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Vikings quotebook

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000

Coach Dennis Green: "To the victor goes the spoils. That's what it's all about. That's the great thing about the game ... we've got a lot of victors, and now we've got the spoils."

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Green on whether his team was intimidated: "No. Come on, give me a break."

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Receiver Randy Moss, rebuking a reporter who started his news conference with a question about Moss' fourth-quarter ejection: "That ain't no way to come to an interview. I wouldn't come to you and say, "What the hell do you have to say?' "

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Moss, about the ejection, suggesting officials treat him differently because of his $10,000 fine last season for squirting a water bottle at an official: "After the incident in the playoffs, the referees may be looking for me. Any little thing I may do, they'll be looking for. It was a touch almost like between two friends. I did not grab that man or shake him. I just went to him, touched him on the arm and said, "Mr. Referee, that was pass interference.' Then he snapped at me and threw the flag."

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Moss, on his team's mental state: "We made a lot of mistakes coming out. I think their game was built on a lot of emotion coming out. We knew what type of game it was going to be, but I guess we couldn't fix in our minds what kind of game it was going to be. Body-wise, we were trying to get ready for them, but mentally, we weren't ready."

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Green on second-year quarterback Daunte Culpepper's first loss as a starter: "Oh, Daunte's fine. Daunte has lost more than one game and so have I. This is not my first loss. I've coached for nine years and I've lost, in fact, 47 times. That's a lot of losses. Daunte has lost some games in his career, too. So I think he'll be just fine."

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Culpepper, an Ocala native and Central Florida product, on playing his first pro game in Florida: "It felt good to come back home and see some familiar faces. Too bad we didn't come away with the win. But we'll be back again."

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Culpepper, on getting roughed up: "I got bruised up pretty good. I get bruised up every game. But when you're winning, you don't notice it."

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Culpepper, on bouncing back: "The main thing is they played a lot better than we did. We just have to go back to the drawing board, forget this game and get ready for Green Bay."

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Culpepper, on what receiver Cris Carter, his mentor on the team, told him after his first NFL loss: "That's between me and Cris, and I'm not going to put that out there."

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Culpepper, dismissing all the trash Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp talked to him throughout the game: "He didn't say nothing really to me."

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Running back Robert Smith on the Bucs' defense: "We always know their defense is going to be tough, and they always play us tough because they know what we do and (they know) our personnel."

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Moss, on whether the Vikings will bounce back: "I definitely don't worry about that. We have a couple of days off before the Monday night game. I think we'll bounce back perfectly. I don't think there are any kinks in this program whatsoever. I think we came out here looking for a victory, I can tell you that. I don't think (losing) threw us off. I think we'll come back stronger. We'll bounce back well."

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