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Why Do I Continue to Read Peter King?


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#1901 John Marzano Olympic Hero


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

You're right, SJH. But the other day I read on Jeff Pearlman's blog that King or Adam Schefter (I believe) was able to get Andrew Luck's autograph on a football for a kid with cancer that was friends with Pearlman in less than two days. And I've read where Drew Magary said that he's had email conversations with King that have been very pleasant after Magary has destroyed King in his KSK column for three straight years.

I don't know the guy, he seems like an ass, but people who know him say he's swell.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:12 AM

You're right, SJH. But the other day I read on Jeff Pearlman's blog that King or Adam Schefter (I believe) was able to get Andrew Luck's autograph on a football for a kid with cancer that was friends with Pearlman in less than two days. And I've read where Drew Magary said that he's had email conversations with King that have been very pleasant after Magary has destroyed King in his KSK column for three straight years.

I don't know the guy, he seems like an ass, but people who know him say he's swell.

And by his own admission he took a foul ball away from a kid, he treats service workers abominably, and pulls the "Do You Know Who I Am" card all the time.

OK, so he's nice to his colleagues. Big deal. I'm sure some of Ron Borges' co-workers tolerate him too. But by and large, by his own words, he's an enormous asshole.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

I have no doubt that King is nice to people to their face, even hotel clerks and idiotic fast food workers.

The difference is, he'll only use his pulpit to shit on people that he knows won't be able to come back at him, or that he believes he won't have much use for down the road.

He's a coward.

I also have no doubt that his "Can you believe this guy/girl?" stories are 80% bullshit, and are in fact written with all the snappy, self-serving, reactions that only hindsight can bring. In fact, the righteous indignation almost certainly stems from the fact that he's frustrated with himself for not saying something he wish he had.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

There is where that idiot parked. I mean, there's no way he didn't see that hydrant.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

Fire hydrants are supposed to be red. Clearly the city is at fault.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

And can't you just imagine how that story would sound had been tagged with the ticket? He'd certainly chew the guy out.


And this: There's a Starbucks in downtown Indy, on the circle surrounding the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and I pulled up behind an Indianapolis police officer in front of it, put my flashers on, and ran in to get coffee. On my way out, five minutes later, the officer rolls down his window and says to me, "That your car?''

"Yes,'' I said.

"Need your driver's license,'' he said. "I can't believe you did that, right behind a cop. You parked in front of the hydrant.''

"My God,'' I said. "It was only five minutes. Cut me a break!"

He took my license, wrote out the ticket, handed it to me, and I said, "Gosh, it was only five minutes!''

I got in the car, and as I started to pull into traffic, the officer got out of his car again and gave me the stop sign, walking to the passenger window. I rolled it down.

"Give me that ticket,'' he said. "I'm doubling your fine. You just pulled out into traffic without using your blinker.''

"Are you kidding me?'' I said. "First a parking ticket, now a moving violation??''

And I started to realize: Two harmless violations, with no obvious victims, and all of a sudden this $5.95 Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino was going to cost me more than $250.

Play idiot cop much?

Officer: "And be sure to pay this promptly. I don't want to have to hunt you down."

Me: "Hey, thanks a lot. Don't think for a second you won't hear about this in my next MMQB!"

Bono of the Indianapolis Police Department he was not.



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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

And by his own admission he took a foul ball away from a kid, he treats service workers abominably, and pulls the "Do You Know Who I Am" card all the time.

OK, so he's nice to his colleagues. Big deal. I'm sure some of Ron Borges' co-workers tolerate him too. But by and large, by his own words, he's an enormous asshole.


Again, I'm not defending the guy, it's pretty obvious that I believe that he's history's greatest monster. BUT, enough people have a high opinion of him which is interesting.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:02 PM

Again, I'm not defending the guy, it's pretty obvious that I believe that he's history's greatest monster. BUT, enough people have a high opinion of him which is interesting.


Weird too.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:33 PM

And by his own admission he took a foul ball away from a kid, he treats service workers abominably, and pulls the "Do You Know Who I Am" card all the time.

