Quote of the Week I
"This is the best first round going into the draft that I've seen since 1983.''
Quote of the Week II
"I'm 6-1 and a quarter, 217 [pounds]. I'd like to say I'm 6-4, but this is what God gave me. I did my absolute best in college. I played for four years. I started 53 games in a row ... We won more games in college than anyone else. So I don't know what more anybody can ask of me.''
Quote of the Week III
"I DID NOT ASK TIM TEBOW FOR HIS AUTOGRAPH! STOP THAT STORY!''
The story became an internet sensation for 24 hours after Tebow reached for Hoover's notebook and signed it for him. Consider yourself cleared, John. And the next time you try to make a joke at such a deadly serious and incredibly important event, well, shame on you.
Quote of the Week IV
"I am not going to put him in a box ... Would it be nice to know sooner than later? Yeah, but you have to be able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in this business, whether you're a player, whether you're a coach, and you have to deal with it.''
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me I
Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a candidate to be the first pick in the April draft, has a daughter named Nevaeh.
"Heaven'' spelled backward.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me II
South Florida wide receiver Carlton Mitchell's mother, Angela, is the cut woman for light heavyweight boxer Antonio Tarver.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Three of them from an interesting weekend on the road:
1. Had a very nice Tweetup (meeting with Twitter followers and football fans) Friday night at Scotty's Brewhouse downtown, with fellow scribes Will Carroll, Howard Balzer, John Niyo and Sean Jensen, and George Atallah of the NFL Players Association. Thanks to Carroll for setting up our second Indy tweetup. Aside from the fun crowd (knowledgeable, into it), I had the pleasure of trying a couple of the local beers -- and loved a pale ale from Munster, Ind., called Three Floyds Alpha Kings Pale Ale. Coppery color, slightly citrusy, slightly mindful of Shock Top, only with more bitterness. Good discovery, and Scotty's is a great find too.
2. The Indianapolis airport, the only major American airport opened since 9/11, is terrific. It's like a mini-Pittsburgh when the Pittsburgh airport/mall opened. If you can connect through Indy someday (have no idea who does that), I'd advise it. Nice-looking wine bar in the atrium outside security.
3. Had my head buried in my MacBook Air on an AirTran flight home to Boston for 15 or 20 minutes Sunday, and I paid no attention to the woman and baby across the aisle until I heard the sound of a baby struggling a bit. I turned to see the woman positioning the tot for some breast-feeding. No blanket, no clothing covering anything. Just a breast. You don't want to jerk your head away or you're a prude. You don't want to focus on it too long or you're a perv. So I, uh, moved my head deliberately back to the computer and MADE ABSOLUTELY SURE I DIDN'T LOOK THAT WAY FOR THE REST OF THE FLIGHT. See how open-minded I am?
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