Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday March 26, 2007 9:09AM; Updated: Monday March 26, 2007 10:55AM
Quote of the Week
"I felt there was more to life than just a game.''
Stat of the Week
I remember being introduced to Fresno State quarterback David Carr inside the Ed Jones Dome, in the scrum of the family area outside the St. Louis locker room after the 2001 NFC Championship Game. Nice kid, just like an earlier Fresno quarterback taken with a high number one pick, Trent Dilfer. "Obviously we'd never get him,'' Mike Martz told me that night. "But I'd love to work with him. Great kid, and a great-looking player.''
Well, he can have him now.
What a difference five years makes. This is what the Houston Texans got in five years with Carr leading their offense:
Money spent on Carr: $31.47 million.
Carr is a standup guy, even in the worst of times. But no team will hand him a starting job. And you know what wouldn't surprise me? If Carr didn't play football again. Not saying that will happen, but I am saying the thought has crossed Carr's mind.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Always fun to run into Steve Sabol, the NFL Films maestro who never met a story he didn't like. In the lobby of the Biltmore, Sabol stopped to share a few stories, all of them good.
My favorite: Anyone remember a professional wrestler named Dick the Bruiser? He actually was a 1950s-era lineman for the Green Bay Packers before he became famous as a wrestler. Well, Sabol went to his house in Indiana long after his career, and Dick the Bruiser said he wanted to show Sabol something. He took Sabol into the bathroom and showed off one of his prized possessions: a urinal. Dick the Bruiser said he loved having the urinal in the bathroom in addition to the regular toilet, because now his wife couldn't yell at him for leaving the toilet seat down.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
It is unanimous: The greatest hotel in the world is the Arizona Biltmore. Not just because the pools are wonderful, the weather is usually perfect and the atmosphere very Sinatraesque. But also because of the smell. You walk outside and you're hit by the strong aroma of spring flowers, everywhere. You don't often associate hotels with smells, but I've been here eight or 10 times, and the first thing I notice when I'm back on campus is that sweet aroma of flowers.
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