Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
28 Sep 2006
compiled by Alex Carnevale
JUST â€¦ WOW
"It's very unfortunate for it to go from an allergic reaction to a suicide attempt."
-- Terrell Owens
"Any time you hear suicide, it's shocking. You don't know what was going on. Nobody walks in his shoes but him. You don't know what to say, you don't know what to think, it's just, wow."
-- Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters (New York Post)
"I was non-responsive when she made that call. She made the call out of her judgment for my well-being.''
"The worst part about my job is when I am hurt I have to watch someone else do it. There is a lot of pressure. You force yourself to try to come back faster. A lot of guys end up playing hurt, for example Chris Simms down in Tampa. He did irreparable damage to his body when he did not come out. You force yourself back out there and sometimes it's not to the overall benefit of the body. You hope that's not the case with him. It's hard to talk about it sometimes. You feel trapped or lost a little bit in the job. You're hurt. You want to talk about it but sometimes, you can't."
-- Giants RB Tiki Barber
"I'm not depressed about anything."
"That's been coming on forever. She's not a bad girl. She's cool, she's fine. He said, 'Can I take a break from the engagement?' And she said, 'No, let's just put a stop to it.' And that was a complete surprise to Terrell."
-- Owens' personal trainer, James Primm, on Terrell's relationship with his fiancee (Dallas Morning News)
"For T.O. to try to commit suicide, that's crazy. I haven't talked to T.O. yet this year but me and T.O. had a really close relationship. Once he went to Philadelphia, we kind of went our separate ways, but his first year in Philly we kept in touch a regular basis."
-- Jets RB Kevan Barlow
"It's very unfortunate for it to go from an allergic reaction to a suicide attempt."
"I don't know what people perceive about him, but I think he's a great, great person. I stayed with him during the offseason and he embraced me. He moved me into his house and gave me a lot of good advice. I've seen him with his son. He's a really good father. His family lives with him. It's really shocking."
"I wasn't coherent as they probably thought I was. A number of people were asking me questions. I don't remember the police officers that were in there or the doctors that were in there.''
"Anytime you hear suicide, then you know it's going to be serious. When somebody says it's T.O., I was like come on. He embraces himself too much to do anything to harm himself.
-- Cowboys LB Bradie James (New York Daily News)
"I don't think this incident will hurt T.O.'s marketability at all. If anything, it shows his human side. Dennis Rodman attempted suicide in 1994 and he is still a very sought after entity today."
-- Super agent Darren Prince (Deadspin.com)
"This is sad. Terrell had a reaction to different pills, and just to state he was trying to commit suicide it was unfair.''
-- Kim Etheredge, Owens' publicist
"Terrell has 25 million reasons why he should be alive."
"The coaching staff isn't involved with pain medication."
-- Cowboys big tuna Bill Parcells
"He got chased out of the 49ers. Chased out of Philadelphia. I can't imagine a worse mix than Parcells and this guy."
-- Dr. Joel Goldberg, former director of counseling services for the New York Giants (New York Daily News)
"If he would have come in quietly, without all this commotion, we could have come to an agreement. We were prepared to. We didn't feel his demand was unreasonable, given the way he came back from his injury last year and the great Super Bowl he had. But when a guy puts a gun to your head, you're only creating more problems if you cave in."
-- unnamed Eagles official, on Owens' contract negotiations after the 2004 season.
"As soon as I got the news this morning, I had to make my call to make sure everything was okay. You know what? It was."
-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (New York Daily News)
"He'd progressed and done some things, but not this week. I don't want to pin all of that on him, but he knows I was disappointed in his play. I'm expecting him to bounce back and become the type of player we want."
-- Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, on No. 1 pick Mario Williams (Houston Chronicle)
"It's been very disappointing, and until we find a way to get some pressure on the quarterback, it doesn't matter who's on the back end because they're going to have a hard time holding up. You can solve the problem by bringing more people, but then you're exposing your back end even more."
"The bottom line is if you're having a lot of mistakes with alignments and technique and those type of things, then you're probably doing too much, and that's on us as coaches. Until we can play an entire game, we'll get exposed fast. Right now, we're getting exposed on a regular basis. It's like a snowball, and bad teams do that. I told the players today that until we can get that out of our system, it's going to be hard to grow."
