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10 Dec 2010

The Week in Quotes: December 10, 2010

compiled by Rory Hickey

DOES HE WANT TO SEE IF THEY CAN LOSE BY SEVEN TOUCHDOWNS?

"You know, it's the biggest butt whipping I've taken as a coach, in my career. But, I can promise you one thing. I'll be ready to play 'em. I'll play them right now if they'll go out and do it again."

-- Jets coach Rex Ryan in his postgame press conference following the Jets 45-3 evisceration at the hands of the Patriots (Patriots.com)

THAT'S WEIRD, I HEARD A MIDDLE SCHOOLER SAY THE EXACT SAME THING

"I don't want to say they ran it up, but at the end of the day, they ran it up. If you look at what happened, yeah they ran it up."

-- Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards two days after the Jets' loss to the Patriots (Newsday)

I BET THERE ARE SOME OUT THERE WHO WISH A DIFFERENT PART OF HIS BODY WOULD BE BROKEN

"It hurt a lot, but that broken nose took some of the pain away."

-- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers' thrilling victory over the Ravens in which Roethlisberger wore a special cleat to protect his broken foot and was struck in the face by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, breaking Big Ben's nose, on the Steelers' first series (CBS Sports)

THINGS GOT AWKWARD AFTER THE GAME WHEN WASHINGTON SHOWED PETE CARROLL THE BRUISE ON HIS BUTTOCKS

"Next time, I'm just gonna pull a Forrest Gump and run clean through the stadium."

-- Seahawks returner Leon Washington, who was headed for a long punt-return touchdown and put his finger in the air at the 40, only to get tripped up just shy of the goal line by pesky Panthers punter Jason Baker (Sports Illustrated)

WHILST THAT FOR WHICH ALL VIRTUE NOW IS SOLD, AND ALMOST EVERY VICE, ALMIGHTY BEEF 'O' BRADY'S ST. PETERSBURG BOWL

"If that's really at play and has an effect on who goes to what bowl, then count me in for somebody who's in favor of a playoff. Just in terms of football, it should be decided on the field."

"Now I'm picturing guys smoking cigars in back rooms, with pocket watches and gold chains, determining who the best football team is based on the almighty dollar."

-- Stanford University coach Jim Harbaugh conveying his support for a college football playoff after being told that it still matters how well your fans travel when it comes to getting invited to more lucrative bowl games (San Francisco Chronicle)

ON THIS OFFENSE BY HORROR HAUNTED, IS THERE HOPE? TELL ME TRULY, I IMPLORE. QUOTH THE RAVEN, "NEVERMORE"

"I might get crucified for this one, but with all these people we've got on offense? We're not a good offense at times. Just call it how you see it. Call a spade a spade. If we were a good offense, we'd move the ball up and down the field. Especially with the people we have and the quarterback and the personnel we have. But we're just not a good offense at times ... We look like the Bad News Bears at times. And I'm a part of it."

-- Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason expressing his displeasure at the lack of production from the much ballyhooed Ravens offense (Baltimore Sun)

MAYBE LEBRON WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THAT DILFER REVEAL HIS THOUGHTS ON A ONE-HOUR 'THE ANALYZATION' SPECIAL "Watching [SportsCenter] and Trent Dilfer is talking bad on how Peyton Manning is playing as of late! In his wildest dream [Dilfer] could never do the things Peyton does on the field. Good or bad! People geton TV and think they can say whatever they want! And it's always former players! Crazy!!"

-- Miami Heat forward LeBron James criticizing ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer for analyzing Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's play (Yahoo!)

TALK ABOUT SUCKING UP TO YOUR POSITION COACH ...

"Aye this the closest thing to Obama being elected president !!!!! Let's Gooo !!!"

-- Broncos running back Lance Ball after the announcement that running backs coach Eric Studesville was named Broncos' interim head coach (Pro Football Talk)

THAT'S ALSO WHAT SCAR SAID LEADING UP TO THE MURDER OF MUFASA

"The other day he had like 'Hakuna Matata' or some [expletive] from 'The Lion King' playing, which I don't think nobody wants to hear. He needs to bump some Lil Wayne on there."

-- Oregon running back and Heisman finalist LaMichael James criticizing coach Chip Kelly's musical selection during team practices (New York Times)

IT'S GOTTEN SO BAD THAT HE'S STARTING TO SIGN HIS NAME AS "JEFF SUNDAY"

"Is that when it was? Good gracious. I can't really remember, but I get hit in the head a lot."

