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29 Sep 2017

The Week In Quotes: September 29, 2017

Compiled by Cale Clinton

Ed. Note: Yes, we know the biggest off-field story of the week is not included in this week's TWIQ. That's on purpose as part of our attempt to stay a "no politics zone." As noted in Audibles, many of us on the FO staff have very strong pro-player stances and you are welcome to discuss that with us on our Twitter feeds. Please don't address the President or the protests here. Thanks. -- Aaron Schatz

TRASH TALKING IS ALIVE AND WELL IN FOOTBALL

"You forgot who daddy is. I'm going to have to spank you."

-- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield was overheard saying this toward the end of a pregame confrontation between Oklahoma and Baylor players. The Sooners would go on to overtake Baylor 49-41. (Eddie Radosevich of Rivals.com, Twitter)

JOSH NORMAN, INVENTOR OF THE 'TRASH TALK MONOLOGUE'

"First off, you don't come in here and say what you gon' put up on somebody. 200 yards … did he even catch two balls? He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sunday, cuz I'm telling you. We are here, and we are waitin'. Don't come out here and tell me what you gonna do, show me. You gonna have to run through me to get that, and we ain't gonna let that happen. Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go on and take it back. Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. I may be Cover-2. I'm Cover-1, Cover-2, Cover-3, and Cover-4. All of 'em. All of them ingredients in making a perfect attack."

-- Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman goes scorched earth on the Oakland Raiders receiving corps. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, touted as one of the best wide-receiving pairs in the NFL coming into the season, combined for 13 total yards against the Redskins secondary. (CBS Sports)

DOES THIS MAKE BUD LIGHT THE 13TH MAN?

"We're playing at nighttime, so everybody's drunk then. I'm guessing it'll be very loud."

-- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on the noise levels in Seattle's stadium, suggesting that excessive tailgating by the fans prior to kickoff will provide a harsh playing atmosphere.

(Stephen Holder, Twitter)

'I'M NOT MAD. THIS IS ACTUALLY FUNNY TO ME. I'M LAUGHING, SEE?'

"That's funny to me. That don't bother me because I know who I am. Just because certain people don't see me get targets this game, it don't mean nothing. I feel like I got great film, I got great tape. That's what I care about. That was my whole focus, coming out and putting great film out, and I think I did that [Monday night]."

-- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant addressed the idea that some believe he's declining. Bryant had two receptions for 12 yards and a score during Monday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Thus far this season, Bryant has accrued just 11 catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. (NFL.com)

GOAT OR NOT, BRADY'S KIND OF A STRANGE GUY

"When I was growing up, and playing outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot. I was a fair-skinned Irish boy, after all. These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won't get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink. I always hydrate afterward, too, to keep my skin from peeling. When I once told that to my sister, she said, 'You mean I don't have to use all those moisturizers and facial products to keep my skin looking good? I should just drink as much water as you do? I think you should market your [stupid water drop things] as a beauty product.' I just laughed."

-- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in an excerpt from his new book, discusses how he fights sunburn by … drinking lots of water? (Deadspin)

JAKE ELLIOTT'S WEEK JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

"I'll friggin' give him my paycheck. I'll give him my game check. I'll give him my game check if he makes this."

-- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was mic'd up on the sidelines during the final play of this past weekend's Giants-Eagles game. In the final moments before backup kicker Jake Elliott nailed the 61-yard game-winning field goal, Wentz put his money where Jake's mouth was. Elliott has since refused the game check and offered to have Wentz donate the check to a charity of Elliott's choosing. (Philadelphia Eagles, Twitter)

McELWAIN'S BEEN SITTING IN ON FLORIDA'S PHILOSOPHY CLASSES

"That's two weeks in a row we didn't give up, and, uh … you know what? That's kind of what life's all about isn't it?"

-- Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain has seemingly had time to reflect on life in these past two weeks of Florida wins. The Gators have won their last two games by a combined total of seven points, including a last-second touchdown pass. (SEC Network, as captured by Twitter user Old Row Jimmy)


THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA

HE COULD … GO … ALL … THE … WAY!

-- A squirrel got onto the field of the Kent State-Louisville game and made the most entertaining highlight out of this one-sided affair.

GOLDIE GOPHER WITH THE TRUCK STICK

-- University of Minnesota mascot Goldie Gopher lays the wood down on a poor, unsuspecting peewee football player.

'THE FIELD IS COVERED WITH MULES!'

-- In Division II Football action, the University of Central Missouri puts on a show, turning a would-be overtime bid into a game-sealing fumble return.

RESPECT THE BUSINESS

-- Baltimore Ravens reporter Mark Viviano bravely reports the heinous, disgraceful display of enjoyment and fun times during the Jaguars-Ravens London game.

LIVE LOOK AT THE GIANTS PISSING THEIR SEASON AWAY

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was flagged for this "peeing dog" celebration following his first of two touchdowns last Sunday. When the NFL loosened the rules on celebrations, I'm quite confident in saying this wasn't what they had in mind.

DAAAAA BEARS

-- The Chicago Bears playing on Thursday night means we've been blessed with not one, but TWO big Bears blunders this week.

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 29 Sep 2017

9 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2017, 4:58pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

Comments

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by young curmudgeon :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:18pm

Squirrel's run was great, but end zone dance was disappointing.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:09pm

Anybody got a clue what OBJ's dog-peeing celebration was about?

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by duh :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:26pm

My guess would be 'marking his territory?' but just a guess.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 09/30/2017 - 1:06am

With apologies for where it ends up: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/09/new-york-giants-odell-beckham-jr-dog-pee...

I'm all for Aaron's request to not discuss this any further, but it answers the question.

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by jtr :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:51pm

The Brady book quote is credited here to Forbes, but clearly was copy-pasted from Deadspin. Forbes used the actual name of his product, whereas Deadspin replaced it with "[stupid water drop things]" because they're Deadspin.

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by Cale Clinton :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:20pm

Yeah, hand up, that's on me. Copied it last week when it was a Twitter Moment. I didn't realize right before I hit send on the final draft last night. I kept it in for the minor comedic value.

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by Vincent Verhei :: Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:38pm

Actually, that's partly on me too. I was searching for the correct attribution, found the Forbes article, and linked to it. Didn't catch the bracketed part at the end. Will fix now.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 09/30/2017 - 1:13am

Baltimore Ravens reporter Mark Viviano bravely reports the heinous, disgraceful display of enjoyment and fun times during the Jaguars-Ravens London game.

For the people in the press corps who are actually working, especially these days where live-tweeting and live-blogging are common, having to deal with "enjoyment and fun times" in the press box is an unnecessary annoyance. (Out in the stands, of course, is an entirely different issue.) "No cheering in the press box" is a longstanding rule for a reason.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Sun, 10/01/2017 - 4:58pm

I dearly hope the FAA's response to Spanos is in next week's quotes.