OK, so he's nice to his colleagues. Big deal. I'm sure some of Ron Borges' co-workers tolerate him too. But by and large, by his own words, he's an enormous asshole.


Daaaaaaamn--SJH just went all Matthew 25 up in his grill!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

EDIT: Already covered.

Edited by DrewDawg, 20 November 2012 - 02:36 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

Yeah--if you're leaving your hazards on, aren't you kind of admitting you're not in a parking spot?

Also, real runners would never have the mindset to make up a spot and put on the hazards . They'd find a parking space and walk to the stupid Starbucks. Doesn't this guy claim to have run a half marathon?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:27 PM

I also have no doubt that his "Can you believe this guy/girl?" stories are 80% bullshit, and are in fact written with all the snappy, self-serving, reactions that only hindsight can bring. In fact, the righteous indignation almost certainly stems from the fact that he's frustrated with himself for not saying something he wish he had.


Isn't that pretty much the basis of all observational humor writing though? I don't really think, say, David Sedaris or Bill Bryson are quite so funny in their internal monologues until the second revision either.

Sure, you have actually be funny and/or do it without coming across as a gigantic douche, and King sucks at that. Don't hate the game, hate the player.

Now that I'm rambling, I actually think Bryson is a good comparison to this subset of King's writing you're pinpointing. BBR is a huge asshole, but he usually succeeds in making the other guy either interesting or a huger asshole one way or another. PK tries the same genius-among-peons shtick but pulls it with any old Johnny Burger King and you end up just feeling bad for the poor schlub to had the tough luck to happen across PK's path when the old fellow is feeling cheeky.

Edited by JimBoSox9, 20 November 2012 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

I disagree. I Bill Bryson can come across in his worst bits as a nerdy curmudgeon, but here's the thing: he freely admits that he's a nerdy curmudgeon, and that there are times when it is HE that is the fish out of water.

I mean, A Walk On The Woods, probably his most famous book and the one closest to to the King aesthetic, spends a fair amount of time lauding the people who are more adventurous and/ or fit than the author is. Bryson is frequently self deprecating, a trait that King almost NEVER displays.

King clearly wants his travel shit to SOUND like Bryson, but he fails.



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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

Colin Kaepernick has just made life as a 49ers beat writer very difficult. I don't agree with Harbaugh, and if I'm Smith, I'm supremely ticked off. But I wanted to give you a view of Harbaugh's mindset and why he's thinking the way he is.

Read More: http://sportsillustr...l#ixzz2CojSSrVs

Yes, old Kap really screwed those beat writers, who now get guaranteed views on every tweet, article and blog post about the 49ers QB situation for at least a couple of weeks, if not all year. What a tough problem. Of course, what King is worrying over is that the beat writers now have to do actual work by watching for signs in practice and elsewhere that would indicate Harbaugh's QB choice. King's preferred approach to his job is to sit around, make a few phone calls, and spout off opinion that is loosely based on the facts.

What has to happen for public perception about this guy to change sufficiently that he at least won't be on TV anymore?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:49 PM

A) Bryson is 10 times as smart as PK

B) Bryson is very funny

C) Bryson makes fun of himself as much as anyone else

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

Serious question: Does Bryson write a series of articles that are available online. I would read those if he did. I really enjoyed the universe book he wrote (but the version with photos and drawings is a million times better than the version without photos and drawings).

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

A) Bryson is 10 times as smart as PK

B) Bryson is very funny

C) Bryson makes fun of himself as much as anyone else


Seeing a Bryson/King comparison, even a marginal one, hurt my soul. I will now crawl away and die.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

Read Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country" and you'll see the full effect of his self-deprecation and sublime appreciation for Australia. He might be an asshole at times, but he at least realizes it and lacks the moralizing that King has turned into a high art form.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:40 AM

At the risk of being accused of thought policing, anyone who compares Bryson to King in the future will get banned and then acid poured on their face.

