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24 Jan 2014

The Week In Quotes: January 24, 2014

compiled by Rory Hickey

JUST REPEAT AFTER ME: STANFORD COMMUNICATION DEGREE

"Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the result you’re gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!" -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, describing what happened on the final play of the NFC Championship game when he tipped a pass leading to an interception

"Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick!" -- Sherman, when asked who was talking about him (Pro Football Talk)

NOW USING SAID DEGREE

"We're talking about football here, and a lot of people took it further than football. I was on a football field showing passion. Maybe it was misdirected and immature, but this is a football field. I wasn't committing any crimes and doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game."

"They say thug, and that takes me aback. Maybe I'm talking loudly on the field and saying things I'm not supposed to, but there was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey. They just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I thought, 'Oh man. I'm the thug? Geez." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, on the firestorm that followed his postgame comments about Michael Crabtree (ESPN)

WAIT, WHY WAS BRADY ASKED ABOUT SHERMAN AGAIN?

"I don't know [Sherman] at all. I've watched him play. He's that kind of guy so… you know… I approach the game and I have respect for my opponents. That's the way our team always plays. We win with graciousness, when we lose we could do better. Some teams don't always do that or that's not their program." -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on Richard Sherman’s post-game comments (CSN NE)

"[Sherman]'s done a great job ever since he's been in the league. He likes to have a little fun out there. I don't necessarily think there is anything wrong with that." -- Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas with an alternative take on Richard Sherman (Denver Post)

THERE ARE QUOTES NOT ABOUT SHERMAN?!?!

"I hadn’t thought that. But I will for you right now. No I don’t feel like that. I think my first time in New York as the head coach was kind of in the middle of the circle somewhere or maybe it wasn’t even a circle, might have been some other shape. It was kind of a hairy time." -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, on if this feels like he’s gone in a full circle in terms of starting his NFL coaching career in New York and now he’s playing in the Super Bowl in New York (The Seattle Times)

WELL, BY DEFAULT, AREN'T THEY ALL?

Pam Oliver: "After you’ve gone through offseason training and all of that and to come up a little short, devastating?"

Jim Harbaugh: [Laughs] "A man can be destroyed but he cannot be defeated."

Pam Oliver: "Is that a quote?" -- Part of an interview between FOX’s Pam Oliver and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, where Oliver is confused after Harbaugh quotes Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (For The Win)

YOUR POSITION IS PIVOTAL, I AIN’T BULLSHITTIN YOU. NOW, WHY WOULD I LIE? JUST TO GET BY?

"It was really uncalled for. [Welker] ran right into the guy. I don't know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way." -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, on Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game which caused Talib to miss the rest of the game

"Welker had his head down, like he was coming down the whole time. That should be a flag, and he should be getting fined. There's a whole bunch of things that should happen in that situation, but I don't run the NFL." -- Thurmond (ESPN)

I THINK THE BRONCOS WOULD HAVE WON ANYWAY

"Those three points would have been good to have at the end of the game if we would have made the kick, which we would have had a good chance to. I felt like, at the time, we were down by 17 points, only had three points, and hadn't got down there very much. I don't think you're going to beat Denver kicking field goals, but ... if we would have had a field goal and then the two touchdowns we ended up getting later on, those would have been important points for us. I don't know that was the right decision. It wasn't, obviously, when we lost yardage on fourth down and gave the ball back without any points." -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, second-guessing himself for going for it on fourth-and-3 and not taking a field goal to make it 20-6 in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game (ESPN Boston)

("THIS OUGHTA KEEP THOSE SUCKERS FROM TALKING ABOUT THE CONCUSSION LAWSUIT," HE SMIRKED)

"The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play. There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the possible elimination of the extra point (NFL.com)

WAY TO RUIN THE END OF MY VIKINGS FANFICTION

"I’m determined to bring a championship to Minnesota. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. I want to make sure that 31 other teams know that I’m here and I’m ready to coach this football team. I can’t wait to stand on the podium with Zygi and Mark and Jonathan, and we’re standing on the podium, and we look up and the confetti is falling down on top of us, and we’re all hand in hand, and Commissioner Goodell comes over and hands the Super Bowl trophy to Mr. Wilf and tells him he’s world champion. That is my goal and that is my drive." -- New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, on his determination to bring a championship to Minnesota (Pro Football Talk)

SCHIANO WAS VOTED OFF REVIS ISLAND

"The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense. Guys didn't like coming to work. That's one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You're going to get everything out of everybody if it's stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn't feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he'll do things differently."

