Posted: Monday May 14, 2012 6:41AM ; Updated: Monday May 14, 2012 1:35PM
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Quote of the Week I

Fletcher Cox
The Eagles chose Mississippi State defender Fletcher Cox (94) with the 12th pick in the 2012 draft.
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"I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again! So watch it! Drink it in! Two goals in added time for Manchester City to snatch the title away from Manchester United! Stupendous! The greatest moment I've ever seen in Premier League football! Unbelievable!''

-- Martin Tyler on Sky Sports, via awfulannouncing.com, after Manchester City scored its second goal in five minutes of stoppage time to beat Queen's Park Rangers 3-2 ... to win the Premier League for the first time in 44 years.

The amazing thing about this -- wait; there are many amazing things, so let's call it the most amazing thing -- is that bitter rival Manchester United had just won its final game of the season to, apparently, clinch the title over its cross-city rival, which was down 2-1 to Queen's Park early in stoppage time. City needed a win to win the crown. And City, which has been like the Mets and Man U the Yankees for two generations of British soccer, scored twice, the winner by Sergio Aguero almost four minutes into stoppage time. Truly amazing.

Quote of the Week II

"I don't know what I did. But I said, 'Yes sir,' gave him no lip back and I just kept going.''

-- Fletcher Cox, the first-round draft choice of the Eagles, to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, after defensive coordinator Juan Castillo aired him out at the Eagles' rookie minicamp this weekend. Cox told McLane that defensive line coach Jim Washburn had chided him for not hustling during one practice drill.

Quote of the Week III

"I know it has been a rough week, so I wanted to reach out. Players dying, players suing and on top of that my peers are just going off on you in the media. It does not help that ESPN has all of a sudden become medical TV with damn near every brain expert on the planet. This has got to be the worst week ever. Since no one is showing any support, I figured I would be the first. You are in one big a-- catch 22 and quite frankly, I am not sure there is any solution.''

-- New England wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, on his blog, in an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the sticky wicket the NFL finds itself in these days.

Stat of the Week I

Thanks to Dan Pompei of National Football Post for reminding me Sunday morning of the change of the guard in the Chicago Bears receiver group, prompting this note:

The Chicago Bears could field the tallest set of receivers in club history -- and, in fact, one of the tallest ever to take the field -- this year, depending on the play-calling whimsy of offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

If the Bears line up in a five-receiver set, with two tight ends and three wide receivers, here's how they could threaten the opposition:

At wideout: The 6-4 Brandon Marshall and 6-3 rookie Alshon Jeffery could line up split out, with 6-0 Earl Bennett or 5-11 Dane Sanzenbacher the third receiver; Sanzenbacher is more suited to play inside. This is dependent, too, on the recovery of 5-11 Johnny Knox from a severe late-2011 back injury.

At tight end: Returning are 6-7 Matt Spaeth and 6-6 Kellen Davis, who could be used as sixth, or sixth and seventh linemen to buttress a shaky line. And fourth-round pick Evan Rodriguez, an athletic 6-2 tight end, could get some playing time if he proves his worth as a receiver too.

Conjures memories of the Chargers two years ago, when they could send three receivers 6-4 or taller downfield -- Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates -- with the 6-2 Legedu Naanee in reserve.

Pretty tall group in Chicago. Not to mention the league's tallest offensive coordinator too. Tice is 6-7.

Stat of the Week II

Been to a lot of baseball games in my life, but I believe Friday night's Boston-Cleveland tilt at Fenway Park was unique in this regard: The first 31 Cleveland batters of the game hit left-handed. Manager Manny Acta penciled in a batting order with seven lefty batters and two switch-hitters. With righty Clay Buchholz pitching until the seventh inning, Cleveland did not send up a right-handed batter until catcher Carlos Santana, a switch-hitter, came to the plate against left-handed reliever Rich Hill in the seventh.

I'd be curious if that's some sort of record, 31 straight left-handed batters in a game. Probably not. But any of you baseball stat-types have any idea how rare that is, or if it's rare at all?

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me I

Sorry. This isn't football either.

But I love how three teams in Los Angeles, all due to play Games 3 and 4 of their playoff series next weekend, had to smash their schedules together at Staples Center.

Six games in four days. Six games in 76 hours.

