They said it: Top sports quotes from December 2021

Union College women's basketball head coach Katie Marcella, left, talks with University at Albany head coach Colleen Mullen Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
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Union College women's basketball head coach Katie Marcella, left, talks with University at Albany head coach Colleen Mullen Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

From each month in 2021, The Daily Gazette sports department compiled 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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“You don’t throw that video out. They’re going to watch every second of that.”

— Union head coach Rick Bennett after Union was dominated by Quinnipiac in a 4-0 loss Dec. 4.

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“I never thought that I would ever be on this stage, but I feel like, now that I am here, I can influence and help the younger girls — younger athletes — to have somebody to look up to . . . and see that they can accomplish their goals.”

— UAlbany women’s basketball’s Grace Heeps, on Dec. 10 ahead of playing in the Albany Cup against Siena, regarding the importance of the game between Capital Region rivals. Heeps attended Albany Cup games while growing up in East Greenbush. UAlbany won this year’s Albany Cup matchup.

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“There is nothing better than hitting a 3, and looking out to the fans and seeing everyone cheering for you. There is no better feeling.”

— Niskayuna’s Jack Allen after he made four 3-pointers on Dec. 10 as part of the Niskayuna boys’ basketball team’s first win against Shenendehowa in 15 years.

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“All human beings aren’t perfect and we make mistakes. We have to accept that. It’s just a hard way to lose a championship of this magnitude, but we’re going to have to move forward.”

— Saint Rose women’s soccer coach Laurie Darling Gutheil, on Dec. 11, after the Golden Knights lost to Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II women’s championship game on a goal that Darling Gutheil argued should have been disallowed for an offsides call.

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“He wanted them — and that’s why I believe in him.”

— UAlbany men’s basketball Dwayne Killings, on Dec. 11, regarding De’Vondre Perry’s game-winning free throws in the final seconds against Columbia.

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“I’m fine with Greinke being the last pitcher to have a hit. And he had two, so . . . we’ll leave it at that. He seems like the perfect guy to have that be his thing.”

— Former Shenendehowa star Ian Anderson, with a laugh, referring on Dec. 16 to Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke, who had a pinch-hit single in Game 5 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves after recording another hit previously in the series. The next collective bargaining agreement in MLB likely will include implementation of the designated hitter in the National League. Anderson spoke while touring the new Atlanta Braves 2021 World Series exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.

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“He didn’t win. They didn’t get any better. They got worse. He came to fix an already muddled culture that was a losing culture. He made it worse. The Jags are worse off than they were a year ago.”

— Jacksonville sportscaster Brent Martineau on the Jaguars firing head coach Urban Meyer, on the Dec. 22 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

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“We’ve had this season circled for probably the past four years. We’ve been planning it for so long.”

— Duanesburg girls’ basketball’s Madison Meyer, on Dec. 27, describing the mood around her team that was ranked No. 1 in the most-recent Class C state poll.

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“Part of it [playing against a Division I team] is knowing what you’re up against — but also not really acknowledging it. It’s still basketball players. You still have to execute the game. Doesn’t matter how big or how small you are; if you don’t execute your stuff, you’re not going to come out and win.”

— Union women’s basketball head coach Katie Marcella, on Dec. 28, describing how she prepared her Division III club to play against Division I UAlbany. Union lost 88-37, then won its next two games against Division III foes.

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“Hopefully, this COVID stuff will go away at some point. I think I said that [almost] two years ago.”

— Vermont men’s basketball head coach John Becker, on Dec. 30, a day before his team’s America East opener against UAlbany was called off due to health-and-safety protocols.

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