Why we shouldn't idolize sports figures:
New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: "I
want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."
And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the 'Skins say: "I'd run over my own mother
to win the Super Bowl," Matt Millen of the Raiders said: "To win, I'd run
over Joe's Mom, too."
Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: "I want all the
kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I want all the kids to copulate me."
Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann 1996: "Nobody in
football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh: "I'm going to
graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: "You guys line up
alphabetically by height." And: "You guys pair up in groups of three, then
line up in a circle."
Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with promoter Don
King: "Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison
for three years, not Princeton."
Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color
photo of himself above his locker: "That's so when I forget how to spell my
name, I can still find my clothes."
Shaquille O'Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to
Greece: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to." "
Shaquille O'Neal, on his lack of championships: "I've won at every level,
except college and pro."
Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of
heavyweight Andrew Golota: "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the
morning regardless of what time it is."
Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team's 7-27 record in
1992: "We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I
just can't figure out where else to play."
Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach
Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: "My sister's expecting a
baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt."
Steve Spurrier, Florida football coach, telling Gator fans that a fire at
Auburn's football dorm had destroyed 20 books: "But the real tragedy is that
15 hadn't been colored in yet."
Jim Finks, New Orleans Saints General Manager, when asked after a loss what
he thought of the refs: "I'm not allowed to comment on lousy no good
Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to
Sunday afternoons: "It's basically the same, just darker."
Lincoln Kennedy, Oakland Raiders tackle, on his decision not to vote: "I was
going to write myself in, but I was afraid I'd get shot."
Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player: "I told him, Son,
what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't
know and I don't care.'"
Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins: "He
treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."
Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a
player who received four F's and one D: "Son, looks to me like you're
spending too much time on one subject."
And The Gem: Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes
his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded: "Because she is too damn
ugly to kiss good-bye."
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