1. I think this is this week's sign of the apocalypse: Tim Tebow possibly buying or renting an apartment in a chic building in Hoboken, N.J., was the fourth story on the early-morning newscast on WINS radio in New York Friday.
2. I think I'm skeptical when I hear Eagles GM Howie Roseman say, "We're all in,'' with quarterback Michael Vick. I don't know what that means, really. But "all in'' for the long-term ... I would be shocked if they're that. After Vick went 7-6 and again failed to play a complete season due to injury, and after watching him complete 59.8 percent of his throws with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, the Eagles have to be wondering if Vick, at 32 this season, is going to be their quarterback in 2013 and beyond. That'll be in Vick's hands this fall.
3. I think when it rains in New Orleans, it pours. On the eve of what I expect to be multiple player suspensions stemming from the bounty scandal engulfing the franchise, part-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc is in the doghouse with her grandfather, owner Tom Benson, according to an enlightening story by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune Sunday. Quoting multiple sources, the paper says, "The woman widely viewed as the heir to Benson's burgeoning sports empire is serving some form of unofficial paid administrative leave, imposed by Benson."
According to Duncan: "LeBlanc's sense of entitlement has been a source of conflict with her grandfather, a self-made billionaire from the hardscrabble 7th Ward who shuns the spotlight and still routinely clocks six-day workweeks. 'She's smart and has talent -- but she's just all over the map,' said one source, who has worked with LeBlanc. 'I think she really enjoys the glitz and glamour of being the owner, but she doesn't really roll up her sleeves and get into the business side of it.' ''
I've always sensed the high profile for her was overstated anyway, but it'll be interesting to see if she responds to the wake-up call issued by her 85-year-old grandfather.
4. I think I thought we were past this already, but for the many of you who have asked why the Colts don't have the first pick in the second round, here's why: Indianapolis and St. Louis tied for the worst record in football last season, 2-14. The Colts played the weaker schedule and thus were rewarded with the first pick in the draft. But when two teams tie, they alternate draft position round by round. So the Colts have the first pick of rounds one, three, five and seven this week, and the second pick in rounds two, four and six. The Rams have the first pick in the even rounds, and the second pick in the odd rounds. (With the exception, of course, of St. Louis trading the second overall pick of the draft to Washington.)
5. I think regarding the Minnesota stadium situation: It's the fourth quarter. Two-minute warning. Tie game. I don't care that the commissioner says there's no threat, or no implied threat, about the Vikings leaving town if a new stadium doesn't get built. There is a threat. If the local pols don't vote for a new place in the next two or three months, there's a very good chance the team will actively look to move. "I've been here several times on the stadium front over the years,'' Roger Goodell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on a visit to town Friday. "In 2006, they moved forward with a stadium for the Twins and the Gophers. We were asked to move to the next year. And it's now 2012."
I can tell you this: The league doesn't want the Vikings to move; the franchise is a tremendous one, with tradition and a foothold in an area of the country the league doesn't want to lose. Getting a team back in Minnesota will be tougher than it was 15 years ago when the league worked to get the Browns back in Cleveland. The economy's different. The political environment to build stadiums is far different. This week will be a telling one for the future of the Vikings in Minnesota.
6. I think, for those who have chided me for being so absolute on the Vikings stadium and saying late in the season that it was just a matter of time before the deal got done to build a new stadium ... you're right. I'd love to tell you why I was strong on that, but I can't, and in the end, it doesn't matter. The resolution wasn't nearly as close as I was led to believe, and so have at it. I deserve the flaying.
7. I think one thing about the release of the schedule last week that struck me was how quickly the NFL takes the upstart teams and makes them national teams. The 49ers, for instance, have a full complement of five primetime games ... including four in an eight-game stretch: a Thursday-nighter (Seattle, Week 7), two Monday-nighters in the span of 22 days (Arizona, Week 8, and Chicago, Week 11), and at New England on Sunday in Week 15. And Detroit, for the first time in its history, has four primetime games.
8. I think the Cardinals deserve kudos this morning, as does the entire Valley of the Sun, for supporting the late Pat Tillman with so many team members and front-office staff running in Pat's Run, the 4.2-mile run through Tempe that honors Tillman and benefits his foundation. Larry Fitzgerald and Ken Whisenhunt ran, among others. "Pat will live on forever around here,'' Fitzgerald told me. "When you think of hero athletes who served in wars, you think about guys like Ted Williams a long time ago, but Pat, obviously, is someone from the modern era who sacrificed for his country at a time of his life when he could have just played football and let someone else do it. His dedication, sacrifice and commitment to the country are things I'll never forget.''
9. I think the news this weekend that the Falcons don't want to do Hard Knocks, the NFL training camp reality series, should mean the Jets are in line to do it again. The franchise would be foolish to open the doors to TV again, in a year when there'll be enough tension as it is. The only repeat team on Hard Knocks so far has been Dallas (2002, 2008). The Jets had their G-D snack in 2010.
10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:
a. RIP, Dick Clark, from someone who remembers you introducing the Jackson 5 to kids like me 42 years ago. (Maybe longer.)
b. Speaking of incredibly youthful-looking Syracuse University products (Clark, 82), how about these three: Marv Albert (71), Bob Costas (60), Ian Eagle (43).
c. After that little elbowing incident Sunday, I think Ron Artest's name should be Metta World War, not Metta World Peace.
d. I guess you got my prayer about the rainout at Fenway Sunday night, God.
e. You all predicted this, in the 2012 Home Run Standings: Nolan Reimold 5, Omar Infante 4, Albert Pujols 0.
f. Boston's eighth- and ninth-inning guys at the start of the season, Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves, have put 21 baserunners on in five innings of work. Nineteen have scored.
g. Don't know that I've ever seen back-to-back seven-run innings by the same team, as the Yanks did the other day.
h. Congrats Phillip Humber -- even though it sure looked like Brendan Ryan checked his swing on the final pitch of the perfect game.
i. Loved, loved, loved the Bruins-Caps Sunday. Tremendous drama.
j. The Bruins-Caps game prevented me from seeing all of the Kobe magic. But the highlights of Lakers-Thunder, post-Metta-elbow, looked fantastic too.
k. Beernerdness: Ate lunch Friday at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square, and I have to give the place credit for the most exotic beer menu I've seen. I had the Ayinger Weisse, a wheat beer from Germany, that was light and delicious; and Heady-Topper, an incredibly rich and flavorful double IPA from a tiny brewery, Alchemist, in Waterbury, Vt.. It's served in a 16-ounce silver can that an Eastern Standard employee fetches each month in Vermont. He brings back around 15 cases in his Dodge Durango. Now that's a restaurant with a dedication to the best beer right there. You should see this beer menu. Next time in, I'll try a bottle of the Fluffy White Rabbits.
l. Coffeenerdness: Keep trying the coffee, Amtrak. It's no better.
m. One question for the New Jersey State Police: Any adults here?
n. Great line from the Newark Star Ledger's Dave D'Alessandro on the Nets, who play their final game in New Jersey tonight: "Died of a mutual indifference.'' Sixers at Nets tonight in Newark. It'll be only fitting if it doesn't sell out. The team will play in Brooklyn next year.
o. If anyone cares.
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