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13 Jul 2017

The Month In Quotes: June 2017

Compiled by Cale Clinton

SERIOUSLY, JETS, EVEN REBUILDING TEAMS ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP SOME GOOD PLAYERS AROUND

"It shocked the sh-t out of me. It is a business. But after a while, it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."

-- New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson on the release of longtime Jets linebacker David Harris. Harris would go on to sign with the New England Patriots, because of course he would. (New York Daily News)

GOOD CALL, DEREK, GOOD CALL

"Chick-fil-A. Probably Chick-fil-A. I've been eating clean… I'll probably get some Chick-fil-A."

-- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on how he plans to spend his money on after his huge payday. Carr and the Raiders struck a deal for a 5-year, $125 million contract, the highest extension in NFL history. (NFL.com)

IF HIS KNEES HOLD UP THAT LONG, HE REALLY IS SUPERHUMAN

"37, 38… It's a good number."

-- New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson, age 32, when asked how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. (New Orleans Advocate)

IN THIS EDITION OF 'MOVES THAT WON'T MATTER BECAUSE THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN YOUR DIVISION'

"I've been doing my recruiting [for Jeremy Maclin] already, and don't be surprised if it happens."

-- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, following the surprise cut of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin by the Kansas City Chiefs. Maclin would later go on to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. (ESPN)

I, TOO, THINK THE 'THROW THE BALL TO YOUR BEST WIDE RECEIVER IN THE END ZONE' PLAY IS SMART AND SHOULD BE RUN MORE OFTEN

"I think, No. 1, they were still very good in the red zone, but when you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one-on-one."

-- Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian discussing his plans to utilize Julio Jones in his offense this upcoming season (ESPN)

KEEP THEM AWAY FROM PARTY BOATS

"I'm really looking forward to seeing what teams are going to do this year. I think it's going to be a lot of trouble. Especially [Sterling Shepard], I know he's ready. I know the other receivers in that room, [Tavarres King], are ready and our defense is going to be very solid as well. So I'm looking forward to this year."

-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham on the team's receiver corps and their hopeful success in the 2017 season. (NJ.com)

YOU DO REALIZE THAT DONTE MONCRIEF IS STARTING FOR YOU, RIGHT?

"I've said it before -- we're into plural Lombardis. That's what our goal is. And I'll be damned if we don't go out and get them."

-- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaking at a town hall function for the club's season ticket holders on the expectations he has for his team. (Indianapolis Star)

BUT IT SEEMED LIKE SUCH A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME

"Yeah, they are still having a hangover from two years ago, if you can believe it or not, about losing that Super Bowl in the last minute with the interception on the 1-yard line. And with a lot of guys, it just kind of rubbed them the wrong way and they just haven't gotten over it. This team will not be able to move on and really do what they want to do, which is win another Super Bowl, unless they can somehow put that behind them."

-- Former NFL quarterback Warren Moon on the current state of the Seattle Seahawks and how they have yet to recover from their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots. Moon is now a team radio broadcaster for the Seahawks, as well as a mentor to some Seahawks players like quarterback Russell Wilson. (Seattle Times)

'THEY ARE ALL EQUALLY TERRIBLE IN MY EYES'

"I don't look at anybody as the frontrunner."

-- New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on his team's current quarterback depth chart and the division of reps between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg. (NFL.com)

A TALE OF TWO FANDOMS

"The Social Darwinism continues, even deep into June. The strong survive. The rich keep getting richer. And this latest addition jut broke my brain. And my zipper. Welcome to New England, David Harris"

-- Barstool Sports writer (and New England fan) Jerry Thornton, after the Patriots signed former Jets linebacker David Harris. (Barstool Sports

"Can I just sign with the Pats too? Is this allowed? [Darrelle Revis] goes and gets his ring. David Harris will get his this year. Can I just do this too? I'm staring down the barrel of an 0-16 year and I'm thinking about making myself an unrestricted free agent. I'd like them to kick the tires on me. Please, sign me."

-- Thornton's colleague (and Jets fan) Kevin "KFC" Clancy, with a dissenting opinion. (Barstool Sports)

THIS MONTH IN PICS, TWEETS, & GIFS

NOT ALLOWED IN Tom Brady'S NUTRITION PLAN

-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and culinary rockstar/Internet meme Guy Fieri review pizza together in Edelman's new web series "One Nibble." (Julian Edelman, YouTube)

REALLY HOPE HE GAVE THE DRIVER FIVE STARS

-- Newly signed Bills cornerback Shareece Wright showing the trip details for an Uber he took from Chicago to Buffalo in order to arrive on time for his first practice with the team. (Shareece Wright, Twitter)

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS

-- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt criticizing the legitimacy of the completely arbitrary and in no way official NFL Top 100 Rankings. Watt underwent back surgery this past September, which sidelined him for the rest of the 2016 season. (J.J. Watt, Twitter)

IF YOU MUST PLAY FOR THE BROWNS, AT LEAST YOU CAN PICK YOUR OWN MUSIC

-- Cleveland Browns rookie tight end David Njoku, signing his new contract with Young Thug's "Check" playing in the background. (Cleveland Browns, Twitter)

96.9 PERCENT OF OUR READERS JUST GOT REALLY PISSED OFF

-- Former New England tight end Martellus Bennett, getting quarterback Tom Brady to show off all five of his Super Bowl rings at the Patriots' Ring Presentation Party. (Martellus Bennett, Twitter)

Posted by: Cale Clinton on 13 Jul 2017

6 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2017, 2:30pm by Bright Blue Shorts

Comments

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by JohnxMorgan :: Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:10pm

Like ... how Galton endorsed eugenics?

Like ... the theory that informs this quote?

"There is a steady check in an old civilisation upon the fertility of the abler classes: the improvident and unambitious are those who chiefly keep up the breed. So the race gradually deteriorates, becoming in each successive generation less fit for a high civilisation."

Mr Thornton's quote consists of the cliches "The strong survive," "The rich keep getting richer," "broke my brain," a welcome to New England, a reference to the author popping an erection, and a reference to a discredited and psychotically hateful pseudoscience, favored by such beloved Adolfs as Hitler and Eichmann.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Thu, 07/13/2017 - 7:03pm

I'm fairly certain this internet sportswriter was not thinking about eugenics and the Third Reich when he was discussing the signing of a free agent linebacker. It's just a figure of speech. Settle down.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:43am

While you're probably right, the Patriots did employ noted Social Darwinist, Aaron Hernandez.

Gronk, meanwhile, is pretty certain Darwin is a city in Austria, and it has a cool social scene.

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by young curmudgeon :: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:14pm

If you meant to say 'Darwin is a city in Australia' and typed it wrong, it's funny!!
If you meant to say 'Darwin is a city in Austria' as an additional point about Gronk, it's funny!!

Really, you can't go wrong!

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:22pm

I would be willing to be that Gronk has never heard of either Charles Darwin, or the city of Darwin, Australia. He probably thinks Social Darwinism is referring to this website: www.darwinawards.com

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 2:30pm