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17 Nov 2009

This Week in Quotes: November 17, 2009

compiled by Rory Hickey

SO BILL BELICHICK IS LIKE MICK JAGGER?

"I like the swagger of a head coach who believes in his personnel. I'll take that swagger of a coach any day."

-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders defending Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 on his own 28 up by six with two minutes left (The Huddle)

SHOULDN'T HIS NAME BE T.J. RETURNING?

"That was like a video-game play. You're playing your buddy and you're like, 'I'm just going to go for it.' I guess they figured no matter what, if the offense got the ball back, we were going to win. That's the only thing I can think of."

-- Colts punt returner T.J. Rushing on Belichick's decision to go for it (NFL Nation)

THAT SABATHIA REFERENCE IS SURE TO MAKE NEW ENGLANDERS FEEL BETTER

"I gave him my C.C. Sabathia shake off. I felt like I wanted to show fade and just come with the slant and it worked."

-- Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne on shaking off Peyton Manning in order to run a slant pattern (NFL Nation)

SOMEHOW I DON'T THINK THAT NAME WILL STICK

"Fourth-and-jackass. That's our name of a now-infamous play in New England Patriots history. Move over, Tuck Rule. You have company. Each and every week we see bad coaching decisions in the NFL, but never, and I mean never, have I seen one as dumb as the decision Patriots coach Bill Belichick made Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. His brain was more frozen than Ted Williams'."

-- CBS Sports' Pete Prisco's reasonable thoughts on Bill Belichick's decision (Boston Globe)

LIKE A MICROCOSM OF THAT ANALOGY

"We're kind of like that first Iron Man [movie], where he shoots his way out of the cave. We've got a lot of pieces that nobody wanted, but when we all come together we're a hell of a machine."

-- Bengals linebacker Brandon Johnson on the adopted nickname of the Bengals defense 'Scrap-Iron Defense' (Cincinnati.com)

AND HAS A WINNING FOOTBALL TEAM

"JDR and myself are very similar except he's really good looking and was a great player. So other than that we're very similar."

-- Jets coach Rex Ryan on the similarities between him and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio (Twitter)

WAIT ... BUT ... BEFORE YOU SAID ...?

"Maybe we are not one of the best defenses in the league."

-- Jets linebacker Bart Scott (Times Herald-Record)

SORRY DOESN'T GIVE ME THOSE SIX POINTS BACK

"Sorry to my fantasy owners. I apologize. I had myself today. It was a tough call, but whatever it takes to get the victory, that's what counts"

-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew after he kneeled down at the one yard line to allow the Jaguars to run down the clock and kick the game-winning field goal as time expired (USA Today)

AT LEAST HE'S MOVED ON FROM BRETT FAVRE

"I really question whether he can play. Quarterbacks need to make their team better. If it's a bad team, they can even make a bad team better. Somebody may say well, even Peyton Manning couldn't help the Bears. Yes, he could. Tom Brady could, too. They might not win the championship or get to the playoffs, but they would make that team better. Those wide receivers who are struggling would be better because they would make them better."

-- Former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (ESPN Chicago)

THIS WEEK IN RIGGINS: DON'T TREAD ON ME

"I do have an ax to grind ... You should, too. We should always have an ax to grind against bullies, and I have taken it one step further to say this bully's heart is dark. When I use that phrase, I'm referring to the heart of a narcissist, someone who thinks they're better than others, someone who thinks the social contract does not apply to them, someone who drives a wedge between my former teammate, Joe Theismann, and myself."

-- Former Redskins great John Riggins, continuing his crusade to have the city of Washington, D.C. tar and feather Daniel Snyder (Washington Post)

TALK ABOUT SEEING THE CHARGERS IN YOUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR

"First I want to give credit to the Chargers and Coach Zorn. You know, they obviously played 60 minutes better than we did, were well-prepared, and did a lot of good things today, and until we start to play smart football, tough football, coach well and do it for four quarters, we're gonna struggle, and right now that's where we're at."

-- Broncos coach Josh McDaniels after his team lost to the Redskins (NFL.com)

IF YOU GUARANTEE VICTORY AND GET HELD CATCHLESS YOU SHOULD HAVE TO RETIRE

"I don't want to give anybody bulletin board material, but I do believe it was Herman Edwards: We play to win the game. Period. So, we're going on the road to play a football game, and we're gonna win. I don't care what you say. People can print in the paper; they can send it to the team's we're playing. But they know just like we know, we're going to win the game."

-- Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson guaranteeing victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks did not win and Burleson had no catches (The News Tribune)

I'M NOT SURE WHAT'S WORSE, THE PREDICTION OR THE ENGLISH

"I don't see nobody on our schedule that can beat us in my eyes."

-- Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the Seahawks' prospects for the rest of the season (Kitsap Sun)

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY TO FOCUS ON THE REST OF YOUR SCHEDULE

"Every time we play the Raiders, it's always a hated rivalry and coach stressed it all during the week: Hate the Raiders, we've got to beat the Raiders."

-- Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on the heated NFL rivalry of massive importance that is Raiders-Chiefs (ESPN)

WELL I SUPPOSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

"If you really want to look at it, you can go 8-0 and you might end up 10-6. There's a possible way you can actually do it."

-- Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson (no, not that one) on the Raiders potentially winning ten games this year. After their loss to KC their record will only be 9-7 (Oakland Tribune)

CORTLAND FINEGAN: FOR FUN THINGS

"I don't know if he did it, but I condone fun things. If he was having fun doing it, then by all means, do what you do.''

-- Titans cornerback Cortland Finegan on owner Bud Adams' allegedly flipping off the Buffalo Bills sideline (Titans Insider)

SO ... CAPTAIN MORGAN IS A PERSON?

"Captain Morgan here, as you know I believe in celebrating legendary times with my fans and my friends and always doing so in a socially responsible manner. I am a man of action, a man of the moment, and I always make fun a priority. And when it comes to football what is more fun than a touchdown? I believe in drinking responsibly, marketing responsibly and helping charities too, but understand my friends at the NFL's perspective. I will continue in my quest for legendary times and ask my fans to do the same."

-- Captain Morgan's statement after Brent Celek struck the Captain Morgan pose after scoring a touchdown. The NFL was not pleased (Advertising Age)

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF COUPLES HAVE BOTH PEOPLE WITH "LA" AS THEIR FIRST SYLLABLE? EIGHTY FIVE OR NINETY PERCENT?

"It was weird. I thought it was going to be a necklace or something. It was a pregnancy test."

-- Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson on finding a small gift in his locker from his wife, LaTorsha. The attached note read "Open immediately!" (Shutdown Corner)

HEY PETE, DO YOU LIKE APPLES?

"What's your deal? What's your deal?"

-- USC coach Pete Carroll to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh when they met for the postgame handshake after Harbaugh went for a two-point conversion late in the game (San Francisco Chronicle)

$35,000 FINE FOR TRYING TO INVENT A RULE

"Rule #1059: It is against NFL policy to cover Chad Ochocinco man to man. It has always been a rule but with the events of last year we must have forgotten who he was. Please note that he is still the most uncoverable receiver in the league. This rule is for the safety of embarrassment to all defensive backs. Thanks!"

-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on a little known NFL rule that somehow gets overlooked (Twitter)

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO NEEDS TO HAPPEN

"I'm their Freddie Roach."

-- Ochocinco, taking some credit for the play of stud corners Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall (Sporting News Today)

SATURDAY WAS NOT A GOOD WEEK FOR RON JOHNSON

"November's not a good year for them."

-- Broadcaster Ron Johnson referring to the University of Minnesota's struggles during the month of November (Awful Announcing)

TIM TEBOW'S CONCUSSION WAS SO TREMENDOUS IT GAVE EVERYONE IN THE STANDS A CONCUSSION

"The most celebrated concussion of the 2009 season."

-- CBS announcer Verne Lundquist after a replay was shown of Tim Tebow's concussion earlier in the year against Kentucky (Awful Announcing)

IT IS WHAT IT IS

"I think they should still be able to play football, regardless. Tennessee is my place. It's my football team."
"Even after they put a gun in your face, you say let them play football?" 6 News asked.
"Yeah, it's Tennessee. That's the way it is sometimes."

-- Corey Zickefoose, one of the victims of the armed robbery attempt by three University of Tennessee players on whether the trio should be allowed to stay on the team (WATE.com)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 17 Nov 2009

24 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2009, 1:53am by Andrew Potter

Comments

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by andrew :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 12:34pm

Tarkenton was speaking based on his experience when traded to the New York Giants, a one win team before he got there, who he guided to about .500 ball the next three seasons. Well, almost, he went one game below .500. He got them into playoff contention his fourth year, coming up just short (eliminated last week of regular seson), before regressing his last year there (and getting traded back to the Vikings, who by then were a regular season powerhouse.

I somehow think that Bears fans would rather be disappointed in five years, .500 ball and no playoffs.

