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Monday Morning QB (cont.)

Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 12:07AM; Updated: Monday February 19, 2007 12:45PM
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Quote of the Week

Peyton Manning's numbers after nine years are better than Dan Marino's and Brett Favre's.
Peyton Manning's numbers after nine years are better than Dan Marino's and Brett Favre's.
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QB G Pct. Yards TD Int. TD-Int. Diff.
Manning 144 .640 37,586 275 139 +136
Marino 135 .594 35,386 266 149 +117
Favre 144 .611 34,736 255 155 +100

"NBC has been my dream job for years. Matt Lauer has been my idol and someone I would love to emulate in my career here. This is a great opportunity for me because it allows me to step outside of sports.''
-- Tiki Barber, after signing on to work for NBC on the Today show and the Football Night in America NFL pregame show.

Quote of the Week II

"I know there are a lot of questions on what I plan to do a year from now. I know that my daughter [Lindsay] is a high school sophomore. I can tell you that I'm not planning on doing anything and walking out of her life again.''
-- Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who has signed a contract to work with the CBS NFL pregame show, speculating on his future in 2008, when he will be a coaching free agent.

Stat of the Week

Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Brett Favre are 1-2-3 on the all-time yardage and touchdown passes lists when you look only at their first nine years as starters in the league. (Manning just completed his ninth.)

Reminds me of how Favre has pooh-poohed breaking Marino's career record of 420 (he's seven shy) because he knows it's only a matter of time before Manning pushes their records out of sight.

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

Opening night, Sept. 6, 2007 ...

As has become the practice in the NFL, the Super Bowl champion Colts host the first game of the 2007 season. The three best teams on the schedule that are the most likely foes at the RCA Dome that Thursday night:

1. New Orleans. Peyton Manning facing his hometown Saints, with New Orleans still a sexy attraction from 2006.

2. Denver. Fallback game if FOX and CBS get their way and keep Saints and Pats from the opener. NBC could make a nice Andrea Kremer storyline out of Jay Cutler, from Santa Claus, Ind., coming home to try to slay the dragon. But this is not as sexy a game as Saints-Colts.

3. New England. Two reasons I don't expect it to be the Patriots. One, why would NBC want to take a Colts-Patriots game that will get a colossal ratings number no matter when it's played and use it up here? I'm sure the peacock (full disclosure: I work there) would want this game, only not with this Thursday night slot. Two, the league is already pissing off Bill Belichick by putting the China game (New England vs. Seattle in Beijing, Aug. 8) halfway around the world in the middle of training camp. The Pats likely won't be fed to the lions (or Colts) in this made-for-Indy game.

Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week

Four of them, about France:

1. Love the trains. The Paris Metro is clean, timely and mostly pleasant, and the national train system is maddeningly efficient. Our train to Geneva on Friday, scheduled to depart at 9 a.m., left at eight seconds past 9; scheduled to arrive at 12:03 p.m. in Switzerland, we stepped off the train at 12:02. And the train to Caen, near Normandy, left the station 21 seconds late. We returned from Geneva booked on Voiture Silent, the Quiet Car, and in a little over three hours, I think I heard one noise, the bleating of a cell phone that quickly was silenced.

2. The most incongruous thing about the mostly fastidious French? Easy. They don't curb their dogs. You walk a lot in Paris, and on a sunny, 63-degree Saturday, you've got to walk with one eye on the sidewalk, because there's the constant threat of little doggie bombs. I mean, they're everywhere. I'd say a third of the little land mines end up on the bottom of shoes, judging from the landmarks on most every sidewalk in the city. Paris is an incredibly civilized place, with people in bars actually talking rather than staring up at games on TV, and the Louvre and other museums in town are on record pace for attendance. Can't some politician pass a law making people as civil in dog-walking as they are in the rest of their lives?

3. Claude Monet was the Ripken of his time. Painted 'til he was blind, right up to near death at 87 in 1927. He has his own little museum, the Musee Marmottan Monet, and his works fill the Musee d'Orsay (a Triple-A museum to the big-league Louvre).

4. Like to smoke? Move here. The country is one big smoker's lounge. The woman next to us at dinner Saturday night had nine cigarettes from the time we sat down until the end of the meal. Maybe two hours. Maybe.

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