Guest MMQB (cont.)
10 Things I Think I Think
1) I think with teams going pass happy, there will be at least 10 quarterbacks to throw for more than 4,000 yards this season. Seem like a lot? I see six locks and seven more with potential. Let's break it down:
2) I think I'm going crazy because I feel like we've been talking about Brett Favre and his retirement since the new millennium. You want to play, Brett? I hope you do. I've always enjoyed watching you play. But please decide by the start of training camp.
3) I think I like that Reggie Bush is keeping a low profile this off-season. Don't be surprised if he has a monster year in the Big Easy.
4) I think there will be no sophomore slump for either Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan. They are both surrounded by good players and good coaching. They also seem to have the right moxie to handle all of the pressure.
5) I think Peyton Manning will be required to do even more this year, if that's possible. With all of the changes going on in Indy, he'll need to help with the transition in the locker room and on the field. But I think he is up to it. He is a year removed from his knee issues and will have some time to spare, instead of just rehabbing all day.
6) I think, actually I know, that Mark Brunell is the last quarterback standing from the 1993 draft class. He's outlasted Drew Bledsoe (No. 1 overall), Rick Mirer (No. 2), Billy Joe Hobert (No. 58), Gino Toretta (No. 192), Alex Van Pelt (No. 216), Elvis Grbac (No. 219) and me (No. 222). Keep going, Mark! I'll be pulling for you.
7) I think the NFL, teams and players need to be very careful how they handle the upcoming negotiations for an extension to the CBA. With the economy the way it is, everyone in league circles needs to be aware of how they portray their side of things through the media. People are not going to want to hear flippant remarks concerning multi-million dollar deals.
8) I think that brings me to ticket prices. Where are the family seats at most stadiums now? Teams need to realize they are pricing out a huge part of their fan base. DirecTV is great and watching games in high definition is amazing. But absolutely nothing can beat watching a game live. The atmosphere, the grill smells, the people all dressed in team apparel, the elements, the live sound of a good tackle, 80,000 people all cheering at the same time -- you can't replicate the experience. I'd like to see all owners set aside a few sections for reasonably priced seating so parents can afford to take their kids.
9) I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:
a) When you are moving into a new house and it is in the mid-90s outside, always remember to have the TV people there the first day. Three kids plus a house full of boxes plus too hot to go outside does not equal quality family time.
b) I was recently in Cooperstown, N.Y., with my son's baseball team for a tournament. My wife and I decided to take the family to Niagara Falls after the tournament because we had never been and didn't know when we would get back to that part of the country. The Falls is truly amazing. If you're going, take the time to get a passport. The views from the Canadian side will literally make you just stand there and stare.
c) If you're going to St. Louis for the MLB All-Star Game you have to take the time to go to Ted Drewe's Frozen Custard. You won't be disappointed.
d) Up to this point in my life (I'll be 39 in a couple of weeks), nothing gives me more pride than watching my kids, whether it be seeing them hold a door open for someone, or share something with a sibling without being asked or overcoming something on the athletic fields. Parenting is both difficult and very rewarding.
e) For me, now is when reality kicks in. For those of you that think retired athletes sleep in, work out, play a little golf, maybe get a massage, I've got news for you: The Greens would make for a great reality show to destroy all those Hollywood stereotypes about retirement. Because youth baseball practices and games consume a lot of our evenings, we rarely have time for the five of us to sit down for dinner. We found a rare opportunity last week and about five minutes into the meal, Janelle, 3, says she's not hungry anymore and refuses to sit in her seat. Just then, Derek, 9, reaches for a bowl of fruit and one of his elbows knocks over his glass of milk. TJ, 11, goes into big brother mode and begins the verbal jabs. As my wife, Julie, hurried for some towels, the boys continue jawing and Janelle starts running around the table singing some song, REALLY LOUD. As Julie returns with the towels, she sees me sitting there, mouth open, watching all of this unfold. She gets my attention and I just begin to laugh. I look at her and say, "If people only knew." Welcome to retirement, Trent!
10) I think I hope Peter King has a great vacation. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
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