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01 Feb 2007

The Week in Quotes: February 1, 2007

compiled by Alex Carnevale

SOMEONE GET THE GUY WHO DID 'THE FOX STEALS HOME' FOR TONY'S BIOPIC

"He probably didn't say anything because he's so nice."

-- Frost School sixth-grade teacher Mary Anne Gough, on Tony Dungy's silence when they incorrectly labeled a plaque dedicating the school's library to his mother as "Cleo May Dungy Library." His mom's name is spelled Cleomae.

"This is great for our city, because we're losing jobs and people every day. Tony's story is really giving us a shot in the arm that we desperately need."

-- Jackson, MI High School AD Russell Davis

"Tony Dungy is the talk of the town. He's all people are talking about -- no matter where you go. It doesn't matter if you're old or young, it's exciting for all of us."

-- Mayor Jerry Ludwig (Daily Herald)

"That's when we began to bond. When he was dating his then-fiancee Lauren, he would talk about her and how special she was. I told him I needed to meet her, and he took me to his church and introduced me. Later he said, 'Donnie, this is the one.' I said, 'Are you sure, Tony? You haven't been talking to her long.' He said, 'Yes, I'm sure. She's the one.' Sure enough, he married her and they've had six children together."

-- Donnie Shell

"Tony was released at the end of his career by the New York Giants, but head coach Ray Perkins was so impressed with Tony's intelligence as a player that he asked him if he wanted to stay on as the defensive backs coach. So Tony called Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh to get his advice, and Chuck said, 'Well why not just come here?' So we hired him at Pittsburgh and he was my position coach for six years at the end of my career."

-- Shell (Superbowl.com)

IT'S GOOD TO SEE PEYTON KEEPING AN EYE ON THE LINE... HE'S LOOSE

"My dad used to always tell me something Chuck Noll once said: 'Pressure is something you feel only if you don't know what you're doing.' That means a lot to me. I've tried to live that way."

-- Colts QB Peyton Manning

"The point spread is ridiculous. These two teams are even. The Bears won 15 games this year. I really don't see one team having a great advantage over the other."

-- Peyton (Superbowl.com)

"It has really brought me closer to the fans. Someone will stop me at any airport and ask, 'Would you sign this melon?' I value the things that have come from those commercials."

-- Manning, on his endorsement deals.

CELEBRITY BOXING NOW HAS ITS DREAM MATCH

"Brian Urlacher is a guy I will always know where he is. You just can't help it. There are certain guys like that."

-- Peyton

"You are not going to fool Peyton Manning. He knows where to go with the football before it's even snapped."

-- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher

"He'll get on you. For one, he knows what everybody on defense is supposed to be doing, so if anybody makes a mistake he's going to get on you fast and that's what a leader has to do."

-- Bears linebacker Lance Briggs

"He's the quarterback of our team, a kind of guy that doesn't get rattled, a fiery kind of guy. We need him out there. I don't know what we'd do without him. I'm just glad he's on my side of the ball."

-- defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, on Urlacher (FortWayne.com)

I GUESS WHAT THESE SCIENTISTS ARE RECOMMENDING IS... MOVE YOUR TREE PACKAGE OVER TO DIRECTV AS WELL

"It's probably a nice thing to do, but planting trees is not a quantitative solution to the real problem."

-- Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University, on the NFL planting a bunch of trees in Florida under the guise of negating the negative effect on the environment from the game.

"If you plant a tree (CO2 reductions are) only temporary for the life of the tree. If you don't emit in the first place, then that permanently reduces CO2."

-- Caldeira (Washington Post)

THIS GUY IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR BAR MITZVAHS

"They're probably going to be more educated, because they have more money. They're more likely to be male. Hispanics also don't seem to identify as much as NFL fans."

-- Max Kilger, chief behavioral scientist at market research firm Experian Simmons, on the demographics of NFL fans.

