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?
26 Nov 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"I'm not running out on my teammates, I'm running out on you."
-- Titans quarterback Vince Young to coach Jeff Fisher, according to sources, when Young walked out of the locker room as Fisher was preparing to address the team after Tennessee's overtime loss (The Tennessean)
"I'm not a real big text [message] guy. I'm not really into this new age stuff. I don't twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?"
"This is ridiculous. We should not be leaving this place with a loss. All we had to do was play perfect for 49 seconds. How in God's name can we not get that done?"
-- Houston safety Bernard Pollard revealing his frustration after the Texans' No. 32 pass defense surrendered yet another late fourth-quarter lead in a 30-27 loss to the Jets on Sunday (New York Post)
"I had never won on this level before. I've tasted the caviar now, so eating out of the garbage is not where I want to be."
-- Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald expressing his dismay at the Cardinals' 3-7 record after two consecutive seasons in which they won at least one playoff game (Arizona Republic)
"A hockey player would have took that, kept on ticking. That shows you how soft Ben is."
-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens' thoughts on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's suspect chin following this punch in Sunday's game against the Raiders by Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour. Seymour was thrown out of the game for the hit. (Versus)
[T.O. did, however, have a much more uplifting moment this week]
"I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there's some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."
-- Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee espousing the BCS company line as to why Boise State or TCU, mere mortals which ought to be grateful to even be mentioned in the same breath of the almighty Big Ten and SEC teams, should never be allowed even to use the phrase BCS Championship (ESPN)
"What do you mean? We're both Mexican. Of course he's exciting. That's my carnale. He's good, man. He's good."
-- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco on if he sees Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as an exciting player, citing the two's shared Mexican heredity (ESPN New York)
"The adrenaline takes over. Unless something major is bothering you, there shouldn't be a problem. Normal muscle soreness isn't going to be an issue at all. It's hard for a slow person to mess up a hamstring."
-- Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna showing his lack of concern with the physical demands of playing two games in four days and expressing his gratefulness for lacking in the speed department (Dallas Morning News)
"I was having fun with it. They play the Batman and Robin thing, so I wanted to come in and be the Joker."
-- Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson articulating that his "Why So Serious" message written on his shirt, displayed after his touchdown in Buffalo's comeback 49-31 victory, was inspired by the Batman movie and how Bengals wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have labeled themselves as Batman and Robin. Johnson was fined $5,000 on Wednesday (Bengals.com)
"I'm single and ready to mingle."
-- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton on whether or not he is dating anyone, to The Prowl, an Auburn talk show hosted by students. He also revealed that his preferred superpower would be invisibility. which would probably help him in light of all the allegations surrounding his eligibility (National Football Post)
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