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06 Oct 2009

This Week in Quotes: October 6, 2009

compiled by Rory Hickey

GENERIC BRETT FAVRE COMMENT

"Oh really Brett? It's not about revenge? I'm sorry but no one believes that this time around."

-- FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw on Brett Favre's shenanigans (The Huddle)

I THINK FLAG WOULD BE EASIER TO MANAGE

"What's it gonna be next week? Two-hand touch?"

-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on the roughing the passer penalties against the Ravens (Monday Morning QB)

RAY FAILS TO LIVE UP TO "THE U" STANDARDS OF CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS

"Without totally going off the wall here, it is embarrassing to the game. [Tom] Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it. Both of their touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept drives alive. Did that win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points."

-- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on the officiating in the Ravens' 27-21 loss to the Patriots (ESPN)

WHAT DOES BRUCE WILLIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

"It's hard, but you gotta look at it this way: People watch the game to see quarterbacks fling it up and down the field. People watch the game, then everybody gets paid, so there's a lot of 'Kansas City Shuffle' to it. You know: Look right, shuffle left. Lots of things happen behind closed doors to protect those guys, because it's a quarterback-driven league."

-- Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce on the quarterback-hitting controversy (The Trenches)

THEIR POSTGAME SPREAD WAS BETTER THAN OURS

"We were poor on special teams, we were poor on offense, we were poor on defense, we were outcoached, we were outplayed, their trainers were probably better than ours in the second half ... So credit goes to them."

-- Lions coach Jim Schwartz on his team getting dominated in the second half by the Chicago Bears (ESPN)

CAN JASON GARRETT DO ANYTHING RIGHT?

"I said to myself, 'Probably one of the greatest cornerbacks in history and you choose to throw the ball to his side?' It really didn't make that much sense to me."

-- Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams on the Cowboys decision to throw at Champ Bailey on the game's final two plays (New York Times)

THE COWBOYS DON'T REALLY HAVE THE SUCCESS OF MJ OR TIGER AT THIS POINT, THOUGH, ROY

"It happens, it happens. Michael Jordan scores nine points. Tiger can't come back on the final day. It happens. It happens."

-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams on the Cowboys' final drive coming up short against the Broncos (Killeen Daily Herald)

I'M PRETTY SURE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER HAD YOU KNOCKED THE BALL DOWN

"I couldn't have played that play any better. I could have sworn it was going to be a penalty. He grabbed my jersey and threw me to the side. If that wasn't a hold, I don't know what is. I tried to grab him back. I figured either way, we were both going to be called for holding. But the refs didn't see it."

-- Cowboys defensive back Terence Newman on Brandon Marshall's game-winning 51-yard touchdown catch (Killeen Daily Herald)

IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR ASTHMA ROY.

"Never in my life have I been hit like that, from Pop Warner through my six years in the league. I'm 5,280 feet above sea level with asthma, so I was obviously hurting."

-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams on the hit that knocked him out of Sunday's game against the Broncos (Denver Post)

WELL THAT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS, ISN'T IT?

"I think the throw probably shouldn't have been made, to be honest. If I was able to see him I wouldn't throw it again."

-- Bills quarterback Trent Edwards on Vontae Davis's interception of his second quarter pass (The Buffalo News)

GOOD THING HE DIDN'T THINK OF THAT EXPRESSION DURING HIS ALTERCATION WITH RANDY HANSON

"Offensively we counted nine dropped balls. We could not run the football and that really disrupted our offense. We are really killing ourselves -- we're shooting ourselves in the foot all over the place. And then special teams was a really poor effort and then coverage returns a couple of bad decisions obviously, so two-thirds of our football team really played poorly today."

-- Raiders coach Tom Cable on his team's play against the Houston Texans (KSBW.com)

CAN WE PUT THE RAIDERS IN THE UFL?

"It was to a point where I felt like guys who walked through those doors that just were there to collect a check and not really interested in putting everything that they had within themselves on to the football field. And that was the frustrating thing for me to see. There were a lot of good young guys in that locker room who really want to do whatever it takes to win, but unfortunately it's not everybody. In order to compete at this level in this game, everybody needs to be on board. Maybe it's because how things have been for a number of years now out there and they just don't see the hope."

-- Free agent quarterback Jeff Garcia, the first player in the history of the NFL to say something negative about the Oakland Raiders (ESPN)

ARE SLACKS REALLY THE MARK OF BEING TOUGH?

"Tom Brady, if you're listening take off the skirt and put on some slacks. Toughen up."

