Peter King helped us all understand what kind of football player Jovan Belcher was in last week's MMQB. Peter talked with Belcher's agent who wanted us to know that Belcher didn't go to Arrowhead Stadium to make a scene or anything like that. It's like no one can kill themselves in a public place in peace anymore. Peter also told us about the one recollection of Jovan Belcher as an NFL player that he had and I think that's about all...wait no, he also eulogized Kasandra Perkins in haiku form. Her family is eternally grateful she merited a haiku while Jovan Belcher's actions were better explained by his agent and we got to hear what a hard-working player Belcher was. This week Peter tells us the postseason awards are very much up in the air, so this is a good time for Peter to pick his winners in each category, and he also introduces us to the "forgotten" rookie quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Maybe Cousins is forgotten because he doesn't start for his team and has the Offensive Rookie of the Year starting in front him of him. I don't know, that's just a guess.
Adrian Peterson is not chasing 2,000 yards. He is chasing 2,105. The record.
The English language begins weeping violently. Or as Peter King would say,
"The English language is not happy. It is very sad. Feelings hurt."
Kirk Cousins is going to write for The New Yorker someday, and maybe not about football.
Not unless "Time" or "Newsweek" scoop him up first based entirely on a series of quotes he gave to Peter King in December 2012. Really that's all you need to do in order to become a well-respected writer is to give Peter a series of really, really deep quotes.
All of the stories of the day in due time, but this point first: Three
weeks from today, the 50 voters for the annual Associated Press NFL
awards have to file their ballots. Three weeks out every year, most of
the races are either clear or have two or three men in the running. This
year, as I see it, there's not a single easy race.
Except for "Super-Precocious Defensive Player of the Year," that award is already wrapped up. Step on up and take off your shirt for Pet---I mean, come and accept your award J.J. Watt!
For MVP, I could make a solid case for any of the three quarterbacks with at least 20 more touchdowns than interceptions
So apparently this is sole criteria for winning the MVP award? The MVP should go to whichever quarterback has 20 more touchdowns than interceptions.
And what about the rookie quarterbacks, with their insane frosh seasons;
Robert Griffin III leads the league in passer rating. There's not a bad
Robert Griffin for MVP? It's probably not a really great choice either. Give him the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and he'll get the MVP another season. You know what? Fuck it, just give the MVP to Andrew Luck. Why not?
I'll take the quarterback with the longest winning streak (eight games)
and who's had the biggest adjustment to make of all the very good ones
this year, schematically and physically, on a new team in a new city.
For now, give me Peyton Manning.
No, literally, Peter wants us to give him Peyton Manning, which obviously can't be done. What have we told you about owning football players Peter? You can't own Peyton Manning and make him as your friend so you can sit on the front porch swing together drinking sweet tea. Have you learned nothing from kidnapping Brett Favre in 2003?
For now, give me Peterson, with an asterisk, because he has to keep up
his breakneck pace when the three remaining defenses he'll face all know
he'll be getting the ball early and often.
So for MVP Peter King is taking both Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning, who have apparently formed some sort of running back-quarterback hybrid in Peter's mind named Peyton Peterson. I can't say I am surprised. Peter desires to be liked by NFL players and can't seem to pick just one Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week in MMQB, so I wouldn't expect him to be able to pick just one MVP for the NFL over an entire year.
For Defensive Player of the Year, it's likely to be a race between Watt,
Miller and Smith, with Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman an outside
threat. To me, it's a choice between one of the best pass rushers to
come into the league in years, Smith, versus two men who are more
all-around run-pass defenders, Watt and Miller. A factor that must be
considered, obviously, is Smith threatening the NFL sack record. He has
19.5 after getting two Sunday against Miami.
I am sorry, who is this "Aldon Smith" guy again? Is he white? Does he knock down passes like King Kong knocks down planes? How fucking precocious is he? Peter hasn't ever heard of this "Aldon Smith" guy, but he'll use the Google to find out who he is.
