"If you are the general manager of an NFL football team, 99.9 percent of people can do what you do. I get emails, letters, phone calls from people telling me how they can do my job better than me. But it's the 5 percent that you do, that you bring to the table, that unique 5 percent -- that's what we're asking from you. That's your contribution. I believe there is someone sitting here today with the last 5 percent that can find a cure for cancer.''
-- Giants GM Jerry Reese, addressing the Class of 2011 Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Martin.
"I don't know what you do with Dez Bryant. When Deion Sanders gives up on you, that speaks volumes to me. When Deion says, 'I can't work with you anymore,' that's the first time he has ever done that ... Hopefully Dez realizes this is not about finishing your rookie contract. If you don't bust your butt in the NFL, you won't be there very long.''
-- FOX analyst and former Cowboy Daryl Johnston, at Emmitt Smith's golf tournament and poker party Friday in Frisco, Texas, on the Dallas receiver who's shown signs of worrying the team before his second NFL season.
"I welcome him with open arms.''
-- Saints running back Reggie Bush, on the drafting of 2009 Heisman-winning running back Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
Did Bush have his fingers crossed behind his back when he said that?
How important a stat should interceptions be? The Hall of Fame can't figure it out; the fifth-leading interceptor of all time, Bengal Ken Riley, can't get a sniff for the Hall. It could come into play someday if Darren Sharper plays another year -- and continues to climb the list. The top 10, and their Hall status:
Ed Reed (54) and Champ Bailey (48) are the only active defensive backs close to Sharper on the list. Sharper, 35, wants to play at least one more season, and hopes it's with the Saints after an injury-plagued 2010.
Great note by Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who covered Len Barker's perfect game 30 years ago Sunday for the paper. Cleveland beat Toronto 3-0. The third baseman for Toronto, batting eighth, that night?
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge.
Checked baseballreference.com. Ainge went 0-for-2 that day, a groundout in the third and Baker's fifth of 11 strikeouts in the sixth. The famous Al Woods pinch-hit for Ainge in the ninth and was Barker's 11th strikeout.
Attendance at the old barn on Lake Erie: 7,290. Time of game: 2:09.
The King traveling party -- me, wife Ann, Donnie Banks, brother-in-law Lou from Monongahela -- took in the Hickory Crawdads game Sunday evening in nearby Hickory. Got a great kick out of Conrad the Crawdad. A crawdad's a small lobster, basically, a freshwater crustacean. And this one was, well, shall we say, a bit laconic. With blue shoes. The red foam crawdad with tourist shorts slunk from section to section, almost unnoticed.
"I've never seen a mascot with such low self-esteem,'' Donnie Brasco said in the bottom of the fifth, as Conrad walked slowly from section to section. "The Phillie Phanatic's job is safe.''
It was Bark in the Park Day with the Crawdads. We shared a row with a black Great Dane, Atticus, who won the dog contest. Not a complicated contest. The dog that got the biggest cheers from the crowd won the $25 gift certificate (to what, we're not sure), and our row made sure Atticus got the biggest hand. Good dog.
Nothing wrong with minor league baseball on a May Sunday in the North Carolina country.
"In #Detroit airport and never really sat back and saw how nice an airport it is! It was good to be back for a bit.''
--@ndamukong_suh, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, on Saturday afternoon, commenting on one of the nicest, most humane airports in the world.
"Can't wait for Posada v Girardi to reach the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.''
--@TomRock_Newsday, pro football writer Tom Rock, on the drama at Yankee Stadium Saturday night between Jorge Posada, who was dropped to ninth in the lineup and evidently viewed it as an insult, and the manager who dropped him to the bottom of the order, Joe Girardi.
How interesting that when Posada took over the Yankee catching job in 1996, he succeeded Girardi.