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03 Nov 2009

This Week in Quotes: November 3, 2009

compiled by Rory Hickey

BRETT FAVRE FODDER

"Yeah, it's worth it. Now people can see why I came back, and why I came back to this team. But I will say I'm relieved it's over."

-- Vikings quarterback Brett Favre on whether the team's win against the Green Bay Packers made up for getting booed by Packers fans. Did he used to play for them or something? (Monday Morning QB)

"I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, 'You know, I sure hate that that joker's on the other side, but he does play the way he's always played, with his excitement and passion for the game."

-- Favre on how he hopes Packer fans feel. What about the football watching public, Brett? What about us?? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

"It's like going into church on Sunday and the priest says, 'Everybody go home, Jesus has now sided with the devil.'"

-- Packers fan Mark Fields on Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field. If the Vikings are the devil, does that make the Bears the Super Devil? (Fanhouse)

"Welcome back, Ryan Longwell."

-- Sign at Lambeau Field during the Vikings-Packers game (Sports Illustrated)

BART SCOTT VS. JOEY PORTER: WHO IS TRULY THE MOST ANNOYING LINEBACKER IN THE NFL?

"I want to hit him and get him out of there. That's for anybody who touches the football, period. It's that type of game. Write it down however you want to write it down. You don't have to do something dirty to get somebody out of there."

-- Jets linebacker Bart Scott on Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (National Football Post)

"Now they're starting to see he's just a rookie. He's been humbled. Now we got some humble pie to serve him. I'm not worried about him eating hot dogs on the sideline. I'm worried about how I can get him on sideline, with an ice pack."

-- Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (NY Daily News)

"They're a great team. They'll probably contend for the Super Bowl. They have a tremendous offense, great running backs, a great quarterback, a great tight end. They are stacked across the board. I'm serious. They are great. Like I said, they have a great team. They have a tremendous offense and they showed it today. They are Super Bowl contenders and they will probably take it all the way."

-- Bart Scott sarcastically addressing the Miami Dolphins' Super Bowl chances (AFC East Blog)

REX RYAN'S HEAD JUST EXPLODED

"My mother used to say, 'When you win, say very little. When you lose, say less.' Bart Scott said too much today. When a team beats you twice, give them credit and go home."

-- NBC analyst Tony Dungy on Jets linebacker Bart Scott's comments (The Huddle)

BECAUSE HE SMELLED THE CHEESE?

"It's like a mouse trapped in the corner. You ever wonder how the mouse got out of the corner? It got creative. I got creative."

-- Dolphins wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. on his second kick return touchdown in the third quarter against the Jets (Sun-Sentinel)

MOTIVATIONAL TACTIC ALERT!

"He's an embarrassment and a coward. He's got alligator arms. It's sad. I don't even know that he has the ability. I haven't seen it.''

-- Former Dolphins great Bob Kuechenberg on Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. before Ginn's two kick return touchdowns against the Jets (Miami Herald)

HE'S NOT HEAVY, HE'S JUST BIG BONED

"He is heavy. I didn't think he had the jets, but he proved me wrong."

-- Eagles running back LeSean McCoy on fullback Leonard Weaver's 41-yard touchdown during the Eagles' demolition of the Giants (The Huddle)

ADAMS WOULD HAVE LOVED DAN MCGWIRE

"That's what I came up here for, to get that big tall guy named Vince Young to show what he can do."

-- Titans owner Bud Adams on the Titans first victory of the season, against the Jaguars (NFL Nation Blog)

AS OPPOSED TO A RESPECTFUL SLAP IN THE FACE?

"To say that the team he's on now, after seven games, is better than the '96 team -- that's just preposterous."

"I bleed green and gold so much. I don't want somebody to beat my team. This is my team. I played 181 games, I was there before Brett, before Reggie White and Ron Wolf and everybody. This team means a lot to me, so when somebody calls up on the radio show: 'Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around' -- it's almost a disrespectful slap in the face."

-- Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler on Brett Favre's comment that the 2009 Vikings were the best team he has ever played for, and his love for the Packers (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

BRADY QUINN: "MY STATS ARE MEDIOCRE! START ME!!"

"I honestly know they are garbage and I haven't looked at them since I started playing."

-- Browns quarterback Derek Anderson on his statistics (Cleveland.com)

IS REGGIE BUSH A QUESTION TALKER? YES.

"Can we go undefeated? Yes. I do think we have the players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching staff, we have the players."

-- Saints running back Reggie Bush on whether the Saints can go undefeated this season (Pro Football Talk)

YOU CAN POUT ABOUT IT IN YOUR BATHTUB FULL OF MONEY

"You can say but so much. You've got to actually want to. Once we get to that point where we want to do something, then we'll be something. If we keep going our separate ways, we just keep getting slaughtered like we have."

-- Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on his lack of words for why the Redskins suck so much (The Huddle)

AW, LOOK AT THAT KICKER TRYING TO THROW THE BALL! HOW CUTE!

"Oh man, that was the nastiest-looking pass ever. You know what it, it worked, and that's all that matters."

-- Rams kicker Josh Brown on his 36-yard touchdown pass against the Lions, leading the Rams to their first win of the season. (BND.com)

WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE OF A LASER ROCKET ARM?

"I don't want to say it's a wasted rep during practice, but it seemed like [the halfback option was] something we did just for fun. I thought if we're ever going to run it, it's going to be at the end of a blowout. But here we were, the game's on the line, and they're calling my number."

-- Colts running back Joseph Addai on the call to run a halfback pass against the 49ers, which he threw for a touchdown (Indianapolis Star-Telegram)

MIND-BOTTLING ISN'T IT? YOU KNOW, WHEN THINGS ARE SO CRAZY IT GETS YOUR THOUGHTS ALL TRAPPED, LIKE IN A BOTTLE?

"I don't know if I'm frustrated or just mind-boggled."

-- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce on the team's struggles (New York Times)

COME ON GUS, YOU'RE BETTER THAN THAT

"First down and ten. Johnson ... gets his shoulders square! Watch out! He's got gettin' away from the cops speed! Touchdown!"

-- CBS announcer Gus Johnson using a regrettable choice of words to describe a Chris Johnson touchdown run (Awful Announcing)

T.O. MENTUM?

"I have been looking at my stats compared to Roy Williams' stats over there with the Cowboys and my goal is to have better stats than him by the end of the season. I am looking forward to it. I can feel the momentum on this team."

-- Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens on his goal to have better numbers than his Cowboys' replacement Roy Williams (The Huddle)

SADLY, AS AN NFL PLAYER IT MIGHT NOT BE THAT FAR OFF

"I know I'm 35 and everyone thinks I kicked the bucket already. But I know I can still play."

-- Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor on playing at the age of 35 (Palm Beach Post)

TUSKERS? SERIOUSLY?

"I'm one of them."

-- UFL Florida Tuskers running back Tatum Bell upon hearing teammate Michael Pittman say that there were some guys on the Tuskers that would say that they could beat the Buccaneers (TampaBay.com)

HOW ABOUT "PLAYER EVALUATION 101"?

"Wait a minute. I flunked art but I didn't flunk vision."

-- ABC analyst Matt Millen while attempting to use a telestrator (Awful Announcing)

HE COULD HAVE ALSO MEANT "PHAT"

"We failed to make our coaching points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, like how great you are and how easy it's going to be."

-- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on the reason for the Red Raiders' recent struggles (ReporterNews.com)

BECAUSE THAT USED TO BE HIS NAME ... GET IT?

"I'm going to be Chad Johnson for Halloween."

-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on his Halloween costume (Bengals.com)

ONCE IS AN ABERRATION, TWICE IS A TREND

"You gotta laugh about it. You go, 'Man, this is weird'."

-- Redskins defensive end Renaldo Wynn on being released, re-signed, released again and again re-signed all within 11 days last month (Washington Times)

SO HE'S LIKE PETER PARKER?

"He's my friend, and I like to hang with him, but when he dresses like that, well, I don't know him."

-- Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson on fullback Vonta Leach coming to practice in a red skin-tight outfit and crawling around like Spiderman (Houston Chronicle)

WELL PLAYED

"I haven't had a history of concussions but I have had them."

-- 49ers tackle Adam Snyder's thoughts on the widening concern of concussions in the NFL (San Francisco Chronicle)

Reminder
Reminder,
I got it if you need it,
A reminder
Reminder
Reminder,
Think I better give you a reminder,
Reminder
Reminder,
I got it if you need it,
A reminder
Reminder
Reminder,
Cuz I can give you a friendly reminder,
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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 03 Nov 2009

40 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2009, 10:00am by DrewTS

Comments

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:27am

The second quote from Bart Scott is hilarious on multiple levels. Here's a tip -- pointing out how much a team sucks, after they just beat you for the SECOND time, makes you look like an idiot. When the only team you've beaten in the last 5 games is the Raiders, maybe you shouldn't be dumping on the playoff prospects of others.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:42am

Love the T.O. quote. Be better than Roy Williams. Hey, way to aim high there, Terrell.

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:52am

Nothing like a good feud between an irrelevant player and a soon-to-be-rendered-irrelevant player. Next we'll hear that Hank Baskett and Freddie Mitchell are feuding, and then it will be on like Donkey Kong.

