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Keep your eyes on the game, pal

'What a beautiful woman. Wow. If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops!'

-- Broadcaster Brent Musberger, after cameras focused on Miss Alabama Katherine Webb during a 42-14 Alabama rout of Notre Dame. She is dating Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Beauty good, hot bad

'I think the media has been really unfair to him. I think that if he would've said something along the line that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would've been a little bit different, but the fact that he said that we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that'

-- Katherine Webb, after ESPN apologized for broadcaster Brent Musberger's remarks.

A stunning defence

'Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady'

Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer defending three of the men charged with the gang rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi.

All farkakted up

'Why intelligent, educated folks would fall prey to this kind of a plan or scheme is baffling. There is a perfect Yiddish word for this -- farkakte'

-- Lawyer Leonard Shore, representing Ottawa dentist Clarke Webster, who is accused of evading income tax through a scheme inspired by the movie The Matrix. Farkakte roughly translates to "all crapped up."

This thing's bear proof, right?

'It is one of the most powerful animals on the planet, one of the most intimidating animals on the planet. And one of the few animals that actually see us as food'

-- BBC cameraman Gordon Buchanan, as a thousand-kilogram female polar bear tried to claw its way into a Perspex box he uses to get close to polar bears for a network documentary. His video has become an Internet sensation.

Don't Belieb them

'I really hope this cutting s is just a bunch of punk ass haters that have nothing better to do & no one out there harming themselves'

-- Miley Cyrus, in a tweet after 4chan.org users began a perverse Twitter prank to try to inspire actual obsessive Justin Bieber fans to cut themselves after the singer was photographed smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

How to build a nation

'America was born on guns and whiskey... You're a foreigner. You're a redcoat. You're telling us what to do'

-- Alex Jones, during a debate with CNN host Piers Morgan. Jones has started a petition to deport Morgan because of his support for U.S. gun control.

Not a pretty picture

'You're working your tail off just to pay rent, you're not making any money, and then on top of it, now the city walks in and increases the parking rates'

-- Pixels 2.1 owner Joe Kerr, who claims parking-meter rates have hammered his Winnipeg business into the ground.

Close your eyes if you experience nausea

Mega-planning efforts, meanwhile, tend to be no more of a solution than megaprojects such as Portage Place. While the mall is not an abject failure, it is nowhere near a success -- as the impending closure of its Imax demonstrates in vivid 3D, 24-frames-per-second quality.

-- Bartley Kives, in a story about struggles of city's downtown mall.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2013 J12

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