"There's a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time. Everybody's got their own schemes and what they bring to the table. I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you've got to fall in line." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, on Greg Schiano’s tenure as Buccaneers head coach (Tampa Bay Times)

A LITTLE FROM COLUMN A, A LITTLE FROM COLUMN B

"Next time, you can use our convenient store locator to find the #BostonMarket near you" -- Boston Market’s tweet to Kellen Winslow Jr., after Winslow was either caught masturbating in his Cadillac or looking for directions to a Boston Market, according to a police report (NY Daily News)

GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH: FEMALE CANINE IN PLEATED KHAKIS

"He is a bitch, and that's why he's never won anything."
"I have one regret in my career, and that's going to the 49ers when I could have stayed in New York. I just wanted to see what stuff was like with another team and it didn't work out. It is what it is. I've got two rings. Harbaugh, though, he's a bitch. So it doesn't matter." -- Retired NFL running back Brandon Jacobs, on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, his career and then Harbaugh again (CBS New York)

*WRITES BROWNS/TRICKLE-DOWN JOKE* *SHAKES HEAD* *LEAVES*

"Right now, it seems like [the Browns] are a rudderless ship… I talked to some of the players right after they fired Chud and they sounded deflated, confused and frankly embarrassed by what happened. I've been out of football for a year now and I'm a fan of the Cleveland Browns. It's hard to watch what is going on there. I really feel bad for the fans and players like D'Qwell [Jackson] and Joe Thomas who have been there for so long."

"[CEO] Joe Banner does not have the best reputation with some players and coaches. It makes you wonder if there will be a trickle-down effect." -- Former Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, on the Browns firing of Rob Chudzinski and the state of the Browns organization (Cleveland.com)

BRADY OWES WOODSON HIS FIRST-BORN IF WE’RE BEING REAL ABOUT IT

"Let's just get this out of the way. If they make the correct call -- which they did at first, then they overturned it -- this [ten]-game playoff streak that Tom Brady has? It never happened. Tom Brady owes me his house. I'm the reason why he's married to who he's married to. I'm a reason for a lot of that. Everything. Because they overturned that call."

"Tom. C'mon now. 'Fess up. It was a fumble. It's still a fumble." -- Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, on the twelve-year anniversary of the ‘Tuck Rule’ game (NFL.com)

RICK REILLY HAS WORSE ANALOGIES THAN AZERBAIJAN

"Tom Brady has more overthrows today than Somalia." -- ESPN writer Rick Reilly, in a tweet during the AFC Championship game (Shutdown Corner)

SAN DIEGOANS WISH HE WOULD HAVE SKIPPED A MEETING WITH THE CHARGERS COACH TOO

"If you go to the combine," I told Ryan, "but fail to show up for a meeting with Mora, that should do it. Jim is a real prideful person who has a tendency to explode. I am not recommending you do this, but if you are desperate to go to San Diego, this is the way." -- Former NFL super-agent Leigh Steinberg, in an excerpt from his new tell-all book, describing how his former client Ryan Leaf skipped out on a meeting with Jim Mora in order to avoid being taken by the Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft (For The Win)

MCDONALDS SPONSORSHIP IS OVER, JACOBY

"Right now? I’m being fat!" -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, at the Kings/Pelicans game, when asked how his offseason was going so far (For The Win)

DESEAN JACKSON, AND NO ONE ELSE, IS EXCITED ABOUT THE PRO BOWL

"Throw us a 1-yard pass and watch us go 100." -- Philadelphia Eagles wide reciever DeSean Jackson, in a "confessional booth" during the "Pro Bowl Draft" (NFL Nation Blog)

YOU CAN'T QUITE SUM UP CLEVELAND ANY BETTER

"he said the interview went well and he's going back for a second! Its the Browns.. but hey, still pretty cool!" -- Megan Pettine, daughter of new Browns coach Mike Pettine, on the possibility of her dad getting a head coaching gig (Twitter)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 24 Jan 2014

48 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2014, 1:22pm by Ryan D.

