Quote of the Week I
"I didn't have time to think. You don't have time to think when the ball's coming at you 100 miles an hour.''
Quote of the Week II
"There's a couple of balls there that we would have liked him to come up with. That's discouraging because he was paid an awful lot of money, paid like one of the top five receivers in the NFL. We need him to make those plays.''
Quote of the Week III
"We can't be the Patriots. The Patriots, they epitomize the whole team concept. Those guys are all about team and that's it. We're not them. We are a team that has a bunch of names, a bunch of personalities and a bunch of youth.''
Stat of the Week
There's not been a bigger impact rookie in the first two preseason weekends than Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, the first-round pick we all criticized because the Titans had taken running backs high in the previous two drafts. Here are the yards for each of the 14 preseason carries of the lightning-fast Johnson, from East Carolina:
Versus St. Louis: 3, 3, -1, 6, 0, 66.
Versus Oakland: 15, 15, 2, 2, 13, -3, 0, 2.
First 14 NFL carries: 123 yards (8.8 per carry).
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
When the New England Patriots released their Physically Unable To Perform list at the start of training camp, the first three names on the alphabetized list were:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jarvis Green, Ellis.
Two more things about BenJarvus Green-Ellis:
1. He might be the first person in NFL history with two first names, two last names and two colleges. He played two years at Indiana, then redshirted a season, then played two years at Ole Miss. So you might label him "BenJarvus Green-Ellis Indiana-Mississippi.''
2. He might be the first player in college football history to lead one Division-I school in rushing for two years, transfer, then lead another Division-I school in rushing for two years. In order, he had 938 and 794 yards at IU, sat out a season, then 1,000 and 1,137 at Mississippi.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
Friday morning, 6:10, Towne Place Suites, Albany, N.Y.
I walk from the side door of the hotel, across the street from the Giants' training camp at the University at Albany (who calls a place the "University at'' something, by the way?), and begin to look for my car. I never remember where I park. And this morning, I forget what rental car I picked up in Boston for the drive to Foxboro and then to Albany. Then I think I remember: Pontiac Vibe. I look for the funky little car. Can't find it. I take the key fob and start pressing the door-open button, walking around the parking lot and wondering where the heck is the Pontiac Vibe. Finally I hear a faint "beep'' and walk toward it.
It's a red car. Can't be mine. Mine's a little Vibe. This is a two-door Ford Mustang. I look down at my Hertz key chain. Sure enough, "Ford Must 2DR,'' it says. Hmm. Now I remember: The Vibe was in Cincinnati/Indianapolis/Terre Haute earlier in the week. Thank God for the key fobs that make the cars beep now.