They have a live webcam on it. Was he there this past Saturday? They have stills of folks crossing on the site; I suppose the possibility of his being one is pretty slim.I read in the KSK version of Monday Morning QB that that's not even the original crosswalk. It was moved 30 feet a few years back, so fat Pete is walking in a normal crosswalk acting like an asshole.
Can anybody make sense of this? the Cardinals needed a more accurate passer...so they drafted another wideout?Biggest reason why the Arizona Cardinals picked wide receiver Michael Floyd in the first round last month? The numbers say it all. If you're going to employ Larry Fitzgerald, and you're going to pay him ($16 million per year) like he's the best receiver in football, you had best not put him out on an island with inaccurate passers.
Not that Floyd is going to fix the accuracy issues. But he should deflect some of the attention from Fitzgerald so the quarterback -- whoever it is -- can have a better chance to play well.
these numbers tell me that Kevin Kolb and Derek Anderson are not as accurate as Kurt Warner. I'm not really sure how that means the Cardinals need another receiver, but those numbers say "it all" :blink:In 2009, Kurt Warner's last season in the league, he completed 66 percent of his throws. And Fitzgerald caught 97 of the 153 balls thrown his way -- 63.4 percent of the balls thrown his way.
In 2010 and 2011, Arizona quarterbacks have been last, collectively, in football, completing 53.3 percent of their throws. Over those two years, Fitzgerald has caught 52.0 percent of the passes thrown his way. If you don't think there's a direct correlation between Fitzgerald's receiving percentage plummeting since Warner left, you haven't been watching the Cardinals play.
Wait though...isn't the first tweet saying that's it's pretty cool that people are cheering? Am I missing some implied sarcasm in it? There's nothing in it to make me think he's being sarcastic, some word that tips you off he really doesn't like it..."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.
Yeah, but on my admittedly quick read I thought Daly was actually saying he enjoys it--it's loud and whatever, but hell, you're happy your kid should be on his or her way to self-sufficiency. I know this site is a bit biased against the PIR thoughDan Daly is the one who's comparing the hooting and hollering at a graduation ceremony to the audience of the PiR. And it's not a favorable comparison. King is agreeing with Daly's assessment and finds the whole thing gauche.
I read it like you, Drew, but I suppose it's open for interpretation. None of his other tweets that day added much context whether he found it bothersome or not.Yeah, but on my admittedly quick read I thought Daly was actually saying he enjoys it--it's loud and whatever, but hell, you're happy your kid should be on his or her way to self-sufficiency. I know this site is a bit biased against the PIR though
I figured he compared it to PIR because there's a name called and cheering, like at graduation--not because he found it annoying.
As I said, I am fully cognizant I may have read it wrong.
I don't walk to work because I get an extra 10 minutes to get ready in the morning if I just take the bus that takes me along the same path. I don't particularly enjoy mornings, so I avoid them as much as possible.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?
We had a similar thing happen at my graduation where one of the girls was like 7th generation dirt farmer from Arkansas and nobody in her family had ever graduated from high school before let alone a NESCAC school and pretty much every known relative saved to make the trip up to Massachusetts and they just erupted when she got her diploma. I don't even remember the name of the girl, but I still get chills thinking about it.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.
Awesome.I read in the KSK version of Monday Morning QB that that's not even the original crosswalk. It was moved 30 feet a few years back, so fat Pete is walking in a normal crosswalk acting like an asshole.
If it's in first class maybe. Because that's where there are such expectations of decency. But why would anyone in coach expect civility? Don't they know that's a first class kind of thing?The problem is that if things aren't laid out right in front of him, he's incredibly thick. And while he's at least a selectively compassionate dude, he's not empathetic at all. He makes no effort to relate any of his own experiences to others, except to generate sympathy for himself. It's never the inverse. So, something as insignificant as a loud cell-phone talker will drive him bats, and he'll publicly flog the person for it, without considering the (I'm sure) myriad times he's done exactly the same thing. Likewise, he makes no effort to remember what his life was like before he became big-dick-swining-NFL guy, so never considers how others might react to his "let them stay at the Hyatt/Have a retractable dome", Mary Antoinette-esque comments.
