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Monday Morning QB (cont.)

Posted: Monday April 30, 2007 2:06AM; Updated: Monday April 30, 2007 9:57AM
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Stat of the Week I

Brady Quinn, spurned as the No. 3 pick in the draft by Cleveland, figures to miss out on millions as the 22nd overall pick. Judging by last year's contracts -- quarterback Vince Young went No. 3 to Tennessee, defensive lineman Manny Lawson went No. 22 to San Francisco -- here is what Quinn stands to miss out on. The numbers listed here are not the maxxed-out contract numbers, but rather the numbers that each player will earn if he does nothing more than stay on the team for the life of the contract and play at least 35 percent of the plays in year one, which both Young and Lawson did last season.

Player Yrs. Total salary+bonus Avg. per year.
Young 6 $34.60 million $5.73 million
Lawson 5 $8.43 million $1.68 million

Depending how you look at it, Quinn could miss out on approximately $26 million, but there are two upsides. One: Teams can sign picks 1 through 16 to six-year contracts; picks 17 through 32 to five years, at the most. That can be an advantage to a player who is outperforming his contract; he'll get to be a free agent sooner.

Two: If you think Quinn's agent is going to take six percent more than what some defensive lineman got in a similar slot last year, you're nuts. This negotiation between Condon and the Browns could result in a long holdout, unless Lerner steps in and tells his GM: Let's be fair to this kid and pay him like the 13th pick, or something like that. I don't think that'll happen, because it would screw up the 22nd slot in the 2008 draft and beyond, but something may have to give.

Stat of the Week II

The draft started at 9:10 a.m., pacific time. Seattle's first pick of the draft came at 5:40 p.m. -- exactly eight hours and 30 minutes from the start of the draft.

If you covered Day One of the draft at the Seahawks team complex in suburban Kirkland, you got to eat three meals before the Seahawks tabbed Josh Wilson, the Maryland cornerback and 55th pick of the draft. A wise man once said, "If you're going to be bored, you might as well eat.'' So here's what the press and Seattle staff had for a meal lineup prior to accomplishing anything in the draft:

• Breakfast: Omelet station, bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage links, grits, banana bread, fresh fruit station, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal.

• Lunch: Sushi bar, teriyaki salmon and chicken breasts, brown rice, soup, hamburgers, brats, Caesar salad.

• Dinner: Mushroom shrimp cocktail, carving station with turkey breast and beef loin, cornbread stuffing, carrots, broccoli, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad. Mac's homemade cookies.

Unfortunately, the team's latte machine was left at Qwest Field, so the writers and staff had to muddle through in the caffeine department with a couple of blended coffees -- caffe appassionato and French roast.

Memo to SI pro football editor Mark Mravic: Hey boss ... I'm thinking the Seahawks are a heck of a story next year on draft day. Lots of interesting stuff going on out there. I can feel it in my bones. And stomach.

Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week

The other day, I'm in the Comfort Inn near the BWI Airport. I open the wrapped soap, use it for a morning shower and put it back on the soap dish. I'd say the soap is about half as thick as the bar you'd buy in the store. This bar could last 10 or 12 days, easily. And so the next morning, when I step into the shower, I find the bar's been taken away. This isn't exclusive to the Comfort Inn-BWI. It happens all the time.

Hotels of America, I ask you this: Why do you waste soap like that? Why not simply put another wrapped bar near the sink, and if the customer, for some strange reason, wants to throw away the lightly used soap, he or she can do so and open a new bar. But why assume we always want a new bar of soap?

Who at home uses soap one time and throws it away? Imagine the savings in a 200-room hotel if 80 percent of the multiday-stay people use one bar of soap per stay. That's got to be 300, 400 bars a week -- or maybe 15,000 bars a year. At 20 cents a bar, let's say, that's $3,000 a year. What hotel couldn't use $3,000 a year?

One other thing about hotel upkeep, while I'm at it: I wrote about this a few years ago, and it continues to confound me. What's the deal with housekeepers stopping up the drain in the bathtub every time they clean the room? What person gets in the shower and says, "Sure am glad the drain is closed. I like to shower, as Cosmo Kramer once said, in a tepid pool of my own filth.''

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

In 2004, the Indianapolis Colts used the 125th pick in the draft to select Washington State cornerback Jason David.

Last week, the New Orleans Saints sent the 125th pick in the 2007 draft to Indianapolis to acquire David's rights, then signed him to a four-year contract.

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me II

With Johan Santana looking on from the Minnesota dugout, new Lion Calvin Johnson threw out the first pitch before the Twins-Tigers game on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. The ball went through the web of Tigers coach Andy Van Slyke. "High, hard one,'' said Johnson. "He underestimated my fastball.''


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