"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Remember the improv show we stole from those crazy Brits? It helped launch Drew Carey's "The Price Is Right" career. Another cult-following type show we lifted from Australia? "Thank God You're Here." It took comedy to new levels.
We'll play a similar bastardized version today. I'll list a quote--you guess the person credited. Play along with you friends. The winner receives an internal feeling of greatness and accomplishment for the day.
"Looking back on this season, I'm going to go and tell my kids about this some day."
This is a tricky one. A 17-year-old Rockies fan provided this quote. The problem here is a 17-year-old girl thinking about having kids a little too soon. Slow down, get cable.
"This is one of those games, you hold them on fourth and inches on the goal line and then you take it 99 yards to score. That is really what seasons are made out of."
Should be a gimme. TU's coach Todd Graham after Tulsa's come-from-behind legendary win over SMU. The stature of Paul "Sneaky" Smith continues to grow. Maybe Bunyan should be his last name. Addendum: One should not question why it came down to a two-minute desperation drive against the 1-7, 0-4 in conference, Mustangs. A win's a win.
"Our season is riding on this. We knew it was a must win for us, and when something comes down like it did you just jump all in, we did and we made the stop."
Senior safety Anthony Germany. The TU defense held up like the Berlin Wall. Prior to the goal line stand, it resembled the Maginot Line.
"It's a relief being back at the Convention Center. It was going to be -- oh, not a nightmare - but a lot of work trying to appease our season ticket holders because there weren't as many glass seats, front row seats."
Oilers general manager Corey McIntyre. The prospect of playing this season at the Expo Square Pavilion was less than ideal. Don't forget the Oilers drop the puck on the home slate this Friday against the evil Oklahoma City Blazers. These teams don't like each other. They've already dropped gloves and they haven't officially played each other.
"Henry and I are thrilled to have both of them return for another season. We are hoping for a back-to-back championship win."
Of course this is Paul Ross, co-owner of the Talons. Good news and better news. The team signed head coach Mitch Allner and assistant coach Marty Robinson for the 2008 season. The team also signed a five-year contract with the BOK Center from 2009 through 2013. They'll call the Convention Center home one more season.
"Don't get too caught up if your team dropped or jumped it . . . still a TON of football to be played."
I know, I know, pretty generic. AM1430 The BUZZ's Chris Plank recently hit the big-time. His afternoon local sports talk show opened the path to his new weekend, overnight gig on Fox Sports Radio. Yes, he's now in the ear of the country. Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, Ben Maller -- move over. Plank's take is usually more stimulating than, "still a TON of football to be played." An opportunity was all it took.
"I'm black and when I was growin' up a lotta black people weren't sayin' we gotta hurry up and grow up and move to Oklahoma. You never heard that, Dave! You know? We wanted to go to New York City, Philadelphia, Miami... none of the brothers said let's grow up and move to Oklahoma."
A few years ago Charles Barkley was on Letterman. Dave asked him about another quote. "Oklahoma is nothing but a vast wasteland.... no place for black people." Glad he cleared that up. As long as we don't use this as a tourism slogan, I think we'll be ok. Was it two years ago? Yes, but funny is funny.
"I wish we still had Caleb Green and Ken Tutt because you know deep down you have a great ball club."
The sentiments are felt by many. Coach Scott Sutton verbalized what many around Tulsa have been thinking since March 15. That of course being the day ORU lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"You need me to put that bracelet on your little girl's leg?"
NO THANKS! I immediately replied to the alcohol-stenched Carny. Every year we swear off the State Fair and every year we're back cascading the Expo and Midway.
"Rockies in six."
Drillers GM, Mike Melega. What was he supposed to say? Go Sox? I called four games so I'm the nincompoop.
"I keep telling myself there's a reason for this to happen, but I don't know what it would be. Because he was needed here more than anybody. He was my rock, he was my prince. Everything was OK when I was around him."
Strong words in a strong reminder of the tragic loss of Mike Coolbaugh. Mandy, his wife, gives ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill a powerful recount of the story off the field.
"I'm throwing a fastball."
"Not me. I'm throwing a curveball."
Joey and Jake Coolbaugh. Mike's boys spoke of their game plan just prior to taking the mound before game 3 of the World Series. The Rockies tabbed the two youngsters to toss out the ceremonial first pitch. Denver isn't one of my favorite sports towns. But for one night, one deafening ovation, they were tops in my book.
"I'm a man."
Too easy. Let's move along.
"Obviously we are sitting here at 7-1 and we are not winning well enough. That's a good thing and I will take that every time. I think we are winning well enough, 7-1 is pretty darn good. It beats the heck out of 6-2."
Coach Stoops answering questions about the Sooners fall in the BCS standings after cautiously beating Iowa State on the road. Imagine a scenario where OU finishes third in the final BSC rankings and misses out on the title tilt by a fraction of a point. Let's revisit the question and see his take then.
"This game is over."
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