Today I'll take Watt, with his 16.5 sacks and league-record 15 passes
batted down, four of which resulted in Houston interceptions. Three
weeks from today, who knows?
Me. I know J.J. Watt will be the answer three weeks from today, eight weeks from today or eight years from today, because he has batted down passes that (through some luck) resulted in interceptions.
For Offensive Rookie, three quarterbacks of teams that didn't make the playoffs last year are in playoff contention this season...Today I'd take Griffin, with his rookie-QB record 748 rushing yards and
league-leading 104.2 rating. But if he misses time with his knee injury,
Wilson or Luck could sneak in.
Because Robert Griffin's candidacy should be affected because he suffered a knee injury running for some of his 748 rushing yards on the season. Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson are better rookies because Robert Griffin was the best rookie, but he got injured.
I'm confused as to how Peter wouldn't be willing to give Offensive Rookie of the Year to Robert Griffin if he didn't play in Weeks 15-17 due to injury, but he is willing to allow Chuck Pagano to share the Coach of the Year award when he hasn't been the head coach of the Colts for 80% of the season due to illness. I guess Peter picks and chooses when his awards are going to be time-based. That's not inconsistent at all.
For Defensive Rookie, three linebackers stepped in from day one and
became tackling machines -- Carolina's Luke Kuechly, Seattle's Bobby
Wagner and Tampa Bay's Lavonte David.
Tackles are somewhat overrated, but I will allow it for the time being. I've seen quite a few linebackers who have a lot of tackles simply because they are the guy who tackles the ball carrier after he has gained 5-6 yards. I'm thinking of Micheal Barrow specifically.
For now, for the wins and the leadership and filling a gaping hole, I'll take Wagner of the Seahawks.
Well, it makes sense. You obviously want to give an individual rookie award to the player who is on the team with the most wins. It's not like the Buccaneers had a gaping hole in the spot where Derrick Brooks played or the Panthers had a gaping hole at middle linebacker this year when Jon Beason went down. Bad point, Peter, very bad point. I like your conclusion, but the way you got there is suspect.
For Coach of the Year, line 'em up...My choice, today? I'll split my vote between the two men coaching the
Indianapolis Colts: leukemia-stricken Chuck Pagano (by text and
telephone) and interim Bruce Arians (by daily hard coaching).
No, no, no. Sentiment aside, just give it to Bruce Arians. Give Chuck Pagano "Inspiration of the Year" or something, but Bruce Arians is the head coach of the Colts and should win this award.
For Comeback Player, we could argue all day about Peterson coming back
to a very high level after surgery and Peyton Manning, for returning to
Peyton Manning form after something no quarterback's ever done --
playing the position coming off four neck procedures in two years. And
don't forget the stirring comeback of Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, who'd win it in a walk in almost any other year.
I don't think this award can go to Adrian Peterson. He played in 12 games last year. That's 75% of the season. To win the Comeback Player of the Year award I would think a player should miss a large portion of the previous season. "Comeback" in the award name seems to indicate the player didn't play much last year and came back to the NFL to play at a high level. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. Peterson's recovery is amazing, but I think it has to come down to Peyton Manning and Thomas Davis since they missed large portions of last season (well, Davis missed large portions of the previous three seasons). Davis played in 1.5 games and Manning missed the entire season in 2011.
RGIII must be Elastic Man. Robert Griffin III's right knee whipped after being hit by a Ravens' defender in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field, and it hyperextended grotesquely.
Remarkably, his MRI showed a knee sprain, which is a partial ligament
tear, but not major damage. The Redskins know he can't expose himself to
as many hits as he does at 218 pounds, but now's not the time for a
Now would be the time for a lecture because this injury is a warning as to what can happen when Griffin exposes himself and his body to hard hits on the football field. These hits can't be completely stopped, but this injury is a reminder of what can happen if Griffin doesn't slide or doesn't get a chance to slide.