"Part of it is that football in the Latin community means soccer, so that's going to be a big difference between Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Also, there aren't really any Hispanic stars in the NFL, much like Yao Ming has been a hit with Chinese fans in the NBA."

-- Kilger

"There does seem to be some effect, they do somewhat over-index, meaning NFL fans are maybe 10 percent more likely to visit McDonald's or Burger King than the general population, but the preference of McDonald's over Burger King is about the same. So you do see some lift. Whether it's due to in-game advertising or not, it's difficult to say."

-- Kilger (Media Life Magazine)

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GIVE THESE GUYS A TENT ON MEDIA DAY

"He's really coming into his own as of late. He's a lead athlete, but he comes across as an Everyman."

-- Steve McDaniel, who teaches sport marketing and media at the University of Maryland, on Peyton Manning's marketing appeal.

"He has this all-American, guy-next-door image. He's the guy who you want to pal around with. Brady's more of a glamour boy."

-- Jim Andrews, "editorial director of the IEG Sponsorship Report, which tracks corporate sponsorships."

"He's willing to look kind of silly, a little goofy. There are some athletes who wouldn't do that."

-- McDaniel (Baltimore Sun)

IF YOU COULD JUST AVERT YOUR EYES FROM THE SCREEN WHEN VIEWING TANK JOHNSON RELATED STORIES, THAT'S ALSO OUR POLICY

"We have a long standing policy that prohibits this kind of mass out of home viewing. It's not only NFL policy, it's also copyright law."

-- Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesman, on folks in Indianapolis and Chicago who wanted to screen the Super Bowl in public venues.

"And we simply explained our policy and they understood."

-- McCarthy.

"We have sent numerous cease and desist letters over the years to establishments that were looking to bring in mass quantities of people to an unusual set up."

-- McCarthy (AP)

RANDY, I KNOW WE ONLY KNOW EACH OTHER FROM MINICAMP, BUT... YOU COMPLETE ME

"I said, 'But you've only been dating three or four weeks. He said, 'I don't care. I know what I want. She's what I want.'"

-- John Reaves, former NFL QB on new Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin.

"He is very decisive. He goes for it, where his father tends to go over it and over it."

-- Robin Kiffin, Lane's mom. (San Jose Mercury News)

"The players are the first ones to know whether a guy has got it or not. If they believe in a coach, they'll play hard. But if they don't, they'll be the first ones to shut it down. I think they'll know Lane has got it."

-- Reaves

WINNERS: THE NFL, LOVIE SMITH, DUNGY. LOSERS: MIAMI-AREA PROSTITUTES, ARCHIE MANNING.

"Gosh, I'd never throw Eugene under the bus, because he brought such a light and energy and a positive force to our team, but that was dumbfounding, and you couldn't think of 100 different fables from Aesop's to explain what happened."

-- Jamal Anderson, on Eugene Robinson's solicitation of a prostitute before the 1999 Super Bowl.

"I don't want to be the center of a story with two historic black coaches in the game. I don't want to be a side story. I know that I probably will be, but I don't want to add to it or anything else. They'll just have to write without me."

-- Eugene Robinson (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"No, no, no. Don't want to hear that name this week."

-- Indianapolis linebacker Gary Brackett.

"I don't want to get the married guys in trouble."

-- Adewale Ogunleye, on taking the single guys out on the town. (New Jersey Star Ledger)

THE REST

"First of all, he's one of the brighter guys I've worked with anywhere."

-- NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth, on Bryant Gumbel. (WFAN.com)

"It was less play-by-play and more of a conversation. More like talk radio if you will. When it's 31-10, you are doing talk radio…and that's what Bryant does at his best."

-- Collinsworth

"I definitely think we need to keep it in place. It's good that guys like Mike Tomlin have gotten an opportunity to be a head football coach. I think Mike would have gotten an opportunity still, but I think (the rule) may speed up the process a little bit. Whenever you can get in front of someone, it's good. And the Rooney Rule allows you that opportunity."

-- Lovie Smith, Bears coach.

