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01 Feb 2013

The Week In Quotes: February 1, 2013

compiled by Rivers McCown

BILL SIMMONS MUTTERING ... "SURE, HE'S CLEAN OFF THE FIELD"

"My teammates tend to get upset with me because I carry my hand sanitizer, I carry my disinfectant wipes, my baby wipes. When you sneeze, I tell you to cover your mouth, and when you cough, I tell you to cover your mouth. If you pick your nose, I tell you not to touch me. They don’t like that." -- Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, on his cleaning habits (Pro Football Talk)

THE TRUE MARK OF A BASKETBALL SCHOOL

"Get the f*ck out of my face. Do you know who I am? I’m an All-American." -- Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, to officers asking for his ticket at an Arizona basketball game (Arizona Daily Wildcat)

"YOU KILLED THE ZOMBIE HINES WARD!" "...HE WAS A ZOMBIE?"

"It was an amazing experience. Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after." -- Former Steelers wideout Hines Ward, on his cameo on The Walking Dead (Awful Announcing)

THE WEEK IN TE'O

"I asked him, straight up, was this a romantic relationship with you? And he says, 'yes.' I then said, are you then, therefore, gay? He says, 'Well, when you put it that way, yes.' And then, he caught himself and said, 'I am confused.'" -- Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, on his exclusive with Manti Te'o prankster Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (Dr. Saturday)

"When people are saying it was a cruel joke, it was never intended as a joke, never intended to be funny ... The truth of it is ... I grew feelings, I grew emotions that sooner or later I couldn't control anymore." -- Tuiasosopo, on pretending to be a woman (Dr. Saturday)

YOU DON'T NEED TO HEAR AN ACTUAL RESPONSE. THESE ARE NOT THE STORYLINES YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

"Nobody here is really qualified to ask those questions. I just truly feel that this is God’s time, and whatever his time is, you know, let it be his will. Don’t try to please everybody with your words, try to make everybody’s story sound right. At this time, I would rather direct my questions in other places. Because I live with that every day. You maybe can take a break from it. I don’t. I live with it every day of my life and I would rather not talk about it today." -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, on his murder allegations being dredged up (Pro Football Talk)

"That's the trick of the devil. The trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That's what he comes to do. He comes to distract you from everything you're trying to do." -- Lewis, on further questioning of the issue (Deadspin)

YOU ARE TECHNICALLY CORRECT -- THE BEST KIND OF CORRECT

"It will always be, 'What have you done for me lately?' You know what? We're undefeated this year. We haven't lost a game." -- USC coach Lane Kiffin, on criticism he has taken recently (ESPN)

WELL THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT NO ONE WOULD BE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO HIRE WILLIAMS AGAI -- OH DEAR

"If our players went out and performed what came out of Gregg Williams' mouth, and it went from his lips to their ears, and then it went to the performance, we would have people in jail right now, ma'am. We would have people in jail right now." -- Former Saints interim coach Joe Vitt, on Gregg Williams in testimony (CBS)

WAY TO GO, NCAA -- NOW KIDS THINK OF MIAMI LIKE THEY THINK OF HOPSCOTCH

"That was interesting to go back there. What I didn’t like about it was that everything was the same. I remembered everything. ...I could only see myself there as a kid running around. Not playing in college." -- Florida high school recruit Vernon Hargreaves III, on Miami (Tampa Bay Times)

BROWNS FANS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONCEPT OF GOLF, IN SO MUCH AS THEY ARE USED TO SEEING THEIR TEAM TRY TO SCORE AS FEW POINTS AS POSSIBLE

"It'll be a 3-4 defense, the same defense we ran (in Arizona). It won't be a hybrid unless you're playing golf." -- New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton, on moving his scheme to Cleveland (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

ALSO THINKING ABOUT GETTING A TEMP JOB, MAYBE MOVING OUT OF MOM'S HOUSE

"We probably at some point will add a 12th team. We are going to have 11 when Navy comes in '15. We'll have 10 this year. There's no urgency, but we think we'll probably think about adding a 12th team." -- Big East commissioner Mike Aresco, on changes to his conference (ESPN)

CHRIS CULLIVER IS NOT SURE IF YOU BELIEVE THIS IN YOUR HEART

"My Twitter account was not hacked. I take full responsibility and I apologize for trying to make it seem like it was not me. Due to my bad judgment and frustration, I allowed a very personal matter to be played out on a social network, of all things. It was immature and unprofessional for me to do so and to encourage others to join in." -- Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, on his Twitter war against the mother of one of his children (Awful Announcing)

THERE'S HARDLY NOT A LOT TO SAY, EXCEPT I MET HER AND FIVE FALSE RUNNING BACKS

"I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today he was just astound and actually started crying. It was crazy, it was an unbelievable experience." -- Virginia high school recruit Derrick Green, on making Michigan head coach Brady Hoke cry (Michigan247)

MATT MILLEN WOULD HAVE MADE HIM A FREE SAFETY

"He could have been a great free safety, without question. And you know, his freshman redshirt year, guys, he was OK. There was nothing that told us he was a special athlete. He threw sidearm a little bit. He’s a great pitcher and he had that little pitching motion from the sidearm. We had to try to push that thing up. And he ran the Wing T in high school, he didn’t run for a bunch of yardage. So he was just a really good athlete, but boy would he have been a heck of a free safety." -- Former Nevada head coach Chris Ault, on Colin Kaepernick (Sports Radio Interviews)

JOHN L. SMITH COUNTERPOINT: WHY AREN'T YOU SMILING RIGHT NOW?