The Colts take command of the AFC Wild-Card race. Pittsburgh lost, embarrassingly, to San Diego. Cincinnati got out-emotioned by the Cowboys.
I'm not even sure what "out-emotioned" means. I think Peter made this up.
David Wilson of the Giants ran back kicks for a total of 227 yards
Sunday, including an electric 97-yard touchdown return, the longest for
the franchise since the LBJ Administration. Tampa coach Greg Schiano's idea
-- proposed to Roger Goodell when Schiano was still the Rutgers coach
-- to eliminate the kickoff in favor of allowing a team to opt to go for
it on 4th-and-15 from its 30-yard line ("So arbitrary it sounds like it
was pulled out of a hat,'' one coach said Friday) seemed like a
longshot before Sunday. But after the return electricity in the
Meadowlands it seems ever more unlikely.
So David Wilson saved the kickoff by returning a kickoff for a touchdown? I don't get this. Is David Wilson the first player to ever return a kickoff for a touchdown? Why would half a century of kickoffs be forgotten by Roger Goodell until David Wilson showed up and ran a kickoff back for a touchdown? Roger Goodell knows the kickoff can result in exciting plays, but he also knows players can get injured on the kickoff, which is why he thought about eliminating the kickoff in the first place.
I think Goodell's point was, excitement or not, if there's evidence that
concussion and other neck and knee injuries can be reduced
significantly by the elimination of the kickoff, it's only a matter of
time before something takes its place -- for the long-term health of the
game and its players.
But has Goodell seen David Wilson's kickoff return? He wouldn't give a shit about the long-term health of the game and its players if he had seen it.
The Vikings are in a clump of teams at 7-6, and they may have to win out
to make the playoffs. That's fine with Peterson, because winning means
playing well, and playing well means he won't have to do it all himself.
Oh no, with Christian Ponder as the Vikings quarterback and Percy Harvin injured, then Adrian Peterson is going to have to do it all himself.
The forgotten rookie quarterback.
On draft weekend, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins thought there were a lot
of teams that might pick him. Washington wasn't one of them, not after
taking Robert Griffin III in the first round. But the Redskins took him
at pick 102. "I was scratching my head too,'' Cousins said Sunday
evening, "I think like a lot of people were."
I was shopping at Whole Foods. I think we all know where we were when Kirk Cousins got drafted. I remember having a lengthy discussion with a guy in the produce section about when Kirk Cousins was going to get drafted. I remember the conversation because the guy had no idea who Kirk Cousins was and I just made that entire story up.
Timeout. Third-and-5. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a
play with Cousins, in the pocket, instructed to take his time, survey
his options, and pick the most open one.
"I didn't like the look I
got right away,'' Cousins said. "Something inside me said to take off
and try to make a play. That's what you do sometimes as a quarterback.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.''
But how many sometimes come when you're cold off the bench, with your team's playoff life at stake?
Three times, Peter. The answer is three times.
"It happened so fast,'' Cousins said. "I definitely didn't want to take a
sack. We weren't playing The Little Sisters of the Poor out there. I
was out of the pocket, and I just channeled my inner RGIII, and Pierre
got open in the corner of the end zone.''
"Little Sisters of the Poor out there." I'm shocked, dismayed, awed, somewhat flabbergasted that Kirk Cousins isn't writing for "The New Yorker" right now or at least consulting on the State of the Union address right now.
Kirk Cousins: Athlete, poet, writer, wordsmith, sometimes robot.
"One of the things I've learned about being a quarterback,'' said
Cousins, and for a minute, he sounded like a Penn professor of Football
101 with a tweed coat on,
That sentence is an incredibly basic sentence that anyone with an IQ over 100 could state. I don't see how Cousins sounds like a Penn professor, but I think Peter King has got himself a little crush. The NFL is just so full of precocious 20-something athletic men. It's such a joy for Peter to be around!
