Why Do I Continue to Read Peter King?

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QUOTE (Average Reds @ Sep 14 2009, 11:36 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2565277
Just noticed this and I have to respectfully disagree.


Well, 1) I haven't seen anyone else make that point about not being able to list him as a 3rd QB, and 2) I liked the analysis of how that could affect Reid's relationship with the Special Teams staff.

Say in some week where Vick is playing a special teamer goes down -- although the FOX announcers will mention the injury in passing as they go to commercial and never mention it again, behind the scenes the Eagles' special teams coaches will be livid, because now they're playing down 2 guys, and might have to pull a defensive starter onto the kick team for the rest of the game.

I think that's an interesting piece of info to have.

I'd also be interested to know if there's any rule about how many times a player who isn't officially listed as a QB can pass the ball. I mean, if it's really as simple as listing Vick as a WR and then never having him line up as a WR during the game, that's not really the intent of the original rule. Sort of like how, once you declare an O-Lineman eligible as a receiver on a certain play they have to sit out the next play, right?

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At the moment, NFL rules stand in the way. There's no scrimmage kick exception on the books. And as a result of arcane regulations, any lineman reporting as an eligible receiver has to sit out the next play—unless there's a break in the action, like a team time-out—before coming back in as an ineligible blocker. It's called the No Fun League for a reason.
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Also, from PK today:
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Sanchez has beaten two playoff contenders decisively -- Houston 24-7 and the Patriots by a touchdown.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writ...p#ixzz0Rkb2qEQb

Decisively? Really? Beating the Patriots by 7 on a day where they commit 11 penalties and you score 16 points is decisive?

And the QB rankings are pretty silly. Favre at #5? Ridiculous.
 

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QUOTE (dabombdig @ Sep 21 2009, 09:23 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2581081
I dont know if anyone saw Peter King's top 12 QBs of all time, but he had Farve at #5, Manning at #6, Marino at #8, and Brady at #10.

First of having Marino ranked behind Farve is a crime in my book. Farve has spent the majority of his NFL life at his worst in the biggest moments- to me that takes you out of the alltime chatter. Marino not being ranked in the top 3 is a crime.

Manning I have no beef with, I might have him a bit lower based on post season play- but I am ok with that.

Having Brady at 10 is just bad, no need to go into Brady's achievments everyone knows them. It would be hard for me to put him behind guys like Manning and Farve just based on how he has played during the biggest of moments. But to have him five places behind Farve on the all time list is just mind fucking.

But I should not be surprised this is a guy who starts each morning with starbucks, hand cream, and picture of Farve to go along with his morning wood.


I can't believe he spelled Favre "Farve."
 

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Somewhat interesting interview with Peter King in the WSJ today: link

Amusing tidbit:

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The Wall Street Journal: Have you ever worried you were getting too close to anyone as a journalist?

Mr. King: There have been a couple of times. Sometimes you'll be at like one of these golf tournaments, and sometimes there will be the opportunity to get a little bit closer and stay at some of these guys' houses, things that are probably a little bit too much. Those are the things, if I feel myself going a little bit too far, I feel myself pulling back.
 

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QUOTE (Frito Tankona @ Oct 5 2009, 03:23 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2607995
Somewhat interesting interview with Peter King in the WSJ today: link

Amusing tidbit:


Damn, that's brilliant. You think, Peter, that's it's maybe a little over the line to stay at a player's house? Just a wee bit?

"If I feel myself going a little bit too far (and I'm about to blow a load in the guy's wife), I feel myself pulling out (don't want to get her pregnant - that would be getting too close)"
 

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Interesting little tidbit in today's MMQB about Belichick and Pat Tillman:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writ...ek.4/index.html

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In the last conversation Tillman had with Bauer, he told his agent, "You won't believe the letter I got from Bill Belichick.'' In the letter, Belichick praised him for his courage, his leadership, his willingness to set an example for people in this materialistic society, and he said it was an honor to be in the same league he'd been in.

