Why Do I Continue to Read Peter King?

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You're not supposed to like the cover. What's going on is a problem.

This is why we get different covers of the magazine, isn't it?
 

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Seeing as I travel quite a bit, though I don't have a lot of nerdy travel needs,
Ho HO! REALLY?! I seem to recall a near-weekly rant about coffee quality in hotels, and one recent instance of complaining about the proximity of affordable parking in the Copley Place Westin.

... a few things are important. Take hotels. If I'm in a small city, such as on my training camp tour, convenience
is king. If the Red Roof Inn is closest and cuts down travel time, book it. But
on regular trips during the season or covering games, I like hotels in city
centers.
"I'm not particular. If I'm in a city that doesn't really have a super fancy hotel, then I don't have to stay in one. But if the city is big enough to have nice hotels, then I want to stay in one."

My hotel preferences: I like quiet. I like high floors. I love good views. I like good coffee in the lobby, or a Starbucks or Peet's on the same block. I like good food, and convenient good food, close by. I like to be able to walk where I'm going.
"My hotel preferences: I like big, expensive, hotels, downtown, near expensive restaurants."

This is why I'll take the Westin Copley Place anytime, over most hotels in the country
"This is why I like to stay in one of the most expensive hotels in one of the most expensive cities in the nation."

I was there Friday night. And it met most every requirement: 28th floor, view of Back Bay and the Charles River and Cambridge, quiet, Starbucks just off the lobby, Legal Seafood in the adjoining mall (the biodome, my kids used to call it, because you never had to walk outside), and my walk to Fenway Park took just 24 minutes. And did I mention quiet?
"I can afford to stay there, eat at overpriced Legal Seafoods, drink overpriced coffee, and catch a game at Fenway. There's really no point to this story except to brag about my charmed life. In these troubled economic times, if you have $1,000 to blow this coming weekend, I recommend it."
Irsay, a buddy of Neil Young's, was obviously referring to one of Young's unfamous efforts, T-Bone. But he didn't have the words to this gem exactly right. The first stanza, taken from mp3lyrics.org:
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Ain't got no T-bone
Ain't got no T-bone

It gets a lot better from there. Here's the second stanza:
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Got mashed potatoes
Ain't got no T-bone
Hey Peter King, did you know that Neil Young wrote that song while teaching his son, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, how to crawl? And that the lyrics are almost certainly a reference to Young's frustration that, despite all of his material success ("mashed potatoes") , his life felt fundamentally empty because he had fathered multiple children with severe disabilities, and was wracked with frustration and self-loathing over the most important thing in his life ("ain't got no T-bone")?

I know, there's no way you could have known this, Peter King, because you listen to shit like Coldplay. So just shut the fuck up. A man who posts jokes about Siri and Starbucks every week for a living has no place making fun of Neil Young. You are such a fat piece of shit, I can hardly stand it.
 

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Ho HO! REALLY?!

<<snip>>

You are such a fat piece of shit, I can hardly stand it.
I literally snorted with glee while reading this post. Well done! Doc Leather's weekly eviscerations of Peter King are FJM-level awesome. Seriously, thank you for taking the time and effort to crank these out. Bravo! :bravo:
 

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24 minutes to walk from the Westin to Fenway? Really?
Maybe not his fat ass, but one definitely could. What's awesome though is that we can almost guarantee that King has never made the walk himself. He quoted the 24 minutes directly from Google Maps.

 

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Ok, I've settled down a little.


I taped some segments of the USA Network show "Necessary Roughness'' the other day in Stamford, Conn. And no, I did not quit my day job. I play myself, working for NBC, reporting on the New York Hawks around the time of the league draft. Real TV's harder. Real TV is when the script isn't written for you
"My job is so hard."

Oh, and thanks for letting me know what "real tv" is, fuck face. Question: what if a person writes their own script? Is that real tv? Or fake tv?

Devils-Rangers, for a lot of marbles. Palms are already sweaty.
Why? Weren't you openly rooting for the Canucks a few months ago?

