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30 Jan 2015

The Week In Quotes: January 30, 2015

by Rory Hickey

AND GOODELL EXCLUSIVELY EATS KRAFT MACARONI

"Will they be punished? Probably not. Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. You talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won't affect them at all. Nothing will stop them."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, saying that the Patriots probably will not be punished for Deflate-gate because of the relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (ESPN)

STANFORD IS THE HARVARD OF THE WEST THOUGH ROB

"I think Richard Sherman is a very smart marketing whiz. If you go into the facts of what he said, the NFL always used to pay for a big party for the AFC Championship Game. We've been privileged to own the team for 21 years, and this was our 10th championship game. When the league stopped giving the parties, we started doing it. This is our third one. I think Mr. Sherman understood that he's the biggest beneficiary, because they get over 50 percent of the revenues. So he didn't go to Harvard, but Stanford must be pretty good because he figured it out."

-- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, responding to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's dig at Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (ESPN Boston)

THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THE WAHLBURGERS WITH THE GRONKOWSKIS

"Because I'm a baller. Is that a good answer?"

-- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, when asked why he parties so hard. (Eye on Football)

NO SCOOP FOR YOU!

"Hey look, I mean, all week I told y'all what's up. And for some reason y'all continue to come back and do the same thing that y'all did. I don't know what story y'all trying to get out of me. I don't know what image y'all trying to portray of me. But it don't matter what y'all think, what y'all say about me. When I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face -- my family that I love. That's all that really matter to me. So y'all can go make up whatever y'all want to make up because I don't say enough for y'all to go and put anything out on me.

"I'll come to y'all event. Y'all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But when I'm at home in my environment, I don't see y'all, but y'all mad at me. And if you ain't mad at me, then what y'all here for? I ain't got nothing for y'all, though. I told y'all that. Y'all should know that. But y'all will sit here like right now and continue to do the same thing. I'm here preparing for a game. And y'all want to ask me these questions, which is understandable. I could get down with that. But I told y'all. I'm not about to say nothing. So for the reminder of my, what's that, three minutes? Because I'm here I'm available for y'all. I'm here, I'm available for y'all. I talked. All of my requirements are fulfilled. For the next three minutes, I'll just be looking at y'all the way that y'all looking at me. Thank you."

-- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, reading a prepared statement to the media essentially telling them he has nothing for them. (Eye on Football)

WARNER MUST HAVE BEEN REALLY JADED AS A SUPERMARKET STOCK-SHELFER

"I don't want to believe that there was anything outside of his team beat our team. That's what I want to believe. There's a sliver of a doubt because I think, as a human, you can't help it. To know that if you were a part of that process at that time, was there any advantage they gained in any game, not just our Super Bowl game, but maybe a game before that to get to the Super Bowl? I mean, all those things enter your mind. It's not because I'm bitter. It's not because I say they cheated, because I have no idea, but it adds a sliver of doubt, which I think is unfair to everybody. It's unfair to them and their legacy. It's unfair to me and my legacy because I don't want to have to wonder, 'Well, did they beat me fair and square or was there something extra?' And that's the unfortunate part that I don't think you'll ever get over because you know something was done outside the rules."

-- Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, openly pondering whether the St. Louis Rams loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI was fair or foul. (Sports Radio KJR)

IF YOU THINK THAT'S COOL WHY DON'T YOU GOOGLE… NEVERMIND ACTUALLY.

"He's become a sex symbol with some kittens. It's crazy. Whoever thought that some furry little cats would've created a sex symbol? Go figure."

-- New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, needling teammate Rob Gronkowski about a photo Gronk took with some kittens earlier this season. (ESPN Boston)

WAIT, I THOUGHT WE HAD THE BOWLING POLICY ON BALLS

"I didn't even know that the ball had to be a certain weight. I know they pump up the balls and they get inspected before every game. But I wasn't aware that the ball had to be at a certain limit, or higher, which is interesting. I think it's very interesting."

-- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, admitting that he was not aware the football had to be a certain weight. (CSN Washington)

YOOOU ARRRE NOT THE SUBSTANCE OF ABUSE!

"I have not smoked marijuana since before I was drafted by the Browns in 2012 -- and there are years' worth of drug tests to prove it."

-- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, in an open letter, claiming that he has not used marijuana since early 2012 but also admitting later in the letter that he has a problem with discipline. (The Cauldron)

NO ONE EVER FEELS SORRY FOR JETS FANS

"Do I feel sorry for the Jets fans? It's not really my fault. I didn't make the call. Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that's the situation. That's how I look at it. Actually, I don't miss the Jets."