-- NBC analyst Rodney Harrison on Tom Brady attempting to get officials to throw a flag for roughing the passer. For the record, Harrison claims he wasn't serious about the comment (Pro Football Talk)

THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE ENDING TO THE T.O./RODNEY FEUD IS A FIGHT TO THE DEATH

"When it comes down to it, I'm a champion. He'll never have that on his resume. He'll never be a champion. He'll look at his stats and say I was a great football player, but I was never a champion. You always have to stand up and be accountable for your actions. As a football player you have to be accountable. Regardless of whether you had 10 catches or zero catches. I'm not jealous. I'm very happy. I don't need the attention. I don't need anyone catering to my ego. I'm just a guy with my opinion. If you don't want to hear it, go out and play better."

-- NBC analyst Rodney Harrison showing what the difference is between him and Terrell Owens. Or something (Dan Patrick Blog)

THAT'S HOW MOST GOOD DECISIONS ARE MADE

"So I had a couple of beers in me and I start thinking, 'I make enough money. We really need this guy. I'm going to offer some of my own money to try to make this happen.' So the next day, I walk into [GM] Mickey Loomis' office and say, 'Mickey, take $250,000 of my salary, add it onto our offer for Gregg and let's get this thing done right now.' Mickey called [owner] Tom Benson, they discussed it, and they agreed. So we upped the offer."

-- Saints coach Sean Payton on the decision-making process behind the hiring of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (Monday Morning QB)

IF THE KICKER HAD JUST MADE SEVEN FIELD GOALS WE WOULD HAVE HAD A SHOT. NO EXCUSES.

"We have a small margin for error, and we made some errors."

-- Seahawks coach Jim Mora on why his team lost to the Colts on Sunday (The Courier-Journal)

IF YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY YOU MIGHT BEAR TO PULL YOU A RAPPER, AN NFL PLAYER ... MAN AT LEAST A DUDE WITH A CAR

"Call me so you know where I am, follow me to see if I'm doing what I say I'm doing, hire a private investigator ... but whatever you do, do not snoop through my e-mail or cell phone!"

-- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker on dating advice he wish women knew

"She can show that she has an authentic personality and have a good, genuine conversation with me. Also, I love sexy lips. I hate bad breath and bad attitudes."

-- Bears running back Matt Forte on how a woman can guarantee a second date

"I had garlic for lunch."

-- Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel on something a woman might say that would be a turn off

"A pet peeve of mine is when a woman acts like she's not as hungry as she really is and all she orders is a salad. I'm like, 'Baby, please eat!'"

-- Jets defensive back Kerry Rhodes on a dating pet peeve

"If she said she doesn't like men who play video games, that would be a problem. I'm a video game fanatic!"

-- 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis on something that would be a turnoff (Cosmopolitan)

ANALYSTS ANALYZE. PLAYERS PLAY. THAT IS IT.

"I don't care about analysts. They are analysts. They are going to say what they've got to say. I am here, we are 3-0, and that's all I am focusing on. I don't want to talk about the comment that was made by Tony Siragusa. I don't really care about a Tony Siragusa. Next question."

-- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs on comments made by FOX analyst Tony Siragusa that he was tip-toeing (NY Daily News)

WELL YOU BETTER THINK OF MORE EXCUSES BECAUSE THEY AREN'T GOING TO STOP ASKING

"Being at a loss for words is a good way to put it. We're obviously not playing good football. This is the fourth week, and the last three I used up my excuses for what's going on."

-- Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck searching for a reason why the Titans are currently 0-4 (Fort Mill Times)

I'LL TAKE THINGS SAID BY A SEVEN YEAR OLD FOR $200, ALEX

"Change is not fun."

-- Chiefs coach Todd Haley on the sad state of affairs in Kansas City (AP)

THAT'S JUST NOT A SMART THING TO SLEIGH

"That's just not being aware. You've got to keep your head on a shrivel, as they say."

-- ESPN analyst Craig James after a blind-side tackle caused a fumble during the Penn State-Illinois game (New York Post)

MAYBE HE MEANT IT AS AN IDEA FOR A HALLOWEEN COSTUME?

"[Favre's] an emotional guy. I'm sure he'll be a wave of emotion before the game and then hopefully a cold, kind of a serial killer mentality here when the game starts."

-- Vikings coach Brad Childress on what he hopes Brett Favre's mentality is during his first game against the Packers. ON ESPN!! (MyFoxTwinCities.com)

HEY AARON, THE BILLS WERE 50 PERCENT ON FOURTH DOWNS

"looking for something positive but im not gonna lie, its pretty hard to find somethin good after today"

-- Bills defensive end Aaron Maybin on finding something positive after the Bills' loss to the Dolphins (Twitter)

YEEHAW!

