"It's time to shut up, fat boy."
-- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to Jets coach Rex Ryan on the field after the Giants' 29-14 victory over the rival Jets, according to Star-Ledger photographer William Perlman, who overheard the taunt.
"The man told me, 'Hue, we'll win it in the end.' I believe that. I don't know how it's going to happen. I don't care how it's going to happen.''
-- Coach Hue Jackson of the Raiders after their 16-13 overtime win in Kansas City, referring to a conversation he had with owner Al Davis just before he died in October. Oakland will win the AFC West with a victory over San Diego next week and a Denver loss to the Chiefs.
"The Executive Committee of the NFLPA stands firmly united behind Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and what has been accomplished under his leadership. Today, we made an affirmative decision on his discretionary compensation. We look forward to having him serve our membership long into the future.''
-- Statement from the NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae and the NFLPA executive committee, after giving Smith a $1-million bonus Wednesday.
With 17 games to play in this pass-happy regular season, nine wide receivers have been true deep threats, averaging at least 15 yards per catch with at least 60 receptions. How amazing is it that No. 2 on this list -- both in yards and yards per catch -- is Victor Cruz, the kid from UMass who walked into New York Giants camp in 2010 as an undrafted free agent and made the team ... after a three-touchdown performance against the Jets in a preseason game. A pulled hamstring ruined his zero-catch 2010 season. To say he's exploded onto the NFL scene in 2011 would be an understatement. There's no way the Giants would be playing for the NFC East title Sunday against Dallas without him. Charting the best and the most dangerous of the deep threats in 2011:
|NFL Deep Threats|
|The best of 2011|
The following men have been head coach of the football team at the University of Pittsburgh in the last 13 months:
1. Dave Wannstedt (resigned after 7-5 season in 2010).
2. Phil Bennett (interim coach for 2010 bowl game).
3. Michael Haywood (dismissed after being charged with domestic battery).
4. Todd Graham (carpetbagger who left after one season for Arizona State).
5. Keith Patterson (interim coach for 2011 bowl game).
6. Paul Chryst (Wisconsin offensive coordinator named new coach Thursday).
Just curious whether the Chryst family is renting or buying in greater Pittsburgh.
City-Living Note of the Month:
Travel time from Manhattan, via car, 125 miles to my niece's winter concert in Connecticut, late in the afternoon on a mid-December Thursday: 3 hours, 43 minutes.
Travel time from Manhattan, via car, 133 miles to my family's Christmas-noon gathering in Connecticut, on Christmas morning: 2 hours, 2 minutes.
"I have nothing good to say, so I'm just keeping quite.'' (sic)
-- @RealJoeNamath, early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' loss to the Giants.
"@AdrianPeterson one of the best to EVER ever to play the game. I wish you well brother. You've never given anything but your best.''
-- @arianfoster, the outstanding Houston back, in a message sent to Adrian Peterson after he wrecked his knee Saturday in Washington.
Three from @MerrilHoge, who has had quite a bit to say about Tim Tebow:
"Just finished watching Bronco O, I have been very critical of Tebow after watching tape of his flaws, so let me share what i see now''
"i see the work is paying off for Tebow, as i watched tape this week his development reminded me of someone that was developed very similarly''
"That player was Steve McNair. the titans did a lot of run action play action for several years before he developed into an NFL MVP.''
For the record, Hoge made those comments before Saturday's Tebow debacle. Which you probably could have figured.
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