Maybe it's just a glandular problem.

Love the fact that the NHL comes down to the new Southwest (Phoenix versus L.A.) against the old Northeast (New York-New Jersey). Put me down for the Kings and Devils. Meet the new boss (Quick) ... same as the old boss (Brodeur)
How much does anyone want to bet that King doesn't know that A) Los Angeles has had a team since 1966; and B) The Devils have only been in New Jersey since 1982, after hopping from Kansas City to Colorado.

Or is he just commenting that he loves that teams from the Western Conference are from "the west" and teams from the Eastern Conference are from "the east"? He does know that's deliberate, right?

Celtics seem like they're being held together by baling wire.
k. But I hope the passionate Kevin Garnett plays until he's 63.
l. I would pay to see Rajon Rondo and four high school kids play. Still can't believe Danny Ainge was thinking about trading him. Excellent question from David Aldridge on the court after the Celtics' Game 1 win Saturday night, about how the grind of the playoffs may wear down an older team like Boston. "We'll be fine,'' Rondo said. "Look at us,'' and he walked away
"The Celtics look shitty!"
"Except for these two awesome players."
"The Celtics are awesome. I can't believe Danny Ainge was considering making a trade to improve them!"

First reaction to stories of LeBron James winning his third MVP: I know the MVP's an important award in every sport, and congrats to James for winning a third. But until he wins a title, I'm not saying his MVPs are meaningless awards, but since Magic and Bird and later Jordan, NBA megastars are measured by titles, not MVPs.
"Until LeBron wins a title, I'm not going to say that MVPs are meaningless awards. But they are pretty meaningless"

Love the nickname given Dustin Pedroia by the Globe's Pete Abraham: Scrappy McScraperson
A joke made by Pete Abe...PETER ABRAHAM...flies over King's head.

Not a big fan of the Time cover, as I said on Twitter. Big fan of breast-feeding. In private.
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Maybe not his fat ass, but one definitely could. What's awesome though is that we can almost guarantee that King has never made the walk himself. He quoted the 24 minutes directly from Google Maps.
Yeah, I meant that I was having a hard time believing it would take that long. I live right around the corner. 15 minutes tops. Certainly no longer than 20 if you're a slow walker.
 

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Ok, I've settled down a little.




"My job is so hard."

Oh, and thanks for letting me know what "real tv" is, fuck face. Question: what if a person writes their own script? Is that real tv? Or fake tv?



Why? Weren't you openly rooting for the Canucks a few months ago?

Maybe it's just a glandular problem.



How much does anyone want to bet that King doesn't know that A) Los Angeles has had a team since 1966; and B) The Devils have only been in New Jersey since 1982, after hopping from Kansas City to Colorado.

Or is he just commenting that he loves that teams from the Western Conference are from "the west" and teams from the Eastern Conference are from "the east"? He does know that's deliberate, right?



"The Celtics look shitty!"
"Except for these two awesome players."
"The Celtics are awesome. I can't believe Danny Ainge was considering making a trade to improve them!"



"Until LeBron wins a title, I'm not going to say that MVPs are meaningless awards. But they are pretty meaningless"



A joke made by Pete Abe...PETER ABRAHAM...flies over King's head.



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Peter, Thanks for your input - I'll pass it along to my wife who is currently breastfeeding our newborn.
 

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Yeah, I meant that I was having a hard time believing it would take that long. I live right around the corner. 15 minutes tops. Certainly no longer than 20 if you're a slow walker.
I'm a pretty quick walker, and live blocks from Fenway, and a block from that Westin, and I don't walk to work in the morning because it takes 20 minutes or so, and I hate waking early. The walk home at night takes around 20, so I can see it.
 

