The Best Mic'd Up Quotes Ever

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2014

The Best Mic'd Up Quotes Ever

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    There's little doubt that sports fans love the sound bites that athletes give when wearing a microphone during a sporting event.

    Sure, at times TV edits the players a bit by refusing to show all the real stuff coming out of their mouths, but that doesn't mean fans aren't entertained with what they do see.

    And because there have been some amazing instances of pro athletes just being themselves when the mic is on them, here are the best in-game quotes ever caught on TV.

Garret Ross, Chicago Blackhawks

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    Best Line: "You want to go here?"

    Although current minor league hockey player Garret Ross isn't all that well-known, he did leave quite the memorable impression during his time in developmental camp with the Chicago Blackhawks a few years ago.

    Allowing a mic to be clipped to him, Ross didn't hold back on some great one-liners.

    His shining moment, though? That came when he asked a player on the opposing team during a scrimmage if he "wanted to go," with both guys dropping their sticks and helmets to the ice and throwing fisticuffs.

    Making this even better, the two agreed that the fight was weak and they needed to try it again.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    Best Line: "Everybody in the world now knows I don't know how to spell communication."

    I really apologize that I'm unable to embed a video of Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall not being able to spell communication, but rest assured, the video that is available is worth watching.

    And while it would be easy for me to put in a one-liner about how the Bears could have used some, well, better communication all season long in hopes of playing better, I'll just let that go to the wayside.

    Look, Marshall is paid to catch footballs, not spell. Still, this is pretty darn funny.

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers

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    Best Line: "Mike Vick! You can't come this way."

    One of the most feared pass-rushers in the NFL, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III allowed fans to hear the types of stuff he'll yell to opposing players while on the gridiron.

    Naturally, the long-haired, Thor-looking Matthews does his best to psyche out other players, warning them not to try to do anything on his side of the field.

    Seeing how the four-time Pro Bowler has 57.5 career sacks in his six seasons, it might be time for other teams to start listening to his advice.

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans

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    Best Line: "I'm a baaad man. You know it. They know it."

    A former college teammate of the previously mentioned Clay Matthews at Southern California, current Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has a similar tactic while barking to opposing players.

    Although the former Defensive Rookie of the Year hasn't been able to stay healthy the past couple of seasons, make no mistake, Cushing is a monster while wearing pads.

    He makes everyone around him aware of it too, making sure he's hyped as could be during pregame warm-ups.

Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Best Line: "(The fart noise.)"

    Most players who wear mics during games typically give the exact same sound bites.

    You know, things like some grunts and a few "go get 'em, guys" to help motivate their teammates.

    But after seeing Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle wear a mic recently, it's clear that he didn't want to just do the same old thing.

    And while the fart noise that he makes made me giggle like a 13-year-old—because what athlete actually does that?—I personally liked his visit to the penalty box, jokingly asking teammates what they were up to.

    See, a minor penalty isn't the end of the world.

Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

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    Best Line: "That woman's crazy. Yeah, my mom's really crazy."

    Man, talk about a major mama diss.

    Except, this time, the joke was coming from her own son, as Baltimore Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones makes a crack about his own mom.

    In addition to lightheartedly putting down his mom, Jones is just entertaining as hell throughout this video, running his mouth nonstop.

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

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    Best Line: "I'm beating these guys like a drum out here."

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the most dominant player on the football field—yes, that might even include when lining up on offense—but he proved a few weeks ago that he might be the most clever, too.

    Yelling to everyone around him that they should pick up a snack and get comfortable for the show, Watt backs up his brash talk, going out and just humiliating any blocker the Tennessee Titans put in front of him.

    Go ahead, NFL, give the guy his Defensive Player of the Year award and even more opportunities to get mic'd up, because he's hilarious.

Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Best Line: "This isn't even a football game. This is a historical event."

    He might not be in the league anymore, but former NFL wideout Chad Johnson proved to be a Hall of Famer when it came to running his mouth.

    And when he had a microphone in front of him, he wasn't going to disappoint viewers.

    Most of his talking was done to rile up opposing players and promote himself, but it's the way he hollered it that really made it so funny.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    Best Lines: "They must be thinking, 'geez, these guys are huge.' I know, they are so little."

    Much like the Brandon Marshall video from earlier in this piece, it's too bad that I didn't have an embeddable video of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talking about how short the Boston Red Sox were.

    Still, because I don't want to let you down, here's the link to check it out—which I advise you do, because it's pretty damn funny.

    Shocked at the lack of size that the BoSox have, Brady, Belichick and other members of the Pats aren't shy in telling each other how the baseball players would get creamed out on the gridiron.

John Randle, Minnesota Vikings

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    Best Line: "I love it. It's a passion. It's even better than sex."

    One of the most outlandish and talkative players in NFL history, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle always seemed to know what to say when a microphone was around.

    Often getting both himself and his teammates pumped up for the game—well, when he wasn't talking trash to other players—Randle was the king of sound bites throughout the '90s, giving some that still make fans laugh.

    More than just a character, though, Randle knew how to lay the wood—and always did so anytime he was on the football field.

Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

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    Best Line: "Either my head is getting bigger or these hats are getting smaller...shut up."

    Just a good ol' country boy that Brett Favre is.

    Playing for 20 seasons, Favre showed that he was one of the best quarterbacks to ever line up under center, ending his career as the all-time leader in touchdowns thrown—since broken—and yards thrown.

    Another thing that Favre knew how to do was entertain with his quirky sayings, generally using no filter anytime a mic was clipped on him.

    For that, we should all thank him—because he had some brilliant sound bites.

Terrell Owens

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    Best Line: "I love me some me."

    The word "shy" isn't one that anyone would ever use to describe former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, would it?

    One of the most outspoken players on and off the field, T.O. always had something to say, which, for better or worse, was what helped him separate himself from other players during his era.

    And while Owens was mic'd up, he would often ask if people "had their popcorn ready" for the show that he was about to put on, and proclaimed—and trademarked—the phrase, "I love me some me."

    After watching him yell while in pads, how couldn't you have liked this guy?

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