It's like comparing Joyce to Simmons because they are both wordy.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:40 AM

And yes, I appreciate the irony of comparing Bill Bryson to James Joyce in this context.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

“But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Bill Bryson, on travelling in Europe.




Fun vacation. Strange coincidence.


My wife and I went to Dachau, the concentration camp outside Munich, and then moved on to Venice.
Once in Venice, we lined up to take a water taxi to our hotel. That’s right; there are no cars allowed in the busiest part of Venice. You either walk or take a boat.
In line, a man approached me and said he liked my work and was glad to meet me. We small-talked about his Ravens for a minute until a taxi-boat driver approached. “Want a ride to your hotel? Where are you staying?” he asked.
“The Westin,” my new acquaintance said.
“So are we,” I said. “Want to share it?”
So we did, Randy Amon and his wife, Marlene, me and my wife. In the boat, Randy asked me where we were going from here.
“New Hampshire,” I said. “We’re going to a place called Mount Washington for a few days.”
Randy looked stunned. His wife looked stunned.
“We’re going to Mount Washington too,” he said.
We got to the hotel. Checked in side by side. “Mr. Amon, we have your reservation,” the clerk said. “You’ll be with us for three nights.”
We were staying for three nights.
On the third night, the last night, we ran into Randy and Marlene in the outdoor bar and had a drink. They were flying in the morning. Leaving at 6:15, he said.
We were flying in the morning. Planning to leave at 6:30.
“Want to share a taxi?” he said. So we did.
Turns out they were headed home to Baltimore for a few days before going to Mount Washington. The day we left Mount Washington, they arrived.
Same hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H.
Now that’s weird. Same train. Same hotel, for the same number of nights. Same end site for vacation halfway across the world in a place that I’m certain only two parties in Venice would be going to as the end of their vacations.



-Peter King on travelling in Europe.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

It's like comparing Joyce to Simmons because they are both wordy.


Well they also both hate women.

And if you don't read Stephen Daedeleus's stirring oath in Chapter 5 of Portrait of the Artist ("Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.") and don't think "man, Real World/Road Rules Challenge Marathon! I know what I'm doing this weekend" the something is wrong with you.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

It's been years since I've read Bryson but just that small sample made me remember how much I enjoyed all of his books. And it makes me think of Posnanski.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:53 AM

Read Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country" and you'll see the full effect of his self-deprecation and sublime appreciation for Australia. He might be an asshole at times, but he at least realizes it and lacks the moralizing that King has turned into a high art form.


Everyone here hates that book. We hate it only second to how much we hate the Simpsons Australia episode.

We hate SJH too but for different reasons.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:55 PM

Everyone here hates that book. We hate it only second to how much we hate the Simpsons Australia episode.


Does anyone there like the Simpsons episode? And if they do, is it a bootable offense? If you don't know, are you going to scream out to your MP, who is no doubt lounging in his mudhole?

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:08 AM

Peter tells a story through Twitter:

Happy Thanksgiving1: On this day of gratitude, a special nod to Rams center Scott Wells+wife Julie for their incredible act of humanity


Happy Thanksgiving2: Seven years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Julie gave birth to stillborn twin sons. It crushed them, obviously ...


Happy Thanksgiving3: So this year, already w/2 children of their own, strong Christians Scott+Julie went to Uganda to adopt 2 ...


Happy Thanksgiving4: Near the end of the adoption, they discovered a sibling, a 3d child in the family. They'd only wanted 2, but ...


Happy Thanksgiving5: They felt they couldn't leave the 5-yr-old girl behind. They went to Africa wanting 2. They returned with 3 ...


So Happy First Thanksgiving to the new Wells family of 7 in St. Louis.


One correction: The Wells family has 3 biological children, making it Happy Thanksgiving for 8 Wellses. My apologies for the error



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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:31 AM

What in the shit.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:59 AM

Peter King: unclear on the concept.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:25 AM

It was very funny to hear Collinsworth with the media equivalent of a drive-by shooting on last night's telecast.

