The Week in Quotes
Football players (and coaches and front-office people) say the darndest things

The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

compiled by Rory Hickey


"Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care. But at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."

"The captains -- [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy [Brady], [Jerod] Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play ... and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man."

"To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game -- that really felt heartwarming. I think I actually shedded a tear for that ... I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys, I miss you, I'm out."

-- Titans wide receiver Randy Moss in what turned out to be his farewell press conference with the Minnesota Vikings, channeling his inner David Frost and blink-182/Rolling Stones/Aaliyah/Puff Daddy/etcetera (1500 ESPN Twin Cities)


"You know, [Roger Goodell]'s got all the power; that may be part of the problem, that there needs to be some type of separation of power like our government. There should be some type of players involved in decisions over how much people should be fined or what they should be fined for, as well as coaches, as well as front office people."

-- Steelers safety Troy Polamalu voicing his displeasure at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's seemingly limitless power (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


"It wasn't just taking Donovan out. It was bringing Rex Grossman in. All of our eyes have seen enough of Rex Grossman."

-- NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin expressing his displeasure at Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb in favor of quarterback Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Lions (D.C. Sports Bog)


"Well, I don't really want to start anything but I did play in the Super Bowl, and there were rumors where he couldn't get our two-minute offense going at the end of the game. I'm just saying."

-- Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens' thoughts on former Eagles teammate and current Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb being benched during the end of the Redskins' last game on The T.Ocho Show (


"I can only wonder what would have happened in the Super Bowl if Reid stepped up and said, 'You know what? You're playing like [expletive], you're benched' ... He was playing like [expletive] and he should have been benched. ... And don't say he doesn't have a record of this; he did the same thing in every single championship game."

-- Longtime Donovan McNabb critic and former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell claiming that McNabb should have been benched during Super Bowl XXXIX (Philadelphia Sports Daily)


"If the fans come out and we can sell out a damn game, I'll talk to the media. Until then, I need full fan support."

-- Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain saying he would end his silence with the media when the team can break its string of 11 consecutive games without a sell out (The Huddle)


"He's just a Pro Bowl kicker. Now, he's a great kicker, and I love to have the guy on my team. A 54-yarder, not too many people can do that, you know, with that pressure at the end of the half. But he's still a kicker. They still practice one day a week and sit in [the locker room] and read books and play with each other all meeting time, so, he's still a kicker."

-- Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder joking with reporters after kicker Dan Carpenter was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)


"We had the whole buffet set up, and we had a nice spread -- chicken, ribs, round of beef with a carving station, the whole deal. [Moss], he comes in, and I'm helping one of the guys and didn't look up, and all of a sudden I heard, 'What the [expletive] is this? I wouldn't feed this [expletive expletive] to my [expletive] dog!' And he's screaming it at the top of his lungs."

-- Tinucci's co-owner Gus Tinucci on ex-Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss' reaction when he saw the buffet spread Tinucci's had set up for Vikings players October 29 after practice (Pioneer Press)


"I didn't know that. Why do they call him Megatron? He transforms into a Megatron, huh? I guess. I don't know."

-- Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, after being told that his adversary for this week, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, is nicknamed "Megatron." Johnson was given the nickname by former teammate and current Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams due to Johnson's large hands being similar to that of the towering Decepticon from the Transformers movies (NY Daily News)


"We can go nine in a row, if you ask me. People can call me stupid or whatever, but this football team has the core of players, it has the supporting cast of players to win nine in row. We just got to get it started just for other players to be like, 'All right, we got it now.'"

-- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams not ruling out that the 1-6 Cowboys can win their final nine games of the season (ESPN Dallas)

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34 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2010, 1:22pm

1 8 In A Row

Following this Sunday night's loss, Roy Williams will have to amend that statement to 8 in a row. And good luck with that!

3 Re: 8 In A Row

In reply to by Packer Pete (not verified)

You're doing it wrong. Needs more spelling errors IMO.

31 Re: 8 In A Row

In reply to by Packer Pete (not verified)

+1...actually, I don't think "loss" covers about "failure to show up for the second week in a row?"

2 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

Thanks, finally I learned what Megatron is. I always thought the nickname comes from Jumbotron and it has something to do with the huge screens in the stadium.

24 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

I thought that was more in the nature of banter.

But srsly, I didn't catch the reference the first time I heard the nickname either, and the first thing that popped into my head was also giant stadium screens. Of course that didn't make any sense at all but I didn't try to figure it out, or have any inclination to research it; I just furrowed my brow and let my brain move on to something more comprehensible.

