Quote of the Week I
"With all due respect, after we win I definitely will not be stomping on any towels. That's just utter disrespect ... A proud organization, the Steelers Nation. But I'm not too worried about it.''
Quote of the Week II
"[Brian] Cushing has been a starter since the day he got off the bus.''
Cushing will open at strongside linebacker, next to tackling machine DeMeco Ryans, playing in the middle.
Quote of the Week III
"When he's been out here in shorts without a live rush he's made very good decisions, thrown an accurate ball and hasn't turned the ball over. But his foot speed is not very good. He's slow getting to the launch point and he's got a very slow and long delivery. So you have to weigh that. Sure he's been completing a lot of passes, but will he be able to get the ball out?"
Quote of the Week IV
"I just told him that unless he's picking up my mortgage for the month of July and August, he can't stay. He's not living for free. I don't need another kid around the house."
Tweet of the Week I
"Damn! I almost got caught texting!''
Marvin Lewis is going to be happy to read that one.
Tweet of the Week II
"It took 30 minutes with a blow dryer to make my shoes wearable this morning. They smell like dogs.''
Stat of the Week
This week's sign the Green Bay Packers miss Brett Favre: The Packer Pro Shop and Atrium stores at Lambeau Field saw revenue decrease by $6.5 million, from $50.2 million to $43.7 million, from Favre's last season, 2007, to the first post-Favre season, 2008.
This week's sign that the Green Bay Packers don't miss Brett Favre: Only 192 season tickets in the entire building were not renewed after a 6-10 season, the first one with Favre not under center in 17 years.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Warren Sapp will appear as Forrest Whitaker's brother in a movie called "Family Wedding'' that begins shooting this week in Los Angeles.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
OK, I'm out for four weeks after tomorrow's mailbag column. I wanted to give notice about the Tweetups I'll be doing, and where they will be happening, between now and the start of the season. (Define, Tweetup, you say. All right. It's a meeting between me and fans -- or non-fans planning to pelt me with tomatoes -- at which you can ask me whatever you want to ask, or at which we can just commune. I don't know. I've never done one. We'll see how they go.) The schedule:
Monday, July 13, 4-5 p.m., at the Los Angeles Coliseum, with Los Angeles Times NFL writer Sam Farmer. We'll be there for an the annual highlight of the offseason in California, "NFL 101/201 -- Get Ready for Some Football: An Intimate Evening with NFL Legends,'' hosted by NBC's Andrea Kremer. Guests at the event, which runs from 5-9:30 on the floor of the Coliseum, can catch passes from NFL players, walk through an NFL locker room set up by Green Bay equipment man Red Batty, and mingle with NFL players (Carson Palmer, Nnamdi Asomugha, Justin Fargas, Shaun Phillips, Jordan Palmer) on the field. There's also a panel discussing NFL issues hosted by Kremer and featuring Joe Theismann, Warren Moon, Palmer, officiating czar Mike Pereira, Raiders exec Amy Trask and me. (Ticket info: Contact Aubrey Walton at email@example.com) Having done this twice now, I can tell you it's a fun experience for the fans and the panelists, and a good way to be hands-on with the people you see on TV all the time. Sam Farmer and I will meet people beforehand in the parking lot outside the Coliseum, and you can check my Twitter page -- SI_PeterKing -- for the exact location. The Tweetup is free. "NFL 101/201'' is not.
Monday, Aug. 3, 5:45-7 p.m., at Joseph Bruno Stadium, Troy, N.Y. (adjacent to Albany), with former NFL lineman and current SI.com columnist Ross Tucker. We'll be there before the Tri-City ValleyCats-Oneonta New York-Penn League game. Looking forward to answering your questions about the season.
Monday, Aug. 10, 5:45-7 p.m., at Victory Field, Indianapolis, with injury expert/statsman/baseball guru/football savant Will Carroll. Meet us before the Indianapolis Indians game at the cool ballpark in downtown Indy. Will might even show you his IPhone. I'm at Colts camp in Terre Haute bright and early the next morning.
There will be a Boston Tweetup after my training camp tour ends in late August or early September. Not sure of the date or site yet.
One last thing: Why the minor-league venues? We wanted to do them in public places with easy access for fans. We'll see how these meetings go, and if they work in places like this, we'll do some more. If only three or four people show up, we'll have them on my back deck in the future.
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