West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins, commenting on proposed rule changes and the need to change college basketball: “I thought we had a great game. I don’t know why we’re doing what we’re doing.
I am puzzled with the infatuation with the NBA. You watch the NBA playoffs and it comes down to throwing the ball to the best player and getting out of the way. I think we have a game (college) that is a lot more pleasing to the eye.” Amen, Huggy Bear.
Michael Jordan, former NBA All-Star and now owner of the Charlotte Hornets: “I am pretty sure that I could beat any player on our team in a one-on-one game.” Probably tells us why the Hornets finished where they did in league standings!
Former Dodger managing great Tommy Lasorda: “ In baseball, no matter how good you are you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference!”
Former baseball sportscasting great Harry Caray: “What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series?...............NO CUBS!”
“NO COMMENT!” The only words uttered by pro golfer Phil Mickelson when questioned about a report that Mickelson is involved in a money laundering scheme tied to an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events. Greg Silveira of La Quinta, California has pleaded guilty to three federal counts of money laundering as part of a plea deal. He says the money belonged to Mickelson. This just might be worse than a double bogey!
“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball!" Mickey Mantle.
When asked about NBA great LeBron James, former player Scottie Pippen said, “I was LeBron James before LeBron James. You look at how he plays the game and how I played and you will see we are similar.” Uh, right Scottie. Like you both DID play basketball! Maybe I’m like Mark Twain!
K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber on shortening the shot clock in college basketball: “I am one of the few who are against it. Playing faster favors the teams with the most talent. We have got to change the whole model. We’ve got to get skill development back in there. If you don’t improve the skills, passing and dribbling, rebounding and defense, then you are not going to increase scoring.” Right on Bruce!
Charles Barkley, commenting on the rioting in Ferguson, Mo.: “Those people rioting and looting are scumbags! There are people out there who are crooks and when the police come to your neighborhood, things get tense. There’s a reason the police racially profile us at times. Sometimes it’s wrong. Sometimes it’s right. To act like we have no responsibility for some of this stuff is disingenuous.”
Former college basketball coach, now television analyst Bob Knight had this to say about NBA basketball: “If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel 4, I would watch
the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy!”
Remember: Be careful what you say. We’re all listening!