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He's back, and he's (still) bad.

4. Hines Ward is "devastated."
He should be, and of course we all are, after the horrific shootings at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises movie Friday in suburban Denver, where 70 people were shot by a gunman dressed as the Joker. In Ward's first movie role, he returns a kickoff in the movie at an incendiary Hines Field in Pittsburgh.
"I'm devastated,'' Ward told me. "It's a sad weekend for everyone. It took me from an all-time high to an all-time low. I'm so sad for everyone in Colorado. And it's pretty scary. You shouldn't have to live your life being afraid to go to the movies.'' Ward said he has friends who don't want to go to the movie now. "Fear of a copycatter,'' he said.
Poor fucking Hines Ward, who won't get to have his friends go to a movie (because they are morons) and then tell him how awesome he was in his role that, frankly, nobody would know was Hines Ward if people like Peter King didn't tell us.

Guys, think of who the unsung victims in this horrible tragedy. I'll pray for Hines Ward tonight. I hope he can get over this terrible disappointment.

6. Thanks, Broncos. A cadre of Broncos players -- tight end Jacob Tamme, tackle Ryan Clady, defensive end Ben Garland, wideout Eric Decker, linebacker Joe Mays, guard Chris Kuper and former Bronco Brian Dawkins -- visited the Medical Center of Aurora on Sunday to comfort the victims. Peyton Manning phoned several more of the 58 wounded in the attack. If you ever wonder about the meaning of a very popular team to a city, the emotion some victims felt to be remembered by the Broncos illustrates how important a franchise can be on days other than fall Sundays
Ok, it's great that they visited the victims (did Hines Ward?). But, why is King saying "Thanks"? Was he a victim? Or, more likely, does Peter King feel like his is some sort of arbiter on this matter because, well, he talked to Hines Ward, who was in the movie for 0.007% of it (2 minutes divided by 270 minutes)? Or is he attempting to speak for me, as an American? Fuck him.

Then King spends like 2,000 words on some ordinary pre-game speech that he thinks is special because he had a copy of it once. It's basically a way for King to remind us he has a cool job. Great. Thanks. Any speech where the following is highlighted as the key moment:
If you're good enough, there will be a place found for you somewhere. Don't do our thinking for us. Just concentrate on the job and you'll never have any regrets. I wish us all well.
is a boring fucking speech.

Want more proof?

Interesting how ahead of his time Brown was on hydration, cooperating with the media, smoking and statistical ranking of players. Can't you tell how much this man loved football, and how much he thought about it?
2. He apparently hated wasting food.
3. Great line about what it takes to make a Paul Brown team: "A lot of man.''
Anytime you have to tell someone why a speech is "interesting" or "great" is a shitty speech. Nobody has to explain the Gettysburg Address, or King's Lincoln Memorial speech.

King on the latter: "Gee, I guess that King fellow likes to dream a lot. Interesting. I wonder if he can make it a reality. Stay tuned."
 

