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22 Nov 2007

The Week in Quotes: November 22, 2007

compiled by Ben Riley

NO SWEET JUSTICE, NO OVERTIME WIN!

"There is a question whether the ball went past the crossbar and came back. We will take a look at this play."

-- NFL referee Pete Morelli, explaining that he would confer with other officials regarding the on-field ruling that Browns kicker Phil Dawson had missed the potential game-tying field goal against the Ravens at the end of regulation. Replay clearly showed the ball clearing the crossbar before bouncing back over, but -- for reasons known only to the NFL -- field goals aren't supposed to be reviewable.

"After discussion on the field, the field goal hit the top of the crossbar, went over and hit the extension on the backside, which in fact, is a good field goal, and bounced back. The field goal is good."

-- Morelli. The Browns then won in overtime.

"I thought I kicked it well enough. And when I saw it bounce off [the crossbar, apparently], I was sick to my stomach. Just sick."

-- Browns kicker Phil Dawson

"But the way it bounced, I thought something odd had happened. Then I saw the refs huddling, and people at that end of the field were insisting [the ball] was over [the crossbar]. So I thought we had a chance."

-- Dawson

"But the whole time they're huddling, it's like a jury being out. You're powerless. It's agonizing. When they said it was good, I just thought: Sweet justice. "

-- Dawson

"It's justice, to be honest with you. We've had some pretty weird things happen to us over the years, none of them good.''

-- Dawson (Sports Illustrated)

EVERY LITTLE COUNTRY? DOES THAT INCLUDE LICHTENSTEIN?

"I got it. I could write it all out on a map. I could write out every little country over in Europe. I don't know all the capitals, but I could tell you all the countries.''

-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, publicly commenting for the first time on his "controversial" joke earlier this year about his inability to find London, England, on a map

"I was joking. If I said something that genuinely hurt somebody's feeling -- if I said something vicious or malicious -- I might regret it. But I was just joking around. I don't regret that.''

-- Crowder, rightfully refusing to apologize for the joke

"I don't think it takes a high I.Q. to play middle linebacker. But it does take a smart football player. And that's what is most important to me right now."

-- Crowder, who apparently scored 1280 on his SAT and graduated with a 3.9 GPA (Miami Herald)

HOW DO YOU OBSERVE AN ODOR?

"I observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath [and] bloodshot glassy eyes."

-- From the police report on the Monday morning arrest of Buccaneers linebacker Cato June, who was charged with driving under the influence

"The defendant exhibited clues of impairment."

-- Statement in the June arrest report (Tampa Bay Tribune)

"I've talked to him and I've also spent countless hours thinking about it. I do know this: He's a great guy. We're going to stand behind him. I think he's going to learn from this. I'll let his comments speak for him."

-- Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden (Pewter Report)

YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE BUILDS A LEGACY FOR DECADES? WINNING.

"I'm devastated. I'm very upset. I'm very disappointed. Not in anybody in particular."

-- 49ers owner Denise DeBartolo York, discussing at length her imploding team

"You know, I am going to get into trouble if I start making football decisions one-on-one, by myself. But I am thinking that he will."

-- York, suggesting in lukewarm fashion that 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will return next year

"I don't think a losing season should determine your future. I think that building the stadium is going to create a legacy for decades."

-- York, discussing how she envisions building the 49ers legacy

"The money that we've spent on Alex [Smith], on free agency, on Patrick Willis ... I think it's all going to come together. I'm convinced that it is. It's just suffering this season, for whatever reason. It's very difficult."

-- York (San Francisco Chronicle)

REVIS AND BUTT-HEAD

"Who? I don't know who that it is."

-- Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens, when asked for his impression of rookie Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis

"Once I step on the field it doesn't matter who's out there. I don't pay attention to numbers or names. I go out there and I focus on what I'm supposed to do."

-- Owens

"That's not a slight on him, or whoever he is."

-- Owens (NY Daily News)

NOBODY PUTS BABY IN THE CORNER

"I'm not as much of a Colts fan today as when I received my seat assignment. It's pretty hard to say I want to shell out $1,300 to sit in a crappy corner."

-- Indianapolis Colts season ticket holder Rob Cullin, upset at his seat assignment in the Colts' new home (the charmingly named Lucas Oil Stadium)

"The majority of the people will be happy with their new seats, especially once they get a chance to sit in them."

-- Colts vice president of ticket operations/guest service Larry C. Hall (Indianapolis Star)

NOBODY STOPS THE PANTHERS POOCH PUNTING UNIT! OUR CHIEF WEAPONS ARE SURPRISE . . . SURPRISE AND FEAR . . . FEAR AND SURPRISE.

"Not really. It's just another mechanism to place the ball. If you line up for a long field goal, it's the same coverage unit, so it's not that unusual."

