? Frank Layden, the once corpulent Utah Jazz coach, who has shed 60 pounds: "I've always had a great body. It was inside the one everybody saw."
? Ernie Johnson, Atlanta TV reporter, after Braves centerfielder Dale Murphy, a teetotaler and staunch family man, was named National League MVP for the second straight year: "Dale's going to go out and paint the town beige."
? John McKay, beleaguered coach of the 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, asserting that he'd be back for the 1984 season: "I'm not burned out. I'm burned up."
? Chi Chi Rodriguez, aging pro golf star, on losing distance off the tee: "The older you get, the longer you used to be."