"I believe in Richard and the (assistants) who are doing it. Nobody's working harder. Has it been good? No, it has not been good, but that's the group that has to get it turned and going the other way. I believe in them."
"Jacksonville is like the stand-up comic who can only use vulgarity and curse words because he lacks intelligence and lacks class. He really doesn't have anything to say. Our intangible is our class and our intelligence. A team that gets personal fouls the way they do, the roughing penalties, they just don't have any material.''
-- Colts punter Hunter Smith (Indianapolis Star)
"As football players, I think it's our responsibility to be models of sportsmanship and on-field integrity to everyone, especially to kids. I get frustrated when I don't see that. We have issues of that on the Colts and it's on every team. I apologize for saying that, it was an off-the-cuff statement.''
-- Smith, recanting.
"First of all, I think Peyton's a great quarterback and Tony's a great coach. But football is an emotional game. Basically, my whole beef is with unsportsmanlike conduct. I have the utmost respect for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jack Del Rio."
"Two monkeys, no -- a silverback and bamboo."
-- Colts wideout Reggie Wayne, on whether the Jaguars have a monkey on their back when it comes to the Colts.
"I've already tipped my hat to them three times and I don't even have a hat."
-- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio
"The biggest obstacle is making Chinese people understand the rules to the game. You need people that can speak Chinese in order to explain the game. Basketball is an extremely popular game in China because it is easy to understand."
-- Lin Li, Chinese NFL marketing observer, on the future of professional football in the largest nation in the world (Jerusalem Post)
"Every year there is a final competition among the best high school teams in either Shanghai or Beijing."
"If someone can kick the ball far in soccer they make him into a kicker."
"Zou marketing is also involved in the production of video games and there is certainly talk of them doing a demo with NFL video games. Basketball video games are already very popular in China."
"I'm sure people are seeing him in pass coverage and thinking, 'Jeez, why aren't they rushing him every time?' But it's not that simple. You just don't do that."
-- Giants linebackers coach Bill Sheridan (The Star Ledger)
"Probably not. Is he the player he was when he came out of Penn State or maybe five or six years ago, he'd probably tell you no, based on his medical history."
"I didn't sleep well."
-- LaVar Arrington, on defensive coordinator Tim Lewis' comments about the failings of the defense this week.
"It was all Gatorade and water. My pregame meal was already long digested."
-- Broncos DE Patrick Chukwurah, on throwing up on the line during Sunday night's Pats-Broncos game (Denver Post)
"I really and truly don't get what the big deal is. Wouldn't any player do that? Let me ask you, what would be the normal thing to do?"
-- Chukwurah, on why he kept going on the play
"I think what happened was my mouth was so dry and I was sucking on my mouthpiece so I could get some saliva and I kind of gagged on it."
"The game don't wait for you. You've got to go when the game goes."
"[Trent Green] came over for the team picture Thursday and he was a lot better than the previous Saturday before we left to go to Denver. Now, I'm just judging from what it was like to have a conversation with the guy. I could tell he wasn't going to play, but he watched the game and saw some things. He's coaching now. I told him I need his input this week and, hopefully, he can give us some things that he saw."
-- Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards (Chiefs.com)
"He was a little bit shocked when he watched us play. He rubbed his eyes a couple of times and thought he was delirious again. He saw three tight ends out there and it was early in the game. I said, â€˜you like that, huh?' He was watching and is getting better. Where that is, no one knows yet."
"When we get down there we've got to score touchdowns. For some reason people think I'm getting labeled a field goal kicker. I want to score touchdowns, I really do. This teams needs to do this. We need to play with a lead, with more than a three-point lead and see how we play. You can play a whole lot different on defense when you're playing with a ten-point lead rather than a three-point lead. Your whole mindset changes as a football team and we haven't been able to do that yet and that's something we have to do."
"Why do people say I'm conservative?"
"I guess that's something that's been brought up quite a bit. I think I can be an emotional person, as you guys have seen. It's just poor performance by our offense and I feel like I'm the leader of that. Sure, it bums me out when we lose. I don't think you guys would ever expect to see me running around and smiling and joking and laughing on the sideline when we're losing. That's just not the kind of person I am. When we win, I'm as excited as can be. When we lose, I'm very disappointed. I'm sure people can read that on my face and mannerisms."
-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on his body language in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos (Boston Herald)
"Like I said, I think we'll improve everybody's state of mind and body language and all the other psychological stuff that Sigmund Freud probably talked about many, many years ago if we win football games."
