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Quotes of the Week

I
“So many names being tossed around. Makes me feel like a cow chip that somebody threw into the punch bowl.”

—Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., the legendary former Oilers and Saints coach who died Friday night at 90, speaking in 2004 of the honor of being one of 43 Houston sports legends introduced at the Super Bowl in Houston that year.

II
“If I see him in the street, I’m going to bust him in the f–king mouth.”

—Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, on Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who Smith charged said some personal things about Smith’s family on the field during the 30-15 Carolina win over St. Louis.

III
“Trying to remain relevant.”

—Coach Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, after the 2-4 Steelers beat Baltimore, staying on the edge of the AFC playoff race.

IV
“I don’t throw anymore. The shape that I’m in is not anything like football shape, nor do I want to play. It took me 20 years, but in my 20th year, I realized I didn’t like getting hit.”

—Brett Favre, on NFL Network’s pregame show Sunday.

V
“Uh, pinky toe.”

—San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, telling reporters where he has a hangnail, which has led to a nagging foot ailment.

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

The Rams get more visitors to their website from California than from Missouri.

Stat of the Week

In eight quarters against each other this year, the Jets and Patriots are tied in victories, 1-1, and in points, 40-40.

That’s about the only way you’d say they’re even.

In their two meetings, the Jets have held the ball for 30:33 longer, Tom Brady has completed 48 percent of his passes, and the Patriots are 5-for-30 on third-down conversions. New England has 10 three-and-outs on offense.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Notes of the Week

I
Hope You Weren’t a Traveling Salesman Needing a Room in Indianapolis Sunday Dept.:

On Friday afternoon, if you went hunting and pecking as a Marriott frequent traveler for a room in Indianapolis, many reasonably priced selections came up. But one that surfaced was the Residence Inn Downtown on the Canal. For a studio with a Queen bed and a sofa bed, the fee was $999.95. With $169.96 in taxes.

For a grand total of $1,169.94. For one night in Indianapolis.

II
The Flights of the 49ers:

Colin Kaepernick didn't throw for a touchdown, but he ran for one as the 49ers continued their rebound from a slow start to the season. (Mark Zaleski/AP)
Colin Kaepernick didn’t throw for a touchdown, but he ran for one—ailing pinking toe and all—as the 49ers continued their rebound from a slow start to the season. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

The Niners are being good corporate citizens this week. Documenting their travel plans over 11 days and two football games:

Friday, Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time: Departed San Jose International Airport on team charter for Nashville. Arrived 10 p.m. Central Time.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:05 p.m. Central Time: Played the Tennessee Titans.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 p.m. Central Time: Departed Nashville International Airport for London.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. London Time: Due to arrive London Heathrow International Airport.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. London Time: Play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Monday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. London Time: Due to depart Heathrow for 11-hour flight to California, and arrive at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

This is the third straight year the Niners have had a road trips lasting more than a week. They stayed in Youngstown, Ohio, for both of the previous two: in between roadies at Cincinnati and Philadelphia in 2011, and in between games at Minnesota and the Jets last year. Under Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have won 73 percent of their games … including 3-1 on these in-season odysseys.

Make that 4-1, after the win Sunday in Nashville.

Tweets of the Week

I
“I wanna play one NFL game before it’s over.”

—@KingJames, NBA champion LeBron James, asked by a Twitter follower if he’d consider playing pro football one day.
 
II
“I’m always amazed at the things people will ask on Twitter instead of just looking it up themselves.”

—@nfldraftscout, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, commenting on the very large percentage of the Twitter population that is apparently Google-, Bing- and all-other-search-engines-free.

It’s quite possible that truer words have never been tweeted.

III
“Bum never wore his cowboy hat during home games at the Astrodome. Said his gramma taught him it was impolite to wear a hat indoors.”

—@gerrydulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dulac covered some of the memorable Oilers-Steelers tilts.

IV
“Tigers just got beaten by a bunch of dudes that look like Happy Gilmore’s caddy.”