As it turns out, as soon as I saw the word 'transformers' I realized I actually DID know who Megatron was (and have probably transformed him with my own hands), it was just that that information was buried really deep, somewhere below the name of the Cisco Kid's horse (Diablo). I know that because my kids had all those toys when they were first introduced. If the nickname had been 'Optimus Prime,' I think I would have gotten it right away. By the way, in response to the mini-discussion below, I'm pretty sure that the toys came first - before the cartoon series or anything else.

I haven't had any inclination to watch the movies, though I don't feel better about myself for that. One of these days one of them will probably pop up on HBO or something and I'll watch it, unless it turns out to be really unbearable (like 2012).

34 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

I had figured the name was from some pop reference. Never knew what either. Nor did I care. I was already in the Navy when original cartoon was on. And for that matter when some lame watered-down beer was first promoted by retired sports stars. Maybe when you start drinking real beer I'll care about the Transformers.

6 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

It strikes me as an apt nickname - he is a formidable opponent, but regularly loses due to his bumbling, incompetent cohorts, except when they play the Redskins and their castoffs from the Planet of Junk.

Of course, a character with a cannon for an arm who fires away indiscriminately at his opponents could also describe Jay Cutler.

20 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

I had never known what it meant either. I really never used it just because of that. Now that I know it's from a series of Michael Bay movies, I will be sure never even to think it.

And yes, I knew who directed the movies without knowing who/what Megatron was.

22 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

I am not willing to spend enough time looking things up about any form of Transformers to find out whether a character was created for a "film" or for the tv show or anywhere in between. Lacking such information, I could no more credit the character to the television show than one could credit the ending of the film Amadeus (Milos Forman, USA 1984) to Peter Shaffer's play.

27 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

Well, technically it's "from" a superb 80s toy, that subsequently had a cartoon hastily built around it. The mediocre cartoon was just a marketing vehicle to push the toys. The *real* meat of the storyline was in the comics anyhow.

And while you can bash the cartoons all you want, at least they had the balls to kill off their main character in the movie, sending many little children bawling out of theaters! (So that, y'know, they could sell more toys! Genius!).

30 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

Actually, the Death of Optimus Prime was a bit of executive meddling. The simultaneously produced GI Joe movie killed off a major character and execs loved that idea so much that they wanted a similar death in the Transformers movie.

Ironically reaction to the death of Optimus Prime lead to the death being written around in the GI Joe movie (there's a hastily added line at the end saying that the character who had been stabbed in the heart was going to recover.)

For what it's worth, the first 5 minutes or so of the GI Joe movie is an extremely cool Cobra attacks on the Statue of Liberty (made cooler if you've seen any of the five thousand intros to the GI Joe cartoon.)

And now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

7 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

I always thought Calvin Johnson carried that nickname with him from college. I have no idea why I thought that, but the fact that it was given to him in the pros surprises me.
On a tangental note, Broncos backup LB and oft-injured Special Teams ace, Wesley Woodyard was called Optimus Prime in college. Seems bulky for a nickname, but still fairly badass.

9 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

Is it safe to say that when Moss retires, he won't be signing one of those one day contracts to retire a Viking (although I guess they could always trade for him)?

12 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

"Steelers safety Troy Polamalu voicing his displeasure at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's seemingly limitless power'

I've been more tolerant than most re: Goodell, but after watching the hit Harrison put on Brees (while he had the ball, a sack for pete's sake v. a late hit), I have to say enough. I'm all for safety and all of that, but good Lord. If that hit was illegal/finable (is that a word?) then they're already playing flag football.

For reference, I'm all about maximizing pt safety, I'm as concerned, if not more concerned than many, about concussions and their long-term effects, but this is nuts.

Emotion laden rant over.

25 Re: The Week In Quotes: November 5, 2010

From Tinuccis' home page:
"Thanks to Randy Moss's locker room outburst, Tinucci's is now getting some national attention. For this, Gus & John Tinucci would like to show their appreciation by offering a FREE LUNCH in honor of Randy Moss at Tinucci's in Newport, MN.

The first 50 people to bring in and donate their Randy Moss gear on Friday, Nov 5th from Noon-2pm will receive a free lunch buffet with ribs, chicken, beef and much more...the same spread that was served to the Vikings players the day Moss disturbed the lunch Tinucci's catered for the team.

No Randy jersey to bring in? No worries! Everyone is welcome to come to Tinucci's on Friday and will enjoy "the food all the fuss was about" for a special price of $8.40. Now that's a deal!

All donated Randy Moss jerseys will be sent to the Boys & Girls Club in the town of the team where Moss lands next. If he holds out for the rest of the season, they will be sent back to New England.

1500 ESPN's "Reusse & Mackey" show will be broadcasting live from the Newport, MN location from Noon-2pm during the lunch special."

Seriously, thank God for the entrepreneurial spirit. This is how a mature adult handles public embarrassing: turn a profit, donate a bit to charity, and deliver a devastating insult all in one blow.