"There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, 'He's a first-round pick.' There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, 'I'm the guy in the position this year.' There are too many technical flaws, scheme flaws. There are so many different variables that there are a lot of people all over the place on naming the top four or five guys and who those guys would be."
-- Kansas City GM John Dorsey, to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, on the crop of quarterbacks in the 2013 draft.
Quote of the Week II
"He's going to play it outdoors in New York."
-- NBA commissioner David Stern, answering a question intended for future commissioner Adam Silver at the NBA All-Star Game Saturday night. The question: "Where do you plan to play future All-Star Games?"
Don't you get the feeling that, whenever possible, David Stern likes to put the needle into the NFL?
Quote of the Week III
"He was awful. He tells us he works out, but we didn't see it. He wasn't in shape."
-- Anonymous Steelers teammate, to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, critical of linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who struggled through an injury-plagued and ineffective 2012 season in Pittsburgh.
Stat of the Week I
Could the San Francisco 49ers be turning into the New England Patriots West?
On draft day they could. For the past few seasons, the Patriots have led the league in moving and shaking around on draft day, using extra picks to move up and down and to acquire even more extra picks the following season. But now Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio could be passing the ownership of draft weekend to Trent Baalke and the 49ers.
2013 draft picks as of today: San Francisco 14 (including three projected compensatory picks), New England 5.
The Niners will have eight picks in the first five rounds and six in the final two -- including a compensatory in either the third or fourth round, and two in the seventh. The Patriots have three picks in the first five rounds. They lost their fourth-rounder to Tampa Bay in the Aqib Talib deal, their fifth to Washington in the Albert Haynesworth deal and their sixth to Cincinnati in the Chad Johnson deal. Ouch: Neither Haynesworth nor Johnson played in the NFL last year.
Two potential advantages to the Niners, who didn't have much use for either of their first two picks last year because of a roster clogged with talent: They may be able to do what they did last year in the draft and deal current picks for better future ones; the Niners acquired extra third-, fifth- and sixth-round picks in draft deals last year. And they may have the ability to deal multiple picks for a player (Darrelle Revis?) or pick (way up in the first round, for a Dee Milliner). The Niners are going to be a very interesting team to watch come April -- the way the Patriots have been for years, or at least until this year.
Stat of the Week II
Money raised for pediatric cancer research by Penn State students over the long weekend through the annual 46-hour THON dance marathon: $12,374,034.46.
That's $12 million. What did you do over the weekend?
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
According to the Las Vegas Sun, a man who acted as the greeter at the city's Heart Attack Grill -- which serves such gastronomical delights as the Quadruple Bypass Burger -- and who ate several times a week at the Heart Attack Grill, was waiting outside the restaurant for a bus when he was felled by a heart attack. His family took him off life support nearly a week later. John Alleman was 52.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
So American and USAirways are merging. Good deal. I don't like either one -- well, that's not really fair; I really dislike USAirways and am ambivalent (but try to avoid) American.
Here's my rating of some of our air carriers, apropos of nothing. My criteria are selfish ones; if an airline treats me great and I hear horror stories about it, I love it. If an airline lost my luggage, I hate it. I used to hate Delta; now I love Delta. So, basically, these ratings are utterly worthless. To anyone but me. So here goes.
1. Virgin America. Leg room, leg room, leg room. A little funky for an old guy like me; the planes feel like a W hotel in the sky. But it's comfortable and very civil. I'm always happy to fly Virgin.
2. Delta. I fly a lot, and am on a Delta kick because I live in New York now, and LaGuardia is a big Delta airport. Because I fly Delta a lot, I get lots of free upgrades to business class, and the business class on Delta is far, far better than steerage. The wireless helps -- a lot. Most Delta flights have it.
3. AirTran. Relatively cheap upgrades to first class, the way it should be. And wireless. Plus, I really like the Milwaukee airport, which is an AirTran hub, because of the Alterra Coffee bar there. Milwaukee's just a much better hub too; not all the craziness of O'Hare.