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Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
My tentative (and I stress that, because my schedule can change depending on news events) training camp schedule:
Mostly Flying Portion of Trip
July 25: Cardinals (Flagstaff, Ariz.)
July 26: Chargers (San Diego)
July 27: Saints (Metairie, La.)
July 28: Broncos (Englewood, Colo.) ... on what I think is Peyton Manning's first Denver day in pads.
July 29: Seahawks (Renton, Wash.)
July 30: 49ers (Santa Clara, Cal.)
July 31: Raiders (Napa, Cal.)
Mostly Driving Portion of Trip, I'm hoping with a van I'll discuss next Monday
Aug. 1: Dolphins (Davie, Fla.)
Aug. 2: Bucs (Tampa, Fla.)
Aug. 3: Jaguars (Jacksonville)
Aug. 4: Falcons (Flowery Branch, Ga.)
Aug. 5: TBD
Aug. 6: Redskins (Ashburn, Va.)
Aug. 7: Giants (Albany, N.Y.)
Aug. 8: Jets (Cortland, N.Y.)
Aug. 9: Redskins-Bills preseason game (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
Aug. 10: Browns-Lions preseason game (Detroit)
Aug. 11: Bears (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
Aug. 12-14: Home for three days. Writing, mostly. Vegging out, some.
Aug. 15: Chiefs (St. Joseph, Mo.)
Aug. 16: Rams (Earth City, Mo.)
Aug. 17: Colts (Anderson, Ind.)
Aug. 18: Bengals (Cincinnati)
Aug. 19: Packers (Green Bay)
Final chunk, flying mostly
Aug. 20: Texans (Houston)
Aug. 21: TBA
Aug. 22: TBA
Aug. 23: TBA, then home.
One of King's greatest (read: most insufferable) traditions is to bitch about how "tough" his job is, particularly in regards to travelling, when in fact he's bragging about all the fun stuff he gets to do. He's like the popular teen girl in some shitty sitcom who bitches to the dumpy sister (us) about how hard it is to have to look pretty all the time. In other words, he's a little bitch.

Also, in case you missed it:

Mostly Driving Portion of Trip, I'm hoping with a van I'll discuss next Monday
I can't fucking wait. Will it be an Econoline? A Mini Van? Van Morrison? Andy Van Slyke? STAY TUNED.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
Fun vacation. Strange coincidence.
Oh Christ, here we go. He's going to use "Fun" and "Dachau" in the same breath.

My wife and I went to Dachau, the concentration camp outside Munich...
*Sigh*


...and then moved on to Venice. We took the train over and through the Alps, a lovely ride, and switched trains in Verona for the final hour to Venice. Once in Venice, we lined up to take a water taxi to our hotel. That's right; there are no cars allowed in the busiest part of Venice. You either walk or take a boat.
Venice: one of the top five or six tourist destinations in Europe. Anyone who's been there already knows this fact. In fact, I'd wager that many people who haven't been there know this fact. Next summer, Peter King tells us that Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and that people in Spain sometimes run with bulls.

In line, a man approached me and said he liked my work and was glad to meet me. We small-talked about his Ravens for a minute until a taxi-boat driver approached. "Want a ride to your hotel? Where are you staying?'' he asked.
"The Westin,'' my new acquaintance said.
"So are we,'' I said. "Want to share it?''
This story is already so fucking boring. Middle aged people bump into each other on vacation. Great. Only Steve Martin could make this interesting at this point.

So we did, Randy Amon and his wife, Marlene, me and my wife. In the boat, Randy asked me where we were going from here.
"New Hampshire,'' I said. "We're going to a place called Mount Washington for a few days.''
Randy looked stunned. His wife looked stunned.
"We're going to Mount Washington too,'' he said.
Ok, so you bump into someone from the northeast while on Vacation. Big fucking deal. Who cares.

We got to the hotel. Checked in side by side. "Mr. Amon, we have your reservation,'' the clerk said. "You'll be with us for three nights.''
We were staying for three nights.
When I visited Venice, I stayed for...THREE NIGHTS! Holy Shit! What a coincidence. Oh, wait. No it's not. Because there really isn't a lot to DO in Venice other than wander around and just...be in Venice. So all the guidebooks recommend, wait for it, THREE NIGHTS.

The rest of the story is just so fucking boring....oh, they both caught a morning flight, oh they both stayed in some nice hotel on different days...Who cares? The other thing is he says that the other boring couple went home to Baltimore for a few days, THEN went to Mt. Washington. So it was a separate trip. But he says:

Now that's weird. Same train. Same hotel, for the same number of nights. Same end site for vacation halfway across the world in a place that I'm certain only two parties in Venice would be going to as the end of their vacations.
And, that's not what happened. Tip to King: If you have to embellish a "coincidence" to make it interesting, it probably isn't interesting enough to warrant mentioning.
 

