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06 Jul 2015

The Month In Quotes: June 2015

by Rory Hickey

SEAFOOD IS GOOD FOR LOSING WEIGHT, MAYBE SOME CRAB LEGS?

"Trying to lose some weight, try to get back skinny. Right now I'm 238 [pounds], I'm trying to be my redshirt freshman year [weight], about 230. I mean, learn that playbook too, man, you can never go wrong with that."

-- No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, letting the people know that he's bringing skinny back, or at least attempting to. (Sports Illustrated)

IN HOMAGE TO BILL SIMMONS, I THINK GRONK HAS ENTERED THE 'TYSON ZONE'

"There were a lot of hot, sexy Mexican ladies there, but I picked out the largest, healthiest looking one, who had to be 260 pounds, like I was. After 10 seconds of me dancing on top of her in the chair, the collective 520 pounds of the two of us collapsed the fold-up chair. The crowd exploded with laughter. I got up and continued dancing [or twerking] to that Mariachi music. That was the best $30 I ever made!"

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, describing his experience at a bachelor party he recently attended because, well, he's Gronk and you're not. (The Score)

ODELL BECKHAM JR.: QUESTIONABLE (HAMSTRING/WRATH OF MADDEN)

"I think Odell will break [the Madden Curse] and have a great year. He's got a lot of talent. He's been dealing with a little hamstring issue over the spring but I think the Giants and everyone is being cautious. They want to make sure that gets healed up so he can be there for training camp, get back to playing football and have a big year for the Giants."

-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, saying that he is not concerned with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being on the cover of Madden 16 and that he will break the vaunted "Madden Curse." (Extra Mustard)

PLEASE LET THIS BE THE LAST QUOTE REGARDING DEFLATED FOOTBALLS

"Everybody is trying to do something different. Our offensive linemen used to spray silicone on their shirts until they got caught. Once you get caught, you get caught. Period. It doesn't take anything away from Tom's game. But how long has he been doing it? I don't know."

"It is one of those things that is a rule, right? It might be a dumb rule, but it doesn't matter. He didn't deflate them himself, but you can pick up the ball and can tell if it is underinflated, overinflated, or what you like. Everybody is afraid to say it, but if the guy did it, so what? Just pay up and move on. It's no big deal."

-- Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, defending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as Brady awaits a ruling on his appeal of his four-game suspension for… well, you already know. (Los Angeles Times)

JIM HARBAUGH FOR PRESIDENT!

"In my America, you're allowed to cross state borders. That's the America I know. I don't know what that means, a brand."

-- University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, defending the practice of satellite football camps, which have recently come under fire as being nothing more than large recruiting camps. ACC commissioner John Swofford said the conference will support a national rule banning football programs from hosting satellite camps outside of a 50-mile radius from its campus, which the Big Ten currently allows. (Sports Illustrated)

I'M AFRAID TO MAKE A JOKE ABOUT SABAN

"No, I don't realize that. I still feel like I'm a kid from West Virginia. It's hard for me to understand why anyone would be intimidated."

-- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, when asked if he realizes how intimidating he is. (Sports Illustrated)

SHELDON RICHARDON AS MO WILKERSON'S AGENT?

"He's worth that penny. And you know what penny I'm talking about... We don't just want J.J. Watt money. We want it all. We want [Ndamukong] Suh money. Hopefully everybody wants that type of bread in this league."

"Why wouldn't [Wilkerson] deserve that? If Gerald McCoy can get $100 million, I'm pretty sure my guy Mo Wilkerson can get $100 million."

-- New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, telling the New York Daily News that fellow Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is worth "[Ndamukong] Suh money". (New York Daily News )

I'VE ALWAYS SAID HEALTH IS OVERRATED IN THE NFL

"I'll start by saying they all have one thing in common: They are driven to win a championship. And they believe with every fiber in their bodies all the way to their core in their philosophies. They realize some coaches would belittle the situation once the playoffs came by just trying to win this or that game. When the coach is confident in saying, 'We're here to win a championship, and that's our sole purpose,' I think guys react that way. Coach Coughlin is the same type of person, but we battled through injuries last season. Yes, he's a little old-school, but he's starting to come around to the times. He doesn't believe in the sport-science aspect like Coach [Pete] Carroll or Coach [Chip] Kelly and the newfound technology for the players. His style takes a hit, because he doesn't believe in this aspect. He believes in winning, but he doesn't believe in the modern medicine to progress the players to that next level."

-- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Walter Thurmond III, who has played for the Seahawks, Giants, and now the Eagles in the last three years, comparing the three respective head coaches of those teams in terms of adaptability to modern medical practices. (Bleacher Report)

IT'S OAKLAND, SO WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

"He is ridiculous in and out of his breaks. His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at getting on toes and creating separation. He's good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It's just little things that honestly people don't even notice. I think the sky's the limit for him, obviously. Hopefully I just get the ball into his hands so he can make the plays."

-- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, praising rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper and saying that the sky is the limit in terms of the impact he could make on the NFL. (OaklandRaiders.com)

A LOT OF 9-6 GAMES AT RALPH WILSON THIS YEAR

"Best [defense] ever. It's so obtainable. All we have to do is continue to do what we want, and not what we can. If we do what we want, and do everything to head in that direction, why can't we? Why can't we?"

-- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, claiming that the 2015 Buffalo Bills being the best defense in the history of the NFL is "so obtainable." (Toronto Sun)

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU DEFLATEGATE…

"I think I could play, as far as throwing. Of course, we're not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal. Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."

-- Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, 45, claiming that he is still capable of making of making all the throws the NFL requires, but he's "not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal." Don't worry, that's what ESPN is for. (Sports Illustrated)

THIS IS ROGER GOODELL'S FAULT, SOMEHOW

"Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people. It's millions and millions of dollars, and we've got players that are hurting. We've got young men who don't know how to identify a good financial adviser. Men are in transition who aren't doing well, and yet [$8 million to $10 million] a year is spent in court fees about who should make a decision on someone, who in some cases has committed a crime. Think about that logically. Wouldn't it be better to spend our time and resources on the issues that are vital to our players -- past, present and future -- such as the players' total wellness and growing the game together?"

-- NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent, criticizing the NFLPA for spending millions of dollars on legal action challenging commissioner Roger Goodell's authority. (ESPN)

... BUT EAGLES ARE AMERICA'S BIRD

"I was at the top of the top. And then I got released. It was a smear campaign. Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I'm proving I'm one of the best receivers in the game."

"When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn't true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL … The Eagles tried to blow me up. That's cold how they did it … Have I went to jail? I ain't done none of that."

-- Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, claiming that the Philadelphia Eagles conducted a smear campaign against him and acted cold towards him after they released him in 2014. (ESPN)

HEY REDSKINS FANS, DID YOU SEE RAKEEM CATO'S DEBUT IN THE CFL?

"[RGIII] has gone backwards. It's not just his decision-making, it's his fundamentals. He's taking too many hits; he's quick to get out of the pocket. Last year was difficult to watch. Does he have the skill set? Yes, but we haven't seen it in some time."

"This is a make or break season for RGIII, without a doubt. If he doesn't fix those inconsistencies, this could be it for him."

-- Former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell, expressing his doubts as to whether Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be a successful quarterback in the NFL. (DC Sports Bog)

IF WE'RE LUCKY, WE CAN GET ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF DEMARCO MURRAY'S PRODUCTION FROM LAST YEAR

"We're very confident in what we have. We got some very good football players. With the addition of Darren it's going to be a nice group. I can't say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete and we're going to do what's necessary to win games. I think we have three capable guys who can go out and do what we need to do. I'm not concerned about it at all."

-- Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown, on the Cowboys' depth at the running back position while conveying confidence in the group of backs that includes newcomer Darren McFadden, though no starting running back has been named yet. (Dallas Morning News)

BETTER TO ARRIVE SUH-NER THAN LATER

"Quite honestly, yeah, we had to tone him down there a little bit. That was a good thing. We had to back him off because he's really something. First of all he's an extremely intelligent player. I've been totally impressed with his football knowledge and he comes out to the practice field. He's extremely hard-working. He's the first guy in line showing the younger guys how to do it. And I've never been around a more explosive, powerful man of his size and his athleticism. He's been everything as advertised. Quite frankly, you can only do so many things in OTAs when you just have shorts and helmets on. I can't wait to get going here at the end of July when we start training camp and get the pads on and get ready to go because he's a rare talent and great addition for us."

-- Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's work at the team's OTA's. (CBS Miami)

THE DEFENSE IS MORE OF A SEE-THROUGH CURTAIN AT THIS POINT

"I want to be in that group that brings it back. We want to bring back that hunger, that eagerness to go after the quarterback."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick, outside linebacker Bud Dupree, discussing how he wants to bring back the Steelers' reputation for terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. (Cleveland.com)

WHAT AN OBSCURE NUMBER TO SET AS A GOAL

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards. That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

-- Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, declaring that he will eclipse the prestigious 1,200-yard mark this season. (MLive.com)

JAY CUTLER'S VERBAL ASSAULT WAS NOT A SURPRISE

"The most surprising thing that's happened to me this far is going out to eat for free. I didn't expect this restaurant to give it to me for free. I gave them my card, and they said 'It's on us.' So that was a good feeling."

-- Chicago Bears first-round draft pick, wide receiver Kevin White, discussing benefits he didn't expect to receive with his new status and $16.5 million contract. (Chicago Sun-Times)

BEEN THERE BRO

"I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."

-- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, discussing the repercussions for his crotch-grabbing habit on Conan. (Pro Football Talk)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 06 Jul 2015

17 comments, Last at 21 Aug 2015, 9:32pm by grnr187

Comments

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by drobviousso :: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:28pm

If you ever need an example of why revealed preferences + a cynical story do a better job of illuminating people's behavior than believing what they say, the college coach has to be the best option.

