agreement.”
— NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp, on his annual talks with the Time Warner Cable executive prior to the two sides reaching a deal this year to carry NFL Network

“I can think of more exciting ways to spend the day. But the fans seem to be enjoying it very much.”
— New York Giants President and CEO John Mara, on the league selling tickets to fans for Super Bowl Media Day

Charles Wang
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“When you have a good alternative, at some point you take the alternative.”
— New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, on the team moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015-16 instead of building a new arena on Long Island

“Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we’re going to have them. Excuse me if I sound arrogant, but that’s something we won’t negotiate.”
— FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke, on Brazil having banned alcoholic drinks at soccer stadiums since 2003

“My message to them is, goodbye. You don’t want to stay, we don’t want you.”
— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Nets’ move to Brooklyn

“Yeah, I’d feel very badly if you didn’t ask it. You aren’t going to get a (expletive) answer.”
— MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, when asked for an update on the Oakland A’s and their stadium situation

“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.”
— Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Charley Steiner, on the Los Angeles Angels’ television crew not mentioning that Jered Weaver was in the middle of a no-hitter during a game against the Minnesota Twins

Cory Booker
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“He came to this city with a mouthful of promises and a pocketful of lies. He is a highfalutin, high-class huckster and hustler.”
— Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, on New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, after an arbitration panel ruled that the team should get $2.7 million annually in Prudential Center parking revenue