Post-game, while NBC was setting up their horribly-contrived Madden Turkey Day awards (complete with mutant bird), Collinsworth made sure to voice his concern that Peter King might swoop in and destroy the place-setting before they had a chance to distribute the awards. Totally uncool, but hysterical nonetheless.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

It was very funny to hear Collinsworth with the media equivalent of a drive-by shooting on last night's telecast.

Post-game, while NBC was setting up their horribly-contrived Madden Turkey Day awards (complete with mutant bird), Collinsworth made sure to voice his concern that Peter King might swoop in and destroy the place-setting before they had a chance to distribute the awards. Totally uncool, but hysterical nonetheless.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXqxvelBp78

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

k. Beernerdness: Thanks, Ommegang (Cooperstown, N.Y.) for making your White beer available throughout Manhattan. I don't like it as much as Allagash White, but any port in a storm when you're jonesing for some Belgian beer is a good thing.


ENOUGH ABOUT ALLAGASH WHITE.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:16 AM

Pittsburgh-Baltimore, the rematch, Sunday at The Big Crabcake. (I think that's Chris Berman's invention, so I'll give him naming rights.)


Who is the more moronic: the moron, or the moron who quotes him?

1. New England (8-3). Pats have averaged 47.5 points per game the last four weeks. Tom Brady's on pace for 35 touchdowns and four interceptions. Occasionally they show signs of being defensively competent. And Thursday, they won by 30 without their two best offensive linemen, best tight end and best defensive end. How they have three losses, I have no idea.



Peter King's MMQB: home to Sports Illustrated's hardest-hitting NFL analysis, so long as the author feels like getting into it. If not, well, you know, do it yourself!




Goat of the Week
Ron Winter, referee, Pittsburgh-Cleveland game. As horrible as the Steelers were Sunday -- and turning the ball over eight times is sufficient to lose 100 percent of the time -- Winter made an incredible non-call with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and Cleveland trying to run out a 20-14 lead. Cleveland running back Trent Richardson ran into a clogged line, got stoned and stripped at the same time, and the Steelers jumped on the fumble. Though no whistle was audible, and Winter was staring at the play as it happened, no fumble was ruled, and the Steelers lost a last legitimate chance to catch up. You just can't miss those calls.


Oh bull fucking shit.

Jim fucking Schwartz single-handedly lost the game vs. Houston by A) throwing a challenge flag at an illegal time; and B) running running plays (and, IIRC, losing yards) for what would have been a game winning field goal in OT. If he's not the goat of the week, I don't know who is.




Quote of the Week IV


"I know the rule: You can't challenge on a turnover or a scoring play, but I was so mad that I overreacted. I had the flag in my hand before he even scored because he was obviously down. It's my fault. I overreacted in that situation and cost us a touchdown.''


SEE! Even he admits it! In your column! Right there! He concedes that he knew the rule, so you can't let him off the hook by saying "Well, that's such a stupid rule that nobody would think of it." (a position which would still force the question: "how can a HC of an NFL football team not be expected to know the challenge rules by now? That's a crucial part of his in-game job responsibilities")

-- Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, who threw a challenge flag after a Houston touchdown he wanted to challenge Thursday, preventing the challenge from taking place because of the dumb NFL rule that negates an automatic replay if a coach throws the flag after a scoring play or turnover. The league, thankfully, will erase the non-replay of the challenge by 2013, and maybe sooner.


It doesn't fucking matter if it's a dumb rule! He admitted that he knew the rule, and ignored it so he could act like an ass, thereby fucking his team out of a win. The Head Coach! The validity of the rule has nothing to do with it! Completely irrelevant, as is the fact that the league will likely remove/revise it in the offseason.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:16 AM

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

Not mine. Ian Eagle's. What the CBS football/YES Network basketball/Dial Global sports radio football announcer has done in the past week:



Oh goody. Now we get other wealthy quasi-celebrity boring travel stories in addition to King's. Yawn.

