Quote Of The Season (So Far)
It came from rookie Rocky McIntosh Tuesday. He was asked that most innocuous of TV-ready questions, about his confidence level entering the season. He responded thusly, and with glee: "I'm way far from being a sissy." Okay, so it's something of a nonsequitor, and, trust me, no one was questioning the kid's manhood in any way. But that's football, eh? Got to love that response. That's a linebacker, boys and girls.
Rocky has a good sense of humor and plays like a jackhammer. I'm still thinking we'll see him starting around Week 4.
Mere hours later, Coach Gibbs regaled us with some chuckles about Fred Smoot's days here ("I love Smooter," he said at one point of the Vikings cornerback), then, while I asked him some questions about Buck Ortega (as per the inquiry by the loyal readers of this blog), he pulled off the rarest of answers. In mid response, while looking over my shoulder, Joe said: "And speaking of Buck, there's a couple of bucks over there." And what do you know - there were two deer way off in the distance by the far practice field, doing whatever it is that deer do. Pretty cute.
Third-year defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti made the ultimate rookie mistake yesterday. He parked his truck in the first spot on the parking lot reserved for Bubba Tyer. He will definitely get an earful for that faux paus ... The players were off yesterday because this is a weird week. Usually, Tuesday is the off day but with the team not playing until Monday night, that's changed. This afternoon will probably be a more physical practice, and Friday a full practice-day, too, with Saturday mostly a walkthrough ...
The Babyshambles disc rocks. Thanks for the headsup to my bloggy people out there to let me know it was in iTunes. Lead signer Pete Doherty made the Post's Style section again Tuesday for his latest drug-related court appearance. If not for the words "boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss," in those wire stories, I don't think he'd have a chance of making the gossip pages over here. His music is relatively unheard of in the States, or far from popular at least ... The ads around this blog must rotate or something, but I swear every time I check it out there's a picture of three women and a link for some "Intimate Dating Service." Someone else out there must have seen it. I'm definitely not making this up.
Jason La Canfora
September 7, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
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