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07 Feb 2008

The Year in Quotes

compiled by Ben Riley

BEST QUOTE THAT WILL MAKE EVERY NEW YORK GIANTS FAN SMILE THIS AFTERNOON

"If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform."

-- Tiki Barber, writing in his crappy book, Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond

BEST ILL-ADVISED MASCOT-BASED QUOTE FROM AN OWNER OF AN NFL FRANCHISE

"We're excited to announce 'Steely McBeam' as the name of our new team mascot!"

-- Steelers President Art Rooney II. McBeam disappeared around Week 4 of the regular season and now lives in San Francisco.

BEST LIST OF ALTERNATIVE MASCOT NAMES QUOTE FROM AN FO COMMENTER (WELL DONE, "THOK!")

"Packy McBox?
Viky McPillage?
Matey McLoot?
Niny McGold?
Chargy McInterest Rate?"

-- Thok

THE YEAR IN FRED TAYLOR

"It's a dog-eat-dog business. We're living in the belly of the beast, and sometimes that beast has to regurgitate itself."

-- Fred Taylor, reacting to the benching of Byron Leftwich

"Probably some ribs, some chicken."

-- Taylor, when asked what quarterback Quinn Gray would "bring to the table" for Jacksonville.

WORST PREDICTION BY TWIQ COMPILER BEN RILEY NESTLED WITHIN AN OTHERWISE UNREMARKABLE QUOTE

"For a home opener, we didn't do very well. We didn't play good at all. There's no explanation I can give you for it."

-- From "soon-to-be-fired" Browns head coach Romeo Crennel during Week 1 of the regular season. As everyone knows, the Browns narrowly missed the playoffs and Crennel recently signed a contract extension (after being wooed by Bill Parcells to take over the Dolphins). Oops.

BEST QUOTE FROM SOON-TO-BE-EX-BENGALS WIDE RECEIVER AND QUOTE MACHINE CHAD JOHNSON

"I've got my sex back."

-- Chad Johnson in the preseason, describing his return to his playful ways

BEST SUBTLE BURYING OF REX GROSSMAN QUOTE FROM A CHICAGO-AREA TEN-YEAR-OLD

"It's very easy to take snaps: Just open your hands and wait for the ball, and then you close your hands."

–- Chicago area fifth-grader Jimmy Smolik, age 10, providing some advice to Sexy Rexy

BEST NON-SUBTLE BURYING OF REX GROSSMAN QUOTE

"He told us that Rex was kind of a mental midget so you can get into his head and create that doubt."

–- Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm, describing how former Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera described Grossman

BEST TRENT GREEN CINEMATIC ALLEGORY QUOTE

"I'm surprised this analogy hasn't come up yet. Can't you see Bill Belichick and Roger Goodell in the office having the conversation, and you picture Roger Goodell as Tom Cruise, and you picture Bill Belichick as Jack Nicholson. And they're sitting in the courtroom, and they're having this discussion, and all of a sudden Goodell is like, 'Did you order a code red?!? And Belichick is sitting there. And you know he's getting peeved because he's even in there, that [Goodell/Cruise] has the audacity to bring him in and question it. That's the analogy and kind of the visual that I have, is that eventually Belichick just kinda snapped and went, 'You're darn right I ordered a code red!'"

–- Trent Green

"I don't know, maybe I'm the only one that has that warped perception."

–- Green

BEST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FROM ONE OF THE TRIPLETS

"I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, 'Do it like your dad, like any proud dad would want to. Why must I go through so much?' At that moment a voice came over me and said, 'Look up, get up, and don't ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up and don't ever give up.'"

-- Michael Irvin, during his NFL Hall of Fame acceptance speech

WORST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FROM ONE OF THE TRIPLETS

"That makes me feel like a real sissy."

-- Troy Aikman, reacting to seeing scantily clad women in Green Bay in January

MOST PRESCIENT NEW YORK GIANTS QUOTE, MALAPROP DIVISION

"We don't need to make any dramastic changes."

–- Eli Manning quoted in Newsday, after the Giants started 0-2

MOST PRESCIENT NEW YORK GIANTS QUOTE, TOTALLY STUPID DIVISION

"He has his team in the position right now, if they win today they could possibly go on to the Super Bowl, and make an appearance there.

-- Emmitt Smith on what a win in the NFC Championship game would mean for Eli Manning

BEST QUOTE AND HEADLINE COMBINATION SUBMITTED BY AN FO READER (THANKS GERRY D.!)

"People are throwing us underneath the radar."

–- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce during the preseason. This quote prompted Gerry D. to ask, "Perhaps the radar is on the bus?"

THE YEAR IN ROY WILLIAMS

"He's real quiet ... he's a good athlete, he's big as hell, he's Megatron."

–- Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, describing his teammate Calvin Johnson

"I always try to find the little guy, but there wasn't a little guy. I wouldn't bring my little guy here, either."

–- Williams on Oakland's Black Hole

"I just got involved in orchestra and band when I was a kid. I was tall, so basically I was the only one who was tall enough to hold the bass in orchestra. So I played bass and picked up other instruments along the way. I taught myself on the piano. I was in band or orchestra right up to high school. They used to call me the 'Orch Dork.'"

-- Williams on being in the band

"It's that cherry syrup that you can put into drinks. It's the greatest stuff ever made. Sprite. Tea. Orange juice and pineapple juice. I can drink it in anything."

-- Williams on the magical elixir known as grenadine

"I'm good at everything we do. If we had a bowling champion, I'd be the bowling champ. If we had a cooking champ I'd be the cooking champ. I'm good at everything."

–- Williams on being the champ

"The pizza man knows when he comes to my address, he's coming for free. But I am real polite and I say, 'Thank you, sir."'

-- Williams on tipping

BEST QUOTE TO SUGGEST THAT THE RAMS MIGHT WANT TO BE THINKING ABOUT GETTING A NEW HEAD COACH

"Logic isn't always the answer for a number of reasons."

-- Scott Linehan, struggling to explain why he was continuing to play a clearly injured Marc Bulger during midseason

BEST QUOTE ON A TOPIC THAT GOT A LITTLE TOO MUCH AIRTIME THIS YEAR AND SINGLEHANDEDLY DESTROYED OUR COMMENT THREADS, HINT HINT

"When you lose a guy like me, you're going to do whatever it takes to get the edge to win."

–- 49ers linebacker (and former Patriot) Tully Banta-Cain, offering his explanation for the signal-taping scandal

BEST QUOTE TO REMIND YOU THAT NOT EVERYONE IN THE NFL LIVES THE LIFE OF TOM BRADY

"The day before I got called by the Seahawks, I got pooped on by a cow."

-- Seattle's long snapper, Jared Retkofsky, who had been working on a ranch in Texas prior to being signed

BEST QUOTE THAT WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION TO AT THE TIME

"Coach [Bobby Petrino] didn't address anything with us. You guys probably know more than we know. You guys just talked to him. We don't know nothing. We're going to have to wait and read what y'all put out."

–- Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, describing the team confusion after former head coach Bobby Petrino cut tackle Grady Jackson without warning

BEST BILL BELICHICK QUOTE THAT DID NOT RUN IN TWIQ (BUT SUBMITTED AS A COMMENT BY ALERT READER "ILLEGALLEAPING")

"The origin of it? I don't know. It's comfortable. I can carry my stuff in my pouch here, whatever I need."

-- Bill Belichick, when asked to describe the "origin" of his sweatshirt

THE YEAR IN HERM

"You drive by that Krispy Kreme, you see that sign that say 'Hot,' you pull your car in there and you get me a dozen glazed donuts and you make sure they are on my desk on Saturday morning. I don't care about anything else. And the sign gotta say ... and the sign gotta say ... gotta say 'Hot,' gotta' say 'Hot.'"

-- Herm Edwards, hazing Chiefs rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in the preaseason

"What we've done well is we survived. We got into that (0-2) wreck again, but we had our seat belts on, and we got out of the car, took it to the auto shop, knocked out the dents, and we're starting to roll again."

-- Herm in Week 4, when the Chiefs sat at 2-2 and had just beaten the San Diego Chargers on the road. The Chiefs finished at 4-12.

"I go with my gut. Your gut always tells you what's right."

-- Herm. Perhaps this explains why the Chiefs finished 4-12.

"It would be nice if we could run the football."

-- Herm

"It's a bad box to be in, because eventually I'm going to run you out of here."

-– Herm, describing his "tolerance box"

"I'm a very patient man. But I'm also patient in the fact there are two sides of me. I'm patient with you, and then I put you in the tolerance category. When you get put in the tolerance category, I'll tolerate you until I can replace you."

-- Herm

"Be a pro, stay out of bad places where bad things happen."

-- 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

"There are a lot of things other teams are doing that we'd like to do."

-– Herm

"Would we like to do some different things? Sure. If I'm somebody else, then maybe I do it differently. But I know what I am right now."