-- New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, saying that he really does not miss playing for the Jets at Super Bowl Media Day. (Eye on Football)

I'M SURE THE LIONS' BUS COULD FIND A SPOT FOR YOU

"I'm not going anywhere near [the Cowboys' bus]."

-- NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, when asked whether he would return to a Dallas Cowboys team bus that he was on prior to the season. (Dallas Morning News)

DON'T FORGET TO BRING A TOWEL…

"I'm going to bring my sunblock, my shades, and a hat and I'm going to go to Revis Island and see what I can do. And I'll let you know after the game."

-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, giving out his beach day checklist as he prepares to go one-on-one with Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis during Sunday's Super Bowl. (NFL.com)

YOU WANT TO LIVE IN AN AMISH SOCIETY?

"It should be no sex for [the Patriots] starting today. They're gonna need all the testosterone they can get."

"I just love my beard. Moses had one; Genghis Khan had one. Just good guys man. Jesus had one too."

-- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, talking about various topics including the Patriots' manhood and his beard during Super Bowl Media Day. (Eye on Football)

CARLOS MENCIA HAS SOME NEW MATERIAL

"Well, because they want to win real bad. So sometimes you do stuff that's not fair, so that you can win. I have no problem with it. I think it's hilarious. Why not? It's a stupid football game. Just deflate the balls, poke a guy in the eye or whatever. It's football."

-- Patriots fan and comedian Louis CK, giving us his opinion on Deflate-gate on The Late Show with David Letterman. (Eye on Football)

A 70-YEAR-OLD QUARTERBACK WOULD BE SO ADORABLE!

"It will end badly. It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."

-- Tom Brady, father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, saying that he thinks his son's stint in New England will end badly. (New York Times Magazine)

IMMOVABLE OBJECT MEETS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

"Hands-down, I think he's the best. He's proving it in the passing game, running game, blocking, you name it. I don't think there is any other running back out there that has that many explosive runs, yards after contact. He is exactly what his name is called: Beast Mode. It seems like when the fourth quarter hits, he hits another gear."

-- New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, describing Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and calling him the best running back the Patriots have faced all year. (Eye on Football)

CAN WE AS A SPORTS SOCIETY STOP THE 'ASTERISK' THING? IT'S PLAYED OUT

"I think you have to really put an asterisk on it, because this is going to follow them, you know, for the rest of their lives, because when you look at it, when people go back and they think about the New England Patriots, they're going to think about these controversies. So it's unfortunate. I've always wanted to do things the right way. I didn't want to take any short cuts or anything like that. It's just unfortunate that we're talking about them using underinflated footballs instead of talking about the Super Bowl."

-- Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, saying that if the Patriots were to win the Super Bowl, there would have to be a vaunted asterisk placed next to it. (ESPN)

HAVE JON JONES IMPERSONATE HIS COUSIN CHANDLER JONES OBVIOUSLY

"At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl. I'm gonna tell my teammates to go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder. ... Try to break it if you can. [Sherman] is going to be my best friend after the game, but at the end of the day, I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do."

-- New England Patriots cornerback and former Seahawk Brandon Browner, admitting that he will tell teammates to target injured defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. (Lehigh Valley Live)

SO GOODELL'S NOT GETTING LAID?

"You could be the worst bartender at spring break, but you'd still be killing it."

-- President of the NFL Players Association, Cincinnati Bengals tackle Eric Winston, letting on that he and other players believe the league has succeeded these past few years in spite of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, not because of him. (GQ)

MEANWHILE IN AFC EAST NEW YORK PURGATORY…

"That's hilarious! And to be able to face him two times a year? I can't wait."

-- New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, when asked at the Pro Bowl about his reaction to his old coach Rex Ryan going to the Bills-- a team within his division. (NY Post)

TO PARAPHRASE: YOU SUCK AT YOUR JOB

"I don't answer preschool questions. Improve your line of questioning, then we'll talk."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, after Sherman was asked at Super Bowl Media Day if he's the NFL's best cornerback, and additionally to compare himself to Darrelle Revis. (Instagram)

YOU'RE FORGETTING ABOUT THE SI COVER JINX!

"They're all big, strong, ferocious players. They play in their scheme. They're well coached. They play hard. We certainly have some guys that are big, but this is a completely different group."

