"To try to win the Cup on your first attempt in America is too tough," said Sir James Hardy of Australia, who tried in 1970 and 1974. "It's a tough initiation, but like the old saying, if it's really tough it's probably good for you. Michael will finally understand that the Americans want to keep the Cup, and to me that means doing anything you can to keep it. They'll push the rules right to the edge, and maybe at times go over."
In the midst of a singularly nasty press conference after the last race, Conner leaned toward his microphone and said of Fay, "It's hard to believe, but I really like him." At the other end of the podium, Fay grinned and said, "What do you do to people you don't like, Dennis?"