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Quotes of the Week

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“If I was a GM in the NFL, I would not take him in the first round of the draft … You’ve got to see the quarterbacks throw the ball live. I’ve never seen a top quarterback in the last 10 years have a bad Pro Day until Teddy Bridgewater. He had no accuracy. The ball came out funny. The arm strength wasn’t there, and it made me question everything I saw on tape because this was live.”

—Mike Mayock, on the Petros and Money Show on AM-570 in Los Angeles (via Pro Football Talk)

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“Really cool, right? The U.S. rugby team playing the New Zealand All Blacks. It’s on a Saturday. What happens if it pours rain on Saturday and these huge men playing rugby tear up Soldier Field, and we’ve got a Bears game scheduled for Sunday? That would have been a problem.’’

—NFL senior director of broadcasting Michael North, on one of the many roadblocks to making the 2014 NFL schedule—a rugby match at Soldier Field on Nov. 1 forcing the Bears to abandon their home field in Week 9. The league ended up giving the Bears a bye.

You can read my story about the mysterious making of the NFL schedule, from inside the bunker where it was drawn up by four league experts.

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“I’m sure you guys are tired of writing about this. We’re tired of thinking about it. We were ready to [draft] yesterday. So the extra time doesn’t help us. I’m a firm believer in the saying, ‘Study long, study wrong.’ ”

—Bills GM Doug Whaley on Friday, on the NFL moving the draft back two weeks this year from its usual late-April spot on the calendar. Friday was 52 weeks to the day that day two of the 2013 draft was held.

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“When is the draft now? I think it’s in September.”

—Peyton Manning

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“Well, I’m very confident in what I’ve done. The people who are the critics, they look at all of the negatives. They don’t look at all of the stuff I’ve accomplished. They don’t look at that I’m one of three quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to do certain things. They don’t look at that kind of stuff. They want to find ways to tear me down, but I’m not worried about that. They can say whatever they want. All that matters is what everyone believes in this organization and what I believe in myself. That’s how I go about my business.’’

—Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, reporting to work last week for the Bengals’ offseason program.

Dalton is beginning to chafe at the perception (reality’s more like it) that he’s been good in the regular season and poor in the post-season. The numbers through three seasons:

  W-L TD-INT Rating
Regular season 30-18 80-49 85.7
Postseason 0-3 1-6 56.2

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“There is no room for Donald Sterling in our league. There is no room for him.”

—LeBron James, after L.A. Clippers owner Sterling was allegedly recorded making racist statements to his girlfriend, which were aired by TMZ

Stat of the Week

Regarding the passing of Earl Morrall on Friday:

Morrall should go down in history as one of the best handful (three, four?) of backup quarterbacks in the 94-season history of the NFL. This stat should prove that: Morrall started 35 regular-season games due to injuries to Johnny Unitas and Bob Griese in Baltimore and Miami between 1968 and 1972. His record in those 35 games: 31-3-1. 

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

The most amazing factoid I learned Wednesday evening inside the NFL’s “Val Pinchbeck Room,” the secret bunker where four NFL executives make the schedule every year, was not that a game featuring New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team at Soldier Field in November forced the league keep the Bears out of their stadium that weekend. The odd factoid came from a loose-leaf binder that keeps all sorts of scheduling records. One page contains data on the last year in which a team opened with two straight on the road, closed with two straight on the road, or had a three-game road trip.

Here’s the bizarre factoid: The Packers have not opened a season with two straight road games since 1924.

“Just incredible,’’ said the most veteran of the league’s four schedule-makers, Michael North.

It seems natural that the league would schedule Green Bay consciously at home early so the Packers could avoid as many bone-chilling late games as possible. But lately, the league has embraced tundra games. It’s surprisingly coincidental that the league, even by luck, hasn’t front-loaded road games to increase the chances of a weather game in the five post-Thanksgiving regular-season dates of the Packers.