Comments

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by ineedawittyname (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:25am

"Its the Browns.. but hey, still pretty cool!"

that made my week. Sums it up pretty well.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:11am

That is harsh. Harsh, but utterly hilarious and/or appropriate.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:15pm

With this latest firing, the Cleveland job may have officially become so bad that it actually is good, and the new guy is just early in recognizing market value. Hell, short of a disgruntled player taking hostages at team headquarters, is it possible at this point for the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to fail? Get some pretty good cash, be seen to have done a decent job for people who don't have a clue, and go on to the next career stop.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:18pm

"Hell, short of a disgruntled player taking hostages at team headquarters..."

Stop trying to make the Under Siege reboot happen, Will. Casey Rabach is long retired.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:39pm

"Hell, short of a disgruntled player taking hostages at team headquarters, is it possible at this point for the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to fail?"

Didn't they already employ Romeo Crennel?

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:15pm

And in the same season that Adrian Peterson's daughter said, "I can't believe you guys lost the the Browns!"

From the mouths of babes.

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by Florenceofarabia (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:15am

I think "pretty cool" is a significant exaggeration...

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by Anonymous! (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:49am

What's worse about the Reilly quote is that it's not even historically accurate. Somalia has dealt with many issues, including continuing crippling poverty, but has only had one government overthrow in 1969.

1991 also did see their government collapse leading to the civil war and violence that has continued to this day, but as no real "winner" has even yet to be determined I do not believe it would count as a coup d'etat.

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by Tim R :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:16am

I think it was more an inappropriate reference to piracy than government instability.

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by JIPanick :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:39pm

I'm trying to see overthrow = piracy, and I just can't. I think he was implying Somalia was particularly prone to coups.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:11pm

Yea, unless the pirates play American football on the deck of hijacked tankers in their spare time, I don't know where "overthrow" comes in.

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by Tim R :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:54pm

Thrown over board was my interpretation, but I'm willing to believe I'm wrong.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:05pm

Have to say that I assumed the announcer just picked Somalia because it was the first African country he could think of rather than aiming to be historically accurate.

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by Tim R :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:12pm

Yeah you're probably right

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by jacobk :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:12pm

I just wonder about the thought process behind Reilly's bit. Did he just happen to catch a news story on Somalia? What happens if he starts watching historical documentaries?

"The Broncos offensive line just got taken down like the Berlin Wall."

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:22pm

"I haven't seen an improbable comeback like that since Operation Barbarossa"

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:26pm

"That was the most doomed defensive strategy since Masada".

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by jacobk :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:09pm

"The defense just pulled off the greatest envelopment since Cannae!"

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:27pm

I'm guessing he actually meant Sudan, but you know all those names sound alike.

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by Jerry :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 6:54pm

I think it's just that (1) Somalia is notoriously unstable, and (2) much more thought has gone into the responses in this thread than went into the original tweet. (That's not meant as criticism of Reilly; he made his point adequately, even if research would have yielded a better country to use.)

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by BretU :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:03am

Boston Market never mentioned whether you need open jars of Vaseline next to you in order to use its store locator app.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:28am

I was impressed by the Revis quote - lot of class in there. It would have been easy to pile on about Schiano, but actually within that he wished him well.

Then you compare it to the Brandon Jacobs quote who gives no insight as to why he thinks Harbaugh is a bitch who's not won anything. To me, Jacobs just looks like he was there for the money (his quote almost rewrites the history that the Giants released him because he wouldn't restructure his deal).

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:59am

But then you compare it to Revis complaining that Richard Sherman is all 'me, me, me', and you wonder: if Revis was all about team,.why did he leave the Jets for the Bucs?

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by Will Allen :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:45am

I suspect because the money was better, and because it is quite reasonable for an NFL player, even the most team oriented one, to be about the money most of all.

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by tuluse :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:02pm

I don't think devoted to the team is a reasonable expectation of NFL players in this day and age. Owners certainly aren't devoted to players.

Revis seems like a consummate professional, and that's all one can reasonably ask for.

