?Jason Bossard, Michigan basketball guard, marveling over the generous size of the shrimp the Wolverines were served in Milan during a preseason European swing: "They brought us crayfish on steroids."
? Dennis Eckersley (left), Oakland A's closer, who was named the American League MVP last week, to objections that the award shouldn't go to somebody who doesn't play nine innings: "Well, I'm nervous for nine innings."
? Charles Barkley, Phoenix Sun star: "You can't compare preseason to regular season. Preseason is just a way to screw fans out of money."