In 1924, Green Bay opened at Duluth (a 6-3 loss) and at the Chicago Cardinals (a 3-0 loss) before playing its next five games at home in a 29-day span. The Packers finished with four straight road games.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

I found myself in a spot in Rhode Island for a few hours last week that I’d never been before—South Kingstown, on the sea, 45 minutes south of Providence—visiting retired New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride for a story you’ll be seeing this week. Wooded, quiet, close to beaches, not over-developed. What a great smell, a sea smell, even a half-mile in from the water. I realized how many beautiful places (and this certainly was one, a still fairly unspoiled part of New England, a few long spirals from the ocean) we never see in our lives. Wish I could tell you more, but there’s not much to it. In a week of not much travel, that’s the only travel observation I’ve got for you.

Tweets of the Week

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@cjbycookie is Magic’s wife, Cookie.

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Careful what you wish for.

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Mr.MurderMurphy
Mr.MurderMurphy

If only the Falcons held their guns and got Doug Baldwin(27th) instead of Julio, while the Ravens waited over a trade balk that had them take Jimmy Smith(who lost that shot). Think Atlanta now sees itself movin' on up and you note the Rams seem likely trade bait. Oakland moved back for less than value before as well, part of it getting more bodies in the wake of Carson Palmer trade.

el80ne
el80ne

'I think if Blake Bortles sat in the front row at a Rays or Marlins game with his girlfriend, no one would say, “Hey, why isn’t Blake Bortles concentrating on football and staying out of the public eye before the draft?”'

You got this right but your reasoning is wrong Mr King. No one would be saying that because everyone would be too busy checking out his girlfriend.

Buck2185
Buck2185

The Sterling story is far from over. Peter hasn't even turned the loud mouthed punk, Richard Sherman, loose on a 3 page rant on Sterling yet.....

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

"h. Apropos of very little: Ansel Adams died on April 22, 1984. Richard Nixon died on April 22, 1994. Pat Tillman died on April 22, 2004." 

Two great men, one ... not so much. I'll leave it to you to decide which is which.


(hint: I'm a vet. OTOH, I am a photographer. On the Gripping Hand, I remember Cheering for Nixon election night 1972. Be careful what you wish for...) 

ninozowi
ninozowi

This point isn't as big as the people who are saying the opposite, but Sterling has been a registered Republican since 1998. Stop just denying it -- just go look it up. 

jbs50221
jbs50221

No Sterling does not represent the very worse of America....I still believe that Americans who own business, franchises or whatever, should have the right to say who they want working for them and " SOCIALIZING " with them. That is what is called an unalienable right. But all these courts, congresses and presidents are on a pity party and have changed the ideas of what real rights and freedoms are. To their limited shoe box rights and freedoms. I think Sterling has an unabridged right to tell his girlfriend to leave anybody out of his personal life and arena if he feels its an abject social suspect. My first response would be, to every person including Obama. To butt out of my business...what I said, is what I meant it to sound like. Analyze it any way you want, but it will not change my idea about who I am. And what I demand of my personal freedoms. And to all those black players on my team if you do not like me, pack your bags and go play some where else. I will get all white's to play on my team, to show the world why I do not want blacks socializing with me. Because when my all white team would hit the courts the black prejudiced players on those other teams would show their true colors by being antagonistic intimidating and even illegally violent. In attempt to show " them white boys " that we have rights above and beyond you now. I'm not racial, but I know the propensity of blacks. Spent twenty two years in prison with them. As a gang, they create noise and scream so the brothers will come running. But one white man on one black, when there aren't any other blacks around he hardly will open his mouth.  Same thing you see right now vibrating across the United States. They are all hollering out to their brothers to make noise. And even the H.N.I.C. in Washington D.C. is jumping on the band wagon. Even The Bible says in Jeremiah Chapter 13 verse 23 " Can an Ethiopian change his skin, or a leopard its spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil ". Can even a black man change his skin color? If so, then all you who think evil of Sterling, would be able to do good. 

