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The games this week are much less hyped than last week's, but they still feature closely-ranked teams vying for conference pecking order in bowl season.

28 Jan 2011

The Week In Quotes: January 28, 2011

compiled by Rory Hickey

IF THEY DON'T WIN THE SUPER BOWL, HE'LL HAVE TO TALK TO STEVE KAGEN

"If the President don't wanna come watch us in the Super Bowl, then guess what? We'll go see him!"

-- Packers cornerback Charles Woodson addressing his teammates after the Packers defeated Barack Obama's Chicago Bears 21-14. Traditionally the champions of all major sports, including the NFL, visit the President in Washington, D.C. (Packers.com)

"Well I voted for him, you know, so why is he not a Green Bay fan? So that was really the thinking behind it. I jumped on his bandwagon a couple of years ago and voted for him. So for him to only go to the Super Bowl because Chicago is there I thought is not fair to me. I'm a voter, I'm a taxpayer, so I want him to root for the Packers as well."

-- Woodson explaining his pep talk in a press conference a few days later. Obama had said he would attend the Super Bowl if the Bears made it (Packers.com)

FOR ONE DAY AT LEAST, OBESE PEOPLE COULD DREAM

"We were like, 'Oh, he caught it.' And then were like, 'Oh! He might SCORE!' That was awesome, a pick-6 by a nose tackle."

-- Packers safety Nick Collins on 337-pound nose tackle B.J. Raji's game-winning 18-yard interception return for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game. Raji became the biggest man to score a postseason touchdown in NFL history (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

CUTLER CRITICISM: A CULMINATION

"All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee ... I played the whole season on one."

-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (Twitter)

"As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher to leave a championship game!"

-- Former NFL lineman and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth (Twitter)

"Jay Cutler better go put some Tussin on that knee and get back out there. Tussin cures all."

-- Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison (Twitter)

"Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro lockerooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans!"

-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders (Twitter)

"As I mentioned last week and on Saturday's show, the factor that was going to come down to that game was the X-factor, the Cutler factor, and man, I just never thought that his tampon would fall out on national TV."

-- Former Packers offensive lineman Greg Koch's hygienic thoughts on quarterback play being the difference in Sunday's game between the Packers and Bears (Sports Radio Interviews)

BUT ... DIDN'T YOU SEE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SAID?

"Jay was hurt. I don't question his toughness. He's one of the toughest guys on our team -- he's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn't bitch, he doesn't complain when he gets hit, he goes out there and plays his ass off every Sunday, practices every day. So, no, we don't question his toughness."

-- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher dismissing the questions about Cutler's toughness (ESPN Chicago)

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ANYONE'S HAD A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO CROMARTIE SINCE ... AT LEAST MID-2009

"Honestly, I don't give a damn if they get mad at me or not. But it's getting to the point where it's getting ridiculous when everything is always dealing with money. You're basically dealing with people's livelihoods.

"You're dealing with hundreds of thousands of other people in this workplace from the venues to everyone else. To me, you need to stop bitching about it. If you want to say that you want to get into a room and meet. Then, do it. Don't just talk about it."

"You got our head union rep acting like an a-hole. They got their guys acting like a-holes. So they just need to get their [expletive] together and just get it done."

-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie giving his thoughts on the public posturing by the NFL Players Association (NY Daily News)

"I don't give a who about Ray Lewis or [Darnell Dockett] talking about what I said. There's 10's of thousand ppl who will lose jobs. They taking our healthcare away and for players that have surgery can't even get rehab once March 3rd gets here."

"I want everyone to know I'm a regular person with an irregular job. Yes I'm blessed to b in my position but this not about me it's about the working people that makes everything wrk during the week and on game day."

-- Cromartie strengthening his comments later in the week (The Huddle)

THEY'RE ALREADY TEARING EACH OTHER APART

"Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for."

-- Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's tweet to Antonio Cromartie, which Hasslebeck deleted shortly afterwards, responding to Cromartie's comments about the C(ollective) B(argaining) A(greement)

"hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."

-- Cromartie's even-tempered response

"Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB's & QB's have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. Lol"

-- Hasselbeck offering an olive branch (The Huddle)

WELL NOBODY'S GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THE JETS ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

"Our guys I think called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody's looking."

-- Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (ESPN New York)

IT'S ONLY OFFENSIVE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T CALL HIM AN 'AMERICA DOLL'

"Stafford, good guy. He's a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is -- hopefully, it's just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder. So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC."

-- Lions linebacker Zack Follett referring to teammate, franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford as a 'china doll'

"I'm glad we have Matt Stafford instead of the Bears' quarterback because [Stafford] goes out there and plays with separated shoulders and wins games."

-- Follett throwing in a dig at division rival Jay Cutler because, why not? (Detroit Free-Press)

BY THIS LOGIC THERE WAS NOT ONE PLAYER ON THE '08 LIONS WHO DESERVES TO EVEN BE ON AN NFL ROSTER

"There was some talk of Calvin Johnson. But you can take a look at Calvin up at Detroit. How many games did they win this year, Detroit, do you know? Six? Yeah. But up until now, Calvin hadn't done anything for them. He had been eulogized, but he hadn't made a lot of indelible impression on the won and lost."

-- Raiders owner Al Davis discussing the Raiders' success in recent drafts and more specifically the decision to draft JaMarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson (MLive.com)

SO HE'S SMARTER THAN MARVIN LEWIS?

"Belichick's smarter than that."

-- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, when asked about the possibility of outgoing wide receiver Chad Ochocinco playing for the Patriots (Boston Herald)

"Me and Marvin Lewis in a cage match, set it up, I've earned my stripes on my helmet it's time to fight then play"

-- Ochocinco after hearing Lewis' latest nudge at him (Twitter)

AL DAVIS DOES LOVE PLAYERS WHO ARE PASSED

"I've told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that. I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time."

-- 48-year-old former NFL great Herschel Walker, during a conference call to promote his upcoming Mixed Martial Arts fight (ESPN | Mixed Martial Arts Blog)

A GOOD PORTION OF THE HEADLINES WILL CERTAINLY BE HAIR-RAISING

"Obviously, two of the best hairs in the game, so there's no doubt about that. It will be fun. I'm sure there will be some good video and print on that. We'll see how it goes and where it goes."

-- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on sharing a locking locks with Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (Madison.com)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 28 Jan 2011

50 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2011, 5:01pm by tuluse

Comments

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by MCS :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:03pm

"All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee ... I played the whole season on one."

-- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (Twitter)

"As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher to leave a championship game!"

-- Former NFL lineman and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth (Twitter)

"Jay Cutler better go put some Tussin on that knee and get back out there. Tussin cures all."

-- Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison (Twitter)

"Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro lockerooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans!"

-- NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders (Twitter)

"As I mentioned last week and on Saturday's show, the factor that was going to come down to that game was the X-factor, the Cutler factor, and man, I just never thought that his tampon would fall out on national TV."

-- Former Packers offensive lineman Greg Koch's hygienic thoughts on quarterback play being the difference in Sunday's game between the Packers and Bears (Sports Radio Interviews)

Yet the players don't want an 18 games season. There's too much of a chance for injury.

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by Vicious Chicken Of Bristol (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:57pm

I guess I missed the part where they said they enjoyed getting injured.

Being able to play through injury isnt the same as wanting to increase your chance of being injured.

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by Barry (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:25pm

Funny how Maurice Jones-Drew wasn't on the field for the Jags in their final 2 games, which were essentially playoff games for them. Did he hurt his knee by tripping over the irony?

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by Nevic (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:51pm

I can't get over the Al Davis quote. Exactly how much did JaMarcus do for the Raiders?!? He truly is senile.

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:40pm

x=y + Calvin Johnson

Where x is the number of additional games the Raiders would have won over the time period, and y is any quarterback in the league except Jamarcus Russell. I'm thinking x is significantly greater than one.

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by Keith (1) (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:53pm

I am hoping that everybody on this site can read and comprehend the following sentence: stop parsing words. The Jay Cutler controversy is getting ridiculous, and it is getting out of hand on this site specifically. You have to take every macho statement with a grain of salt.