But sometimes, the curtain isn't pulled all the way, and the proletariat stench practically oozes into my seat, and WHERE do they GET these god damned flight attendants anyway?If it's in first class maybe. Because that's where there are such expectations of decency. But why would anyone in coach expect civility? Don't they know that's a first class kind of thing?
drleather, agreed. In retrospect, it was simply an awkward and poor choice of words--not doubting his compassion.Yea, I can't get too bent out of shape on that one. His heart is more or less in the right general vacinity, even if the wording is a little odd. King does link to a fair number of charities, and I have no doubt that he's a compassionate guy when things are laid out in an obvious fashion right in front of him ("Oh, little kids? Crippled for life? How terrible!").
I only saw it through this snippet, but I can get bent out of shape by it.I can't believe that nobody has commented on this gem:
"6. I think the person who has any association with the NFL today who I feel most sorry for is Brian Price, the promising young Tampa Bay defensive lineman. After losing two brothers to gang violence in Los Angeles while growing up, Price saw the car driven by his sister Bridget (a mentor to him) get smashed by a hit-and-run driver, then hit by two more cars, killing her and leaving his two nephews without a parent. What a tragedy. Good luck to Price picking up the pieces."
Good luck picking up the pieces? WTF? Did he break a vase? Have a business deal go south? A crappy week at work? Cripes, he writes that and the best he can come up with is good luck? UGH! And I didn't realize that you need to qualify people you feel sympathy for, as in those associated with the NFL, or crappy senior NFL columnists at SI.com.
"His coach looked at the big picture, and decided that he liked the other guy better, so he signed the other guy instead."I give Winslow tremendous credit over the last three years in Tampa Bay. When he was dealt from Cleveland, I was convinced he'd end up missing big chunks of time because of his injury history. He didn't. Winslow was a plus for the Bucs, and he played well. But I just think Schiano looked at everything -- his contract, his occasional churlishness, and how he (Schiano) knew he'd be coaching this team -- and decided he'd like the alternative of Clark over Winslow
"Well, Jo...Let me tell you, I'm pretty qualified too: I've been to a few of these ceremonies, going back to MIDDLE SCHOOL, and I don't like it. And you know what? I can't tell you why. I flat out admit it. I JUST. DON'T. KNOW. WHY. I. HATE. IT.HOLLER ALL YOU WANT AT GRADUATION, SAYS THIS TEACHER. "About whooping and hollering at commencement; I've taught college for 30 years and read the names at our commencement, and (unless it's the people with the airhorns) I say, 'Let them celebrate!' A number of our students are first-generation college graduates, and it took all those parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents in the stands to get the student to and through college, and that student's success stands for the dreams and aspiration and work ethic of the entire family. Let them enjoy the moment, as long as they don't drown out someone else's celebration.''
-- Jo Koster, Rock Hill, S.C.
Thanks, Jo. I guess I've been to a few of these ceremonies -- going back to middle school in New Jersey -- and I don't know why, but I grit my teeth at parents losing their minds. Not my cup of tea. But I trust you to have a more qualified opinion on this than I, having been in the field for a long time and seeing the accomplishments of so many.
Jake: "Please fucking print my letter. I'll suck your dick!"NICE WORDS FROM JAKE. "Thank you for including the thought-provoking and motivating commencement material. MMQB has long departed from being just a football article. I think that's a large reason so many are devoted to reading. Our days are choices, character and life lessons, how we interact with each other ... etc. Football just happens to be the medium used here. I appreciate you looking out for your readers, whoever and wherever they are, with intelligent, rounded journalism. I looked up Ted Koppel's full address and posted it on Facebook, by the way.''
-- Jake, Waldorf, Md.
I really appreciate that, Jake. The column is a labor of love. Thanks so much for reading.
College professors are deep thinkers? Since when?Why would being a college professor make his opinion more qualified? I mean, he's probably given it more thought, but do you need to be a college professor to know that a lot of the graduates have, like, accomplishments and have overcome diversity and stuff?
And can you imagine being Jake's Facebook friend and having to see all of his Peter King links on your newsfeed?People like Jake are why we're going to get more Beernerdness, Starbuckery, King Family Vacation Tales and Mike McGuire Stories of Adventure. Oh yeah and random players on the Sox who are keeping lit the torch of the Boston American League franchise.
I would assume he's been to, and participated in more college commencements than your average Peter King. I would also assume that he has taught and advised first generation college graduates, which your average Peter King has no experience with.Why would being a college professor make his opinion more qualified? I mean, he's probably given it more thought, but do you need to be a college professor to know that a lot of the graduates have, like, accomplishments and have overcome diversity and stuff?
I agree with this. What I mean is, is this experience necessary to know that some schools graduate first generation college graduates? And that for many of them, that's a big deal?