"In the letter,'' Bauer told me, "Belichick said, 'If you ever need a job when you get out of the Army, give me a call.' ''

So what would have happened if Tillman hadn't been killed? He'd have been 28 at the time of his scheduled discharge. McGinnis was fired by the Cardinals after the 2003 season, and Ferguson canned after the 2004 season in Seattle. Imagine Tillman being on the free-agent market in 2005. St. Louis pushed hard for him in 2002, before he enlisted, and likely would have been involved. Tom Coughlin was coming off a rocky 6-10 rookie season with the Giants; he loves all things military. I bet he and then-GM Ernie Accorsi would have bid for Tillman. McGinnis, the linebacker coach in Tennessee, would have tried to sell him to Jeff Fisher, as would Ferguson with his new employers, the Colts.

I don't know what team would have signed him. But the Patriots, even with Rodney Harrison, then 32, ensconced at strong safety, were not deep on the back end, with only one other solid NFL player, Eugene Wilson (let go two years later). After the Belichick letter, I bet Tillman would have walked to Foxboro and taken any role Belichick would have offered.


Also, everyone at NBC thinks the Ravens got "jobbed"? I'm not sure whether this refers to the fake FG attempt, and whether it should have been a first down or not, but I don't think that qualifies as jobbed. As for the "ticky tack" roughing the passer call -- it is what it is, Pete.
 

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Now, I know the Giants are a much better team than the Titans, but really, Peter?

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I'm not sure, but I think the 60 minutes the Saints played Sunday was the best all-around 60 minutes of football any team has played this year.


I mean, aside from the 27 points they allowed?

And then this:

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6. New York Giants (5-1). Abysmal, pathetic, awful in all ways. Also just one game, against football's best team.
 

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QUOTE (drleather2001 @ Oct 19 2009, 09:45 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2637291
Now, I know the Giants are a much better team than the Titans, but really, Peter?

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I'm not sure, but I think the 60 minutes the Saints played Sunday was the best all-around 60 minutes of football any team has played this year.


I mean, aside from the 27 points they allowed?



Yea, that comment did sort of seem out of place in a week where another game had a team winning by 59 points.
 

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QUOTE (Jody Reeds Well @ Oct 19 2009, 11:20 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2637477
Yea, that comment did sort of seem out of place in a week where another game had a team winning by 59 points.

It's more impressive to beat a pretty good 5-0 team by 20 than it is to defeat a hopeless, 0-5 team by 60.
 

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But the comment wasn't "There wasn't a more impressive win" on Sunday, it was "There was no better 60 minute game on both sides of the ball."

And that's ludicrous. The Patriots played so well on offense on Sunday that they pulled their starting QB 5 minutes into the third quarter. They played so well on defense that they held the opposition to 0 points and negative 7 yards passing. They had no turnovers, yet forced several from the opposition.

The Saints were good on offense, not as good as the Patriots. They were decidedly mediocre on defense, allowing 27 points.

Oh, and the "Titans suck" argument is already negated, because according to Peter King himself the Giants played terribly on Sunday.

My issue isn't with him picking someone over the Patriots per se, it's that he goes so overboard to praise the Saints that he doesn't make any sense.
 

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King has now used the simile "combo platter" when referring to the Minnesota Vikings (Favre, Peterson) for two weeks in a row.


EDIT: oh God.
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3. Denver (6-0). Take one young coach and one old safety. Add water, two eggs, three cups of flour, and you have yourself a championship cake.


EDIT 2: Gets worse.
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If you traverse this great land, you know the difference between gum-chewers and gum-poppers. Chewers are barely audible. Poppers somehow make a snapping sound with each chew. Know what I'm talking about? It's madness, I tell you.

