''If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.” – Bill Parcells, 1997 (pictured left).
This one slips under the wire because Parcells – who said he was quoting a friend – was still technically the coach of the Patriots when he said it (on Jan. 31 – his contract expired at end of that day). It all began with the 1996 NFL draft, when the Patriots – at least Parcells and his people – wanted to draft a defensive prospect. Team owner Bob Kraft, meanwhile, wanted Ohio State wide receiver Terry Glenn (he of “she” fame). Kraft’s forces won.
The rift between Kraft and Parcells – documented by the late Will McDonough – eventually grew beyond repair in the lead-up to the Super Bowl against Green Bay. Win or lose, Parcells was gone as Patriots’ coach after the season. They lost, and he went to the Jets.