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09 Nov 2012

The Week In Quotes: November 9, 2012

compiled by Rivers McCown

AH, THE JOE FLACCO GAMBIT

"Is the national media making a big deal about us like they would if it was Philly, Green Bay or New England? No, they're not. We played Philly and beat them. And Philly was on TV all week." -- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, on his team's perceived lack of respect (USA Today)

MARK RICHT HAS LOST CONTROL OF HIS HIP

"I was trying to show her what a good swinger I was. I was swinging really high on a big heavy swing set with those big heavy chains. Sometimes if you go super high, on the way back you get a little bit of that lag. You’ve got those big S-hooks on top, and you’re swinging, and I swung enough to where the one on the left came out. So it comes out, but I didn’t know. I’m still on the swing. So when I come back down, the chain on [on the right] stayed taut and the other one just goes. I turned sideways and the first thing that hits the ground is my left hip. Just smashed it. It was traumatic. I mean, when I hit I was like, ‘I think I broke it.’ I couldn’t hardly breathe. Sometimes with an injury like that you get a full-body sweat and a little nauseous. But the pain kind of went away and I went about my business, until about a year and a half ago." -- Georgia head coach Mark Richt, revealing the back story behind a recent P90X injury leading him to hip-replacement surgery (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SAMANTHA STEELE: THE ROOT OF ANY PROBLEM YOU HAVE WITH THIS NFL SEASON

"She has nothing to do with it. We've been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field." -- Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, on girlfriend (and ESPN-employed) Samantha Steele (Sports Radio Interviews)

HOW 'BOUT THEM APPLES?

"Our five couldn’t whip their two. Sometimes they only brought two. Our five couldn’t whip their two. Which means, if five of our guys went in an alley and got in a fight with two of theirs, we would have gotten massacred. That’s just ridiculously inexcusable. It was one of the most heartless efforts up front I've seen, and our defensive line wasn't any better." -- Washington State head coach Mike Leach, on the performance of his offensive line against Utah (Scout.com)

"I think they're doing everything they can to be successful. I think as a team we've had a lot of guys participate and they've had a lot of fun and they're trying as hard as they possibly can and everyone wants to win really bad. But they're trying just so hard and I couldn't be prouder of them and everybody's done everything we could and this program, this year, we've taken it as far as we possibly can and we couldn't be happier with it. We've tried that hard. And I think next year is going to be even better because everybody's great and everybody's done a perfect job and I like the way everything is going." -- Leach, sarcastically, on what he needs to do to have a successful season (Dr. Saturday)

YOU PLAY TO EVALUATE PLAYERS AND SEE WHERE THEY'RE AT

"Now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season." -- Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, after the Skins fell to 3-6 (Washington Post)

"You have a lot of guys that want to win now, people toward the end of their careers who have been here a long time, haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time. And ultimately that’s what you play for, to go to a Super Bowl. Bein’ 3-6 really [stinks] because right now we’re on the outside looking in. . . . I’m not thinkin’ about next year. That’s an offseason thing for me. But you know it’s hard when you see yourself in that type of position and your head coach is saying those types of things. It’s disappointing." -- Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, on Shanahan's comments (Washington Post)

IN HIS DEFENSE, SPURRIER IS JUST SETTLED IN ON ALCOHOL QUESTIONS BECAUSE OF STEPHEN GARCIA

"Our players that are 21?" -- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, on if he'd be allowing his players time to vote in last Tuesday's election (USA Today)

SOUNDS LIKE A NEW SLOGAN FOR THE FO BANNER

"Stats are for girls." -- Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, on his poor receiving statistics this season (Twitter)

WELL, AT LEAST SOMEBODY IS WATCHING AUBURN THIS YEAR

"We always do what's in the best interest of our team. We have a curfew check and we have to employ people to help us with some of the kids off campus. Other than that I'm not going into any details of any of that." -- Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, on a report that Auburn has a private security firm enforcing curfew for its football players (Montgomery Advertiser)

JERRY, THE BOTOX DOCTORS KNOW THAT YOU CAN CHANGE YOURSELF IF YOU WANT TO

"Well, I think so." -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on if he'd fire himself as a general manager (Sports Illustrated)

"It’s real clear. I was asked the question, ‘If you were an owner and you had a general manager, would you make a change?’ Under those circumstances I speculated that I would probably have made a change, but that’s not our situation. To change, I’d have to change myself. People don’t do that. If you’ve got the commitment and you have the investment, and I’m talking about in time, effort, all of those kind of things, you change yourself. You don’t change out and have someone else go in there and do it. And that would be misleading to begin with because no one would believe you if you hired somebody at that spot and really believe that he’s not sitting there and ultimately at what I want to do. Somebody would say, ‘Why don’t you just mentally let them go do it.’ I’m not built that way." -- Jones, clarifying his comments (Dallas Morning News)

AND MY PLATES BARELY EVER HAVE SPIT IN THEM ANYMORE WHEN I GO OUT TO EAT

"It's been a lot of fun because you can actually walk around and people actually like you. I dropped my dry cleaning off because I got a stain on my brand new pair of jeans and the guy comes out and was like, 'Hey let's get after them. We're proud of y'all'" -- Texas A&M defensive lineman Spencer Nealy, on the attitude around him in College Station these days (AggieAthletics.com)

WHAT, FLIPPING OFF THE REPORTERS WOULDN'T CUT IT THIS TIME?