"What can the fans do? They can get drunk and be loud. That's what I would suggest."

-- Saints linebacker Scott Fujita on what fans should do to help the Saints out (The Huddle)

BILL BELICHICK DOESN'T KNOW WHAT A BULL IS BECAUSE ONE HAS NEVER RUN ONTO A FOOTBALL FIELD

"Well, I noticed he was doing some bull riding, bull stomping, or some bulls were stomping him, or whatever it was. We'll have to take a look at that workout and see how he looked doing that."

-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick when asked whether Junior Seau would be joining the team soon, alluding to the video that surfaced of Seau running with bulls (Boston Herald)

WE REALLY NEED TO GO TO THE METRIC SYSTEM

"At 211 degrees, water is just scalding hot. But at 212, it boils. It's the significance of one extra degree. Everything about Drew's preparation is about that extra degree."

-- Saints coach Sean Payton on Drew Brees's preparation for making water boil or something (USA Today)

I THINK LUCKY MCHORSESHOE WOULD DISAGREE

"Brett Favre will go down as the most magical player in the history of the NFL."

-- ESPN analyst and resident magic expert Merril Hoge (The Official Site of Meril Hoge)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 06 Oct 2009

60 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2009, 7:16pm by mlc0808

Comments

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by Theo :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:08am

Every week should have an official contender for 'quote of the year'.

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by T. Diddy :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:10am

Sean Payton will be extremely confused if the Saints have to play a game in Denver, that's for sure.

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by Thok :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:37am

Brees will need slightly less preparation, but will play at a slightly lower level and will need to go to overtime to win?

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:36pm

Strangely, playing against McKelvin depressed Brees' numbers.

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by BillWallace :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 2:33pm

I laughed

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by The Hypno-Toad :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 7:30pm

Oh, I just love this site. Well done.

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by boog :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:13am

"Change is not fun." - Todd Haley

Just a hint, champ, but you're 0-4. That's more of the same in my book.

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by Mile-High Meltdown (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:15am

On one of the roughing the passer calls (the one where he went for the legs and missed), Tom turned and looked at the head official and asked for the flag. That's not the really egregious part. The worst is the official looked straight at Tom, then NODDED HIS HEAD.

"Don't Worry Tommy. We won't let anything happen to you this year."

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by Theo :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 5:29pm

Asking for a flag (that handthing they do) should be punished with a 15y penalty. Unsportsmanlike conduct.

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by mlc0808 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/15/2009 - 7:16pm

Amen. I've been saying just that for years.

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by CoachDave :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:15am

To watch multiple members of the Pats gesture for the flag and then get it and then to watch Brady pump his fist, made my stomach turn, especially when most of the hit was at the thigh area and was a result of Suggs being chipped by Koppen.

One of the many reasons I cannot watch the NBA anymore is the incessant whining and politicking to the refs about fouls. If that BS creeps its way into the NFL it will only serve to further tarnish the league.

Kudos for Rodney Harrison saying what needs to be said. It's football...bad stuff happens.

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by PatsFan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:19am

made my stomach turn, especially when most of the hit was at the thigh area and was a result of Suggs being chipped by Koppen

Where was your turning stomach when Wilfork was flagged for roughing Sanchez for hitting him at the waist and upper thigh?

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by CoachDave :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:54pm

Do Patriot fans on this site ever NOT rationalize everything?

I didn't see the game and I didn't see the play you are referring to, but if Sanchez pointed to Wilfork and then pumped his fist in celebration when he drew penalty, then I would be equally bothered.

Is that what happend?

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:22pm

There seems to be some glossing over the fact that Wilfork has earned - EARNED - a reputation as a dirty player.

Wilfork - the Romanowski of the East Coast.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 2:01pm

And Terrel Thuggs hasn't?

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by BDAABAT (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:07pm

No. Not earned. But, he's got the rep nonetheless.

Bruce

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by BDAABAT (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:10pm

BTW: See the Ravens first game against the Titan's last year where Suggs hand was only NEAR the helmet of Collins... he's got the rep but he didn't earn it.

Bruce

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 4:28pm

Not that I'm aware of - Terrell might have (or have earned) such a reputation, he might not have. I'm not a Ravens fan, I don't follow them obsessively. I don't have a dog in this fight.

