Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Dec 2009

Full Transcript of Steve Smith's Post-SNF Interview

Here's the transcript of Steve Smith's interview with Andrea Kremer at the end of the Sunday Night Football game this week.

Andrea Kremer: "Thanks very much, Bob. Well, Steve, coming in at 5-8, what does a win like this mean for the Carolina Panthers?"

Steve Smith: "You know, first, you know, I just gotta thank my Lord Jesus Christ, you know, without him we wouldn't be here. But, 5-8 or 8-5, you gotta play. This is why I feed my family. This is why I grew up on the B. You know, I wanna be on this field, I play for keeps. And so, it's just an opportunity to display my God-given ability, and also, uh, the whole team, and, uh, what our fans mean to us. That's our job, and we gotta play no matter what the score is or what the record.

Andrea Kremer: "You were fired up. I mean, after the third quarter, you were just going nuts on the field, on the sidelines. What was going through your mind?"

Steve Smith: "You know, uh… [smiles] You know, #22 [28-year-old Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp] had something to say to me on the field. So, little youngster…

Andrea Kremer: "What did he say?"

Steve Smith: "Ah, you know, just telling me who he is, so I had to establish the rules and regulations of the game…"

Andrea Kremer: "Which were?"

Steve Smith: "Which was 89."

[pregnant pause]

Steve Smith: "Bottom line. That's why he going home."

Andrea Kremer: "You know, it's funny because coming into this game, the thought was you had to run to win this game. But why was the passing game so effective, obviously, led by you."

Steve Smith: "Ay, you still gotta run to win this game, you know, you gotta have runs after the catch, and the bottom line is, is team with the most, most points at the end or the most yards. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes."

Andrea Kremer: "Thanks a lot for your time, Happy Holidays."

Steve Smith: "Appreciate it."

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 21 Dec 2009

80 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2009, 3:36pm by Noelle

Comments

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by batbatt :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:47am

Awesome. Can we start an Interview of the Year award?

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by Eric (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:49am

In the words of Jim Rome: "EPIC."

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by mvora80 :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:51am

Um if I were the team doctor, I would get a CT scan of his head.

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by morganja :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:52am

What's the point of posting this? To show that it's almost impossible to carry on a coherent conversation while still catching your breath after a huge, exhausting, physical football game while you still have, and I'm guesing that Steve Smith has way more than most, adrenaline surging through your veins?

I challenge the OP to jog around the block just once and see how intelligent he sounds in an interview.

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by Bill Barnwell :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:56am

Usual morganja gibberish. Plenty of athletes give interviews after games. None of them are remotely close to this insane.

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by AFireSnake (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:50am

Sorry, but this isn't even remotely as funny or remarkable as the guy who posted this story thought it was. Not even remotely.

Sorry, but there is a growing number of stories posted on this side which are neither entertaining nor do they have at least a bit of Gehirnschmalz (as we say in Germany).

Man, I thought I get some better stuff than these polemic Peter King-styly "Randy Moss is dogging it", "Favre threatens Chilly to retire on the sidelines", "Steve Smith needs a CT scan (ever met a professional athlete who doesn't?)". Wrong I was.

I guess us Europeans simply don't get it?

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by Marver :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 7:58pm

Usual FootballOutsiders gibberish. Plenty of football research websites give intelligent analysis after games. None of them are remotely close to this useless.

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by Temo :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:04am

I love Steve Smith, he's fucking insane. I found this to be a classic example of why I love him.

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by Sifter :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 6:08pm

God help me that I'm with morganja here. (must be because it's one of his few posts not whining about referees...) And Mr Firesnake too.

Yeah it was an OK interview - entertainment wise - I guess, but geez rent some comedies guys. If this is your idea of laughs or epic interviews, then man try talking to people on the street. You'll hear the stupidity flow all day. Good that you're amused by small things, but really it's just a way to say 'oh wow i'm smarter than this guy'. Congrats you're smarter than Steve Smith. Hope you feel better.

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by morganja :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:14am

Bill, you've never actually done anything remotely athletic in your life have you? Or even listened to the typical post-game on-field interview. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's pretty well established that most post-game interviews with people who actually exerted themselves are all pretty much gibberish.

A better question is why are you letting your personal hatred of everything Panther goad you into taking this cheap, completely classless shot at one of the greatest athletes of our time?

Are you going to start posting every post-game on-field interview that sounds like gibberish when transcribed word for word?

But thanks for the personal cheap shot my direction as well.

