A couple of weeks ago I gave you some of my favorite sports quotes. Local ophthalmologist Jim Boyce sent me a few of his.
New Orleans Saints’ running back George Rodgers about the upcoming season: “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”
Matt Millen (Raiders) heard that the Redskins’ Joe Jacobi would run over his mother to win the Super Bowl. “To win, I’d run over Joe’s mom too!”
Senior basketball player at the U of Pittsburgh: “I’m going to graduate on time no matter how long it takes.”
I like this one. Maybe you had to play football to appreciate it. A Florida State football coach said to his players: You guys line up alphabetically by height. You guys pair up in groups of three and then line up in a circle.”
I’ve quoted boxing promoter Dan Duva before. “Why would anyone expect Mike Tyson to come out smarter? He went to prison, not Princeton!”
Remember the Duck’s enforcer back when they came here in 1993? Stu Grimson then went to the Blackhawks and was explaining why he kept a photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget to spell my name, I can still find my clothes.”
I’ve used this before but it’s worth a second shot. Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina basketball player, explained to coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice. “My sister is expecting a baby and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.”
Thank you, Jim, for your favorites. If anyone else out there has any, E-mail me.
I told you last week that I visited my almost mythical Nevada bookie a couple of weeks ago. I think I told you that Nevada gives the Angels a 6 percent chance to make it to the World Series. I give them “0.” They opened at 5/2 to win the American League pennant behind Detroit (2/1 and the Yankees (5/1.) Now I can’t see them they are so far down. Honestly, they are a real disappointment but don’t blame the best manager in baseball, Mike Scioscia. Injuries and underperforming are the blame. It’s too bad.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, were 9/5 to win the National League pennant coming out the gate but went way down as the season progressed. Now they are up there again (7/1) ahead of the Giants and Nationals and the rest of its division rivals. I don’t think I’ve seen a comeback like this.
I’m not too happy with Yasiel Puig, though. He’s turned into an inconsistent hot dog. But I’m as excited as the next guy to see him come to the plate. I love to see him crash into walls to make catches in the outfield, I love his speed!
But I don’t like his disdain at walking and showing up other players. I don’t like him getting picked off first rounding the bag. His body language needs to be cleaned up. I guess he needs to mature.
But, again, he has helped the Dodgers regain first place. Can you believe it? I’m flabbergasted. Guido just goes with the flow. He always comes out in the end.
Sports books are interesting places. Most of the people there bet on horse races and the races are beamed in from around the world, live! “Of course they are live,” said Guido.” “You want to bet on races already run? Hey, we’d do good on those.”
I guess I wasn’t thinking but as I looked around the room these horse betters are serious betters. And if their horse loses it’s because another horse cheated. His horse got bumped or something. Of course most of these betters know nothing about the horses and bet based on number, name and how drunk they are. Oh well, sounds as good as anything else.
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