"If I was the opposite gender, I'd be chasing him. I'd be dating him. But I'm not, so I don't. But I'm making the point. This guy's got a ton of personality. He's really a neat guy. The players have enjoyed him from Day 1. He's smart and he's funny. I really appreciate everything about him."
-- Tony La Russa on So Taguchi

"If I was the opposite gender, I'd be chasing him. I'd be dating him. But I'm not, so I don't. But I'm making the point. This guy's got a ton of personality. He's really a neat guy. The players have enjoyed him from Day 1. He's smart and he's funny. I really appreciate everything about him."
-- Tony La Russa on So Taguchi

"I've got a lot of e-mail on something written by a guy named Bill Simmons on ESPN.com. He bashes Houston. Please don't respond to him. Please don't ask me to respond. People write stuff like that because they're desperate for someone to read their stuff. They're doing it to push buttons. The guy couldn't be more irrelevant."
-- Richard Justice writing in his Houston Chronicle blog this week

"It was like my best friend in America."
-- Warriors forward Andris Biedrins, talking about his Porsche Cayenne SUV, which was totaled when he was rear-ended last week

"Regis is in the house."
-- Regis Philbin was at Sunday's Lakers-Celtics game. According to LA Times reporter Mike Bresnahan, he "strolled through the Laker locker room with a seven-person entourage before the game and offered (Phil) Jackson the opportunity to fire up the team by telling players, 'Regis is in the house.' Philbin also asked (Kobe) Bryant to pound his chest after making his first shot, which he did after making a three-pointer in the first quarter and looking over to Philbin in the second row"

"I always say Manny [Ramirez] is a strange guy. Outwardly, he's happy-go-lucky. On the inside, he's got a lot of conspiracy theories going on. I would say Manny might be one of these guys when he's 50 years old, he might be in his house with all the blinds shut kind of looking out like the CIA's out there. You don't know, man. I mean, you don't know what's going on in the interior with him. So you don't worry about it."
-- Bronson Arroyo

"You didn't write a story about my Hall of Fame induction. You guys never report the good stuff that I do."
-- Albert Belle, who has never been inducted into the Hall, on his recent stalking charge

"I'm sure he is embarrassed by the situation. There's nothing he can do about it now except to make sure that he is aware of where his weapons are."
-- Nate McMillan on Blazers' PG Sebastian Telfair's concealed weapons charge

"Count me among those who don't care about them and won't watch them. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention."
-- Bryant Gumbel on HBO's "Real Sports"

"It's the same with [Nomar] Garciaparra playing for Mexico. Garciaparra only knows Cancun because he went to visit."
-- Ozzie Guillen on MLB players trying to decide which WBC team to play for

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