-- Colts center Jeff Saturday when told that the last time the Colts faced a must-win regular season game was in 2000. The Colts defeated the Titans to improve their record to 7-6 (Indianapolis Star)

IN THIS INSTANCE, NO ONE WANTED STANTON TO TEACH THEM HOW TO DOUGIE

"You work so hard to get into the end zone, it takes all 11 guys doing their job and the payoff ... you have a little bit of fun with it. It wasn't too good. I don't know if anybody else knows how to Dougie around here, but I could use a little help."

-- Lions quarterback Drew Stanton discussing his failed attempt at the "Dougie", a hip-hop dance, after scoring a touchdown against the Bears on Sunda

"We really didn't mind him doing the Dougie, he was excited. But the problem was it was a bad Dougie."

-- Bears cornerback D.J. Moore's thoughts on, and critical assessment of, Stanton's Dougie (Michigan Live)

GENE CHIZIK IS GOING TO USE THIS AS BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL SOMEHOW

"I always get bothered when I hear other coaches say: 'We're here 24/7. We really grind.' I mean, c'mon. We choose to do this. We sit in air-conditioned rooms. We watch film. We enjoy watching film and coming up with game plans. Someone who has to grind it out is a guy who's a laborer, or a guy in the military."

-- Oregon coach Chip Kelly on the perceived intensity of being a head coach of a football team ( New York Times )

ALL THIS TALK ABOUT NUMBERS HAS ALBERT WANTING TO GO TO IN-N-OUT BURGER AND GET A 4 x 4

"He wasn't happy this year with the 3-4. He wasn't happy last year with the 4-3. What else do you want to do? Want to run a 2-5?"

-- Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett showing his frustration with the actions of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth who was suspended by the team (Washington Post)

I WISH I WAS A LITTLE BIT TALLER, I WISH I WAS A BALLER

"If I was an inch taller, I coulda had that snap and we prob woulda won"

-- Titans punter Brett Kern lamenting his lack of stature after not catching a high second-quarter snap, which was eventually recovered by the Colts at the Tennessee 19-yard line. Two plays later, the Colts scored a touchdown and won the game 30-28 (Twitter)

Only fifteen days till Christmas! More importantly however, only one week until the next TWIQ comes out! So send a quote to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 10 Dec 2010

37 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2010, 11:38am by ArizonaCardinalsFan

Comments

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by the silent speaker (not verified) :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:07pm

Your scansion is off. I suggest:

For this O by horror haunted,/ With this quarterback so vaunted,
Do we have the hope we wanted?/ Tell me truly, I implore.

Quoth the Raven: "We're just not a good offense at times."

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by Joe T. :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:24pm

"Never score!"

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by tuluse :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 2:48pm

Great job to both of you.

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by zlionsfan :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 11:22pm

"Fourth and four"?

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by Bobby Wommack (not verified) :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:57pm

Nice Skee-Lo reference...

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by tuluse :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 2:48pm

Is Lebron James just now learning how free speech works? I guess there is something to be said for going to college after all.

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by Hud (not verified) :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 9:13am

Yeah, doesn't he realize that many of the coaches that are telling you what to do are former players too?? Of course Dilfer gets to sit back and talk about Peyton's play. He's been playing like Dilfer recently!

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by grendel14 (not verified) :: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 12:27am

Yeah, but... LeBron was right. Trent Dilfer couldn't clean Manning's cleats. As Homer Simpson said, he was the suckiest suck that ever sucked... but apparently being in TV gives you knowledge of everything!

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by Overrated (not verified) :: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 11:49am

LeBron is not right, and anybody who thinks he is has no business flying in airplanes or using any sort of modern technology run by people who couldn't build it themselves.

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by Spielman :: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 1:03pm

Well, if Trent Dilfer can't criticize Peyton Manning because he wasn't nearly as good as Manning, where does that leave you? I guarantee you that the gap between Peyton Manning and Trent Dilfer is a helluva lot smaller than the gap between Trent Dilfer and you.

But hey, apparently being able to register for an account on an Internet forum gives you knowledge of everything!

Oh, wait, you didn't even do that.

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by SandyRiver :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 4:45pm

"Ran it up"?
Edwards has to be kidding. Brady pitched the 1-yd TD to open Q4, then 2 minutes later a short pass to BJGE after int #3. Then came 9 straight runs(!), and the final incomplete on 3rd and 7. Had that gained the 1st down, it would've been just about kneeldown time, rather than having to send the D out there for half a dozen useless plays.
If that's running up the score, I'd hate to see what running out the clock looks like.