On the other hand, rampant homerism has once again led you to a poor defense of "your" team; in this case, it's 'Wilfork may be dirty, but it's okay because others are too!'

You're going to make Aaron cry if you keep it up.

In addition, you're helping to prove Dave's hypothesis that 'Patriots fans will always rationalize their team's faults, errors, etc.'

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by PatsFan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 5:16pm

On the other hand, rampant homerism has once again led you to a poor defense of "your" team; in this case, it's 'Wilfork may be dirty, but it's okay because others are too!'

You need to upgrade your reading comprehension module. The argument I was making is "If you're whining about how horrible it is that Suggs was flagged for going at the QB's knees when he supposedly accidentally grazed the thigh (which I don't agree with, BTW, but I'll accept that characterization for this purpose), where was all the over-the-top whining about the rule when Wilfork hit Edwards at the waist and upper thigh and was flagged for going at the QB's knees?"

In other words, the complaining is because the call benefited the "my" team, not because there's an honest belief the rule is bad. Which is further demonstrated by people complaining about Ngata being flagged for that ticky-tack hand to Brady's head but (conveniently?) failing to wring their hands over NE's Wright getting flagged earlier in the game for a similar ticky-tack hand to Flacco's head.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 7:34pm

Perhaps you could recommend a reading module for me, then? Just tell me which you're on and I'll double that.

I was actually responding to Rich Conley's "And Terrel Thuggs isn't?" in defense of Wilfork.

If you carefully follow the chain of comments, you might find it up there. Noo, not your own comment, that's too far up. Try again - right, there it is!

See, the 'But Suggs is too!' defense is, in fact, a really lame defense for fans of a dirty player known for cheap shots (yes, I mean Wilfork, but the same would apply for any other).

As for your incessant howling about the Wilfork-Sanchez play - I didn't see the game, I didn't see the play, and it's really not important enough for me to put in the effort to find it on Youtube or NFL.com. I'll take your obviously unbiased word for it - Wilfork got flagged for a non-foul. And I'll agree that Ngata got appropriately flagged for the forearm to Brady's helmet (while it's obvious that Ngata was going for the ball/arm, the point is moot; he hit the helmet).

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by BigCheese :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 4:10am

Is being unable to comprehend wirtten sentences a prerequisite for being a Patriots fan? People aren't disgusted about the call itself. THey are disgusted about Brady acting like a female soccer player asking for the flag and then pumping his fist. The only hting missing was him writhing in pain on the grass and getting up normally right after the flag.

Oh, and I DID see the Wilfork on Edwards flag. And it was a bad flag, I agree. Know what I didn't see though? Edwards acting like a 5-year old brat and sking for a flag on a play that was clearly not a penalty.

- Alvaro

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 2:04pm

"Do Patriot fans on this site ever NOT rationalize everything?"

Will fans from other teams ever realize that there is not some league wide conspiracy to make the Patriots win?

The patriots were called for less penalties in that game because they committed less penalties. That may have been a direct result of all of the comments that Belichick made to his players days before the game that the crew is notorious for throwing a lot of flags.

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by nat :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:15pm

A small correction. The Patriots players were called for more penalties, although fewer were accepted. Yup, fans. In an effort to make the Patriots win, the refs called more penalties on the Patriots.

The final count was nine penalties called against each team, but one of those was against "Baltimore Bench". The Ravens should can that guy. He's a cancer on the sideline. Whines a bunch, too.

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by roguerouge :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 10:04am

In addition, that was the referee crew that calls the most penalties in the league. Belichick told the players that, so one would hope that the Ravens coach would do the same. I find it hard to complain about unfairness when you know going in that the game is going to be called tight.

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by CoachDave :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 7:04pm

"Will fans from other teams ever realize that there is not some league wide conspiracy to make the Patriots win?"

Oh goody...this is the part of the thread where Rich makes up ridiculous points-of-view that no one has voiced, then easily debates it and then walks away the winner of a debate that never existed in the first place...meanwhile he will conveniently forget about the original discussion.

Rinse and repeat.

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by billsfan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:44pm

Boston went through a long period of sucking horribly at every sport, leading to a generation of fans who are congenital whiners. Despite adopting a Yankee-fan-like sense of entitlement over the recent success of their non-hockey teams, they just haven't quite gotten it out of their systems.

(I also like the Eagles)

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by The Hypno-Toad :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 7:37pm

DJ Gallo had a very funny article about this a couple years ago. The emphasis was about the upcoming time when Boston sports come back to the pack and their fans, especially the ones born from the mid-90's forward (who have known nothing other than jaw-dropping success) are exposed to prolonged mediocrity for the first time. And the horrible suffering the rest of the sports fans of the world are in for.