On Saturday, about 30 minutes into the Boston-to-New York Acela trip, I found myself sitting in front of a gum-popper. Across the aisle in the quarter-full car were two silent Kindle readers. Behind me, with his Bose headphones silencing all the noise in the car (including his gum-chewing), was the nearly rhythmic snap-pause-snap-pause-snap of the clueless gum-popper. I had three choices: ignore it and go on with my typing, tell the guy to please stop popping, or move to the opposite end of the car.

I moved. Gum-popping, I think, is one of the truly annoying things that we just have to put up with. Like the 35 erectile-dysfunction drug commercials per Sunday.


Why the hard-on for boner commercials, Peter? Strike a nerve?
 

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Flynn Hagerty, a San Francisco native now living in London, wrote to add to the debate of whether the NFL should put an NFL franchise in England. He thinks not, as do many Brits. "There are many loyal and devoted NFL fans in Britain, some who have been fans for over a quarter-century,'' he wrote. "While ticket sales have been excellent for the International Series, many fans are traveling a considerable distance to London, and these people cannot be expected to take a Monday off work an extra seven times a year. Every game will have to be a night game for the U.S. TV market, and there will be no chance of a Sunday or Monday Night Football home game for London. There will be no local favorites, as to my knowledge no British player has ever played in the NFL aside from kickers ...

"NFL fans in the UK are savvy. Many of them may not stop supporting their original team, which might mean the difference between one or two games and season tickets. In my opinion, if the NFL put a franchise in London, it would average between 40,000-50,000 per game. That's really an astonishing number, as only eight soccer teams in the English league average more fans per game. But that will obviously not cut it in the NFL. It's a niche sport here, in many ways very similar to how the English Premier League is a niche sport in America.''



http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writ...b.week.8/4.html
 

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I know it's easy to criticize King for his love of all things Farvian, but file this in the "Awkward" folder. From today's MMQB re: Farve.
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And now, I wondered, how was the groin four hours and a lot of lost adrenalin later?

"It's throbbing right now,'' he said.
 

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Peter King:

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My heart goes out to the victims of the Fort Hood and Orlando shootings and their loved ones. Senseless, senseless incidents. I will not go quietly into the night on this one. America needs to do something about idiots with handguns. How many more Fort Hoods and Orlandos do there have to be before our political leaders have the guts to severely restrict access to murderous weapons?


Well, my thinking is if you severely restrict access to weapons, you're probably still going to let the Army have them.

Aside from that, some stuff on the upcoming Pats-Colts game.
 

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QUOTE (dwightinright @ Nov 9 2009, 02:47 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2676565
Peter King:



Well, my thinking is if you severely restrict access to weapons, you're probably still going to let the Army have them.

Aside from that, some stuff on the upcoming Pats-Colts game.


The shooter in the Fort Hood case used weapons he bought himself. Guns are supposed to be kept under lock and key even on military bases unless they're being used for a specific purpose.
 

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And, it's kind of easy for Boston resident Peter King to smugly advocate banning guns as he seems to do. The cops can get to just about anyone's residence in the city in a couple minutes. What about someone living out in more rural circumstances even here in Massachusetts? What if the cops are a solid 15 minutes or more away from reaching your home? I guess Peter just says 'Fuck you, hicks!"
 

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I haven't seen this mentioned, but in King's mid-season NFL awards piece in the magazine this week, he gives the Comeback Player of the (half) Year Award to Favre. That's got to be self parody, right?
 

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QUOTE (B H Kim @ Nov 13 2009, 01:25 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2681742
I haven't seen this mentioned, but in King's mid-season NFL awards piece in the magazine this week, he gives the Comeback Player of the (half) Year Award to Favre. That's got to be self parody, right?


Really!? That is just awful. I don't really see how it could be anyone other than Benson this year.
 

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QUOTE (B H Kim @ Nov 13 2009, 01:25 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2681742
I haven't seen this mentioned, but in King's mid-season NFL awards piece in the magazine this week, he gives the Comeback Player of the (half) Year Award to Favre. That's got to be self parody, right?