"is that it's a balance between being a robot and being an artist.
Actually, this sounds like a freshman Penn student talking at a party while high trying to impress a girl by sounding smart. Maybe that's what Peter meant.
On the touchdown to Garcon, that's being an artist; you don't really
know how it's going to look, but you've just got to get out of the
pocket and create something.
I got it. Artists don't know what they are creating or how it will look, you just have to do it. I'm not an artist, but I've always been under the impression an artist usually envisions and has an idea of what he/she is creating.
On the two-point conversion, you're a robot. You take the play and do
what's called, because you know if it's blocked the right way and set up
the right way, it'll work -- the quarterback just executes it."
That is unless the play isn't blocked the right way, in which case Kirk Cousins would then become an artist and get out of the pocket and create something.
Peter King is one easily impressed person if he thinks Kirk Cousins quote sounds like a Penn professor teaching Football 101 and not the ramblings of a quarterback who is coming off the biggest moment of his NFL career.
It all seems so empty, of course, because a service and a ball cannot
bring her boy back from this awful death, from an irresponsible
accident by his best friend, but what do you do after a senseless and
awful death? You do the best you can.
"There's no road map for this,'' Garrett said quietly, 90 minutes after the game. "No script.''
Well it sounds like rather than be a robot, Jason Garrett needs to be an artist.
"The first week he's here, he's playing every snap in practice like it's
a game. That first week, he wins our scout team player of the week.
He's rushing the passer, giving all our tackles -- Tyron Smith, Doug
Free, Jermey Parnell -- everything they can handle. I take notes at
practice, and I can't tell you how often I wrote down, 'Jerry Brown'
with an exclamation point.
Garrett was actually very angry with the California governor and wanted to remind himself of this, but the point remains. "Jerry Brown" was written on a piece of paper with an exclamation point.
3. Denver (10-3). As the indefatigable Mike Reiss points out,
Manning-Brady XIV is assured for 2013 now that Denver and New England
have both clinched their divisions.
Thank God. We can all rest knowing there will be another hyped-up Manning-Brady game next year. Otherwise, if there wasn't a guarantee these two quarterbacks might meet I don't know how I could go on.
4. San Francisco (9-3-1). Remember when it was panicsville about
Colin Kaepernick? You know, like, five days ago? The option run around
left end cured that, at least for the time being.
No, I don't remember when it was panicsville about Colin Kaepernick. I do remember when Peter is panicsville in MMQB on a variety of topics from week-to-week, but I am sure since Peter is the mouthpiece for all NFL fans I was in a panic on the inside about Kaepernick.
5. Atlanta (11-2). Almost every good team in history has had a
nightmare day, and this was Atlanta's. The key for Mike Smith now is to
make sure it doesn't mushroom. You know how to do that?
Don't let your opponent get out to a 23-0 lead and hold the ball for most of the first half?
11. Indianapolis (9-4). I keep watching the Colts and saying
Andrew Luck makes too many mistakes and there are holes in the secondary
and they have a flawed offensive line and whatever else. But then
Cassius Vaughn and Jerrell Freeman and Vick Ballard make plays, and it
forces me to just say, "Shut up, logic."
The key, and stop me if I sound too much like a Penn professor, is that the Colts are playing like artists, but they also know when to play like robots.
Offensive Player of the Week
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina.
The 30-20 win over NFC South first-place Atlanta showcased the 2011
Cam: 23 of 35 for 287 yards and two touchdowns, plus nine carries for
116 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run. "I think this game allows
me to have a little chip on my shoulder,'' said Newton. That's what he
had most of last year.
I'm not fooled, Peter still hates him. Isn't it funny how having a chip on your shoulder as a quarterback plays a lot better with the media when you are winning football games?