—@MarcCarig, Newsday’s baseball writer, after the bearded Red Sox won Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

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wavemkr
wavemkr

No it's not "odd" that you would give the award for Coach of the week to the Indy Def Coach.  Because the real winner is Monte Kiffin holding the #1 RB, McCoy to 55 yards and the much media vaunted eagles offense to 3 points.  But that would've required you to list a Cowboys coach, and as much as you hate the Cowboys that would be impossible, so that left you with the #2 Coach, so it's not odd at all, it makes perfect sense.  You're constant Cowboys Hatred made the determination.

wavemkr
wavemkr

Patriots lost and Cowboys won...... Peter the Patriots loving/Cowboys hating King must be having a horrible Monday :)


King, we need more Patriots coverage !!! LOL

DrColeKilla
DrColeKilla

Peter - love McCarver, dance at his retirement party, play a round of golf together, have a slice of his b-day cake.  But to "think everyone’s nuts for not liking Tim McCarver," is simply just slapping around those who don't share your effusive opinion of his broadcasting style.   

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

So Peter,


The NFL doesn't baby Tom Brady?  Which NFL have you been watching the past 7 seasons?  



LittleOne4u
LittleOne4u

Dear Peter, Part two

I have always respected your writting and insight into the sport arena.  Stories with a touch of experience and honesty in a world of 'more about me' is becoming a rare species on today's news headlines.

Having those thoughts in mind, I feel I am treated to the  Geriatric Ward when visiting the new website. I truelly am NOT, NOT draw to the big font and BIG pictures to each and EVERY article. DID i mention the BIG picture and CLICK on me PICTURE. 

If capital letters are screaming to shouting then  new design website must implies your readers are visually impaired and lack reading skills.

Yes, I understand WINDOW is your $$ backer. But please, must you sell the farm to write your stories? I hope we have not reach that point in journalism.

Thank you for reading this far down in the comments posted field. Most folks don't get past the first 10 responses. 

I hope refine the site to mirror more of your insight into sports and less of the marketing of windows software.

Cheers

P

Richard Long
Richard Long

$1,200 to spend the night in Indy.  And we talk about a bad economy 

Danny5
Danny5

hey Peter, what would be so wrong with a Denver at Cincy playoff game?  This is the same Cincy team that has beaten both Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in a awesome game at HOME and busted Brady's record td pass streak at HOME in beating New England.  I for one would love to see a Broncos at Bengals playoff matchup, think it would be a great game...

cfr
cfr

some things i know i think 1. whats said on the field should stay on the field. 2. hair tackles can break necks and should  be illegal, and horse collar tackles should be legal since a player is just bringing someone down by the shoulders.

skidoo
skidoo

What a sad state of affairs for Bear fans . We don't know how to act. Sure we've lost are share of games but we at least knock the snot out of folks now we score in the 40's and lose. Somewhere Papa Bear is shaking his head

M30
M30

"2. I think this is what I didn’t like about Week 7:

a. That wily, experienced veteran, Sheldon Richardson of the Jets, saying NFL officials baby Tom Brady. After less than two months playing real games, that is some quality opinion, Sheldon."  

Aww, how cute.  PK has to protect his man-crush against the big, bad rookie.  Just beg him for it, PK.  It's obvious.  

JesseReynolds
JesseReynolds

Page 5, #5: Why Whisenhunt was fired. Arizona decided to build from the outside in and now we are like a plastic surgery valley girl. Beautiful on the outside, empty on the inside.

carlburkhalter47
carlburkhalter47

Peter, why must you start every column with quotes from interviews you (and you alone -- oooh!) conducted immediately after a game?  The lead pages in your column aren't necessarily devoted to the prime stories of Sunday's games; it's as if the MMQB exclusive access is the determining factor.  

