by Cale Clinton
LET THE JAGUAR OFF THE LEASH
"I told him almost every play that he was weak, that he was soft. Them is straight facts. He just couldn't handle the truth. Those were facts. I told him that his time was almost up. I told him that it was easy, which it was. He had one catch for 6 yards. I was just out there spitting facts to him. And he got mad. And then people are trying to talk about the push, I mean I pushed him every single play. You can go back and look at the film, I pushed him every single play. I told him to stop putting his hand on me. He put his hands on me … I pushed him again. [He] just fell because he's weak. He's small. Some people are mentally strong. He wasn't during the game. He wasn't mentally strong. I talked to a few of his teammates afterwards, a couple guys I know, and they had been told me … they was like … umm … once A.J. started talking back, you had him. He don't ever talk. I was like, yea, that's what I do every week."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey went off to reporters in the locker room about A.J. Green following the Jaguars game against the Cincinnati Bengals. An altercation between Green and Ramsey led to both men being ejected on Sunday. Green was later hit with a $42,000 fine for instigating the fight. (Andrew Siciliano, Twitter)
"Ohio State comes out of a blowout loss and you guys get a big win over a top-10 team, yet somehow you're a 16-point underdog."
-- Unidentified reporter at a press conference with Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio.
"It's gone 16, huh?"
-- Dantonio's response.
"Can you believe that, or what's your reaction to that? I know it doesn't mean much, but are you getting the respect you deserve?"
-- The reporter's follow-up question.
"Oh, I don't worry about that. Shoot, I saw where [Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal] had an article about the playoff. I was like, wow, we've come a ways"
-- Dantonio stays humble. This is off the heels of a Michigan State win over Penn State while Ohio State lost to Iowa by 31 points. (Michigan St. on BTN, Twitter)
TIGERS AND SHARKS AND GORILLAS, OH MY
"Well first of all, there should be more sharks [as mascots] if you're by an ocean. That tiger at LSU, that's a live real tiger sitting in there, in some metal structure that he could rip his way out of if he wanted to, if he half wanted to, that's an awesome one. The buffalo in Colorado, that's an awesome one. There's a place in Kansas called Pitt State. I used to see them on film, we didn't play them. Called Pitt State and they're the Gorillas. And there should be a lot more gorillas for mascots."
-- Washington State head coach Mike Leach breaks down some of the best mascots in the country, and addresses the need for more sharks and gorillas in college football. (Lindsay Joy, Twitter)
SO … WHO WANTS TO SPOIL IT FOR HIM?
"Yeah, we just lost a great player, but, nevertheless, you know … the Titanic still has to go."
-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton relates his team to the unsinkable and definitely-not-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean Titanic after his team traded away wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. (Independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman, Twitter)
"Absolutely, you know we did. We had to get on him about that. We are not sinking."
COLLEGE IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING NEW THINGS
"We explained what a fullback is to our defense. They were very intrigued."
-- Washington Huskies head coach Chris Peterson had to give his defense a refresher course in the fullback position prior to their game against Stanford. (Tim Booth, Twitter)
THINGS ARE GETTING TESTY IN THE RETIREMENT HOME
"Peters doesn't wanna tackle. That's one of the things, I'm telling you. He's really good out there on the corner off coverage, but tackling? He makes Deion Sanders look good at tackling sometimes."
-- NFL commentator Tony Romo threw a harmless jab at Deion Sanders when he compared his tackling ability to Marcus Peters'. Peters was hurdled over by Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on the play in question. (Cowboys Nation, Twitter)
"Tony, I tried my best to take the high road, but I don't know the address to the high road. So I got to come at you, man. Ten years as a starter and you're 2-4 in the playoffs. You ain't won nothing. I tried to bury the hatchet. Both of us work for CBS. I went and took your hand and said, 'Tony you're doing a great job,' I thought that would be it. But nevertheless you keep shooting at me. Tony, what's going on man? I got a gold jacket that I didn't buy. Dak [Prescott] says hi. And bye. Tony, leave me alone, man. I've got a lot of ammunition. How many interceptions? 19 in 2012? You threw to everybody but me. Tony, you know you never won the big one, so stop. Leave me alone. I tried to take the high road but I don't know the address. I tried."
BAKER MAYFIELD TAKING THE HIGH ROAD? NOW I'VE SEEN IT ALL
"Winning around here is expected. Winning against Oklahoma State is expected as well … We're on to the next one."
-- Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield clarifies why he isn't celebrating the Sooners' victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State. This is the same quarterback who planted the Oklahoma flag at the center of Ohio State's field. (John Shinn, Twitter)
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
"This sh*t is not OK. You can quote me on that. It has to change. … Thursday Night Football should be illegal."
-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin expresses his frustration with the current NFL scheduling system. The Seahawks played this game on four days' rest. Seven total Seahawks suffered injuries during this game, including Richard Sherman, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Baldwin, specifically, played through a pulled quad and limped throughout the game. The Cardinals had their own share of injuries, losing three players for the rest of the year. (Gregg Bell, Twitter)
ARIAN FOSTER: CEREAL CONNOISSEUR
"I'm thinking Frosted Flakes, but I think that's more hype than anything else. Frosted Flakes is all hype. … Fruity Pebbles is trash … Dawg, all you're eating is … it's just sugar."
-- Former NFL running back Arian Foster was asked to break down some of his favorite cereals. He instead chose to slander some major heavyweights of the sugary kid's cereal industry. (Mickstape, Barstool Sports)
NEW ENGLAND RUNS ON DUNKIN
"People want the jewelry, the rings, the cars, the house, and all that I told a lot of guys is put some money to the side. You need two to three incomes that doesn't have anything to do with your main job. Right now you're 23 years old with a bunch of money, but is that the same money you'll have when you're 30?"
-- New England Patriots defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois is going to fit right in in his new home. Francois owns 30 Dunkin Donuts throughout the southeast of the country. His goal is to one day own 50 to 100 of the coffee shops. (Fox 11 News)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
QUESTIONABLE PRE-GAME MOTIVATION…
Very difficult to take serious pic.twitter.com/9B0B0XP7PH
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 5, 2017
-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston tried to … uh … pump his team up, I guess, using the age-old quote that has been echoed throughout history: "Who wants to eat a W?"
…BUT THIS HALFTIME SPEECH HAD ME RUNNING THROUGH A BRICK WALL
Ben McAdoo's halftime speeches sound epic pic.twitter.com/9HyJPPVOOh
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) November 5, 2017
-- New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo really had the press room amped following his rendition of the halftime speech for a team on the losing end of a 51-17 blowout.
TALK ABOUT A TEAM BEATING THEMSELVES
Gotta wonder how ESPN comes up with these advanced analytics
Nerds are taking over football smh pic.twitter.com/33z0B8eSuR
— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) November 8, 2017
-- ESPN's analytics department has discovered a new way to measure careless mistakes and in-team fighting in order to calculate how a team could beat themselves. Either that, or their graphics department needs to pick up the slack.
THEY START 'EM YOUNG IN BILLS MAFIA
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 2, 2017
-- This Buffalo Bills fan shows the proper way to induct your child into Bills Mafia: the most energetic, table-hating fan base in the NFL.
THE STRAY RETURNS TO THE PACK
I was on time......pic.twitter.com/VEzViAQtS3
-- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette tweeted this picture out as some hard evidence that he wouldn't be late to practice again. Fournette was ruled out of last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to the fact that Fournette reportedly skipped the team photo.