Don't get me started on that nimble-minded twit, the one whose "SI Sportsman of the Year" award a few years ago was the single worst choice for the useless recognition that the magazine has ever made. I hate Favre more than any other athlete of the past decade, maybe two, save A-Rod. The way King and the media have pandered to his every Mississippi farm-boy, tractor-riding word and smile makes me want to stab the quarterback with a pitchfork. King, too.
 

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8. Motivation in Indianapolis. This is odd, because Pats-Colts is always such a big game. But this year, why, exactly? If the Patriots lose and exit the weekend with a one-game division lead, do you doubt they'll win the AFC East? If the Colts lose and lead the AFC South by three, there's still no chance they'll lose the division. Now, each team will be beyond fired-up to play this game, because it's such a good rivalry, and Manning and Brady will go nuts if they see a teammate not treating this game like the seventh game of the World Series. But when you really think about it, this game is great for the drama and the showdown. It's not great for the significance.QUOTE



Is he nuts? Even with a relatively challenging schedule ahead of them, a Pats win would put them into position to leapfrog the Colts in the playoff rankings. A Colts win would all but preclude that possibility and would severely reduce the Pats' chances of obtaining a first round bye.

These are 2 of the best few teams in the AFC. This game could mean the difference between the warm confines of the Dome and the blustery cold/snow of the Razor in January. This game is fucking huge.

Also, he makes the statement: "This is odd, because Pats-Colts is always such a big game. But this year, why, exactly?" Peter, for fuck sakes, it's a big game this year for the very same reason(s) that it is a "always" a big game. (See above.) Why were regular season match-ups between these two teams bigger in past years?
 

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QUOTE (Ferm Sheller @ Nov 14 2009, 09:40 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2682405
Is he nuts? Even with a relatively challenging schedule ahead of them, a Pats win would put them into position to leapfrog the Colts in the playoff rankings. A Colts win would all but preclude that possibility and would severely reduce the Pats' chances of obtaining a first round bye.

These are 2 of the best few teams in the AFC. This game could mean the difference between the warm confines of the Dome and the blustery cold/snow of the Razor in January. This game is fucking huge.

Also, he makes the statement: "This is odd, because Pats-Colts is always such a big game. But this year, why, exactly?" Peter, for fuck sakes, it's a big game this year for the very same reason(s) that it is a "always" a big game. (See above.) Why were regular season match-ups between these two teams bigger in past years?



That's just awful.

Peter, ask Peyton if he wants to come to Foxboro for a playoff matchup.
 

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QUOTE (TheoShmeo @ Dec 22 2009, 08:35 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2738845
I don't like King or Favre.

But if Belichick told Brady that he wanted him to come out of a game because the opposing pass rush was too ferocious, how would you want Brady to react? I'd be floored if Brady didn't fight that.



I'm just glad my coach wouldn't come up with an idiotic idea like that in an important game that his team was winning by 1 point.
 

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Bad: Room service order-takers. If it's happened to me once this year, it's happened 10 times -- getting pushed to order things you don't want. Working in my room in New Orleans Sunday, I picked up the phone to order the following: three-egg omelet with onion and tomato, ice water, small pot of coffee, cream. The woman repeated back to me: "Three-egg omelet, onion, tomato, bottled water, coffee with cream.'' No, I said -- I want ice water. "You sure you don't want a bottle?'' was the reply. Quite sure. Thank you very much. I realize times are tough and you're trying to make extra sales, people. But stop forcing things on me that I never asked for.



Perhaps the room service taker really wanted to foist a bottle of water upon Fat Peter, but a couple of things:
1) The Order Taker has nothing to gain by doing that. The person delivering the food gets the tip, not the person on the phone.
2) If they really wanted to be sneaky, they'd just show up with a bottle of water.


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e. Those of you who travel a lot will understand why the best news of the week for me was squeezing into the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis for the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. What a gem of a hotel.


Glad you lost enough weight to do that, Peter.
 

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Holy fuck, today's article is some of the most shameful Favre-blowing I've ever seen:
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The most compelling player of the era is broken.


