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20 Sep 2007

The Week in Quotes: September 20, 2007

compiled by Ben Riley


"I'm surprised this analogy hasn't come up yet. Can't you see Bill Belichick and Roger Goodell in the office having the conversation, and you picture Roger Goodell as Tom Cruise, and you picture Bill Belichick as Jack Nicholson. And they're sitting in the courtroom, and they're having this discussion, and all of a sudden Goodell is like, 'Did you order a code red?!?!'"

-- Dolphins quarterback Trent Green, sharing his cinematic vision of how it all went down

"And Belichick is sitting there. And you know he's getting peeved because he's even in there, that [Goodell/Cruise] has the audacity to bring him in and question it."

-- Green

"That's the analogy and kind of the visual that I have, is that eventually Belichick just kinda snapped and went, 'You're darn right I ordered a code red!'"

-- Green

"I don't know, maybe I'm the only one that has that warped perception."

-- Green (Palm Beach Post)

"When you lose a guy like me, you're going to do whatever it takes to get the edge to win."

-- 49ers linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, offering the second-funniest explanation for the signal-taping scandal. To be clear, Banta-Cain was joking. (Santa Rosa Press-Democrat)


"The evidence we saw and the evidence we gathered, and the other tests we had other experts look at and we felt at that time there was no objective evidence. At the time we made that statement all of the evidence was pointing in his favor. Obviously something came out three weeks after that, and that obviously didn't look favorable on David."

-- Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen, explaining why the Bucs' front office issued a public statement that claimed there was no "objective evidence" that wide receiver David Boston was under the influence of a foreign substance at the time of his arrest, even though (a) Boston was arrested while sleeping in a running vehicle; (b) there was a police video of Boston refusing to walk the line; and (c) the arresting officer clearly indicated that he knew Boston was under the influence of something other than alcohol. Boston's urine test later revealed traces of GHB -- also referred to as "liquid ecstasy" -- and the Bucs released him.

"I'm very disappointed not only for David Boston but for our fans. This is a guy that got hurt in the pre-game warm-up, turned his ankle or whatever it was, and there are some pending things going on off the field that will be resolved by people of a high authority and more knowledge than me. But for two years it was a Cinderella story."

-- Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, offering his unorthodox view of Cinderella stories

"We do have strict Buccaneer policies that we do abide by. The actions of Jerramy occurred before he was a Buccaneer. The case you brought up is a player before one of our games under our jurisdiction."

-- Allen, when asked why the Buccaneers were not punishing tight end Jerramy Stevens for his recent conviction for driving under the influence.

"He'll be subjective to the Substance Abuse Policy. Any appeals he has are once again between his lawyers and the courts of Arizona."

-- Allen, offering his subjective opinion

"The character of this team is outstanding. I know a lot of you have met these players, fans have met these players. The character of this team is excellent."

-- Allen (Pewter Report)


"Dude, it's everything. No, it's just football. We're just making sure that we're OK."

-- Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, describing his mysterious wrist injury

"The weirdest thing."

-- Alexander, still describing the injury

"I would call it a boo-boo. That's what I use on my daughter."

-- Alexander

"Boo-boos are good."

-- Alexander

"A boo-boo with a boo-boo protector."

-- Alexander, describing the device he planned to wear to protect his wrist (Seattle Times)


"I'm not comfortable with some of the body language he's exhibiting."

-- Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, describing his discomfort with the body language of under-performing Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones

"What I saw and the responses I get are for private consumption."

-- Del Rio

"When he enters a room, he has an infectious ability."

-- Del Rio, describing the "infectious abilities" of Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson, presumably in contrast to the non-infectious abilities of Jones

"Physically, he doesn't have to show all that rah-rah, that jumping up and bouncing off the walls. That doesn't impress me. It doesn't do anything for me."

-- Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, describing his physical expectations of Jones

"I'm getting what I need. I'm fine with that. As far as I'm concerned, he's mentally into the game. I don't know what he's doing with everybody else."

-- Taylor, describing his needs from Jones

"I have a certain way about me that I can approach guys without them feeling like I'm stepping on toes. I just try to use my past experiences to talk to them and let them know I'm not here to beat your butt."

