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30 Jan 2009

The Week In Quotes: January 30, 2009

compiled by Mark Zajack

THIS WEEK ... (SNIFF) ... IN ... (BITES LIP) ... I TOLD MY SELF I WOULDN'T CRY ...

"To the players and coaches who worked so hard for our team, I appreciate their efforts. This is going to be a very good football team. I respect the tough decision that was made to move in a new direction. I wish the players and the organization the very best as they move forward."

-- Former Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, exiting with class. (ESPN.com)

"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the ESPN team and offer my insight as a former player and head coach. I'm going to be truthful with my opinions on all the issues that take place on and off the field of play."

-- Herm, accepting an analyst gig at ESPN, before my tears were dry. (SI.com)

THE BUCAROOS, YOU SAY? NEVER HEARD OF THEM

"You're asking the wrong guy. I'm not what people say or think. When [my son] played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I couldn't have told you 10 people on the team."

-- CBS analyst and father Phil Simms, on whether his son, free agent quarterback Chris Simms, would be a good fit with the Bears. (Chicago Sun-Times)

THIS HAIR IS FOR YOU, KEN WHISENHUNT

"I do it for all the bald men above 40."

-- Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, when asked why his hair so long. (KYMA.com)

ELABORATE RUSE? COMPLETE MORON? YOU DECIDE

"I ain't too happy about it."

-- Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison, sharing his feelings on what he said was the Steelers' game plan to drop him into coverage much of the time instead of rushing the quarterback.

"That is what we've been doing all week. We're not going to change it now. There's nothing I can do."

-- Harrison, who said his comments were not a smokescreen.

"We all know that he doesn't like talking to the media, so we try to give him as hard of a time as we can every time we know that he's got stuff to do."

-- Steelers linebacker James Farrior, on Harrison's, uh, lack of media savvy. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

GET ME SOME HOT WATER AND TOWELS! UH, NEVER MIND THE TOWELS

"When you're born you come out with a Terrible Towel in your hand."

-- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, on the obstetric oddities within the Pittsburgh area. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

I STUDIED FROST AND DICK ... UH, LEBEAU

"Dick is a fundamentalist. I am a fundamentalist. His Xs and Os are my Xs and Os. We are very similar. Dick makes the complex simple and the irregular regular. I subscribe to those same theories."

-- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, a William & Mary alum, discussing defensive philosophies that he shares with Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

"I am a Frost guy. The guys look at me a little cross-eyed sometimes when I quote Frost, but oh, well. You can blame William & Mary for that."

-- Tomlin. (Associated Press)

STRANGERS WITH CANDY

"They told me it was going to be crazy, but I just thought it was going to be a lot of media. Then that he-she gave me candy and I figured out what they were talking about. I think it was some Mexican dude in a dress, and he tried to get me to talk Spanish."

-- Arizona safety Aaron Francisco, who had the pleasure of meeting Joel Bengoa, a reporter from Telemundo Sports Network, who wore a red evening gown, a blonde wig, and lots of makeup. (Associated Press)

APPARENTLY ALL YOU NEED IS A DUDE FROM TELEMUNDO IN A DRESS TO PROVE EINSTEIN'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY

"10 minutes left? That's the longest 20 minutes of my life, they said there was half an hour left about, like, three hours ago."

-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, upon hearing the 10-minute warning for the end of the media session. (SkySports.com)

IF YOU SCORE A ZERO ON THE BASELINE TEST, CAN YOU BE CONCUSSED?

"I had a little blackout on impact. Once I was on the ground, I came to. [Teammate Troy Polamalu] asked me about 25 questions that I had no answer for."

-- Steelers safety Ryan Clark, on his collision with Ravens running back Willis McGahee in the AFC Championship game.

"He asked me if I had a concussion and I said: 'How would I know?' I was dizzy, a little groggy. Head injuries make you emotional. Or maybe I was just happy we won the AFC championship."

-- Clark.

"That was the first time I ever had a concussion test. You know what's funny, you take the test when you're fine so that way they can compare the answers. I did better after the head injury than I did before."

