by Cale Clinton
MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
"I don't know what it was. I guess I wasn't playing good or they didn't feel comfortable. I don't know. But I could have changed that game."
-- New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was emotional after being inexplicably benched from all defensive snaps during Super Bowl LII. Many are still confused as to why Butler was sidelined; while several reports giving reasons as to why Butler did not play have emerged, Butler has refuted them. (Mike Reiss/Twitter)
"I respect Malcolm's competitiveness. I'm sure he felt he could've helped. I'm sure the players felt the same way. In the end we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's response as to why Butler was sidelined. (Mark Daniels/Twitter)
"Lost the game for us tonight, stupid decision and makes no sense. You make the decision to give us the best chance to win. But u don't play your best cornerback. F*ck the Politics."
-- Former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner posted this caption accompanied with a picture of Belichick on Instagram. The post was liked by former Patriots players Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones, as well as current Patriot Dont'a Hightower. (Brandon Browner/Instagram)
PARTY ON, LANE
"I'm probably going to get drunk, to be honest with you. Next question."
FLY EAGLES FLY
"I told y'all, man, we believe. We don't care who we was playing … I Know Tom Brady. Respect him. Probably one of the greatest ever. But hey, he hadn't played the Eagles yet. He didn't play the Eagles, not the 2017-2018 Eagles."
NOT VERY SCIENTIFIC
"Somebody please explain how asparagus does it. And you know what I mean by 'it.'"
-- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum asks a pretty innocent question on Twitter…
"I'll tell you how if you explain how you're a soft ass bitch and cry about opponent teams fan base after you get your ass handed to you by 31 you Charmin ass b****"
-- … which was met with some Twitter-esqe responses.
"Doesn't seem to be much science behind that one."
-- I think I'm with Case on this one. Wonder if he ever found out about that asparagus thing? (Case Keenum/Twitter)
YEAH I GUESS THAT WOULD BE NICE
"Throwing to Engram, Shep, and Odell wouldn't be too bad."
-- NFL draft prospect Baker Mayfield likes the idea of throwing to one of the best young receiving corps in the league in Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham. The Giants have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and could target a quarterback with their pick. (The Checkdown/Instagram)
THAT'S MY WIDE RECEIVER
"Congrats, man. Yes, I wasn't a supporter but I sincerely hope this brings you joy, peace and a new level of respect. You were a tremendous football player. Be a good teammate to your fellow HOFers. Congrats."
-- Fox Sports talking head Jason Whitlock quote-Tweeted Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens' celebratory HOF induction post with this comment. Whitlock has notoriously voiced his opinion against Owens entering the Hall due to his bravado and locker room presence.
-- Owens' response. (Terrell Owens/Twitter)
IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO EVERYONE ELSE
"Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes."
"[Zach Ertz] takes 17 steps and Collinsworth says he thinks they have to overturn it [several crying laughing emojis] … He also thought it's my job to run with Tom Brady w QB wheel route on a reverse pass. Lmao."
"The rivalry is back on."
-- Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard ended his press conference about Josh McDaniels with this quote. The Patriots offensive coordinator agreed to be the Colts' new head coach, then decided to return to New England. The Colts have a 3-10 record against Tom Brady and have not beaten the Patriots since 2009. So much for rivalry. (Laces Out/Twitter)
NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT THAT WAY
"Signing Day is a little bit unusual for me, because in pro football, you get to draft them. In college, they get to pick you!"
-- Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards is still getting used to how this whole "college" thing works. (Stewart Mandel/Twitter)
THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL
We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time. This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
ALL TIME FLEX
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 7, 2018
-- Memories of Minneapolis come flooding back as Eagles players clean out their confetti-filled lockers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 5, 2018
THE TB12 METHOD NEGLECTS GOOD CATCHING WORKOUTS
NOW HERE'S A GUY WHO PLAYED QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL WHO CAN CATCH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 8, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles head coach (and former Dolphins/Packers/Eagles/Browns/Packers again quarterback) makes a one-handed catch of a beer thrown to him during the team's Super Bowl parade. Let's not overlook that this was an inch-perfect throw, by the way.
GET A RING, GIVE A RING
She said YES! And now Maddie and I both got us a ring can't wait to marry my best friend! God is doing some amazing things and I can't thank him enough! pic.twitter.com/OPr0kilabh
IS SOMEONE CHOPPING ONIONS?
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) February 5, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce's emotional post-game press conference is why we love sports.
COLTS HAVE SOME VISORS TO RETURN
The colts twitter is a ROUGH scroll pic.twitter.com/tHVVOuUuYF
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 7, 2018
-- Someone on the Colts social media team spent their week coming up with good Josh McDaniels tweets only to have to delete them all.
SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS CAN DRESS HOWEVER THEY WANT
Jason Kelce is enjoying himself at the Eagles' Super Bowl parade. pic.twitter.com/CaREx3qSve
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 8, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce had a better week than you.