Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday February 5, 2007 4:40AM; Updated: Monday February 5, 2007 12:22PM
Quote of the Week I
"I don't know if this will be enough for some people. Maybe some people will say, 'Well, Peyton won one, but can he win back-to-back?' All I know is this: Anyone who doesn't think he's a great football player just doesn't know football. The great thing about this day, in my mind, is now Peyton can concentrate on the second half of his career and just go out and play football. When he leaves the game, he'll be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.''
Quote of the Week II
"I was kind of shocked. I thought we would play better in adverse conditions. We were kind of out of sync on offense the whole day.''
Quote of the Week III
"It's good for the Packers, good for this team and good for the NFL. I think as long as he's healthy and happy and playing, it's a good thing for all of us.''
Quote of the Week IV
"A good man and legitimate Hall of Famer is being denied entry for reasons we never know, by people who secretly vote. Art Monk is a Hall of Famer by any measure. This is not right."
Dan, not a bad point. As one of the 40 Hall selectors, I'd love to see Hall voting be opened up so we would be accountable in such an important election for how we stand. But what happened to Monk, in my opinion, is mostly bad. Good for Monk: The major roadblock in front of him, Michael Irvin, is no longer a roadblock; he's in. Bad for Monk: Next year comes Cris Carter, with 161 more catches, five more Pro Bowls and 62 more touchdowns in the same number of seasons. Then Tim Brown, with 154 more catches, and the stat race is on. Every year, Monk will fall farther behind in the numbers game. As someone who changed his mind on Monk and strongly advocated him this year (unquestioned leader on a three-time Super Bowl champ, superb downfield blocker, retired as the all-time receptions leader, never squawked for the ball with some other me guys in the locker room), I think it's going to be tough to get him in if he hasn't gotten in by now.
Stat of the Week
Reader Andy Sturgill of Bear, Del., wrote Sunday night to give me this week's gem: In the four Super Bowls played at the current Dolphin Stadium, a player for the losing team has returned a kick for a touchdown -- Devin Hester, Tim Dwight, Andre Coleman and Stanford Jennings.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Witnessed on South Beach Saturday night:
1. Two grown men dressed as Miller Lite cans, with 50 leggy women dressed in NFL officials tops and ridiculously microscopic black skirts, walking in a group down Collins Avenue.
2. A man holding a "Gay Sex Is A Sin'' sign, walking down Ocean Avenue.
3. Five bouncing, chanting Hari Krishna guys, chanting "Hey Hari Hari,'' surrounded by 12 Chicago fans wearing Bears jerseys, singing, "Bear Down Chicago Bears'' and imitating the bouncing Krishnas.
4. A woman dressed as an eight-foot-tall Statue of Liberty.
5. A faux graveyard with rows of gravestones, in protest of the war in Iraq.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
New York and L.A. take all kinds of guff for traffic. Deservedly, I might add. But here's a good one: In the middle of the day Friday, it took me 100 minutes, exactly, to drive 26 miles from downtown Miami to Davie, Fla., where the Colts were conducting practice at the Miami Dolphins training facility.
You start in downtown Miami on Biscayne Boulevard, which is basically a war zone of traffic cones and road construction. Then you get on I-95, which, from one week's appearance, is a constant catch-as-catch-can of traffic mayhem, with 90-mph idiots on your tail (and I mean really close, closer than Jersey). Then came a fender bender, and 35 minutes of crawling, and a quick stop for gas and coffee, and then a crawl along I-595 west outside of Fort Lauderdale, then a couple of 90-second stoplights on University Avenue in Davie. I mean, just a mess. When you invite everyone in the world into your state, Florida, it would be a nice idea to keep the infrastructure up.
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