-- Taylor

"Let me look into your eyes. I can see your focus."

-- Taylor (Florida Times-Union)


"It's that cherry syrup that you can put into drinks. It's the greatest stuff ever made. Sprite. Tea. Orange juice and pineapple juice. I can drink it in anything."

-- Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, describing his obsession with grenadine

"I just got involved in orchestra and band when I was a kid. I was tall, so basically I was the only one who was tall enough to hold the bass in orchestra. So I played bass and picked up other instruments along the way. I taught myself on the piano. I was in band or orchestra right up to high school."

-- Williams

"They used to call me the 'Orch Dork.'"

-- Williams (Yahoo! Sports)


"Our passing game was basically embarrassing."

-- Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin, describing the performance of Raiders quarterback Josh McCown

"He has to be more accurate."

-- Kiffin, still talking about McCown

"I just feel [McCown] gives us a better chance to win right now. Will that be the case next Monday?"

-- Kiffin, who did not answer his own question

"I apologize to the fans, but I can't make decisions based on their reactions ... But I can't say if I were in their shoes and I had a guy [Culpepper] who's been to three Pro Bowls, I wouldn't be doing the same thing."

-- Kiffin (Inside Bay Area)


"I'm not going to try to explain it. That's our business."

-- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, refusing to answer questions about the Bengals' 51-45 loss to the Cleveland Browns (Lexington Herald-Leader)


"Here's the concern -- in our society now, so many things come up on Web sites and Internet."

-- Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, reacting to the availability of a rap song purportedly sung by Larry Johnson -- and widely available on "Web sites and Internet" -- that was critical of the Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson and Priest Holmes

"First of all, I don't even have the Internet. I wouldn't even know how to use it."

-- Edwards, locking up TWIQ's "Quote of the Year" Award in September

"There are a lot of things that happen that people are subject to, and you never know where it comes from. For me to sit here and try to be Inspector Clouseau and figure out who did it ... I can't do that. I've got to beat Chicago. I can't worry about stuff like this."

-- Edwards

"He [LJ] said whatever he had to say. He said, 'I'm not involved in it.' Why is it so hard for us anymore to believe somebody?"

-- Edwards (ESPN.com)


"She took half of everything I had. I should have never did that. Why are you laughing? I'm serious."

-- Chad Johnson, expressing regret over proposing to a Bengals' cheerleader last year

"Dude threw beer on me. I didn't like that. The beer was kind of cold and it messed up my uniform. The rest of the game I smelled real bad."

-- Johnson, describing the aromatic effects of leaping into Cleveland's Dawg Pound after scoring a touchdown last week

"No one ever jumped into the opposing team's stands. And actually, they embraced me except for that one person who was drunk."

-- Johnson (Seattle Times)


"No. 'We,' meaning the African-American quarterbacks. Now, when I say 'all of us as quarterbacks,' I say 'all of us as quarterbacks.' That's all. Am I not explaining it good for all of you, or what is it? You're all trying to find answers and I'm not giving you. I'm not understanding what you're saying."

-- Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, denying that it is hypocritical to refer to black quarterbacks as "we" while simultaneously criticizing the media for treating black quarterbacks differently from white quarterbacks. Or something like that. (ProFootballTalk.com)


"We're going to play some people, but Willie Parker is our feature runner and that's no secret. When he needs a blow, he's going to get a blow; when he doesn't, he won't."

-- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, describing his plans to run Willie Parker "until the wheels come off" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


"They did an outstanding job. I credit the New York Jets. Their defensive line and linebackers did a very, very effective job of illegally simulating the snap count."

-- Ravens head coach Brian Billick, accusing the Jets of a different sort of tomfoolery (Fox Sports)

"I guess I'm not that deep, strategy wise. You ever been kicked in the groin?"

-- Vikings head coach Brad Childress, when asked why Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson didn't milk his groin injury to buy backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger more time during overtime of the Vikings-Lions game. The reporter who asked the question responded by asking "Who hasn't?" (Minneapolis St. Paul Pioneer Press)

"We don't need to make any dramastic changes."