Special Teams Player of the Week
David Wilson, RB/KR, New York Giants. For going 97 yards
untouched on a kickoff return (longest GMen TD return on a kickoff since
1964) to forge a 7-7 tie in the first quarter of a game the Giants had
Plus Wilson saved the NFL from changing the kickoff rules to a rule change that Greg Schiano suggested. If Roger Goodell is Scrooge then David Wilson was the Ghost of Christmas Present reminding Goodell how great kickoffs are.
"Maybe his wife can teach him how to throw."
-- FOX NFL
analyst Jimmy Johnson, on Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder, who
was recently engaged to ESPN college sideline reporter Samantha Steele.
Johnson also said Ponder is the worst quarterback in the NFL.
Remember back when the Vikings beat the 49ers and there was discussion about how much Christian Ponder was improving even though it was still early in the year? Whatever happened to those good old days?
The last time Detroit won at Lambeau Field was this week 21 years ago, Dec. 15, 1991.
day, Brett Favre was a 248-pound third-string rookie quarterback in
Atlanta, behind Chris Miller and Billy Joe Tolliver. While Favre sat on
the bench, as he always did that season, Deion Sanders had two
interceptions and Mike Rozier was the leading rusher for Atlanta.
Peter King wonders why people accuse him of having an infatuation with Brett Favre, but he brings it on himself. The fact the Lions had not won at Lambeau Field since 1991 isn't impressive enough, oh no, Peter has to use Brett Favre's career as a measure of exactly how long ago this was in case no one knows it is the year 2012. He measures time according to where Favre was in his career at that time. The accusations of an infatuation with Favre are correct to be made.
Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week
I was the Passenger You Don't Want to Be Near in the Quiet Car, on an
Amtrak regional train, Providence to New York, Saturday afternoon. The
idiot passenger. I put my phone on vibrate, and 10 minutes into the
trip, it vibrated, and I answered it, bent over and whispering, not sure
who it'd be. Of course the conductor came by. "Library-type atmophere,
sir,'' he said. "Off the phone.'' I got off. Twenty minutes later, there
was another call. Not urgent, but I picked it up anyway. Same deal.
Conductor walked over. "Last time I'll tell you this,'' he said. "Off
the phone or move."
He was right. I was wrong. The car was
half-empty, but that doesn't matter. I was what I shake my head at on
the Quiet Car often -- the idiot who whispers on the phone when you're
not supposed to be on the phone. Felt like a bum. The rules of the train
are not complex. If you can't follow 'em, walk.
If only there was a national writer who could eviscerate Peter for talking on his cell phone when he is specifically not supposed to do this. Unfortunately the sportswriter who usually eviscerates such dangerous people is the one doing the talking on the cell phone when he isn't supposed to. Peter says "If you can't follow 'em, walk" in reference to the rules but I have a feeling he would pick the phone up yet again in this situation. Of course it seems Peter has never thought the rules pertained to him. He tells his readers he is tired of all the Favre talk and then talks about Favre, he stares down other people for being annoying on the Acela but tells us all about phone conversations he had on the train, and now he goes in the Quiet Car knowing he shouldn't pick up his cell phone and then does so twice.
"Definition of team quitting? 9 losses n a row. 9th loss 58-0!
Injuries handling of offense worst n NFL. Adrian Wilson&Darnell
-- @FitzBeatSr, Larry Fitzgerald Sr.,
father of the Arizona wide receiver, after the ridiculous loss by the
Cardinals in Seattle. The son has been quite quiet through it all, but
knowing the Cards receiver as I do, this is killing him -- and he's not
going to sit idly by without trying to get out if he doesn't think the
team can solve the endless quarterback problem.
I have difficulty feeling bad for Larry Fitzgerald. He's the one who asked that the Cardinals draft Michael Floyd because he wanted some pressure off of him. Who is to say what the Cardinals would have done with the draft pick if Fitzgerald had not stated he wanted Floyd, but this is reason #102 you don't let players help out or try to please players with personnel moves.
1. I think this is what I liked about Week 14:
a. Well, Greg Hardy, I guess you were right.