"I don’t think an A.D. should ever hire somebody for 10 months. Players know what that means; they understand that. It hurts the power of the head coach and the assistants. They should’ve hired (Smith) for two years or hired someone else for two years, or just (expletive)-canned all of us." -- Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, on his way to saying that Arkansas quit on the season (The Sporting News)

"The same guys who sacrificed their time and freedom. The same guys who gave their blood sweat and tears for that hog on the side of that helmet. The same guys who skipped an opportunity of a life time by not entering the draft and came back knowing the risk. The same guys that battled to get a win in the liberty bowl in the freezing cold. The same guys that battled to get the schools first BCS birth (sic) in the Sugar Bowl. The same guys that fought and won the Cotton Bowl. These same guys quit on one of the most anticipated seasons in Arkansas history?! I don't think so." -- Former Arkansas running back Knile Davis, on the accusations that his team quit (Arkansas News)

I'LL SHOW YOU DAD, I CAN TOO BE CONTROVERSIAL!

"Joe is dull. As dull as he is portrayed in the media, he’s that dull. He is dull." -- Joe Flacco's dad, Steve Flacco, on his son (New York Times)

"I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than that, I don't really like the idea. I don't think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather." -- Flacco, on holding the Super Bowl in a cold-weather venue (Los Angeles Times)

RAY LEWIS HAS HEARD OF HIM, YES

"There’s this guy at Alabama, I think his name is Nicky Satan. You guys have probably heard of him before. I’m gonna outwork him, I’m gonna outwork him. And that’s kind of our plan every single day," -- Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, on Nick Saban (College Football Talk)

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Posted by: Rivers McCown on 01 Feb 2013

14 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2013, 3:14pm by mathesond

Comments

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by Dean :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 3:31pm

Pretty classless of Rivers to take Hargreave's quote completely out of context and try and twist it into a shot. FO used to be better than that.

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by Rivers McCown :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 4:38pm

Uh, okay, I'll bite: where did I take it out of context? All I did was slap the same goofy tag line onto these things that I always do.

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by Dean :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 5:07pm

The quote itself.

It makes it sound as if The University of Miami is somehow juvenile, wheras if you read the article, you know that he grew up in Miami and the town itself conjures memories of his childhood and he chose to go elsewhere to move forward with his life, not because the school was somehow childish.

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by Anonymous37 (not verified) :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 5:58pm

Thanks for explaining that Dean. I found that quote confusing. I couldn't figure out if he was saying the University of Miami was just a place to go if you wanted to be childish or if he just wanted to get away from the area to avoid memories of his childhood.

Your follow up certainly clarified it.

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by Lebo :: Sat, 02/02/2013 - 4:55am

That was my understanding of the quote based on the quote itself. And I know nothing of the context in which it was delivered.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Sat, 02/02/2013 - 8:28am

How do you get the quote itself saying that? I knew absolutely nothing about it before reading the quote. First line has "go back there" followed with "everything was the same" which clearly indicates that he had been there before and makes the assumption that a fair bit of time (years) was involved because no one says nothing has changed if they are referring to months or days. Then you see he is a high school recruit, so that means he's talking about childhood. "I could only see myself as a kid running around" which then is clearly literal referring to his memories of playing as a kid (so not a legal adult who people refer to as kids). So without reading the article it seemed pretty clear he grew up in Miami, and didn't want to stay there as he moved forward. Maybe it was obvious to me because I have a lot of first and second hand experience with people leaving a college town to go to college somewhere else.

That made the headline fairly clearly tongue in cheek, which is par for the course with this article. Quotes are taken as standalone and the headline puts some form of interesting juxtaposition to it which generates humor. You're reaction threw me for a loop and I really had to ponder to see how you drew your conclusion. I can get there, but it wasn't at all obvious to me.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 4:19pm

"I just truly feel that this is God’s time, and whatever his time is, you know, let it be his will."

OK, but what if God's will is for you to answer the freaking question, and that's why the reporters keep asking it?

The next time I'm pulled over by a cop, I need to remember the "you can't judge me, only God can judge me" defense. It's rock solid, and not the least bit transparent.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 4:31pm

No Randy Moss insert-foot-in-mouth on being the greatest WR ever? I so wanted to see the comments on that.

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by Rivers McCown :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 4:51pm

Go for it.

I don't find any self-affirmative quote from a professional football player remotely surprising.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 4:54pm

I don't think Moss is the best WR ever, but I didn't think the comments were laugh-out-loud stupid. Rice is #1 IMO, but this wasn't some jobber talking; Moss is definitely top 10 all-time.

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by Aloysius Mephis... :: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 10:16pm

I agree. Moss wasn't just blowing hot air (althoug he was doing that too); he had an actual argument as to why he was the best. He's wrong -- Rice and some other guys are ahead of him, but it wasn't a crazy argument.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 02/04/2013 - 5:41pm

Now, if it was Freddie Mitchell....

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by mathesond :: Sat, 02/09/2013 - 3:14pm

Or Titus Young...

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by Vikram (not verified) :: Wed, 02/06/2013 - 2:19pm

That first Ray Lewis quote is not in response to the deer-antler supplement, it's in response to the murder case. That's a significant difference as it relates to what he said. Misleading job by Football Outsiders there.