How it'll go down (all times Pacific):

Thursday, 6 p.m., hockey. Game 3, Kings-Phoenix.

Friday, 7:30 p.m., basketball. Game 3, Lakers-Oklahoma City.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m., basketball. Game 3, Clippers-San Antonio.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., basketball. Game 4, Lakers-Oklahoma City.

Sunday, noon, hockey. Game 4, Kings-Phoenix.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m., basketball. Game 4, Clippers-San Antonio.

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me II

Sorry. This isn't sports.

But a man died last week who is far, far too little-known, and you should know a few things about him. In his life, Nicholas Katzenbach:

• Got shot down as an Army pilot in World War II. Spent two years as a prisoner of war in Germany and Italy.

• While in prison camps, read, by his count, according to his 2008 memoir, 400 books in 15 months.

• Served as adviser to President John F. Kennedy as the country mulled how to handle the Cuban Missile Crisis.

• Faced off with governors in Mississippi and Alabama -- including Gov. George Wallace in Alabama -- in the early '60s, at the behest of President Kennedy, to facilitate the enrollment of the first black students ever at the schools. He won both faceoffs, and black students were immediately enrolled at both schools.

• Consulted with Lyndon Johnson on the day of the Kennedy assassination.

• Recommended a government probe into the death of John Kennedy, leading to the Warren Commission being founded.

• As U.S. Attorney General, drafted the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

• Was one of 15 members of New Jersey's Electoral College later in life.

Katzenbach was 90 when he died on Tuesday. What a life.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

Seeing as I travel quite a bit, though I don't have a lot of nerdy travel needs, a few things are important. Take hotels. If I'm in a small city, such as on my training camp tour, convenience is king. If the Red Roof Inn is closest and cuts down travel time, book it. But on regular trips during the season or covering games, I like hotels in city centers.

My hotel preferences: I like quiet. I like high floors. I love good views. I like good coffee in the lobby, or a Starbucks or Peet's on the same block. I like good food, and convenient good food, close by. I like to be able to walk where I'm going.

This is why I'll take the Westin Copley Place anytime, over most hotels in the country. I was there Friday night. And it met most every requirement: 28th floor, view of Back Bay and the Charles River and Cambridge, quiet, Starbucks just off the lobby, Legal Seafood in the adjoining mall (the biodome, my kids used to call it, because you never had to walk outside), and my walk to Fenway Park took just 24 minutes. And did I mention quiet?

And Saturday morning, when I had to buzz out of town quickly, it helped that the entrance to the Mass Pike, headed west, was right out of the front driveway.

Tweet of the Week I

"Happy Mothers Day LeSean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!''

-- @OsiUmenyiora, on Sunday morning, greeting his favorite Philadelphia Eagles running back of all-time.

These two men do not like each other.

Tweet of the Week II

"I should sue the @nfl for all my concussions. 30 years of banging my head against the wall watching the dolphins.''

-- @danieltosh, Comedy Central host, on Thursday.

Tweet of the Week III

"Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?''

-- @BMcCarthy32, Oakland starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, early Saturday morning, looking for advice from the voice inside the iPhone 4S, hours before Hamilton, of the Texas Rangers, hit his ninth home run of the week against the Angels.

Keep that up, McCarthy, and you'll be a regular in Tweet of the Week.

Tweet of the Week IV

"Caps lose a tough one to the Rangers. Washington DC bar immediately starts chanting 'RGIII! RGIII!' ... #footballseasonyet?''

-- @RapSheet, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, hard at work in a bar, Touchdown, on U Street in our nation's capital Saturday night, moments after the Rangers ended the Capitals' season.

You've got a lot of work to do, Robert Griffin III, to fulfill the expectations of the rabid Redskins fans, if you'd seen all of these football nuts high-fiving when the chant for you was going on.

Tweet of the Week V

"Got mashed potatoes ... can't get no T-Bone.''

-- @JimIrsay, the Colts' tweeterific owner, at 1:15 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday.

Irsay, a buddy of Neil Young's, was obviously referring to one of Young's unfamous efforts, T-Bone. But he didn't have the words to this gem exactly right. The first stanza, taken from mp3lyrics.org:

Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Ain't got no T-bone
Ain't got no T-bone

It gets a lot better from there. Here's the second stanza:

Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Ain't got no T-bone

 
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