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by dbostedo :: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:34pm

"WHAT AN OBSCURE NUMBER TO SET AS A GOAL"

Well it's 75 yds/game, so it does sort of make sense as a goal from that standpoint. 100 yds/game would be better, but 1600 yards might not be realistic enough.

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by MC2 :: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:45pm

I won't consider Favre to be officially retired until I see him put on the gold jacket.

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by dbostedo :: Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:28pm

I don't think there's any rule against a HOF'er coming back to play...

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by RickD :: Tue, 07/07/2015 - 4:55pm

The more Troy Vincent talks, the happier I am.

If you had to have a DeflateGate quote, why not pick something that actually was newsworthy in June, the report from Hassett, Veuger, and Sullivan?

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by ChrisS :: Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:16pm

That Vincent quote just is so obviously self-serving and cringe-worthy, how can anyone say that. Perhaps the NFL should get some fair policies set up and then follow them instead of winging it. I thought the AEI report was pretty good and sent it in as a potential Extra Point, but I think the deflate-gate saturation point had been passed by a mile and it was not added.

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by RickD :: Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:36pm

The media as a whole has certainly over-saturated the issue, but most of that was in the first two months when all the conversations were based on false information that the NFL first "leaked" and then refused to correct.

FO hasn't said one word about the issue.

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by Paul R :: Wed, 07/08/2015 - 3:45am

When the Rolling Stones played in Indianapolis on July 4th, Mick Jagger made a Tom Brady Deflategate joke.
It's not over yet.

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by Theo :: Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:42pm

It's edged into football vocabularies I'm afraid.
At practice, with a ball that need inflation, we say "don't use that one, it's a bradyball"

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by RickD :: Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:22am

This is why Brady won't settle for any thing short of a complete exoneration.

Why the NFL would engage in a smear campaign targeting their own Super Bowl MVP is something beyond me. But it doesn't say anything good about Goodell that this is what they have done.

I guess Bill Simmons hurt his feelings.

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by grnr187 :: Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:32pm

"Act like you've been there B4"

I'm sorry I'm a fan of an nfc team. During spygate, I like most fans blew of spygate, as well as a high percentage of nfc con. Fans. The most noise came from afc east fans, obviously. After reading deflate gate, By Bryan O Leary, they have smeared the integrity of football for too long. I get during open practices, teams send "observers" clearly. Until u read this book, please don't get all aggro on me. The elaborate schemes in which the patriots organization acted everywhere from...well, I will let u read it...I just can't look at Tom, bellichek, or Kraft the same. I'm not taking anything away from anyone else, Gronk is still the best t.e. in the game, u guys got a great LB combo,top 5 with car,kc, den,det, but....Tom knew,I wish he would just own up to it...with ALOT OF comments from legends, other h.o.f.'ers, it's gonna be hard to look at him the same...Goodell is just as guilty, the nfl tried to cover up and minimize both situations...

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by jtr :: Wed, 07/08/2015 - 5:06pm

Late TMIQ addition: here's Donovan McNabb on his recent DUI arrest.
“There was a story that was released, and I want everybody to be cognizant of it, because I am very aware of it, handling the matter at this particular point. But at this point, I have no further information, and as we continue on with the situation, then we’ll let it handle as it will handle itself.”

People who paid attention to him in Philly: has he always been like this? He spews word salad, like he's just stringing together random phrases he's heard people use. I'm curious as to whether he's always been incapable of coherent thought or if it's a culmination of head injuries.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 9:47am

I'm not saying this about McNabb, but that manner of speaking can be quite deliberate and very, very, shrewd. Dwight Eisenhower used to chortle to his aides, just prior to, or after, a press conference, about giving 67 word answers to simple questions, that were completely devoid of a cogent idea. Of course, when you're one of the principal executors of the endeavor to give a few million Nazis a dirtnap, you tend to be deferred to, no matter how you answer questions.

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by Noah Arkadia :: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:06pm

Exactly, this is how politicians talk. It takes some training to do. Cantinflas was the master of it. He was a comedian, of course.

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Who, me?

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:19pm

The run of the mill politician, about 90% of the species, endeavors to sound smart while saying nothing. About 9.5% are truly just abject morons, and couldn't express a cogent thought if their life depended on it.

That leaves about .5%, who deliberately,brilliantly, sound like chowderheads, in an effort to get everyone to underestimate them.

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by mathesond :: Sat, 07/11/2015 - 5:20pm

Or, perhaps, misunderestimate them...:)

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by MC2 :: Wed, 07/08/2015 - 6:37pm

People who paid attention to him in Philly: has he always been like this? He spews word salad, like he's just stringing together random phrases he's heard people use. I'm curious as to whether he's always been incapable of coherent thought or if it's a culmination of head injuries.

That's pretty typical McNabb-speak. I think he might be a distant relative of Jerry Jones, who often does the same thing.