- Jul 28, 2010
I'm from Manhattan!
New York should ban large sodas!
New York should ban large sodas!
Whoa, whoa...back it up. What was your lede?It's tough to equate -- no, not tough; impossible -- Baltimore losing Elway to, 30 years later, Baltimore stealing one of Denver president Elway's 10 most important players.
Oh, I see, you just wanted to spice up your column with some, what's the term I learned in my UG journalism class? Oh yea, here it is, under B: Bullshit.Revenge is best served cold, but this is ridiculous. It took 30 years for Baltimore to finally get revenge on John Elway.
Ok. Nice summary there (with, obviously, a lot extracted by moi). And then the punchline:In the seven weeks since Baltimore won the Super Bowl, that's the lesson we've learned about the defending champs. First the Ravens had the Ray Lewis retirement, then the Anquan Boldin debacle, then the loss of Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe in free agency, then the staredown with -- and loss of -- Ed Reed (which they really didn't mind), then the Thursday night opener mess ... and then late Sunday afternoon, pilfering pass rusher Elvis Dumervil from Denver
Ok. That's a wrap. Baltimore: you turned around what was looking to be an iffy offseason. King didn't say it, so I will: Kudos.Coffee tastes a little better this morning, doesn't it, Raven Nation?
Jesus Christ. Didn't we already cover this? Is this King's "Backwards" week? Who the hell writes a summary of something, gives an appraisal, and then opens up another section on what happened five weeks ago?By mid-afternoon Sunday, it wasn't looking like such a hot week for Baltimore.
No matter how badly King wants this sentence to hold some sort of profound depth, it is so vague and unsupported as to be entirely meaningless.The Bears cut ties with Urlacher Wednesday. This era's Bears will not be the same without him. Not even close.
Again, is this supposed to be some glimpse into the soul of the Pope? What the fuck is King trying to say here? That the Pope is a nice guy? That he's fucking crazy? That he will stand up to the epidemic of rubber-band waste that plagues our world? That he loves Bootsy Collins?Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me I
"At the end of the month,'' Luis Del Negro said, "[the current pope] always brought the rubber bands back to me. All 30 of them!"
Ten Things I Think I Think
How about you spare us the Sermon from On High bullshit and just tell us why you think it's a good rule. Your job is to understand and report on this stuff. Ours isn't. I think we can be excused for not having as thorough an understanding of new rules as you do, so spare me.1. I think the prohibition of players attacking other players with the crown of the helmet is a good one. Many of you disagree with that. I would ask you these questions
a. Is the art of lowering the head and, at full speed, using the top of the helmet to pound into another player, taught at any level of football? The answer to that is no, unless the coach is a sadist.
b. Do you understand the rule?
Do you understand that the rule doesn't apply to a running back grinding for an extra foot in the guard-tackle hole, in a scrum, or to a linebacker trying to hold the point of attack on 3rd-and-short?
This is so tiresome. It's like King just chose the format in order to maximize the potential for condescension.c. Will players still be able to deliver blows to knock opponents away? Yes...
Huh? How can I be "right" about a question?e. Will the officials be able to call it right? You're right about that...
g. My rotisserie baseball draft is Wednesday night. I have not looked at one season preview of any sort. I am concerned. I just hope I don't reflexively pick Pedro Martinez in the fourth round
l. Coffeenerdness: So I go into the SI office more than I used to, and the coffee there is the Green Mountain Keurig cups, and I've taken a liking to the Dark Magic blend. One request: make it darker.
m. Beernerdness: Fitting, on Saturday, when I met the Varisco family of New Orleans at a West Village bar in Manhattan, that I had an Abita Turbo Dog. On a raw Saturday in New York, nothing like Louisiana's best black beer.
More of a "Life in New York'' note than a travel note: Walking down East 51st Street Thursday, on the way to the Sports Illustrated offices in midtown, I heard a distinct whinnying sound.
You could have saved a few words by just saying: "leading with the helmet isn't taught at any other level."
Tweet of the Week V
"If airline seats get any smaller I'll be able to audition for the Vienna Boys Choir.''
-- @nprscottsimon, and Scott, you are absolutely not alone. There are 53 million of us saying approximately the same thing -- only not as eloquently.
Corsi said:The Baltimore Colts, who drafted Elway, are now in Indianapolis. Why the fuck would the Baltimore Ravens give a shit that Elway scorned the Colts 30 years ago?
DrewDawg said:No, it's not taught as leading with the head. However, it is taught to lower your shoulders, and when that happens guess what else gets lowered? If this isn't an issue (and I'm not really versed enough to know what NFL runners know) why are guys like Emmitt Smith saying it is an issue. Has Peter King ever said a RB's weakness was that he run too upright and never lowered his shoulders into contact? Because when that happens the head comes down too).
DrewDawg said:That makes sense, but if runners are misinterpreting it as Emmitt (and myself) seems to be, that's an issue.
Hopefully when the officials visit all the camps this will be point of emphasis.
g. I'm a firm believer that the only people who care about your fantasy team is the owner of said fantasy team. But this is the baseball team I
drafted the other night (and I've had better): Buster Posey catcher, Mike Napoli first, Dustin Pedroia second, Acides Escobar short, Kevin
Youkilis third, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Trumbo in the outfield, Lance Berkman the DH (with David Ortiz on the bench. Rotation:
Jordan Zimmerman, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker and Johnny Cueto. 'Pen: Jonathan Papelbon, Rafael Soriano, Phil Coke (Jason Motte on the DL).
Hope springs eternal, but Trumbo and Bruce had better combine for 75 jacks or I'm in trouble.
n. As you know, I'm no NBA guy. But when Kobe Bryant passes Wilt
Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time scoring list, well, that's worth an
MMQB shout-out. I really admire Bryant, playing through injury and
showing such a great will to win. He's like Derek Jeter.
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