Quotes of the Week
“What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth. That’s priority number one.”
—Peyton Manning, asked after the playoff win over San Diego whether it was “weighing on his mind” that a neck exam will decide his future with the Broncos.
“We will see them again, and it’s not going to be sweet. I can’t wait to play them with a new set of refs and a new game.”
—Carolina safety Mike Mitchell, still angry at the officiating after the Panthers’ 23-10 loss to San Francisco.
“This is my 13th year. You don’t know how many chances you have left. The opportunities are getting fewer and fewer.”
—New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, whose eighth season with the team ended with a loss at Seattle.
“It definitely hurts. Every time I carry that football, I’m carrying the team’s dreams and aspirations. I let them down at a critical moment in the game. That’s unfortunate.”
—Saints running back Mark Ingram, whose soft fumble led to an easy first-half touchdown by the Seahawks and a 13-0 lead for Seattle.
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
—Bridget Kelly, deputy chief of staff for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to an aide on Aug. 12, kicking off what appears to be a politically motivated, classic Jersey story of electoral retribution when Christie did not get the support of the mayor of Fort Lee, a town next to George Washington Bridge. Fort Lee conveniently got historic traffic jams soon after the mayor’s decision to not support Christie, as this story in The Record indicates.
On Wednesday, Christie said he had no idea this was happening on his watch. Thursday, Christie fired Kelly and said at a one-hour, 48-minute news conference: “I’m a sad guy standing here today … I’m telling you I had nothing to do with this.”
Stat of the Week
Denver has played 17 games this year.
Games with more than 400 yards of total offense: 14.
Games with less than 400 yards of total offense: 3.
San Diego, San Diego and San Diego.
Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me
The biggest attendance days in the 12-year history of CenturyLink Field:
|Jan. 11, 2014||Saints||68,388|
|Dec. 2, 2013||Saints||68,387|
One fan. One little fan.
The skill players who started for the New England Patriots Saturday: LeGarrette Blount, James Develin, Matthew Slater, Matthew Mulligan, Michael Hoomanawanui.
Wish I could say it was some grandiose changing of the guard in a 43-point New England explosion. But the first snap was a short-yardage play from the Colts’ 2-yard line.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Travel Note of the Week
Craziest day of weather in my 56 years on earth Wednesday:
5 a.m. Eastern Time, 8 degrees. Flag a cab in Manhattan for the trip to JFK and a flight to Los Angeles.
11:50 a.m. Pacific Time, 74 degrees. Walk out of LAX into the Los Angeles sun. Stopover for a short lunch near the airport on the way to Seattle.
5:35 p.m. Pacific Time, 44 degrees. Steady cold rain pelts me outside the terminal at SeaTac.
I was frigid, I was T-shirted, I was cold and wet. What a country.
Two more notes. Memo to the hiney trombone deep in coach on the JFK-to-Los Angeles Delta flight Wednesday morning: Did you just assume we’re all deaf? … And the cabdriver who took me home Sunday afternoon was the spitting image of Rob Ryan, right down to the stringy hair. Listening to Kansas when I got in.
Tweets of the Week
“I like Crabtree but Jim greatest catcher ever what are you smoking?”
—@JerryRice, yes, THE Jerry Rice, after hearing San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh say wideout Michael Crabtree has the best hands in history.
“Jim Harbaugh gets himself so worked up its not clear he even realizes he’s on playing field or sideline…or if he’s even in Carolina.”
—@NFLOnTheHill, NFL senior advisor Joe Browne, watching Harbaugh go all melty late in the first half of the Niners game at Carolina.
“Had to: pic.twitter.com/5LVo7zJclA”
—@DougBaldwinJr, receiver for the Seahawks, splurging on food not on his training table after the Seahawks’ win on Saturday.
“Highlight of the night: Charles Barkley in the Patriots locker room. He might’ve had a couple or 12 drinks.”
—@StevePoliti of the Newark Star-Ledger, after the New England win over Indy.
“To borrow from Seinfeld: [LeGarrette] Blount’s a mudder. His mudder was a mudder.”
—@wingoz, ESPN’s Trey Wingo, on the bruising Patriots’ back after his 166-yard day beat the Colts Saturday night.
“The Daily Show writers should donate today’s paychecks to charity.”
—@pescami, NPR’s Mike Pesca, on the day New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discussed a traffic scandal in his state for 108 minutes at a televised press conference. Easy pickin’s that day, in other words.