   And as far as Sterling's girlfriend, if she was my girl friend she'd be the first to be dumped....let one of this silent protesting Clipper players have her. She was the literal cause for all of this crap anyway. I personally can testify, that being white gives me no more privileges than any black man never got. When I committed a crime, I was sentenced to fifty years in the penitentiary for what I did. That nine white and three black jury, sent me to prison for what I did. Nine of my won race laced me up...its because I did something against The Lord and the law of the land. So there was no racial bias for me to get leniency. And after hitting the penitentiary there was not mercy from that administration either. It wasn't until I received Christ into my life. That things changed and He decided to allow me to come home. But I served twenty two years altogether for my crime and still have to be on parole until 2031. I have been out almost 11 years. Praise The Lord....but being free, is not being free, when you find yourself being subdued by a government like what we have now.              

kenc29
kenc29

The thing about Sterling is, he was in a very small club of owners. Anyone who's been in a small club know what that's like. He's the longest-tenured owner in the group. David Stern, Adam Silver and the rest of the front office know Donald Sterling. This isn't some aberrant behavior. All the other owners and the NBA front office know that Sterling is a reprehensible human being and they let it slide. I think some of the blame has to fall on the NBA front office's shoulders. They had to have known and yet did nothing about it. Sad.

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

Thank god  Sterling is a Democrat I would not be able to listen to the TV or Radio if he where a Republican


Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It's so sad to see people come to the defense of a man like Donald Sterling. He represents the very worst of America, and there is NO room for him in professional sports. I was hoping his kind were dying out, but judging from all the irresponsible comments, I'm afraid not.

EdwardKirby
EdwardKirby

"Morrall should go down in history as one of the best handful (three, four?) of backup quarterbacks in the 94-season history of the NFL."

Wow. So who is keeping you from proclaiming him as the best backup of all-time? Steve Young, perhaps?

BTW, McReynolds was a savvy base stealer that picked his opportunities carefully. When he ran, just about no one expected it. Except the Mets faithful.

LenaBrun
LenaBrun

I do not agree with anything Donald Sterling said on the call. But the reaction is way over the top, and not about facts of the stupid call.


This was a phonecall, not a public statement. Like it or not, the Constitution of the United States of America allow it's citizens to have unpopular opinions. The laws of the country can block you from promoting racist views and opinions, but it can and should not stop a private citizen expressing his or her personal opinion in a private setting. 

Regardless of how poor an opinion it is.


Donald Sterling is being victimized instead of ridiculed the reaction is a complete overreaction, and as far as I am concerned the NBA does not have or should not have a leg to stand on if thinking of sanctions.

Scramble
Scramble

The only black mark on Earl Morral's resume is tanking super bowl III. I don't know what the NFL offered him and Shula, maybe a trip to the nice warm sunny Miami Dolphins. I felt sorry for all the other Colts who played their hearts out not knowing he was just going to throw interceptions all day. He had Jimmy Orr wide open in the end zone on a trick play and throws it into the arms of a defender on the opposite side of the field. The NFL couldn't afford another AFL super bowl loss since they were merging leagues. Even Unitas admitted in private that it was a fixed game.

YinkaDoubleDare
YinkaDoubleDare

A broadcast team might not know who Bortles is but the cameramen would have noticed his girlfriend and put Bortles on camera without knowing it.  

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

to me there is few people that don't seem to have a problem that this was a private conversation.  you know why rock-head rocker was really hammered, it was his was an interview in SI, so it was public, plus again you have sterling in depositions, so you know this guy is a racist and stern rightly or wrongly turned a blind eye to it

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

The draft is 11 days later this year. Not two weeks.  People are acting like it's 3 months later.  It's 11 days.  Big deal.

Bucky182
Bucky182

Patiently waiting for the day when all this media-driven, ego boosting Manziel hype burns out just as fast or faster than Linsanity.


No comment on the Sterling issue.

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

I hope the Falcons trade up and lose more depth and draft capital. Clowney is good and I think he'll be a star quickly, but they have many more needs on that D than just one pass rusher. If I'm them, I'm looking to trade down and build the back end of my secondary. They have nothing at safety, while my Saints and the Bucs have strong secondaries that will challenge their receivers. 

They've been one step behind during this Smith-Dimitroff era. Don't make the mistake of staying one step behind.

SpencerForHire
SpencerForHire

I kinda wish PK would have talked about the knucklehead 49er fan that is suing for $50M because he couldn't buy tickets to the NFCCG. 

number18
number18

!. Sterling is a registered democrat

2.Sterling is Jewish

3.All will be forgiven

Phooey
Phooey

@ninozowi BFD.  Both sides had idiots and racists.  Obama is the worst racist in the country right now.  He's a clown that should be ignored just like Donald Sterling. 

