The best of Baker Mayfield’s pop culture quotes, ranked
Baker Mayfield made headlines after Week 13 for quoting Dwight Schrute from “The Office,” but it’s become a theme for Mayfield to reference pop culture in his postgame press conferences this season.
In 2020, Mayfield has made an obvious pop culture reference in at least six press conferences, and it’s ramped up of late: He’s done it in each of the last four weeks, Weeks 10-13. Mayfield has variety, too, bringing in hip-hop and comedy lines in equal measure.
Because no one ever gets mad when there are rankings in sports, that’s what we’re bringing you. This is a totally objective ranking of Mayfield’s six blatant pop-culture references during the 2020 NFL season through Week 13.
1. Snoop Dogg (Week 11)
Snoop Doog is definitely the coolest person Mayfield has referenced so far.
Mayfield’s answer here was in response to a question about Myles Garrett’s absence in Week 11, and Mayfield calls on Dr. Dre’s song “Nuthing but a ‘G’ Thang” with part of Snoop Dogg’s section (lyric in bold).
“Yeah, obviously that is not a one-man job to fill those shoes,” Mayfield said. “I know that is probably the most cliché thing, but it is just the truth. We had a ton of guys step up. When they knew that Myles was out, they knew they had to get funky on the field, and just like an old batch of collard greens, they just played well together.”
Extremely important note: Mayfield also referenced Super Mario in an answer about Kareem Hunt’s hurdle, saying, “It was like a Super Mario double bounce.” Mayfield definitely got extra credit for using a Snoop lyric and a Super Mario reference in the same week.
2. Dwight Schrute (Week 13)
In Week 13, Mayfield threw four touchdown passes in the first half against the Titans, leading the Browns to a franchise-record 38 points before the break. Cleveland held on to win in what may have been Mayfield’s best passing game as a professional.
Afterward, Mayfield nearly word-for-word used a Schrute line from “The Office”: “Whenever I am about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, then I don’t do that.”
Seems like good advice.
3. ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’ (Week 7)
Mayfield set a franchise-record for consecutive completions in Week 7 against the Bengals during a 37-34 win. He called on DMX afterward to help explain his outing.
“It is just a necessary mindset of doing whatever it takes to win. Having to watch that first quarter,” Mayfield started, then used DMX lyrics from ‘Ruff Ryders Athem,’ “Stop. Drop. Shut ‘em down. Open up shop. Like, oh no. That’s how Ruff Ryders roll.”
4. Ron Swanson (Week 12)
Mayfield missed a few wide open receivers during Week 12 against the Jaguars, including Jarvis Landry standing all alone in the end zone. Afterward, Mayfield was asked about the errant passes, and he called on “Parks and Recreation” and Ron Swanson.
“There are only two things I hate more than missing throws, and that is lying and skim milk, and skim milk is just water lying about being milk,” Mayfield said.
The best part about that answer was how he bookended it between multiple sentences so that it was football, football, skim milk and football.
Ron Swanson would be so proud. 🥛 pic.twitter.com/Z35fagoNYe
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 29, 2020
5. Ricky Bobby (Week 5)
Mayfield took big hits during a Week 5 win over the Colts, and he was asked about them afterward. His answer started off pretty normal.
“A little sore right now,” Mayfield said. “We will find out tomorrow when we look at it. I earned that one. I said it after the game on the field, I think that was the worst game I have played out of the five so far. I have to get better. A lot to learn from, but we learned on that defense and we got the yards when we needed it. The good thing about it is we do not have to learn from a loss – we can get better after a win…”
Mayfield concluded that answer with a Ricky Bobby quote from Talladega Nights: “… Just the mindset of trying to be just a bunch of big hairy American winning machines is important.”
6. Lil’ Wayne (Week 10)
No disrespect meant to Lil’ Wayne here. Let’s just get to the line and then you can be angry at our placement (or maybe we were saving the best for last?).
Mayfield was asked about how Garrett played in a 10-7 win over the Texans. He called on lyrics from Lil’ Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” to close out his answer.
“Yeah, they made great plays when they needed to,” Mayfield said. “I think Myles took the approach that real Gs move in silence like lasagna.”