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by Bill Barnwell :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:21am

This requires no response.

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by DM (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:13am

And yet, you responded.

I don't see the big deal is. Steve Smith, like almost every athlete, is not a noted orator. Making fun of him for it comes across as petty.

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by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:35pm

To think he actually sat at his keyboard and decided that "This requires no response" would be a great zinger says it all.

And, thus, Bill Barnwell comes across looking 100 times dumber than he thought Steve Smith was.

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by Temo :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:42pm

Seriously, you're going to with this argument? Can we not see the difference between a response, and a direct response to the points brought up? So if you were to say something to me and I say "I'd rather not respond to you", you'd say "A HA!!! YOU JUST RESPONDED! GOTCHA!"

Weak.

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by DM (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 4:03pm

If you don't want to respond, then *don't respond.* Responding with "this requires no response" does nothing but feed the trolls.

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by PatsFan :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:15am

But thanks for the personal cheap shot my direction as well.

Cracks me up to see the same person who was unashamedly pleading in FO threads for someone to take out Brady's knees in 2007 whining like a 2 year-old about alleged verbal cheapshots to his fragile psyche.

morganja -- have you ever heard the phrase "if you can't take it, don't dish it out"? Apparently not.

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by roguerouge :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:36am

Ad hominem attacks, all. Personal hatred of the Panthers? The Panthers?! That's like hating the KC Royals or the Golden State Warriors. Dude, you just confirmed Bill's assessment.

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by AnonymousA (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:40am

Amazingly, they don't pay Steve Smith for his eloquence and wit. Honestly, though, these questions are garbage. Just think, if they were posed to an anonymous football columnist...

Kramer: Well, dude, having already been eliminated from Pulitzer consideration for the year, what does writing this article mean to you?

Anonymous Football Column Writing Dude (AFCWD): Well, uh...I dunno. I get my week's pay and feed my family, I guess.

Kramer: You sounded really angry in this article. Why was that?

AFCWD: Well, this other writer said my articles are devoid of both purpose and prose. But I've been writing a lot longer than him, and he's a poopoohead.

Kramer: Coming into this article, we thought your total inability to write interesting prose would make good content your only option. Clearly, though, people liked your prose in this article.

AFCWD: Well...you kinda need both. In the end, if people like it, I get to write another article next week, and continue to feed my family. I'm not really sure you can have an article with just facts or just prose...

So it's not like Kramer is out there digging for the story of century.

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by morganja :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:52am

So you are holding the position that 1) most post-game on-field interviews with athletes who just exerted themselves are coherent and intelligent;

and 2) that physical exertion and adrenaline does not diminish an individuals ability to communicate in an eloquent manner.

That's amazing, Bill. Truly amazing. The medical establishment disagrees with you, but what do they know, they're just doctors. You're Bill Barnwell. Perhaps you can enlighten us on this new insight into the chemical effects of adrenaline on the body.

Or you can actually listen word for word to a statistical significant number of randomly selected post-game on-field interviews with exhuasted athletes and determine that Steve Smith's interview was in fact extraordinary.

Also you might note, if you were doing this as anything except a classless cheap shot, that Steve Smith couldn't hear the questions being asked. The crowd was roaring in the background.

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by Podge (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:44am

Surely the point of this extra point is that its a funny interview. Most postgame interviews are just cliche-filled drivel - at least this one is entertaining.

Also, if Bill really wanted to make a classless cheap shot he'd have included a joke about Steve Smith punching someone or other. He didn't. Its just a funny interview. Not particularly newsworthy, but as I said, its entertaining.

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by C (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:28pm

I don't think this post game interview was entertaining and yes, I wonder why it was a "story". People say all kinds of crap before and after games.

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by capt. Anonymous (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:58am

@everyone in the comments,
I know a great place to get chill pills for free.

I thought this interview was friggin hilarious. Who cares why it was funny. There is no need to make personal judgment on Steve or anyone in the comment thread.

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by Matt Hjelle (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:01am

diminishing steve smith's passion and desire to compete for a 5-8 team through this twisted post which clearly is trying to make him appear as an imbecile is a classless cheap shot....bill...get a clue....this is a premiere athlete who has given a better interview with even that incoherence(only incoherence given the situation) than 90% interviewed these days....you're a dumbass digging for dogshit....grow up and just give the damn man his dues for his professional effort day in and day out, dick.

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by Key19 :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:19am

Ok, here's my beef with the whole "if you're winded you can't talk" argument.

