Quote of the Week I
"There's no 'Jay' in team.''
Quote of the Week II
"I don't know that they'd be completing this many passes against air in practice. This is an embarrassment for the Raider defense.''
Quote of the Week III
"I talked to Bill Belichick. He said whatever is the best decision for you. It's not like it's going to hurt you to go back. The same teams that want you now are going to want you later. He was talking both sides of the fence with me. Just from knowing him, he was able to talk to me like a friend, and because he's so close with coach [Urban] Meyer.''
Stat of the Week I
Regular Season Team of the Decade Dept: New England and Indianapolis are in a fight to the finish for the crown of the best regular-season team of the first decade of the century. From 2000 through 2008, here are the teams with the top winning percentages:
1. New England 102-42 .703
Two notes: The Colts play host to Jacksonville to open the season Sept. 13, and if they win, they'd be tied for the decade lead in wins for at least 30 hours; New England doesn't play until the next night ... Green Bay (84-60), Tennessee (83-61) and Baltimore (83-61) are knocking on the door of this top-five list.
Stat of the Week II
We take for granted that the 1983 first round was the best round of quarterback-drafting in NFL history. But when you draft a quarterback in the first round, you do it with the hope the passer you pick will lead your team to the promised land. Don Banks wrote a great piece Friday that I strongly recommend. His point, and the point of this chart: The 2004 first-round quarterbacks have been far more championship-successful the Class of '83 -- and the four quarterbacks from that 2004 draft are still in their 20s, polishing their games. The '83 first round versus '04 in total years played by first-round quarterbacks and Super Bowls won:
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Roy Williams, the Dallas wide receiver, wears No. 11 for two reasons:
1. He thinks it makes him look slim.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
You Know You Live In Boston Sign of the Times Dept: Across from each other in Terminal A at Logan International Airport are a Dunkin Donuts and a Starbucks. Last Monday at 5:55 a.m., 17 people were in line at Dunkin Donuts and two at Starbucks.
Tweets of the Week
"Attention: 1st rd. Pick Andre Smith has signed, the new source = Ocho Cinco, not ESPN, thank you, stay tuned for more info.''
Alabama tackle Andre Smith signed in time to be on the practice field for the Bengals Sunday afternoon.
"I talk to everybody -- EV-REEEE-BODY -- in the league,'' Ocho told me Sunday night. "You have to understand -- I know people on every team in this league, and I talk to all of them. This is not hard for me. It's just something I do naturally.''
Ocho is aiming to set some Tweet record. He's averaging 63 Tweets a day since becoming a Twitterer on May 15. I asked him if he thought he was, well, you know, over-Tweeting, and taking too much time away from the job that pays him a lot of money. "Really, if you think about it, it keeps me out of trouble,'' Ocho said. "In this job, we have a lot of time on our hands, and after I study and do my film work, I'm Tweeting. The time when trouble might be happening with other guys, I'm Tweeting.''
But there's another motivation. He gets out his message -- as ill-versed as it sometimes is -- the way he wants the message gotten out, and, as of Sunday, 137,679 people were following him. Listening, presumably. It's not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison, but as of June, the circulation of the Cincinnati Enquirer was 188,956. He's being heard the way he wants to be heard, and by a huge segment of Bengaldom.
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