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by BroncFan07 :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:35am

Welker didn't run straight into him, he didn't pick him, he didn't interfere with him. He rubbed him. And rubbin's racin'.

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by DragonPie (not verified) :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:37am

He did run into him. It happened as the ball was touched and was therefore a completely legal block, but if it hadn't been legal, it would certainly not have been dirty. Frankly, the outrage is stupid.

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by Ryan D. :: Thu, 01/30/2014 - 1:22pm

So what you are saying is that you haven't seen Days of Thunder, right?

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:19pm

Doesn't Julius Thomas understand the deep responsibility to have a strong opinion about even the most trivial of events? Infidel!

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by RichardD (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:33pm

How about instead of ditching the extra point, we just ditch the TV timeout after every kickoff. That wouldn't prevent any head injuries, but hey, still pretty cool.

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by Purds :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:40pm

No BB quote complaining that Wes Welker learned too well how to run a rub route? That, right after NE ran the same route and got a shot on Rodgers-Cromarte?

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by tuluse :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:44pm

Is Roger Goodell unable to understand rules unless they're done in the most complicated way possible? Between this (how about you can just take a free point instead of "losing" a point if you fail a 2pt conversion) and the new over time rules, I'm starting to wonder if it's wise to have a lawyer as a commissioner.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:13pm

He does seem like he's hellbent on making the NFL rulebook as complicated as the U.S. Tax Code.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:37pm

Wait until he rolls out the 10 page booklet, outlining the latest attempt to keep as many teams in contention until week 17, the EPSC, or the Earned Point Scoreboard Credit.

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by PatsFan :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:32pm

So if you take the free point, who does the point scored get credited to? Still the placekicker even though he didn't do anything? Or are we now going to have "team points" (like team rebounds in the NBA) in the stats? And totally mess up comparing scoring by placekickers across the rules discontinuity.

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 1:06am

The same player who gets credit for the safety scored when a punter or QB backs out of the end zone deliberately.

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by Roadspike73 (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:36pm

"We're average, we're pedestrian. Well, we're gonna walk our asses to the Super Bowl. Pedestrians." - Doug Baldwin, referencing a USA Today article by Jim Corbett.

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by MC2 :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:49pm

Wait, it's illegal to masturbate in your car?

D'oh!!!

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:12pm

Only in Kellen Winslow's car.

I may or may not have started using "looking for Boston Market" as a euphemism for certain activities based on this story.

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by The Hypno-Toad :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:33pm

The Sklar brothers advocated the use of that euphemism on their podcast today.

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by MC2 :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:41am

Well, actually, I can't seem to find a Boston Market in the area where I live, but I definitely intend to keep looking for one.

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 1:14am

Unless you're with Justin Bieber -- then you get a police escort.

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by ChrisSchreiner :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:20pm

Even when the condition is critical, sometimes one of these headlines absolutely makes my day.

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by LordChozo (not verified) :: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:44pm

As a Bengals fan, that Zimmer quote is just one more dagger. In 23 years of ownership, Mike Brown has never explicitly stated that winning the Super Bowl was his goal as an owner. In 11 seasons as head coach, Marvin Lewis has never explicitly stated that winning the Super Bowl was his goal as coach.

On Day 1 with the Vikings, ex-Bengal coach Mike Zimmer explicitly states that winning the Super Bowl is his goal with the franchise.

God help Cincinnati.

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by JMcNally (not verified) :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 9:34am

Meh. There are probably issues with the Cincy coaching staff, and definitely issues with ownership, but I don't think you have to call a press conference to say this. They try to win games. What do you think they're after, the FA Cup?

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by ChrisS :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 2:53pm

True, however that would be a much more impressive accomplishment for an NFL team.

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by JMcNally (not verified) :: Sat, 01/25/2014 - 9:35am

As a Packer fan, I really want to hate Harbaugh, and typically he makes it easy, and then he goes and quotes Hemingway.

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by Dired :: Sun, 01/26/2014 - 9:50pm

I love the Raider/fan theory that the tuck rule didn't and doesn't exist. It's simply not a rule. Not that it was a rarely called or unusual or subjective rule, nope. They just made it up on the spot to screw a team for some inexplicable reason.