Quotes of the Week
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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
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.
The Flights of the 49ers:
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 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.