I'm operating on the assumption that everybody knows this. Given that everyone knows that, it comes off as kind of douchey to me--and that's giving him the benefit of the doubt that he's not a total asshat and it never occurred to him that this might be an amazing culmination of achievement for some.
Did you mean adversity?Why would being a college professor make his opinion more qualified? I mean, he's probably given it more thought, but do you need to be a college professor to know that a lot of the graduates have, like, accomplishments and have overcome diversity and stuff?
I mentioned the other day on SI.com that Greg Schiano was a -- shall we say -- quirky and very particular head coach at Rutgers, and that during team meetings at road hotels, the temperature in the meeting rooms had to be at a precise number.
Come to find out now that once, at a Scarlet Knights team dinner, the food service people got upbraided by a Rutgers staffer because the pasta being served was the wrong noodle.
Rev, football is EVERYTHING! You don't think Rutgers became a top 60 program by having a faggy nature preserve on campus do you? And fuck ziti, everyone knows that fusilli is the only type of pasta that brings you to the top 60 mountain top. And anything colder or warmer than 67.5 degrees is for pussies. If you don't control your temperature, your pasta choices and your environment how are you going to control 18-year-old men? FOOTBALL!You mean the guy who had Rutgers let him build an $800,000 home on their frickin' nature preserve so that he could walk to the stadium?
It's a pretty big moment when a significant U.S. City (41st largest media market in the U.S.) stops running an everyday newspaper. People, mostly poor people, will not be able to get daily local news, classifieds, weather reports, or national news. But that's not what Peter King is concerned about. No. He's concerned that people won't be able to find out who rushed for the most yards in the Superbowl. THAT is the real impact of not having access to a daily news source: every 3-to-4 years, the good people of New Orleans will have to turn on a radio, turn on the tv, or (god forbid) ask someone who won the game.The Saints are the biggest story in the city, all fall. But you won't read about them away from a computer until Wednesday every week in New Orleans. There'll be a Super Bowl in New Orleans in February. Will those folks not inclined to read online have to wait 'til Wednesday to read about the biggest game in America?
Oh. No he doesn't. He's fucking stumping for one of his buddies to get a job.On Friday, one of the best NFL reporters in our business, the T-P's Jeff Duncan, was mulling his future. He'll find out soon if he still has a job, or if he'll have to re-interview for it, just like the rest of the 150 journalists on staff. He hopes the paper's love for sports gives him a path to stay.
rem·i·nisce/ˌreməˈnis/He was reminiscing about covering the city in the days after Katrina, when he saw a dead body wrapped on a porch
rem·i·nisce/ˌreməˈnis/reminising about...when he... interviewed petrified zookeepers at the New Orleans Zoo who were afraid of looters invading their place, bathed in a neighborhood swimming pool because there was no running water for days, reported on gang members taking care of an older woman who didn't have access to her medicine (they broke into a pharmacy to steal it for her) ... and felt more alive than he ever had as a reporter -- even though he'd never been a news reporter before.
I'm sure those were tears of joy. Right. "Oh, finally, I get to see if the Saints made any cuts in training camp!""I'll never forget going down to the Convention Center with our old sports editor, David Meeks, bringing the papers to a group of people at the Convention Center,'' Duncan said. "They were overjoyed. They were crying. It was a connection to their old lives, because they didn't know what their lives held, with all the doomsday reports they were hearing. It was like we were giving out money.''
Does Peter King realize that the city of New Orleans is more than a conduit for a football team? I mean, fuck, that's all he can think of when he thinks of the recent history of New Orleans? That the football team lost to the eventual loser of the Super Bowl? Jesus.I'll never forget after the Saints lost to the Bears in the 2006 NFC title game, and the team returned home to find this blaring headline in the paper the next day: "BLESS YOU BOYS.'' There's a great connection between paper and city and paper and team. And it'll never be the same, sadly.
Peter King: "Paying a bounty to hurt people is wrong! It should be punished! The integrity of the game...!""One of the reasons I work in the National Football League -- I'm tired of the NCAA rules,'' he told a crowd in Williamsburg, Va. "I am a win-at-all-costs kind of guy. The NFL is just right for me, although I am not a bounty guy in any form or fashion. Any form or fashion.'' Much applause. "What you've got to understand about the Pittsburgh Steelers is .. I ain't got to offer them anything. Guys like James Harrison -- they'll do it for nothing. The men I work with, I'm a blessed person."