...and it begins.

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"Poor Breleigh,'' Brett Favre said almost inaudibly, after hugging half of his organization and getting emotional with a few fellows, mostly Sidney Rice. Breleigh's the daughter who urged him so strongly to come back last summer, and now Favre was thinking how distraught she must be. "I'm sure her heart's broken.''

Pause.

"Of course, so is mine.''


Yes Peter & Brett, we should all feel bad for Favre's daughter.

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No matter what you think of Favre -- and it's no secret I think he's the most charismatic and interesting player I've covered -- you have to admire how he bleeds in front of us. He goes out and gets the snot knocked out of him ("We were determined to hit him over and over and make him feel it,'' said none other than his old friend with the Packers, Saints safety Darren Sharper), somehow survives, then makes a throw he never should have made. And he stands there for the inquisition and answers the questions as honestly as I think a man can in these circumstances.


So, after telling us how much you want to eat his kids off of your chin, you think it's admirable that he takes bad hits, and that you don't understand why other people don't admire him? And that somehow, throwing a TERRIBLE interception is something to be admired? Or that answering questions after the game is a laudable thing? He's one of the biggest names in sports, the quarterback of a team that just lost in the NFC championship, the guy who more or less lost that game for them...HE'S SUPPOSED TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS!

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I told him I thought it was a late hit, with the lower hit a good example of why the Tom Brady rule was put in this year. . . . And it's human nature to wonder if a good referee, Peter Morelli, was inclined to let this hit pass because he'd just called the big one on the Saints.


Awww, don't wowwy, Bwett. It wasn't your fault!

Christ I hate this fat idiot.
 

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QUOTE (drleather2001 @ Jan 25 2010, 01:14 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2785894
Perhaps the room service taker really wanted to foist a bottle of water upon Fat Peter, but a couple of things:
1) The Order Taker has nothing to gain by doing that. The person delivering the food gets the tip, not the person on the phone.
2) If they really wanted to be sneaky, they'd just show up with a bottle of water.


Is this anything like reading about his daughter's field hockey team or his Starbucks trip when you are trying to read an article about football?

Does he get mad when the McDonald's worker asks if he wants friend with that?
 

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I can see it now (or, rather, I can't see it, because I'll be dead): In my obit, the second paragraph will read, "King, who worked for Sports Illustrated for more than two decades, goes to his grave widely known for writing about bad lattes, field hockey and poor hotel fitness centers.'' Uh-oh. I'm in trouble.


Thought this was pretty good for a guy who often seems oblivious to his readers.

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QUOTE (RFDA2000 @ Feb 23 2010, 08:29 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=2823505
Thought this was pretty good for a guy who often seems oblivious to his readers.

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Unless he actually takes steps to address those problems, then he's only egging himself on.
 

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The King column to me seems to fundamentally ignore the "uncapped year" that's about to trigger, even though the side receivers he's talking about are only restricted because of the uncapped year. From everything I've read, the Ravens, for example, as one of the "final eight," can't sign a free agent unless they lose someone, and even then can only offer pretty bargain deals, not $11 a year, certainly, but he's got them as a good bet to sign a wide receiver.

How can that happen? Is King implying that there will be some kind of sign-and-trade thing going on with the restricted free agents? He keeps referring to the Ravens' status as trade partners. Is that just a way of saying signing a restricted free agent is like a trade because of the compensation? Or is he going in a new direction there?

And he's just not talking about, at all, the fact that free agent signings are going to be wildly different than normal this year because of the uncertainty of what happens in 2011. He mentions the strong draft, but there may well be lots of holdouts and suppressed signing bonuses and contracts because of the implied rookie salary cap that will go into place with the next CBA.

Does all of that make these restricted free agent receivers more or less valuable? Are teams more likely to keep them because they'll only offer one year deals and then see what happens after the potential work stoppage?

