Athletes, by nature, are not supposed to be known for their words, but for their deeds. Sometimes, however, for better or for worse, an athlete says something that just sticks in your memory. Either because it's totally cool or because it's so mind-boggling dumb. Here are some of my favorites, and if you don't see yours, write it out on the reply board.
"We'll be back after this word from Manufacturer's Hangover." — The often inebriated Ralph Kiner
Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth. — Mike Tyson
That Emmitt Smith is a great running back. He sees the hole, then he runs through it!" — John Madden
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it. — Rogers Hornsby
"Play some Picasso." — Former New Jersey Net Chris Morris, to a piano player at a hotel bar while trying to impress a date.
"Once he hit a line drive right past my ear. I turned around and saw the ball hit his ass sliding into second." - Satchel Paige talking about Cool Papa Bell
"Been in this game one hundred years, but I see new ways to lose 'em I never knew existed before." — Casey Stengel about the 1962 Mets
"I ain't gonna be no escape-goat!" — Karl Malone.
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." — John Wooden
"It's a partial sellout." — Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray, about the 6,000 fans and many empty seats in Fulton County Stadium.
"It's almost like we have ESPN." — Magic Johnson, on how well he and James Worthy work together
"Do they leave it (Fenway's Green Monster) there during the game?" — Spaceman Bill Lea
Running...It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you're tired -- you quit when the gorilla is tired. — Robert Strauss
"Just one. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases." — Babe Ruth on if he had any superstitions
"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" — Vince Lombardi
"I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to." — Shaquille O'Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece
"We've got to learn to stay out of triple plays." — Casey Stengel about the 1962 Mets
"Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" - Carmen Berra (Yogi's wife) "Surprise me." — Yogi Berra
"The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline." — Bum Phillips
"Reginald. Martinez. Jackson. You've got a white first name, a Spanish middle name, and a black last name. No wonder you're so messed up." — Mickey Rivers to Reggie Jackson
"Fans don't boo nobodies." — Reggie Jackson
And probably my favorite. When the Red Sox fans starting razzing Mariano Rivera the game after he gave up a game-winning run, he said this:
"That's OK. I don't mind. Because in their hearts, I know they fear me."
Please write in with your own favorites.