'07's oral report

Quotes of the year

December 27, 2007

"She looked at me with this look, like, `Mom, are you dumb or what?' She said, `These are my friends. I want to be with them.'"

Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association for the right to participate and have her points counted in state meets.

"Right now, spending time with the people you care about and your friends and your family every day is, I'm pretty sure, what every student needs."

Virginia Tech outfielder and former Dulaney player Steve Bumbry, after the April campus rampage in which 32 Virginia Tech students and the shooter were killed.

"I don't know what we're going to do to contain him. In fact, we'll probably just have to go over and just see what the score is. All indications are it's going to be a game that we shouldn't even go to."

Digital Harbor coach Skip Hartley, about Dunbar running back Tavon Austin. The Poets beat Digital Harbor, 30-6, in November.

"It's just not wanting that other dude to score, man."

Maryland center Bambale Osby, explaining his penchant for blocking shots.

"I still walk in here all the time and think, `Oh my God, look at this.'"

Maryland native Jim Gates, chief librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"But I guess when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man."

Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, after his walk-off, three-run homer beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3, in the American League Division Series.

"Is that significant, in your opinion?"

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, to police after registering a .093 blood-alcohol level at a traffic stop where officers found him asleep behind the wheel, radio blaring.

"I'd mess with the president in the goat suit."

Midshipman John Arnold, who plays the Naval Academy mascot, Bill.

"That's my ride. I wish it was."

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams, to the Comcast Center crowd after stepping out of a canary-yellow Lamborghini for Maryland Madness night.

"I don't appreciate you swearing at me."

Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight, in a verbal altercation with a landowner who accused him of unsafe hunting.

"I had a 68-year-old lady pass me on a bike, and that was not cool."

Triathlete Brian Boyle, on competing in his first half-triathlon after a near-fatal car accident.

"He was the most electrifying player I've ever seen. He didn't have the strongest arm, he wasn't the fastest guy in the league or the most powerful. But he could find more ways to beat you than anybody."

Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, on teammate Jackie Robinson.

"It's not the first guy I've hit, not the first walk. Why do you think Tampa traded me?"

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Seth McClung, asked about drilling St. Louis' Albert Pujols.

"Well, there are some players that have psychologists, sportologists; I smoke."

Angel Cabrera, asked how he stayed calm down the stretch to win the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

"I don't want to comment. Get a real job."

Former Oklahoma defensive lineman J.D. Quinn, when contacted by a reporter seeking comment about the Sooners' self-imposed penalties after an investigation revealed that Quinn and another Oklahoma player were being paid for no-show jobs at a car dealership.

"Well, if I remember the quote correctly, he said he likes the new Tiger. I figure I've won nine out of 12 and I've won three times this year, the same amount he's won in his career. So I like the new Tiger, as well."

Tiger Woods, responding to Rory Sabbatini's comments that the new Tiger was "more beatable than ever."

"This game ain't basketball anymore, it's entertainment. It's starting to get like the WWF. There ain't no real wrestling anymore, either. It's all fake."

Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, after Detroit lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Two months later, the FBI announced that it had learned NBA official Tim Donaghy bet on games he refereed.

"People say I have got concussion problems, but I don't have concussion problems. I have got a problem with people giving me traumatic blows to the head, that's what I have got a problem with."

Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond, after Philadelphia Flyers prospect Steve Downie apologized for knocking him out with an illegal hit two nights earlier.

"I have an important question."

"Go ahead."

"What's Britney doing with her life?"

"Britney who?"

"Britney Spears. What's she doing with her career?"

"Why do we care at this point? Is she here?"

ESPN announcer Mike Patrick, dropping non sequiturs on incredulous ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge - referring to Britney Spears' disastrous appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards - during overtime of the Georgia-Alabama football game. Georgia scored the winning touchdown seconds after the exchange.

"I want to talk about this article right here. This ... this was brought to me by a mother. Of children. ... Come after me, I'm a man! I'm 40!"

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