Monday Morning QB
Quote of the Week I
"It is what it is. I am doing my job and not commenting on anything else.''
Rex probably did the smart thing the other day by not commenting on the open quarterback competition between him and Kyle Orton. The competition, coach Lovie Smith said, may not be decided until late in August.
Quote of the Week II
"It was hard on my family. It was hard on my wife and kids, but I didn't hear a lot of it. That was probably good.''
Petrino should have added: "Of course, I'm the one who made it hard on everyone in my family and everyone on the Falcons because I abandoned a 5-year commitment after 11 months and two days, even after assuring the man who hired me that I'd stay the course and fulfill my commitment.''
Quote of the Week III
"I say this about Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino, based on my personal experience. They will truly regret one day that they walked away. No matter how much success they have at the college level, you always feel bad when people put their faith and confidence in you and you let 'em down.''
What a tremendous line. The most incredible thing, to me, is that Petrino has never called Arthur Blank to say, "I'm sorry.''
Stat of the Week I
In their first 14 games this year, the Browns will play in five prime-time slots -- either on Thursday, Sunday or Monday nights.
In the first eight years of this century, the Browns played seven prime-time games.
Stat of the Week II
Between the seventh inning Friday and the fifth inning Saturday, Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury stole six bases against the Orioles.
In 24 hours, Ellsbury stole more bases than Derek Jeter, Eric Byrnes, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Freel and Alfonso Soriano have stolen all season.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Nice Mara/Tisch Touch of the Week: When the Giants handed out Super Bowl rings Thursday, they included GM Ernie Accorsi, who retired after the 2006 season but whose draft choices were integral to the team winning the Super Bowl.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
Twice a week through the offseason, I commute into New York from New Jersey to do a three-hour morning show on Sirius NFL Radio. Depending on my schedule, I either take the bus or drive. Last week, I drove twice. Once, with plenty of time to spare, I parked six blocks from my midtown studio at 48th and Avenue of the Americas and paid $18 to park for almost four hours. The next day, rushed, I parked close to the studios ... and paid $46.