1: Smith is generally inarticulate to start with. It's not like he's got commentating in his future even if he just got done laying down on the couch for three hours. Therefore, claiming that he's inarticulate simply because "he put his heart on the line" is ridiculous.

2: Why is he winded? Yes, he should be tired. More tired than I've probably ever been. Or even Bill himself has ever been (as if that's relevant somehow). But the guy has had about 5 minutes of rest time before this interview. He blocked on a running play, sat through the two minute warning, then his team knelt three times. He should be at least somewhat recovered at this point, and certainly recovered enough to give at least a decent post-game interview. He did not. He gave the worst post-game interview I've ever seen.

The fact of the matter is that he just can't speak, no matter the situation. This was funny regardless.

But yes, Barnwell's ego is overbearing at times. I didn't really see it in this instance, but the assertion that he has a overbearing ego at times is certainly a valid one in my opinion. But honestly, I think everyone gets a bit full of themselves at times. We just generally don't publish our ideas and comments to huge audiences multiple times a day, so it's less noticeable to ourselves.

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by New_Guy (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:39am

Everyone needs to realize that their opinions are not mutually exclusive.

1. This interview is funny and awesome.
2. Saying funny things doesn't mean you are a stupid person.
3. If you watched the game, you could see that Steve Smith obviously had ungodly amounts of adrenaline pumping throughout. It is fair to assume this was still the case at the time of the interview. Since most of us posting on an internet message board have never been NFL athletes, how about this: how many of you have ever been REALLY pissed off? How many of you stammered or said/did stupid things at that time? That is probably the closest most of us feel to what Steve felt after this game. Lucky for us, there weren't tv cameras around.
4. The questions were moronic. There is a reason Tom Brady occasionally runs away from these idiots after games.
5. A lot of this is less "stupid" than most of you are implying, and it is just colloquialisms that I personally find awesome. When he says that 89 is the rules/regulations of the game...that isn't dumb at all, that is called talking trash. And it is fantastic.

Agree that everyone on both sides needs to chill. But also no need to get personal and assume that someone tripping over their words in a breathless interview makes indicates stupidity. Grow up.

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by Still Alive (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:44am

Well said. I thought it was hilarious, but mostly as a send-up of the whole practice in no way reflecting on Smith. If anything the sideline reporters are the people who always seem mindless to me. At least the athletes deviate from the talking points once in a blue moon.

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by New_Guy (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:47am

Bottom line is this: He's not paid to give speeches. He's paid to play football. And beyond that, honestly, he would look a lot less foolish trying to perform my job than I would look trying to perform his.

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by Arson55 :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:57am

Count me in the, 'He's not paid to give good interviews' camp.

Besides as far as insane athlete interviews go, that isn't even close to the top. Anything Ron Artest as has ever said easily tops that.

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by jimbohead :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:07am

agreed. and with Artest, it wasn't just post-game interviews that were incoherent. His pregame comments seemed like random words strung together. How the beat writers continue to make it seem like he says meaningful things in interviews is beyond me.

But yeah, this one seemed relatively normal. Nothing to scream about.

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by Anonymous99 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:14am

this post game interview was great! being a panthers fan for quiet a while and living in charlotte you get to see steve smith and his hot headedness more than others. this is a guy who punched cornerback ken lucas while he was a teammate with smith. seeing him out at nba games he is more than willing to sign autographs for kids. if you were laying next to him on the football field, he may kick you in the back which did happen, i believe against the falcons. as others have noted this is a guy who, at the time, was coming down off an adrenaline high. he was still pumped up that he got the best of the vikings secondary, a luxury he hasn't had many times this year. he was just venting for a long season as a good player on a bad team. great athlete yes, sitting at a desk with chris berman no. it would almost be as bad as emmitt smith's attempt as a studio analyst. i think we can all agree that post game interviews are typically boring and don't get half the attention that this already has. it's funny and entertaining, which i believe is why the nfl is around. let's enjoy it and be glad he didn't "legarrett blount" someone.

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by utvikefan (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:21am

I find this the oddest link I have ever seen on FO. Is it funny, yes. But what is the point of singling this one out? Do you link or have you ever linked/transcribed any other players post-game interviews?
If this were epic say "Playoffs...playoffs!" Or "You play to win the game!" or "They are who we thought they were!" I could see it. But, WTF?
Oh well, odd, but, go U of U! Die BcS!