-- Panthers head coach John Fox, when asked whether he tried a "trick" pooch punt using placekicker John Kasay against the Packers last Sunday because of the potential "element of surprise." The Panthers only had 10 men on the field and the punt was returned for a touchdown.

"The element of surprise."

-- Fox, one question later, when asked why he did not line up punter Jason Baker to punt the ball if he had planned on punting to begin with (http://www.panthers.com/Common/Article.aspx?id=27598 " target="_blank">Panthers.com)

BUT IF YOU DID, ADRIAN PETERSON -- OR CHESTER TAYLOR -- MIGHT RUSH FOR MORE THAN 3,000 YARDS

"You don't get to play them all against the Oakland Raiders."

-- Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, discussing his higher expectations for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's play against the New York Giants this Sunday

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, PLEASE END NICK SABAN FOR US

"Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event. It may be 9-11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to catastrophic events. Pearl Harbor kind of got us ready for World War II, and that was a catastrophic event."

--Alabama coach Nick Saban, correlating losing a football game with tragedy after Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe University

"What Coach Saban said did not correlate losing a football game with tragedy, everyone needs to understand that."

-- Alabama football spokesman Jeff Purinton

"He was not equating losing football games to those catastrophic events. The message was that true spirit and unity become evident in the most difficult of times. Those were two tremendous examples that everyone can identify with."

-- Purinton (ESPN.com)

THE WEEK IN HERM

"We have more three-and-outs than anybody in football. We have more negative plays than anybody in football. It's hard playing that way."

-- Herm Edwards, defending the Chiefs' conservative game-planning

"Do I want to play that way? Heck, no. But we have to play that way."

-- Herm

"You have all of these great ideas that you want to use. There are a lot of things other teams are doing that we'd like to do."

-- Herm

"But we know what we are whether we like it or not. It's been 10 weeks. You're not going to all of a sudden evolve into something like New England."

-- Herm

"We're doing things in a way we feel we're capable of doing them."

-- Herm

"Would we like to do some different things? Sure."

-- Herm

"If I'm somebody else, then maybe I do it differently. But I know what I am right now."

-- Herm (Kansas City Star)

"He's our kicker right now. He's going to continue to kick, and hopefully he can make some. If we have to get closer for him, we'll have to get closer to him."

-- Herm, discussing the tenuous hold kicker Dave Rayner has on his job (Kansas City Star)

THE REST

"Actually it wasn't a thought because over the last 18 to 22 months I didn't experience any of the symptoms I had had previously. Of course, one of the hard things to reenact are the vicious, violent hits on Sunday based on the speed and size of players."

-- Retired Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, when asked if he was worried about paralyzing himself (KCChiefs.com)

"It's just like walking in grass. If you're not careful where you're stepping, you'll get bit by a snake."

-- Steelers right tackle Willie Colon, describing the potential "trap" game against the Jets. In a related story, Colon grew up in the Bronx. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"It was Devin Hester, are you kidding me? It was just cool. I always told [Patrick] Kerney that if I got a big hit that I would do the flex like he did, but you don't think about it in the moment."

-- Seahawks kicker Josh Brown, who celebrated in WWE-style fashion after tackling Hester on a return (Tacoma News-Tribune)

"I haven't been around too much, but I still see my Sea Breeze and my lotion and everything in my locker. I appreciate little things like that."

-- Former Jets running back Curtis Martin, describing the contents of the apparently still-active locker that Jets head coach Eric Mangini maintains for Martin (Yahoo! Sports)

"Everyone was telling me, 'Good job' and stuff like that on the sidelines after the block. So I guess it was a pretty good block.''

-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, discussing his pancake block of Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman (Sports Illustrated)

"Like freestyling rap legend Snoop Dogg, Tony Romo has a rare talent for improvisation."

-- Introduction to segment on last Sunday's ESPN Countdown

Remember to send your quotes to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com, just like Nick Welch and Israel P. did this week. Mmm, now it's time for turducken.

Posted by: Ben Riley on 22 Nov 2007

23 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2007, 9:50am by JoshuaPerry

Comments

1
by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 1:43pm

B childress taking shot at Raiders. he'll never get job working for raiders.

2
by Greg (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 1:43pm

What is with Brad Childress and the tactless, completely inappropriate remarks? First the Jeff George fantasy camp comment, now this.. as someone coaching a 4-6 team quarterbacked by Tarvaris Jackson, he's really in no position to be offering criticism on either.

3
by Paul (London,UK) (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 2:26pm

Irony thy name is Denise De Bartolo York.

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by thestar5 (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 2:37pm

This was a pretty good week. I lol'd at a lot of them. And I hope Josh Brown can get a few more big hits in this year. Lets see something really creative!

