From each month in 2022, The Daily Gazette sports department is compiling 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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“Yeah, it was shocking, I’m not going to lie. I was caught off guard, I got a text from my editor about it, and I was like, ‘huh?’ I was coming off vacation, and I was working on something else. But it was real. It is amazing, it really is. And I’ve talked to some people who were involved in it, and I kind of said, ‘Hey, nice job in keeping everything under wraps, because normally in those situations, somebody in the national media will get it and run with it. And that did not happen.”
– Bill Rabinowitz, Ohio State football writer for the Columbus Dispatch, talking about the announcement that UCLA and USC are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, on the July 7 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”
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“Really cool. I didn’t even know there was a record, but especially learning that it was Katie Thomson’s made it special. She’s such an idol of mine, and I wanted to be like her when I was young.”
– Niskayuna native Kayla Treanor, on July 10, talking about her reaction to becoming the USA Women’s Lacrosse Team’s all-time points leader, passing the mark set by UAlbany coach Katie Thomson.
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“But basketball-wise, I think I’m going to love it. Everyone on the team is kind of young. Obviously, the organization hasn’t made the playoffs in, I believe it’s 16 years. It’s one of the first things I heard of, so it’s a drought we’re hoping to end. I think that everybody’s on the same page trying to do the right things to get there.”
– Shenendehowa graduate Kevin Huerter, on July 11, talking about his being traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Sacramento Kings.
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“I get up at 3 o’clock every day. Every day. I just stepped off my saddle horse, I ride 4-5 hours every morning with every set. I haven’t missed. I go out and back every day. My back’s been bothering me, my wife makes me use that cane when I walk to get some relief, but I don’t really need it that much. But I feel good on the pony, I want to be on it everyday. Getting on and off is the hardest part, but I love it.”
– 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, on July 12, about being back at Saratoga Race Course
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“I think this year was really about educating the community and the fan base that we’re back. We have a good product in the Armory [and have] high-level basketball. And for me, just putting the team together that could compete at a high level, represent the organization the right way, and again, be a product that their fans would enjoy coming out to see.”
— Will Brown, head coach and general manager of the Albany Patroons, discussing his first season running The Basketball League team, on the July 13 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”
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“You see certain things from what we’d describe as the one-percenters. He does things in the mornings that is in the top 1% of the one-percenters. First of all, whatever he’s doing, it looks like he’s going slower than he is. Then he just seems to never get tired. He just keeps going. You watch him and look at your clock, and it doesn’t look like what you’re seeing.”
– Trainer Todd Pletcher, on July 13, describing workouts by Horse of the Year contender Life Is Good
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“I’ll be a little hoarse for the next couple days. I get into the race a little bit. It’s just overwhelming. Coming in here, I wanted to win a race so bad, and to win a stakes race, and it’s the Suzie O’Cain, I can’t be more blessed than I am right now.”
– Schenectady native Eddie Fazzone, after Dream Central gave him his first-ever win at Saratoga as an owner, in the Suzie O’Cain stakes on July 20
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“Probably one of the most memorable was interviewing Manny Franco in 2020 after Tiz the Law won the off-put [rescheduled] Travers, if you will. But galloping out, there were fans along the outside fence and The Horseshoe Inn. And those were the only cheers you could hear. When I was interviewing, we were right in front of those people lined up on the chain-link fence, so that was really, really cool.”
– NYRA host and analyst Maggie Wolfendale, on July 21, recalling some of her favorite moments on the job.
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“It was a great experience. It’s a super honor just to get invited, first of all. I really enjoyed my time there. The whole [coaching] staff in general did a really good job of making sure that we enjoyed our time there. It was kind of a stress-free environment, where they were basically just kind of focused on teaching us new things, getting us to work on certain aspects of our game and stuff like that. So it was really a stress-free time for me, and it was just a lot of fun.”
– Union College hockey goalie Connor Murphy, on participating in the Detroit Red Wings development camp, in the July 22 edition of Opening Faceoff.
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“I guess it’s a rivalry because it’s 1-1. But this one looked like a football game, and it was 49-nothing.”
– Racehorse owner Mike Repole, after Nest best Secret Oath by over 12 lengths in the July 23 Coaching Club American Oaks
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