-- Herm

"When you play the game, the players have to make plays."

–- Herm

"The coaches will take their share of the blame, but the players have a part of it, too. They get in the game, and they've got to go make plays."

–- Herm

"That's how you end up winning."

-- Herm

"People aren't used to this [i.e., losing] in Kansas City. Get over it, it happens, it's called life."

-- Herm

"Am I glad it's over? Yes, I'm glad it's over."

-- Herm, after the season ended

BEST QUOTE BY A KICKER

"I had the trifecta done on me."

–- Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun, who had a punt returned by Devin Hester for a touchdown, a kickoff returned by Hester for a touchdown, and a punt blocked, all in one game

MOST PRESCIENT QUOTE FROM AN NFL AGENT THAT SOUNDED REALLY DUBIOUS DURING THE PRESEASON

"If he can be healthy, stay healthy, I think he's going to be a great teammate for everybody."

-- Tim DiPiero, Randy Moss's agent

LEAST PRESCIENT QUOTE FROM AN NFL HEAD COACH

"I'm going to be back."

–- Ex-Ravens head coach Brian Billick

BEST QUOTE ABOUT A NECK BEARD

"Certainly with the wind, it was cold, but I have a beard so that helps out a little bit. It's kind of warm in this area."

–- Bears quarterback Kyle Orton

BEST POST-SUPER BOWL QUOTE (RETIRED PLAYERS WHO ARE RELEVANT ONE DAY EACH YEAR DIVISION)

"... People now will get an idea that the only way you can go undefeated is to win every game."

-- Former Miami running back Mercury Morris, explaining the hidden secret of the 1972 Dolphins (San Francisco Chronicle)

THE YEAR IN HASSELBECK

"They told me I tweaked my oblique, which is awesome because I didn't know I had any obliques. It's good news, honestly. It's in there somewhere, so I am really happy about that. I'm going to go home and tell my wife."

-- Matt Hasselbeck

"I'm going as the Burger King Guy."

–- Hasselbeck, when asked about his Halloween costume

BEST UNHEEDED ADVICE FROM AN NFL OWNER TO HIS TAIL-CHASING QUARTERBACK

"I tell you this, Tony. Sometimes they can smell fresh cash."

-- Jerry Jones, warning Tony Romo about partying with Britney Spears. We all know how this one ended.

THE BILL WALSH MEMORIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT QUOTE

"He knew me well before I knew myself."

-- Steve Young

QUOTE OF THE YEAR (NCAA EDITION)

"That's why I don't read the newspaper! Because it's GARBAGE! And the EDITOR who let it come out is GARBAGE! Attacking an amateur athlete for doing everything right! Are you KIDDING ME? Where are we at in society today? COME AFTER ME! I'M A MAN! I'M 40! I'M NOT A KID! Write something about ME!"

–- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy

QUOTE OF THE YEAR (MISINTERPRETED BY THOSE WITH NO SENSE OF 'HUMOUR' EDITION)

"I couldn't find London on a map if they didn't have the names of the countries. I swear to God. I don't know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I learned that. I know (Washington Redskins linebacker) London Fletcher. We did a football camp together. So I know him. That's the closest thing I know to London. He's black, so I'm sure he's not from London. I'm sure that's a coincidental name."

-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, who faced an absurd amount of undue criticism for this quote

QUOTE OF THE YEAR (ROY WILLIAMS EDITION)

"I am on my fantasy team. I think I'm gonna bench myself."

-- Roy Williams

QUOTE OF THE YEAR (NFL FAN EDITION)

"It's almost like the son I never had. Except that I do have a son."

–- Buffalo Bills superfan Ken Johnson, describing his bowling ball on Inside the NFL while his (human) son looked on.

HERM OF THE YEAR

"Here's the concern: In our society now, so many things come up on Web sites and Internet. First of all, I don't even have the Internet. I wouldn't even know how to use it."

-- Herm

AND THE WINNER FOR QUOTE OF THE YEAR IS ...

"Don't quit. Don't even quit."

-- Emmitt Smith

Posted by: Ben Riley on 07 Feb 2008

70 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2008, 11:53pm by the silent speaker

Comments

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 8:41pm

Great stuff. If there's any that were missed, post 'em, commenters. Some of the best ones are reader-submitted.

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by lionsbob (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 9:19pm

Didn't Joey Harrington hear he was not starting the same way-through the media. Petrino you stay classy!

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by Quentin (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 9:29pm

I am human- sometimes.

-Kellen Winslow Jr., after dropping a sure TD pass.

