Quotes of the Week
“I like tradition. But the extra point is so boring.”
—The late Bills owner Ralph Wilson, to club CEO Russ Brandon not long before he died.
“I know the grass is going to be great. It’ll be like a pool table, a billiards table. This will be like Augusta fairways.”
—San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, on the quality of the grass in the new stadium the 49ers will open this fall in Santa Clara, 45 minutes south of San Francisco.
“We’re very comfortable with where we are in being one of the six teams that don’t have cheerleaders. And the other five that share that same policy are ones that are traditional franchises, and it’s the same group that’s been in place for the last several years. We’re comfortable being a part of that group.”
—Lions president Tom Lewand, who said the team will play the 2014 season (and apparently many seasons into the future) without cheerleaders.
The other five teams without cheerleaders: The Steelers, Browns, Bears, Giants and Packers.
“I love where I work, and more importantly I love what I do. I feel like I’m at halftime.”
—Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, who has coached the Packers for eight years. Eight more, anyone?
“You know what your role is? When your phone rings and your name’s called, go get people out. That’s your role.”
—Houston manager Bo Porter, to the Houston Chronicle, asked about the problem of his team having a closer by committee entering the baseball season, with the Astros’ relief pitchers not having defined roles.
I really like that answer.
Stat of the Week
One of the reasons the NFL knows it has to do something about the ease of kicking is the man Pittsburgh has kicking: Shaun Suisham. Take a look:
- Suisham made 96.3 percent of all kicks (131-136) over the past two years. The breakdown: 73 of 73 extra points and 58 of 63 field goals.
- He is perfect in 29 of his last 32 games.
- Suisham is no one’s choice as the best kicker in football.
That’s not a knock on Suisham. The point is, if Shaun Suisham is a 92-percent field-goal kicker over two seasons, and has to boot his home kicks in an unfriendly stadium for kickers (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh), you know kickers are getting so good the league has to do something to try to make it tougher for them, either on extra points or field goals or both.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
From the Football Guy Till The End Dept.:
Five days before he died, Ralph Wilson called club CEO Russ Brandon to be briefed on the bylaws and rules proposals due to be discussed at the NFL meetings in Florida.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
So I’m driving along State Route 192 in Osceola County, Fla., returning from a visit with Doug Flutie (who now lives in Melbourne Beach, Fla.) last Wednesday, and this is what I see:
Tweets of the Week
“@DeseanJackson10 and me have been boys since we were kids…No one should be judged by the actions of others! #fam”
—@RSherman_25, the Seattle cornerback and boyhood friend of Jackson in Los Angeles, after Jackson was cut by the Eagles Friday and linked to gangs.
“Chris Culliver, brassed knucklehead. #49ers”
—@CassiusMK, a producer and video journalist at CNN, after the Niners cornerback was arrested for threatening a motorist with brass knuckles in San Jose Friday.
That has to be the first brass-knuckle arrest in recent NFL history, no?
“Surprised that NFL tabled proposal by Cincinnati to not pay players. Thought it had wide support.”
—@RattoCSN, columnist Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area, during the NFL meetings last week.
“What Boston firefighters did today, including two sacrificing their lives, is why I refuse to refer to any athlete/entertainer as a hero.”
—@trenni, CSN New England reporter Trenni Kusnierek, after two firefighters lost their lives battle a nine-alarm Back Bay blaze Wednesday.
“Miguel Cabrera will earn $49,423 PER AT BAT over the next decade. Median annual income of a household in Michigan: $48,471.”
—@darrenrovell, the ESPN sports business reporter, after Cabrera signed a new deal with the Tigers last week.