I believe it was a linebacker for the Ravens a few years ago (maybe Bart Scott) that said something to the effect of: "We do not want to play more games in a season, but we will because it is our job." That seems to be the sentiment of an overwhelming majority of players. Sure, they dislike the idea of an 18-game schedule and they dislike the idea of a high-profile player (or, really, any player) not finishing a game (especially a championship game), because they feel it is their job to cover up and play through injuries. But we all know that each one of them will take care of their own bodies first and foremost, and if it is not feasible to play, they will not.

Regardless of what they say, they still only want a 16-game season, but they will still play through injuries. When the league increased from 14 to 16 games, the players still played the extra two games and they still played through the same injuries. If it happens, it happens. If not, it will not. The rhetoric of the (quote, unquote) educated (especially on this site) is getting to be a little too steep to take seriously.

tldr; They will do and say whatever is necessary to secure a paycheck and attention, until it suits their best interest to not. That sounds like every other person ever.

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by Spielman :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:12pm

"Jay Cutler better go put some Tussin on that knee and get back out there. Tussin cures all."

What? Did Kirk Morrison just suggest Purple Drank as a cure-all?

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by Tammer (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:04pm

Chris Rock reference. It is objectively hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-EBG3a7jU

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by Dean :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 5:27pm

How can anything be objectively hilarious? Isn't "hilarious" by nature an opinion?

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by nath :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 2:14pm

That was objectively pedantic.

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by Dean :: Mon, 01/31/2011 - 11:32am

I'm sure you'll get over it.

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by turbohappy (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:34pm

Let the Tussin get to the bone.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:42pm

I've enjoyed laughing at the Raiders as much as the next guy (sorry, R.J.) but it has gotten to the point that chortling at Al Davis' mental state feels like making fun of Elizabeth Edwards having cancer. Seriously, who is in a position to intervene?

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by Harris :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:50pm

Wait, does that mean that perhaps a HEAVIER player once scored a regular season TD?

I'm amazed that no sitting president has ever been to a Super Bowl. It seems like the security would be a nightmare now, but I just can't believe that no one found the time.

Hail Hydra!

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by Travis :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:07pm

Not sure if he was the heaviest to do it, but Shaun Rogers, listed at 350 pounds, scored touchdowns in both 2005 and 2007.

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by Aaron Brooks' Good Twin (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:43pm

Jamal Williams, 1998. Listed weight of 348 lb. Raji is listed as 334 lb.

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by Travis :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:50pm

The various sports-reference sites don't update weight after a player's first year, so that list might not be accurate.

For example, Barry Bonds is listed at 185 pounds at baseball-reference, while mlb.com has him at 240.

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by John A (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:21pm

In 1999, Dan Wilkinson was playing for the Redskins, and returned an interception 88 yards for a TD. At the time, Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post suggested a new stats called Yard-Pounds that would basically multiply a player's weight by their yardage on a given play.

Wilkinson weighed about 335 lbs, and he speculated that the 88 yd return TD may have been the top Yard-Pounds play of all time.

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by John A (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:43pm

Google correction.
Joel Achenbach, not Michael Wilbon, and Wilkinson was 313 at the time, not 335.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/columnists/achenbach/nov99/rough01....

But that's still 27,544 yard-pounds on that run. Nice.

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by Chas (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 6:28pm

I believe the correct units in this case are jowls. Wilkinson's run was 27.5 kilojowls.

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by Whatev :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 5:24am

Jowls are the metric unit. You'd have to convert.

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by skeptic :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 12:12am

Yes. Available and appropriate U.S. units include (literally): horsepower-hours; tons of TNT equivalent; barrels of oil equivalent; and kilocalories. However, even the best perfornabces are only about twenty-millonths of a barrel of oil equivalent.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 12:53am

And less than that if you happen to have a barrel of anti-oil available.

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by skeptic :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 2:41am

You'd better keep the anti-oil in an anti-barrel, not a barrel; otherwise it would not be available, in fact would disrespect you spectacularly.

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by MJK :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:57pm

Sam Adams once scored an INT/TD in a regular season game playing for the Bills against the Patriots. Don't know how big he was, but he's got to rival Raji.

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by Travis :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 5:19pm

Adams was listed at 330 pounds before the 2003 season. Highlight here.

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by Aaron Brook's Good Twin (not verified) :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 2:25am

Shaun Rogers, at somewhere between 340 and 350 lb (PFR or NFL.com), has two TDs.