-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, denying that the Giants (0-2) need to make any dramatic -- or drastic -- changes (Newsday)

"I just definitely feel the hand of God. That's all it was. You can't explain it."

-- Lions quarterback Jon Kitna, describing God's medical intervention to cure his mild concussion (Yahoo! Sports)

"They just jumped on us like a spider monkey."

-- Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal, evoking an interesting metaphor to describe the beat-down the Chargers suffered against the Patriots (Yahoo! Sports)

"Whether I'm out to dinner with Dallas Clark and Jeff Saturday, or lifting weights with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, there's always that moment, between sets of bench press or just sitting in the restaurant, when we make eye contact and know what we accomplished last year and how hard we worked to accomplish it."

-- Peyton Manning, describing the special moments (as quoted in "Stack" magazine and republished in the Indianapolis Star)

"Most of the cheerleaders are nice to me, but some of them aren't -- which is kind of a shame."

-- Christy Oglevee, former Redskinette and fiancée of Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (Washington Post)

"I don't see how it happens. I know we have the same first name, but Williams, Johnson. About 300-something pounds, 200-something pounds. Bald head, braids. But, you know, I guess it happens."

-- Vikings safety Tank Williams, reacting to Emmitt Smith's mistaking him with suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Smith later called Williams to apologize. (Minneapolis St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Remember to send your quotes to quotes-at-footballoutsiders.com, like my man Alex A. and my mellow Rich C. did this week -- you two are the freaks of the quote industry.

Posted by: Ben Riley on 20 Sep 2007

65 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2007, 12:03pm by Podge


by JJcruiser (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:14am

That was the funniest TWIQ ever. Way too many classics to be shared in one beautiful cacophony, but my favorites:

“That’s the analogy and kind of the visual that I have, is that eventually Belichick just kinda snapped and went, ‘You’re darn right I ordered a code red!’�
– Green

“Dude threw beer on me. I didn’t like that. The beer was kind of cold and it messed up my uniform. The rest of the game I smelled real bad.�
– Johnson, describing the aromatic effects of leaping into Cleveland’s Dawg Pound after scoring a touchdown last week

“When he enters a room, he has an infectious ability.�
– Del Rio, describing the “infectious abilities� of Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson, presumably in contrast to the non-infectious abilities of Jones

You guys should collect all these from past years and publish them in a book.

by Adam H. (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:16am

"You ever been kicked in the groin?�
No, but once I fell in the mud...and got kicked in the head...with an iron boot!

by MDZ (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:38am

I think I'm gonna rename my fatasy team The Dramastic Changes.

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:43am

Why doesn't it surprise me that Herm Edwards doesn't know how to use the internet.

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:08pm

#1 - I've been asking for months that PFP have a TYIQ section, to no avail. Maybe next year.

Someone needs to buy Herm an Internet.

by Paul (London,UK) (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:09pm

Donovan McNabb seems to be learning English from RaiderJoe.

Please tell me that Herm meant Sherlock Holmes.

As for Mike Tomlin's comment.....must....resist temptation...

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:12pm

"dramastic" is actually an excellent word to use under the circumstances

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:19pm

“Let me look into your eyes. I can see your focus.�

Who the hell does Fred Taylor think he is? Catholic Match Girl?

by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:22pm

You missed the Charles Barkley gem from MNF.

Tirico: "If the Eagles fielded one of those punts, they would've won against Green Bay"
Sir Charles: "And if I didn't eat so much, I wouldn't be fat!"

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:23pm

Mike Tomlin is apparently more of a players' coach than we thought.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:26pm

Gosh, I remember seeing "A Few Good Men" when it was released, and people getting mad at me because I couldn't help laughing out loud. It may be the most stupid "serious" movie ever made, and just thinking of certain scenes from that piece of crap still makes me chuckle.

In other news, Jaguar fans, you can't possibly have as much reason for lamentation in regards to Matt Jones as the Vikings fans and Lions fans do in regards to two receivers drafted before Jones in 2005. Our agony is worse than yours! Oh well, David Boston's available, I hear......

