“I find myself at times, you know, now having to use my reminders in my phone because I had one of those silly memories. I used to call myself an elephant in the room. Never forget anything. Many [times now], I wake up and [will] be like, ‘Okay, what are we doing? Let me get the phone,’ ” he said. “I mean, with the reminders in the phones, it really helped me get through my day with appointments and different things that I have to do because it’s just, I just can’t remember anymore like I used to. And it’s from the banging we did as football players.”
The state of Alabama had been mentioned as a potential candidate location, and was no longer seen as a contender, possibly because Lincoln, Alabama is home to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame , which is not affiliated with NASCAR. The only northern area that considered bidding was in the state of Michigan . Detroit prepared bids, but state officials decided not to submit the proposals. The cities of Richmond, Virginia and Kansas City, Kansas , were among the five finalists, but on January 5, 2006, NASCAR announced they had been eliminated from the running, leaving just Atlanta, Charlotte and Daytona Beach as the remaining cities. 
Two weeks ago, when the playoffs began, the idea of “bullpenning” once again surfaced, this time with the Yankees as a focus. Because their starting pitching was believed to be a weakness — they had no obvious ace like a Dallas Keuchel or Corey Kluber — and their bullpen was a major strength, the idea of chaining relievers together starting from the first inning gained traction. The likes of Luis Severino , who struggled mightily in the AL Wild Card game, or Masahiro Tanaka ( regular season ERA) couldn’t be relied upon in the postseason, the thought went.