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12 Oct 2012

The Week In Quotes: October 12, 2012

compiled by Rivers McCown

WERE YOU SAYING 'YAY' OR 'HEY THAT'S NOT RIGHT?'

"We are athletes, OK? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want, I believe that. We are lucky to play this game. People, it's hard economic times, and they still pay the money to do this. But when somebody gets hurt, there are long lasting ramifications to the game we play, long lasting ramifications to the game we play. I've already kinda come to the understanding that I won't live as long because I play this game and that's OK, that's a choice I've made and a choice all of us have made. But when you cheer, when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don't care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel -- it's sickening. It's 100 percent sickening. I've been in some rough times on some rough teams, I've never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there." -- Chiefs tackle Eric Winston, on Chiefs fans cheering an injury for Matt Cassel (Arrowhead Pride)

TO BE FAIR, HAVING TO LEGALLY DEFEND JERRY SANDUSKY WOULD MAKE AN ALCOHOLIC OUT OF ANYONE

"They got Belgian beer, man. What the f**k kind of question is that?" -- Jerry Sandusky's attorney, Karl Rominger, answering the question of why he attended Zeno's bar during an impromptu interview with reporters (Crossing Broad)

"You college students are cheap dates, I gotta go find a hooker." -- Rominger (Crossing Broad)

WOULD A REAL INDIANAPOLIS CITIZEN DROP MULTIPLE EXPLETIVES? WOULDN'T THEY JUST SAY "GOSHGOLLY"?

"When [expletive] gets tough, everybody says weird [expletive]. When everything calms down, you realize the bigger picture. Staying here was the bigger picture. The grass ain't always greener. I didn't see myself anywhere else. It had been 11 years, and I've got a lot of fans here. I may have fans throughout North America, but I have more here than anywhere, and I knew Indy was my place." -- Colts wideout Reggie Wayne, on his free agency (Yahoo!)

I'M SURE THE LIONS WOULD HAPPILY GIVE BACK NICK FAIRLEY IF THEY COULD DO IT OVER AGAIN

"We have fans all over the US and I think it is time that they RISE UP and snatch back what satan, himself, has stolen." -- Wife of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, Jonna, discussing the team on Facebook (Deadspin)

WHEN WILL THEY GET RID OF THE REPLACEMENT COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE?

"The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me. The truth is, I’m disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions & post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players' rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league’s own definition, 'conduct detrimental.'" -- Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, on the NFL's continued pursuit of Saints bounty violations (Twitter)

"It’s really starting to bother me. How can the NFL continue to say I told them about Bounty & they interviewed me? THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! This Sucks! I NEVER interviewed with anyone from #NFL, No NFL Security, Not Goodell, NO ONE!" -- Former Saints tackle Jimmy Kennedy, on being identified as a bounty informant (Pro Football Talk)

OH, NO! WE SUCK AGAIN!

"It was frustrating. You always think what could I have done better? Maybe I could’ve drank more water during the week. I should’ve known better. I knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. I needed to be hydrated. I totally blame myself." -- LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, on how humidity played a role in LSU's defeat at Florida (Shreveport Times)

MAKE FUN OF THIS IF YOU WILL, BUT LECHARLES BENTLEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HIM AS A TEAMMATE

"If you want to keep a happy home you have to clean up after yourself. Around here you want all the dirty stuff up. You've got all the tape and guys' drawers and underwear. They gotta pick that stuff up." -- Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, trying to keep the locker room clean (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

CHANTS MADE TO RAZZ OPPOSING QUARTERBACKS ARE FOREIGN IN THE LAND OF BURNING COUCHES

"Where does that come from? Obviously, I don't suck. I'll let them believe that." -- West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, on Texas fans starting a "Geno Sucks" chant (Awful Announcing)

THE WEEK IN STRANGE THINGS INVOLVING J.J. WATT

"I'm just wondering why they didn't go back and take Michael Strahan's sack away from him when they broke the record." -- Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, on the Elias Sports Bureau taking a sack away from J.J. Watt (Twitter)

"We should have done a better job of accounting for him, and keeping an I Spy on him wherever he is. Essentially don’t throw in that area or throw extremely high. He’s six-six, and he can jump 30 inches, so he’s probably like 15 feet by the time you add it all up." -- Jets owner Woody Johnson, on how the Jets should have played Watt (Pro Football Talk)

HOPEFULLY HE AT LEAST PAID FOR IT HIMSELF ... OR ELSE...

