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?
05 Nov 2010
compiled by Rory Hickey
"Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care. But at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."
"The captains -- [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy [Brady], [Jerod] Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play ... and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man."
"To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game -- that really felt heartwarming. I think I actually shedded a tear for that ... I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys, I miss you, I'm out."
-- Titans wide receiver Randy Moss in what turned out to be his farewell press conference with the Minnesota Vikings, channeling his inner David Frost and blink-182/Rolling Stones/Aaliyah/Puff Daddy/etcetera (1500 ESPN Twin Cities)
"You know, [Roger Goodell]'s got all the power; that may be part of the problem, that there needs to be some type of separation of power like our government. There should be some type of players involved in decisions over how much people should be fined or what they should be fined for, as well as coaches, as well as front office people."
-- Steelers safety Troy Polamalu voicing his displeasure at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's seemingly limitless power (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
-- NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin expressing his displeasure at Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb in favor of quarterback Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Lions (D.C. Sports Bog)
"Well, I don't really want to start anything but I did play in the Super Bowl, and there were rumors where he couldn't get our two-minute offense going at the end of the game. I'm just saying."
-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens' thoughts on former Eagles teammate and current Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb being benched during the end of the Redskins' last game on The T.Ocho Show (Cincinnati.com)
"I can only wonder what would have happened in the Super Bowl if Reid stepped up and said, 'You know what? You're playing like [expletive], you're benched' ... He was playing like [expletive] and he should have been benched. ... And don't say he doesn't have a record of this; he did the same thing in every single championship game."
-- Longtime Donovan McNabb critic and former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell claiming that McNabb should have been benched during Super Bowl XXXIX (Philadelphia Sports Daily)
"If the fans come out and we can sell out a damn game, I'll talk to the media. Until then, I need full fan support."
-- Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain saying he would end his silence with the media when the team can break its string of 11 consecutive games without a sell out (The Huddle)
"He's just a Pro Bowl kicker. Now, he's a great kicker, and I love to have the guy on my team. A 54-yarder, not too many people can do that, you know, with that pressure at the end of the half. But he's still a kicker. They still practice one day a week and sit in [the locker room] and read books and play with each other all meeting time, so, he's still a kicker."
-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder joking with reporters after kicker Dan Carpenter was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"We had the whole buffet set up, and we had a nice spread -- chicken, ribs, round of beef with a carving station, the whole deal. [Moss], he comes in, and I'm helping one of the guys and didn't look up, and all of a sudden I heard, 'What the [expletive] is this? I wouldn't feed this [expletive expletive] to my [expletive] dog!' And he's screaming it at the top of his lungs."
-- Tinucci's co-owner Gus Tinucci on ex-Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss' reaction when he saw the buffet spread Tinucci's had set up for Vikings players October 29 after practice (Pioneer Press)
"I didn't know that. Why do they call him Megatron? He transforms into a Megatron, huh? I guess. I don't know."
-- Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, after being told that his adversary for this week, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, is nicknamed "Megatron." Johnson was given the nickname by former teammate and current Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams due to Johnson's large hands being similar to that of the towering Decepticon from the Transformers movies (NY Daily News)
"We can go nine in a row, if you ask me. People can call me stupid or whatever, but this football team has the core of players, it has the supporting cast of players to win nine in row. We just got to get it started just for other players to be like, 'All right, we got it now.'"
-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams not ruling out that the 1-6 Cowboys can win their final nine games of the season (ESPN Dallas)
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