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by Temo (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 2:38pm

An NFL employee final says what everyone knows they're thinking and doesn't try to be PC about it... and the first two responses bash him.

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by zip (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 2:52pm

Josh Brown vs Devin Hester is the tackle and celebration of the year, in my book.

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by Paulo Sanchotene, Brazil (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 3:02pm

Terrell Owens remainds me a legendary soccer player, Garrincha. For him, every defender who was supposed to cover him had the same name: John.

By the way, Garrincha had mental problems (he was like a child), but played soccer on a ET-level. He was right-wing for Botafogo FR and Brazil on late 50's and early 60's.

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by James, London (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 3:04pm

After a quiet couple of weeks, Herm's back with a bang!

Everyone was telling me, ‘Good job’ and stuff like that on the sidelines after the block. So I guess it was a pretty good block.

This is a VERY modest description of an awesome piece of work.

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by coyotl666 (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 3:17pm

always enjoy this column, but not sure what merits the inclusion of the cato jones stuff. nothing particularly unusual there other than your mistaken premise that all observations are visual.

cheers, mark

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by fogarty (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 4:25pm

I never would have thought that it would be possible to include the Carolina Pooch Punting Unit and a Monty Python reference in the same sentence. That was pure genius. I'm still laughing!

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by forrest (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 6:31pm

Francis Fukuyama?

I love this site.

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by Kneel Before Zod! (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 6:39pm

I remember when Childress decided to criticize Belichick publicly over the Garret Mills waiver discussions. It did him no good, annoyed people who might have been useful to him later and made me question his judgment.
He has established a pattern of behavior that should worry Viking fans.

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by ChrisFromNJ (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 3:00am

"B childress taking shot at Raiders. he’ll never get job working for raiders."

Anyone else think Raiderjoe is actually Al Davis?

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by Greg (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 5:06am

#5-

The rules are different for fans and people in the media. It's their job to offer their unvarnished opinions. For a coach, gratuitously bashing other teams/players is highly unprofessional, especially so when his own team is hardly any better and his own quarterback stinks - he really needs to worry about his own house first. It is also counterproductive - Childress may have to work with current employees of the Raiders at some point in the future.

I agree with #12 - Vikings fans have every right to worry about Childress' lack of professionalism.

15
by diddy (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 10:50am

Sea Breeze is still around? Good to know Cu-Mar is still protecting his sexy.

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by Martin Collinson (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 12:54pm

Actually I think the Vikings are one adequate NFL QB away from being a very good football team. I'm no Vikings fan by the way.

We all know what Childress said is correct but there are some things best left unsaid right or wrong. Taking shots at another team is never a good idea under any circumstances.

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by Noah of Arkadia (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 2:34pm

#7 We know who Garrincha is, don't insult us. Not that I ever saw him play or anything, but I've heard great things about him.

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by Noah of Arkadia (not verified) :: Fri, 11/23/2007 - 2:36pm

#10 Oh, you mean the Spanish Inquisition gig? Yeah, you're right! I didn't catch it the first time.

#7 By the way, good story about Garrincha. I didn't mean I didn't enjoy it.

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by Paulo Sanchotene, Brazil (not verified) :: Sat, 11/24/2007 - 11:22am

Re: n.º 17 -

Noah, I'm glad YOU know about Garrincha, but there are lot of americans that doesn't like soccer enough to know about a old-time brazilian player (even Garrincha). If there are brazilians that doesn't know who Garrincha really was, imagine in the US. That's why I add that short explanation.

Didn't hurt, did it?

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by PatsFan (not verified) :: Sat, 11/24/2007 - 2:14pm

Re: #13

Well, given how Al Davis has said he will refuse to step down until the Raiders win two more Superbowls, you might be on to something with raiderjoe=Al Davis.

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by James (not verified) :: Sun, 11/25/2007 - 3:32am

Hello, Football Outsides. Reading quotes about Homes parlyzing himself doesn't make sense okayy. Ivan and me we watch Chiefs game of last week and Holmes didn't tryy to parlyze himself. Weird comments by author.
Not fan of red teams, like blue teams much better. Big blue, Buffalo,mn ad Houstons. Ivan and me watch games tomorrow after get home from grandma's house, Budweisers and Smirnoof, come here and chat about games with fellow outsides. good night to alll, be back soon

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by tunesmith (not verified) :: Sun, 11/25/2007 - 5:21am

ahhh.... I finally, finally understand the appeal of the Herm quotes. It finally became clear. Those were just absolutely mind-numbing. Exquisitely brain-deadening.

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by JoshuaPerry (not verified) :: Sun, 11/25/2007 - 9:50am

That hit by Josh Brown was the greatest shot by a kicker in NFL history. I believe that play should be in canton