Ryan Boatright believes losing streak caused “cold shoulders” in Storrs, Jon Lester takes the high road, and more revealing sports quotes of recent days

By Joel Alderman

For those who just cannot see, hear or read everything that is covered by the media, here is another in our series of comments and tweets that were made recently by those in the sports news.

“Everybody praises you, (but) when you lose three straight, they walk right past you when you’re going to class.” (Connecticut Post)

–Ryan Boatright, on how some UConn students reacted after the Huskies lost three straight basketball games

“It’s the first game I’ve ever not scored a point in and been shut out. . . . I’ve played in a lot of games from high school through college, and that one (last Sunday), and I’ve never been shut out until then. It was definitely tough.”

Johnny Manziel, rookie quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, after losing his first NFL start to the Cincinnati Bengals

“To Red Sox Nation. I understand the disappointment. Boston will always have a big place in my heart and we’ll always consider y’all family!”

Jon Lester, tweeted by the free agent after signing with the Cubs
“Thanks to the @RedSox for everything and to Red Sox Nation for your support. Looking forward to being a part of the @Dbacks organization.”

Allen Webster, tweet by another former Red Sox pitcher, going to the Diamondbacks

“Gone, but taking a ton of great memories w/me. Thx for the gr8 love and support #RedSoxNation. Azdesert here I come!”

Rubby De La Rosa, another tweet by another who went from Boston to Arizona

“It has been a privilege to begin my baseball career as a member of the Boston Red Sox. . . This organization is all I have known in professional baseball and the last seven years have exceeded my wildest dreams.”

Ryan Lavarnway, claimed on waivers by the Dodgers, then designated for assignment

“People really thought we had it good, that we were paid well and had this luxurious lifestyle . . . Seriously? I ended up feeling like a piece of meat.” (NY Times)

Maria (last name not given), one of five cheerleaders suing the Buffalo Bills claiming violation of minimum wage law

“I feel strongly that Yale should give back to its local community. For students, it’s nice to realize there is a whole world beyond our campus. During the holiday season, it’s not difficult for teams to pool together and get in the spirit of giving. We all like knowing that we’ve done something that will hopefully brighten someone’s day.”

Lynn Kennedy, member of Yale’s women’s hockey team, after they and 24 other Bulldog teams presented gifts to over 30 New Haven middle school students under Yale’s annual Holiday Gift Giving Initiative.

The two kids who we were shopping for mostly just had essentials such as bed sheets, toiletries, socks, and winter coats on their wish lists. It makes you realize how fortunate you are to be able to take all those things for granted.”‘

Hanna Astrom, another player on the Yale women’s hockey team

“I think that’s a lot higher level than we’re willing to play in right now. . ..I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer.

Brian Cashman, Yankees General Manager, on NBC-4, about the possibility of signing free agent pitcher Max Scherzer

“Come on, man, after all the work I did to get here and get back here, if I was to get up and want to leave now, that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind. I’ve never been the person to try run from any adversity or anything like that. So I’m not going to pick today to do that.”

Carmelo Anthony, NY Knicks’ superstar’s response to trade rumors

“I acted inappropriately and I was wrong. . . . I didn’t hide it. I’m not proud of my behavior. . . .I was having a bad day but that’s not a good enough excuse. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”

Dean Esserman, part of the New Haven Police Chief’s apology for his dispute with a Yale Bowl usher and the usher’s supervisor at the Army-Yale game

“Jimmy Carter was actually speaking. . . . Some of my teammates and I went to listen. His focus was on women’s rights, campus culture, the way women are treated around the world. It was refreshing to hear a guy that high up in power speak about women’s equality, you don’t hear that too often.”

Justin Sears, the Yale basketball star explained to Dom Amore of the Hartford Court why he had to sprint three blocks to be on time for an interview

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