"I love acting. I always have, since I was a little guy ... The similarity is we're all on the big screen. The difference is we [in football] don't really get do-overs. In acting you can always try the scene again. If you get beat for a touchdown they're not going to rewind.''
-- Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, comparing football, which he plays, and acting, which is an offseason hobby, in Sports Illustrated's inaugural "The NFL Podcast with Peter King,'' which will air beginning Tuesday, and every Tuesday through the Super Bowl. I'll have more details in my column tomorrow, and on Twitter, about where you can find it.
"Play hard. Eat well. And don't forget to share.''
-- The slogan at Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant, a few long spirals from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where the Bucs play. Selmon, the greatest player in Buc history, died Sunday of a stroke.
That slogan is so fitting.
"Every [cut] that you make is not fun. You have young guys that have been crushed. Their dreams have been shattered ... veteran guys with families involved, and wives just arriving in town and have to turn around and leave again. So everyone has its own story and none of them are easy, that's for sure."
-- Rams GM Billy Devaney on Sunday, after cutting his roster down to 53 men.
"I told Mark Ingram we're not playing Kent State this week. We don't get a couple of warmups.''
-- New Orleans coach Sean Payton, at his Sunday news conference, on his words with his rookie first-round back, four days before Ingram debuts at the world champion Packers in Lambeau Field Thursday night.
"I hope these guys in New England bring their 'A' game, because the Jets are coming flying. In and out, in and out. Dropping bombs on these guys, and we're ready to take over. We want it to be a clean sweep if possible, and I know that's the attitude every guy on this team has.''
-- Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, to Steve Serby of the New York Post.
The Jets and Patriots play Oct. 9 and Nov. 13. Let the unending hype begin.
Last season, including playoff games, Belichick started the year 14th on the NFL's all-time wins list for coaches, with 163. He passed Bud Grant (168), Paul Brown (170), Joe Gibbs (171) and Mike Holmgren (174), and finished the year 10th, with 177 wins.
This year, if the Patriots get off to a hot start and begin 6-1, Belichick will have 183 wins, tied for ninth on the all-time list. Belichick will go for win number 184 at home on Nov. 6. Against the New York Giants. To break a tie with Bill Parcells.
Too bad the Chiefs cut Shane Bannon, the fullback from Yale, over the weekend. Or maybe it's good after all. He can get back to the work of a politically conscious being at a time when there seem to be too few young people who care about the issues of the day.
Bannon's senior thesis at Yale: "How Social Media Will Change Presidential Campaigns.''
During training camp, Bannon, who didn't own a TV in camp, would go onto CNN.com to digest the news of the day during free late-night minutes.
Took the train home Sunday, the Acela, after spending three days in New York. Somewhere around Stamford, I walked into the café car to get coffee (the watery Acela coffee, I can still report with confidence) and got behind a cheerful man about to get something to eat. When it was his turn to order, he asked: "How is the raisin bran here?''
How is the raisin bran?
How is any raisin bran? Bran flakes with raisins, I think.
":There was the Rams-K Warner Sup year./ There was Patriot 2001-Brady Sup.year.--- Every year. is interesting n unpredictable in NFL!!!!''
-- @JimIrsay, the Colts owner, tweeting over the weekend in mysterious verse as only he can do ... perhaps about Kerry Collins having to lead the Colts on a playoff run instead of Peyton Manning, who is idled by the rehab from neck surgery.
"Dont fret about whats lost, embrace/appreciate what's given. Opportunities are abundant, make most of them #illbeback''
-- @GVMcElroy, Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy, placed on injured-reserve by the team over the weekend.
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