Sunday, Nov. 18: Flew from St. Louis to New York after doing Jets-Rams game for CBS. Arrived at his New Jersey home at 11:15 p.m


Ok. So, after having Saturday (and, presumably, at least Friday as well, and maybe Thursday...I mean, what, are we supposed to gasp because this is on a Sunday? As if working on a weekend is unthinkable, even when you don't work a normal work week?) off, ol' Ian has to work for 4 hours on Sunday and then fly home, gets home late. No biggie. Also, I'm sure the guy is flying first class, courtesy of the network.

Monday: Flew from Newark to Los Angeles at 8 p.m.


Hm. So he had, basically, all of Monday off to hang out at his house. Doesn't sound too rough. Again: flying first class. King doesn't say when he landed, but I'm guessing it was around 10 PM or so.

Tuesday: Did the Nets-Lakers game in Los Angeles for YES Network.. Flew on Nets' charter with team from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In bed by 2 a.m. Wednesday.


Again, Ian had almost the entire day to do...whatever he it is does...around L.A. until about 5:00 or so to get ready for the game. Then he flies the (relatively) short flight to S.F. This schedule does not sound very rough. I mean, it's not nothing, but he's working, at most, 8 hour days, with large chunks of that just sitting on an airplane. I should be so lucky.

Wednesday: Did the Nets-Warriors game in Oakland for YES Network. Flew on Nets' charter with team from San Francisco to Newark after the game. In bed in his New Jersey home by 9 a.m. Thursday.


Once again, had all day to hang out in San Francisco (what an awful place to have to kill a day!), and then worked for 4 hours, then flew on a plane, presumably in something akin to first class again so he could sleep. Then got to go home. Yea, that sounds mildly shitty, but nothing to write home about.

Thursday: Did the Patriots-Jets game for Dial Global Radio. Home by midnight.


So around 6:30 (after having, again, all day to do whatever) he had to drive 30 minutes to Giants Stadium, did his usual work routine, and then drove home. Not exactly a rough day. Maybe "worked" for 5 hours.

Friday: Did the Clippers-Nets game from Brooklyn for YES Network. Home by midnight.


Maybe "worked" 4 hours.


Saturday: Flew to San Diego at 8:20 a.m. Did CBS production meeting with Chargers at noon at their team facility.


Oh come on! So he got up at a typical time (probably 6:00) to catch a mid-morning flight, then went from the airport to an office to have a meeting? Big fucking deal! There are, literally, people who do this shit every day. Regardless, he was probably done for the day around 2:30. Cry me a fucking river.

Sunday: Did the Ravens-Chargers game for CBS at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Returned to San Diego hotel. Rested. Flew to Newark at 9:30 p.m., with the redeye due to deliver him home just after dawn today.


Sunday: Got to sleep in until 10:00, had a breakfast of sweet cream and croissants with almond butter with french-press coffee. Paid for by network. strolled around by the ocean for some air. Had company driver take him to the stadium. Makeup and prep for 45 minutes. Did game. Back to hotel around 5:00. Paid for hooker. Fucked hooker until 6:30. Washed up. Hired fishing charter for 90 minutes. Caught bluefin. Had driver take me to the airport. Sat at airport bar, had 2 martinis. Got into first class seating, fell right asleep.

"At one point on the flight to San Diego Saturday,'' Eagle reported Sunday night, "I napped for about seven minutes and woke up and I thought I was flying to Buffalo to do a Bills game. Then again, I also thought at one point I was an orthodontist."


"At some point in my life, I forgot what it was like to have a real job."

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

Tweet of the Week III

"I HATE LOSING!"
-- @TerrellePryor, after the 3-8 Raiders lost their fourth straight game, in Cincinnati on Sunday.


I am honestly struggling to figure out why this is profound or notable in any way, and I can't figure it out. This defines "bland."

b. Tom Brady, on pace for 35 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Is it possible he's getting better with age?


Well, given that Brady threw for 36 TDs and 4 INT's 2 years ago....and 50 TDs and 8 INT's 5 years ago.... I'd say that stats don't bear that out. Still great? Yes. Getting better? No.