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by SGreenwell :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:29am

He's not paid to give interviews, but good lord, he should be after reading that. I can't wait until Steve Smith retires and becomes the 15th man on the NBC or ESPN All-American Football America Night, Live From London.

Seems like Bill posted a funny, incoherent interview. He didn't make any editorial comments; the commenters inferred that on their own. I personally like Extra Point postings like this. If you just want humorless headlines, then please frequent the 500 million other NFL sites on the Internetz. Injecting some levity into the proceedings is always appreciated on my end.

And the "You try giving an interview after running around the block!" line is completely ridiculous. I've interviewed plenty of high school athletes after big games that don't give utterly insane and great answers like Steve Smith.

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by Jmoon (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 4:08am

89 played a great game and then uttered some potential quotes of the tear. Let's not break down the DVOA of the intentions of the writer who transcribed it. Take a breather!

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by turbohappy (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 4:28am

To some extent it seemed like she was trying to get him to repeat contents of some trash-talking which were likely wholly unsuitable for television. So in the sense that he sort of tapdanced around that I have to give him credit. He did come out in the end sounding kinda insane though ;o)

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 2:37am

I totally watched him scream "motherf***er" at someone on the field while standing on the sideline at one point during the fourth quarter. In fact, it seemed at the time that someone in the production booth had noticed he was raging and cut to him just in time to catch his most colorful comments. The fact that he gave this interview 20 minutes later just makes it even more awesome. Steve Smith is an entertaining individual, and I found this an entertaining read. I really doubt this was posted as a dis. People need to stop overthinking it.

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by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 7:43am

next to last smith line "gotta have runs after the ctch" when first read it it made me tgink Smith talking about diarrhea.

Smith saying funny things after game probpaly similar to most people on this message board when tlaking right after drinking after watching most NFl games on couch

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:23am

I don't know which is funnier; the interview or the comments...

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by Packerpalooza (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:39am

Football is entertainment. The players are entertainers. This interview was entertaining.

If the claim is that by repeating Smith's comments the player is being mocked I don't know how that flies given that every interview is repeated in some form at some time. That is why interviews happen. For observers to hear from the participants.

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by Art Deco (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:31am

>>Steve Smith: "Ah, you know, just telling me who he is, so I had to establish the rules and regulations of the game…"

Andrea Kremer: "Which were?"

Steve Smith: "Which was 89."<<

There's a "Leon" commercial in there somewhere.

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by NotSoAnon (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:24pm

That's some Grade-A trash talk! Steve Smith should be interviewed more often!

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by roguerouge :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:34am

Bill, don't engage. You post, then let us argue. That's the 89. The fact that you're right doesn't mean that you should violate the 89.

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by Phil O'sopher (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:57pm

ROFLMFAO

Steve Smith is greatness.

Remember when Delhommie thre five (or six) picks in week one and Steve Smith went over to him on the sideline and sat next to him and said something of the sort:

"Man, you a good dude. I love you. You are not handsome and aren't a good quarterback, but you a great dude. I never really liked you as a quarterback, but I love you as person."

Something of the sort......said this to Delhommie who had thrown 11 picks in two games, one being a playoff disaster by him. Smith was lighting a very tense mood with his hilarity. If anyone can find a video, please post it. It was an awesome moment in sports. Delhommie even had to chuckle a bit and seemed to calm down a but during the rest of the game. The last arm injury really killed Delhommie

Also, this interview was great. The rules and regulations of the game are of course 89. Steve Smith 89'd 22. He just absolutely 89'd him. He made him adjust his technique to 89 and start to learn the main rule for cornerbacks is 89. Is just 89. Rule #89 of NFL rule book: 89. 89 killed two stones with a bird. 89 is so fast that he can run around the world and slap himself on the back of his head.

Steve Smith = Best interview, character out in the league right now. Big Fan is mighty mouse

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by rrhartjr :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 11:58am

Just in case you havent seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfM2ud0Irrk

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by Tim F. (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:04am

Come on, folks. Who wasn't wondering why Steve Smith feeds his family?

This interview has everything you could want from an NFL interview in under a minute. Brilliant.

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by andrew :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:14am

You don't argue with Ochonueve.

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by weaponx (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:17am

Usual Barnwell Jibberish.

Smith is rather coherent when he's not superfiredup like that.

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by Joe T. :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:17am

We should all be thankful that Steve Smith took the time to serenate us with his wisdom. Its not anything to get all debacled up with each other about.