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:26pm

Also, Lorenzo Neal's quote is a reference to Talladega Nights. so, not quite as loony as it might sound.

by Jeff (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:37pm

Herm, about the internet, it's a series of tubes.

by mactbone (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:41pm

Shaun Alexander is a lot more out there than I would've thought. This week's quotes and last year miracle healing before the Bears game make me think he's an untapped mine of quotes.

BTW, speaking of awful Jag WRs, anyone else notice that Reggie Williams has an insane VOA of 151.5%?

by TGT (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:02pm

Hey, if ginormous can become a word, why not dramastic?

by Jeremiah (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:18pm

Those are both perfectly cromulent words.

by Costa (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:19pm

11: Thank you for making me feel bad about it being one of my favorite movies. (-_-)

by Devin McCullen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:33pm

I should have sent this in, but after I saw it in 3 different articles on Monday, I figured you'd get it yourself.

"I think we're a better football team than we showed," Tom Coughlin said. "Obviously I don't have any real grounds for saying that."

by Ben Riley :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:34pm


And also:

"She's hot."

-- Tony Kornheiser, describing Tim Hasselbeck's wife Elizabeth

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:48pm

Hey, Costa, to each their own. I've had some personal experiences with high ranking military officers with great career ambitions, and legal proceedings, so nearly every scene in that flick struck me as utterly preposterous. I probably like historical dramas best because I've never lived in previous centuries, so I have an easier time ignoring the really stupid parts.

by Independent George (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:58pm

I hate to complain - I know Aaron et. al deserve to eat as much as freeloaders like me - but these ad redirects are annoying the crap out of me. This is far more intrusive than the embedded links in the text; how about an extra $5 to FO Premium to log into an ad-free site?

by RMonihan (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:08pm

Dramastic alterations in our speaking and writing patterns will occur as dramastic enters the lexicon.

Dramastic classes will be offered in room 304, by Professor Manning.......

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:12pm

I remember seeing “A Few Good Men� when it was released, and people getting mad at me because I couldn’t help laughing out loud. It may be the most stupid “serious� movie ever made

wait a minute...that movie was s'posed to be SERIOUS?!

next you'll be telling me that Independence Day was supposed to be serious

by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:13pm

So Lewis thinks the Bengals are in the business of giving up touchdowns. That explains alot.

by King Kaufman (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:16pm

Quote of the Year? I don't think Herm's Internet quote is even quote of the week. I like Childress' strategy quote for that.

by King Kaufman (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:18pm

Boy, it's burdensome to post a comment. Why do we have to type in TWO anti-spam words? Why can we not choose to bypass the preview screen. Life is short.

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:31pm

Dirty little secret: You don't have to type in the anti-spam word to get to the preview. Only to actually post.

by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:37pm

If Del Rio is unhappy with Jones why doesn't he just have him room with Nelson. Once Jones becomes infected with Nelson's ability, Del Rio should be much more satisfied.

By the way I thought Jones was way overrated as a prospect in that draft. Is it too early to say 'I told you so.'?

by mawbrew (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:48pm

Re: 6

No, Herm really meant Clouseau. He's been told so many times that he's the Inspector Clouseau of NFL coaches that it just seemed natural.

by The Boilermaster (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:48pm

What the hell is it with these damn hyper-christians attempting to come back from injuries way way way too early while praising 'miracles'.

T.O., Shaun Alexander, Kitna, and I'm pretty sure Kurt Warner must have said that after one of his 25 concussions. Idiots, all of them.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:59pm

Yeah, #23, if the screenwriter had written in some aliens from outer space for the climatic courtroom scene, and then had the Cruise and Nicholson characters join forces to save the earth, I might have been better able to suspend disbelief.

by Neil Barron (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:15pm

Did no-one else like this gem from Tom Coughlin

'“I think we are a better football team than we have shown. Obviously, I don’t have any real grounds for saying that, it is just a belief.'