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by Guy #1 (not verified) :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 11:37pm

They'll probably just stop watching sports. Shouldn't keep you from enjoying your comment board

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by Led :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:11pm

I couldn't remember any roughing the passer penalty against the Pats when they played the Jets and it doesn't show up on the ESPN play-by-play for the game. Are you sure you're not thinking of something else?

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=290920020&period=0

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by PatsFan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:17pm

You are correct. It was for roughing Edwards in the BUF game, with 14:35 left in the 3rd quarter.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:28am

"was a result of Suggs being chipped by Koppen."

I dunno, it looked to me like Suggs had regained his balance to me, and then dove at Brady's legs.

You can't dive at a QB's knees. Them's the rules.

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by CoachDave :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:57pm

Exactly...everyone who makes contact with a pass blocker chooses to take an 8 foot stride with their left leg while their upper torso is falling over and then roll over on their side.

He didn't dive, he was blocked.

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by nat :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:32pm

The evidence is here.The distance that Suggs travels upright before lowering his head and shoulders, and the accuracy with which he hits Brady's knee speaks volumes. Two angles. No obstructions. It was lucky he hit the leg that wasn't planted.

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by billsfan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:40pm

The hand on his back and uneven stride make it appear as though he were pushed into Brady.

You completed the pass. Why are you whining for the call?

(I also like the Eagles)

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by Karma Coma :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 3:08am

I agree with Theo that the stupid "Where's my damn flag, Ref?" gesture ought to be a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct every time. The NBA became so much more watchable after they started T-ing up players for screaming in the referees' faces after every whistle. It's the refs' job to throw flags, stop telling them when to do it. If it were up to players to decide when other players committed a penalty, there would be 22 dead canaries on the field after every play.

I disagree, however, with you that if a QB completes a pass, he shouldn't expect a call if a defender tries to take out his knees (or just makes a shoddy job of avoiding the knees, however you see the play). Following that logic, after every complete pass the closest defender to the QB should just grab him by the helmet and throw him to the turf because, hey, the pass was complete! What are you whining about?

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by billsfan :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:16pm

I agree with Theo as well. Complaining to the referee in any sport is inherently unsportsmanlike. At least in soccer, where this sort of behavior is more prevalent, players get sent off for it occasionally. If he gets the flag he asked for, give him another and call offsetting penalties. Or make him wear a skirt for the next play from scrimmage.

I did not mean that other comment generally, rather more in the sense of: "you stood, unmoved, and watched your pass get caught. Why are you whining for a flag?" Obviously if he's on his back or clutching his knee, then it makes some more sense. Unless, of course, he clutches his knee then gets up just fine for the next play.

As others have said, the intolerable part was the referee's nodding before throwing the flag. I sincerely hope the NFL is currently looking for his replacement.

(I also like the Eagles)

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by Led :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 7:05pm

Looks to me like he tried to avoid contact by turning his body. If it was intentional, he was unlikely to miss.

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by Sophandros :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:17am

Yeah, the Fujita quote made its rounds on Saints message boards last week.

He basically just said, "Hey guys, just be yourselves..."

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Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:17am

"Both of their touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept drives alive"

Maybe Ray Lewis should think about that, and how many close games personal fouls have cost the Ravens in the last couple of years. Hard hitting defense is a good thing. Hard hitting defense after the whistle is not.

As to tiptoeing, Tony Siragusa thinks anyone who isn't putting holes in the floor is tiptoeing.

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by TGT2 (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:42pm

None of the hits were after the whistle. Please try again.

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:59pm

No need to. Your failure at reading comprehension is enough.

I was clearly talking about prior games, and the ravens giving up points because of personal fouls. They have a track record of this. The comment was not about this weeks games, but about Ray's inability to recognize that his team "lighting people" up isn't always a good thing.

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by PatsFan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:23am

I liked this pair from the Boston Herald:

McDaniels in his post-game interview when asked about the DEN-NE game:
“It’s going to come down to who tackles better, who blocks better, who throws better, who catches better,” McDaniels said. “It’s not going to be a big game of tricks and gimmicks I don’t think. I think they’re going to know plenty of what we’re doing, if not all, and we’re probably going to know a lot of what they’re doing.”