Ok. I've said before I hate it when he talks legal shit, because (to summarize) he has no fucking idea what he's talking about. I mean, I graduated from law school a year ago, and have spent some time working in a public defender's office, in a plaintiff's firm, and in a transactional firm, and I don't know what I'm talking about 80% of the time. The law is complicated. You can't just read a newspaper article on an issue, or talk to someone about it for 20 minutes, and understand it intelligently enough to educate others on it. It's not like, oh, I dunno, reading the stat line of a QB and being able to say "Oh, he had a good game" and then being able to say to someone else "Hey, QB X had a good game. 3 TDs, 1 INT, 340 yards."Now for a few words on your favorite subject: legal mumbo-jumbo
He has not explained anything. I'm a lawyer, and I have no fucking idea what he's talking about there. He's made it more confusing, because he doesn't know what he's talking about.Last August, when the players and owners reached agreement on a new 10-year labor deal, lawyers for each side signed a side deal that said, in effect, neither side could sue the other regarding the new agreement for "all claims, known and unknown, whether pending or not,'' including TV contracts and specifically "collusion with respect to the 2010 league year ...''
So on Thursday the NFLPA sued the NFL, claiming collusion with respect to the 2010 league year.
The union filed the claim in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, with NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler (his nickname should be The Groundhog; seeing it always makes me think we're about to see six more weeks of legal wrangling) claiming Minnesota judge David Doty's order dismissing the Brady v NFL case was the more important legal ruling here and holds sway over the so-called "Stipulation of Dismissal."
Then why did you decide to comment on it in your column, except to massage your fat ego with the idea that if you don't understand something, it must be unknowable.But how can the union win a legal challenge after it signed a document saying it wouldn't make a legal challenge for any claim known or unknown when it signed it? Makes no sense to me.
Oh, you went to London!? You don't say!Wished I had Aladdin's Lamp on my return flight from London last Monday
Um...Ok. I thought this was a football column. But you went to London, that's nice. I guess. Ever been anywhere else?Three other England thoughts:
Oh, you went to England and live in Manhattan on the 16th floor of a "high-rise." Must be nice to be you.1. It's entirely possible that I slept so well at my brother's home for a variety of reasons, but I think it has a lot to do with noise. I live in Manhattan, on the 16th floor of a high-rise
Along with "the law", Peter King can stop talking about music forever.k. In the Meaningless Factoids of My Life Dept: My other two songs of the week can stay in my head forever as far as I'm concerned: Mean, by Taylor Swift. Great message, great voice. And an oldie I heard the other day, R.E.M.'s What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
-Taylor Swift, "Mean."And I can see you years from now in a bar
Talking over a football game
With that same big loud opinion
But nobody's listening
Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things
Drunk and grumbling on about how I can't sing
But all you are is mean
All you are is mean
And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life
And mean, and mean, and mean, and mean
That is not the correct way to use OMG. At all. FOAD, LOL.p. Coffeenerdness: If I could just listen to the Forks Over Knives people, I'd go to a soy latte. As the young would say, OMG. Just can't do it
Why did he write "radically" in quotes the second time? And then why did he write, much later in the column...The trade deadline was moved from Week 6 to Week 8 the other day. Had that been done in 2011, the course of current football history likely would have changed radically. And I mean "radically."
So which is it, Peter?That's why, despite the Kyle Orton story I told earlier in the column, I don't think a two-week extension to the deadline will be earth-shaking.
.Now, my question: Is the media ever going to let this Tim Tebow story die down? At least a little bit? I'm a Jets fan, and I'm more than sick of seeing Tebow in the lead of practically every Jets story, so I can only imagine how all the non-Jets fans feel. I happen to think the trade was a good move for the Jets, but I get the feeling some of the reporters want to create a QB controversy, even if there isn't one. Do people really want to keep reading about this, or does the media just think they do?''
-- From Baruch Gitlin, of Beit Shemesh, Israel
I guess we'll find out. Tebow crosses cultural and religious and sporting lines. I understand the interest -- I really do -- but I fear the world will be sick of Tebow, through little fault of his own, and he'll be shoved down our throats so much that it'll be hard to simply judge his football ability
Polian is full of shit and King is either a willing dupe or he's just letting his source say self serving things. They would have traded a third for Orton after week 8 (when they were 0-8 and clearly heading for the Luck lottery) but not after week 6? Really? Then why didn't you pick him up off waivers for free after game 10 (when you were 0-10)?Why did he write "radically" in quotes the second time? And then why did he write, much later in the column...