4. Southwest. I love timeliness, efficiency and a good attitude. I do believe when "Up With People" went belly-up, all those happy-as-heck dancers and singers just changed uniforms and went to work for Southwest. However, I will never understand the loading groups.
5. Alaska. Good coffee. And all the Alaska people are darn happy too.
6. Cape Air. Never been on one of these little puddle jumpers in and around Massachusetts? Some of the truly great views in flying -- going low in and around Boston and Nantucket and Providence and Martha's Vineyard.
7. United. I got to like Continental a lot over the years, living near Newark Airport, and now that United is Unitedtinental, it's still an OK airline. Had my share of weather issues on United and Continental over the years, which isn't strange because of the Newark/Chicago/Denver hubs. Overall, my feeling of United now: meh.
8. JetBlue. I like the TVs in the seatbacks. If I were a TV-aholic, JetBlue would be much higher. But of all the airlines I've flown over the past few years, JetBlue has the highest percentage of full flights. And the compressed seats in coach on JetBlue are made only slightly more tolerable by being able to see SportsCenter three straight times.
9. Frontier. No feeling. In my four or five Frontier flights, I have zero opinion on its competency, other than it got me from point A to point B.
10. American/USAirways. I think the highlight of my USAirways misery was flying in a middle seat in coach from an eastern airport (Philadelphia, I think) to Seattle three or four years ago. Felt like Chevy Chase in the Christmas Vacation movie, praying the chairman of USAirways would have to leave his cushy lair and come face all the angry passengers who would soon be laid up with bad backs because the airline made us all rats in a cage, unable to move in the cells they called airplane seats.
I didn't include others I've flown, like British Air and Korean Air. I even flew an airline called Suckling Airways in Europe about 10 years ago. I didn't think they were relevant, and in some cases, I've flown them only once, so it's tough to judge them.
Fourth annual Scouting Combine Tweetup! It's happening at 6:30 Saturday night at the Emmis Communications headquarters on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
Over the years, many of you have asked what a Tweetup is. It's very complex, but I'll try to simplify it. Football fans come, football journalists stand there, fans ask questions, we answer them, and, hopefully, we all have 12 ounces of beer along the way. (Maybe more, if you behave.)
I'll be there. The Tweetup in Indianapolis has been ably organized, as usual, by veteran local scribe Will Carroll, and this year we'll have Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, Adam Schefter of ESPN; NFL and draft gurus Mike Tanier, Doug Farrar and Matt Miller, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe (just what the folks in Indy need -- more Belichick stories!), Neil Hornsby of Pro Football Focus, and other football guests. (Waiting for Will to finalize the list, so follow me on Twitter as I update the list this week.)
Tickets are necessary, but free. They can be picked up (along with an excellent beer) at Sun King Brewing starting Thursday at 5 p.m. and stretching though the day on Saturday. Here's where Sun King is located.
Will tells me: Do not come to Emmis without a ticket. Follow @1070thefan and @injuryexpert, Will Carroll, for more details.
Looking forward to seeing several of you there Saturday night.
Tweet of the Week I
"There is no defense being played. This is a disgrace! They should cancel the nba all-star game!"
-- @ArianFoster, the Houston running back, watching the NBA game Sunday night.
Tweet of the Week II
"One of those stories you don't imagine coming, but we don't really know these people we deify. We really don't."
-- @ProfBlackistone, former Dallas columnist and current University of Maryland journalism professor Kevin Blackistone, on inspirational Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius being charged with murder after the death of his girlfriend by multiple gunshots.
Tweet of the Week III
"BREAKING: Pope Benedict steps down February 28. March 1, checks into Miami anti-aging clinic."
-- @billscheft, the Late Show With David Letterman writer.
Tweet of the Week IV
"There was just a proposal at Seton Hall-Syracuse. Her initial reaction was what you'd expect for a woman proposed to at a Seton Hall game."
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