Posted: Monday March 31, 2008 11:18AM; Updated: Thursday April 10, 2008 11:50AM
Quote of the Week
"You never say never.''
--Suspended Tennessee cornerback Pacman Jones, asked on Michael Irvin's radio show in Dallas why he wouldn't commit to never going into a strip club again.
Now there's a guy who's really turning over a new leaf.
Stat of the Week
If I were a general manager, I'd probably endorse taking a chance on Pacman Jones if he cost only a fifth- or sixth-round pick. Jones signed his rookie contract, with a $7.63-million signing bonus, on Aug. 23, 2005. The bonus was paid in its entirety by Tennessee. Unless the contract is re-negotiated, which would be about as imprudent a deal a team could make, Jones' salaries for the last three years of his contract will be $1,292,500 in 2008, $1,742,500 in 2009 and $2,192,000 in 2010. Originally, Jones' contract was due to expire in 2009. But when he was suspended for the 2007 season, that year's salary was pushed back a year, as were the other ones.
In his two seasons with Tennessee, Jones had four interceptions, returning one 83 yards for a touchdown. He had 63 kickoff returns and, oddly, 63 punt returns, returning none of the kicks for touchdowns and four of the punts for touchdowns. He was becoming a consistent cover corner.
The risk, to me, is only in the precedent you set by taking a serial miscreant on your team, all for the sake of winning; how do you tell your players citizenship is important when you take Pacman Jones on your team and insert him into a position of importance. The upside is paying a top 10 talent in the secondary a relatively paltry $76,000 a week to help your team torment the likes of Eli Manning.
Put Jones on a short leash, and it's not a bad deal.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Ahhh, life at The Breakers, where the other one-tenth-of-one-percent lives. Large latte with an extra shot of espresso and a blueberry scone: $10.92.
Dave Goldberg of the Associated Press reported that he paid $3 for a cinnamon raisin bagel.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
"Can I hold that for a second?''
I've heard that question, or some derivative of it, a dozen times in the past month, when I've traveled with my feather-light MacBook Air. The other day, on my flight to Fort Lauderdale, a women holding a 5-month-old baby in her left arm, gently bouncing her up and down, admired the little laptop and I said, "Here --you can even hold it while holding the baby.'' The woman took it with her right hand and held it like it was the new Grisham book, shaking her head in amazement. It's almost that light.
Four times at The Breakers on Sunday, people asked to hold my computer, including Niners coach Mike Nolan. I could do a commercial for this thing. Except for the fact that my wireless DSL card doesn't work with it (there's no CD drive or DSL port), it's pretty much the perfect laptop.