Athletes and sports personalities say lots of things, some of which are worth highlighting in their own special way. Here's a running list of some of the more recent quotes that amused us.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, boxer
Floyd Mayweather is not overly impressed with "Linsanity" running wild in the NBA. On his Twitter account on Feb. 13, Mayweather said this about Lin: "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."
JUSTIN TUCK, Giants defensive end
Justin Tuck compared Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the head of a snake that is the powerful Pats' offense. The Giants defensive front will hope to pressure Brady like it did during the Super Bowl in 2008. “The way to kill a snake is to take off its head,” said Tuck. “The way to kill an offense as potent as that is to take care of Brady.”
JUSTIN VERLANDER, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Justin Verlander won the AL Cy Young and MVP this season. At the BBWAA dinner on Jan. 23, he thanked the writers for only having to make one speech despite both awards. He also said: “I lied to you guys, numerous times. At the half-way point, I started getting a lot of questions about the MVP. ‘Are you thinking about it?’ and ‘Is it on your mind?’ Of course I was thinking about it.”
DARRELLE REVIS, Jets cornerback
Jets head coach Rex Ryan has become famous for predicting that his team will win the Super Bowl each year. However, Darrelle Revis said he thinks all this talk needs to be backed up. “If he says ‘Super Bowl,’ that’s cool,” Revis said. “That’s why we play this game, but if we’re not winning games then we need to figure out how to win games instead of just talking and saying whatever you want to say.”
SCOTT BORAS, Baseball agent
Though he can normally count on the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers as high bidders for his clients, Scott Boras barely heard from the two cash-strapped teams this offseason. "Normally they're in the steaks sections, and I found them in the fruits and nuts category a lot," Boras said.
JOHN TORTORELLA, Rangers head coach
When asked about Rangers owner James Dolan's comments on the team being "pretty close to the Stanley Cup," John Tortorella wasn't too happy. "I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That's a bunch of B.S. We need to take one day at a time."
LADANIAN TOMLINSON, Jets running back
After the Jets season came to a close, LaDanian Tomlinson addressed the drama surrounding the team. “I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what not,” said Tomlinson. “But it was as bad as I’ve been around. It was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. So, when it gets to that point, there are certain changes that need to happen.”
BRANDON JACOBS, Giants running back
Following the Giants' win over the Jets, Jacobs and Rex Ryan had words on the field. According to Jacobs, the exchange went like this: "I didn't say too much to him. He told me to shut the ---- up and wait until we win the Super Bowl, and I said I would punch him in his face . . . I told him, 'Out of all of these Giants football players on the team, you're talking to the wrong one.' "
JUSTIN TUCK, Giants defensive end
In the lead-up to Jets vs. Giants on Christmas Eve, Tuck seemed the most level-headed. "I could care less about bragging rights. The last time I checked, the mayor of New York ran the city. New Jersey, Governor Christie, doesn't he have a lot to say with what goes on in New Jersey? I didn't see me making any rulings on anything. Rex Ryan, either."
BART SCOTT, New York Jets
Leading up to the Giants-Jets game on Christmas Eve, Scott said, "I could care less about bragging rights. I spent a lot of money in the offseason. I need these playoff checks to get me by.
SANDY ALDERSON, New York Mets
When asked if he could have done more to lure Jose Reyes back to the Mets, Alderson said, "If you’re asking whether I should have sent him a box of chocolates, perhaps I should have done that. But on the other hand, the box of chocolates would have cost $106 million."
JOHN TORTORELLA, New York Rangers
Rangers head coach John Tortorella fired back at San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton for calling his team "soft." Tortorella fired back with this rant: "Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a god d--- thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before." The Rangers beat the Sharks on Oct. 31, 5-2.
RICK PITINO, Louisville men's basketball coach
At Big East media day on Oct. 19, 2011, Pitino used a dating analogy to describe all the conference shakeup and realignment. This, coming from a guy who faced an extortion trial for having sex in a restaurant with a woman who wasn't his wife. Here's what he said: "My problem is not them leaving. My problem is you did it in 48 hours. Don’t run away with a girl after one date when you’ve been dating someone else for three or four years. You’ve been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect."
REX RYAN, New York Jets
Ryan suggested that the Chargers made a mistake not hiring him in 2007, saying, "Well, I think I would've had a couple rings. I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason."
BRANDON MARSHALL, Miami Dolphins
Heading into a Week 6 game against the Jets on "Monday Night Football," the wide receiver appeared ready to ball/brawl. "My goal is to get thrown out midway through the second quarter," Marshall said. "I'm not joking. I'm serious. They're going to fine me. It's probably going to be like a $50,000 fine. But that quarter and a half that I'm out there, I'm going to play like a monster."
DAVID ORTIZ, Boston Red Sox
Big Papi to the Big Apple? David Ortiz told ESPN that he's tired of the drama in Boston and doesn't know if he wants to return. The free agent slugger didn't directly say he wanted to play for the Yankees, but he did mention that it would be a nice situation to be in. "It's great from what I hear. It's a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn't want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way?"
