Why We Shouldn't Idolize Sports Figures
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."
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."
Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann 1996: "Nobody
in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman
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
Steve Spurrier, Florida football coach, telling Gator fans that a
fire at Auburn's football dorm had destroyed 20 books: "But the
real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored in yet." (1991)
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 officiating."(1986)
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.'" (1991)
Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins:
"He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings." (1991)
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."