by Cale Clinton
THE ULTIMATE INSULT
"Dean Spanos -- The Mark Davis Haircut of NFL Owners"
-- Los Angeles Chargers controlling owner Dean Spanos gets roasted hard by a banner flown over the Chargers game on Sunday. We should note that this was flown before Spanos' father Alex passed away on Tuesday. (SD Sign Guy via Twitter)
A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX
"That's never happened to me. It doesn't happen. So I'm going to evaluate it but I'm going to [chalk] it up to something that is an anomaly in life that I've never even been a part of."
"I just like football. I like hitting people."
-- Michigan fullback Ben Mason maintains his gritty, hard-hat-and-lunchpail persona with this quote aired during Michigan's romp over Maryland 42-21 (Barstool Sports via Twitter)
READ 'EM LIKE A BOOK
"Base defense, huh? Virg[il Green], run a seam."
-- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers shows the Oakland Raiders defense zero respect. This is a call Rivers made while mic'd up at the line of scrimmage during the Chargers' 26-10 victory, where Rivers threw for 339 yards and two scores. (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network via Twitter)
I'M NOT EVEN MAD, I'M IMPRESSED
"Since the start of Super Bowl XLIX, teams have now thrown four times -- FOUR TIMES! -- at the 1-yard line with Marshawn Lynch on the field. Following Derek Carr's interception, those passers are 0-4 with 2 Int on those passes, per ESPN Stats & Information."
-- ESPN NFL reporter Paul Gutierrez tweeted out this somewhat absurd statistic during the Chargers-Raiders game, where Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception on the1e-yard line instead of punching it in with running back Marshawn Lynch.
"That's cute. That's cute."
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
"My wife gave me crap the one day, told me I need to look more interested out there. But I'm just trying to stay out of it. I'm not comfortable out there. I don't need to get too creative."
-- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't look too cheery as he split out wide while rookie Lamar Jackson was under center, and clearly his wife noticed. Jackson played five snaps and Flacco barely moved an inch during his reps at wide "receiver." (ESPN)
HINDSIGHT IS 20/20
"First of all, a true No. 1, you saw one the other night [DeAndre Hopkins]. You see Julio Jones, you see players like that. In my mind, every team doesn't have a true No. 1 receiver. When you put it in that class, those guys that just absolutely can change the ball game with where they are. And that hasn't been our case for several years here that we've had a true No. 1, not a true No. 1."
-- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has noticed his team struggling in the passing game this year, with the Cowboys ranking 21st in passing yards this season. With the departures of veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant and former tight end Jason Witten, you'd think these are new issues. According to Jones, this team hasn't had a true No. 1 in years. (103.5 the Fan)
THE PRODIGAL SON RETURNS HOME?
"I could be beneficial to them right now … They've been watching and I guess saying, 'I was wrong,' with the way they viewed me."
-- Does Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson see a chance for reunion in Minneapolis? Peterson has experienced a second wind in his career this season, rushing for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries. The Vikings, however, are currently tied for 29th through five games at 3.4 rushing yards per carry. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
HUGE PROBLEMS IN THE BIG APPLE (FEAT. LIL WAYNE)
"It's a tough question. Obviously, I love seeing the sunshine all the time. I love, you know, I love being in L.A. I just like that atmosphere, but this is where I'm at. I remember before games, I used to get that. I used to get butterflies, like good butterflies. I was anxious. And now when I step on the field, it's something completely different. It's not butterflies."
-- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. turned heads during an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson. This was his response to a question asking Odell whether or not he was happy in New York. Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Giants on August 27.
"I don't know. Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not -- we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."
"I don't watch Lil Wayne much, so I missed a lot of them."
-- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning brushes off Odell's quotes in a locker room interview after practice. His jab at rapper Lil Wayne is in reference to the fact that the artist was (for some reason) sitting at the table with Odell and Josina Anderson during the interview. (SNY TV via Twitter)
"Eli, man, every time I'm doing an interview about you, it doesn't have to be an interview, even in the crib amongst the homies, every time somebody badmouths you … I'm the first one to back you up, and be like, 'He got two rings before his brother.' Here you are talking about how you don't watch Lil Wayne much. That's fine. I'm cool with you … You probably need to bang some 'Carter V' before a game. Just a consideration."
"Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pallbearers so they can let him down one last time,"
-- Lee Merkel, lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and season ticket holder, passed away on Sunday in his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is an excerpt from his obituary. (Fox News)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
UNDRESSING CAN BE HARD
Josh Norman struggled during the jersey swap portion of the evening. pic.twitter.com/jR7XJRvGVf
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 9, 2018
-- Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman hoped to participate in a post-game jersey swap, but greatly struggled with actually getting the jersey off of him.
SO MUCH FOR HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Introducing America's saddest game: Where's the Chargers Fan?
Let us know when you find him! pic.twitter.com/Bx4ThLw2ll
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 7, 2018
-- The Chargers-to-L.A. experiment has failed miserably thus far. Yes, this is the crowd for a Chargers HOME game.
OUT-SLINGING THE SHERIFF
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 9, 2018
-- With New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Peyton Manning's all-time regular season passing yards record and encroaching on his all-time touchdowns record, The Sheriff takes a break from retirement to congratulate Brees.