They said it: Top sports quotes from February 2021

The best sports quotes of the month. (AP/Provided/File)
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The best sports quotes of the month. (AP/Provided/File)

From each month this year, The Daily Gazette sports department is compiling the 10 quotes from our interview subjects that stuck out the most for us, based on how they either made us think or laugh — or some combination of both. 

Selected quotes come both from reporting for stories that appeared in The Daily Gazette and interviews associated with episodes of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.” Not all quotes used were previously published.

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“My father always told me if I didn’t have anything really promising to say, I probably shouldn’t say anything at all. I can tell you Curt was a great pitcher, a great competitor. We’d had never gotten to the [1993] World Series without him. But that’s all I have to say about that.”

— New Tri-City ValleyCats manager Pete Incaviglia on the Feb. 4 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast,” on pitcher Curt Schilling, whom Incaviglia played with on the Philadelphia Phillies.

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“I knew that I was going to try to leave it all out there, since that could’ve been our last game of the season. No point in holding anything back, if we make it to the World Series. You’ve got to find that energy from somewhere else. You go out there knowing you’re going to leave it all out there.”

— Shenendehowa graduate Ian Anderson, on Feb. 8, referring to his start on the mound for the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS last season

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“He finally found something that was going to be his, that would give him something that he wanted, that would give him an opportunity to be back with his family, to participate in their careers, as opposed to following their careers.”

— Retired College of Saint Rose men’s basketball coach Brian Beaury, on Feb. 10, upon the death of his former player Patrick Filien

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“When we saw shoulder pads in the locker room, it felt like Christmas morning.”

— UAlbany football defensive back Tyler Carswell on Feb. 10, discussing the Great Danes’ first time in full pads since December 2019.

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“We’re trying to make sure he’s [Carrington] proud of us and we accomplish what he wanted us to accomplish on and off the court.”

— Schenectady boys’ basketball senior Chris Davis said on Feb. 13, on the program honoring 2020 graduate Naylon Carrington, who died last fall, throughout this season and beyond.

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“When we shoot 3s, it almost looks like hockey, sometimes. We’re just dumping it in the zone and hoping we can get an offensive rebound and get a layup out of it.”

— Stony Brook men’s basketball head coach Geno Ford on Feb. 21, on his team’s (lack) of 3-point shooting ability.

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“She was the person that the kids felt comfortable going to because she was like a mom figure to them and to everybody. No matter where the problem was, there could’ve been a problem at the throwing area, but the kids knew they could go to her and talk to her, and the problem would get taken care of. They just knew that she was the face that they could go to no matter what the problem was.”

— Bob Headwell, president of the New York State State Track and Field and Cross Country Officials Association, on Feb. 21, on long-time high school track official Chris Petersen, of Johnstown, who died this month at age 72. 

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“I wanted my name on the wall at school with Olivia and Kate. I want to go back some day and show my kids.”

— Niskayuna girls’ basketball star Olivia Olsen on Feb. 22, after scoring her career’s 1,000th point. The high school senior joined Kate Fagan and Olivia Owens as the only players in the program’s history to reach that scoring milestone.

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“It’s been a good, long journey. I’ve had a lot of great people along the way that’ve put me in the right direction. They made game plans, they took care of every little nuance — whether it was the guys in Boston at Mass General, or the people up here at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. I had a very good team taking care of me. I’m blessed to be where I’m at.”

— New Hampshire football coach and Saratoga Springs native Sean McDonnell, on Feb. 25, discussing his return to coaching after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in August 2019.

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“I was very nervous before races. He was always there for me, and reassured me in being confident and knowing what you can do for yourself. As a young girl, he always gave me that reassurance that you can do this.” 

— Former Section II champion swimmer Kristen Hatt on Feb. 27, on the impact coach Matt Turner had on her career. Turner, both a coach and teacher at Burnt Hills, died this month at age 47. 

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