Quote of the Week I
"God doesn't create perfect men, but he came mighty close when he brought us Merlin Olsen. He personified the Greek ideal of a sound mind in a sound body. I seriously doubt that I shall ever meet another who will measure up to his complete character.''
Quote of the Week II
"I've got all the love in the world for Darren Sharper. I just don't have all the money in the world for Darren Sharper.''
Translation: We want someone else to set the market for us by giving Sharper an offer, or else we'll lowball the tar out of him.
Quote of the Week III
"The New England Patriots' void at tight end is as large as any team in the NFL. They don't have a tight end on the roster who has played in a regular-season NFL game, and they don't officially have a tight ends coach. There are holes, and then there are gaping holes. This is one of the latter. That the Patriots are in this position is a result of their own doing, because they had an abysmal 2009 in evaluating tight ends.''
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
Vince Wilfork, the New England defensive tackle, and wife Bianca have a 7-month-old son named David Dream-Angel Wilfork.
Five For Fighting Update
Heck of a job, people. You've now donated $147,000 to the "Five For Fighting'' cause ($5 per person toward sending the fighting men and woman of our military some recreation and video-game equipment through the USO2GO plan), and the thanks are rolling in from platoons at forward-operating bases -- small bases with men far removed from civilization, mostly -- in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We recently started to receive the USO2GO packages,'' wrote a Lt. Maness of Bandit Troop 1-10 CAV, "and they have been an excellent morale boost to my troops. We are on a patrol base that is a long ways from a major installation, and the items you have sent us in terms of personal hygiene and athletic/entertainment have been great. They allow us to focus on the mission. I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU for your continued support.''
And Sgt. First Class Robbie A. Williams of FON Edge, Iraq, wrote: "We live on a small FOB that is self-sustaining, meaning that the life-support that we have we do it ourselves. No PX or anything. But the things that we have received from you and the USO members have made those things not matter. THANK YOU ALL.''
Think of it: $147,000 pays for the TV, video games, sports equipment and weights for the 135-soldier company of Mike McGuire, the longtime MMQB friend and Army First Sergeant, and for six more companies in Iraq and Afghanistan. You have personally outfitted seven companies of Our Finest with your generosity. If you know someone who would like to keep the donations coming, please pass along this link. All I want is $5 for our troops.
As an additional way to support the Five For Fighting campaign, the USO has created a virtual wall that we will share directly with Sgt. McGuire. If you'd like, please take a moment and offer a few words to let those men know that they're in our thoughts back here. Click on this link and send your best.
Thanks to all of you who responded so far. I've chosen Roanna Flowers of Austin, Texas, to represent the thousands who have given so far. Her words: "I am just so grateful to the work you and your men are doing, Sgt. McGuire, and for the work and determination and sacrifice of all men and women in uniform. I have followed your story from the first mention by Peter King in his MMQB. I was so excited that there was something I could do for you guys for a change. I jumped at it! I think about you and your men every day, and of those for which I have no name, no face to correspond. I wish you all the very best and give you my heartfelt thanks.'' Amen.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Not a travel note per se, but an observation about living in Boston that I wouldn't have considered before moving here a year ago. This is the only place I've been where, even with a big golf umbrella, you get wet when you walk for 20 minutes in the kind of Nor'easter we had over the weekend. It rains sideways. So if you position your umbrella to stop the rain from pelting you from the side, some of it's going to hit you from overhead anyway. I've been around the kind of rain in the north of England, but this is the fourth or fifth storm with sideways rain in the year we've been here.
Tweet of the Week
"I told Matt Cassel that as soon as he and his beautiful wife had a son, I would offer him a scholarship.''
Somehow, I'm not sure even kidding around about that is such a good idea for Ed Orgeron.
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