Quotes of the Week
“I’m sounding a bit like a broken record, but sometimes you gotta gut out a win, however ugly it is.”
—Andrew Luck, Indianapolis quarterback, after winning ugly over the Titans 22-14.
“How much sleep you think Nick Saban got last night?”
—Dan Dierdorf of CBS, on the Patriots-Texans telecast, a day after Auburn stunned Alabama by returning a last-second missed field goal 109 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“There will be an RG4.”
—Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, assuring reporters about his reproductive organs two days after he was kicked hard in the testicles, accidentally, by San Francisco pass rusher Aldon Smith.
Stat of the Week
I admit I’m being hasty here. But just look at the numbers before you tell me I’m nuts to suggest Calvin Johnson, 990 catches from passing Jerry Rice, might one day challenge Rice for all-time greatness.
I don’t believe he will, because he’s already missing a lot of practice time (and one game this year) to injury; he has a knee condition that troubles him regularly and, at 238 pounds he’s just a larger man than Rice was. More can go wrong with a bigger receiver than with one of Rice’s build, someone more lithe and 35 pounds lighter than Johnson.
But humor me here. Johnson just played his 103rd NFL game, and he compares quite favorably at that point—in all categories but touchdowns—with Rice. The comparison of both receivers through 103 games:
|Age||Receptions||Yards||Yards Per Catch||Touchdowns||Yards Per Game|
|Jerry Rice||29 years, 1 month||505||8,586||17.0||87||83.4|
|Calvin Johnson||28 years, 2 months||560||9,135||16.3||66||88.7|
The amazing part of this, really, is that Jerry Rice caught more than 950 passes after his 30th birthday. So if Johnson—or anyone—is going to have a chance to challenge Rice’s record of 1,549 career catches, he’d better plan to have a very long life in football.
Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me
The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor.
Ricardo Baca, a blunt-speaking man, will be in charge of covering the rollout of the new recreational marijuana law in Colorado on Jan. 1. In an only-in-America Q&A last week, Baca was asked by the Post, which sounds like a hip joint, if he plans to have a pot critic covering the local reefer scene.
His answer: “We are absolutely hiring a freelance pot critic. And a freelance pot advice columnist. And a freelance video game writer.”
What a country.
Missouri won the Southeastern Conference East title this season. Auburn won the SEC West.
Auburn, Ala., home of Auburn, is southeast of Columbia, Mo., home of Missouri.
Say you drew a straight line north from Auburn, then a straight line west, to get to Columbia. The East champion would reside 445 miles west of the West champion.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
Didn’t travel for Thanksgiving. Had the quietest Thanksgiving in some time, writing half the day and eating/footballing the rest. I did duck out just before 7 a.m. to buy a couple of newspapers in Manhattan, and I saw something I’d never seen before in my two years living on the East Side: A light changed to green on Second Avenue, and by the time it was red again (maybe 35 seconds), no cars had passed. That’s when you know it’s a holiday in the city.
Tweets of the Week
“It’s either a late arriving Redskins crowd or a non-arriving one.”
—@ByJimCorbett of USA Today, from the press box at FedEx Field minutes before Washington and New York kicked off.
“‘I’ll be back and ready to go Sunday’ Aaron Rodgers told me while watching #Clippers #Pacers #NFL #Packers fans rejoice! Says he feels good”
—@the_realkylem, FOX Sports reporter Kyle Montgomery tweeting Sunday from Los Angeles, apparently after running into the collarbone-addled Packers quarterback on his mini-bye weekend.
“What’s left of what used to be the NFL sucks.”
—@DennisDMX, former Monday Night Football announcer Dennis Miller, late in the early games Sunday.
“If Manny Ramirez is called for unnecessary roughness after the play, is that just Manny being Manny? #FOAud”
—@FO_ASchatz, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, after the Denver center (not the former home-run-hitting outfielder) was called for a personal foul against Kansas City in the closing stages of their game Sunday.
“Al Woodall now warming up for the #Jets.”
—@jimbradysp, Digital First Media editor Jim Brady, whose Twitter profile lists him as a “psycho Jets fan.”
Woodall would fit in well in East Rutherford now. He was 5-14 in 19 Jets starts in the Namath Era, with a 48.9 completion percentage and passer rating of 60.3.
“The problem with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they’re true. -Abraham Lincoln”
—@Lecrae, the hip-hop artist and record producer.
I am not sure exactly why, but I find this tweet perfect.
“Can’t blame you, Hoke! Wish more coaches had a set like you. #OSUvsMICH”
—@poinsonpill76, Michigan grad and former All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, after Michigan coach Brady Hoke went for two after the Wolverines scored a touchdown in the final minute against Ohio State. The attempt failed. Michigan lost 42-41.