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by nat :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 5:07pm

Ah, the best in life!
To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their [wide receivers].

He's either kidding or a complete wimp. Or both.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 1:56pm

Joe Villy, god of vootball, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, except the DVOA, will remember if we were good players or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that elefen stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Joe Villy... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!

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by bubqr :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 5:26pm

I'm so amazed of players of losing teams complaining that the opposing team ran up the score. You got your behind whipped, and instead of laying low for a while, you are going to cry to the media that they should have spared you ? Do they have any pride or anything ? Seriously, I don't get it.

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by Karma Coma :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 6:31pm

Agreed. And i'll add that until you are locked into a playoff spot, there's no such thing as "running it up" in the NFL, not as long as strength of victory and net points are used as tie-breakers for playoff seeding.

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by nat :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 7:10pm

Not strength of victory. That's just the record of the teams you beat. But, yes, net points and net TDs, and points allowed ranking and points scored ranking are all part of tiebreakers.

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by zlionsfan :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 8:20pm

Just ask the 1979 Redskins about net points ... the Bears took the final wild-card berth that year based on a four-point difference in net points in all games (+57 to +53). One more touchdown in any of their games would have made the difference that season.

Sure, it's just one time in the Super Bowl era (I don't think there are any others), but it only takes once, right? Just imagine missing out on a playoff spot or a first-round bye by less than a touchdown in a season where you took it easy in one or more games.

Besides, I doubt it feels any better to have a team obviously taking it easy on you than it does for them to keep scoring. Either way, you've been way outclassed, and it sucks.

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by JIPanick :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 9:49pm

Actually, the very next year (1980) the #1 seed and ultimately home field advantage for the NFCCG between the Cowboys and Eagles was settled on a point differential tiebreaker, IIRC.

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by Marko :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 10:40pm

That's the first thing I think of whenever someone mentions the net points tiebreaker. I remember that situation very well. The Bears went into the last weekend one game behind the Redskins and minus 33 points in point differential with respect to the Redskins. So the Bears needed to blow out the Cardinals in St. Louis in an early game and the Redskins had to lose to the Cowboys in Dallas in a late game.

The Bears took care of the entire point differential themselves, blowing out the Cardinals 42-6. That was an example of running up the score by necessity. Then all the Bears needed was a Redskins loss to the Cowboys. The Redskins were up 34-21 late in the 4th quarter, but the Cowboys scored two TDs in the last 2 minutes to win 35-34 and knock out the Redskins. If I recall correctly, the winning TD was a pass from Roger Staubach to Tony Hill in the back corner of the end zone.

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by Karma Coma :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 9:12pm

Ah. Thanks for pointing that out. I had always understood "strength of victory" to be "margin of victory" when used as a tie-breaker, but knowing better might save me some egg-on-face next time i have the "running up the score" debate.

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by Anonymousish (not verified) :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 7:33pm

Strength of victory is not margin of victory. It's the record of teams you've beaten. It's strength of schedule with the games you lost taken out.

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by GO PATS (not verified) :: Fri, 12/10/2010 - 10:56pm

ran it up my ass, you are a professional football player who gets paid to play, if your much herladed defense cant stop the Pats offense, what are the Pats supposed to do do??? take the knee 3 times and give you the ball back?? Maybe Rex should not have brought the team out for th esecond half and surrendered. I hope we see you again in the playoffs and this time I really hope the pats score at least 2 more TD's. 60+ points would be nice

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by chemical burn :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 12:38am

Man, what is up with Pats' fans this year? I've never seen fans of team nearly universally believed to be the best in the NFL so angry at the opposition and constantly feeling slighted about... something? It's just like a free-floating resentment and I can't for the life of me figure out where it's coming from...

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by Joe T. :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 10:41am

I was watching the Ravens-Steelers game with a bunch of Steelers fans, and they complained and bitched about everything: bad calls, missed calls, phantom DPI, Big Ben not throwing it to Hines Ward because he's clearly the best WR even when not open, etc. I eventually turned to one of them and said "Your favorite team has two SB victories in 5 years and is currently playing for 1st place in their division. They made the playoffs 12 of the last 20 years. You should try being a Skins fan, or a Lions fan, or a fan of the Browns, Bills, etc. You've got absolutely nothing to complain about."

Presumably, were the Steelers a perennially sub-.500 team, these people wouldn't be fans.

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by FireOmarTomlin :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 12:48pm

This comment seems to reflect a complete lack of knowledge of Pittsburgh culture/sports culture.

