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Posted: Monday January 28, 2008 1:55AM; Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2008 6:42PM
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Quote of the Week II

Don Shula is hoping to celebrate the Patriots' demise Super Bowl Sunday.
Don Shula is hoping to celebrate the Patriots' demise Super Bowl Sunday.

"I'm going to be at the game. I'll be jumping up and down.''

--Former Miami coach Don Shula when asked how he would react if the Giants were to derail the Patriots' attempt to go undefeated. Shula, of course, led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in modern NFL history (17-0 in 1972).

Quote of the Week III

"Robin Williams for head coach!''

--"johndinhouston,'' posting on the Washington Post's decidedly anti-Daniel Snyder Redskins Insider blog. As of this morning, the Redskins, with owner Snyder running the search, are the only team in the NFL with a coaching vacancy.

Stat of the Week I

What exactly has been going on in Oakland since the Raiders reached the Super Bowl? The records, and coaches, of the Oakland Raiders since 2003:

2003: 4-12 under Bill Callahan; 2004: 5-11 under Norv Turner; 2005: 4-12 under Turner; 2006: 2-14 under Art Shell; 2007: 4-12 under Lane Kiffin. Total: 19-61.

Stat of the Week II

The worst teams in the NFL since 2003:

1. Oakland 19-61
2. San Francisco 25-55
3. Detroit 26-54
4. Arizona 28-52
4. Houston 28-52

This ineptitude has been going on for a half-decade now. To put some perspective on how absolutely horrible Oakland has been, consider that the run began the year after the Raiders went to the Super Bowl. You don't go to the Super Bowl with a horrendous base of talent. There has to be some ability there. Yet, in the five years following that appearance, the Raiders have been significantly worse than every one of the four expansion teams of this generation have been in their first five seasons.

You can look it up. In regular-season records, Jacksonville (49-31), Carolina (38-42), Cleveland (26-54) and Houston (24-56) averaged 34 wins in their first five seasons of existence -- 15 more than the Raiders have had in their last five seasons.

Stat of the Week III

The Raiders' winning percentage over the last five years is .238. The Tampa Bay Rays' (nee Devil Rays) is .404.

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

I did not want the moment to pass without noting that the hiring of the new Falcons' coach, Michael Smith, was broken by Michael Smith of ESPN.com.

Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week

Commuting to the HBO Studios in Manhattan is always interesting. It's like a baseball game. You know the saying, "You'll always see something you never saw before when you watch a baseball game?'' Well, you always see something you've never seen before on a New York commute.

Walking toward the studios last Wednesday for a taping of Inside the NFL, I saw a beat-up blue truck stopped at a stoplight on Madison Avenue. Above the grill were the white painted words, "COFFEE CAKE.'' And on top of the truck was a six-foot stuffed Scooby-Doo, somehow fastened to the roof. Here's the funny thing: I think I was the only one who watched with mouth agape as this truck went by when the light changed. Everyone else just stared ahead at the walk/don't-walk sign, as if a truck with "COFFEE CAKE'' on the front and a stuffed Scooby-Doo as tall as me stuck to the roof is something you see every day.

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