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21 Jan 2011

The Week In Quotes: January 21, 2011

compiled by Rory Hickey

WHATCHYA GONNA DO WHEN THE NEW WORLD ORDER RUNS WILD ON YOU BROTHER?

"Anybody can be beat!"

"[That] felt great! Poetic justice. We know we were a much better team than we came up and represented ourselves and we were pissed off. We were ready to come back and show off what kind of a defense, what kind of a team this was, what kind of character we have. We take a lot of flack. People gave us no chance like we barely made the playoffs. We're a good football team."

-- Jets linebacker Bart Scott in a postgame interview worthy of professional wrestling after the Jets beat the Patriots 28-21

"For all you nonbelievers. Disrespect us. Talk crap about the defense like we ain't the third best defense in the league. All we hear is about [the Patriots'] defense. They can't stop a nose bleed! Twenty-fifth in the league, and we the one that gets disrespected."

-- Scott on why the Jets played with so much anger

"Can't wait."

-- Scott, after Sal Paolantonio said he would see Scott in Pittsburgh. You need to click the link to get the full effect (ESPN)

WHAT A FEAT BY THE JETS

"We go to Round 3 of Mission Impossible. Maybe I'm not so wrong about everything."

-- Jets coach Rex Ryan, after his team beat the heavily favored Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday (NY Daily News)

TO BE FAIR, TOMLIN TOTALLY RUINED HOLTZMAN'S HOOK IN HIS LAST ARTICLE

"It depends on whether or not you give him my plays, you know."

-- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin responding to ESPN reporter Bob Holtzman's question on how much extra time it takes to prepare for a Rex Ryan defense. Prior to the Steelers-Ravens game, Holtzman reported the Steelers might use a gadget play, which is the type of thing supposed to be kept off the record (The Huddle)

WELL IT'S NOT LIKE TOM JACKSON IS ON SPEAKING TERMS WITH BILL BELICHICK ANYWAY SO WHY NOT?

"[Sunday] I played a bit of a psychological game with the Jets. It's something that I need to explain. I thought that more important to the Jets than hearing another score of '24-21, they have a chance to win,' was that it was important that they have in their mind, 'you got beat 45 to 3. A large segment of the population believes that can happen to you again.'"

"[The Jets] are all watching [ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown before the game]. I wanted to further fuel and cement them in that bunker mentality of us against the world.

-- ESPN analyst Tom Jackson disagreeing with Bart Scott's assessment that no one believed in the Jets by explaining why he picked the Patriots to win

"As a defensive player, I certainly knew that they had a chance to win, and I thought that they certainly might win the game. But I knew when they saw 30-10 that I think they would be reminded of what most people were feeling. And I knew they needed to be a little angrier going on the field."

-- Jackson, lobbying for a full winning share from the Jets victory. He later attempted to clarify his comments (Shutdown Corner)

CLARK DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH POLAMOLECULES

"How do you feel about being the second-most attractive safety on the team, yet they give you the commercials? Is it racist?"

-- Steelers safety Ryan Clark, shouting to teammate Troy Polamalu as a mass of media members surrounded Polamalu's locker (The Huddle)

GOOD THING THEY KEEP HIM OUT OF THE SUN SO HE DOESN'T SPOIL

"He's like a fine wine. He gets better with age. There's always talk about him getting old, but every year, he gets better and better."

-- Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton marveling over the longevity of 36-year-old middle linebacker James Farrior (The Star-Ledger)

WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE HE FORGOT ABOUT THE WORLD BOWL

"It would be cool, but that's not a major focus of mine. I don't care if it was in Europe, as long as I win the Super Bowl."

-- Steelers right tackle Flozell Adams on the possibility of playing in the Super Bowl in Dallas, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his NFL career (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

I THINK HE'LL BE ABLE TO BUY A GOOD QUALITY COAT IF HE HAS TO

"It doesn't matter as long as it's not cold."

-- Auburn University defensive tackle and potential No. 1 overall pick Nick Fairley when asked where he wants to play in the NFL (WRKG)

EMMITT WILL GET THE ICE OUT SO WELL YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE STRIPES OF ALL THE LEOPARDS

"So Dallas is prepared for everything. Matter of fact, we have equipment already on the ground in case we get snow and ice all at the same time. So the equipment is already there and ready to rock and roll. Just to go and put the dirt on the roads, the salt on the roads just to de-ice everything."

-- ESPN personality Emmitt Smith, explaining the intricacies of taking ice off the roads in advance of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas (YouTube)

WE'RE JUST GONNA TAKE IT ONE HOLE AT A TIME

"With the tempo of those practices, I think that would be pretty minimal. We'll scout the golfing."