"It keeps your skill set bigger than a steady diet of football."

-- NFL films editor Pete Staman, on editing the Ringling Brothers Circus DVD. (Herald Tribune)

"It knocks down all these rednecks out there who say that blacks cannot win, or cannot play quarterback or cannot be a head coach."

-- Gale Sayers, on the Super Bowl coaches. (Bloomberg)

"I got it when I was 2 years old. I was a very, very bad kid, to say the least. My mom gave me the name. Some of my friends heard it and started teasing me. I love it. I've been called that for 27 years."

-- Booger MacFarland (Superbowl.com)

"Imagine me on media day. I'd come out naked. I'd come out in a towel, or something."

-- Bengals WR Chad Johnson (ESPN)

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Posted by: Alex Carnevale on 01 Feb 2007

35 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2007, 3:06pm by Alex

Comments

1
by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:10pm

Are you sure that's not Donnie Shell in the fifth quote? Would sure make more sense.

2
by Spoilt Victorian Child (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:17pm

"Later he said, ‘Donnie, this is the one.’ I said, ‘Why are you calling me Donnie?'"

--ex-Raiders coach Art Shell

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by throughthelookingglass (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:18pm

Could you imagine the Bengals on media day? That'd be awesome (except if Chad Johnson does what he says he'll do).

4
by James, London (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:19pm

Tony Dungy was Art Shells' position coach? How does that work?

And I refuse to believe that Herm Edwards hasn't said anything noteworthy this week

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by Fnor (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:20pm

Cue Manning and Urlacher singing "Guy Love."

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by Pat (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:21pm

#1/#2: It's Donnie Shell in both quotes, actually. Just a little slip by Alex. No biggie. :)

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by James, London (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:22pm

Who's Donnie Shell?

8
by Alex Carnevale :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:26pm

My mistake and apologies to the entire Shell family.

And also to Archie Manning. You're my boy, blue.

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by DGL (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:28pm

#7: Former safety for the Steel Curtain-era Steelers. Number 31.

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by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:38pm

Please put a "Quotes of the Year" section in PFP 2007. Four pages for Herm and two for the rest of the NFL should be plenty.

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by James, London (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:39pm

#9 Thanks. That makes more sense. Although to be fair, if Dungy was coaching the Raiders O-line 'on the side' last year many things would sense.

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by fyo (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:04pm

I like Jamal Anderson reference Aesop's Fables. With the rep football players have, it's always nice to see the show some brains. (That said, if you could find ONE of the fables to explain it, you could probably find a hundred as well... considering how freakin' alike they are!)

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by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:35pm

3: My God, the Bengals on Media Day! I think I just found my 2nd rooting interest.

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by Crushinator (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:45pm

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GIVE THESE GUYS A TENT ON MEDIA DAY

Is the "He" in all 3 of those quotes Manning?

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by Crushinator (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:45pm

erm, you editted it since I asked. NEvermind. =P

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by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 3:46pm

I can't imagine the Bengals on Media Day, because I can't even imagine the Bengals even reaching the Super Bowl.

Of course, if they did, Eugene Robinson would like chump change. The only guys available for the game would be Carson Palmer and a naked Chad Johnson. Everyone else would be in jail.

17
by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 3:47pm

That should be:

Eugene Robinson would look like chump change.

18
by The Redneck Family (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 3:56pm

Hey Gale! We stand corrected!

19
by Crushinator (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 4:02pm

Really had no clue where to put this, but I felt like sharing - link on my name to a pretty good video.

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by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 4:29pm

Here's your Herm for the week:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/200...

"I'm going to watch the national anthem. I'm going to watch those guys and the national anthem. Then I don't know what I'm going to do. Last year I went to a movie."

"I'm rooting for both of them. Both of them have already won," he said. "They're both already champions. The score doesn't matter to me. I picked the Chiefs. We're not in it. I'm just a fan. A neutral fan."

21
by Joe Biden (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 5:25pm

I have absolutely no problem with what Gale Sayers said.