DARNELL DOCKETT, Arizona Cardinals
Docket had some wise advice for his teammates this week: "We just have to be smart. I always emphasize to my team, 'Don't never be a punk. If somebody do something to you, you do something back.' If you just continue to let them do it, then you're going to have a long day,” Docket said to The Arizona Republic. “We're not going to let nobody just push us in the helmet, push in the back, step on our hands and do crazy stuff. You have to respond sometimes -- but also you got to be smart about it."
PERRY FEWELL, Giants
When asked if he told players to fake injuries, Giants defensive coordinator told The Star-Ledger, "I can’t say I’ve ever done that, I can’t say that I haven’t done that."
ANTREL ROLLE, Giants
After a week 1 loss to the Redskins, Giants DB Antrel Rolle had this to say on his weekly WFAN radio spot: "We, as a team and as an organization, we know that the Washington Redskins (are) not a better than us. We know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, they might win five."
PLAXICO BURRESS, New York Jets
Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress had this to say about tweaking his back during training camp: "It’s not like walking into 7-Eleven and buying a Slurpee. I think I’ll be all right."
MARK SANCHEZ, Jets
The Jets' starting quarterback told GQ that he "wanted to fight" Rex Ryan after he threatened to pull him from a game. When asked by reporters to clarify that statement, Sanchez said: "Was I going to fight Rex? Obviously not. That would be like [Oscar] de la Hoya against George Foreman. He's out of my weight class."
REX RYAN, Jets head coach
In response to the GQ Magazine quote about his quarterback Mark Sanchez wanting to fight Ryan after he threatened to pull him from a 2010 game against Miami, Ryan said this: "I heard he wanted to fight me and things, but that's a long line. I think he's still behind Channing Crowder."
STEVE WILLIAMS, golf caddie
Steve Williams, left, had this to say after being fired by Tiger Woods: "Realistically I could look back, and I've wasted the last two years of my life because he's played infrequently, he's been injured and played poorly."
BRIAN CASHMAN, Yankees general manager
While driving to see a Trenton Thunder game, Cashman was passed by Kei Igawa, a very expensive bust for the Yankees. "He drives faster than his fastball," Cashman said.
RAY LEWIS, Baltimore Ravens
What does Ray Lewis think is the worst that can happen if we lose the season to the lockout? "Do this research. If we don’t have a season, watch how much evil, which we call it crime, watch how much crime picks up when you take away our game," he said.
JAMES HARRISON, Pittsburgh Steelers
So James, tell us how you really feel about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In an interview with Men’s Journal magazine, Harrison held nothing back: "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him." Ouch.
REGGIE BUSH, New Orleans Saints
The Saints running back is getting a little reckless with his Twitter account. "Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!" he tweeted in May. He continued, "Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing."
CHAD OCHOCINCO, Cincinnati Bengals
Hey Chad, what are you gonna do now that the lockout is in place? "Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team," he said in March. After that didn’t work out, he upgraded to bull-riding in May. He lasted 1.5 seconds before he was bucked off with no injury. Afterwards he acknowledged that the Bengals probably weren’t happy that he was risking a career-threatening injury: "I'm sure my coach was probably [upset], I mean, I would be, too. I'm sure the NFL is [upset], but I don't follow their rules anyway."
OSI UMENYIORA, New York Giants
After Eagles running back LeSean McCoy called him overrated on Twitter, Osi fired back: "I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that? If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster man."
RASHARD MENDENHALL, Pittsburgh Steelers
After Osama bin Laden's death, the Steelers running back decided to voice his opinion on his Twitter account. "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side…" He also tweeted on the Sept. 11 attacks: "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."
The former Giants wide receiver who is famous for his helmet-catch in Super Bowl XLII spoke out about what he thinks would happen if gay marriage is legalized. "This will be the beginning of our country's sliding towards, you know, it's a strong word, but 'anarchy.'"
ADRIAN PETERSON, Minnesota Vikings
On the ESPYs red carpet, the Vikings running back expressed his desire to meet Halle Berry by saying, "She's a gorgeous woman. I don't kiss feet at all, but she has good features and her feet are one of those features. So, you know, I'd kiss her feet."
TERRY COLLINS, Mets manager
So, Terry, about the Phillies series right after the All-Star break and their pitching aces of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels? "We come out of the break, and you've got those animals coming in for the Phillies."
CHARLES JENKINS, Golden State Warriors
Ever wonder why former Hofstra basketball star and second-round NBA draft pick of Golden State doesn't have any tattoos? "You ever see a bumper sticker on a Maybach?" he said.
JOHN WALL, Washington Wizards
Jim Rome asked the Washington Wizards point guard who he thought would win the NBA Finals on his Wednesday show. Wall prognosticated "I think it'll go seven games or six." Of course, the series is tied at 2-2, so ... we'll let you do the math.
