This week in the NFL with translation
With a week full of intrigue in the ever-busy 2010 NFL offseason, headlined by the furor of the suspension and re-vote for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing, let's take our weekly look inside at what they say and what they mean:
Suspended Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, on the substance causing his suspension:
“I tested positive for such a small amount it can't be performance enhancing. I've got to get medical help to find out why it happened and to keep it from happening again.”
I was told there was no way I would test positive for the stuff I took. Wait until I get to the guy that gave me that stuff.
Sports Illustrated writer Austin Murphy, tweeting on Cushing retaining his Rookie of the Year honor:
“Memo to 18 AP voters who let Brian Cushing keep his award, despite clear PED use: you should be drug-tested yourselves. What a f'ing joke.”
The guy cheated, period. Hello? Anyone for integrity in the sport? And did I just tweet f'ing?
John McClain, Houston Chronicle reporter covering the NFL and the Texans, on the idea of a re-vote for the award:
“It’s absurd, it’s unprecedented, and where do you draw the line?”
You really think Cushing’s the only guy who was voted an honor that cheated? If you believe that, I won’t spoil it about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
Jets owner Woody Johnson, on the team reportedly having 10,000-plus PSLs to sell before its inaugural season in New Meadowlands Stadium:
“I’d like to sell every ticket I have in one day, but it’s not bad considering everyone’s not focused on football right now.”
Hey, we were in the AFC Championship and have brought in Tomlinson, Cromartie and Holmes. What else are you New York sports fans focused on, LeBron James?
Johnson on the submission of a bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII at New Meadowlands Stadium:
“In New York and New Jersey, we know how to deal with snow.”
Who needs sun and sand? Come party in our snow and sleet!
Titans coach Jeff Fisher, on the absence of his players – Chris Johnson, Bo Scaife and Stephen Tulloch – from offseason workouts:
“I think they are not here because of the advice they’ve been given. They’d like to be here, it's just the situation they are in.”
Abe Elam, one of five Cleveland Browns skipping offseason activities due to frustration with their contract situations:
“I am praying everything works out for the best. As of right now, my focus is on training and continuing to improve as a player.”
I am praying Drew Rosenhaus, my agent, can get me a new deal soon. As of right now, my focus is on getting shown the money.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, on the Jets having started contract negotiations with his agent:
“They came to me after the season. I'm not worried. I'm OK. My life is good.”
I’m about to get paaaayed.
Lions defensive tackle Landon Cohen, on trying to hold off the second pick in the draft, Ndamukong Suh:
“I'm excited about the competition, and I think it's going to bring the best out of all of us.”
My bonus was $43,750. He’s gonna get $40 million. Uh, I guess there’s no competition. Hope they let me play a little behind him.
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