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by Matt Grizizel (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:31am

Awesome interview. "just telling me who he is, so I had to establish the rules and regulations of the game…" "89" What a animal. Greatest interview i have seen in a while.

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by JStreet (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:40am

I doubt that the people I want to see this will, but seriously... posting one interview (which, let's be honest, it was humorously incoherent as compared to most post-game interviews I see), doth not a mocking make. And nowhere does FO accuse him of being an idiot or a terrible interviewer. If someone wants to draw that conclusion based on that ONE interview, that's not FO's fault. And I've also noticed a pattern of some of the same posters consistently complaining on LOTS of comment boards. For you, please either leave the site and stop complaining (anonymously) to the (anonymous) masses or if you really feel strongly that there's a fault with the site, take it up with FO, and stop with your polemic Peter King-styly "Randy Moss is dogging it", "Favre threatens Chilly to retire on the sidelines", "Steve Smith needs a CT scan (ever met a professional athlete who doesn't?)" comments.

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by Jim from Pgh (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:48am

I have no joke here, I just like saying "This is why I feed my family."

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by Brandon (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:01am

"This is where I feed my family. This is what I grew up wantin to be." Barnwell, you need to update your ebonics translating software. And everyone else should see video before assuming that Barnwell heard it right. Get you rinfo FIRST HAND!

I respect Smitty for what he does on the field, whether he stumbles through an interview afterwards or not. And yeah, it's smack talk. We should be glad that he didn't drop any f or s bombs during that interview as he was clearly still fired up.

He was funny, and I thought intentional in mocking his opponent and hyping himself up. I got a kick out of it. Yeah he's nuts, but who cares?

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by Paul R :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:10am

When my father was at Wisconsin in the '50s, he heard an interview with a defensive lineman who said:

"I just grabs at all the guys until I finds the one with the ball, and I keeps him."

That was always his gold standard for the post-game interview. Someday, I hope to find something to match it.

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by Brandon (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:05pm

PaulR, I am hereby requesting your permisssion to add "I just grabs at all the guys until I finds the one with the ball, and I keeps him." to my list of fabulous funny sports/movie quotes that already includes "You tryin to embarrass me on TV?" (Damon Wayans in The Great White Hype) and "It was too high. What do you mean it was too high? I dunno, it was too high." (a Major League sequel, maybe?). That is absolutely hilarious.

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by Paul R :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:35pm

I'm glad you likes it. You can keeps it.

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by Temo :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:13am

I don't get some people. So posting funny athlete quotes on "This Week in Quotes"-- Fine, hilarious, thanks! Post an extra point with a funny athlete quote-- hey, stop that! Can't you see he's winded? This isn't funny, how dare you?

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by Sophandros :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:48am

Maybe they're upset that "TWIQ" won't be as good because all of the best quotes occurred in this post.

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Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

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by dmb :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:38pm

I'm just going to imagine that all those complaints from (unverified) names are actually from Rory Hickey, who's just pissed because Barnwell has upstaged him this week.

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by DavidL :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 11:44am

If you don't think it's possible for someone you like to do or say something unintentionally funny, I'm sorry, but you're a humorless douche.

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by The Other Ben Johnson (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 12:33pm

This comment section is sorely lacking in accusations of racism. We get that taken care of, we'll be as ridiculous as Steve Smith's interview. Come on, everybody. We can do this.

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by roguerouge :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:09pm

I find your screen name racially insensitive.

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by Fontes of Wayne :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:24pm

And yours is making fun of red people. In French, no less. This whole thread is ruined for me.

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by Temo :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:28pm

I find your screen name to be insensitive to the grammatically challenged.

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by Paul R :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 1:38pm

This entire website is insensitive to those who don't have feet, or...

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by Temo :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 5:37pm

Your name is insensitive to the memory of Paul Revere.

/definitely reaching now

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by JasonC (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:15pm

This would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad.

The thread, I mean. The interview is just marginally out there, but it's certainly worth ridicule.

But then this morganja person makes it worse by being the single largest apologist I think I've ever seen.

Dear morganja: Steve Smith is not a Rhodes Scholar. We get that. He's an athlete. He exerts himself. Wow. This is far from the worst interview of all time, but the reason it's worthy of ridicule is because THE THINGS HE'S SAYING MAKE NO SENSE to anyone who doesn't live on whatever planet this guy is from.

The reason this is notable is because - HELLO - no, it is NOT true that most postgame interviews sound like this. They just don't. I realize you feel persecuted, but that's your fanboyism coming through.

