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19 Nov 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Ain't nobody ever seen it. To put up 60 points, it felt like somebody was playing a video game out there. It felt like a video game score. It was unbelievable."
-- Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall on the 59-28 drubbing that the Redskins received at the hands of the Eagles (Washington Post)
"We all grew up with Michael Vick on Madden. We're all about 25 or 26, so we would win at Madden with Vick."
-- Eagles right tackle Winston Justice further drawing the comparison between quarterback/real person Michael Vick and a virtual, omniscient Vick (NFL Nation Blog)
"The pregame altercation got us going. It had us ready. We came back into the locker room pumped. We were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage."
-- Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the Eagles 59-28 win over the Redskins in which the teams got into a altercation prior to the game. Philadelphia came out of the gate and gained 280 yards in the first quarter and jumped out to a 35-0 lead (The Huddle)
"If I'd have known it would have ended like this. I would have kept the lights off."
-- Giants co-owner John Mara after the Giants 33-20 loss to the rival Cowboys in a game that featured two power outages which shut down the stadium lights and halted play for a total of 11 minutes (NY Post)
"Have y'all guys ever ate a Turducken? I have one every Thanksgiving. I'm gonna have one sitting in the middle of my table, very still, come Thanksgiving. And that's what he did on the field, you know what I'm saying? He was a Turducken."
-- Former Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot giving his thoughts on this play in which Albert Haynesworth fell down and seemed content to admire the handiwork of the Redskins' field maintenance team (CSN Washington; video starts at :42)
"The bowl game thing, and I told [the players], you know everyone wants to bring up the bowl game, and it's not that I don't want to talk about the bowl game. It's like maybe that's what they were thinking about last week is the bowl game. I don't want to think about the bowl game. They're grown men you don't think I don't think they don't think about the bowl game?"
-- University of Illinois coach Ron Zook, after his team blew a late lead in a loss to the University of Minnesota 38-34, when asked about the 5-5 Fighting Illini's chance at gaining bowl eligibility (YouTube)
"John Fox came in to me on Wednesday and said, 'Vinny Testaverde came in and did this three years ago. And I said, 'Well, Vinny has a little better resume than I do.'"
-- Newly anointed Panthers starting quarterback Brian St. Pierre on coach John Fox's confidence in him. St. Pierre, the Week 11 starter against the Baltimore Ravens, has thrown five career NFL passes and was a stay-at-home dad as recently as last week (ESPN)
"I know how to get after his a--."
-- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs when asked what he knows about St. Pierre (WNST)
"Holy cow, we won a game!"
-- Bills right guard Eric Wood after the previously winless Bills defeated the Lions, 14-12 (Battle Creek Enquirer)
"How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?"
-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens on Twitter during the Eagles-Redskins game on Monday night when Redskins quarterback and recent contract extension recipient Donovan McNabb was struggling. He first claimed his brother sent the tweet, then that it was not a swipe at McNabb. (Twitter)
"I mean, I really don't give a [bleep] about it. It is what it is, man. [Bleep] that list. Whoever said it, you can tell them I said [bleep] their list and [bleep] them, too."
"They're going to put who they want on that list. There's a bunch of guys out there that's so-called supposed to be the man, but they're sorry as shit but they ain't going to put them on that list because that's probably one of their guys when they were coming out. To the guy that got that list, he can kiss my ass. Quote that."
-- Lions cornerback C.C. Brown's thoughts on checking in at number 90 on Jeff Pearlman's ranking on Deadspin of the bottom 100 players ever
(Detroit Free Press)
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