1. I think if I were an NFL team watching Plaxico Burress walk out of prison today in upstate New York, I'd be thinking, "How can we get him at a reasonable price?'' As I wrote last week, he's going to be supremely motivated, and for not franchise-receiver money, to be a star again. It's a long shot that he can be one, but the risk is well worth it, particularly in a sport where you can control guaranteed money so well.
2. I think the more people I talk to, the more people are excited about getting to the crop of undrafted college players as they are about the veteran free agents. "There are three avenues we're all going to have,'' said Seattle GM Schneider. "Your own free agents, free agents from other teams, and the rookie undrafted guys. When the draft ended for us, we still had 20 to 22 draftable players on our board. We're moving toward a younger team, so obviously those guys are a very attractive option for us if we can get some of them.''
3. I think it's silly to think Dan Rooney will ride in on his white horse and broker the labor talks. He's given his word to the president he'll serve out his term as Ambassador to Ireland. Barring a surprise, or President Obama wanting him out, Rooney's job this year is in Dublin, not Pittsburgh.
4. I think it's too early to guess what round Terrelle Pryor would be drafted in ... if he were to make himself available for an NFL Supplemental draft that may or may not be held this summer. But he's a strong kid, and a more accurate passer (61 percent for his career at Ohio State) than many of the running quarterbacks coming out of college football in recent years. One head coach who hadn't seen a play of him on tape yet said the biggest thing he'd be looking for when he studies Pryor is anticipation in the pocket and staying back to read his second and third option before taking off.
5. I think you'll all be happy to know Mike McGuire, the Army sergeant and friend of this column, will be writing the July 4 MMQB, live from Afghanistan.
6. I think those who watched Tom Brady move around the field Friday night in a charity (Best Buddies) football game in Cambridge, Mass., say he looked terrific and totally over his winter foot surgery.
7. I think I couldn't care less if the Packers hold their Super Bowl ring ceremony in public, in private or on the moon.
8. I think I appreciated the column by Yahoo!'s Mike Silver ripping teams for cutting pay to staffers, even though many teams are actually not behind in ticket sales or ticket-sales collections compared to last year. On the teams that are ahead of last year's pace, it seems particularly cruel to cut or furlough workers before it's necessary -- and it wouldn't be necessary until games are not played. Lost in the shuffle are NFL Films employees, who continue to do the jobs they normally have to do, but at a cut in pay as well.
9. I think congratulations are in order to Eliot (son of Ron) Wolf, promoted last week to assistant director of player personnel with the Packers. Heady stuff for a 28-year-old scout who learned the ropes in the family, but has never once tried to use his name to climb the football ladder.
10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:
a. You forget how far from everything Seattle is until you spend most of a day getting here. How did those people on wagon trains do it?
b. Way to go, Li Na.
c. Could The Hangover 2 be getting trashed any worse by reviewers?
d. Spain 4, U.S. 0. Now that wasn't very friendly.
e. Vancouver up 2-zip in the Stanley Cup Finals. Can't see the Bruins winning four out of five unless Tim Thomas stands it on his head.
f. Adrian Gonzalez can't be hotter at the plate or cooler in his approach.
g. Good to see Peter Gammons get exercised about the umpires. Too imperious. Best thing that happened to umps is Jim Joyce being shown as human instead of pompous after blowing the perfect game with the bad call at first a year ago.
h. The home court means nothing in Heat-Mavs.
i. Dirk Nowitzki's no Larry Bird, but he can play in his league any day.
j. Coffeenerdness: It's not rushed, which is part of the positive experience at Fonte' Micro Coffee Roaster on First Avenue in Seattle, a mile downtown from the ballparks. And if you get a latte with an extra shot of espresso, as I did over the weekend, be prepared for the hair on your neck to stand up. Excellent latte, as strong a drink as I've had in a while.
k. Beernerdness: Two memorable ones from a quick, surprisingly sunny and warm weekend in Seattle: Pyramid Hefeweizen (with a lemon), a smooth and delicious wheat beer that's always one of my favorites on a trip to the Northwest; and Maritime Pacific Islander Pale Ale, a citrusy draft at Safeco the other night.
l. I don't know why more teams don't do what the Mariners and Seahawks do, which is essentially make the ballpark a brewpub with all kinds of local brews. I know these teams get a lot of money from the big breweries to feature the standards, but Safeco's got to have 20 varieties of beer. Heavenly for a beer guy.
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