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24 Dec 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I sat in a room with the lights out for about 2 1/2 hours."
"It's not funny. It's not the way it's supposed to be. What was I going to do, join in on (the) festivities?"
-- Giants coach Tom Coughlin on what he did in the hours following his team's crushing loss to the Eagles. The Giants yielded 28 unanswered points in the final eight minutes.
"My wife ignores me, and I don't have a dog."
-- Coughlin, presumably joking, when asked if he talks to anyone in particular to bounce ideas off of after a loss (Newsday)
"They dialed up the right things at the right time. It's kind of like Tecmo Bowl when you press the same button as your opponent and everything breaks down. They had the right blitzes dialed up against the right runs, and they got lucky."
-- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs on how the Eagles stopped the Giants' running attack in the final minutes of the collapse (Philly.com)
"You don't want anybody to come into your yard, your house, and take your cookies. As funny as it may be, you just can't let that happen. You just have to take it as a personal challenge and not let it happen."
-- Colts defensive end Robert Mathis following Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Jaguars. The win allowed Indianapolis to maintain control of its playoff aspirations (FOX 59 WXIN)
"He talks about the team and, 'I am for the team but I want to play for the home fans and my teammates.' It was Monday Night Football last week ... He hasn't had enough publicity in the last week; he has been on the bench for two weeks. It is not right. He ought to keep himself out of the equation and say, this is not best for the team."
-- Former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton criticizing current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre for playing on Monday Night and his histrionics. Tarkenton has previously voiced his criticism of Favre (Sports Radio Interviews)
"A blind cat will find a meal every once in a while."
-- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis when asked what he thought of Sunday's opponent Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who had 144 yards on 22 carries against the Ravens in the teams' last meeting (Ravens.com)
"Well, he's being his mopey self. Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward ... When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."
-- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis's response when asked how wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was doing (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Since when the [expletive] am I ever mopey? I'm injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it's called being mopey, unless I'm dead then I get respect… Did anyone get the license plate to the bus I was just threw under"
-- Ochocinco tweeting his feelings after seeing Lewis' above comment (Twitter)
"I'm pretty sure [Brady] didn't vote for me, either."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs revealing his selections at quarterback on his Pro Bowl ballot, notably leaving off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who Suggs has feuded with over the past few seasons (Yahoo!)
"I don't know [Danny Woodhead], personally, but I think he's a likeable guy."
-- Patriots running back Danny Woodhead posing as an employee at Modell's, attempting to sell his own jersey (YouTube)
"It will cover four years, from the moment I decided to attend Washington State up through our Rose Bowl appearance in 1998. For Cougar fans, it will be an entertaining, behind-the-scenes journey through a fascinating time in the school's football history. For sports fans generally, it will offer an unvarnished look at the world of college athletics, good and bad. The aim is not to glorify the sport or our very special 1997 WSU team, but to put a light on the powerful stories, colorful characters and some of the shenanigans behind one of our country's most beloved weekend pastimes."
-- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf discussing the first of three books he will be writing about his life. The series will begin in October 2011 (Business Wire)
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