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As always, KSKs approach on the same article: http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2012/05/peter-king-is-a-big-fan-of-breastfeeding.html
 

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No need to try to venture onto Dr. Leather's turf, but the part that got me the most today was his first paragraph:

Different column this week, stretching from Foxboro (Tom Brady) to San Diego out West (Dan Fouts), from an unhappy Dolfan in the Southeast (Daniel Tosh) to Russell Wilson in the Land of Opportunity in the Northwest (Seattle), from a hotel in Oakland to a bar in D.C., from a hockey rink in New York to the busiest building in North America (Staples Center in Los Angeles) ... well, let's just get on with it.
Why is this a "different column"? Doesn't he spend each week covering the NFL from outpost to outpost?
 

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First reaction to stories of LeBron James winning his third MVP: I know the MVP's an important award in every sport, and congrats to James for winning a third. But until he wins a title, I'm not saying his MVPs are meaningless awards, but since Magic and Bird and later Jordan, NBA megastars are measured by titles, not MVPs.
I absolutely love this. He writes it as if it hasn't already been said by literally EVERYBODY ELSE.
 

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No need to try to venture onto Dr. Leather's turf, but the part that got me the most today was his first paragraph:



Why is this a "different column"? Doesn't he spend each week covering the NFL from outpost to outpost?
It's literally not the same as every other column.
 

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I absolutely love this. He writes it as if it hasn't already been said by literally EVERYBODY ELSE.
Yep.

And then he does the opposite...argues against something that no one has said (that Randy Moss won't be the 2007 Moss, or whatever).
 

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How funny is this:

He was named National Sportswriter of the Year for 2010. Peter also was the guest speaker during the 2001 Somers High School Graduation Ceremony. He followed David Acker, and gave an inspired speech that included numerous stories of Brett Favre's trials and tribulations
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Leather, I am not one to tell anyone what to do; but if you don't have anything to say about King's latest opus, then you may have to leave your throne. Holy shit was this column a piece of crap.
 

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Three things I think I think:

I can't believe that Hobart thought it was a good idea to have Savannah Guthrie give a commencement address. I figured she must have gone there. Nope.

King doesn't spend enough time in airport lounges if he is new to the free drink/premium drink thing.

The most depressing in-flight movie in the history of in-flight movies is Up in the Air.
 

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I walked the crosswalk of Abbey Road Saturday evening (the ZEB-ra, short "e" crossing)
Oh. You're in London, visiting the famous Beatles studio. That famous album cover, with the Beatles (the most famous band in the world, probably ever) crossing the road. To their studio. On Abbey Road. Yea.

the one made famous by the Beatles album cover of my youth
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OH THANK GOD you clarified which one you were talking about. Also, note that King doesn't mention anything about the actual album, or the Beatles, because he listens to shitty music. Beatles Schmeatles.


What a concept ... appreciating good play from the opposition.
You know what, Peter? Fuck you. Way to condescend to your own fucking audience and countrymen. You love Cricket so fucking much, just stay there. Then tell me how you like soccer hooligans.

I'll always remember Smith as a player who practiced like it was a game, and played every game like it was his last.
I'll always think of Smith with platitudes and cliches.

How many coaches read that and say, "Why didn't WE sign Rod Smith out of Missouri Southern in 1994?"
A) I'm not sure any coach read that.
B) Not many coaches are left from 1994.
C) No coach that read that and regretted not drafting Smith in 1994 did so because of that speech.

Neil bought us tickets to the hospitality tent, where lunch was served. Cerviche of halibut, it was called (cold fish),
Does PK always explain, redundantly, what an article of food is made of?

"The other day I had chili with beans (meat and beans in a tomato-based soup, served hot with beans)..."
"I had a lunch of grilled cheese the other day (bread, toasted, served with cheese)..."
 

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with seared chicken breast and French wine. Would Jerry Jones serve Cerviche of halibut at Jerryworld?
Who the fuck cares?


"You come to a test match,'' he said, "and it's not always exciting. So you turn to the guy you've come with, or the people around you, and you talk. The conversation takes over. It's great. You relax, you have a beer, you talk, and then something exciting happens and it's back to cricket. It's a great dynamic.''
In America, we have this game called "Baseball" where something very similar happens.