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And now:

Five memorable vacation points:
1. Standing in the "shower room,'' which was the gas chamber, at Dachau. Much of the camp -- the barracks, in particular -- had been razed by the '60s.
Ok, not so bad so far. Although, for a guy who just came from there, it's pretty annoying that King doesn't mention that the place was actually still in use during the 60's for various purposes. Like a U.S. base. But, that's just a nitpick. I'm sure he got the main points about the place right.


Though this wasn't one of the main killing camps, Dachau had plenty of the ugly history from the war. And the rock-solid building that prepped prisoners for death, gassed them, and then cremated them in ovens was still standing. And it's as chilling a spot as I've ever visited.
I guess not.

DACHAU WASN'T A DEATH CAMP. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WERE GASSED THERE. This is one of the KEY POINTS in the literature they hand out to you when you get there. In fact, the shower building (If I recall) even says "This was not used for mass murder like in some of the other, more notorious, camps such as Auschwitz" or something. King fucking DIDN'T READ THE SIGNS. Holy goddamn fuckballs.

From Wikipedia:

"There is no evidence of mass murder within the camp, though visitors may walk through the building and see the ovens used to cremate bodies to hide the evidence of the many deaths. Though it is claimed that in 1942 more than 3166 prisoners in weakened condition were transported to Hartheim Castle near Linz and there they were executed by poison gas by reason of their unfitness..."

Think about that. He fucking didn't bother to read the fucking signs/pamphlet. He visited Dachau and didn't pay attention.

What a fucking asshole.

When I got back to our hotel that evening, I noticed I had four pieces of the pea gravel from the Dachau grounds stuck in the treads of my sneakers. You can bet those will be kept as reminders of a day I won't forget
So rather than support the effort to remember the Holocaust, and maybe buy a book from the giftshop, King keeps some gravel (likely dating from roughly 1993) that got stuck in his shoe. Wow.

f. Red Sox: 55-68 since last Sept. 1. I sense a pattern developing.
Um. What does that mean? Will the Sox go 55-68 in their next 123 games? What?

j. I don't know how I missed The Descendants when it was out a year ago. But that's one great movie. Not a good movie. A great one, a great slice of real American life.
Only King would say that a story of a wealthy family that gets to wear Hawaiian shirts every day to work having to decide what to do with something like $10 Million worth of paradice is "real American life."


k. And I watched Crimes and Misdemeanors the other night again. Next to Annie Hall, it's Woody Allen's best, in my opinion
Um. What does this have to do with anything? Oh, and also, you're a fucking moron. "Manhattan" is clearly better.
 

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So we did, Randy Amon and his wife, Marlene, me and my wife. In the boat, Randy asked me where we were going from here.
"New Hampshire,'' I said. "We're going to a place called Mount Washington for a few days.''
Randy looked stunned. His wife looked stunned.
"We're going to Mount Washington too,'' he said.
We got to the hotel. Checked in side by side. "Mr. Amon, we have your reservation,'' the clerk said. "You'll be with us for three nights.''
We were staying for three nights.
Now that's weird. Same train. Same hotel, for the same number of nights. Same end site for vacation halfway across the world in a place that I'm certain only two parties in Venice would be going to as the end of their vacations.
If this doesn't end like the Fritz Peterson/Mike Kekich wife-swapping story from the 70s, I'll be very disappointed.
 

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When I got back to our hotel that evening, I noticed I had four pieces of the pea gravel from the Dachau grounds stuck in the treads of my sneakers. You can bet those will be kept as reminders of a day I won't forget
Oh my God.

By the way, I liked how he said 'a place called Mt. Washington' - it's a fairly well-known spot to people living in the NE/Mid-Atlantic, no?
 

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When I got back to our hotel that evening, I noticed I had four pieces of the pea gravel from the Dachau grounds stuck in the treads of my sneakers. You can bet those will be kept as reminders of a day I won't forget

The gravel was such an important reminder that he couldn't bear to bend his fat ass over and pick them up himself while he was there. Instead he has to accidentally pick them out of his orthopedic shoes when he gets back to the hotel.
 

