"Was it the worst moment of [NBA Commissioner] David Stern's entire tenure? I never thought anything would top an official fixing games, but man ... how can anything be worse than this? Imagine this happened in your fantasy league. Imagine spending weeks shaping a deal, executing it, then having your commissioner waltz in and say, 'Nah, I'm vetoing that one.' Would that ever happen? And now this is happening in a professional sports league?" — ESPN's Bill Simmons, reacting to the on-again, off-again trade of New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, which was canceled by the NBA a few hours after it was announced Dec. 8.
"I have eight grandkids and I want them to grow up in a decent, healthy, wonderful country." — Former Louisiana Congressman-turned-lobbyist Bob Livingston, explaining his support of Newt Gingrich for the GOP presidential nomination. Livingston co-hosted a $1,000-a-head fundraiser for Gingrich in Washington, D.C., Dec. 7. Livingston was expected to become Speaker of the House in 1998 when Gingrich stepped down after a disastrous midterm election for the Republicans — but Livingston never made it past speaker-elect after he admitted his own extramarital affair during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.