A few minutes later, a guy a few rows ahead of us announced, "It's my birthday!'' He passed a happy-birthday plate of Victoria Sandwich -- an English sponge cake -- around. I got the little piece with the "H'' on it, and passed it to the stranger next to me
This is the most exciting part of his cricket story, which is like 456,543 words long. Holy shit.

"We watched cricket. It was kind of boring, but let me tell you, it wasn't that boring. There was no distractions, everyone watched the game! Meanwhile, there were some great distractions like cake, and playing cricket in the lobby, and getting a beer, and talking to my buddies....".

So we waited as Beatles nerd after Beatles nerd did their best John-Ringo-Paul-George imitation. Too young to know what I'm talking about? Google "Abbey Road album cover.'' You'll see why 54-year-old men get really excited to see a silly crosswalk
"NERDS!!!!"

I dunno Peter, merely crossing a street in London sounds infinitely more interesting than your so, so, boring piece about how cricket is so, so, not boring.

Then follows a long page of re-quoted commencement speeches.

To be clear, King has now devoted about 40% of his column, ostensibly about football, to 1) The sights and sounds of a cricket match; and 2) Commencement speeches made by random celebrities.

What. The. Fuck. I mean, seriously. Why do you devote 2 pages to this shit? How about we start with the commencement speech fetish. I mean, what, does PK fucking sit around and read every commencement speech in the country?

Why did I want to share these? I'm not sure
Appalling.

"Readers, I know you value me for football information, but I just wanted to waste 20 minutes of your morning reading simplistic crap that has nothing to do with you unless you are a recent college grad...and given that I feel the need to explain the significance of Abbey Road, most of you presumably aren't. Why am I wasting your time? Well...I'm not sure."

One of the biggest thrills of my life was being asked to give the 2008 Ohio University commencement address (that's my alma mater).
Oh. Ok. I see. PK just wanted to point out that HE is important enough to have merited giving a commencement speech once upon a time.

The more and more I read these, the clearer it gets: MMQB has nothing to do with football, it has to do with Peter King's Life, of which football happens to play a part. This column should be retitled "Mondays with Peter".

If you liked the passages, great. If not, I understand; this is a football column, not The Chronicle of Higher Education. But this is who I am, which I guess, if you've been reading this column for a while, you understand. Thanks for indulging me
"If you like this shit, wonderful! If not, well, I guess you think this is a football column, so you might think I'm being a trite asshole for posting this inane, sappy, shit. But you know what? You were wrong. This is Peter King's column, emphasis on Peter and King. So if you don't like it, fuck off. There's some football on page 1 (of 5), go read that if you want football."
 

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Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me I
Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel and his wife have an apartment in Manhattan.
Nothing earth-shattering about it. I just never figured Crennel as the Manhattan-during-his-downtime type. But good for him. It's a great place
So, why does Peter King think it's odd that Crennel lives in Manhattan? Is it because he's older?

Either this is some sort of "inside scoop" thing where you "really gotta know Romeo!" to get it, in which case this is pointless because we readers have no way of knowing Romeo Crennel's personality, or it's just that Peter King thinks he's cool enough to live in NYC, but Romeo isn't.

I'm just going to go ahead and presume that King is racist.

Wait...didn't Romeo Crennel come from the Parcells/Belichick coaching tree? And didn't that tree take root for the New York Giants? Who...OH MY GOD...play a few miles outside of Manhattan?!

From Wikipedia:
"After spending two seasons as an assistant with the New York Giants, Crennel became the special teams coach for seven seasons (1983&ndash;1989) and the defensive line coach for three seasons (1990&ndash;1992)."

I GUESS HE DID! If only Peter King had some sort of ken for things related to football, he might have known this.

"Love the families that hoot and holler at graduations like somebody just got asked to "Come on down" on The Price Is Right. #UVA''
-- @dandalyonsports, Washington Times columnist and proud University of Virginia grad dad, Sunday, tweeting from Charlottesville.
Agreed. Always thought the hooting and hollering was a bit overdone -- if not gauche.
You know what, Peter King? I get riled up when you tell me how to be a fan (a status/passtime which indirectly pays your fat ass, by the way). But now you're going to tell me (and everyone else) how to celebrate their child graduating from college? Seriously?

