Why Do I Continue to Read Peter King?

Mystic Merlin

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I hadn’t read one of his weekly columns in forever, but I dug into the latest. I wasn’t disappointed; see bold:


Tennessee at Philadelphia, Sunday 1 p.m. ET, FOX. Weird. Really weird. The game with the best combined win-loss record is one of four FOX regional games.

Miami at San Francisco, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. Weird. Almost as weird as the previous one—two playoff teams with strong national followings and major star power play one of two FOX regional games in the late window. So odd that these two games will have such small audiences, with the NFL keeping ratings magnet Indy-Dallas for SNF. And unfortunate that Colts-Cowboys and Saints-Bucs are the Sunday and Monday prime-timers instead of Titans-Eagles or Dolphins-49ers, or…’
 

Ferm Sheller

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I have to say, he does make you think sometimes, though:

n. Amazing how important, in so many ways, that lithium is. What is it? How is it found?
 

Leather

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I have to say, he does make you think sometimes, though:

n. Amazing how important, in so many ways, that lithium is. What is it? How is it found?
That's a really awkward sentence for a professional writer. "Amazing how important, in so many ways, lithium is." Or "Amazing how important lithium is in so many ways." How hard was that?

Also his reliance on "weird," seemingly unabated over the past 15 years (Jesus it's been that long we've been doing this?) is really something. It's such a useless word and reminds me of my 10-year old using "Okay" as a default descriptor, which I recently told him to stop doing. If only someone gave King some helpful criticism once in awhile.
 

luckiestman

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I try to use “weird” a lot as an homage. His usage cracks me up so I crack myself up every time I write it. Weird!
 

Ferm Sheller

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That's a really awkward sentence for a professional writer. "Amazing how important, in so many ways, lithium is." Or "Amazing how important lithium is in so many ways." How hard was that?

Also his reliance on "weird," seemingly unabated over the past 15 years (Jesus it's been that long we've been doing this?) is really something. It's such a useless word and reminds me of my 10-year old using "Okay" as a default descriptor, which I recently told him to stop doing. If only someone gave King some helpful criticism once in awhile.
It is very awkwardly written, but it's the questions "what is it" and "how is it found" that make me roll my eyes.