JOE ANIK – 8/3/15
UFC broadcaster

“She has hit demographics that MMA has never crossed into before. She’s got 10-year-old girls staying up until 1 o’clock in the morning on the East Coast to watch her Pay-Per-View. She’s got Doug Gottlieb buying UFC Pay-Per-Views. I don’t know what greater statement we can make about her, but she is the biggest superstar we’ve ever had. I don’t know if that’s a popular take, but with all due respect to Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones (and) Chuck Liddell, Ronda Rousey is the biggest star we’ve ever had – and we’re damn glad to have her.”
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PETER KING – 8/3/15
SI and MMQB writer

“I think the smartest thing is to just basically defer everything to the end of the year when we have some information, some evidence and some real knowledge of what happens to air pressure in footballs when it’s cold outside. We don’t know anything about it now, other than theory. What happens if we find out that the (air pressure of the) average football – when it’s the 40s or 30s in a two-hour period out in cold weather – goes down an average of a pound-and-a-half? That’s what happened to the Patriots’ footballs in the championship game.”
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STAN KASTEN – 8/4/15
Dodgers president

“The question earlier in the year was, ‘Gee, would they ever trade him?’ And the answer is, ‘Sure we would.’ Are we going to? Is he being traded? No, we really value him highly. If the right thing came along – Andrew (Friedman), Farhan (Zaidi) and Josh (Byrnes), they all feel the same. Whatever they could do to make the team better, they would do. But they also see a lot of value in a 24-year-old Yasiel Puig that didn’t get a lot of time to work though problems in the minors and has still a lot to learn but so much more to give – and a guy who has shown for a month or more at a time that he can carry a whole team. And no one here feels like giving that away for anything less than full value – and full value for him would be, I think, quite a great deal.”
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NFL agent

“One of the things that this show shows is everybody sees the last five percent: the press conference or the negotiation. But they don’t see the nuts and the bolts and what we do 95 percent of the time. People say they work 9-5. Well, we work 5-9. And we work seven days a week, 365 days a year. Sometimes 9 o’clock at night is just when you’re grabbing lunch because the phone rings or a player has an issue or you’re on the road. We get very familiar with Courtyard Marriotts, I can assure you.”
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JOE PERRY – 8/5/15
Lead guitarist of Aerosmith

“And I’m going to pour everything I got out. As they say, we’re going to leave it all on the field. That’s just how it is. We’ve been through so much – so many ups and downs. I really appreciate the fact that the fans are there to support us. I have nothing else to do but give it back. You think any of the guys going onto the field think about I’m not going to play so hard on this one? I don’t know what they think, but I can’t imagine that they don’t go out there and they just don’t think about the TV cameras. All they think about is going out their and kicking ass. That’s my attitude about rock and roll. Any show that we do, whether it’s a 30-seat club or an 80,000-seat stadium, it’s the same thing. You just pour it out and give everything you got.”
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MONTE BURKE – 8/5/15

“He certainly doesn’t talk about it as much as Tiger’s talks about Nicklaus’ records, but I do think that’s part of the goal. But I also think he’s a different coach than Bear Bryant. People down here – I grew up (in Alabama) for a little while, so I kind of understand this a little bit – they don’t worship him as much as they worship Bear Bryant, but they could if he sticks around. That love that we give for these old coaches is kind of nostalgic. It’s when the coaches are gone (that we really miss them). So I don’t think he’d ever surpass the love given for Bear Bryant, but I think he could approach it.”
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ANDRE BERTO – 8/6/15

“It’s my dedication to it. Everybody else in this game, they’ve basically seen what I’ve had to go through and they know how I’m going to respond. They’ve seen me get knocked down. They’ve seen me get up and fight my ass off. They see me fight 12 rounds with a torn shoulder. They see how I’m going to respond. We’ve never seen Floyd in those types of positions. We’ve never seen how he’ll react after he gets knocked down. We’ll never see him have to deal with ridiculous adversity when it comes to a fight yet. So you guys know how I’m going to respond. I’m willing to die to get the job done – and that’s not never going to change.”
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DAN WETZEL – 8/6/15
Yahoo! Sports columnist

“They don’t have really good evidence. They don’t even know if the footballs were deflated in a scandal that’s now seven months going on about footballs being deflated. I don’t know what else you can really say about how ridiculous this thing is, but they should have dropped this sucker early on and said, ‘Look, we don’t have enough to prosecute.’ It’s like the Jameis Winston deal at Florida State. I did tons of work on that. I completely agree with the state’s attorney down there who said, ‘We can’t prosecute this case. There’s no way to win.’ And so you just got to say, ‘Hey, that’s how life works.’ The NFL instead doubled down, tried to spin, tried to attack, made up information – they’ve done everything they can instead of just saying, ‘We don’t really know what happened with these footballs. Knock it off. We’ll fine you 200 grand. Let’s call it a day.’ Instead they have gone full boat to get Brady and the Pats.”
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