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"It was suffocating. You kept fighting and fighting and fighting, but you know it's there. You'd try to fight out of it, but it kept grabbing you and somehow pulling down into that boat."

Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby describing the Browns’ season.

"We had this conversation two months ago, with my physio and my [coach]. They said, 'Do you think you can win a Grand Slam?' I say no. So now they are laughing so much because they say, '20 days ago, you say no, and now we have the trophy.'"

US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta’s comments after her victory over countrywoman Roberta Vinci. Upon winning the match, Pennetta announced her retirement from tennis.

"It’s the medal for the loser… it’s a good memory for him."

Chelsea manager José Mourinho after tossing the runner-up medal to an Arsenal supporter in the stands after Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to the Gunners in the FA Community Shield.

"It was painful. Yes, for a minute, yes [I considered kicking it wide] but in the end, we are professionals and you think about the times you have been on the other side and the hearts of the other team's players aren't moved."

Mexican soccer player Andres Guardado on being tempted to miss a penalty kick on purpose after a controversial handball call against Panama. Mexico would go on to win the match 2-1.

"I'm not flashy. People might see this watch. I didn't buy this. I'm borrowing this. I buy my earrings from Claire's."

Kevin White, former West Virginia wide receiver and Chicago Bears first-round draft pick, explaining misconceptions about his style.

"I'm a guy who hates people that recline. I wasn't comfortable by any means. You were kind of scrunched up."

Miami Marlins relief pitcher, Steve Cishek, expressing his excitement at the teams’ new plane, which will prevent him from having to ride in coach on a charter plane.

"I'm tired of answering the dumb question, all right? Excuse me. Not a dumb question. I'm tired of answering the very important question you have."

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, expressing his frustration at the frequency of question from reporters concerning his team’s poor playoff performances in recent years.

"I think that's why the women come to the games, to be honest."

Mississippi State running back, Josh Robinson, explaining the allure of his remarkably large behind.

"Honesty isn't necessarily the best policy all the time."

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams apologizing for criticizing head coach Chip Kelly’s arduous practices.

"I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans)."

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson self-reporting an offensive email he sent in August 2012. Levenson plans to sell his controlling interest in the team.

"It is never fun to get punched in the face, everybody knows that."

Former LSU and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger, after being “sucker punched” by an Alabama fan.

"This is not a death blow, but it's a good jab."

Former head of NFL retail operations, Frank Vuono on the U.S. Patent Office’s decision to cancel the trademarks of the Washington Redskins after finding the team’s name to be “disparaging to Native Americans.”

"I made love to my wife the other night and I caught a cramp in my hamstring. I actually put my leg out and kept performing. So there’s no excuse."

Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter discussing the leg cramps that forced Miami Heat forward Lebron James to miss the 4th quarter of Game One of the NBA Finals.

"White guys."

Wisconsin Badgers center Frank Kaminsky’s response to being asked how he thought Arizona (the Badgers’ next opponent) would describe Wisconsin’s team.

"It touched me a little bit. He was bawling. He had the ugly-face cry."

Newly-acquired Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith’s remarks after watching a video of young boy throwing a tantrum after learning that Smith’s former team, the Carolina Panthers, had released him.

"I probably would put you in a choke hold right now. And then we would go for some ice cream later, but I would tell you how much of an asshole you were."

New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace considering how he might respond differently to having beer thrown on him now than he did in 2004, when one such thrown glass of beer ignited the Malice at the Palace.

"It will be quite complicated and will require the use of some unconventional tools and instruments to reconstruct his beak."

New Orleans Pelicans team physician Dr. Matthew McQueen remarking on the plastic surgery to be performed on the Pelicans mascot, Pierre, that will hopefully make him look less like a psycho-clown-bird scaring the shit out of everyone.

"It's like a breakup; it's not you, it's me."

New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek explaining his desires to explore free agency after the season.

"Everyone seems to think I will be commentating on winter sports. I'm not a bobsledding expert."

Tennis player Maria Sharapova clarifying her reporting duties for the Winter Olympics being held in her hometown of Sochi, Russia.

"He took a job that nobody wanted and he should be proud of where he brought this team from. We were in the cellar, we were in that cave, that tunnel that there is no light. We were the worst team in history."

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola praising his coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired on Monday.

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