Belichick in his post-game interview when asked about the DEN-NE game:
“It’s going to come down to the same thing we just said,” Belichick said. “Who blocks who, who can get open, who can cover, who can tackle, who can break tackles, who throws accurately, who catches the ball, who drops it, that’s what it comes down to. I don’t think they’re going to run anything we’ve never seen before. I don’t think we’re going to run anything we’ve never seen before.”

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by rdy4thefiesta :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:03pm

Wow, that is amazing.

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by Tundrapaddy (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:38pm

Makes you wonder if Belichick looks at McDaniels as the socially-awkward son he never had.

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by The Other Ben Johnson (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:31am

Who will Favre be replacing in the record books as most magical? Joe Namath? Barry Sanders? Can we have a magical countdown show on Fox please?

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by johonny (not verified) :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:44am

Lucky Mchorseshoe = funny

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by RossFabricant :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:23pm

How about Referee Alberto Riveron declaring that Mike Sims-Walker had a touchdown because he "got three feet down." Isn't that one of the funnier things that was said this week?

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by billsfan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:42pm

That's fairly standard football terminology--getting the third foot down is roughly equivalent to "making a football move."

(I also like the Eagles)

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by Theo :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 5:36pm

no, having 3 feet in bounds is not standard football terminology... but it IS a funny thing to hear.

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by Joseph :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 1:10pm

Good to see some Saints' quotes. I like the one from (IIRC) MMQB about Payton and Gregg Williams. I had already heard that he gave up 1/4 million of his salary to bring Williams to the Saints, but not all the surrounding details. I am guessing that Payton will get that quarter mil back in an extension/raise if the Saints keep playing like this.
I will say this--both the contracts for GW and Darren Sharper look like candidates for "best contract of the year" at this point. It pains me to admit it, but another candidate looks like the new purple QB, too (although he's making a LOT more money). Anybody else want to make a suggestion for this? [Rules--new contract signed this offseason--not by a draft choice. UDFA is allowable]

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by LukeM :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 3:43pm

Did anybody hear Gruden cursing during the 2 minute warning on MNF? The feed I was following on channelsurfing.net didn't go to commercial and you could hear all three hosts talking to each other the whole time. I'm going to look for another feed next week that let's me spy on them again.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 4:15pm

"What can the fans do? They can get drunk and be loud. That's what I would suggest."

I've been to New Orleans. Check and check - at least five hours before kick off.

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by Boston Dan :: Tue, 10/06/2009 - 5:45pm

Is that dude on the Cowboys, Marcellus ?, not saying anything funny this season?

Every prediction that Warren Sapp makes on the NFL network prior to the games is hilarious, if only for how stupid and ridiculous they are, not necessarily for true comedic value.

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by Rory Hickey :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:03pm

I'll try to find a Martellus Bennett quote for next week. I'm pretty sure he has a blog, I'll have to look into that.

"You play to win the game" - Herm

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by Boston Dan :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:54pm

his blog isn't updated. he's on twitter

http://twitter.com/Jupiters_crunch

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by witless chum :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 1:23pm

Brian Billick, calling the Lions-Bears game, after Jason Hanson kicked off out of bounds, said something along the lines of "You know, there's not a jury in the world that would convict the coach if he choked that kicker to death."

As subsequent events in the game showed, Hanson kicking out of bounds was probably a good play, given that you can't run that one back 102 yards, even against the Lions coverage unit.

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by billsfan :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 2:08pm

"He did (come in late), but there's nothing you can do about it at this point... Maybe I should have jumped up like Tom Brady did [last Sunday vs. the Ravens] and asked for the flag."

--Donovan McNabb on the un-penalized hit that broke his rib.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dneagles/McNabb_to_wear_rib_protectio...

(I also like the Eagles)

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by snik75 (not verified) :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 2:48pm

Re: Brady asking for the flag:
- He missed all of last season after someone dove at his legs
- There is a rule against diving at the quarterback's legs
- Suggs seemed like he dove at his legs
- Refs miss a fair number of calls

Given all the above, why wouldn't Brady try to make sure the ref saw it? Why wouldn't he be happy that it was called?

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by VPJ (not verified) :: Wed, 10/07/2009 - 3:41pm

Can you lose the made-up headings above each quote? Quite simply, they are completely unfunny 99 times out of 100. The quotes stand well on their own.

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by Rory Hickey :: Thu, 10/08/2009 - 11:03am

I'm hoping that maybe ten percent of them are funny so I'm only about nine times out of 100 away from reaching my goal.
Or you could send in a quote with your own funny headline to quotes@footballoutsiders.com or rpry17a@yahoo.com
"You play to win the game" - Herm