Quote of the Week I
"I did not think he was disruptive to the team. As a matter of fact, you have a huge percentage of our team -- coaches and teammates -- that thought his personality was a positive thing.''
That statement is many things -- Jones trying to make up with Owens via the media; Jones pumping up a person he likes; Jones talking for the sake of talking.
What it isn't: the truth.
Quote of the Week II
"I think Lombardi's probably rolling over [in his grave] right now.''
Quote of the Week III
"I immediately asked the question that any graduate of Ohio University would ask. I said, 'Do I get an honorary degree? Do I get a doctorate? Do I get a cap, a gown, a sash, anything I can sell on eBay?''
Baseball Stat of the Week I
Hope Seattle is not waiting for Ryan Rowland-Smith to solve the holes in its starting rotation. Here is his pitching line for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday night in the Rainiers' Pacific Coast League 21-5 loss to Reno:
Last 13 batters faced by Rowland-Smith: Single, double, sac-fly, double, fly out, single, single, walk ... Coaching visit to mound. Six runs in already, bases loaded. Is there no mercy rule? Rowland-Smith stays in ... fly out, hit batsman, sac fly, double, single. When Rowland-Smith walks off the mound, his team trails 11-0.
Baseball Stat of the Week II
Cruel game. Game of redemption. Really cruel game. That was baseball for Daniel Schlereth, the son of Super Bowl guard and ESPN football analyst Mark Schlereth, in the past week. The Diamondbacks' lefty reliever, just up from Double A a week earlier, had these three outings in the past five days:
Wednesday at Dodger Stadium: Handed the ball with two out in the eighth, Arizona nursing a 5-2 lead. In 11 Schlereth pitches, this was his fate: Double, wild pitch, single, wild pitch, pop out. Four runs. Schlereth takes the 6-5 loss.
Friday at Petco Park: Strikes out the side on 11 pitches in the seventh inning of an 8-0 win over San Diego.
Saturday at Petco Park: Enters with D-backs up 2-1 and a runner on first. In 15 pitches, he faces four batters (walk, single, walk, hit batsman) and all score.
Ouch. Four days, three appearances, 1.1 innings, five earned runs, two blown saves, an 0-2 record.
Double-ouch, from the Tweet of SI baseball writer Jon Heyman: "Daniel Schlereth should not be pitching in the big leagues now, much less in a big spot.''
If son is as tough as father, he'll survive.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
The Philadelphia Eagles will make the instant-news world we live in very happy this summer. They're installing a Blogging Trailer adjacent to the training camp practice fields at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., for use during and immediately after practice for bloggers covering camp and for beat guys filing to instant-news blogs.
"Reporting on the NFL has become such a 'now' business,'' Eagles PR czar Derek Boyko said. "I saw this [trailer] as being in the 'need' category, because so many bloggers are doing immediate stories, and now the beat reporters are doing the blogging, too.''
Now, instead of the reporters doing interviews as players leave the field and in a press-conference tent near the practice fields, and then getting in their cars and driving back to the press room on the Lehigh campus [the fields are about two miles from the center of the hilly campus], they'll be able to work inside the trailer.
I'm very big on the whole immediacy of coverage, but I hope this summer, as I make my rounds, I see that there's still something left for the daily papers -- some more in-depth stuff.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
On Wednesday, I had a 6:03 a.m. flight from Providence to Detroit; Northwest to Detroit cheaper from Providence than Boston, or at least it was for this flight. I left Boston at 4:05 a.m. for the 53-mile drive to the airport in Providence. Not being all that familiar with the drive, I did what anyone would do -- followed the signs on the highway for T.F. Green Airport, figuring it would be the shortest route.
From I-95 north of Providence, I got on I-295 south. And drove. And drove ... and got back onto I-95 south of Providence for the final couple of miles to the airport. I couldn't believe it -- 65 miles. Seemed way too long. Got to the airport at 5:18, and if you've flown from Providence, you know it has the longest rush-hour security lines on the East Coast.
I made the flight, but I went on Mapquest later in the day and looked at the route. Mapquest would have had me go straight down I-95 all the way. So I'm an idiot for not looking at a map before I left home. I just figured if a sign on an interstate highway tells me to take I-295 to get to the airport, it wouldn't be taking me 12 miles out of my way to get there.
Let's say I'm not the only idiot out here who trusts the highway signs north of Providence. There have to be a few people every day who actually read the signs and heed them on the interstate highway system. Let's say there are 200 a day who do what the United States Department of Transportation is telling them -- get off this road, take the freeway circling the town, and drive 14 miles further to get to your destination. Wouldn't the federal government, trying to get us to drive less and emit fewer pollutants into the air, be interested in knowing that scores of cars in Rhode Island are driving more miles than they need to? Let's say it's 200; it might be 50, it might be 500. But if 200 cars follow the route the highway planners tell them to follow, then cars are driving 2,400 more miles per day than they have to.
At 5 in the morning, that's a pretty aggravating travel note.
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