"It was a rough place - the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It's worse than Detroit.": Let's be honest, St. Louis and Detroit are pretty much interchangeable here. The way the Rams have played this year, I'm not sure that the St. Louis brass hasn't populated that locker room with every reject they could find.
"Elaine, you're a member of this crew. Can you face some unpleasant facts? No.": The Rams are dead last in rushing defense. Given the way the Hawks have been able to run the ball the past 2 games, that bodes well. They're also 26th in offensive passing yards, an area where the Hawks defense has definitely struggled a bit. Of course the Hawks are 22nd in that category, so I'm not seeing a track meet breaking out on Sunday afternoon.
"Nervous? Yes. First time? No, I've been nervous lots of times.": With the number of injuries on the Hawks offensive line, there may be some nerves on edge for the new guys. But at least we know the crowd won't bug you since there might be 20,000 there but probably not much more.
"Can you fly this plane, and land it? Surely you can't be serious. I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.": Marshawn, can you keep up the performance from the last couple weeks? Yes, I'm serious. I was surprised to hear this week that Lynch had never run for 100+ yards in 2 consecutive weeks until now. Given some injuries to our receivers, we're going to need a big running performance out of the Beast.
"Johnny, what can you make out of this? [Hands him the weather briefing] This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl...": Chris Myers and Tim Ryan, you may need to get out your origami skills for this game. I've often made fun of the game that will only be seen by 1.25% of the country. Well, if this game isn't an example of that, then I don't know what is. The best part is we'll see a repeat performance in a couple weeks on national television and ESPN gets hosed out of a lot of money they paid to broadcast it.
"What was it we had for dinner tonight? Well, we had a choice of steak or fish. Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.": Is it just me, or when Pete Carroll gets asked a question in a press conference, does he change the subject fairly often? You can ask about how the wide receivers are performing and he'll start singing the praises of the place kicker. You ask about a play call on 4th & 1 and he'll start talking about his hormones.
"There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?": Maybe it's just not as out in the open as it is on other teams, but there needs to be some obvious, overt leadership on this team. Part of it of course is how young this team is, but there are veterans and leaders are needed to keep up the momentum from the Ravens game rather than crapping the bed like the Hawks have been known to do many times in St. Louis.
"You got a letter from headquarters this morning. What is it? It's a big building where generals meet, but that's not important.": Steve Spagnuolo, I wouldn't open that letter. Something tells me it includes a pink slip. Bringing in the offensive wunderkind Josh McDaniels hasn't exactly worked out has it? Spending $1.2 billion, or whatever it was, on Sam Bradford, may not have been your best decision, huh?
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.": Watching this game this weekend, I've got a sneaking suspicion those feelings might make themselves known. The Hawks can show their fans something by going in and building on the momentum of last week and getting a win. It's a 1pm Pacific time game so no early morning excuses. It's against one of the worst teams in the league. However, there's just something about this game that doesn't sit right. Let's try a little reverse psychology.
Rams 21, Sea