?George Gardner, Los Angeles Shark goalie, on what it was like before masks became popular in pro hockey: "I had nightmares before every game. I'd wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. I'd see my teeth floating in a pool of blood. I'd see my own eyes splattered on the wall of the room. It was hard to go back to sleep."
? Tex Schramm, president of the Dallas Cowboys, on the NFL rule requiring 20 of the 26 franchises to vote "yes" on any rule change: "The United States can go to war on a simple majority vote of the Congress. The Supreme Court knocked down the death penalty by a 5-4 vote. Yet the NFL can't even decide two-point conversions by a majority vote."
? Steve Smith, world-record pole vaulter, noting that he has been vaulting half his life and yet fears heights: "If you put me up 18 feet on a ladder and asked me to jump into a foam rubber pit, I wouldn't do it."