Ogden does, too.

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by prophetik (not verified) :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:57am

did you SEE that game? adams wasn't 330. he wasn't even 350. 360 was closer to the right number.

he was lining up next to pat williams, and williams was 340-something and looked like a toy next to him.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 12:40pm

Yeah I agree Adams was bigger than 330. But these "heaviest" or "lightest" player records are based on what the teams publish. So 330 is what Adams would be 'credited' with.

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by Mike W :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 2:52pm

Love Deion talking smack about Cutler, when he's legendary for making "business decisions" on the field.
Re Al Davis: Sure, he might be kind of dotty, but he's definitely a stubborn asshole living in the past.

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by Vicious Chicken Of Bristol (not verified) :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:00pm

Yes, wouldnt Deion have to tackle someone to get hurt?

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by Temo :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:37pm

Also the guy who missed significant portions of 2 seasons due to turf toe. Yes, it was largely due to a botched surgery. But still. Don't criticize.

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by Dean :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 5:28pm

I'll criticize.

If there's one player/former player in NFL history who has no credibility whatsoever on the subject, it's Deion. Deion Sanders was the embodyment of pussy.

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by Temo :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 4:06pm

I meant Deion shouldn't criticize, because he missed significant time with a toe injury.

Although I wouldn't call any NFL player a "pussy".

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by dmb :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 5:13pm

I'm no Will Carroll, but...

It's not really uncommon for guys to miss several games (or sometimes several weeks of practices, but not games) with turf toe. It seems to be one of those injuries that won't really go away until you rest and let it heal most or all of the way.

I agree that Sanders shouldn't have opened his mouth, but that's more because of his style to play -- not to mention that, like everyone else who spoke too soon, he opened fire before really knowing the whole story. But without knowing the details of the situation, I think it's hard to criticize Sanders for missing time; it's falling into the same trap that Sanders just did.

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by tuluse :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 7:34pm

Temo isn't criticizing Sander's for missing time, he's saying a player who missed time due to injury should not being throwing stones out of a glass house. Or something like that.

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by dmb :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 7:55pm

My policy: No stone throwing regardless of housing situation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxSNFX5yScg

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by Temo :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 11:09am

Yes. His absence greatly effected large parts of two seasons for the Cowboys, when he was still one of the highest-paid players in the league.

I still remember fans saying, in effect, "wtf, he's out with a TOE INJURY?? Get back on the field, you pussy!"

You shouldn't comment on other people's injury issues when you don't know the situation.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:58pm

Aww this was written before the Urlacher quotes today. I wanted to see the twist on.

"Hell no I'm not rooting for the Packers in the Super Bowl. I have a ton of respect for that organization and the head coach, but I don't want them to win the Super Bowl. They're in our division, I want them to lose."

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by Thok :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 6:44pm

So, no Pittsburgh Steelers voted for Obama? I learn something new every day.

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by Israel P. (not verified) :: Sat, 01/29/2011 - 2:10pm

Well, Dan Rooney certainly did. He supported him openly in the primary vs Sen Clinton. That's what got him the job in Ireland.

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by Jerry :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 7:38pm

I haven't seen quotes like Herschel Walker's since Jim Brown talked about coming back to extend his rushing record.

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by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 8:58pm

Sad part is that Jim Brown might actually be able to compete in today's NFL - meaning Jim Brown at a reasonable playing age. He was a man among boys at the time.

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 7:06pm

...because, you know, there was only one person voting for Obama.
.
This.
And 'god was with our team' makes me cringe.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 8:01pm

Even in the lumberjack classic?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_p-hyOhSbk

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 8:24pm

no that makes me laugh!

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 01/31/2011 - 3:31pm

Maybe if Jesus had replaced Kelsey Grammer with somebody funnier, I would have laughed too.

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by tuluse :: Mon, 01/31/2011 - 5:01pm

He was the straight man in that skit, he didn't really need to be funny.

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 7:21pm

Steelers will win because Polamalu makes most crosses on his chest.

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by MurphyZero :: Sun, 01/30/2011 - 8:04pm

What, no Pro Bowl discussion thread? Where can I discuss how well the players are striving towards victory?