MVolzer
MVolzer

How about a jeer to Andrew Luck for that RIDICULOUS flop he took to draw a Roughing The Passer penalty on a Broncos lineman who barely even bumped into him. Manu Ginobli would have been too embarrassed to take a fall from that little contact. Don't try to sell me on it being a smart play or good gamesmanship, its bush league and cowardly. The NBA is handing out retroactive penalties for plays like that. I'd love to see the NFL set the example and hit Luck with a warning or fine to keep this sort of thing from becoming a trend.


Nathan16
Nathan16

Cardinals offensive line picks include a whopping 3 picks in the first 3 rounds. The o-line is 5 of the 22 starters (22.7%); add key non-starters like slot receiver, nickle back, and situational pass rusher and that's still 5 of the 25 most important players (20%). The Cards drafted half that many with only 3 of 30 possible top three draft picks. This trend improves throughout their draft picks with 13 of 70 (18.6%) possible draft picks before compensatory picks. However the lack of attention at the top of the draft is shocking. Compare that to their 7 defensive backs or 4 receivers taken in the top three rounds even through Boldin and then Fitz were already on the roster.

bayman
bayman

So, Sheldon Richardson isn't qualified to offer an opinion because he's only been playing real games for two months?  How many real games have you played, Peter?

gmartin711
gmartin711

Remind us please, how long have you been playing "real games"?  Or does your "real games" requirement apply only to actual NFL players and not to sportswriters?  Because if playing "real games" is a required qualification to have an opinion regarding NFL football, Sheldon Richardson is infinitely more qualified than you are.

Bottom line: that is some quality opinion, Pete.

maafla1
maafla1

What difference does it make how long Sheldon Richardson has been in the league?  He can see what is obvious even to a 10-year veteran, you can't breathe on Tom Brady without getting called for something.  Stop being a shill for the Patriots, Peter.  It's bad enough you shill for liberal politicians.

JamesAnthonyBryan
JamesAnthonyBryan

Big iffy calls? Both were correct calls. Timing may be iffy but refs are not supposed to take into account how much time is left when they make calls.

JamesAnthonyBryan
JamesAnthonyBryan

Jets win and you only have negative things to say? How about Rex outcoaching Belicheck for the second time this year?

beekay31
beekay31

For anyone who ever played baseball at a competitive level, McCarver is just annoyingly funny to listen to.

Mike N
Mike N

Classic Bum-

A reporter asked him why he took his wife on road trips and Bum said was too ugly to kiss good bye!

SteveLarone
SteveLarone

Coincidence is a funny thing. Jets are 4-3 but would be 2-5 without some big iffy calls that went thier way, on thier home field, on a year the giants are really bad, and on a year the SB is in NY. I really do think it is a coincidence (The jets did play well enough to win yesterday) but it will be interesting if they get any more "breaks"

boogah11
boogah11

So, Peter, YOU'RE the Tim McCarver fan???   If you actually enjoy this guy's ramblings (and they are truly ramblings in the way a 98 year-old grandpa rambles these days), then you must have truly enjoyed his "Cardboard Box" rant during game 5 of the ALCS where 'ol Timmy went ballistic over the fact that his birthday cake was delivered to the booth in....wait for it.....A CARDBOARD BOX!!!  http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2013/10/16/4847134/tim-mccarver-birthday-cake-red-sox-tigers

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

It's not a huge surprise that there are more California Rams fans. This is where they're from, they should have never left. Plenty of folks out here in the LA area still wear the old Rams colors, it's like they know their team will come back someday.

unclebucsi
unclebucsi

I think everyone’s nuts for not liking Tim McCarver. I love listening to him. 

Wow.

CMFJ
CMFJ

"... the new boss not really caring about the narrative America had been obsessed with in the days before..."

The question I had leading up to the game: are people really as interested in this story as the sports media is?  I'm a Broncos fan and while it was a sort of interesting side story, it was fairly far down the list of what I wanted to read about the game.  Manning seemed embarrassed by the coverage and Luck clearly had no interest in the role the media had cast for him.  That didn't seem to really make any difference to the media, who plowed ahead and made inane proclamations before, during, and after the game.

