Quotes of the Week
“I’m not surprised. In fact, I’m a little surprised something like this hasn’t happened before. If you’re mentally weak, you’re going to get picked on.”
—Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker, on the Jonathan Martin saga.
“This is one of the greatest teachers of football I have ever met.”
—ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, on Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, for my Sports Illustrated magazine story on the Chiefs this week.
“When you don’t get along with somebody as a head coach, or assistant coach, it usually falls under one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion and a lot of times lack of character. And he fits all three.”
—Washington coach Mike Shanahan, responding to departed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth’s rips of him for being conniving and disingenuous when Haynesworth played for Washington.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
We know, via Jay Glazer, that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin, in response to a table full of teammates leaving when he went to sit down last Monday, threw his tray down in the Miami cafeteria and left the building in anger. Now you’ll know the rest of the story: The meal he threw down was spaghetti.
Stat of the Week
This is the 44th NFL season since the merger between the American Football League and National Football League took effect in 1970. In the first 43 years of the merger, no quarterback threw seven touchdown passes in one game. In the first half of the 44th season, two have: Peyton Manning and Nick Foles.
The seven quarterbacks to throw seven touchdowns in a game:
|Sid Luckman||Nov. 14, 1943||Chicago Bears||New York Giants||W, 56-7|
|Adrian Burk||Oct. 17, 1954||Philadelphia Eagles||Washington Redskins||W, 49-21|
|George Blanda||Nov. 19, 1961||Houston Oilers||New York Titans||W, 49-13|
|Y.A. Tittle||Oct. 28, 1962||New York Giants||Washington Redskins||W, 49-34|
|Joe Kapp||Sept. 28, 1969||Minnesota Vikings||Baltimore Colts||W, 52-14|
|Peyton Manning||Sept. 5, 2013||Denver Broncos||Baltimore Ravens||W, 49-27|
|Nick Foles||Nov. 3, 2013||Philadelphia Eagles||Oakland Raiders||W, 49-20|
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
So last Monday I detoured on my way to do some reporting on Kansas City’s fast start this season and went to Game 5 of the World Series, driving an hour west of St. Louis after the game so the morning trip wouldn’t be so onerous. Stopped in Warrenton, Mo., at a Holiday Inn Express, and checked in for six hours of rest. As I got my key, a family of four—a dad, from the looks of it, and his three sons, from the looks of it, about ages 7 to 16—entered the lobby about 90 minutes after Boston’s 3-1 win over the Cards. The four guys looked crushed. All were dressed in Cardinals stuff. The youngest boy was wearing a No. 6 Stan Musial jersey, and he looked like he’d just lost his dog. All of them, really, looked injured.
“Tough one,’’ the desk clerk said.
“Very, very tough,’’ the dad said.
I’ve always thought this, from numerous trips through the Midwest: What great fans the Cardinals have. I really felt for these guys.
Tweets of the Week
“Not saying it’s the right thing to do, but sounds like Jonathan Martin needs to punch somebody in the face.”
—@RossTuckerNFL, the former NFL offensive lineman, on the Miami tackle who left the team after feeling overly hazed by teammates, according to media reports.
“@espn @CBSSports @NBCSports @FOXSports @ProFootballTalk I want my name CLEARED”
—@68INCOGNITO, Miami guard Richie Incognito. Not only did ESPN not clear Incognito’s name on its Sunday pregame show, but said Martin feared retribution from Incognito if he spoke up about Incognito’s alleged hazing of him.
“See what happens when I allow my anger translator, Luther, to tweet for me?’’
—@HamzaAbdullah21, the former NFL safety who went on an obscenity-filled Twitter rant against the NFL, the NFL Players Association and commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday over the care (or lack of care) for former players. This conciliatory tweet was posted Saturday night.
Among his Thursday alarm bells:
“F— you NFL for lying to these people and denying the fact that football causes brain damage.”
“F— you NFL because you are the plantation and WE are the slaves!!! #IfYouThinkOtherwiseYouAreDelusional”
“Every player should go see a psychiatrist once a week upon leaving the game.”
“And the NFL should pay for all this. I shouldn’t have to pay $120 a week to save my f—ing life. You should! Our insurance should!’’
“What if I told you there’s nothing overly rare or unique about Hamza Abdullah’s feelings? MANY players agree. But he’s speaking up.”
—@sfujita55, former NFL linebacker.
“For parents of small children, daylight savings is cruel and unusual punishment.”
—@richeisen, who, when not working at NFL Network, chases his small children.
“Foles me once, shame on you. Foles me seven times, shame on the Raiders.”
—@NathanSerious, former NFL tight end Nate Jackson, after watching Nick Foles have one of the greatest days a quarterback has had in NFL history.