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Oh my God.

By the way, I liked how he said 'a place called Mt. Washington' - it's a fairly well-known spot to people living in the NE/Mid-Atlantic, no?
I'd say so. It's also a fairly common place to visit in the summer for people in New England. My parents go up there every year, sometimes twice.

Also, the "place" is The White Mountains. Only morons who drive the auto road say "I'm going to Mt. Washington". It's like saying: "Oh, after this I'm heading to the Empire State Building for a weekend."
 

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Maalox is very happy you didn't call them 'the Whites'.
I'm a fairly large hiking snob, but I don't think that's a big deal. I mean, people say "The Rockies" more often than they say "The Rocky Mountains."

What people DON'T say is, "Yea, I'm going out to Pikes Peak for a weekend."
 

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I'm a fairly large hiking snob, but I don't think that's a big deal. I mean, people say "The Rockies" more often than they say "The Rocky Mountains."

What people DON'T say is, "Yea, I'm going out to Pikes Peak for a weekend."
They say "a place called Pikes Peak for the weekend"
 

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I'd say so. It's also a fairly common place to visit in the summer for people in New England. My parents go up there every year, sometimes twice.

Also, the "place" is The White Mountains. Only morons who drive the auto road say "I'm going to Mt. Washington". It's like saying: "Oh, after this I'm heading to the Empire State Building for a weekend."
You aren't seriously questioning whether this is what he's going to do, are you?
 

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I've said it elsewhere, but Holmes was not dressed as the Joker.
 

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I'll be leaving on my training camp tour Tuesday for Flagstaff, Ariz., and it's going to be an exciting month. The weirdness of the Saints, Peyton Manning with the Rockies as a backdrop, the new Raiders...
http://sportsillustr...mmqb/index.html

2. The strange year of the Saints. I see them Friday ... and before they practice under interim coach (for games seven through 16, which is part of the weirdness) Joe Vitt late in the afternoon, there will be what should be a stirring ceremony unveiling a bronze Steve Gleason statue on the concourse outside the Superdome.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/07/24/training-camp/index.html

What exactly is "strange" or "weird" about the Saints situation? I can think of about a million adjectives to describe the situation and "weird" certainly isn't one of them.
 

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Is there a journalism student in New Orleans who is free Friday, has a car, and wants to make $100 for a pretty easy job?
https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/227845251505733632
 

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What exactly is "strange" or "weird" about the Saints situation? I can think of about a million adjectives to describe the situation and "weird" certainly isn't one of them.
I mean, now we're quibbling- it's pretty bizarre that they have an interim coach who is actually not available to coach until game 7, and it's basically unprecedented. Maybe you want something more strong than 'weird' but it seems to certainly qualify.
 

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I mean, now we're quibbling- it's pretty bizarre that they have an interim coach who is actually not available to coach until game 7, and it's basically unprecedented. Maybe you want something more strong than 'weird' but it seems to certainly qualify.
Agreed, but he describes that as only being "part of the weirdness." What else would qualify as weird? Why not just call it what you said -- unprecedented?
 

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King uses the word "weird" so much that it's lost all meaning for him. Everything is weird:

- The Saints' situation
- Julian Endleman playing defensive back
- The way that Peet's Coffee is not available in Manhattan

It's become a crutch, a nervous tick, for this guy. And not a really good one.
 

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I mean, now we're quibbling- it's pretty bizarre that they have an interim coach who is actually not available to coach until game 7, and it's basically unprecedented. Maybe you want something more strong than 'weird' but it seems to certainly qualify.
I'm with Corsi and JMOH on this one: PK uses "weird" to avoid saying something real, to avoid saying something of substantive. Lots of people do this, but it makes for bad expository writing.

