"Do you blame me?''
-- Ryan Tannehill, asked at his introductory Dolphins news conference Saturday in Davie, Fla., why he would get married at 23, and then pointing to his wife, Lauren, who is an aspiring model.
"You want to be a Bengal this time -- for real?''
-- Cincinnati receivers coach James Urban, in his phone call to Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu during the third round Friday. On Thursday, Sanu got a phony phone call from someone claiming to work for the Bengals, informing him that the team was about to choose him. Then, coincidentally, it was Cincinnati that drafted Sanu two rounds later.
"I would never speculate on that. He's dancing right now.''
-- Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, asked over the weekend if veteran wide receiver Donald Driver, competing on Dancing With The Stars this spring, would be back with the team in 2012.
"Hail to the Redskins,
"Hail victory ...''
-- Robert Griffin III, an hour after being drafted by Washington, on a conference call with Redskins beat writers.
For those outside the Beltway, those are the first lines of "Hail to the Redskins," the franchise's fight song.
"Because 1 plus 7 equals 8.''
-- San Francisco first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins, a wide receiver from Illinois, talking about why he picked the number "17'' to wear as a pro. He wore "8'' in college, at Illinois, but because "8'' is the number of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, the Niners aren't giving it out, and Jenkins had to improvise.
Jenkins had a Quote of the Week Vb, sort of, when asked about his unusually long fingers. "They called me ET back in high school,'' he said.
"I'm angry about it, frankly. It's not true. I have a clear conscience. I've never, ever listened to an opposing coach's headset. That's all I can say.''
-- New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis, who stands accused of wiretapping the opposing coaches' booth in the Superdome so he could listen in on conversations of the opposition from 2002 through 2004.
Of the first 102 picks in the draft, eight were quarterbacks. Of the final 151 picks of the draft, only three were quarterbacks.
Ryan Lindley, taken 185th by the Cardinals, went to the perfect spot. With the Cardinals not sold that Kevin Kolb is their long-term quarterback, the 6-3 ½, four-year starter at San Diego State (he started all 49 games that he played for the Aztecs) will have to beat out Rich Bartel to make the roster. If he does, he should provide fair competition for Kolb and John Skelton should they struggle.
Amazing thing about Lindley's career is how similar each of his four seasons were. He completed 242, 239, 243 and 237 passes from 2008 through 2011. He threw 427, 437, 421 and 447 passes in those four years.
Lindley's arm strength, decision-making and command of the pocket will serve him well at the next level. His accuracy will determine if he has a chance. Last year it was a paltry 53 percent.
On Thursday, 39 days shy of the 10-year anniversary of being the Yankees' first pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, former Edmond (Okla.) high school pitcher Brandon Weeden was chosen 22nd overall by the Browns. Time will tell whether picking the Oklahoma State quarterback was a bargain or a waste, but Weeden -- the 71st pick in the 2002 MLB draft -- was chosen ahead of some pretty good baseball players. The roster of those picked after Weeden 10 years ago:
80 -- Curtis Granderson, Yankees center fielder.
113 -- Josh Johnson, Marlins No. 1 pitcher.
193 -- Matt Capps, Twins closer.
242 -- Adam Lind, Blue Jays first baseman.
294 -- Howie Kendrick, Angels second baseman.
510 -- Brandon McCarthy, A's No. 1 pitcher.
674 -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox center fielder.
Ellsbury, picked 603 spots after Weeden, didn't sign with the team that drafted him in 2002, Tampa Bay. He attended Oregon State, then signed with the Red Sox out of college.
You know those annoying credit card hawkers in airports? They're pretty annoying. Take the one I saw in the Fort Lauderdale airport Sunday morning around 6:15. (Give the guy credit. He gets an early start.) He was pedaling the American Express SkyMiles card. I walked by and he said, "Sir, can I interest you in a great credit card deal?'' I said no; I already have the card.
"You can get another one!'' he said.
I was going to ask him what the purpose of that would be, but at 6 in the morning, I'm not too interested in talking about things I enjoy, never mind credit cards.
"Peter Konz...... Welcome and on Fridays I like Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits.''
-- @TysonClabo, the Atlanta offensive tackle, welcoming top Falcons draft pick Peter Konz to the team Friday night. Konz, a center from Wisconsin, will have to buy Friday morning goodies -- donuts, biscuits and whatever the offensive linemen want -- for the position group all season long.
"The Charlotte Bobcats have a better win percentage than some of the 'expert' mock drafts.''
-- TCrabtree83, Green Bay tight end Tom Crabtree.
Guilty as charged, your honor.
"I think Poe pick reflects move to a nickel defense league. Need NTs that stay on field for 3 downs. He's not a run stuffer yet. Needs work.''
-- @SethPayneTrain, former NFL defensive tackle Seth Payne, after seeing Dontari Poe get picked 11th overall by Kansas City.
I couldn't agree with Payne more. This pick was not simply to get the run-stuffer Kansas City needs. It's to get a third-down player -- maybe on the end, maybe as a disruptive inside rush guy -- who will be very hard to block.
"As a black person and Boston-area native, I'm sickened and heartbroken by the deplorably racist reactions of some Bruins fans to Joel Ward.''
-- @cgasper, Boston Globe online sports columnist Chris Gasper, after some hockey fans tweeted blatantly racist remarks following Washington Capital Joel Ward's winning Game 7 goal against the Bruins Wednesday night. Ward is black.
Thanks for saying it, Chris. Remarks like those cannot go unchallenged.
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