-- Patriots coach Bill Belichick on whether he'll be able to scout players on other teams while he is coaching Pro Bowl practices (The Patriot Ledger)

A ROUNDHOUSE KICK WOULD BE A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR A STIFF ARM

"You know I heard a lot of different nicknames. I heard ['The Avalanche']. You know I heard 'White Rhino.' I heard ... Chuck Norris, ah heck, I've heard it all. I kind of look down on that one just because you look at him as an overachiever. I didn't enjoy that one too much. I really haven't looked into. Whatever people want to think of me as I'll just let of them think it as that way. You know I just never got into nicknames much."

-- Browns running back Peyton Hillis on The Dan Patrick Show trying to recall the best nickname given to him (Sports Radio Interviews)

PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THE LINK FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING

"Not even Rex [Ryan] would be interested in that foot."

-- NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen after seeing colleague Deion Sanders' deformed surgically repaired toe (YouTube)

I HOPE THAT MEANS WHAT I THINK IT MEANS ...

"Being from Texas and having to be in New York for six months out of the year can be hard because he has kids and he's missing important time with them. He's opting not to play right now, but that might change [and] it might not. I told him don't 'Brett Favre' us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don't want him to play if his heart's not in it."

-- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recounting a conversation he had with indecisive potential retiree Andy Pettitte in which he invoked the name of another indecisive retiree (FanNation)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 21 Jan 2011

23 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2011, 4:09pm by Kevin from Philly

Comments

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by ChrisS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 12:56pm

Its interesting that there are no Bears - Packers quotes. Has anyone from the Packers org ever been cited here this season?

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by TreeRol (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:00pm

It's awfully annoying when people have to apologize for making perfectly reasonable predictions. You know why Key and TJ picked the Patriots, Bart? Because the Patriots are a better football team, not to mention they were playing at home after a bye. Sorry, but if you can't see that, it's on you, not them.

Similarly, after the Seattle/New Orleans game the two guys I watched it with were cackling with delight over watching all the commentators "eat crow" for picking the Saints. Eat crow? For saying Seattle was likely to lose to the Saints? Are you kidding me? Anybody with half a brain would've made that pick. But no, just because they happened to be wrong in this instance, that makes them have to eat crow.

I wonder what those guys said after Chicago beat Seattle. Something tells me they didn't say "I can't wait to watch NFL Network and see everyone talk about how right they were!"

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by Led :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:07pm

So the Patriots (and every other team) never played the disrespect card before? Sure it's dumb but it's as old as the hills.

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by Cro-mags (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:51pm

Yeah, deliberately misconstruing things to convince yourself that your opponent is disrespecting you is pretty old (I've heard Michael Jordan raised it to an art form). The Patriots were especially good at it in their dynastic days, even turning compliments into perceived insults to fire themselves up. It would be nice if the Jets won some hardware first to catch up to their mouths though.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 5:20pm

Well Michael Jordon considered competition the ultimate form of respect, and since no one was as good as him, he was disrespected by just about everyone according to his personal system.

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by Cro-mags (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:51pm

Jackson doesn't really appear to apologize though, he tries to justify the pick by saying it was his attempt to aid the Jets by providing them motivational fodder. It's as if he wanted to show he was 'down' with the Jets.

Which, says a lot about his credibility as an "analyst", but even more that he's so self-important to think him picking the Jets would "cement that bunker mentality" and aid them in victory. Really?

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by Vicious Chicken Of Bristol (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 3:05pm

"Because the Patriots are a better football team"

Yet they lost 2 out of the 3 games the two teams played this year. I'd go out on a limb and say they arent the better team.

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by rdy4thefiesta :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 3:56pm

That is an absurd statement. As if playing head to head is the only measure of which team is better.

In 2009, the Dolphins beat the Jets 2 out of 2 times they played. I'll go out on a limb and say that you think the Jets were the better team that year. Also in 2009, the Giants beat Dallas 2 out of 2 times they played. I could go on.

If you think the Jets are better than the Patriots, that's your opinion, but you should have a better argument than that.

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by Bobby Wommack (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 4:00pm

You do understand that Team "X" can be better than Team "Y" even though they lost to that team simply because of the match-ups. Its not that black and white. If a 12-4 team loses to a 6-10 twice in that year simply because those two teams don't match-up well, does that mean that team is automatically better? No of course not. Could they be better, yeah.

So I don't think its as easy as, the Jets beat the Pats twice this year, so they are clearly the better team. That's the same rationale people used to pick the Pats last week, "Oh, they beat the Jets 45-3, there's no way they could lose." If they played again this week, I wouldn't be shocked if the Pats won. They've alternated wins the past two years.