-- Clark. (Reuters)

IF I SAIL ONE OVER BERGER'S HEAD, BLAME THE SALSA CHICK

"Man, that was awful. I kept telling them I can't do this. They kept telling me I could do it. I just made a fool of myself. I hope I have a better time Sunday."

-- Steelers long snapper Jared Retkofsky, on getting a salsa lesson from professional dancer Renee Sapp during media day. (NewsDaily.com)

I'M SORRY, THE PRESIDENT IS NOT IN. HE'S DOWN AT 'PENNSYLVANIA AVE INK' WITH 'FART BOX'

"I remember the coach, he was like 'Do you know the three-point stance?' I was like 'No, but I can tell you how to steal a Buick Regal.'"

-- Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, on starting to play football in eighth grade, as a way to get some structure in his life and deal with the unsolved murder of his mother.

"Sometimes on Christmas, on Mother's Day, when I got drafted, when I signed a new contract -- those days I wish I could be like 'Here Mom, here's your Mercedes Benz outside,' or 'Here's your new house. You don't got to live in the projects anymore. You don't have to go to the grocery store with $20 to try to feed three kids.'"

-- Dockett. (Yahoo Sports)

"I can assure that if I get a touchdown, I will get a fine."

-- Dockett, alluding to what would be an excessive touchdown celebration if he scores on Sunday.

"Give Obama a high five and go get some tattoos together."

-- Dockett, describing the perfect ending to his ideal Super Bowl scenario in which he scores, is named MVP, is awarded the Cadillac Escalade, goes to Disney World and then the White House. (KYMA.com)

Posted by: Mark Zajack on 30 Jan 2009

10 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2009, 7:26pm by Wait, what?

Comments

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by Unverified Telamon (not verified) :: Fri, 01/30/2009 - 5:12pm

Dockett is both hilarious and touching. And I thought the only thing to come out of media day was the Telamundo dude/chick.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/30/2009 - 5:29pm

I don't know the spirit in which Dockett made the "I can assure that if I get a touchdown, I will get a fine." ... but someone ought to remind him it's not just a fine but also a 15-yard penalty which would be rather costly on the ensuing kickoff ...

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by Vince Verhei :: Fri, 01/30/2009 - 5:34pm

"You're asking the wrong guy. I'm not what people say or think. When [my son] played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I couldn't have told you 10 people on the team."

Actually, Phil, you are EXACTLY what I thought.

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by Chirality (not verified) :: Fri, 01/30/2009 - 8:29pm

How does Phill Simms keep getting the big-ticket games?

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by Ben Stuplisberger :: Sat, 01/31/2009 - 2:41pm

If Ryan Clark gets hit a couple more times he can fix the economic crisis, find the Higgs particle and make peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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by panthersnbraves :: Sat, 01/31/2009 - 7:17pm

You left out fight hunger and disease, but that might take a few more.

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by panthersnbraves :: Sat, 01/31/2009 - 7:17pm

You left out fight hunger and disease, but that might take a few more.

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by BroncosGuy (not verified) :: Sat, 01/31/2009 - 9:48pm

One of the funniest TWIQs in recent memory, although I have to admit I don't get the "Fart Box" reference. Ryan Clark was more cognitive pre-concussed than post-concussed. Now THAT'S funny. And that's exactly who I want delivering lumber between the hashes. As I commented in last week's TWIQ, Herm to ESPN is every FO dream come to fruition. I just didn't specify wet or dry.

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by Whatev (not verified) :: Sun, 02/01/2009 - 4:52am

It's from a previous TWIQ; Dockett's teammates call him "Fart Box," and it means just what it sounds like.

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by Wait, what? (not verified) :: Mon, 02/02/2009 - 7:26pm

The rest of that article with Phil Simms is great:

"There are 10 teams in the league that are perfect for him," Simms said. "There's another 10 that are good and the rest of them, I hate them as far as their system."

Uh, but you don't know which of those categories Chicago falls into?

"If they liked him so much, why didn't they draft him?" he said. "I don't know about all that. I hear from old girlfriends that tell me they used to like me in high school. Yeah, right. How come you didn't like me in high school. I couldn't get a prom date. So don't give me that."

(Has nothing to do with anything, but what the hell.)