You should KNOW this.

3. I think the league overreacted, and that's putting it mildly, by censoring Rich Eisen's interview with Oscar favorite Bradley Cooper and yanking it from Eisen's Thanksgiving special on NFL Network. "The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games," the statement from NFL Network said.


Wait. On what fucking planet is Bradley Cooper an Oscar favorite? Because he stars in a rom com? Seriously?

b. Controversial: Mike Florio says he was bored by Lincoln. I have to carve out three hours, and soon, to see it.


I know, King, you must be so fucking busy, what with your Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays basically wide open aside from a TV interview here and there.

How on earth will you ever carve out those three hours...and soon, mind you?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

Wait. On what fucking planet is Bradley Cooper an Oscar favorite? Because he stars in a rom com? Seriously?


I didn't even know who he was, so I googled. It appears that "favorite" is certainly an overstatement, but columns like this one have him likely to get nominated. I think the classic King thing here is his inclination to blow everything out of proportion so it sounds better. He could have just said something like "buzzed-about actor" or "possible Oscar nominee," but he elevated Cooper to "Oscar favorite" because isn't that just delicious?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

Silver Linings Playbook is getting a lot of positive attention--I saw it; the movie and Cooper are both great. Considering Mo'nique won an Oscar a couple years ago I think we're firmly in ridiculous-land calling him out for that. So he said "favorite."

I mean all that "YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS"; it ain't a rom-com or that crazy a thing to say. Its the fucking Oscars they're stupid too by definition.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

ENOUGH ABOUT ALLAGASH WHITE.

"any port in a storm... is a good thing"??? Yeah, man, that's what 'any port in a storm' means. This is like saying "well all's well that ends well if the final outcome is good!!!" Peter King don't get language.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

His Offensive Player Of The Week was honored for a punt return.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

Silver Linings Playbook is getting a lot of positive attention--I saw it; the movie and Cooper are both great. Considering Mo'nique won an Oscar a couple years ago I think we're firmly in ridiculous-land calling him out for that. So he said "favorite."

I mean all that "YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS"; it ain't a rom-com or that crazy a thing to say. Its the fucking Oscars they're stupid too by definition.


Shouldn't this be in the "Why Do I Continue to Read drleather2001" thread?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:24 PM

I didn't say "YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS" regarding his movie comments. Nor would I, because he knows nothing about movies.

Edited by drleather2001, 26 November 2012 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

Silver Linings Playbook is getting a lot of positive attention--I saw it; the movie and Cooper are both great. Considering Mo'nique won an Oscar a couple years ago I think we're firmly in ridiculous-land calling him out for that. So he said "favorite."


This is like saying Jay Cutler is the "MVP favorite." Is it possible he'll win? Sure. Is it at all reasonable to call him the favorite? No. There are 100 ways to appropriately convey the situation other than to say that Cooper is an "Oscar favorite."

On the Ian Eagle stuff, I am sort of fascinated by how much some of these multi-sport announcers have to travel/work. And keep in mind that Eagle can't just kick it during his downtime - he's probably meeting with coaches, familiarizing himself with the teams (i.e., associating players' numbers with the players), reading local reports on the teams, writing up some notes to share during the game, etc. Of course, reviewing all of this, which might actually be interesting to a reader, would require work... so King doesn't do it.

#1942 TheWinkleman

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

b. Tom Brady, on pace for 35 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Is it possible he's getting better with age?


Well, given that Brady threw for 36 TDs and 4 INT's 2 years ago....and 50 TDs and 8 INT's 5 years ago.... I'd say that stats don't bear that out. Still great? Yes. Getting better? No.

You should KNOW this.


He's so fucking lazy. To him, stats are these weird number things that exist to complement the miniature narratives of his quaint world. It's all so interesting! One thing I think I think is he realizes on some level that his observations and insights are utterly banal, so this is his effort to dress them up and look cute. 'Tom Brady is still pretty damn good' becomes 'It's the Curious Case of Benjamin Brady!' Is anyone really surprised that Brady is still playing at an MVP level? "MMQB" might as well be "NFL Week [12] For Dummies" where any thought that pops into his head is noteworthy.

