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Hall of Fame catcher JOHNNY BENCH contemplating his retirement: "I was thinking about making a comeback, until I pulled a muscle vacuuming."

Hall of Fame pitcher DIZZY DEAN following a 1-0 nail biter: "The game was closer than the score indicated."

Former major league pitcher LARRY ANDERSON on the seventh-inning ritual: "Why does everyone sing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' when they're already there?"

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KARL MECKLENBURG, Denver Broncos linebacker, prior to Super Bowl XXIV: "Defensively, I think it's important for us to tackle."

Late Los Angeles Rams coach RAY MALAVASI: "I don't care what the tape says. I didn't say it."

Wide receiver extraordinaire JERRY RICE: "I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that."

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CHARLES SHACKLEFORD, former NC State basketball player, describing his multi-talents: "Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious."

Former coach and ESPN GameDay analyst LEE CORSO: "Hawaii doesn't win many games in the United States."

Pittsburgh Steeler great and current FOX announcer TERRY BRADSHAW on his intelligence, or lack thereof: "I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid."

Boxing icon ROCKY GRAZIANO: "I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia. Not because I had it, but because I couldn't spell it."

Former Ohio State quarterback BOBBY HOYING, after winning a Big Ten title: "I'm really happy for Coach [Jon] Cooper and the guys who've been around here for six or seven years, especially our seniors."

Former New England Patriots tight end MARV COOK: "We've got to find a way to win. I'm willing to start cheating."

DOUG COLLINS, NBA announcer and coach, on the Pistons' offensive and defensive prowess: "Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win."

Former NBA player LEON WOOD to announcer Steve Albert: "Are you any relation to your brother Marv?"

SHERMAN DOUGLAS, legendary Syracuse U. point guard: "I don't want to shoot my mouth in my foot, but those are games we can win."

European Ryder Cup star LEE WESTWOOD of Britain discussing his place in the sports world: "I'm a golfer--not an athlete."

GREG NORMAN, 'The Shark,' talking about his days as a minnow: "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."

FLOYD PATTERSON, former heavyweight boxing champion: "Fear was absolutely necessary. Without it, I would have been scared to death."

Former New Jersey Net CHRIS MORRIS, to a piano player at a hotel bar while trying to impress a date: "Play some Picasso."

MIKE GREENWELL, former Boston Red Sox outfielder, describing his down-home nature: "I'm a 4-wheel-drive pickup type of guy. So is my wife."
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