"He did a good job in the adjustment period with us. He did a good job of welcoming his new staff to us and us to them. He made us work hard. He's a real laid-back coach. He's hard on us when he has to be, but he's just been doing a great job with us. As you see, the results are paying off."
- UMBC guard Jairus Lyles Dec. 15 on the team's strong start in head coach Ryan Odom's first season
"What's the most impressive thing about the Ravens that I believe in, having been there and been on the inside, is they all take responsibility for wins and losses. It's not a finger-pointing kind of an organization whatsoever. And I always will remember that from when I was there, because ... a large majority of teams are not that way."
- Former Ravens defensive coordinator/NFL Network analyst Mike Nolan Dec. 28 on why he still believes in Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh
"When I finished being a general manager [after] 26 years and became president of the Braves and then vice chairman ... I may have given a little thought to it. Because people would ask me [and say], ‘You should be in the Hall of Fame. You had a great career. Nobody's resume lives up to what you've done.' So you think about it, but I didn't live my life every day waking up and saying, ‘Why didn't somebody call me and say I was in the Hall of Fame?'"
- Baltimore native/former Royals and Braves general manager John Schuerholz Dec. 6 on waiting to find out he'd been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
"I've known Jonathan [Schoop] since he was in Little League. [In the] Little League World Series I had him. I've watched him grow -- what a great young man -- and the ability is off the charts. With his arm strength, you can move him around the diamond if you needed to. He can do a lot of things for you. He could be a franchise player. I don't think that's crazy talk. I think [there's] that possibility."
- Former Orioles second baseman/MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds Dec. 7 on whether the Orioles could ultimately build around Jonathan Schoop if Manny Machado ends up leaving
"I think ‘competitive,' if I had to choose one word. He had a fire about him, a will on the inside, and it wasn't just during games, it was during practice. ... Steve [Smith Sr.] practiced in May during minicamps or OTAs. If he had to lay out for a ball, he laid out for a ball. And he raised everybody's level of intensity up. And it just kind of brought a competitive spirit to practice. That's how you get better."
- Former Panthers/NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme Dec. 30 in advance of his former teammate Steve Smith Sr.'s final career game
"Whenever you get an injury, it kind of creeps into the back of your mind. This last time, when I was released with the injury settlement, you're at a point in your career where you're like, ‘Alright, this is probably the last shot you're going to get.'"
- Ravens WR/RS Michael Campanaro Dec. 19 on if he thought he might not get another opportunity in the NFL
"If you knew him how long I've known him, he always had that passion. That's how he made it to the NFL. He wasn't the tallest guy; he wasn't the fastest guy, wasn't the strongest guy. By no means. But he had a good spirit, worked hard, played hard and did everything the right way, so it worked out for him. It's a sad day for the whole [city of] Baltimore. Because nobody is going to be able to replace his energy and everything he stood for. He was not only downtown doing work, visiting politicians, he was in the hood doing stuff."
- Former Ravens linebacker/Baltimore native Tommy Polley Dec. 29 on the death of his friend and fellow Baltimorean Keion Carpenter
Issue 229: January 2017