100 Amazing Sports Quotes

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2014

100 Amazing Sports Quotes

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    As a form of entertainment, sports is a laughably unfair rival for its chief competitors: movies, television, video games, or any activity that only works with an audience.

    Sports, from pee-wee to the pros, features all its rivals' best elements―passion, drama, emotional ties, amazing stories and characters you love and/or hate―and uses your sense of pride to crank the volume to 11 (out of 10, just so we're clear).

    One aspect of the sports-fan experience that exemplifies all of these qualities is the people behind the competition—the human element.

    There's a reason sideline interviews, postgame pressers and Super Bowl media day get almost as much attention as the game play. Sometimes the most headline-grabbing stories play out in front of a mic rather than on the field.

    Whether making us laugh or putting a foot in their mouths, athletes, coaches and even the people who pay them have given us countless amazing quotes that can be hilarious, touching, infuriating or just weird.
     
    Here are 100 amazing sports quotes.

On Accidentally Coming Full Circle

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    —Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd

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On Not Having a Damn Clue

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    —MLB free-agent pitcher Kip Wells, then with the Pittsburgh Pirates

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On His Golden Years Being Spent Reining in His Wife's Spending

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    —Former PGA Pro Chi Chi Rodriguez

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On Becoming a Father

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    —Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal

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On How You'll Be Remembered

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    —Late coaching legend Vince Lombardi

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On Being an Underdog

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    —Belmont Bruins men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd

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On Interspecies Racing

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    Full quote: “I don’t think he really understands how fast horses are. Just because he’s my teammate, I’ve got to back him up, but I’ll be secretly putting money on that horse.”

    —Former Bengals QB Carson Palmer on former teammate Chad Johnson's weird hobbies and his inability to grasp reality

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On Sticking His Foot in His Mouth and Looking Like Orville Redenbacher

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    —Ohio State University President Gordon Gee

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On an Epic Kickoff Return for a TD and How/Why All Great Car Chases Begin

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    —NFL free agent Marquis Weeks

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On the Birds and the Bees

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    —Former MLB pitcher Rheal Cormier

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On (Not) Being Sorry for Partying

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    —Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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On Celebrating Being the Universal Language

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    —Japanese Pro golfer Yusaku Miyazato

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On White Folks Being Awkward in Los Angeles

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    —Late NCAA men's basketball coach Rick Majerus

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On...HELLO! Playing to Win the Game

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    —Former NFL Coach Herm Edwards

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On Falling Expectations

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    —Late former Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres 

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On Redefining the Word "Once"

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    —Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers

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On Why Children's Sports Benefit Everyone

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    —New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra

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On Exaggerating Effectiveness

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    —South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier

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On the Frustrations of the Clock

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    —All-time NBA great Michael Jordan

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On What ELSE Olympic Medals Are Made from

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    —Former U.S. Olympic Wrestler Dan Gable

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On Zen Stuff We Can't Even Understand

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    —Collector of championships, Phil Jackson 

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On the Nicest Way to Call the Referee the Least Important Person in the Ring

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    —Retired boxer George Foreman

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On Changes in Golf

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    —Author/Columnist Dave Barry 

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On Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Don't Scare Him

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    —Ilya Bryzgalov, Edmonton Oilers

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On Differing Levels of Ambition

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    —Retired NBA star Larry Bird

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On Upward Mobility

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    —Former Texas coach Darrell Royal, who is apparently bros with Matthew McConaughey

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On Covering His Bases

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    —PGA Pro Fred Couples

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On Having Absolutely No Future in Coaching

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    —Former Chicago Cub Moises Alou

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On Not Losing Focus

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    —Late NCAA men's basketball coaching titan John Wooden

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On Being His Own Best Accessory

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    —Decorated retired race car driver Mario Andretti

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On the Rules Being Rules for a Reason

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    —The late Gene Upshaw, former NFLPA President

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On Having Absolutely No Perspective

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    —International spectacle Dennis Rodman 

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On People in Sports Being Overgrown Children

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    —Longtime broadcaster Howard Cosell 

On Digging Late-Night Infomercials

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    —Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas

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On Facing off Against Tony Siragusa in the Super Bowl

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    —Retired NFL player Glenn Parker 

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On Carving out a Niche

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    —Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz

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On Football and Football Players

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    —The great Bo Jackson

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On His Prediction for the Fight

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    Clubber Lang, Rocky III 

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On Going Big or Staying Home

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    —Retired NFL superstar "Broadway" Joe Namath

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On How to Make Hunting a Real Sport

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    —Former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura

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On Being Smarter Than Everyone and the Anger That Builds

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    —San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

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On What Makes the World Go Around

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    —Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali

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On If Only Finances Were That Simple