"That's a bad habit of mine. I apologize for that. I guess it's the stress, but there's no excuse for that and that'll be stopped. It shouldn't have been done" -- Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, on chewing tobacco on the sidelines during a game, an NCAA rules violation (USA Today)

IF ONLY THEY HAD A WELL-COMPENSATED FRANCHISE RUNNING BACK TO GET THEM GOING

"I don't believe we're close right now. You look at the games and how we're playing, we don't look like a good team. I wouldn't sit here and say we're close. We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark." -- Titans running back Chris Johnson, on his team (Titan Insider)

GET OVER TO KOHLINGEN AND BUY SOME REVIVIFY

"I think it’s mixed. I think some it’s stellar. I think Gino, Gino’s a guy elected team captain this week. Came from not playing hardly at all to elected team captain. A lot of it is just he’s kind of accelerated his focus and effort. Some of them have been great and some of them have been very poor. Some of them have had kind of this zombie-like, go through the motions, everything is like how it’s always been, that’s how it’ll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty corpse quality. That’s not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that’s a fact. That’s why it’s been necessary for us to have the youth moment that we’ve had." -- Washington State head coach Mike Leach, on his seniors being leaders (The Spokesman Review)

"0 OUT OF 10 RANGERS FANS KNOW WHO RUSTY GREER IS"

"I think for a large part – and the fans don’t want to hear this – a lot of the people that attend sports in this town, they’re there because it’s kind of just a place to be seen. I didn’t know anybody who went to Rangers games, and then when they started winning and going to World Series, everybody’s wearing Rangers hats and saying, 'Oh yeah, I’m a big Rangers fan.' I’ve always said Dallas isn’t so much a sports town as it is a winner’s town." -- Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, on quiet crowds in Dallas (Dallas Morning News)

PSHT, IN THE FIRST HALF MAYBE

"Seventy-one points generally. Forty-one points is not going to do it in the Big 12 every game. We are going to have to put up high-40s, low-50s, even high-50s maybe against certain teams." -- Iowa State head coach Paul Rhodes, on the state of the Big 12 conference (Ames Tribune)

IT'S NOT THAT WINNING ISN'T FUN, IT'S JUST THAT WE CAN'T ADMIT IT IS

"There won't be any more cameras in the locker room. That's not going to happen again. But you got to remember, 20 minutes before that, we were losing by 10 points … It's OK to celebrate." -- Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, on cameras picking up his raucous celebration after Saturday's game (CBS Sports)

REEEEALL MENNNNN OF ABSTRACT AND ANONYMOUS CRITICISM

"True men do that. But I don't know who he is, so I can't tell you if he's one." -- Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, on being criticized by an anonymous GM. (NFL.com)

SO THAT YOU LEARN ENOUGH TO NOT PUT STUFF LIKE THIS ON TWITTER

"Why should we have to go to class when we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come here to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." -- Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones, on his education (Dr. Saturday)

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Posted by: Rivers McCown on 12 Oct 2012

24 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2012, 10:53am by Dean

Comments

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by Insancipitory :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:15am

Chris Johnson's problem is he's thinking too much when that might not be what he's best at.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:39am

I'm thinking that if anyone should be apologizing for anything having to do with LSU, it should not be someone associated with the defense. On the other hand, he knew going in that if they gave up seven points they'd probably lose the game, so maybe it should be on him...

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by tuluse :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:43am

When I heard Eric Winston's speech on TV, I felt bad and I didn't cheer Cassell's injury.

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:51pm

It's terrible when you're at the stadium. You feel so sickened and helpless. you can't scream "hey I'm not one of the Jerks cheering". I was at the Ravens 2005 opener when fans cheered when Boller was injured. How many were doing it? I don't know 10-15% judging from the section around me ,but 1 in a 1000 wouldn't be acceptable to me. It doesn't take many to sound loud in a quiet stadium.

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by Paul R :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 6:01pm

If one of the guys cheering is sitting near you, you can wait for him to go get a hot dog and then push him down the stairs.

Then cheer, of course.

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by Paul R :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:03pm

"Why should we have to go to class when we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come here to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." -- Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones

Mister Jones has eloquently expressed everything that is wrong with collegiate athletics today.
I don't mind that he thinks getting an education is a waste of time, he's entitled to that opinion. I mind that he is enrolled as a "student" at the university. Calling him a student cheapens the value of the education that other students are paying for and working for.

