Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
12 Nov 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Le'Ron McClain spit in my face. That's some real ho s---, so if you talk to him tell him he's a ho. If he ever comes to Miami, he's got to see me."
"Then they said something about they let Karlos Dansby get away with a face mask the play before. Who the f--- cares? A guy just spit in my face! I don't give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody's face mask. Like they didn't see Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder expressing his frustration at Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain for allegedly spitting on him.
"Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller ... I don't know who the f--- Anne Frank is. I'm mad right now. F--- it. I'm not as swift as I usually am."
-- Crowder, when asked what he meant by the Anne Frank reference (ESPN)
"The guy is horrible. Honestly, the guy is horrible. He's probably a good guy, not taking that away from him, but he's horrible. He's not a good football player. Honestly, he needs to go back and watch the film and humble himself and not say anything."
"The guy was either on the ground or getting pushed out of bounds. Willis [McGahee] stiff-armed him and made him look like a fool. There comes a point in time when you're going to talk the talk, walk the walk. He figured he can talk his way through a game. He tried that a few years ago with coach [Rex] Ryan and it didn't work. I don't understand why this guy continues to talk. This is not boxing. You can't scare your opponent. You got to play football and the guy doesn't want to play football. The guy can't play football, point blank."
-- Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason ripping Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder after the Ravens 26-10 victory over the loud-mouthed Crowder's Dolphins (National Football Post)
"[The Lions] are by far the dirtiest football team since I played the Titans. I swear to God I hope I see them again in life." (Scott)
"You probably have to consider the source." (Schwartz)
"Listen, I won't have to play Detroit for another four years, I could care less what that man has to say. ... Am I going to see [him at] the Super Bowl? Playoffs? Probably not. In the parking lot? What do you want me to say? Why would I care? I never have to see him again. Ever." (Scott)
-- Exchange through the media between Jets linebacker Bart Scott and Lions coach Jim Schwartz in the days following the Jets comeback victory over the Lions 23-20 in overtime (Detroit Free Press; Twitter)
"I think they came expecting to see an execution. And it ended up a pretty good football game at the end."
-- Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who heard chants of "Fire Childress" several times and saw signs from fans calling for his firing on Sunday, discussing his club's dramatic 27-24 overtime victory over the Cardinals (Associated Press)
"I feel like I'm in that movie, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.' We had New England this week and the Jets next week. It's special, and it's special to me because of our guys, because of our team, not because of their team. Because of our team."
-- Browns coach Eric Mangini joking after his club pulled off an upset over the Patriots, his former employer, on Sunday (The Boston Globe)
"Obviously I can't say enough about the way our quarterback [Rivers] is playing. When you take the combination of the situations we've been put in, he's been put in, and then the people he's played with ... Everyone's talking about all the different records. He's probably going to set a record for the most guys in a season that he's completed a pass to. And he doesn't blink while he's doing it."
-- Chargers coach Norv Turner lauding the play of quarterback Phillip Rivers while simultaneously (NFL.com)
"I was like, 'Oh I have it,' and I said, 'Oh I don't have it,' and I was kind of disappointed. I caught it and looked at the ground and I was like, 'Am I in the end zone? I'm in the end zone!'"
-- Raiders offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on his first career touchdown reception on Sunday -- a score that helped propel his club to a 23-20 overtime victory over division-rival Kansas City (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game. You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."
-- LSU coach Les Miles after CBS cameras caught him eating some blades of grass during his LSU Tigers victory over Alabama on Saturday (Biloxi Sun Herald)
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