Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Quotes of the Week (8/27 - 9/9)

"Certainly I like the fact that he's not playing, but I don't like the fact that he's not playing for that reason." - Yankees manager Joe Torre on Red Sox slugger David Ortiz; Ortiz missed eight games after suffering from heart palpitations (Yahoo! Sports)

"It sounds like we're talking about the war front -- reinforcements." - Red Sox infielder Mark Loretta commenting on the team's recent injury woes; Boston at one point had seven key players on the disabled list and was also missing Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Wily Mo Pena (Yahoo! Sports)

"We both spoke and I wasn't the first. I held his shirt but don't you think it is a provocation to say that 'if you want my shirt I will give it you afterwards'?...I replied to Zidane that I would prefer his sister, that is true. I brought up his sister and that wasn't a nice thing, that is true." - Italy defender Marco Materazzi on the exchange that earned him a head butt from French midfielder Zinedine Zidane near the end of the World Cup's final match (ESPN)

"We're tired of there being a double standard on the whistle...We're tired of it, and it's showing...Players are becoming frustrated, and we expect -- no, we demand -- that we get the same calls as the other team...We demand that we get the same hand-checks, that we get the same cheap calls that go against us. Am I whining? No. I'm stating a fact." - Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, whining about the officiating after his team fell to the Sacramento Monarchs in Game Three of the best-of-five WNBA finals; the Shock was called for five more fouls than the Monarchs in Game Three (ESPN)

"I was scared because a grown man hit me. I thought it was a player at first just hitting me from behind and I turned around and it was a coach." - Stockton Bears youth player Brian Wood, who was flattened by an opposing coach last Saturday; the 13 year old Wood had just been penalized for a late hit on the coach's son (MSNBC by way of Deadspin)

"I'll panic if my kid flunks math." - Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland when asked at what point he will start worrying about the team's poor play (Yahoo! Sports)

"Today, they want to be stars. They don't want to be great players. We wanted to be great players." - New NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley commenting on the mindset of today's NBA players during his induction speech on Friday (Fox Sports)

"They are all very hot...They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." - California governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar on the reason Cubans and Puerto Ricans are "feisty"; the remarks were taped during a March meeting with aides and released in a Los Angeles Times story on Friday (Yahoo! News)