King seems to usually have more depth on issues like that. He guesses at the end that Marshall will likely go somewhere for a second round pick, but that can only happen if the Broncos don't tender him the highest possible contract, right? Why would they do that? If they want to keep him, they're going to make sure if they lose him they get the first and third rounders. If they don't want to keep him, they're still going to want to get as much in return as possible right? Maybe I'm missing something there, which is likely.

It just seemed like King was leaving a lot out of the deliberation.
 

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It sucks his bro died.

But he is going to be insufferably sentimental until the next Superbowl, at least.
 

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It sucks his bro died.

But he is going to be insufferably sentimental until the next Superbowl, at least.


On the other hand, perhaps it'll put into perspective all those inane complaints about hotel coffee and the like. That's terrible to hear though, condolences to him.
 

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Stevie1der has spoken for us all, no more condolences, thoughts and prayers, hugs and handpounds or expressions of remorse for Peter King.
 

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OK, the latest MMQB has a kind of weird section describing his trip to AT&T park for Game 2 of the World Series.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/10/31/monday-morning-qb-week-8/4.html

He mentions weed 4 times. Is he a toker? The picture from his trip says yes.
 

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I think it was the opposite. To me, it seems that he didn't want to come right out and say it, but he was not happy with the smell of marijuana in San Francisco. From reading his stuff for the past few years, I would think that Peter King would literally cry if he saw a joint. The dude gets hysterical when someone has more than one glass of wine before noon.
 

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Who knows?

he's said several times (and says it again in that bit) that SF is his favorite city in the league. I can't imagine anybody loves San Francisco yet gets freaked out by pot. Not that we're all stoners, but you have to have a certain comfort level and not be freaked out by somebody whipping out a joint.
 

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What's the deal with the caps?

"He's got to warm up Feliz,'' I say. [Neftali Feliz, the trusted closer.] Nope. Ball four. Bases loaded. Eight balls, no strikes. NO ONE WARMING UP. NOT FELIZ, NOT ANYONE.

Rangers stall for time. Now comes Washington to yank Holland. In comes Lowe. Up comes Juan Uribe. He walks. FOUR WALKS IN A ROW. HAVE I EVER SEEN THAT IN A GAME BEFORE? PROBABLY, BUT NEVER IN A GAME OF THIS MAGNITUDE.
I'M SHOUTING.
 

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Who knows?

he's said several times (and says it again in that bit) that SF is his favorite city in the league. I can't imagine anybody loves San Francisco yet gets freaked out by pot. Not that we're all stoners, but you have to have a certain comfort level and not be freaked out by somebody whipping out a joint.
Yeah, but if you were really comfortable around the evil weed, do you think that you'd mention it three times in an article? It reminds me of when I was in high school and went to my first party where people were smoking pot. It was all me and my friends could talk about, "Did you know that there was pot at that party?", "I thought that I smelled pot last night?" "Can you believe that people were smoking pot?"

The reason why we jabbered on and on about this is because a. this was our first time seeing someone smoke this (and being a part of the DARE generation, assumed heroin was next) and b. were a bit scared about it (see last parenthesis). Peter King sounds like me. At 15-years-old. That's not a good thing.
 

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There's no thread for it, but I thought of this today reading the "How to improve BBTL" thread and needed to say it somewhere:

I really fucking miss Dr. Z's writing at SI. I would read his stuff every week and that was what eventually led me to dip into King's columns from time to time. I don't even go to cnnsi.com anymore without Dr. Z. Apparently (according to wikipedia) King wrote semi-recently that Dr. Z had two additional strokes and is still unable to speak, but I don't read his stuff anymore so I wouldn't have seen it.
 

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A) Under "Things I didn't Like in Week 11"
m. Another tight-end touchdown for the Patriots. That's nine now, in 10 games.
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B)
*sigh*
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I have never liked JFK Airport in New York. It's hard to get to (except at 2 a.m.) because of traffic. Its eight terminals are spread out, making connections on different airlines a royal pain. The modernization of some of the terminals (like the one with JetBlue in it) helps, but, in general, you have to allow for so much more time flying out of there that I avoid it whenever possible.