This is the same Jets team that almost lost to the Lions, Browns, Texans in three straight weeks.

This is the same Pats team that blew out everybody they played and had the most wins against teams with a .500 record or better in the league.

But the Jets played better when it mattered and they were the better team on 2 or those 3 days. But you can't discount the other 16 (or how many other) games. It's about how each team matches up week to week. In head to head matchups, the Jets are clearly the better team this year. But against the rest of the league, the Pats are clearly better.

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by Vicious Chicken Of Bristol (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 4:44pm

"You do understand that Team "X" can be better than Team "Y" even though they lost to that team simply because of the match-ups."

You do understand that was the premise of the argument. It was stated that the Pats should be picked to win in the Patriots-Jets matchup because "they were the better team". In that context the MATCHUPS in that game are all that matter. When the Patriots are playing the Jets, it really doesnt matter what the Patriots did against the Chicago Bears.

"This is the same Pats team that blew out everybody they played and had the most wins against teams with a .500 record or better in the league."

This is also the same Pats team that got blown out by cleveland and barely beat the Matt Flynn led Green Bay Packers.

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by are-tee :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:30pm

Does anyone not think that Bart Scott should be cast for the Mr. T role in the next remake of "The A-Team?"

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Sat, 01/22/2011 - 12:20am

Exactly!

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 01/24/2011 - 4:09pm

I doubt Bart would pity a fool.

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by Lebo :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:34pm

That Bart Scott video is special.
I also liked the way the camera man pivoted around Scott as he rocked from side to side - perhaps in an attempt to hypnotise him into calming down.

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by inkakola :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 2:50pm

damn, I would LOVE to see a Bart Scott-James Harrison cage match

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by Podge (not verified) :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 3:11pm

How did this not get in there? Bart Scott on Wes Welker after Sunday's game:

"It was out of character. That’s not what he does. It takes a lot of balls to put that out there. What happens is you put a bull’s-eye on yourself, everyone wants to see you put your foot in your mouth."

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by Harris :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 3:47pm

A Jewish friend of mine has dubbed him "The Hillistine."

Hail Hydra!

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 01/21/2011 - 3:56pm

Or from Chuck Pagano's press conference:

"There had been some speculation before this all went down that you might be an option to go out to Oakland and join Hue Jackson. Had you had any discussions about joining the Raiders?"

(PAGANO) “I had a great experience, or sentence… Well, I can’t say sentence. Sentence, a two-year sentence in Oakland… (laughter) Congratulations to Hue Jackson. It’s well-deserved, and he will earn every cent that they pay him. It won’t be much, but he will earn every nickel. But I had a great experience out there, and two years was plenty. So, I’ll just leave it at that.” (laughter)

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Sat, 01/22/2011 - 12:20am

Good one, thanks for sharing

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by T-Dub (not verified) :: Sat, 01/22/2011 - 7:27am

"That is an absurd statement. As if playing head to head is the only measure of which team is better."

*facepalm*

No, not the only measure; just the best one.

"Well you beat us 2 of 3, but we still had the higher average YAC!"

Not really a fan of either team in question, for the record.

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by dmb :: Sat, 01/22/2011 - 9:47am

I guess that means the 1995 Redskins (6-10) were head-and-shoulders above the 1995 Cowboys (12-4, Super Bowl champions), since the Redskins went 2-0 in their head-to-head games. This is so cool!

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by TG (not verified) :: Sat, 01/22/2011 - 10:27am

I think people underestimate the randomness and luck that goes into winning a football game. The supposed "bad matchups" didn't seem to be an issue when NE beat the Jets in that Monday night game.

I'm not a fan of either team but I think NE was better than the Jets based on the season as a whole. Not by much, if they played 10 times the Patriots probably win 6. Assuming that is accurate, the Jets winning 2 out of 3 games isn't out of line even if they are the lesser team.

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by Temo :: Sun, 01/23/2011 - 5:14pm

There's certainly a ton of randomness in football, but of course the 45-3 debacle wasn't all luck. Ryan's strategy on defense last week was pretty much a 180 from what he implemented in the other game and it certainly helped. Also, the Jets were clearly more ready and amped to play the playoff game than the regular season one. If you consider 45-3 a failure of Rex's (which I do), then last week was him redeeming himself.

I still agree that NE was the better team for most of the season, and randomness will undoubtedly play a role in a single game, but in explaining the Jets' win, we cannot at all attribute the biggest factor as luck, especially as most of the recognizable luck-based factors (fumble recoveries, missed short FGs) actually went against the Jets in that game.