"If you go out and lose 17-7 again, we might be answering questions about body language again next week. "
"I think if we go out there and play well, it won't be an issue."
"You just do what you have to do. It takes a lot of help from others, family and friends."
-- Ada Shockey, Jeremy Shockey's momma (The Daily American)
"I'm a firm believer you have to keep young people busy."
-- Ada Shockey
"We got outplayed and outcoached. Write that down."
-- Jeremy Shockey, after Sunday's loss to the God-fearing Seahawks (AOL Sports)
"I'm a team person. I'm very team-oriented and what I said was not a team thing to say. I do let my emotions get to me at times. It's just the competitive nature in me. I don't like to lose. I don't like to lose at anything."
-- Jeremy Shockey
"But you like the racehorse part, you like the energy, you like the adrenaline. It's not always easy to walk across the sideline and change everything with a click of the fingers."
-- Giants TE coach Mike Pope (North Jersey.com)
"I feel that this is a good learning experience. I know that he is unhappy that it happened, and I know that he certainly wouldn't want Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch see him do that type of thing, which we discussed. "
-- Pope, on what Shockey said
"It's an important, drastic measure to cover seats. It's analogous to not being able to stock the inventory necessary for survival."
-- Dean Bonham, sports marketing consultant employed by the city of Jacksonville (Washington Post)
"What I did was create more demand than supply, which is going to allow me to raise prices over time. But there's no way I'll catch up. The league's average [ticket increase] is 5 to 6 percent, so in order to catch up I have to raise mine twice that. I can't do it. Economics doesn't work this way."
-- Jags owner and former Nine West CEO Wayne Weaver
"This long-term partnership grounds us in our home state and underscores our commitment to Arizona. At the same time, we have campuses in almost every NFL city, and this will allow us to reach a diversity of students with co-branding that stands for quality, innovation and excitement."
-- Brian Mueller, president of the company that owns the "University" of "Phoenix," after agreeing to a deal that makes the Glendale site of Cardinals home games University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Republic)
"The irony of this deal is not lost on us."
"We want to lend more credibility to the students who earn degrees from here."
"My brother's with the Seahawks; I told him the night before the game, we're expecting three wides and four wides because of your tight-end situation. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out, does it? Sometimes some people give statements, they just kind of talk, that was not even close to being accurate."
-- Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis
"I believe in the power of prayer, let me put it that way. But this is a different type of injury. [Reggie White's] was a muscle ... in his mind, he felt he was healed. And he played."
-- Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren (NFL.com)
"In Shaun's situation, you have another very devout guy who believes in the power of prayer. But we did see a crack in his bone."
"We're going to do the right thing here and take our pictures and see how he is, and go from there."
"I was looking into that MySpace.com, and somebody did it for me. I think that was pretty cool."
-- Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, on a website which is campaigning for his firing
"We go to games, we pay for tickets, we are taxpaying citizens and I guess we feel changes need to be made."
-- Jeffrey Tucker, creator of firecoachfisher.com (SI.com)
"If a lineman is using steroids or HGH, how would anybody even know? Nobody knows him. Even if three linemen per team were using, are they anybody people are talking about in this league? We don't talk about linemen. We talk about the stars. And I would say that none of those guys are using.''
-- Fox NFL analyst Brian Baldinger (Philadelphia Daily News)
"I think maybe the issue is that because of the relative size of all the guys, people assume that there's an equity; that people aren't necessarily getting an unfair advantage. That these guys are so big, it ain't going to matter. It evens itself out or levels itself out."
-- Peter Roby, the director of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society
"I don't know of anybody who would rather have [the ball] first. You can wind up in some tough situations when your defense is on the field first, but you always want to know what you have to do to win."
-- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, on the system for overtime in college (USA Today)
"At this point, I have utmost confidence that Mr. Romanowski will continue to conduct himself in a manner that's appropriate. I think our players are very fortunate to have Mr. Romanowski as a coach."
-- Piedmont Recreation Department director Mark Delventhal after a verbal altercation between Bill Romanowski and a seventh grader in a flag football league (ESPN.com)
"I can talk smack, kick, punch, spit, knee you in the groin, and it's all legal. This is my type of game."
-- Romanowski, on the video game he endorses, Blitz: The League (IGN.com)
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