Last Wednesday, it was not possible. I spoke to SI writer Jon Wertheim's class at Princeton at 2, then attended a program of Write On Sports, the invaluable New Jersey youth writing and mentoring program run by former Associated Press editor Byron Yake, in downtown Newark at 6:30. I had a 10:30 p.m. American flight back to Boston, so I figured if I left Newark around 8:15 and returned my rental car, I should make it just fine.

Bad misjudgment.

The airport is 47 miles from downtown Newark, on the kinds of roads they must have in Kabul. Narrow, potholed, very New-Yorkish. But I pulled into the Hertz lot at 9:15. No luggage. I had 30, 35 minutes to get to Terminal 8, the American terminal. With the airport tram, which travels between terminals, it'd be easy.
Why should I feel sorry for someone who's so stupid?

1) I used to live in NYC and had to travel for business probably every other week for six years. I lived in Brooklyn, which was about equidistant to all three NYC area airports, NWK, JFK, LGA. The rule of thumb I learned the hard way was to leave 2 hours from the time I left home/work to flight time. Even with this much time, I was often only ten minutes early for a flight. I've never had to return a rental car to a NYC airport, but I would probably have tacked on an additional fifteen minutes if I had: everyone knows the rental car places are a bit of a pain in the ass, especially in older, east-coast cities. Point being: leaving from Newark to get to JFK with only 2.25, including rental drop off, is cutting it close. In other cities, that's a shitload of time, but a guy who lived in NJ for 10-20 years, like King, should fucking know better.

2) Getting from fucking Newark to JFK is a haul, through some of the worst traffic in America. You have to go through a stretch of NJ Turnpike, drive through Staten Island (which by itself can take an hour, easy, on some weekends), and then deal with the goddamned Belt Parkway out to JFK, which also can take an hour on a bad day.

3) That being said, in what fucking world does the NJT, or Belt Parkway, three or four-lane highways for most of the stretch to JFK, count as "potholed" or something from Kabul? Way to embellish the bullshit, King. "Driving on 93 from Boston to Reading is hellish, a potholed monstrosity, like something out of Baghdad during Desert Storm...So I was late, because I only gave myself 20 minutes."

4) (From later in the story, when he tries to first pay off a limo driver to ditch his paying ride (and his prime spot in front of the terminal, I might add, then gets angry at the inter-terminal bus driver for not making a special case and skipping his job duties to assist King): No sympathy. Should have left earlier, asshole.

5) Finally (I could go on): WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST RENT A NEW CAR AND DRIVE TO BOSTON, OR TAKE A FUCKING ACELA TRAIN THAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH? Nobody is forcing you to fly, fatass! Shit, even if he had just left Newark at 8:15, he could have been around Hartford by the time his 10:30 flight took off.

EDIT: Also, I find his "man of the people" schtick to be offensive bullshit. Guy flies everywhere, uses rental cars 2-3 days per week, probably has (literally) 2 or 3 million airline miles. He could probably fly for the next year on miles alone. Peter King does not have to suffer the usual rigors of travel unless he wants to. Choosing to take a "stand" and not pay the change fees (because he was late) almost seems to me like a concocted "crisis" that he puts himself into for the sole purpose of having fodder for his MMQB column. If he had half a brain, he would have flown out of Newark in the first place. I dunno. I think he just likes to complain.*

*We recognize our own.

Unreal.
 

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Peter King has Mark Sanchez in his top 5 MVP candidates.

Over Peyton Manning.
It must be because of Sanchez' impressive mental powers, whereby he subliminally commands the teams the Jets are playing to fucking implode in the final two minutes. That Houston performance in the final 55 seconds yesterday was some of the least impressive defensive football I've ever seen in my life.

Why was that cornerback peeking into the backfield? Why? Was he worried about the draw play?