Quote of the Week I
"Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football.''
Not last year he wasn't.
Quote of the Week II
"John Madden is the best sports broadcaster -- not just the best football broadcaster -- of all time.''
Quote of the Week III
"Chad Johnson called me today. Crying. He wonders why everyone can get traded but him.''
Quote of the Week IV
"Players in this draft have sent up more red flares from players than Gilligan and Skipper ever did.''
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe has a 60-year-old brother.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me II
Including 2009, here are the regular-season dates of the meetings between New England and Indianapolis since 2005:
Nov. 7, 2005.
Nov. 5, 2006.
Nov. 4, 2007.
Nov. 2, 2008.
Nov. 15, 2009.
November is the autumn month that television ratings are most valued to the major networks. So as long as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are active, and as long as there's a Brady-Manning game on the schedule, the league's going to match them in November.
Stat of the Week
This isn't gospel, but it may give you an idea if your team is going to be very active on the trade front this weekend. It's a chart of the number of draft-weekend trades the teams have made in the last five years, and the moral of the story is pretty simple: Don't expect Cincinnati and Arizona to be very fluid.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
It's the new green me.
It's not like I'm going to be surrendering my car now than I'm a city guy, but being without it is increasingly enjoyable. Check out this 28-hour experience that began Thursday morning:
Walk 10 minutes to the Back Bay train station to catch a train to New York.
Take the train to New York.
Take a cab to visit buddy Jack Bowers in the hospital after surgery.
Take a cab to SI in midtown Manhattan for an afternoon of meetings.
Take the subway to Queens for Mets-Padres.
Take the subway to Manhattan after the game.
Walk to Penn Station.
Take the train back to Boston.
Walk the 10 minutes home.
Not an unpleasant trip on any of the legs. You people in cities have been hiding how great it is to get along without a car.
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