One of my favorite moments was in a show earlier in the day when someone proclaimed that nothing like this - a beloved HOF caliber player that was not able to finish his career with his original team - had ever happened before.  He paused and then tried to sneak in a mention of Favre returning to Lambeau with the Vikings, clearly not wanting facts to get in the way of hyperbole.

Devilsreject97
Devilsreject97

@wavemkr Wait...what??? The Cowboys knocked out the starting QB for the Eagles = game over for anything at that point...

 Meanwhile the Colts defense beat the Broncos, a team that dropped 50+ on the Cowboys, and pretty much beat everybody else by double digits.... I'd say that's more impressive than a team getting beat without its #1 or #2 QB available..

cdizzle
cdizzle

@LittleOne4u I believe there's an email address to which you can address your feelings.  

Devilsreject97
Devilsreject97

@cfr LOL!

Yes, grabbing someone by the back of the pads and yanking down on them should be legal. You have no clue how harmful that is. That kind of tackle is what broke Terrell Owens ankle back when he was with the Eagles. Imagine me picking you up and just slamming you to the ground. That's what a horse collar tackle is like. If idiots want to wear their hair 2 feet long and sticking out of their helmets, it's legal to grab. When I played football, hair wasn't allowed to be outside the helmet. You either cut it or didn't play....

Devilsreject97
Devilsreject97

@MVolzer 

So a cheap hit on Andrew Luck shouldn't be penalized? The QB was no longer involved in the play, the ball was several yards down field, and the Broncos player knew the rules that a QB can no longer be hit at that point. The Broncos player was an IDIOT for even doing it. You want to get upset at Luck for the stupidity that a Broncos player showed? Hell, I'd wager Peyton would have flagged  his own player for that nonsense.....don't be so dense..

Mike26
Mike26

@MVolzer Why should he jeer Luck for doing something that Manning, Brady, etc. have been doing - and being rewarded for - their entire careers?  It's gamesmanship and he's just reaping the benefits that young players don't usually get in those situations.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@maafla1   Look up the definition of "liberal" in the dictionary.  You should be a liberal too.  Jesus and the founding fathers were 'liberals".


JamesAnthonyBryan
JamesAnthonyBryan

Big iffy calls? Both were correct calls. Timing may be iffy but refs are not supposed to take into account how much time is left when they make calls.

BillAbendroth
BillAbendroth

@DeeEmm1 Yeah.  The Rams will go back to LA, right after the Giants go back to New York.

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

@unclebucsi he's awful now. he used to be a great color guy that knew the stats, but the game passed him by years ago.

beekay31
beekay31

@CMFJ It's called lazy journalism.  Attempt to fabricate and steer a story so you can write what you want to instead of covering what is actually occurring.

rskins09
rskins09

@CMFJ    With all the unnecessary hype I thought it was  The Academy Awards II ...

CrystalWeeks
CrystalWeeks

@unitcaptain11 @maafla1 Actually, the founding fathers fought against unreasonable taxes which by today's standards would make them definitely NOT liberal.

SteveLarone
SteveLarone

Actually I thought the Raiders got jobbed. I also thought the Saints got jobbed last week, and yes, I think the Pats got jobbed this week.

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@Supernaut @DeeEmm1

Yeah, because there's just so many Cleveland Rams fans overwhelming the website from their old folks homes, while polishing their WWII purple hearts, just to skew the numbers.



Team history


Jon8
Jon8

@DeeEmm1 @unclebucsi 

How did the game pass him by exactly?

Did the rules change and he failed to keep up?

Did the way the game is played change, somehow?

Did he become unable to see the field?

Did he become unable to express his thoughts?

BTW, I am not a McCarver fan, I am a Vin Scully fan, but I do not see how the game passed McCarver by!!

Jon8
Jon8

@rskins09 @CMFJ 

That little poison dwarf Costas was so obviously unhappy, at the post game, that he could not read from his script!

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