THEY SAID IT IN 1987
Shirley Muldowney, drag racer: "I want to be the fastest woman in the world—in a manner of speaking."
Rick Sund, vice-president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks, after watching a man juggle chain saws during halftime: "You have a turnover there, and you've got trouble."
Sylvester Stallone, movie star, on the broad appeal of the sport of arm wrestling: "You've got guys from MIT and guys who can't spell MIT."
December 28, 1987
Terri McCormick, the mother of Philadelphia 76ers center Tim McCormick, upon receiving the news that her son was bringing 6'6", 263-pound teammate Charles Barkley home for dinner in two weeks: "I'd better start cooking now."
Rich Donnelly, bullpen coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, on the preponderance of diminutive players on his team: "We have a shoe contract with Buster Brown."
Ken Singleton, Expos broadcaster, on the new, long-awaited roof over Olympic Stadium in Montreal: "This is nice. What would it take to dome the whole province?"
Jay Hilgenberg, center for the Chicago Bears, on the five different quarterbacks his team was bringing to training camp: "All those quarterbacks feel the same to me."
Dick Butkus, Hall of Fame middle linebacker, trying to shrug off his reputation for playing dirty: "I never set out to hurt anybody deliberately unless it was, you know, important. Like a league game or something."
Joe Magrane, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, on Morehead, Ky., his hometown: "Not much goes in or out of there, except Charles Kuralt a couple of times a year."
Kevin Johnson, former Cal guard and the top draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, revealing who his idol is: "My hero is Benji, the dog. He's so perfect. He's so unselfish, and he makes so many sacrifices just so all groups of people can get along."
Bryan Millard, Seattle Seahawks offensive guard, on the toughness of his teammate, All-Pro linebacker Fredd Young: "I would rather sandpaper a bobcat's butt in a phone booth than be tackled by Fredd."
Kathy Bosworth, the mother of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth: "It's a good thing Brian was a third child, or he would have been the only one."