"I've been coaching for 25 years, and I think I'm tired. I need a rest.''
-- Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, who parted ways with the team Thursday in what felt more like a firing than a resignation.
"I'm not happy about it, and they know I'm not happy about it. I'm not going to be happy about it, for a long time. I expressed that throughout the whole time it was going on, I expressed how much I didn't think it would be good for us. My opinion isn't going to change. It's kind of an attack on me, I feel like. Usually when you fire the position coach, it's because you're not really happy with how that position did. And when I look back on my season and on our season as a team, I mean, we won 13 games."
-- Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, on the dismissal of quarterback coach Jim Zorn by the Ravens after Flacco threw for 3,622 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season, to Ravens beat man Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times and National Football Post.
"We need to teach our kids it's not only the winner of the Super Bowl who should be celebrated, but the winner of the Science Fair.''
-- President Barack Obama, in the State of the Union Address Tuesday.
Last week, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy told me he hates to even use the phrase, "Next man up,'' because the inference is someone went down with an injury for the next man to have that opportunity. So the Packers say nothing when a player gets hurt, and simply tell the backup to get in the game, or just post the new depth chart and the backup sees it's his turn to play. Who knows if that kind of ignoring injuries means anything, but the Packers have done a remarkable job dealing with the injury bug that put 15 players on IR this year, highest of any team in the NFC. Again, credit Bob McGinn for the stat of stats on the best illustration of the Packers overcoming injuries to get to the Super Bowl:
Green Bay had 31 players miss a total of 180 games due to injury in the 2010 regular season.
Tickets between the twenties at the first Super Bowl, 44 years ago, cost $12, and the game had about 33,000 empty seats at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The worst seat inside Dallas Cowboys Stadium, in the last row of the upper deck in the corner of the end zone, was selling last night on a legal scalper's website for $2,950.
And of course, that doesn't count the 4,000 people who, as I pointed out higher in this column, will spend $200 to watch the game outside the stadium on a big-screen TV.
So I've been looking for the perfect work chair at a hotel, and I believe I've found it. The Dallas Sheraton, which is housing the media at the Super Bowl, has these high-backed, red swivel chairs, with a firm back and just cushy-enough seat. For those of us who spend hours a day in them (and, unfortunately, I expect that to be the case several days this week), I applaud your décor director, Sheraton.
I cannot say the same for your fleecing of guests with the $14.95 daily charge/ripoff for in-room Internet service. Question for hotels that do that: Do you have someone behind the counter with a bandanna over the nose and mouth, with a wide-brimmed black hat, laughing an evil laugh when the poor saps throughout the hotel press the button to approve the daily surcharge? Unconscionable. Worse than the daily charge to use a treadmill at the old Providence Westin.
I'm staying here for eight nights. If I used the Internet through the hotel for all eight nights, it'll cost $119.60. A rapacious $119.60. Glad I have the wireless DSL card on this machine.
"Please, somebody put the Pro Bowl out of its misery.''
--@FO_ASchatz, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, on the worst thing that NFL does -- and that includes first and fourth preseason games, and televising of the Scouting Combine.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, will be the extent of my Pro Bowl coverage for the year. You want the score? Go find it somewhere else.
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