Why not just call the OSU team a pro team, pay the players a salary, and stop the charade?

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by Harris :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:38pm

Because it . . .
See, the thing is . . .
Um . . . REASONS, OKAY?

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by bravehoptoad :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:02pm

1) Because the NCAA makes a lot of money on the concept of "collegiate athletics." (Most of their money comes from March Madness, not the football side, but they must preserve the concept.)

2) The NFL saves a lot of money by not having to run a minor league.

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by Dean :: Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:53am

The NFL tried minor leagues once. The old Dixie League and the Western League. Both quickly failed.

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by tunesmith :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 2:29pm

When people argue for this, what are they really saying? A pro team affiliated with the university, employing pro (young) players not yet eligible for the NFL, and that are required to take classes? Or one step further, where the players don't have to take classes, and they are really just more like young university staff members on a non-renewable four-year contract?

I wonder what the system effects would be of either. How would it impact the university's relationships with non-athlete students? How would it impact other collegiate sports? Would it have to happen for all collegiate football teams at once? And how would it affect university parity? I'd imagine different schools would have different payroll budgets. I can't imagine revenue sharing between an SEC powerhouse and the type of team that routinely gets blown out 59-3. Also, different divisions play each other - would that have to stop if the smaller colleges don't also go "pro"?

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 7:04pm

Why would it?

The various military schools in WWI and WWII played college teams, despite having graduated and professional players on their teams. The NCAA didn't seem to mind that, too much.

Granted, that was during a time when they were still bashful about treason.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 7:03pm

Let me turn that around:

What is wrong with Ohio State offering to educate young athletes physically?

And before you think take too much offense at that, consider how the above model is essentially identical to what the armed services do.

Colleges recruited promising athletes for various purposes long before the NCAA was a thing. Cambridge and Harvard have been doing it for centuries. There's a reason pretty much every elite British athlete in the first half of the 20th Century attended one of those two schools.

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:30pm

The counter-question to yours is: are those student-athletes enrolled mainly for their athletic ability or for their scholastic ability? I suspect your point is in part due to an old notion that good scholars should also be good athletes (see Rhodes Scholarship). That attitude developed before professional sports teams became a staple of Western culture. I think it's also pretty certain that the service academies don't enroll students solely for their sports teams. That's probably why the Ivy League schools and the service academies ate no longer serious sources for pro athletes compared to big public schools -- their admission standards are too strict.

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by LionInAZ :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:41pm

I can't help laughing at Jones' attitude because it reflects an insanely lack of reality. I mean, given the almost zero probability of a backup Ohio State QB even being drafted, let alone being successful (how many OSU QBs have even started in the NFL?), just what does Cardale Jones think he's going to do afyerward, assuming he even makes it through his 5 yeats? If he can't answer that, he's just wasting space that could be used by someone more motivated.

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by tuluse :: Sat, 10/13/2012 - 1:20am

Krenzel and Troy Smith both started games.

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by BrixtonBear (not verified) :: Sat, 10/13/2012 - 9:34am

How could you forget the immortal Mike Tomczak?

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by Marko :: Sat, 10/13/2012 - 2:11pm

What were the odds that people would forget Art Schlichter?

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by Jerry :: Sat, 10/13/2012 - 8:09pm

I'm sure Art knows.

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by IAmJoe :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 2:24pm

I was still chuckling at the LeCharles Bentley line, when I got to Kohlingen and just completely lost it. You the man, Rivers!

That really was like the biggest shock, when you first got across the mountains, start to walk around, and BAM, Zombie'd.

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by Tofino :: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 4:16pm

Oh, I took damage. I'll just heal myself and NNNOOOOOOOOOO.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 3:22pm

Troy Aikman's comment about Dallas fans reminds of former Man Utd footballer Roy Keane's comment about the prawn sandwich brigade ...

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by BJR :: Sun, 10/14/2012 - 7:58am

"Sometimes you wonder, do they understand the game of football? We're 1-0 up, then there are one or two stray passes and they're getting on players' backs. It's just not on. At the end of the day they need to get behind the team. Away from home our fans are fantastic, I'd call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably some prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch. I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell 'football', never mind understand it."

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by Jerry :: Sun, 10/14/2012 - 8:22pm

About what I expected, but thanks for posting it.

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by peterplaysbass :: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:32pm

Scott Fujita's logic is: "If someone does some wrong stuff and they've also done stuff to me, then that stuff must be wrong too!"

My logic is: shutup.