Here is a Christmas pudding of quotes culled from the more memorable comments that appeared in this space during the past 12 months:
?Mrs. Laura Quilici, hearing that her son Frank had been made manager of the Minnesota Twins: "Oh, the poor kid."
? Abe Lemons, Oklahoma City University basketball coach, on football coaches apologizing for running up high scores: "I thought that's what they were supposed to do. When players shave points, they wind up in jail."
? Spiro Agnew, after he was grazed by a tennis ball hit by his partner in a doubles match: "They never tell about it when I get hit."
?Karl Schranz, Austrian skier who reputedly makes $50,000 a year, on his disqualification from the Winter Olympics for commercialism: "I think the Olympics should be a contest for all sportsmen regardless of color, race or wealth."
?Father Daniel Berrigan, after serving a prison term for anti-war activity: "If the FBI went back far enough, I was always suspect. I never liked football."
? Colonel Edmund Edmondson, executive director of the U.S. Chess Federation, on the rule allowing each player in the Fischer-Spassky matches three delays for illness: " Bobby Fischer's opponents usually get ill."
?Jack Kent Cooke, on the disappointing crowds at games of his National Hockey League Los Angeles Kings: "There are 800,000 Canadians living in the Los Angeles area, and I've just learned why they left Canada. They hate hockey."
? Jerry Kramer, former Green Bay Packer: "The TV football widow complained to her husband, "You love football more than me.' He said, 'Yes, but I love you more than basketball.' "
? Jerry McGee, pro golfer, on the cutoff figure for 1973 player exemptions: "It will take approximately $41,394.11. But that's just approximately."