Sports figures give their say-so: 1997 has been quote a year


Voices of 1997:

"The Jets." -- Sean Jones, Green Bay Packers defensive end, when asked who he would prefer to play in the Super Bowl, Jan. 12.

"Her blood alcohol count was .14, .13, .10, .14, and .14 by the German judge." -- David Letterman, after figure skater Oksana Baiul's arrest for drunken driving, Jan. 18.

"He's always been talkative, but usually it's under oath." -- Sandy Alderson, Oakland Athletics general manager, on Chicago White Sox outfielder Albert Belle, Feb. 24.

"That's scary. The only thing worse would be if they cloned Joe Oliver." -- Hal Morris, Cincinnati Reds first baseman, after learning of a cloned sheep in Scotland, Feb. 28.

"Are we still on the bubble?" -- Tom Penders, Texas coach, after the 16-11 Longhorns upset Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament, March 14.

"I'd like to thank Rado, but I can't because I endorse Omega." -- tennis player Martina Hingis, after winning The Lipton, March 29.

"Well, I won my golf tournament." -- Tom Kite, after finishing second, by 12 strokes, to Tiger Woods at the Masters, April 13.

"He hit the frogs off the Budweiser sign." -- Brian Giles, Cleveland Indians outfielder, on Mark McGwire's record-breaking home run in Jacobs Field, May 3.

"We're not the Lakers. We try to use our brains." -- Charles Barkley, addressing the Houston Rockets' 2-1 series deficit to the Utah Jazz, May 24.

"He's just a glorified flag-football player." -- Curt Schilling, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, on Reds outfielder Deion Sanders, June 2.

"We're in a choking situation, basically." -- Terry Murray, Philadelphia Flyers coach, after falling behind, 3-0, to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals, June 5.

"I'm the Real Meal now." -- Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield, after Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting his ears, June 28.

"Well, OK, I'm going to play two opponents at the same time." -- Martina Hingis, before beating the pregnant Tami Jones at the U.S. Open, Aug. 24.

"You never take the same team picture twice." -- Fred Claire, Dodgers general manager, addressing the future after Los Angeles was eliminated, Sept. 28.

"What a great country. Imagine if he could play." -- Charles Barkley, after the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett signed a $123 million contract, Oct. 2.

"I know I couldn't have done it. I'd rather have been in a ring with 15 pit bulls and no clothes on." -- Clyde Wright, former California Angels pitcher, after watching son Jaret beat the New York Yankees for Cleveland in the Division Series, Oct. 2.

"I hate to see the kid resign." -- Jim Phelan, 68, Mount St. Mary's coach, on the resignation of 66-year-old North Carolina coach Dean Smith, Oct. 9.

"He wasn't there yet, but I showed some respect and turned off my cell phone." -- Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix Suns owner, after a private audience with Pope John Paul II, Oct. 17.

"I'm a firm believer in giving flowers to people while they can still smell them." -- Sam Lacy, 93, sportswriter for the Baltimore Afro-American, upon being voted to baseball's Hall of Fame, Oct. 22.

"We're all going to heaven, because hell just froze over." -- Mike Price, Washington State coach, after wrapping up the school's first Rose Bowl in 67 years, Dec. 1.

"Maybe the coach deserved choking." -- Willie Brown, San Francisco mayor, after Latrell Sprewell attacked his Golden State Warriors coach, P. J. Carlesimo, Dec. 4.

"I don't think from my perspective John Robinson has been fired. I wouldn't use that word." -- Steven B. Sample, Southern California president, after USC fired Robinson, Dec. 17.

"L.A. Confidential -- I give it four thumbs up." -- Kris Farris, UCLA tackle, on his favorite film of the year, Dec. 19.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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