So true it hurts...

by David (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:16pm

16 - this week in quotes has embiggened the art of gibberish.
I've been looking forward to this TWIQ since I read the story about LJ's rap, and I have to say that I'm a little diappointed that the FO guys didn't have anything to say about Herm holding up the Pink Panther as the gold standard of detective work.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:23pm

#32, now THAT oughta' keep the seats filled at the Meadowlands! HA!

by jtp (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:35pm

I kind of liked the quote from the 3rd string Lions QB, Dan Orlovsky. As was mentioned on Sportscenter the other night, he said this about Jon Kitna after the Lions victory over the Vikings:
"Indy can have Peyton and New England can have Tom, but we wouldn't trade this guy for anyone in the world."

by dryheat (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 4:00pm

#35 Maybe he was talking about Jesus?

by hooper (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 4:15pm

Re: 35

A 3rd string QB is praising the 1st-string guy? I imagine he's genuine about the comment, but having a starting QB who's doing his best impersonation of the "I am Batman" guy from the Snickers commercials is a much better opportunity for the 3rd-stringer to see action than is being 3rd behind Peyton or Brady.

Then again, being 3rd QB on the Lions is one of the greatest jobs in the world.
- You get paid rather well for doing almost nothing.
- Teammates don't hate you like they hate the kicker.
- You don't even have to hold the ball for field goals or extra points.
- You don't bear any of the blame for the team's inevitable collapse.
- If you do happen to play in a game, the fans see you as a faint glimmer of hope because the last guy stunk up the joint. Kind of a "tough act to follow" thing.
- You can safely walk away when your career is over without ever having to admit to anybody that you actually played for the Lions.
- You can probably attend Fire Millen! rallies anonymously.
- The Red Wings are a pretty good ticket. (And this from an Avs fan.)

by Moe (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 4:26pm

Hey, where is the link / comment section for this weeks TMQ?

by BadgerT1000 (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 4:27pm

If someone in management in an industrial type setting had a high number of Workman Comp claims the person would have to reduce the number, get better at hiding the facts or find themselves unemployed.

If the NFL were serious about concussions a coach like Mike Martz might have some explaining to do with respect to "tactics" that result in qbs getting a high number of concussions......

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:26pm

Actually, hooper, while the Wings are still a good regular-season ticket, the playoff games have become a little less entertaining. (You've probably seen the same thing with the Avs - the problem with winning a couple of Cups is that we expect it to happen all the time.)

The only problem with being the 3rd-stringer is that you're still one level from being the best QB in NFL history. (We tend to think the backup is Steve-Young-in-waiting. Never mind that the current QB was probably the backup once.)

Also, Orlovsky kind of fell to the third-string spot, so it's not quite as glamorous as he'd hope. (Plus he's actually played for them, so unfortunately, a quick Googling will prove he was on the field.)

Finally, grenadine is truly awesome.

by cryptomnesiac (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:36pm

I think Al Gore invented Herm Edwards.

by seamus (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:42pm

11: True, true. Unlike the Lions and Vikings, at least Matt Jones was considered a "project."

by James, London (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 7:28pm

Herm's legend grows with every passing day.

And if Ocho thinks there was only one drunk in Cleveland, he should be in the substance abuse program.

by Pat (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 7:54pm

If someone asks McNabb "are black quarterbacks criticized differently?" and he says "I think we are" - how is it hypocritical to use "we"? The questioner defined a group that McNabb and others belong to, and a group that McNabb didn't belong to. "We" is the proper pronoun for the first, "they" is the proper pronoun for the second.

What should he have said? "They" for both? Implying that he wasn't a black quarterback? "We" for both? Implying that he was a white quarterback? Does that interviewer not understand grammar?

I don't get it. That interview was just an embarassment of reporting. That question in particular was retarded - essentially "is it hypocritical for you to use proper grammar"? Jeez. That's almost as bad as when they interviewed Nate Ilaoa and asked what time it was in Hawaii.

by iapetus (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 8:33pm

28: I assume that was a typo - in fact, Jones has an infectious lack of ability. He also has a spectacular beard. I assume Jack Del Rio didn't want him transmitting either of those to Reggie Nelson.

by hooper (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 8:42pm


Obviously, I was posting in humor, but your comments are well-received. The reference to not admitting being a Lion was simply that it'd be easier to be Orlovsky than, say, Harrington in Detroit. I hope the humor wasn't taken personally, though; I have a ton of respect for Lions fans because I know they're actually fans rather than bandwaggoneers.