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:34pm

I know, right? I like how he's completely ignoring the existence of Miles Austin, whose past 3 games will probably beat his numbers for the whole year.

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by BucNasty :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 5:39pm

I think it's a valid comparison, if a bit sad for someone who used to be a gamebreaker. Roy Williams was the big name brought in specifically to replace him as the number one guy. Miles Austin is just good fortune.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:55am

Tony Dungy is a wise, wise man.

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by Purds :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:12pm

Or, Tony Dungy's mother is a wise, wise woman.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:18pm

Bush's and Haynesworth's quotes seem entirely innocuous and reasonable.

Gus Johnson seems to an idiot.

Terrell Owens seems to be Terrell Owens.

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by starzero :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:38pm

i'm not sure whether to be offended or awed by mike leach.

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by Temo :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:43pm

It depends if you have a fat little girlfriend or not.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:48pm

Ol' Leach is a man of courage. Sometimes those fat little girlfriends have nasty, crazy, tempers, and in west Texas they might be armed.

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by bubqr :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:51pm

That was very good.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:40pm

It depends on whether you are a fat little girlfriend or not.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:42pm

Getting away from the cops speed is so funny. I'm still laughing.

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by Johnny Socko (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:59pm

I gotta say, Gus Johnson is awesome. Or better yet "GUS JOHNSON IS AWESOME!!" (in my loudest voice possible)

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by David W. (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:44pm

Gus Johnson is the best play-by-play man in the business right now. He's either got genuine excitement for the sports he covers, or he does a brilliant job of faking it. First heard him calling NCAA games a few years ago. Even at a sports bar, his voice stood out.

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by AnonymousA (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:01pm

What happens with the Johnson on Johnson quote if the announcer is black? Do we still call racism? Race relations? Anti-police sentiment? Is it simply OK?

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by Trogdor :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:06pm

The obvious solution to everything race related: Beer Summit at the White House.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:23pm

When I said above that Gus was an idiot, I was merely assuming that he had normal regard for his life not being consumed by a media firestorm, since I have no knowledge of Gus personally. If he was just angling for free beer at the White House, the man is obviously a genius!

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by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:38pm

Nah, it's all bottles at the White House, nothing on tap.

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by I'mAnIdiot (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 8:36pm

What happens if the announcer is black? Well, I suppose exactly what did happen. Have you ever seen Gus Johnson?

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by Gruntled (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:09pm

There were five Favre mentions, but then 4 straight Johnsons. I thought they might have a shot, but a late Favre put it away.

As my mother used to say, you can never have too many Johnsons.

My captcha is 'precede 312'. I wonder if I could just type 311.

Evidently not.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:39pm

Did you hear about the man with five Johnson's? His pants fit like a glove!

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by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:12pm

For the first time ever, I agree with Tony Dungy.

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:22pm

The first time ever? Yeah, that Tony Dungy is sure a polarizing figure. When will he ever stop with his radical fundamentalist antics?

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by BigCheese :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 7:45pm

Yes, because there is absolutely NOTHING radical or polarizing about open homophobia...

- Alvaro

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 10:11am

My issue was with the word "ever". Obviously, no one will agreeing with everything another person says and does 100% of the time, unless they're a mindless zombie. But "for the first time ever" means that the poster had never agreed with Tony Dungy on anything, ever. That's extreme and unrealistic. Tony Dungy does a fund-raiser for diabetes research? I disagree with that! Is it not more appropriate to say that you don't share Dungy's views on everything, but you agree with him on this specific point?

If you hate Tony Dungy with the fire of 1000 suns, you should have been all in favor of his decision to kickoff to Devin Hester in the Super Bowl. So that's something.

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by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 1:30am

Right. I have agreed with Dungy in the past. As I recall, he once said, "I'm Tony Dungy." I agree that is, or at least was at the time, Tony Dungy, to the best of my knowledge. At worst, I am willing to waive any demurrer on the point.

Happier now?

Of course, your response suggests that saying it is the first time I have agreed with Dungy also means that I disagree with everything I don't know about/haven't heard, which is a great leap of logic. Still, remember I am undeniably stupid.

By the way, Dungy's decision to kickoff meant he believed it would be better for him to do so. If one wished him to do it because one believed it would be worse for Dungy, one would not in fact be agreeing with Dungy. One would be wanting Dungy to make the decision he made, but not agreeing that it was the right decision. Still, remember I am undeniably stupid.

I also never said anything about hating or even disliking Dungy, just disagreeing with him. Still, remember I am undeniably stupid.

I'm not even going to get into the diabetes issue. Still, remember I am undeniably stupid.