Really, Steve Smith's not brilliant. You could give him two weeks' notice as to an interview, and I figure he'd be only marginally more lucid.

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by Eric Bailey (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:51pm

Am I the only one who thinks that his comments made more sense than many, many other dumb post-game interviews out there? The 89 comment, as pointed out by a couple others (kudos to you!), is a brilliant piece of trash-talk, not an ignorant spouting of randomness. Have any of you ever actually played sports before? Go to a field, find some amateurs playing with heart, grab a basketball and play some streetball, hit the sandlot, whatever it takes -- you'll find gems like that all the time. Not sure why this is seen as "insane" or "gibberish." He answered the questions, which is more than you can say for so many others.

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by Mr Shush :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:59pm

I, um, don't get it. Marginally more incoherent than usual sportsman gobbledigook, with predictable references to God, content-free trash talk about an obscure opponent and some muddled platitudes. I don't see posting it as in some way a diss of Smith or offensive or any such - I just really, utterly don't get it.

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by Dice :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:07pm

Not a great effort by Steve; he'd recovered too much. Normally his nonsense is more entertaining. Maybe losing it with age. Proves he's nowhere in Emmitt's class, too.

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by Jed (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:08pm

I came to the comments board, wondering how unusually jacked-up people would get over this interview.

None of you have failed me. Well done.

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by Adm James T. Ackbar (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:27pm

Post-game press conference with Steve Smith starts at 0:54. Stop hating, I love this little guy. He's all heart, he's a little nuts, but he is coming to play every single down.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/carolina-panthers/09000d5d815238f7/Panthers-po...

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by Loomis (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:36pm

Wasn't the point of posting this because Smith's assertion that the "rules and regulations" of the game were "89 . . . That's why he going home" is clever?

Without passing judgment on Smith's conditioning, oratory, or intelligence, I think I can safely say that this thread is deeply, deeply strange.

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by Anonymous91201 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 3:45pm

Paul R: That quote is actually from a Flintstones episode, where Fred joins the Princestone University football team. The other players are all portrayed as giants, and this quote is in response to a coach asking a player what he should do on a certain play.

It's slightly embarrassing that I remember that, but there you go.

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by Paul R :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 6:12pm

Maybe so. My dad used to drink a lot.

Or maybe William Hanna was a Wisconsin grad.

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by Anonymouse (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:20pm

This is small beer compared to the time he said he was about to poop on himself.

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by AnonymousB10Fan (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:40pm

I think Steve (who, remember, earlier in the interview thanked "his Lord Jesus Christ") was drawing a parallel between Jesus and his performance in the game. Jesus was once referred to (possibly by himself, I'm too lazy to look it up) as the "Alpha and Omega". That reference is not so different as Steve claiming the "rules and regulations" in the game "was 89".

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by AnonymousB10Fan (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:42pm

By the way, my captcha was "president joke". I will withhold comment, but that's actually what it was.

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by Spanky (not verified) :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 12:54am

wow. what a bunch of pansies. you guys need to get a grip and stop trying to dissect a postgame interview. the interview was of the highest rewatchable order. as soon as he said "89", he just gave this murderous look to andrea kremer that had to pucker up her sphincter. definitely a gem.

all foreshadowed by the team intros..."little playmaker"

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by MC2 :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 1:59am

I've always wondered why it's considered so much worse to make fun of someone's intelligence than to make fun of their looks, personality, athleticism, etc. It's as if being smart is the only thing that matters in life.

I really don't get it. I'm pretty sure I have a much higher IQ than Steve Smith, but if I could trade my intelligence for his athleticism, I'd do it in a heartbeat, but I doubt he would be willing to make that trade, especially considering that I'm unemployed and he's a millionaire.

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by BigDaddyD.J. (not verified) :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 5:12am

I guess all you cok sided hoz must be venting because you lost or you hate the Panthers. This was not a presidential interview it was a post game interview. This is football bitchez. This is a simulated war game that's fun to watch. Carolina won and Steve Smith can kick your ass so get over it.

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by Noelle (not verified) :: Wed, 12/23/2009 - 3:36pm

I never understood why ppl make a big deal out of the simplest shxt. Like okay, wtf. The interview sounded fine to me..Except for the dumbass questions Andrea was asking."89..bottom line" was the best part of his trash talk. And it made PERFECT sense. If you don't understand that statement then you just don't understand life. God i have to get out more. It's a shame i live in Charlotte and i've never seen him in person.