When I was young, I remember how Kubiak always talked about how much he liked being Elway's backup. It didn't pay as much, but it paid well, and he knew he'd keep his health intact. He got to learn a lot in the meantime, and it's probably a huge help in being a coach right now. And nobody in Denver ever had a reason to dislike him - even Elway didn't always enjoy that.

As far as hockey goes, I'm one of the ones who hasn't even bothered watching a game since it resumed - at least at the NHL level. I have serious objections to the goalie restrictions, and I think the game is too far removed from the hockey I grew up appreciating. To be honest, I don't even mind that the Avs fell apart and the Red Wings are still a top team. Before the strike, that would have been blasphemy to my hockey ears. (FWIW, my solution would have been to increase the size of the ice. I figured that the game had simply outgrown the rinks they played on.)

Meanwhile, best of luck this weekend against Philly. It looks better now than it has in recent memory.

by Fergasun (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:04pm

Surprised no one else noticed this.
Jason Campbell: Early in my career in college, I felt like people looked at me differently and expected a lot more, I felt I had to do a little extra. At that point, I did feel that way. I don't feel that way now in the NFL. That's his opinion, and as an African-American quarterback, I have to support other African-American quarterbacks. But it's something I can't get caught up in. I look at all quarterbacks as the same. I support every guy who's playing the position. It's the hardest position to play in professional sports, and you get graded differently than any other position on the field. Nine times out of 10 the ball is in your hands, so everybody is watching you. Since you're in the spotlight, the mistakes get recognized. You need thick skin and a short memory.

Quoted from Washington Times...

by ZasZ (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:29pm

Pat in 44:

How long has Mcnabb been a black quarterback?

(Yes, I know, urban legend. Still funny, though.)

by Pat (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:32pm

#47: What's funny about that is that PFT used that quote to say "Campbell Disagrees with McNabb" - except if you read it, he's agreeing with him. He's saying he doesn't feel that way in the NFL now, but did previously (in college, but it doesn't matter). Which means that yeah, he did feel that black quarterbacks might be criticized differently.

The whole thing's just completely overblown by PFT and the media. Massively.

And honestly, for those people who think that it's McNabb, because it's always McNabb that is the one being unfairly criticized - no, it isn't. It's the Philly media.

by emcee fleshy (sd/atl) (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:51pm

Lorenzo Neal is wrong.

I was once punched in the eye by an angry spider monkey. (IANMTU)

What happened to the Chargers last week was much, much worse.

by masocc (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 12:49am

"Boston’s urine test later revealed traces of GHB — also referred to as “liquid ecstasy�

As noted in my prediction of this outcome in the orignal Boston DUI thread (linked in name), I think David Boston was after the Growth Hormone effects of GHB, not the 'liquid ecstasy'. That's just a pleasant side effect ;).

Of course, it's also a date rape drug... he should try claiming someone slipped him a mickey! "Your honor, LaQuatia was obviously trying to make me her future baby's momma. What with my lucrative veteran's minimum contract, and all"

by Pat (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 1:42am

What with my lucrative veteran’s minimum contract, and all�

Dude, give me a year of an NFL vet minimum. I'll take it.

by JoshuaPerry (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 4:07am


by lobolafcadio (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 10:44am

“When you lose a guy like me, you’re going to do whatever it takes to get the edge to win.�

– 49ers linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, offering the second-funniest explanation for the signal-taping scandal. To be clear, Banta-Cain was joking. (Santa Rosa Press-Democrat)

Quote of the year !!!!!

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 10:54am

"#47: What’s funny about that is that PFT used that quote to say “Campbell Disagrees with McNabb� - except if you read it, he’s agreeing with him. He’s saying he doesn’t feel that way in the NFL now, but did previously (in college, but it doesn’t matter). Which means that yeah, he did feel that black quarterbacks might be criticized differently."

Its him agreeing about college, disagreeing about the pros. McNabb is still vocal about being treated differently NOW because hes black. Campbell called him out on that.