Then there's the issue that you say that I must say "I don't share Dungy's views on everything," which suggests general agreement with Dungy. I know it is not accepted within football circles (especially FO boards, where many attempt to enforce a rigid code of required opinions and deviations from them are not accepted) to say anything negative about Tony Dungy and I recognize that your response is intended to enforce that well-known code of ethics. I apologize for my egregious act of having my own opinion about Dungy. Still, remember I am undeniably stupid.

You have the floor from here on out. I'm not going to bother even looking any further. After all, I am undeniably too stupid to understand.

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by DrewTS (not verified) :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 10:00am

Chill out. I never said you were stupid, let alone six times. I was merely pointing out that the way we choose our words conveys a specific meaning, especially in a forum where no one can hear the tone of your voice. As I read your post, it didn't make any sense to me, and it still doesn't.

Your original post implied that you had apparently disagreed with Dungy multiple times in the past. No further explanation was provided as to why. If you had been talking about Rush Limbaugh or Keith Olbermann, I could take a general swag at what you were getting at. Tony Dungy is usually considered a good guy, and frequently described as "classy." The only negative example I'm aware of is the one mentioned above. Thus, my response.

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by Shane S. (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:32pm

I think Millen saying he didn't flunk vision was very good. Oh, you mean he was referring to his sight?

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 1:36pm

So both Bell and Pittman are playing for the Tuskers now? Did they pick up the entire Broncos backfield on clearance when Shanahan left town, or what?

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by Rover (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 2:31pm

I think you should have added:

HE MAKES ME TINGLE ALL OVER, WRITE LIKE A 14 YEAR OLD AND STOP CARING ABOUT FOOTBALL GAMES.

"For God's sake -- FOR WHAT?!!!!!!"

Peter King, outraged, OUTRAGED!!!!!, that Fox showed a football game instead of Pam Oliver chatting with Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre.

(my captcha is "de turnoffs")

Notable for his absence from TWIQ is Michael Irvin, despite 2 full hours on NFL.TV wrap up show. The guy sounded totally reasonable and normal. I admit, I expected Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Joe Biden slurring & inanity, but he did well.

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by starzero :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 2:47pm

it's all that dancing.

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by Gruntled (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 4:15pm

Just came across this one. Brad Childress:

"I was standing right behind him, watching him while he was warming up and saw him kind of reach for his groin and hold it and whatever you do with a groin. Rub it. That's what I think I witnessed."

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by CathyW :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:05pm

Who'da thunk that ol' Chilly was so quote-worthy?

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 12:55am

The Chiller really seems to revel in mocking the siilliness of a lot of the stuff with the media, and does so with a very dry and faux-serious tone. I think the guys on the roster, a pretty veteran bunch, have for the most part come to appreciate him.

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by jayinalaska :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 5:42pm

Jimmy Johnson's remarks during half-time on Sunday should be here. I should have sent them in. Anyway, here they are from the "Audibles" article: "It wasn't any secret what Green Bay had to do to stay in this ball game: They had to protect Aaron Rodgers. Had they watched our pregame show, they would have known: protect Aaron Rodgers."

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by Gruntled (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 12:43pm

I wanted to use a thread that is fading but not quite forgotten to ask a couple of questions. I thought I had read earlier in the year that premium membership here included ESPN insider status (and vice versa), but the link for signing up does not indicate that. I'm not sure if I was mis-remembering what I read or if I had missed something. Does it?

I will confess to not having clicked every link on this site, but I've looked around quite a bit. Is there an ongoing heavy discussion of the math behind all of this somewhere? Or an historical discussion of it?

Does the book include historical information in that regard - i.e. how this all developed over time and has been changed (assuming it has)?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

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by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 1:38am

Aaron posted the following on September 11 (in relevant part):

"We've worked some specific wrinkles into our deal with ESPN which I hope will help make up for the fact that six FO articles per week will be appearing on ESPN Insider. Only two of the six columns existed prior to our agreement with ESPN: Any Given Sunday and Quick Reads. AGS will be ESPN Insider only, but we're going to republish Quick Reads here on Football Outsiders every Tuesday. You'll have to wait an extra day to get Quick Reads without a subscription, but you will get more content, since we'll be including Monday night games in there for the first time. In addition, FO Premium subscribers will receive a 25 percent discount on ESPN Insider subscriptions. (Not right this minute, unfortunately, but we'll announce how to get the discount as soon as the technical specifics are worked out.)"

I don't remember further information at a later date, but I admit I likely wouldn't have noticed it anyway. Hopefully that helps a little, anyway.

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by Gruntled (not verified) :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 9:33am

Thanks, that must be what I mis-remembered.