Stat of the Week
When the Redskins take FedEx Field next Sunday against the Chiefs, it will be the sixth consecutive week they've played a winless team. The titanic schedule they've played thus far:
Week 1: vs. 0-0 Giants.
The Giants, obviously, don't factor into the bad-teams-on-the-sked deal. But it's amazing how poorly this team has played, and still Washington has a chance to be 3-3 entering its home Monday night game against the Eagles on Oct. 26.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
If Rush Limbaugh becomes part-owner of the St. Louis Rams -- which I'm told is not even close to happening right now -- he may want to do something about the organization's political leanings. According to politico.com, no NFL team in the past 20 years has donated more money to the Democratic Party than the Rams. Politico reported in September that the Rams had given $230,050 to the Democrats, or 98 percent of the franchise's total political donations. That would mean that in 20 years, the Rams have given about $4,600 to Republicans. That's not even enough for a 30-second spot on Limbaugh's national radio show.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Tried one of the low-cost carriers to and from Minneapolis for the Packers-Vikings game last Monday. They sure are friendly at Sun Country Airlines, and they fly big planes, and, though they pack 'em in like sardines, it's at least non-stop at a sub-$300 round-trip fare.
Eight hours after the Vikings pranced off the field with a 30-23 victory over Green Bay in the Brett Favre Revenge Bowl, I boarded the 6:50 a.m. flight from the mostly barren Humphrey Terminal at the Minneapolis Airport (the main terminal in Minneapolis is the Lindbergh Terminal, which is part-mall, part flying place) to Boston. The droll captain said this as the door to the 737 was sealed:
"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us on Sun Country for our 2-hour, 11-minute flight over to Boston this morning. Our route of flight will take us over Green Bay, where it appears tears are still falling, then over parts of Michigan, across Lake Erie, and on into New England.''
Shameless MMQB Book Promotion of the Week
The agonizing wait is over! You can find my some-things-old, some-things-new "Monday Morning Quarterback,'' the book, online now or in stores this week. I've been teasing some of the content here in the past month, and this morning, I'll give you three of the Ten Things I Think I'd Do If I were Commissioner For a Day:
1. Give each team at least one possession in overtime. As I say in the book, I don't care if only 43 percent of the overtime games are won on the first possession by the team winning the coin toss. If the coin toss were so insignificant, why is it that only seven times since overtime was adopted in 1974 has the team that won the coin toss chosen to kickoff and play defense? There was another example Sunday. Tom Brady never came off the sidelines after New England lost the overtime coin flip. I wouldn't care if it was the other way around -- if New England had won the flip and Brady drove the length of the field to score with the Denver offense not getting on the field. It's unjust. Period.
2. Eliminate ties. Play OT clockless. Ties are stupid.
3. Care for indigent older players by starting The Mackey Fund. I told you about the disgrace of the bedrock players of the league, like former Baltimore tight end John Mackey, being treated so shabbily; Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly's NFL pension pays him $176 a month. I'd have owners give one-quarter of 1 percent of their gross revenues, with players giving one-quarter of 1 percent of their take. At least $35 million a year would be thrown into the pot for better care for the men who made this game as great as it is.
One last note: In the book, I also pass along some of my greatest hits from past columns. Like this gem from my coverage on the day of the 1999 draft:
Indianapolis will rue the day it bypassed Ricky Williams for Edgerrin James. This is a dark day for the Colts franchise.
And that sort of peerless analysis is why I make the big bucks.
Tweet of the Week
"Just because you are clueless doesn't mean everyone else is Peter. Is SI still in business?''
This little tempest occurred when I was asked on Twitter where the United Football League game between Florida and New York was being televised. I said it was on "HDNet, whatever that is.'' I had never heard of HDNet until seeing it was the outlet for Saturday's game. A flurry of tweets informed me it was Mark Cuban's channel. Cuban's amiable Tweet followed. Then I wrote two Tweets:
"Nice to meet you, Mark.''
"Never heard of HDNet till tonight. Sue me. I cover football, not television.''
Then Cuban accused me of being condescending to his channel. And so on. The Tweeters loved that. @Iluvcollinfultz wrote: "Oh, HELL YES! Old man Twitter catfight!! Ding, ding, ding!!'' And @PatIVERSON wrote: "Round 3! King sidesteps a Cuban punch, throws a body blow! Intense!''
"Play nice, fellas,'' came in a while later, from @qbkilla, someone who always played nice. Warren Sapp.
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