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    —Retired New York Knicks star Patrick Ewing

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On Seriously Overestimating the Dangers of the Bluegrass State

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    —Former Duke star Christian Laettner

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On Jets Fans Being Jets Fans

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    —Retired NFL player (and former Jet) Kevin Mawae

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On Futility

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    —Former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl

On Retired NHL Player Jason Smith

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    —Retired NHL player Steve Staios

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On Whom You Can Trust

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    —Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen

On Baseball's Low Expecations

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    —Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams

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On Mixed Messages

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    —Late NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain

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On Not Even Pretending

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    Full quote: "First, I don’t really read newspapers. I don’t really read magazines. I don’t really watch ESPN. I might be one of the most illiterate people in America. I don’t really pay attention.” 

    —Former Troy running back DeWhitt Betterson 

On His Many Options in Retirement

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    —Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal 

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On Boys Trying to Play a Man's Game

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    —Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant

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On Everything Having a Price

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    —Retired NBA player Charles Barkley

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On How to Be the Man

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    —Semi-retired professional wrestler Ric Flair 

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On Number Crunching and Leering

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    —Former MLB manager Lou Piniella

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On the REAL Most Dangerous Game

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    —German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

On Book Learnin', or Lack Thereof

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    —Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt 

On...Ain't That a Relief!

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    —Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson

On Depreciating Value

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    —Olympic gold-medalist Sage Kotsenburg

On the Facts of Life

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    —Late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt 

On Fat-Guy Stuff

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    —Former New York Jets coach Bruce Coslet

On the Harsh Realities of Winter Sports

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    —Author/Columnist Dave Barry 

On...um...That's Now How That Works

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    —Former basketball player Chuck Nevitt

On Clown Questions, Bro

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    —Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper

On Winning at All Costs

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    —Miami Heat executive Pat Riley

On Pacers Fans

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    —Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy 

On Mike Tyson's Personal Enrichment in Prison

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    —Legendarily awful boxing promotor Don King

On Running out of Options

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    —Former Orlando Magic GM Pat Williams 

On What Qualifies as a Sport

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    —Great American author Ernest Hemingway 

On Seeing and Not Seeing Things

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    Full quote: "The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex."

    —Major league crazy person Carl Everett 

On Betting Against the Spread

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    —Former Auburn coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan 

On Sportsmanship Being Overrated

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    —The late, great coach of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne.

On Falling Short

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    —Hall of Fame coach John Madden

On Team Spirit

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    —Former New York Mets reliever John Franco

On Women, AMIRITE?

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    —PGA Pro Lee Trevino 

On Drew Gooden and Conflicting Emotions

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    —Former Kansas coach Roy Williams

On Pregame Meals Impacting Success

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    —Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets

On Being a Drama Queen

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    —Former NFL player and sportscaster Frank Gifford 

On Tiger Woods Becoming a Father

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    Full quote: “I wanted to be his child. If I was a child, I wouldn’t play golf anymore. I’d be siting in a boat somewhere spending all Daddy’s money. I’ve been trying to get I’m to adopt me for the last five years, but he wouldn’t do it.” 

    —PGA Pro John Daly

On Why You Should Always Do Your Best

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    —Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio 

On the Life of a Journeyman

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    —Retired NFL quarterback Jamie Martin

On Prioritizing Discipline

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    —Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden

On Outliving Everyone Around You

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    —PGA Pro Gary Player

On Coaches Playing Golf

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    —The late, great Paul "Bear" Bryant, the former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide

On Overrated Stuff

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    —Epically epic journalist Hunter S. Thompson 

On the Grind

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    —Retired NBA agitator Charles Barkley

On Former Coach John Jenkins

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    Former University of Houston player Torrin Polk

On the People Who Pay His Salary

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    —Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini 

On What Craig Sager Should Do with His Entire Wardrobe

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    —Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets

     

On Feelings Being Mutual

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    —Notoriously awful former MLB pitcher John Rocker

On Female Domination

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    —South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier 

On Being Tragically Uncool

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    —Former Vice President of the United States (and occasional national laughingstock), Dan Quayle 

On Devotion to the Game

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    —Living legend Shaquille O'Neal 

On His Age and Gender

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    —Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy 

On Former Teammate Dwight Howard...Before They Were Teammates

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    —Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant 

On Saying What Everyone Else Is Thinking

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    —New York Yankee great Yogi Berra

On People Complaining About Running Up the Score

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    —Former NCAA men's basketball coach Billy Tubbs

On What Should Be Printed on Our Currency

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    —Metta World Peace, New York Knicks 

    *MWP was speaking in reference to being left off the Olympic team in 2006

On Priorities

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    —Legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray