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17 Sep 2010

This Week In Quotes: September 17, 2010

compiled by Rory Hickey


"You put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's [bodies]. ... I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

-- Redskins running Clinton Portis on the Ines Sainz controversy (NFL Nation Blog)


"Well, Diet Dr Pepper, you know? I used to drink a lot of Cokes and stuff, and when I went to Diet Dr Pepper, that helps some. Obviously working out, and I actually did NutriSystem some. So a combination of things."

-- Cowboys coach Wade Phillips on how he was able to successfully shed so much weight (SB Nation)


"I'll tell you what happened, [Boss] ran the seam, and the little dirt-bag safety, wherever he was, came over."

"He's not a dirt bag. That's a dirt-bag move. Any head on head is a dirt-bag move."

-- Giants tight end Travis Beckum commenting on Panthers defensive back Sherrod Martin's hit on Giants tight end Kevin Boss that gave Boss a concussion (The Star-Ledger)


"He has a little nastiness, a little dog in him. I like that. Every time I watch him, I kind of smile. We are still competitors. We are going to go out there and compete and at the end of the game shake hands and wish each other good luck and go on about our business."

-- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan

"It's a compliment. That's absolutely a compliment. He was voted the league's dirtiest player, so you've got to give it up for him. For someone to say something as nice as that, I appreciate it. I'm number [six] right now, but I'm aspiring to one day hopefully be No. 1. So, I appreciate it."

-- Finnegan responding to Ward's comments (Titans Insider)


"The players are good guys. They do what they're asked to do. They play hard. They always do. They played hard the other day I had them (thinking about) too many things. Paralysis by analysis on a lot of things ... we forgot to play football. My fault ... I thought we were the '85 Bears."

-- Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer taking the blame for the team's defensive performance against the Patriots in Week 1 (Bengals.com)


"I saw Peyton Manning one time and he had a great comeback drive, but he had two 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalties. I'm thinking, 'I don't ever remember having one of those.' It's kind of a wussy game, really, in a way."

-- Cowboys legend Roger Staubach on the state of today's NFL (FanHouse)


"I just wanted to get the 2011, so I had to crash the 2010."

-- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on his car crash last week (AP)

"We can't protect him all the time.''

-- Patriots guard Stephen Neal on quarterback Tom Brady's car accident last week (Monday Morning Quarterback)


"I want to very much tell Pete Carroll, 'Thank you very much for kicking our tails.' It was good medicine, and we're going to take it."

-- 49ers coach Mike Singletary after the team's 31-6 loss against the Seahawks (The News-Tribune)


"He's loving that. That gives [Wayne] more incentive to watch this year, because that's his favorite player. Shout-out to Brett too. Brett reached out, and he made sure I told Wayne that. That was the first thing [Brett] asked when he got back to camp, really. [Vikings tackle] Bryant McKinnie is one of our friends, B-Mac. [Favre] asked B-Mac, 'How you been?' B-Mac answered. And he was like, 'How's Wayne?' That was his second question to B-Mac. Those two are real good friends. He said, 'Let [Wayne] know I been praying for him and send him my love.' So I let Wayne know that. He said, 'You just brightened my spirits up for the rest of the month.' He was real excited."

-- Hip-hop artist Mack Maine on Lil' Wayne's feelings about Brett Favre's decision to return to the NFL for a 20th season (MTV)


"The timeouts, it's a little bit like money, you don't want to die with them and give them to your kids so you might as well use them if you need them."

"They've had trouble with the N.C. State d-line all day. They need to spread the set out. Once in awhile you wanna get everybody's butt together so one grenade can kill them all."

"I remember when I was a kid Fourth of July was big for me 'cause in Wyoming you could have fireworks all over the place and we'd literally have wars with our neighbors with them."

-- Several quotes from Mike Leach's debut as a TV analyst during the UCF- N.C. State game. Video here: (YouTube)

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Posted by: Rory Hickey on 17 Sep 2010

49 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2010, 11:19pm by Jon Silverberg


by Zack :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:50am

Now I will go out of my way to watch Mike Leach's next broadcast.

by Travis :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:01am

[Staubach] also didn't have a team president who ran the competition committee.

This is a joke, right?

by David :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 2:21pm

It's kinda lacking the funny to be a joke, but, y'know, benefit of the doubt - a joke might have been what they were aiming for

by zlionsfan :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 6:42pm

Well, the joke probably wasn't the other part ... sure, it's a wussy game now. In the good old days, guys would just take a beating over and over again, die in their 40s, and no one would notice. Ah, those were the days ...

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:27am

LUXURY! That's what those days were. Why I remember Bubba Smith standing on my gonads for six straight hours while Ten Hendricks took my wallet, bought fast food, and they both stomped on my broken body while eating lunch that I paid for! Afterwards, that shredded my skin with a cheese grater and soaked me in a bath of lemon juice. And they were my teammates!

... good times....

by Jon Silverberg (not verified) :: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 11:05pm

You forgot starting practices before the previous ones ended...

by David :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 2:21pm

Double post

by BSR (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 7:41pm

Are you trying to claim that Polian doesn't push rules the open up the passing game? Seriously? Is your post a joke?

by Jerry :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:43pm

The league had executives before Polian.

by mm (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 8:44pm

Ummm..I suggest you research Staubach's General Manager if you don't understand his post.

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:29am

Hey, I'm a Colts fan and thought the header was moderately funny.

And I thought the Cowboys of the 70s both invented and owned the concept of pro football.

by PatsFan :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:04am

Ines Sainz, not Sanchez.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:07am

Kind of a slow week for quotes. Somebody call Martellus Bennett, quick.

by Temo :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:43pm

Martellus is too busy not doing anything to be saying anything.

by Andrew Potter :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:46am

The quote from Sainz in the linked article is better.

"there are too much masculine hormones" in a NFL dressing room? Who'd'a thunk?

by Nathan :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 12:33pm

wouldn't spreading the set out get everyones butts farther apart, necessitating multiple grenades to kill them all?

by Chocolate City (not verified) :: Mon, 09/20/2010 - 9:35am

Forget it, he's rolling.

by Joe T. :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 1:14pm

Portis quote - has ever so much media hay been made out of something so incoherent and indecipherable?

I think every discussion of the Ines Sainz ordeal needs to be accompanied with a photo of her backside. Its absolutely necessary for proper context.

by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 3:21pm

Well he does have a point - is there a woman anywhere who doesn't dream of being in a room full of 350 lb. naked guys?

by Joseph :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 3:45pm

"(H)as ever so much media hay been made out of something so incoherent and indecipherable?"
Isn't that what the media does nowadays??

(BTW, I think Portis is right. You say you're a sexy reporter, dress like a sexy reporter, you are a sexy reporter--sexy first, reporter 2nd. Don't be shocked when your [attractive] body turns heads and receives whistles. Laugh it off, and tell everyone else to, also. Now, had they propositioned you or touched you inappropriately, then OK--you make a big deal--they crossed the line. But as far as I've heard/read, that didn't happen.)
[GETTING ON SOAPBOX] If you're a female reporter going to a male locker room, you better dress & act above board--not even harmless flirting--because your presence can cause awkward situations. Cause as far as I know, no male reporter gets access to a WNBA locker room, and I bet most WNBA players would be extremely uncomfortable with the idea. [STEPPING DOWN]

by MCS :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 3:56pm

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has gone on record stating that he has been allowed in a WNBA locker room.

Check his Twitter.

by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 4:16pm

I'm guessing a WNBA locker room is not the treat you'd think it would be. You don't see a lot of model looking ladies on the commercials for that sport.

by dryheat :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:35pm

Yeah....now if he'd been at the ladies locker room at, say, the French Open...

by Tri Shanku (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 4:58pm

Re male reporters' access to WNBA lockers: Please read Ann Killion's column in SI. And if you choose to provide blatantly wrong information with "as far as I know" disclaimer, especially at this age and about something that can be easily found out on the net, your disclaimer should probably be "I don't know, and I don't care to know, but I'll make this ignorant comment anyways."

And just because someone dresses a certain way, you do not earn the right to make abusive and insulting remarks to that person. I do not want this to make this a discussion on women's rights, but this fact has been understood by large part of the male population for decades.

by dryheat :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:37pm

I think it's the behavior more than the dress. Riding around on players' shoulders during Super Bowl week and measuring muscles tends to take away from one's aura of professionalism.

by The Ninjalectual :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 6:48pm

As far as I know, asking a casual reader to do serious research before making a casual comment is a bit ridiculous. The information that men are allowed in womens locker rooms is not "easily found," as you claim. Even now that I know Ann Killion's name and that one of her articles mentions this, it took a couple minutes to find.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:30am

Oh it's necessary, all right. For... context. Yeah, that's it. For context.

by jgl (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 1:22pm

Ever heard of Tex Schramm? Roger Staubach has.

by andrew :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 1:34pm

Court Finnegan played for Tennessee, a tiny Titan, not that tall
He'd use his hands so rich and strong, to rise in the league he'd strip the ball
He'd hit in a sort of a vicious way, with a love of contact poor Court was born
And to help him out on defense each play he'd a drop of the Craythur every morn

Did you know his full name is Courtland Temujin Finnegan? How many other players are named after mongol warlords?

by dryheat :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:38pm


by Jon Silverberg (not verified) :: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 11:19pm

I do like reading the comments at FO...where else can you get a whiff of the Pythons and the Clancy Brothers in this day & age...whereas the comments other pro football sites remind me of getting-hit-on-the-head lessons...

by Soulless Mercha... :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 1:34pm

Roger Staubach doesn't remember Super Bowl V?

Granted, it was Craig Morton who started for the Cowboys that day, but still. You'd think that would stick in his mind.

Someone with more of a grasp of football history can verify or disprove this, but wasn't the roughing the passer penalty born to protect freakin' Sammy Baugh? It's an old, old rule, right?

P.S. "Sport that causes chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a huge number of its players due to repeated head trauma" and "wussy sport" are hard to reconcile, there, Rog.

by Temo :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:43pm

His points are:

A) That you get more roughing-the-passer penalties now than you did before
B) It's easier to play QB now, with all the protection you get
C) It's easier to lead game-winning drives now

I don't think you can dispute any of that.

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:42am

Not to trample a Cowboy legend and HOFer, Temo, but if he wanted to say what you said above, he could have. He's a smart guy. And I suspect you are mostly right.

But by using "wussy," he sure puts the sport in pig tails and Mary Janes on purpose. You could have also added "easier to rack up good numbers with the protection receivers get." It's all true, but he just sounds like a bitter old crank when he says things like that. What's next: get off my lawn?

Now if he wanted to criticize a player for working the refs to get a roughing call, that one I'll grant him. And that player is not the one he called out. The player he called out has missed one snap due to injury in 13 years of consecutive starts. It seems... like misplaced anger to me. Maybe he's depressed that commercial real estate is in the toilet. I know I am.

by Temo :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 3:18am

I think there's a whole lot of projecting going on. He's not calling anyone a "wuss" as much as the game itself... and he's far from the only player to do so. Even guys like Rod Woodson who just barely retired complain about the state of the game now.

And I don't even think he's calling out Peyton Manning specifically, just using him as an example.

I think Rory's headline is really what's getting everyone's ire, more than anything.

by Temo :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 3:21am

I urge you read the article in full and get the full context of his statements. He was being asked how quarterbacks of today should be measured against quarterbacks of the past, and he rightly brought up the inflation of passing statistics over time, and the main causes of the inflation.

by Chocolate City (not verified) :: Mon, 09/20/2010 - 9:40am

Roger Staubach also played in an era when a 57% career completion rate got you to the Hall of Fame. Now it makes you Kyle Boller.

by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 3:25pm

"Well, Diet Dr Pepper, you know? I used to drink a lot of Cokes and stuff, and when I went to Diet Dr Pepper, that helps some."

Maybe he should use the LenDale White liquid diet instead.

by justanothersteve :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 7:21pm

He also said he used NutraSystem. Think he's gunning for one of those ads with Dan Marino?

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:35am

What's that, Tequila all night, vomit all day,
Makes those extra pounds just... go... away.

No joke, I wrestled in HS with a guy whose weekend weight loss regimen was beer. As a naive non-drinker, I'd say "Steve, how the hell does that work?"
"Saturday night, I drink until I vomit, and I'm so sick all Sunday that I can't eat a thing, Monday weigh-ins, right on the button." (It should be noted that Steve never amounted to much as a wrestler, even less than Lendale as a pro. But he did keep the weight off!)

by dmstorm22 :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 3:55pm

Surprised you went with Southeast Jerome. I think either Coach Janky Spanky or Sheriff Gonna Getcha would've been more apt.

There was also Reverend Don't Change, but he probably wouldn't approve.

by Jim C. (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 4:43pm

Um, Staubach's career did end early because of the effects of multiple concussions, did it not? Then again, this is the guy who chose active combat duty in Vietnam when he could have taken a desk job, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised.

by Shattenjager :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 6:02pm

I just did a very brief check because I had not heard that Staubach's career so ended and did not find it. However, he was 38 years old when he retired, so his career might not have ended early at all.

by Temo :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:45pm

Yea, but he was still playing at a high level at age 38 and retired due to the pounding he was taking.

by Shattenjager :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 2:38pm

A little more research suggests that the original poster might have been right, too: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1123346/2/ind...

The relevant portion: "Staubach had been zapped earlier in the game when Jack Reynolds bounced his head off the Tartan Turf, giving Roger his fifth concussion of the season. . . . Twenty concussions, total, including high school. A few weeks after the Rams game, a New York neurologist told Staubach that, yes, there was some cumulative damage, a slight slowing of some of the reflexes."

by BigCheese :: Sun, 09/19/2010 - 2:29am

FIFTH concussion of the season! And hearing older players talka bout how they used to not even call a lot of things that were concussions a concussion back then, I'm surprised Roger the Dodger can form coherent sentences right now!

- Alvaro

by Hank (not verified) :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 4:52pm

great quote about timeouts, g-damn hoarders out there

by Temo :: Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:49pm

Not such a great quote if you're one of his offspring, I suppose.

by Bobman :: Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:45am

He apparently never heard the old adage "be nice to your kids; they're the ones who'll select your nursing home."

And if you can't be nice to them, at least let them THINK they're still in the will!

Though this might lead to some new revenue sources for him, like a book on anti-estate planning.