D. McNabb needs to pull his head out of his ass and realize that hes playing in Philly. This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with Philly being a silly place.

by Rick (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 11:44am

#55: It's not McNabb being vocal. It's reporters asking stupid questions and McNabb answering honestly. Honesty hurts. Should he have said it? Probably not, but that's not a crime, he was asked a question that was pretty upfront about black quarterbacks.
#49: I completely agree. I'm in NYC, and the reporters there are pretty darn bad. But Philly, while it has great sports reporters overall, does have a hardcore of idiotic commentators that are always "looking for something". McNabb has been target #1 from the day he was drafted. I guarantee that even if he WON the Super Bowl, they'd have been making fun of how he did it. You can't win with the idiotic commentators in Philly. And because of them, they debase the fans, who I really think are as good as, and frequently better than, the NY Giants/Jets fans I encounter.

Every city has its morons. I don't know why Philly is so quick to put theirs front and center.

by Crushinator (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 11:55am

Didn't read all the comments and someone probably said it, but Lorenzo Neal's thing is a quote from "Talladega Nights".

Also, I think Banta-Cain's quote won this round.

We should do that every few weeks and take a vote on the funniest quotes and at the end of teh season, vote on the funniest quote from the season. I mean, really, why not?

by Pat (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 4:35pm

Its him agreeing about college, disagreeing about the pros.

Except he hasn't been a starter long enough to see criticism in the pros. He was in college. His statement is perfectly consistent with McNabb's.

D. McNabb needs to pull his head out of his ass and realize that hes playing in Philly.

He made the original statement in a separate, TV interview that was about his life, and what he's had to go through. It was completely appropriate there.

The only problem McNabb has is that he tells the truth in press conferences, and moron reporters try to berate him for it, asking questions about grammar.

My previous point was simple: #56 is right. McNabb could say nothing, and the media would still berate him (remember, he's done that, and they did). The opinion that's being pasted of him in the national media is entirely coming from about 5 or 6 sportswriters in Philly who've seen their national profile grow thanks to the Terrell Owens debacle.

by pat on the back (not verified) :: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 5:37pm

As someone on record as pretty much detesting Philly (save for the surprisingly delightful restraunt scene), McNabb has pretty much always been given a raw deal there. That said, I think the recent injury hardships and resultant decline in play may be leading to a lot of the criticism he is currently seeing. However, he probably isn't (or doesn't want) to doubt his ability, so he attributes this newest wave of vitriol to him being black rather than him declining in skill. Couple this with the Rush Limbaugh junk from earlier in his career, and the "you stink now" stuff probably seems more racial to him than it is at the moment.

Mind you, I'm not weighing in one way or the other on whether black quarterbacks get a raw deal from the media. I'm just playing a bit of arm-chair psychologist. However, just the fact that they are often identified as black QBs probably means theirs is a different experience just from bearing the label. More positive or more negative, I don't know; but just being asked those questions will make the QB be aware of it as an issue and possible attribute... uh... collinear criticism to race over performance, whether it is racially driven or not.

by Kellerman (not verified) :: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 1:25pm

Tully Banta-Cain just became my new favorite player because he actually said something funny and did it intentionally. Very few NFL types will intentionally try to be humorous and even fewer can actually pull it off. That's one of Chad Johnson's secrets.

by Malene, cph, dk (not verified) :: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 10:20pm

Banta-Cain is deceptively funny?

by PhillyCWC (not verified) :: Sun, 09/23/2007 - 12:01pm

Just a minor note on the Philly sports media...I happened to see Howard Eskin at an appearance at a local mall yesterday for a charity. He's just as unpleasant in person as I always suspected he would be. I credit very little of anything the Philly sports media says beyond reporting bare facts. I do miss Bill Lyon, though. He was my favorite Inquirer writer and I always made a point of reading his columns.

by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 1:33pm

“First of all, I don’t even have the Internet. I wouldn’t even know how to use it.�

I believe you, Herm. The Internet is a difficult entity to learn. Especially for people as dumb as you.

by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 1:35pm

My second favorite was Chad Johnson complaining about how the beer made his uniform smell real bad.

by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 12:03pm

Is anyone else starting to think that the reason Herm Edwards whole playbook consists of "run up the middle" is because he thinks its about 30 years ago and that's what everyone does?