"I know. And it took Tebow to do it.''
-- Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, reminded after Denver's comeback from 15 points down that the Broncos had never won in south Florida until Sunday.
"I'm very disappointed in the NFL union and what they're doing here ... I'm sure you saw the AP story that two dozen scientists and lab directors around the world signed a letter sent to the NFL and players association stating that current tests for Human Growth Hormone are safe, scientifically reliable and appropriate for use in professional sports leagues. The letter was signed by 23 scientists and lab directors saying, 'Any suggestion in the press that its accuracy is a matter of debate is incorrect.' ... Look, these athletes, these NFL players, owe it to the fans to implement these tests right away.''
-- Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, to KTAR in Phoenix, via sportsradiointerviews.com, on the stance of the NFL Players Association that it isn't sure of the validity of testing for human growth hormone.
The NFLPA hasn't said it won't cooperate and allow testing -- but it has said it is concerned that a football player might have a higher HGH level than the average athletic population, and wants to see more information on the population that is being used for the baseline level for a positive test.
The bottom line: Every clean player in the NFL should be pro-HGH testing. Period.
"Mark Sanchez, under the pressure of the San Diego defense, will be benched."
-- Michael Irvin of NFLNetwork, on the channel's pregame show Sunday.
Host Rich Eisen chided Irvin for finally making a bold prediction. "You've been wrapping weak predictions in bold clothing,'' said Eisen. Sanchez was hardly masterful, but he did pilot the Jets' 27-21 come-from-behind victory over San Diego, throwing three touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress.
"I owe a lot of that stitching in my Hall of Fame jacket to Kent Hull. Our hearts are broken. Myself, my wife Patti and our four children send our love and prayers to his wonderful family. He was my teammate, a brother and a best friend. He will be in my heart forever.''
-- Former Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas, on the sudden death of longtime Bills center and teammate Kent Hull in Mississippi last week.
Sometimes people just say things like that or issue statements like that when someone they know dies. I can tell you from being around the Bills a lot in their glory years that they were crushed by the death of Hull.
Despite the 28-0 thrashing at the hands of the Chiefs, and the inauspicious debut off the bench of their new acquisition, there is still joy in Raider Nation, obviously, with the acquisition of Carson Palmer for a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-that-could-become-a-first in 2013. Most fans, even those who thought the Raiders overpaid, seem happy with the fact that Palmer is set to be the Raiders' quarterback as they contend for the playoffs (presumably) in the last nine weeks of the season.
And though I do think Palmer will be a major upgrade over Kyle Boller, I still don't know what to think about Palmer for the long-term. He'll need to play better than he did over his last three Cincinnati seasons to make the deal worth it. Here's how Palmer's last three seasons -- all with Cincinnati -- compare with incumbent Raider quarterback Jason Campbell's -- in Washington and Oakland -- in the wake of Campbell being lost for at least six weeks with a broken collarbone last week:
Palmer and Campbell are two of the four quarterbacks under contract with Oakland. Palmer cost first- and second-round (at least) picks. Terrelle Pryor cost a third-round pick. Jason Campbell a fourth-round pick.
That's a one, a two, a three and a four for the guys who didn't start Sunday. Kyle Boller did. An unrestricted free agent when the Raiders signed him last year, he cost nothing except a one-year, $1.25 million deal that makes him probably the 60th highest-paid quarterback in football.
Hall of Fame Headache Dept.: Art Monk retired after the 1995 season with 940 catches, most in NFL history. On Sunday, Derrick Mason of Houston became the 11th player in 16 years to pass Monk. Mason had one catch in the 41-7 rout of Tennessee, giving him 941.
Larry Fitzgerald, 27, is 296 catches behind Monk. Andre Johnson, 29, is 242 behind him. We haven't even begun with the children of the aerial generation, the receivers just starting their careers in a time of unprecedented passing.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The 44 electors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have to define what a Hall of Fame receiver is over the next few years, because they'll be facing an onslaught of receivers way beyond Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed. Isaac Bruce (1,024 receptions) or Torry Holt (920)? Or both? Hines Ward (980) or Mason (941)? And the tight end position could get similarly silly, numbers-wise. Tony Gonzalez has 289 more catches than any tight end in history.
There has to be something to separate these guys, and each voter has to search his/her conscience to judge them on more than numbers. I am one of the voters. It'll be interesting, and perhaps maddening, to see how it unfolds.
In the first seven games of his career, in 1998, Peyton Manning threw for 1,595 yards. In the first seven games of his career, this year, Cam Newton has thrown for 2,103 yards.
Newton is throwing for 73 more yards per game than Manning did in his rookie year.
One more Newtonism: He has seven rushing touchdowns, which is two more than Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, LaDainian Tomlinson and DeAngelo Williams combined.
I had the pleasure of going to Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night in St. Louis. Now, when it's 47 degrees, breezy/windy, and there's an occasional mist and light rain in the air, it's not the best night to sit outside for three hours to watch a baseball game. Chilled to the bones, Cardinal fans did. Not that you'd expect people to leave a one-run World Series game en masse, but on such a miserable night, a school night, it wouldn't be odd to see some families duck out after seven to beat the traffic.
In the top of the ninth inning, when reliever Jason Motte was shutting down Texas for the save, I looked around Busch Stadium from my seat halfway between first base and right field, in one of the back rows of the lower bowl of the stadium. There were some seats next to me empty, but I think they belonged to soldiers who had pregame field duties. But as I looked, I couldn't see more than a few scattered empty seats.
I found that amazing, on a night that could have passed for Feb. 19 and not Oct. 19. You just had to sit out in that weather for three hours to understand how miserable it was.
Cardinal fans. Amazing.
"Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery!''
-- @TJLang70, Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang, who was stomped in the groin by Minnesota defensive end Brian Robison during a scuffle in the Packers-Vikings game.
That's going to be an expensive groin attack, Mr. Robison.
"My apologies to @tjlang70, my team, my fans and the @nfl. I am not a dirty player and did not maliciously aim for the groin, just happened to be where it landed."
-- @Brian_Robison, this morning.
"One of the reasons I don't tweet much is cause the weed jokes get kinda old.''
-- @rickywilliams, the Ravens running back, who spawned a whole new tweet line of weed jokes Friday with that tweet.
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