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by Jimi (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 9:30pm

Regarding the Aikman quote...wasn't it Joe Buck that made the comment about being a real sissy? I could have sworn it was...

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by Quentin (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 9:35pm

Oh, and I loved this whole bit that you guys ran earlier in the year:

I think this is really a situation where you have a day off and the young guys just sort of shut their brains off.

– Edwards, describing the lackluster performance of younger players during practice

Guys when they get to a certain age their legs go on them. Their brains still work; they know I need to get over there but their legs won’t get them there.

– Edwards, describing the lackluster performance of older players during practice

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by bubqr (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 9:44pm

The Bills fans quote and all the R.Williams ones are just freaking hilarious. Thanks for this guys, this article is just great.

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by TheWedge (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 10:05pm

That’s the closest thing I know to London. He’s black, so I’m sure he’s not from London. I’m sure that’s a coincidental name.

This quote is amazingly brilliant

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by Harris (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 11:27pm

T.O. snubbed again?!

"I've always had a good relationship with my quarterback. I've always had my quarterbacks' back."
-- Terrell Owens lying his ass off after losing to the Giants in the divisional round.

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by Tom D (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 11:40pm

“When you play the game, the players have to make plays.”

Oh Herm, you do know how to breakdown the subtleties of the game, and explain them so well.

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by Tom D (not verified) :: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 11:42pm

Man, I suck at closing my tags.

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by seth (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:11am

just stumbled across this exchange from pre-season:

"I think his milk is going bad.”

– Anonymous Giants veteran, alluding to Plaxico Burress possibly “milking” his ankle injury to avoid training camp

“It’s fine. But when I get back on the football field, when I get back out there and back to being No. 17 and making plays, everybody’s going to shut up and get in line.”

– Burress, when informed about the milking allegation

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by Sergio (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:34am

On the serious quote side, I love that Steve Young bit. I think Montana once said something in that vein as well... tells you a lot about the man.

On the "hilarious, can't stop laughing" quote side, that Belichick thing is just killer. Does any video exist of that?

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by Jason (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:39am

Where was the Brady quote about Burress's prediction about them scoring "only" 17 points as ridiculous. Turns out Burress was bein ggenerous

OOPS

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by coyotl666 (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:56am

herm: ... it's called life ... am i glad it's over? yes i'm glad it's over.

what's to laugh about? the dude knows more than just about anyone else in football. i don't know why the church of herm hasn't brought sanity to this planet.

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by Gus (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 1:01am

Good stuff. I like the Crowder quote a lot, and Herm is always a good read.

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by Ajay (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 1:07am

I'd join the Church of Herm, if only to learn what the object of playing the game is . . .

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by Independent George (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 1:23am

I'd forgotten all about Trent Green's recap of 'A Few Good Men'. I'm so glad I didn't read this at my cubicle.

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by Terrell Owens (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 3:45am

You guys can point the finger and you can talk about the vacation but it's really unfair. It's really unfair. Thats my quarterback. My teammate. If you guys do that, its unfair. We were left out of Quotes of the Year as a team.

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by robbez_92107 (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 4:10am

How hard would it suck to be Ken Johnson's son?

What about T.O.'s agent: "T.O. has 30 million reasons to be happy"??!?

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by fogarty (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 4:44am

I just hope that there's a big passion bucket in Herm's tolerance box.

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by Nate (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 9:47am

I thought Jon Kitna went as that Burger King Guy? :)

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by Dean (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 10:17am

Perhaps Herms gut was skewed by the donuts?

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by Dean (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 10:38am

I hate to double-post, but do you think we could get The Year In Emmitt. I think that "got debacled," "sharp as a whistle," "blowed up," and all the rest might just rival Herm.

I guess the difference is I feel like I'm laughing with Herm, but I'm definitely laughing AT Emmitt.

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by starzero (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 10:50am

didn't kitna go as a naked man, in mockery of some coach being naked? and i thought joe buck was the sissy, too.

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by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 11:07am

Please devote a page or two of PFP 08 to quotes!

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by Tim (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 11:33am

There were a couple good one's that I remember that were missed. John Madden said during the Vikings-Skins game: "There are no plays that will get you 22 points." Thanks John.

Also I remember one along the lines of "Al Gore just can't get off the field!" During a 49ers game. Now THAT should have made it!

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by Preston (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:02pm

Quote of the year "He said we're only going to score 17 points? {insert condescending laugh here} OK! Is Plaxico going to play defense?"

Ahh, that will make me laugh for the next 50 years.