In this case, I think he's avoiding addressing a bunch of very, very real stuff, in large measure because he likes the Saints and doesn't want to address the "weirdness." In this case, it makes for really bad journalism.
 

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I'm with Corsi and JMOH on this one: PK uses "weird" to avoid saying something real, to avoid saying something of substantive. Lots of people do this, but it makes for bad expository writing.

In this case, I think he's avoiding addressing a bunch of very, very real stuff, in large measure because he likes the Saints and doesn't want to address the "weirdness." In this case, it makes for really bad journalism.
Exactly. And look at the real story he completely misses with this one:

2. The strange year of the Saints.
I see them Friday ... and before they practice under interim coach (for games seven through 16, which is part of the weirdness) Joe Vitt late in the afternoon, there will be what should be a stirring ceremony unveiling a bronze Steve Gleason statue on the concourse outside the Superdome. Saints owner Tom Benson, to his credit, commissioned the statue -- which, from what I hear, is a rendition of Gleason blocking an Atlanta punt in the first game at the Superdome post-Katrina -- and wants the eyes of America to be on it when camp opens this week and so many national media members are in town to cover that. Gleason, stricken with ALS, will be on hand, as will many players.​
Now, I don't doubt for a second that Benson's heart is in the right place in presenting Gleason with this statue, but King completely whiffs on the stink on positive PR that surrounds this whole thing. Benson wants the "eyes of America" to be on this unveiling? Would that be the case if Bountygate never happened? Or would the unveiling be a little bit more understated? Gleason wasn't this big national hero that necessitates a spectacle being made out of this statue presentation. Under normal circumstances, I'd imagine the ceremony would be rather private and subdued.

Of course, King can't even be bothered to approach this angle and ask these questions. Instead, he sums up the Bountygate situation as "weird" and gives Benson a big wet sloppy kiss in the process.
 

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"Weird" was the way teenage girls circa 1992 described anything and everything they didn't understand and hadn't decided if they approved of yet. "Weird" was the neutral position between "Awesome" and "Sucks".

It makes perfect sense that King would fall back on it the same way.
 

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I'm with Corsi and JMOH on this one: PK uses "weird" to avoid saying something real, to avoid saying something of substantive. Lots of people do this, but it makes for bad expository writing.

In this case, I think he's avoiding addressing a bunch of very, very real stuff, in large measure because he likes the Saints and doesn't want to address the "weirdness." In this case, it makes for really bad journalism.
Fair enough - I simply considered it part of King being a poor wordsmith, but it could well be directly rooted in (at best) cognitive dissonance.

As an example of PK's terrible writing, it's merely another grain of sand on a pile - but I did overlook his buddy-buddy attitude toward Benson completely, and agree that introduces a new angle.
 

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Fair enough - I simply considered it part of King being a poor wordsmith, but it could well be directly rooted in (at best) cognitive dissonance.

As an example of PK's terrible writing, it's merely another grain of sand on a pile - but I did overlook his buddy-buddy attitude toward Benson completely, and agree that introduces a new angle.
Peter King--a suck so great and multifarious, its rarified forms may even at times be elusive.

It's like a fine, aged wine of suck.
 

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He's like Charlie Gordon, the main character from "Flowers For Algernon" in that he was once granted an incredible opportunity and became great, and then something went wrong and he now gets worse every day.
 

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He's like Charlie Gordon, the main character from "Flowers For Algernon" in that he was once granted an incredible opportunity and became great, and then something went wrong and he now gets worse every day.
Two differences:

Gordon understood what was happening to him.

We are partaking in and engaging the subtle complexities of his suck as a fine wine that benefits those who quaff, even as it consumes the principal.
 

