The Year of the Replay

One Punch After Another . . . and Another . . . and Another . . .

2001 in Quotes

"I didn't think it was all that funny." —Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, who hit a dove with a fastball during a spring training game in Tucson, killing the bird, which exploded in a shower of feathers

"Usually, people think it's an OK name, until they see how we spell it and figure everything out. That's when everyone says, 'Oh my gosh, how could you do that to your kid?' "

Jason Curiel of Corpus Christi, Texas, who named his only son ESPN, after the cable network

"It was something between friends that I thought would have no importance until this morning when I got up and saw all the commotion in the news." —Sevilla midfielder Francisco Gallardo, who gently bit the genitals of a teammate during a post-goal celebration

"I guess if you ever point a knife toward yourself, you should do it off to the side." —San Diego Padres pitcher Adam Eaton, who missed a start after stabbing himself in the stomach while trying to open a DVD

"He's made mistakes in the past, but this was not one of them." —attorney Howard Shapiro, filing a plea of not guilty on behalf of former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton, who was charged with possession of 175 pounds of marijuana, his second drug arrest in six weeks

"That ugly, ugly lady. She was really ugly, very serious, you know. I was like kind of scared. . . . And that guy, a little, you know, he looks like a faggot a little bit. This hair all over him." —Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, describing two linespeople who made controversial calls against him during his five-set victory

"All the U-S-A chants were cool. Usually, you get 'You suck!' " —Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux, on pitching at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia

"A lot of young players are not committed to winning. They're committed to buying cars and jewelry and making rap videos." —Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, whose teammate Jalen Rose had $250,000 worth of customized jewelry stolen from a locker in Milwaukee's Bradley Center

"It was the typical kind of thing a veteran would do to a rookie." —agent Peter Schaffer, describing the actions of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Albert Connell, arrested in late December for allegedly stealing $863 from the locker of teammate Deuce McAllister and $3500 from McAllister's car. Months earlier, Connell had signed a $14 million contract extension. —A.S.

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