JayReardon
JayReardon

@jbs50221  Christ obviously did you no good in the thinking department.  Nothing like years in prison and imaginary entities to make one a real crack thinker and philosopher.

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

@jbs50221  Keep drinking the Fox Lies. You'll pass out soon enough. 


The real world will clean up your puke later. 

djbake6798
djbake6798

@jbs50221 ... and the government isn't doing anything to Donald Sterling. Its protected speech, but its not protected from being shouted down as ignorant by others or for a company to distance itself by pulling sponsorship or from people gathering peacefully in protest outside the Staples center. Most people who spout on about free speech don't actually understand what that actually entails.

Mike26
Mike26

@kenc29  They can't do a thing about it so why try?

Mike26
Mike26

@Rickapolis  People aren't coming to his defense as much as they're just shrugging their shoulders because Sterling has ALWAYS been this way so this latest overblown incident is nothing new - yet the media is treating it as if another planet were discovered or another celebrity came out of the closet.

Mike26
Mike26

@EdwardKirby  Steve Young was a brief backup and HOF starter.  If you're going to try to rip PK then at least try and come up with something less stupid.

JayReardon
JayReardon

@LenaBrun  Yeah, another multi millionaire victim --- shot by his own big mouth and ignorance.  I'm crying.  Maybe he'll send you a check for your support.

liquidmuse3
liquidmuse3

@LenaBrun  The whole point is a private entity (the NBA) might have a problem with the owner of one of its franchises. If you lived in a country where (I assume you're a woman) women were once enslaved---& then you had to go to work for a person who said "don't bring women to my place of business, and don't commiserate with them publicly"---do you think---

1)any women would ever want to work for that owner? Especially considering the majority of people in the owner's business were (in this example) women?

2)you'd be A-OK with the whole "free speech" thing? It's so idiotic to decry the reaction against Sterling, while trumping up "free speech". He's allowed to say what he wants, people are allowed to react how they want. However, this is different, because the NBA is in the public relations business (just like any private entity, except x100), *&*, the city of Los Angeles has its name ATTACHED to this gentleman's franchise. So you're saying the NBA will allow & be happy with every player asking to be traded off Sterling's roster, & an entire empty arena? Do you not see how "speech" leads to "bad business"?

e46M3
e46M3

@number18 You're batting .333, which is only great if you're in the MLB.


Ryan19
Ryan19

@number18  Actually, Sterling has been a registered Republican since 1998.  I don't think his political party is at all relevant in this situation, but if you are going to post it, at least do it correctly.  

usameos6
usameos6

@number18  You forgot to add:


- Sterling has been doing this for 40+ years

 - Sterling was going to be given a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP and has been previously honored by this organization for his support of minority children

 - The NBA Bylaws for owners (which are not published) allegedly contain more information about what the NBA can do to owners that can't meet their financial obligations versus anything about conduct or behavior so the NBA may not be able to do anything outside of a fine/suspension but will fall short of being able to force Sterling to sell the Clippers

BillieBob
BillieBob

@number18  

There are dem bigots and repub bigots. The unifying factor is that they're all conservatives.

Mike26
Mike26

@number18  SHHH!!!!!!  You're messing some really good rants!

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

@Phooey @ninozowi  Obama? The most center-right president since Ike? Only in the imagination of those who think Fox is a news channel rather than the propaganda mouthpiece of the GOP. 

Jenga
Jenga

@wlewisiii   You aren't the brightest bulb are you?  I saw nothing about party affiliation in @jbs50221 post.  You just want everything to fit in you very limited world-view and let the TV do the thinking and talking for you.  Have fun being a narrow-minded drone.

jrscott0262
jrscott0262

@wlewisiii Has nothing to do with Fox... Sigh.  Party Patriots need a cranial-rectal retraction.  Both parties, and their cheering sections (the news agencies on both sides) lie.  It's what they do.  Meanwhile they drain our wallets while you watch the world's biggest "reality show".

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

@shoota79 @Raiderforlife  you check your facts he was giving money to democrats for years. Lets put it another way the liberal media is not calling him a republican that tells you all you need to know you moon bat

hayhowesq
hayhowesq

@Mike26 @number18  Actually, as has been mentioned many times, Sterling is a registered Republican, but nice try.

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