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Okay, which one of you wrote this? From Bedard's Pats chat today:


1:02
Comment From Cole Greg, Not only do I read a lot of your articles, but I also enjoy Peter King. I love his insight of the game and his passion. Will the Patriots ever consider hiring him as a special advisor? Kind of like Bill James with the Sox.​


1:02
Greg A. Bedard: Lol...Peter has written in the past that he and the organization are not buddy-buddy after Spygate.
http://www.boston.co...l_chat_w_1.html
 

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Peter King ‏@SI_PeterKing

RT @DrumboneJD: You're the most useless sports reporter in the history of sports reporting. Every day you live is sad... Aww! Love you, man!
 

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This can't wait:

Idiot of the Week:
Me, for thinking that driving from Flagstaff, Ariz., to San Diego was a good idea. Seven hours and one scary pitch-dark encounter with a feral cat in a Gila Bend McDonald's parking lot later (don't ask; I will only further embarrass myself), a dusty rental car pulled into the Chargers parking lot. This just in: Airplanes have been invented.
1) Um...

2) Yea.

3) How many McDonalds parking lots are "pitch black?"

4) A cat?

5) Oh, excuse me...a feral cat (read: stray).

6) He really is a spoiled fatass. Seven hours of driving in one day is really not a big deal. Yea, it's not something I'd like to do every week, but plenty of people the nation over have to drive long distances for business, and don't get to drive in the Southwest through a couple of national forests/national deserts. Sign me up.
 

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j. Beernerdness: One of the fun things about the training camp trip is sampling the occasional odd beer in different parts of the country. Such as the Beaver Street Pine Cone Pale Ale in Flagstaff, Ariz. I like a bitter end to pale ale, and this one does. The Pine Cone was dry, with a fairly piney scent. Liked it a lot.
Summed: The pine cone beer was piney.
 

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Why You Have to Go to Training Camp and Not Just Sit Behind a Desk:
For these three scenes ... Philip Rivers looks out on the practice field after the first practice of the year and sees 15-year vet Takeo Spikes, who has never played in a playoff game, doing extra work. He's the last guy on the field. "That's why I want to win -- for guys like Takeo,'' Rivers said ... To see how quick in and out of cuts rookie Nick Toon is in New Orleans -- and to think, "Are you kidding? Another weapon for Brees?'' ... Peyton Manning taking coaching from offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterback coach Adam Gase. He's going to be his own coordinator on the field -- we know that. But the way they talk on the practice field, you can see Manning respects his new aides. ... Antonio Gates running with no limp after a 2011 season spent with constant foot pain, and smiling almost every time he took his helmet off, and saying afterward, "I appreciate my health so much now that I've got it back."
Now onto what I saw on the road in my first week out:
Oh, so there's really no point in me reading this, because I can't see/hear those things sitting (as I do) behind a desk. Ok. See you around, PK!

Drew Brees has something on his chest.
A Cleveland Steamer streak?

If you think the mayhem around the Saints is going to send them to 5-11ville, you're nuts. Too much talent. Too good a triggerman. You've all heard about the huge, glaring Sean Payton banner with "DO YOUR JOB" hanging over the Saints' indoor practice field. Interesting enough. I watched them doing it Friday, led by Brees.
Why is that interesting? Seriously, that's like the biggest cliche going these days in the football world.

There's a drill the offensive skill players run early in practice, with quarterbacks getting the ball out to sprinting receivers and tight ends quickly. It's a nonstop, ping-ping-ping, one-throw-after-the-other completion-fest, and Brees, by my count, threw 18 balls in a row that his receivers barely had to reach for. Every one, right there.
King always does this. He falls into this trap of thinking that everyone is going to be amazing because they are amazing in camp. This is how we get absurd predictions like Randy Moss catching 40% of all balls for the Vikings in 2003 (or whenever it was). It's quintessential Peter: he picks players he likes on a personal level, sees them do well in the perfect weather, no-contact drills of camp, and declares "Watch Out, NFL!" or something. He just doesn't have it in him to be critical. It's kind of sweet, but it's why he kind of sucks at his job.