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

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by B :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 2:06pm

There are two types of fan for every fanbase. The angry/bitter pessimist, and the blind optimist. The pessimist see their favorite players as underrated, their team as disrespected, their coach as incompetent, and the refs conspiring against them. Every loss is the end of the world, and every injury will doom their team. And of course, their team has more/more important injuries than any other team in the league. These fans tend to be the most vocal, sadly. The optimists, however, see their team as great, losses just bad luck that will surely turn around next week. These are the guys you rarely see in message boards or call into talk radio.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 6:08pm

I think you've identified the two ends of the scale, but there's a lot of room inbetween them. Most FO posters try to at least write from the middle; some succeed more than others.

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by Gridiron Grammarian (not verified) :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 7:52pm

I know of at least one other type of fan... the superstitious fan. I recall being at my local sports bar where all the games are shown, and watching in amazement as a middle-aged lady Steelers fan arranged and alternately 'utilized' a series of lucky Steelers-related items in front of her. Each one seemed to be useful for different scenarios (e.g., third and long, touch the bobblehead. Two-minute drill, touch the terrible towel). Admittedly, I've never seen any other fan take things this far, but there are a lot of people with lucky jerseys and things of that nature. On the other side of the spectrum is the superstitious fan of the losing team, who comes to believe they are a jinx to their own team -- after missing some games that their team ends up winning, and watching some games that their team loses. Talk about a complex.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 6:27pm

Joe,

I believe you entirely. I don't know where or with whom you watched, but if they were Steeler fans forty years ago or Pirate fans today, they'd understand how lucky they are. That doesn't mean there wouldn't be some complaining during a tense and typically brutal game with the Ravens where the division hung in the balance; I'm sure Baltimore fans reacted, too.

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by nat :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 11:55am

Pats fans aren't a hivemind. If you're only hearing "free-floating resentment" from Pats fans, then you just aren't paying attention. The Pats and their fans have given you lively debate about the effect of Randy Moss on other receivers, the importance of kickoffs and field position, the value of turnovers to an otherwise bad defense, trash talk vs. saving it for gameday, balanced offense vs. the Tom-and-Randy Show, collapse against the Browns, a team to respect and fear and therefore hate. The list could be longer still....

Other teams and their fans have given us a bunch as well. Even the Colts have given us a re-evaluation of Manning and the importance of his supporting cast (in reverse from the 2007 Patriots, but proving the same point about great QBs). The Eagles and Redskins and their fans gave us the Vick vs. McNabb vs. Kolb debate made physical. There are more stories than teams this year.

It's been a great season for interesting discussions. Relax and enjoy the ride.

What is up, my ass! As another poster might have said, possibly without the comma.

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by chemical burn :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 1:50pm

I guess. And of coures I'm making an unfair generalization... but jeez. With Jets/Pats and their hammer/nail rivalry you would think the hammer wouldn't get so upset at the nail...

(I will allow Jets fans to chime in about how they split the season series and the hammer/nail analogy isn't correct, etc...)

(No one?)

(Not one Jets fans?)

That's what I mean:..

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by Sean :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 1:35am

"ran it up my ass,"

I believe that's precisely the feeling that Braylon's trying to convey

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by Jay Gloab :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 1:51pm

My feeling about running up the score is that it's up to the team being beaten to stop it, either by playing better, or by stopping trying. That is, if you're getting killed and you put in your third string to keep your starters healthy for another day, the other team at that point should likewise swap out its starters.

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by PatsFan :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 2:27pm

Exactly. Starter-against-starter it's not running up the score. But once a team concedes by putting in the scrubs, then it's a bit of a dick move to keep your starters in.

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by JonFrum (not verified) :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 3:28pm

When you pull your starters and throw in the towel, I'll tell my guys to stop trying to score. Any team that's trying to get back in the game has no right to complain.

These complaints don't come from a legitimate concern for sportsmanship - they are ALWAYS about a guy who's been humiliated by his own failure making excuses. When it's my billion dollar franchise against your half-billion dollar franchise, any Lords and Ladies style 'sportsmanship' is beyond misplaced.

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by GO PATS (not verified) :: Sat, 12/11/2010 - 11:19pm

Its not that I am so much upset at the Jets, its all the whinning from coaches and players when their teams get hammered. It's professional football, have some pride, stop the team from scoring and maybe try scoring yourself. You are getting paid a lot of money

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by ArizonaCardinalsFan (not verified) :: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 11:38am

So how is that "Hope and Change" thing working for the Broncos and Studesville?