What a fucking asshole.

I think the end of the line of Junior Seau's popular restaurant in San Diego -- and the downfall of his other restaurant interests in southern California recently -- leads me to ask this question: How much of a factor was financial trouble or financial pressure in Seau's suicide? Not that I know anything, but I now think the question has to be asked.
ATTENTION! EVERYONE! PETER KING MAY HAVE CRACKED THE CASE OF JUNIOR SEAU'S TRAGIC DEATH! HAS ANYONE LOOKED AT HIS FINANCES?!

Thanks, Peter. The authorities, family, and fiduciaries who's job and/or relationships require them to look into exactly that sort of thing would have missed this key piece of the puzzle. Hey, just a thought: Do you think he might have had any personal relationship problems that might have been a factor? Crazy, I know, but just throwing it out there. I'm not a fucking psychologist or nuthin.
 

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Well done sir, well done.

The thing that I found most amusing was the two times where King wouldn't explain the rules of cricket ("It's too long to tell you, I'd end up spending two pages on it", "It would take me forever.") which leads me to believe that he has no clue as to what the game is about. Which is fine, completely fine because from what I understand it is an incredibly complicated game to figure out the first few times you watch it.

The least he could have done is admit the truth. It may humanize him a bit. And I think that's what's so frustrating about King (appropriate surname, BTW) is that he has these adventures that only certain people could afford but paints them in such a way that they're all everyday occurrences. And while he may think that this lowers him to the rank and file populous that read his tripe, it actually does the opposite. It lends an air of superiority that he doesn't posses, which leads people into thinking that he's an out-of-touch clod.

"Cricket? Don't worry your simple head about the rules of the game, let me describe to you what I was doing!"
"Oh, BTW W Hotel, you might think about blackout curtains on the penthouse, it gets pretty bright in your rooms at sunrise!"
"The Acela train is the only way to go. I just wish that they'd change the coffee grinds more than four times and hour and better enforce the no talking rules on the silent cars!"
 

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I think I have only one piece of advice for the Wilfs, in the wake of the news about the new Vikings stadium being approved and on schedule to open in 2016, and as it concerns whether to fork out the extra dough to cap the place with a retractable roof rather than a permanent one: Do it. Bite the bullet. You'll never regret it, especially on beautiful autumn October Sundays when it's cloudless and 48 degrees outside. And one other piece of advice: Make sure Christian Ponder, or whoever the quarterback in 2016 is, isn't one of those indoor-loving guys who will want the roof closed all the time. No reason for it on nice days.
"Hey everybody, one piece of advice: fuck your finances. Get the nicest thing possible. Who cares if you have to pay it off for the next ten years, or pass on the cost to your kids: GO FOR THE GUSTO! At least twice a year, you'll be glad you did. The other 363 days? Well....fuck it, right? You only live once!"

Oh, and hey, Peter, as a resident of Minnesota and someone who would like to go see a Vikes game without ticket prices being ridiculously expensive: Fuck You. Are you gonna shell out the extra 20% that roof would tack on to my ticket?

a. Most depressing in-flight movie in the history of in-flight movies: Young Adult, with Charlize Theron. You're too good to play cheesy and creepy, Charlize -- especially when the script drags and the story's lousy. Sheesh.
You know what's funny? "Young Adult" is a comedy. I saw it, it kind of sucked, but it wasn't depressing. I don't think PK understands movies. Or humor. At all.

b. Love the British papers. Saturday's edition of The Times featured a long dispatch from Australia focusing on the Southern hairy-nosed wombat being endangered because of the potato weed, a noxious plant that damages the wombats' livers. Not many other papers covering the decline of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat.
Um. Actually....

http://www.myfoxdc.c...n-foreign-grass

http://www.abc.net.a...?site=newcastle

http://www.straitsti...ory_799133.html

I mean, I know PK just wanted to say 'hairy nosed wombat" because, like the mental midget he is, he thinks it's fun to say silly-sounding words that are only silly-sounding because your only knowlege of a particular culture is from a movie like "Crocodile Dundee."