DAVID ORTIZ, Boston Red Sox
On Tuesday, June 7, "Big Papi" blasted a home run at Yankee Stadium and flipped his bat. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't care for it. The next day, Ortiz had this to say: "I have almost 370 bombs in the big league. He better not make a deal because I bat-flip one of them . . . He's going to see how many bat flips I have in [me]."
HUSTON STREET, Colorado Rockies
Former Oakland A's closer has no love lost for his former manager Bob Geren. “Bob was never good at communication, and I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but it was a sentiment reflected in many conversations during the two years I spent in Oakland, and even recently when talking to guys after I left,” Street told the San Francisco Chronicle. “For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.”
FRED WILPON, Mets owner
In an interview with "The New Yorker," Mets owner Fred Wilpon killed three birds with one stone. He said David Wright was "A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar." Next up was Jose Reyes: "He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money. He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it." And the last victim was Carlos Beltran: "We had one [person] in New York who paid him based on that one series [2004 posteaseason with Houston]."
SAM FULD, Tampa Bay Rays
After getting a bloody lip during a play on Sunday, May 15, Fuld told reporters "As long as I can tolerate the drool, I will be OK."
DON MATTINGLY, Dodgers manager
The former Yankee first baseman was asked about his own hitting streaks when his player Andre Ethier had a 30-game hit streak going. "Joe D. [DiMaggio] would come in. Every time I'd get to 20, he would say something, and I'd go 0-for-4."
REX RYAN, New York Jets head coach
Giants PR Chief Pat Hanlon took offense when Rex Ryan stated in his book that the Jets could have beaten the Packers in the Super Bowl if they were able to get pass the Steelers in the AFC Championship. "Talk is cheap... You gotta be in it to win it." Hanlon wrote on Twitter. Ryan fired back while promoting his book on May 2 by saying "I think I can whip Pat. I'm worried about him throwing a BlackBerry at me."
DAVID WRIGHT, New York Mets third basemen
Following an emotional 14 inning game against the Phillies in which President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, David Wright said, "It's just an incredible moment. New Yorkers, Philadelphia, coming together for a common cause... I don't like to give Philadelphia fans too much credit, but they got this one right. It's a proud moment."
BRUCE BOUDREAU, Washington Capitals head coach
Bruce Boudreau apparently didn't think much of Madison Square Garden during Game 3 of the playoffs against the Rangers. The head coach told a Washington D.C. radio this: "Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building. I mean, it’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Also, our building’s a lot louder, too. So I mean, they can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there."
MARK TEIXEIRA, Yankees first baseman
A notoriously slow starter in Aprill, Teixeira hit a three-run homer on Opening Day, which was March 31. "I've been petitioning the league to start in March for years, because everyone knows about my Aprils," he said.
BRIAN CASHMAN, Yankees general manager
Keith Olbermann posted a Twitpic of a Yankee employee sitting behind the plate making hand gestures in the direction of the Yankees' on-deck circle. Cashman said it wasn't a big deal, and then opened up with, "The psychotics that obsessed about it all day yesterday, I think we all did them a favor by keeping them off the street and preventing them from hurting others."
CHRIS "MAD DOG" RUSSO, Sirius XM radio host
"Mad Dog" was fuming after the Yankees and Joe Girardi scrapped an appearance on his Thursday afternoon show on March 24. As quoted in the Daily News, Russo said "Is Joe Girardi now bigger than the game? This is a disgrace that the Yankees manager who now, all of a sudden, is bigger than God, can't talk baseball with a host who has been on [the radio] for 30 years - 20 in New York - for five lousy minutes when the only other thing he had to do was sit around picking his nose."
GENO AURIEMMA, UConn women's basketball coach
In response to the small crowd of 5,729 for Maya Moore's final home game, Auriemma offered a way to boost attendance: "I think free parking and handouts at the game would help. Letting some of the fans participate in coaching the team since they always volunteer to do that. I think what would help the most is I am going to recommend we don’t bid on this tournament for the next five years because I think we have a real spoiled group of fans who just assume we are going to win, just assume we are going to Philadelphia, assume we are going to the Final Four.
MARK CUBAN, Dallas Mavericks owner
Cuban was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on March 21, and the topic of buying the Mets arose. Cuban, never once to mince words said, "I've been through this before, but call me crazy: When I write an $800 million check, I want somebody to kiss my - -. I don't want to have to beg and grovel to write that check."
TOBIAS HARRIS, Tennessee
After getting embarrassed by Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, LI's Tobias Harris said, "On the offensive end, we rushed too many shots and, you know, basically just quit." Then, when asked about his NBA prospects, Harris added, "It's going to be something that I'm going to think about, but I don't know right now."
RICK PITINO, Louisville
Following a stunning upset at the hands of Morehead State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Pitino put the loss in perspective: "This was as tough a loss as I've had in coaching and I've been coaching a long time. And after tonight, maybe too long."