Stat of the Week
The Miles Austin revelation is shocking, particularly when seen in the light of wide receiver Roy Williams. Comparing the past two games of Austin with the Dallas career of the currently forgettable Williams:
Draft picks used to acquire each: Austin 0 (undrafted college free agent out of Monmouth, 2006); Williams 3 (first-, third- and sixth-round picks in trade with Detroit, 2008).
Salary: Austin, $1.5 million; Williams averages $9 million annually on a five-year, $45 million contract signed with Dallas last year.
In sum, Austin makes 1/6th annually what Williams makes, and he's produced as many yards in two weeks as Williams has in a totally unproductive 12 months with the Cowboys.
Stat of the Week II
Indianapolis won at St. Louis Sunday. In its past 19 games, Indianapolis is 17-2 and St. Louis is 2-17.
Factoid That May Interest Only Me
I guess I don't mind foreign football, though I have doubts it will work. But if I were a fan in Miami, New Orleans or Tampa in the past three years, I'd have a big problem with it.
The New England-Tampa Bay game Sunday in London was a home game for the Bucs. The Bucs haven't hosted the Patriots in a regular-season game in Tampa Bay since 1997, and under the current scheduling format, which calls for NFL teams to play at out-of-conference foe at home once every eight years, the Patriots won't be in Tampa 'til 2017. Tom Brady will be 40 then. Who knows? He may still be playing, but I'd bet Brady will never play a regular season game in Tampa, ever.
Two years ago, the league moved Miami's home game with the Giants -- likely the only Giants-Dolphins game in Miami 'til 2015 -- to London. That would make it a full generation, 19 years, between Giants games in south Florida.
And when the Chargers played the Saints in London last year, it meant no San Diego trip to Louisiana until 2016. So Saints fans in New Orleans will never get to see LaDainian Tomlinson.
What I'd suggest: The league should stop scheduling cross-conference games for foreign soil, or limit them. The Tampa fan probably wouldn't miss an Atlanta game nearly as much as he'd miss Brady's only appearance ever in Raymond James Stadium.
Aggravating/Enjoyable Travel Note of the Week
If you traverse this great land, you know the difference between gum-chewers and gum-poppers. Chewers are barely audible. Poppers somehow make a snapping sound with each chew. Know what I'm talking about? It's madness, I tell you.
On Saturday, about 30 minutes into the Boston-to-New York Acela trip, I found myself sitting in front of a gum-popper. Across the aisle in the quarter-full car were two silent Kindle readers. Behind me, with his Bose headphones silencing all the noise in the car (including his gum-chewing), was the nearly rhythmic snap-pause-snap-pause-snap of the clueless gum-popper. I had three choices: ignore it and go on with my typing, tell the guy to please stop popping, or move to the opposite end of the car.
I moved. Gum-popping, I think, is one of the truly annoying things that we just have to put up with. Like the 35 erectile-dysfunction drug commercials per Sunday.
Tweet of the Week
"My father played for the coach from 'rememeber the titans.' Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn."
-- @ToonIcon, Kansas City RB Larry Johnson, on Sunday evening, in what is possibly one of the least intelligent Tweets in athletic history. I'm talking about the content, not the spelling.
First, it's emotional, done in the heat of the aftermath of a disastrously one-sided loss to the Chargers. Second, it's a shot at a coach who's given Johnson a tremendous chance this year (Adrian Peterson touches: 156; Johnson touches: 144). Third: How does Johnson think this isn't going to be become public knowledge?
Before this, I thought Johnson was a smart guy.
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