-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, talking about the Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs, or the Legion of Boom. (Eye on Football)

TEAMS DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN? WHY I NEVER…

"I played for a team, the coach has two Super Bowl wins, and there was an elaborate scheme to put speakers into the offensive lineman's ears, and they had these custom made speakers, it was a covert operation, they would install it in a back room in the locker room on the road and what have you, and they did that week after week and presumably in the Super Bowl."

-- Former Rams/Falcons/Patriots/Cowboys/Broncos/Saints quarterback and current Seattle sports analyst Hugh Millen, claiming that a two-time Super Bowl winning coach of his put together a huge scheme to install speakers inside the helmets of the offensive linemen so they could be given instructions remotely. He said they had it in place and working. Deflated footballs though. (Boston Sports Media)

HE MEANT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER ONE GAME AS TWO FOR IT TO BE CONSIDERED A CONCUSSION

"You have to play more than two games to get a concussion in the NFL."

-- An unnamed Rams team doctor, being quoted in the NFL's concussion report. (Twitter)

PACQUIAO VS. MAYWEATHER IS FINALLY GONNA HAPPEN PEOPLE!

"[Floyd] Mayweather will tell you. You just gotta keep swingin."

-- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, answering the question "when you're down, how do you find it in yourself to rise up?" during Super Bowl Media Day. (Twitter)

Posted by: Rory Hickey on 30 Jan 2015

16 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2015, 7:26am by whitewesley87

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by Rory Hickey :: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:20pm

In the spirit of Media Day, I will be fielding any and all Super Bowl questions, What songs will Katy Perry play? Is your Super Bowl square number a winner? How will the Seahawks combat Rob Gronkowski? Nothing off limits.
"You play to win the game" - Herm

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:37pm

There must have been some more humorous questions on Media Day ... for example Belichick being asked "Did you know this is the first Super Bowl matchup between Croatian coaches?"

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by Rory Hickey :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:16am

Ahh I didn't see that one! That's good.

"You play to win the game" - Herm

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:39pm

I went looking for video of that but could only come up with

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000463939/What-is-Belic...

The options his answer gives for a title

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:41pm
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by wiesengrund :: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:46pm

CAN WE AS A SPORTS SOCIETY STOP THE 'ASTERISK' THING?

That's funny coming from the possibly only non-biased sports site on the net, predicting Russel Wilson's success before he was drafted while not only applying an asterisk to him, but calling him actually "The Asterisk".

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by Rory Hickey :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:14am

Hahaha I deserve no credit for predicting Russell Wilson's success, that's all for Aaron and company. I just feel like the talk of putting asterisks on accomplishments in all sports is so stupid because everyone knows that Barry Bonds used steroids for instance, I think we should just take it with a grain of salt so to speak.

"You play to win the game" - Herm

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by Sixknots :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:20am

"I don't answer preschool questions. Improve your line of questioning, then we'll talk."

-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, after Sherman was asked at Super Bowl Media Day if he's the NFL's best cornerback, and additionally to compare himself to Darrelle Revis.

OK, now I have a serious man crush on Richard Sherman.

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by Rory Hickey :: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:20am

I'm actually a Pats fan but I love Sherman, the NFL needs more smart, talented guys with some swagger like him.

"You play to win the game" - Herm

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/01/2015 - 1:04am

All these negative quotes about the Patriots should be useful if Kraft, Brady, or Belichick ever decides to pursue a defamation suit against the league.

Kurt Warner needs to accept that the Patriots weren't cheating at Super Bowl XXXVI. The whole 'Spygate' thing was in relation to a memo published in 2006.

That Warner, Rice, and many others immediately jumped to the conclusion that the Patriots "must be cheating against" based on leaks from Goodell's office (which later turned out to be false) goes to show just how much damage can be done these days with unsourced leaks to a stenographic reporter.

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by LionInAZ :: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:01am

Get over your self-righteous outrage. Neither Warner nor Rice came out and said that the Patriots cheated, only that the constant controversies raise questions. And whether you like it or not, the Pats were in fact punished over the illegal camera issue, so the controversy exists anyway. There's no basis for any defamation suit except in the small minds of NE fanatics.

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by PatsFan :: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:02am

It was great to see the classless Warner (who continues to repeat lies about NE taping the Rams walkthrough) have to carry the trophy through the entire NE team.

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by Athelas :: Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:09am

Yes, did you see that smile he tried to plaster on his face? Very awkward.

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by PatsFan :: Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:00pm

Yeah -- that was an all-time fake smile.

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