Another example:

q. Indy's defense. In winning five of its last six, the D has allowed 13, 13, 20, 10, and 13 points in the five wins.


... against the Browns, Titans, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Bills. That's some impressive shit right there. These are all teams that are in the bottom half, most in the bottom third, of offensive production by a variety of metrics. Yet again, he should know this. Additionally, his cherry-picked sample starts the week after an ass-to-face Jets offense scored 35 on them. He also bluntly excludes Indy's game against the Patriots a week ago, who of course scored 59 fucking points on them (38 of those given up by the defense). So the one time during this stretch that Indy's defense faced a good offense (granted, the NFL's best offense), they were dominated. But sure, it's easier to avoid any real analysis and instead convert a rather pointless 'The Colt defense has played well lately against these bad offenses' into 'Look at this defensive domination - the numbers speak for themselves! Chuck on three!'

c. Black Friday. One of the lightest traffic days of the year, because I had to drive quite a bit Friday. Can't figure that one out.

d. Dope that I am, I never heard of "Cyber Monday" until Friday.


Can't figure that one out? You mention a reason in the very next sentence, dumb-ass-opotamus. Not only is there this strange "Cyber Monday" thing, on some obscure online shopping sites like Amazon it lasts for an entire fucking week. Couple that with Black Friday, which is really Black Friday Weekend for numerous vendors, and there are about ten straight days of deals that can be found on this peculiar thing called the Internet where people can purchase shit without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. Perchance that's a reason why Black Friday isn't as busy as it once was? You obtuse sack of lard.

Now see if Cooper wants to do anything with the NFL again.


Now see if anyone cares.

Oh, what the hell. Thanks, Peter, for your indignation over the injustice that the public was unable to see Bradley Cooper talk about the Eagles and pimp his movie. I, for one, am devastated.

Edited by TheWinkleman, 27 November 2012 - 04:56 PM.


#1943 E5 Yaz


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:53 PM

Peter King@SI_PeterKing
Does anyone read anymore?

#1944 coremiller

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

The obvious reason traffic is light on Black Friday is that many (if not most) offices, businesses, schools, courts, etc. are closed, so far fewer people have to commute to work.

#1945 johnmd20


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

The obvious reason traffic is light on Black Friday is that many (if not most) offices, businesses, schools, courts, etc. are closed, so far fewer people have to commute to work.


Plus, the day is totally spread out, to the point where the stores open on Thursday now. Offices are closed, the day lasts 24 hours, people are sleeping off Thanksgiving and he's surprised the traffic is light? And how has he never heard of Cyber Monday? Seriously.

#1946 Ferm Sheller

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

I'd also like to toss in the fact that prior tales of tramplings, stabbings, other outrageous customer behavior, disgruntled employees, long lines, etc. have soured the masses' interest in partcipating in the (perceived) frenzy.

#1947 TheWinkleman

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:51 PM

The obvious reason traffic is light on Black Friday is that many (if not most) offices, businesses, schools, courts, etc. are closed, so far fewer people have to commute to work.

Plus, the day is totally spread out, to the point where the stores open on Thursday now. Offices are closed, the day lasts 24 hours, people are sleeping off Thanksgiving and he's surprised the traffic is light? And how has he never heard of Cyber Monday? Seriously.


Good points. I misread what he wrote, because he structured that poorly. I thought he was comparing this Black Friday to past ones. It's even dumber that he can't fathom why traffic is light then.

#1948 CoffeeNerdness

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:36 AM

"Rom com" sounds like some industry insider lingo that Peter King would regurgitate.

#1949 drleather2001


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

You've never heard the term "Rom Com" before?

Are you likewise unfamiliar with the "Sit Com"?

Edited by drleather2001, 28 November 2012 - 09:35 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

Can't figure that one out? You mention a reason in the very next sentence, dumb-ass-opotamus.


Just awesome.



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