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by billsfan (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:07pm

Joey Harrington made an appearance on NPR's "Wait wait... don't tell me" last week. It was a veritable goldmine of quotes that can be taken horribly out of context. For example:

"I'm sticking with my gut. I'm going with the white underpants!" --Joey Harrington, answering [incorrectly] a question about smurfs.

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by Costa (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:09pm

God bless Roy Williams. =)

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by billsfan (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:09pm

24:
When I heard that on the broadcast, I just assumed that it was Joe Buck, for the obvious reason.

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by Ben Riley :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:59pm

On the Buck/Aikman debate:

I thought it was Buck too, but multiple blogs and websites reported it as Aikman the day after the game. The interesting thing is that a case could be made for either guy saying it, and they are almost equally hilarious. THAT IS A DISGUSTING ACT.

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by H.Tipton (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 1:40pm

I'm assuming there will be a separate TYIQ for Emmitt Smith? I know there were a couple in this column, but you left out some of his best work this year, including my favorite one about being on the cover of "Insane" magazine...

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by Fire Millen (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 2:34pm

Kitna went as naked man, his wife went as Wendy from Wendy's. Kitna was making fun of one of the Lions coaches, who was arrested for ordering from a Wendy's drive-through while naked, and drunk (obviously). I never knew that was illegal, especially if you have a real tall SUV (how would they know). Fred Taylor is a fuuny guy (I guess being regurgitated from the belly of the beast is better than the alternate exit). I need more parenthetical comments.

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by vijay (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 2:55pm

As a Cowboys fan, I must say to all of you, welcome to the genius world of Emmitt Smith. In order to describe the 2001 season (another awesome 5-11 Campo campaign), he said "We had some diamonds, but we had some poopoo".

If he stays on TV for a while, be prepared for a section like Herm just for him. It could be amazing...

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by Charlie (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 3:30pm

Devin Hester's "Circle the bandwagons" quote is missing too.

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by Tom (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 3:51pm

@ #8, Its terrible, the quote i personally thing is THE qute of the year, not only got snubbed from the entire page, it didnt even make quote of the week...

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by Dean (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 4:25pm

RE#34

I would gladly forego The Week In Emmitt if they would take him off the television. The sad thing is, there's dozens of hard working former late-round-picks with communications degrees who could do an exponentially better job, but doesn't have the name recognition and will never get a chance. Thanks, So-Called-Worldwide-Leader.

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by Baltimark (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 5:04pm

I'm pretty sure that in one clip, Emmitt says "the rice of passage" but it's difficult to tell.

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by Kavin (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 5:36pm

I'm not sure what makes Roy Williams a bigger geek: being an "Orch Dork" or the transformers reference. Regardless, calling Calvin Johnson "Megatron" has made Williams my favourite Lion since Barry Sanders!

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by Hank (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 6:04pm

don't even quit would be a great tshirt

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by Dean (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 6:46pm

Peter King should write a bio of Emmitt's broadcasting career.

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by Charger Jeff (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 6:54pm

John Clayton just quoted Tony Richardson with this gem, talking about free agency:

I've got some gas left in the wheel ...

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by Trogdor (not verified) :: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 8:49pm

I believe the quote of the year comes from everyone's favorite Tiki:

"I feel great joy for them because I know in a lot of ways I helped a lot of guys on that team,” Barber said. “I know Brandon was someone who benefited from me being there; even criticizing someone is a way of getting them to think about themselves."

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 2:23am

re43

Tike Barber sound like real moron. hope Chiefs keep crappy coach Edwards. team will stay at sunken bottom of AFc West. Get ready for changes a coming. Raiders no longer joke of AFCWest. New team to laugh at is Chiefs and Broncos crappy too. Raiders should beat Chargers twice next year as they take olver control of division

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by Doug Farrar :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 2:38am

Speaking of quotes of the year, there was a recent Raiderjoe quote about someone (a player whose name I'm forgetting) being the "homeless man's Wes Welker" that definitely should have gone in here.

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 2:59am

45: It was someone being the "homeless man's Fred Biletnikoff." Except with hilarious spelling.

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by Sid (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 4:30am

FYI, you sort of got the Chad Johnson quote wrong. He was asked to clarify, and he said "I've got my sexy back..."

RE: 4

No, it was Aikman.

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by Sid (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 4:48am

RE: 19

That wasn't his agent. It was his publicist, Kim Etheredge, in 2006. She was later fired by Owens.

"Terrell has 25 million reasons he should be alive."