"In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans. We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today. At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team." -- Titans owner Bud Adams, on his team's performance against the Bears (The Tennessean)

I'M MAD ENOUGH TO TOTALLY SLAP THE CRAP OUT OF SOME YOUNG ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT INTERN JUST THINKING ABOUT IT

"I think it's a frickin' joke that somebody would do that. I think you're the lowest form of life-form if you were to portray yourself as an 18-year-old young man who is out here trying to do his best. Trying to stir it up, attributing comments to him that aren't his, I think he ought to go to jail. That's how I feel. I think you're a scumbag." -- UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr., on a fake Twitter account for one of his players that talked trash at USC players (ESPN Los Angeles)

COACH PAGANO APPRECIATES YOU SACRIFICING THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR SCHNOZZ

"It’s all for Chuck, We all don’t look good. I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer. But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing." -- Colts punter Pat McAfee, on the team banding together to shave their heads for head coach Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Star)

SPEAKING OF AWKWARD...

"I'm gonna hug you now, its gonna be awkward," -- Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's father, to ESPN writer David Fleming (Twitter)

"...And I think there was a lot of that out there for us." -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, on comparing his team to a Navy SEAL team for adapting under changing conditions (AP)

KIDNEY BOY AND HAMSTER GIRL ARE STILL ENVIOUS, DOUG

"It has to be the worst nickname ever. I can’t shake it. It started in college, started back in Boise, with our linemen. I have a lot of bigger friends, and they’d call me the Muscle Hamster because of how much I could lift in the weight room." -- Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, on his nickname (Pro Football Talk)

BARRY SWITZER'S HEAD IN A JAR IS REALLY GOING TO ENJOY THE NEW RULE CHANGES IN FLERNSBALL

"Why would I give a damn about that? I'm probably not gonna be around. No, I'll plan on making that one. In 2021, I'll be 85. I can make that." -- Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, on a new Oklahoma-Nebraska series that's set to begin in 2021 (Twitter)

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Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Nov 2012

10 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2012, 4:15pm by Bright Blue Shorts

Comments

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by Anonymous37 (not verified) :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:24pm

The first Mike Leach quote ends in the middle of a word.

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by Dean :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:34pm

"It was one of the m" makes the quote.

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by Rivers McCown :: Sat, 11/10/2012 - 12:51pm

Huh. Yeah, that one was giving me all kinds of problems copying it. I dunno what kind of wacko HTML they used.

Anyway, fixed.

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by CG43 :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:30pm

If I can't rely on FO writers to remember the name of Futurama's baseball variation, I can't rely on anyone to do so. Most shocking error I've ever come across here.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 5:09pm

If the Futurama version of baseball is blernsball, then the football version would be flernsball, right?

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by CG43 :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 5:49pm

Ehh. I guess I'll allow that. That might be more disappointing than a typo. I could go into how the B at the beginning of the word wasn't short for "baseball" so replacing it with an F wouldn't necessarily indicate a reference to another sport, but the first half of this sentence has already destroyed any credibility I have as a human being and I don't want to dig myself too deep of a hole. I'm sorry everyone.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:38pm

How could Bud Adams not remember the game against the Patriots in 2009 when the Titans were 59-0 down by the middle of the 3rd quarter and Tom Brady came out of the game?

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by Marko :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 6:40pm

In the quote, he specifically was talking about a home game. The New England game was a road game.

The way the Bears fans invaded and took over the stadium probably contributed to his frustration. According to numerous reports, there were tens of thousands of Bears fans there. Watching on TV, you could see huge areas of the crowd that consisted of fans wearing Bears jerseys and other Bears gear. They were very loud, too, and they were going crazy after every big play by the Bears. Which meant they were going crazy every few minutes. That game was over late in the first quarter. It went from scoreless about halfway through the first quarter to 28-2 in about 5 minutes of playing time. Many of the Titans fans left some time in the third quarter. Adams himself left in the third quarter. So for much of the second half, the crowd was probably 3/4 Bears fans. After the game several Titans mentioned how disappointing it was to hear so many fans cheering for the opposing team. Many Bears players said it felt like a home game. Many in the media called it Soldier Field South. I think all of that contributed to Bud's frustration.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 11/10/2012 - 4:15pm

Good point - my mistake for not reading carefully enough.

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by Red (not verified) :: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 6:31pm

I don't have anything against Tony Gonzales, but he sure came across like a douche on Sunday night. Er, if it doesn't bother you then why bring it up?

Stupidly handled at best.