Though the parallels don't hold. The Giants before Tarkenton got there were a laughingstock. The Bears were a playoff contender before Butler got there. And Tarkenton played far better than Cutler has in getting them to similar records (according to many, including him his greatest achievement was getting those squads to the .500 level).

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by peterplaysbass (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 12:59pm

Butler?

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by andrew :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 2:40pm

Typo. But they were pretty good when Kevin Butler was there too.

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by Guy #1 (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:25pm

C'mon guys, Jay "The Butler" Cutler, serving up interceptions with promptness and class

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by peterplaysbass (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:26pm

I thought it was a Cutler joke. Butt-ler, like, he stinks.

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by Key19 :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 12:46pm

Last quote was the best. lol

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by Eddo :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:32pm

As Seinfeld said, we root for laundry.

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by Dice :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 1:11pm

Nothing memorable again.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:13pm

Au contraire - the Peter Carroll quote (and the headline for that quote) were gold.

Getting to see Carroll's reaction (or at least read about it) after having the tables turned is precious!

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by The Human Spider :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 5:54pm

So it's safe to say that this was not a good month for the week in quotes?

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by bubqr :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 1:53pm

"Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne on shaking off Peyton Manning in order to run a slant pattern"

Did I miss something, or was Peyton really throwing to Wayne AND covering him on the play ? It was on purpose then, because how could you bit on the fade knowing you would throw on the slant ?

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by tgt2 (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 5:15pm

Peyton called a play. Reggie said, call something else. It's an accurate analogy.

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by spbruins :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 2:24pm

From the "more fun without knowing the context" department:

"That's what's good about Austin—he's not a robot."
-Peyton Manning on Austin Collie, quoted in Peter King's SI cover story this week.

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by Dean :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 2:56pm

Loved the Chad Ochocinco stuff. When it's off the field, I'm cool with it. When it's on the field - he's a jackass. I'm not sure why that difference matters, but to me it does. Regardless, this was pretty funny.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:13pm

Captain Morgan IS a person. Captain Crunch is not.

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by zlionsfan :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:34pm

I saw him and some of his group in Chicago before a Cubs game this year.

Come to think of it, I think they were playing the Pirates.

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by dmb :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 3:59pm

Well ... was a person, anyway. I'm actually one of his descendants!

Also, that last quote was just dumbfounding.

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by andrew :: Wed, 11/18/2009 - 2:04am

Yep. He sacked my hometown. Burned it down afterwards.

He wasn't as fun-loving as they make him out to be nowadays, he was pretty ruthless.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 11/18/2009 - 7:35am

Maybe he was having while doing so. Different strokes for different folks.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 4:34pm

Yeah, and if the Captain was willing to write the check, the NFL would be willing to require every player who scored a touchdown to strike the pose.

Pete Prisco is the dumbest football pundit cashing checks in this universe, and perhaps more, depending on the validity of string theory.

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by justanothersteve :: Tue, 11/17/2009 - 6:49pm

It's nice to know raiderjoe is not the only person who believes the Raiders may not lose another game.

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by Antique Furniture (not verified) :: Wed, 11/18/2009 - 1:10am

I wonder if you need to be intoxicated to make that statement- it didn't really come across in the quote!

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by Podge (not verified) :: Wed, 11/18/2009 - 6:28am

From that Neil Reynolds article:

Me: "What do you like to do on game day here at the stadium?"
Fan: "Drink."
Me: "What is so special about a game day experience in Green Bay?"
Fan: "The drink."
Me: "But there's some good food out here as well. Is that an important part of the day?"
Fan: "Sometimes it can be. But if you eat too much, you get full - and then you can't drink."

That reminds me a lot of English football games.

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by Andrew Potter :: Fri, 11/20/2009 - 1:53am

That's funny, not least because it's a criminal offence to enter any UK football ground while in possession of, or drunk under the influence of alcohol under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985. It's specifically outlawed at all matches involving representatives of clubs who are members of either the Football Association, the Premier League, the Football Conference National Division, the Scottish Football League, the Welsh Premier League, OR represents a country or territory (ie. includes international, inter-region, and inter-FA matches).

That's a pretty comprehensive list. :)

(As an aside, there is also legislation in Scotland which allows, in limited circumstances, the provision and consumption in hospitality areas provided the view of the pitch is obscured. Basically, you can drink in Scotland as long as you can't see the very game that's probably driven you to the drink in the first place. The irony is delicious. I know I'd rather drink than watch Scottish football.)

Now if you'd said rugby... ;)