by Cale Clinton
BLOUNT BEING BLUNT
"Straight enemy mode. Ain't no friends, no homies, none of that. We know what we're going to do; they know what they're going to do. We've got the same goal in mind. It ain't no hard feelings. It just is what it is."
-- Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount makes it clear that he'll be holding nothing back come Super Bowl Sunday. Blount was a member of the New England Patriots last year when they won the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN)
THE ONLY FILM RICKY HAS WATCHED HAS COME FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
"Uhh … Eagles are a bird. That's about it right now."
-- New England Patriots defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois was asked what prep he had done for his Super Bowl opponents, the Philadelphia Eagles, who had punched their ticket to the Super Bowl a mere 36 hours prior to this question being asked. (NBCSports Patriots/Twitter)
JOSH ALLEN: QUOTE MACHINE
"In a single interview, Josh Allen has now said:
- he put Wyoming on his back (they went 7-5)
- he has Aaron Rodgers qualities
- stats are for losers"
-- Cleveland Browns beat reporter Jordan Zirm relayed this information to the public following a Q&A session with Wyoming quarterback and top draft prospect Josh Allen. If Allen carries this caliber of quotes with him to the league, I'm going to have a blast following him next year. (Jordan Zirm/Twitter)
'GIVE ME YOUR RETIRED, YOUR INJURED, YOUR WASHED UP'
"Well well well, how are you doing over there Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment? I see you may be looking for some athletes. I got ya. Maybe I do have 1 more comeback left me. #HeAteMe"
"The future is bright."
-- Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sent this tweet out early on in the press conference. Unfortunately, Manziel may not be able to play in the XFL due to their "no criminal record" rule. (Johnny Manziel/Twitter)
WHO SAYS BILL DOESN'T HAVE A HEART OF GOLD?
"Look, Tom did a great job. He's a tough guy. We all know that. But we're not talking about open heart surgery here."
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, despite showing signs of life during the Patriots AFC championship celebration, returned to his usual curmudgeon self when addressing quarterback Tom Brady's lacerated thumb in the postgame press conference. (SportsCenter/Instagram)
JALEN RAMSEY SEEMS LESS ENTHUSIASTIC THAN HE WAS LAST WEEK
"Play man. Put some pressure on him. Mix it up. I don't know because we didn't beat them. I don't know."
B-MARSH IS JUST NOTICING THE LACK OF PARITY IN THE NFL
"How long have Bill Belichick and Brady been together? 18 years? Almost 20 years of doing this together. The league is not competitive. We all should be ashamed. Even you guys covering them on TV should be ashamed. Players should be ashamed, coaches should be ashamed, owners should be ashamed. How do we let these guys do this year in and year out? Congratulations. You guys are phenomenal. You can't get any better. But how do 31 other organizations let this happen? I know [Ray Lewis] is going to say, 'I won a Super Bowl. I did my job.' You should have won five."
IS Fletcher Cox LYING?
"Nah, man. You know, I don't really watch football. Ya'll know that."
"Cant understand why NE d line so far off the ball"
"Wow wow wow"
-- Cox sent these two tweets out on February 5, 2012 -- the night of Super Bowl XLIX. Cox's "Wow" tweet was sent out at the same time ESPN Boston tweeted "INTERCEPTION! BUTLER AT THE GOAL-LINE! PATRIOTS BALL!" Either Cox has a short memory or he's playing some games with the media. (Freezing Cold Takes/Twitter)
LANE JOHNSON MAY PAWN HIS NEW CROWN FOR BEER MONEY
"Pretty boy Tom Brady. Greatest QB of all time. I'd like nothing more than to dethrone that guy."
"I've got a lot to prove to this city … If we win a Super Bowl I'm giving out beer to everyone."
-- Johnson made this promise in preseason when expectations weren't as high for the Philadelphia Eagles. (ESPN NFL)
"It really lifted my spirit to hear the team rally around my songs because that's why I make music -- to inspire others and bring people together. The Eagles have also motivated me with the way they've overcome tough situations and injuries to succeed this year."
-- Rapper and Philly native Meek Mill talked about how the Philadelphia Eagles have rallied around hip hop's greatest pregame pump up song "Dreams and Nightmares." Meek Mill is currently serving two to four years for probation violations at the Chester State Correctional Institution, but will fortunately be able to watch the Eagles square off against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. (Bleacher Report)
'ALL BARK AND NO BITE' WILL MAKE YOU SOME ENEMIES IN THIS LEAGUE
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"I didn't like Vontaze Burfict. I didn't like that motherf*cker at all because I felt like he was one of those dudes that -- like, I don't believe in on-the-field gangsters. That was my biggest feeling. Like I used to tell young guys in the locker room, whatever you say in the locker room, I better see it on the field. If not, shut the f*ck up and don't be that guy. And sometimes when you play guys, you can tell they're like a WWE character. They're big, bad, but once you get off the field, and we're in the parking lot, and I see you by the bus, wassup? Let's get it poppin'. And they're like, 'I don't want to do that. my family's here.' Then shut your mouth. Don't be cussing at me and all this stuff. I believed in taking it to the parking lot. I'm not like the NBA. If we're going to the parking lot, let's get it done."
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
THE BIG APPLE IS ROTTEN AT ITS CORE
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) January 22, 2018
-- On the Monday after the NFL's Championship Sunday, the New York Post ran this headline. Super Bowl LII will feature the city's two respective rivals, the Eagles (rivals of the New York Giants) and the Patriots (rivals of the New York Jets).
IMAGINE HAVING THIS MUCH DISDAIN FOR SOMETHING THE REST OF THE LEAGUE WOULD KILL FOR?
Bill Belichick's utter contempt for the AFC Championship trophy remains legendary pic.twitter.com/9TDv96qxde
— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) January 21, 2018
-- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tosses his newly-acquired AFC Championship off to the side following a 24-20 victory over the Jaguars.
IT'S ALWAYS ROWDY IN PHILADELPHIA
Good morning from Philly where crews from the city are greasing the light poles with Crisco to prevent #Eagles fans from climbing after the #NFCChampionshipGame tonight. #Vikings pregame coverage starts at 3 on FOX9. They call themselves the #CriscoCops pic.twitter.com/w1ZkYWZhYG
— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) January 21, 2018
-- Prior to the Eagles-Vikings NFC Championship Game, Philadelphia police attempted to stop fans from potentially climbing street poles by greasing the poles with Crisco …
The grease didn't work. pic.twitter.com/it0XDv4Nvs
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 22, 2018
…it didn't work.
— DG (@Danny_Giro) January 22, 2018
-- Eagles fans across the city of Philadelphia walked around in dog masks, burned couches, rode on top of cars, and even drove a dune buggy up the famous "Rocky steps."