Regarding Payton, Brees said: "Even though he's not here physically, I hear his voice in my head every day.''
"How will it affect this team?' I asked.
"I don't know. I think about it a lot. The hard thing is, your head coach (snaps his fingers) is gone like that. He's just gone. We're very familiar with coach Vitt, very comfortable, and then he's gone for the first six weeks. You take the two strongest presences in the building and remove them, and it's like taking the president and vice president away from government. You had better have a pretty strong Congress, then."
Hm. methinks Mr. Brees could use a refresher course in civics.

It's clear he's angry about the severity of the suspensions. He is angry that Payton and Loomis were summoned to the league office last winter before the league announced the existence of the bounty/pay-for-performance scandal and not told how much the league had on the Saints before they were questioned. (I'm not sure that matters, but he's not the only Saint who feels the league didn't share enough information with Saints officials before the February interrogations.)
Two things:

1) It doesn't matter. Brees and his cohort are essentially angry that the league didn't tell the Saints that they might be in hot water for breaking the rules before meeting with them. Well, that's how investigations typically work, asshole. For fun, imagine what might have happened if the league called up Payton and said "Hey, uh...would you mind coming in? Yea, we think that you guys might be breaking the rules, and here's the evidence we have [x, y. z]. Yea, do you have a few minutes to talk about this? Mmm? That'd be great, thaaaanks." Off the top of my head, it seems pretty clear that one possibility would have been for the Saints to bury other evidence and make up shit about the evidence that the league had, thereby making it impossible to conduct an investigation.

I mean, think about Brees' position in another context: SEC suspects someone on Wall Street of insider trading. They have some fishy trades and maybe a tip from someone else with some inside information. So what does Brees have them do? Do they ask for a warrant to conduct a wire tap or search email records? Call the trader in and see what he has to say for himself?

No. Brees would call up the trader, tell the trader their concerns, and then ask the trader to come in some other time in order to talk. What could go wrong?

2) Why didn't king follow up with a question to Brees?! Why not put his feet to the fire and say "Don't you think the league was concerned about a possible cover up? A concern that seems, frankly, justified?"

The answer of course is that King is more interested in being buddy-buddy with Brees than writing a story.
 

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As much as the Saints have been in the news for the wrong reasons this offseason, Benson's gestures to the vitality of the city and the region, and to one of its genuine heroes, shows he gets it. He understands that as far as the team's troubles go, they too shall pass. But he's trying to do things that will leave marks long after he's gone.
Again, with a swing and a miss.
 

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I think this about Arian Foster's admission that he's a vegan: It doesn't matter. I know quite a few of them, and they get plenty of protein, and several work out as intensely as NFL players do. It's a silly myth that football players need to eat meat as part of a professional athlete's regimen.
King does this a lot. He argues against a group of people that just don't exist. Is there anyone out there up in arms that Foster is a vegan?

"Yeah, that Foster is the best running back in the NFL, but I really wish he'd eat a steak now and again."
 

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• On the 16-game Payton suspension: "I was utterly shocked. Shocked. And the way the suspension works -- it's like, You're cut off right now. We [the NFL] are going to tell you who you can and cannot talk to over the next year. [Payton is forbidden from talking to Saints players or front-office members.] That is completely ridiculous.''
I used to like Brees, but boy he's dumb on the Payton thing. That's how a suspension works, dude. If you could hang around and make plans and mitigate your absence, well, then what's the fucking point? Brees conveniently ignores that this was, by most accounts, a team-wide issue. He seems to be saying "well, this really hurts the team!" But, like, that's the idea, dude!

Now it was time for Brees to go to practice. "I feel it's all we've done here, overcome the odds. We're going to have to do it again.''
Shut up. You've had a good team around you for like 5 years. "Us against the world", my ass.


I think this about Arian Foster's admission that he's a vegan: It doesn't matter. I know quite a few of them, and they get plenty of protein, and several work out as intensely as NFL players do. It's a silly myth that football players need to eat meat as part of a professional athlete's regimen.
Peter King: sports writer, blogger, lawyer, travel writer, brewmaster, barista, runner...nutritionist.