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by David (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 6:12pm

“It has really brought me closer to the fans. Someone will stop me at any airport and ask, ‘Would you sign this melon?’ I value the things that have come from those commercials.�

If his commercials really are causing people to bring melons to airports in hopes of having Peyton Manning sign them, then I'm willing to immediately reverse all criticism I've ever leveled at those ad campaigns.

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 7:13pm

What? I'd much rather hang out with Brady than with Manning. You'd be much more likely to pick up a model or two by playing wingman to Tom. I think this deserves a long, drawn-out discussion...thread.

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by Harris (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 7:50pm

I've seen Ike Turner in an airport. I've seen Playmates in an airport. I've seen Tiki Barber in an airport, but if I ever saw Peyton Manning in an airport and someone asked him to sign a melon, I think I might drop dead from happiness.

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by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 7:53pm

#23 - Brady is just being asked to sign different kinds of melons.

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by Mr. Beefy (not verified) :: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 11:24pm

I'd rather hang out with Ricky Williams in Tibet! :).

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by dje (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:23am

Regarding the screening of Super Bowl venues, I think it is completely ridiculus that the NFL is contacting churches and telling them that they are not allowed to broadcast the game, just because out-of-home viewing is not captured in the Nielson ratings. I don't think that this should be all that difficult to solve. Rather than trying to shut down all groups that are trying to use projectors to show the game, they should find a way to quantify out-of-home viewership. Polling companies are good at this sort of thing. The networks could then use this information when selling advertising time.

The more "corporate" the NFL becomes, the more they are in danger of "killing the golden goose". In this case, they have to realize that when large groups of people get together and chear on the team together, fans are converted and loyalties are strengthened. The Super Bowl is a social event.

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by NF (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:33am

“It was less play-by-play and more of a conversation. More like talk radio if you will. When it’s 31-10, you are doing talk radio…and that’s what Bryant does at his best.�

So that's why there were so many awful games on the NFL Network.

20: That is a fantastic quote. Who really believes he went to a movie after watching the national anthem last year? Who the heck doesn't watch the Super Bowl if they can and they have a vague interest in football?

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by turbohappy (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 1:39pm

Re: 24

I've seen it ;o) Although it wasn't at the airport.

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by Lou in Cincy (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 1:39pm

"I can’t imagine the Bengals on Media Day, because I can’t even imagine the Bengals even reaching the Super Bowl.

Of course, if they did, Eugene Robinson would like chump change. The only guys available for the game would be Carson Palmer and a naked Chad Johnson. Everyone else would be in jail. "

Ok people, I am soooooo officially over this crap! You can't imagine the Bengals going to the Super Bowl? Heck, the freakin Seahawks coulda gone to the Super Bowl this year.

It's just not funny anymore. And its damn insulting to guys like TJ, Willie Anderson, i could go on and on, guys who play damn hard and keep their noses clean and don't need to be lumped in with headcases like Odell Thurman.

This is Football Outsiders, where i come to get a little bit of insightful analysis on the game, could we leave this lowbrow crap to the "clones" on that jackass Jim Romes show?

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by Kurt (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 2:39pm

I like Jamal Anderson reference Aesop’s Fables.

Ah, those prostitutes Eugene got were probably sour anyway.

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by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:19pm

Actually, I have a correction to make.

Chad Johnson might not be available either...

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by Ron Mexico (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:21pm

I should make a correction.

Chad Johnson might not be available, either...

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by Jason Mulgrew (not verified) :: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 9:27pm

re: 30

The Bengals are great.

Great for me to ridicule.

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by Alex (not verified) :: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 3:06pm

"Chad Johnson might not be available, either…"

Hey, no fair, he's not a suspect, or even a person of interest. Although, on second thought, he might get arrested if he shows up to media day naked.

Still, with more than 50 players on the roster, 9 being arrested still leaves more than 40 to play the Super Bowl, so that wouldn't be too bad.