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by Sid (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 4:52am

RE: 24

Yes, as a tribute to Joe Cullen driving naked through a drive-through.

RE: 26

That was Bryant Gumbel. He referred to Frank Gore as "Al Gore" several times during a game.

RE: 27

Also my favorite of the year.

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by Richard Arpin (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 4:58am

45, Doug

I believe the quote was about Kevin Curtis of the eagles. It was a couple of weeks after that game that the Eagles wore their throw backs for.

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by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 2:18pm

re50,45, 46
I wrote it about wes welker, he is like homeless man Fred Biletnikoff. Only wrote it like two weeks ago. Sorry if spelling was bad, maybe had too much to drink that nite, dont remember. welker is homeless mans Biletnikoff.
curtis is differnt

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 5:17pm

It's in my name.

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by Thok (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 6:01pm

Heh. I'm included alongside such distinguished orators as Roy Williams and Herm Edwards. I suppose that's worth something.

Here's to another good year in quotes for 2008.

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by Harris (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 6:16pm

#36 I agree. It's odd that the quote that got all the attention was the "It's really unfair . . ." line. I thought it was ridiculous, but in keeping with the sort of thing you'd expect a guy to say when defending a teammate. But to claim he'd always gotten along with his QBs? That's so utterly nonsensical it beggars the imagination.

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by Theo, Holland (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 8:45pm

Did we get a reaction from Grossman on those 'snap' quotes?
.
I realy wonder how he thinks about getting a snap.

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by Theo, Holland (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 9:34pm

I just saw Casey Hampton (DT, PIT) on the AFC kickoff team.
.
Que?

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by bubqr (not verified) :: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 11:05pm

Can we have some kind of "The Week in (Raider)Joe" next year ? I'd love it.

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by Quentin (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:29am

For those of you who just can't get anough Emmitt, check out the Emmitt Smith Anthology. Here's a few gems to start you out. The link's in my name.

"Tom Brady is buyin' time for his lineman."

"The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders."

"The percentages for teams that go into score before the first half is pretty high that they wins the game."

"You have to have the personality to match up with the Patriots."

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by Quentin (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:31am

Let me try that once more...

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by Charger Jeff (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 12:38pm

59:

Quentin, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Now we know raiderjoe's true identity!

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by Barf (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:46pm

You guys are fooling yourselves - do a search on "Neilbonics" on the link at my name. He's almost as good as raiderjoe.

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by Kai (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:51pm

The week after Sean Taylor was killed, wasn't it Joe Buck that said the tragedy affected so many people, you can't help but pity the killers and their families?

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by Kai (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 6:02pm

I just looked it up, It was Chris Collinsworth that provided the content for the worst social commentary section.

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by LI Matt (not verified) :: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 8:44pm

"Steven Jackson ruptured a groin, hopefully his own."

-- Keith Olbermann

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by justme (not verified) :: Tue, 02/12/2008 - 4:30am

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Oh my, Neil Smith
You, sir, are brilliant.

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by Chad Gerson (not verified) :: Wed, 02/13/2008 - 1:06am

I have no link for this, because it was said on live TV and as far as I know no transcript is available. During a CBS game broadcast, Phil Simms said, "I am like 0-for-the-season on my theories."

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by Cyrus (not verified) :: Wed, 02/13/2008 - 6:35pm

I remember that quote... so it was a game that I would be watching. If regular season, it was late in the season and most likely a Patriots game. I think it was during the playoffs though, so look at which games he covered.

He might have been talking about his poor performance with challenges though. He did say oh for the season about something.

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by Cyrus (not verified) :: Wed, 02/13/2008 - 6:41pm

Ha, I googled it, and the only quote that came up is your own, a few weeks ago.

So both answering my question as to which game, and cementing that you remembered it exactly the same on two occasions...

"Quote I heard while watching Colts-Jags:

Phil Simms said, “I am like 0-for-the-season on my theories.”"
-Chad G.

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by Tri Shanku (not verified) :: Wed, 02/13/2008 - 11:59pm

I cannot believe no one is talking about the Linehan quote.. it's one thing to say "Logic isn’t always the answer", but to add "for a number of reasons" just made that quote awesome.

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by the silent speaker (not verified) :: Thu, 02/28/2008 - 11:53pm

I was fond of a lne by one of the Super Bowl commentators (can't remember which one; don't much care; they're pretty well interchangeable anyway) on the Giants' decision to go for fourth-and-short with less than two minutes to go and trailing by four, rather than punting and conceding the game on the spot:
"I agree with this decision."

No sh|t.