I think this is the cost of doing business the way I think it should be done in NFL journalism these days -- and I tell you this because it may affect my ability to know as much about the Saints as I've known in the past few years. Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis, the New Orleans past and future 2012 brain trust, are not speaking to me, presumably because of my reporting on the Saints' bounty case. Sean Payton told me earlier in the year he wouldn't speak to me either, because he didn't think I reported the story fairly. I'd had great relationships with Loomis and Payton. But that's how it goes. For the record, I regret nothing that I've written or said on the case.
Maybe if you didn't have a reputation for being nothing more than an asskisser and organizational mouthpiece, you wouln't have these problems.

c. Missing the Olympics. I hate it when that happens. I'm a sucker for the stories. The most I've seen is a clip of the opening ceremonies in the Broncos cafeteria Saturday. Sure looked colorful. Weird shot of the Queen.
There it is again.
 

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Coffeenerdness: Cool sight in the Chargers' facility: In several spots, there are Starbucks coffee machines, with two different blends to brew fresh coffee with boiling water at the touch of a button. Makes a fella want to be a Charger.
Newsflash! Multi-million-dollar franchise has fresh brewed coffee at their facility.
 

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I actually wanted to hear his story about his stare down with a feral cat. It would at least be interesting and maybe even relatable. But he's worried that we'll think he's a moron. Ok, Pete. Ok.
 

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I actually wanted to hear his story about his stare down with a feral cat. It would at least be interesting and maybe even relatable. But he's worried that we'll think he's a moron. Ok, Pete. Ok.
RT @scBlais: What happened w/feral cat? ... Exhausted. Got out of car. Turned to see noise. Saw whitish cat baring fangs and hissing. Yow!!!
https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/229991036750028801
 

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8. I think this is the cost of doing business the way I think it should be done in NFL journalism these days -- and I tell you this because it may affect my ability to know as much about the Saints as I've known in the past few years. Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis, the New Orleans past and future 2012 brain trust, are not speaking to me, presumably because of my reporting on the Saints' bounty case. Sean Payton told me earlier in the year he wouldn't speak to me either, because he didn't think I reported the story fairly. I'd had great relationships with Loomis and Payton. But that's how it goes. For the record, I regret nothing that I've written or said on the case.

Maybe if you didn't have a reputation for being nothing more than an asskisser and organizational mouthpiece, you wouln't have these problems.
If he was an organizational ass-kisser, wouldn't they love to talk to him? He's bascially telling us that the Saints think he's too "hard-hitting" and an NFL mouthpiece.
 

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"Weird" was the way teenage girls circa 1992 described anything and everything they didn't understand and hadn't decided if they approved of yet. "Weird" was the neutral position between "Awesome" and "Sucks".
And all this time, I thought it was because I was strange in high school.
 

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With apologies to MP: For the entrance to this. . [McDonalds]. . . is guarded by a monster, a creature so foul and cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived. Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair ... therefore sweet knights if you may doubt your strength or courage come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty pointy teeth.


 

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A cat hissed at him. And he put it in his column.

Holy crap.

And the rest of that shite is why we don't care about what people who are as dedicated to football as Brees is think about adjudicative process.

Heck, I want my football players to be all in on football. But I just don't care what Brady thinks about process unless he's given me some reason to believe he has some sort of side interest in the subject, a, let's call it "weird," hobby if you will.

Otherwise it comes out, "This process sucked because it hurt us." Thanks Holmes.
 

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King does this a lot. He argues against a group of people that just don't exist. Is there anyone out there up in arms that Foster is a vegan?

"Yeah, that Foster is the best running back in the NFL, but I really wish he'd eat a steak now and again."
This was hilarious to me. His "admission." And Pete knows quite a few of them! I bet some of his best friends are vegans!