Still, that's not enough for PK. PK effectively ridicules Australia for having a problem with an indiginous animal, and also ridicules the British paper for covering it (on a side note, does PK know that Australia was settled by the British? Honestly, I'd like to know). Using your own ignorance as a crutch for comedy is a refuge of the stupid. Not to mention, if an animal species that was indigenous to, and uniquely associated with, the United States (say, the moose, or rattlesnake) was suddenly dying, en masse, in a grotesque manner from unclear causes, it would be a fucking story. The fact that Peter King doesn't make this connection is just so fucking typical it makes my head hurt. Here's his logic "[reads article about thousands of wombats dying horrifically, largely to scientists' concern and confusion] HOO HOO! Wombat! What a funny little word. Oh gosh. What's a wombat!? I dunno. Who knows? Nobody! Wow. Those silly Australians. Jeez."

Anyway, meanwhile a major American news entity (CNN) has a guy running around posting information about a game played in England, and also quoting random people with funny names like Christopher "Douglas'' Bruno.

Not many other major news companies quoting Christopher "Douglas" Bruno, AMIRITE?


l. Mike Aviles, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Keepers of the Sox flame.

Ugh.
 

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Just wanted to add that a lot if the things he said about Test cricket are true - the fun part is your great day w the people around you... And everyone does bring food for the group of randoms like cakes and cheeses etc.

Also it's not that hard to have explained to you, especially if you're already a baseball enthusiast. But it's pretty hard to explain without a game going in in front if you.

Still should have been a paragraph only.
 

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I'm a pretty quick walker, and live blocks from Fenway, and a block from that Westin, and I don't walk to work in the morning because it takes 20 minutes or so, and I hate waking early. The walk home at night takes around 20, so I can see it.
Just to drag this thread off course...

You don't walk to work because it's a 20 minute walk? How the fuck do you get there?
 

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I love reading leather's breakdowns every week. And I'm pretty sure it's ceviche, not cerviche, which King says at least twice.
 

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Too young to know what I'm talking about? Google "Abbey Road album cover.'' You'll see why 54-year-old men get really excited to see a silly crosswalk
How fucking out of touch does he think his readers are?
 

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"Love the families that hoot and holler at graduations like somebody just got asked to "Come on down" on The Price Is Right. #UVA''
-- @dandalyonsports, Washington Times columnist and proud University of Virginia grad dad, Sunday, tweeting from Charlottesville.
Agreed. Always thought the hooting and hollering was a bit overdone -- if not gauche.

You know what, Peter King? I get riled up when you tell me how to be a fan (a status/passtime which indirectly pays your fat ass, by the way). But now you're going to tell me (and everyone else) how to celebrate their child graduating from college? Seriously?

What a fucking asshole.
I literally came here to comment on this quote. What a self-serving, thoughtless, world-blind idiot. He covers a game for a living, one in which adults sit in the stands and go absolutely berserk hundreds of times per game to cheer or deride complete and utter strangers.

Cheering because a stranger did something in a game? Great!
Cheering one of proudest moments in your son, daughter, sister or brother's life? SHUDDUP EN SIDDOWN!

Indeed, this smacks of the kind of classism and snobbery that rich people are so prone to. Why bother cheering when your kid graduates college? Obviously both of their parents must have done the same, and the people cheering must have started talking to financial advisors about their college planning funds from birth? Right? Right? Everyone is rich and white and grew up in northern New Jersey, right?

Good lord, doesn't he WANT to live in a society that celebrates academic fucking achievement?
 

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I literally came here to comment on this quote. What a self-serving, thoughtless, world-blind idiot. He covers a game for a living, one in which adults sit in the stands and go absolutely berserk hundreds of times per game to cheer or deride complete and utter strangers.

Cheering because a stranger did something in a game? Great!
Cheering one of proudest moments in your son, daughter, sister or brother's life? SHUDDUP EN SIDDOWN!

Indeed, this smacks of the kind of classism and snobbery that rich people are so prone to. Why bother cheering when your kid graduates college? Obviously both of their parents must have done the same, and the people cheering must have started talking to financial advisors about their college planning funds from birth? Right? Right? Everyone is rich and white and grew up in northern New Jersey, right?

Good lord, doesn't he WANT to live in a society that celebrates academic fucking achievement?
Dude, come on, get real. Its gauche!

This and the dumping on the cold person on the plane that wanted a blanket are currently my PK all time faves.

edit--the mere suggestion that there are people familiar with him and not the Beatles isn't too shabby on the comedy front either
 

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Interviewer: "Peter King, what about The Beatles? Would you care to clarify your comments regarding The Beatles in your latest MMQB?"

King: "Well, you know, I'm bigger than The Beatles now."

Commence with the burning of MMQB printouts.

Dynomite really hit the cheering-at-graduation thing on the head. What I immediately though of, after reading that, was that during my law school graduation, the loudest family cheer, by far, was for my Sioux classmate who graduated. The reason being: most of her family and friends from the previous generation hadn't even graduated high school (and she herself had only gotten a GED) and the fact that their daughter/niece/cousin was graduating law school was a real symbolic victory for the whole family, and by extension their entire Indian community. It was sweet, and kind of amazing to behold, and probably the only time I felt happy to be sitting in a sweltering auditorium, horribly hungover, at 10 AM on a Saturday.

So, remembering that, I imagine a fat Peter King sitting next to them, with a sour puss on, because...because why, exactly? Because they aren't cheering for him, I guess.

EDIT: I mean, THINK ABOUT WHAT HE'S SAYING: that it's more important not to annoy the parents of the other kids in the stands, than it is for parents to support their own kid for graduating.
 

Smiling Joe Hesketh

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I literally came here to comment on this quote. What a self-serving, thoughtless, world-blind idiot. He covers a game for a living, one in which adults sit in the stands and go absolutely berserk hundreds of times per game to cheer or deride complete and utter strangers.

Cheering because a stranger did something in a game? Great!
Cheering one of proudest moments in your son, daughter, sister or brother's life? SHUDDUP EN SIDDOWN!

Indeed, this smacks of the kind of classism and snobbery that rich people are so prone to. Why bother cheering when your kid graduates college? Obviously both of their parents must have done the same, and the people cheering must have started talking to financial advisors about their college planning funds from birth? Right? Right? Everyone is rich and white and grew up in northern New Jersey, right?

Good lord, doesn't he WANT to live in a society that celebrates academic fucking achievement?
This is the same man who put a note in his column every week, a column read by millions of people, about how his daughter's high school softball team was doing. Every single fucking week. CHEER MY SPAWN, AMERICA.
 

Toe Nash

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I love reading leather's breakdowns every week. And I'm pretty sure it's ceviche, not cerviche, which King says at least twice.
Yes, it's ceviche. Also describing it as "cold fish" is not doing it justice and kind of just wrong. Sushi is cold fish. Ceviche is marinated in citrus and so the acidity "cooks" the fish. Technically it's "cold fish" but describing it that way (and spelling it wrong) just reveals that he didn't really pay attention to like, what he was eating. Or spend 5 seconds looking it up.
 

Leather

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How much do you want to bet he thinks "cerviche" is traditional British fare?
 

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"If you're one of those folks who just pulled out of a coma dating somewhere pre-1964, your first act of cognition to grab a laptop and read the first thing you stumble on--my columns!!--and are therefore confused at my Beatles reference, go ahead and check them out after you finish the column. They're pretty hip, and when you hear all the fuss pretty soon thereafter, tell 'em PK sent ya."

 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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This and the dumping on the cold person on the plane that wanted a blanket are currently my PK all time faves.
You forgot about the time where he bragged about stealing a foul ball from a kid at a Spring Training game.
 

Leather

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I still love that he said that Coldplay's "Clocks" was one of the greatest songs ever.

EVER!