Hardy said the Panthers were a better team than the Falcons, which is probably a lie.
If you ever want to see the defensive end of a 4-9 team talk shit after a win look no further.
That's Hardy talking shit and saying "Get the fuck off our field" in reference to Matt Ryan screaming that at the Panthers bench after the first game this year in Atlanta. Such drama.
c. The tackling machine known as Luke Kuechly. Sixteen more for the Carolina rookie linebacker against the Falcons.
Tackles are somewhat overrated. If a player makes a tackle then it could also mean his defense was on the field enough to put him in a position to to make all those tackles or the defense ran the ball in his direction a lot. The single season leader in tackles for Carolina is James Anderson. This from a team who has had probably 10 linebackers that were better than Anderson just in the last 10 years. I'm not knocking Kuechly, but just acknowledging a partial truth to the "tackles" statistic.
l. The Rams, who are relevant again, much sooner than we thought they'd be.
They beat the Bills by three points. Stop pushing the Rams on your readers simply because you and Jeff Fisher have the same agent. The Rams are playing pretty well, but they beat the Bills by three points. That's not something to start talking about increased "relevance" over. They may be a team on the rise, but they also may not be. Give it time to breathe.
2. I think this is what I didn't like about Week 14:
b. Horrendous coverage by DeAngelo Hall on the second touchdown reception by Anquan Boldin. Pausing with the ball in the air?
If he isn't playing for a new contract then Hall isn't interested in your critiques. It's like Peter has never seen DeAngelo Hall play corner before.
j. The way Robert Griffin III's right leg flailed. I am surprised the
thing didn't break in half. And he might play Sunday? That can't be
With Robert Griffin, all things are possible.
4. I think Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, at 6-foot-1,
will be an intriguing pro whenever he chooses to enter the NFL draft.
What's good for him, obviously, is the success of Drew Brees and Russell
Wilson, which will diminish the perceived importance of height in a
scouting report for quarterbacks.
The best part is Manziel should be entering the NFL about the same time Tony Romo is getting ready to leave the NFL, so there will at least one NFL quarterback who looks like he does a mean "Sling Blade" impression without actually knowing he is doing one.
5. I think, with all the talk about Jon Gruden's coaching candidacies, remember these things:
b. Gruden's going to have to have a veteran quarterback who's smart
enough to process and execute the whims of his offense, and to be
flexible. A Tony Romo, for instance, or Philip Rivers.
Given Gruden's history of collecting quarterbacks in Tampa Bay, he may want three or four veteran quarterbacks on the roster to process his super-intricate offense.
c. I would not be at all surprised if the Cowboys have a bad final three weeks if Jerry Jones goes after Gruden hard.
...said every single person after the end of every single season since Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers.
Wasn't it just over a month ago Peter King had the Cowboys going hard after Sean Payton? What happened with that? Maybe Peter thinks the Cowboys are going to hire both Payton and Gruden to be their head coach and they would share the title.
"I guarantee you, this guy Jon Gruden, he's real team player. I will now make up a nickname for him on the spot. He's just a player. I love this guy, Jon Gruden. He would just love the idea of coaching with a legend like Sean Payton."
6. I think Brandon Jacobs cannot hide his disgust any longer
at being nothing but an insurance policy for the Niners. Via
ProFootballTalk.com, Jacobs wrote on Instagram this week, asked by a fan
to put up a photo of him wearing some 49ers gear: "I am on this team
rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say
niners this is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I
told plenty others."
I always knew Jacobs wouldn't take the bench well. He never did in New Jersey either.
Then why did he choose to sign with a team that already had Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter at the running back position?
Just for your information, in the last 45 NFL regular season weeks,
kickers have missed 23 extra points. That's 23 misses in 705 games (not
including Sunday). I've been harping on this and probably won't stop:
Why waste 45 seconds on a play that's 99.3 percent certain (which it's
been since the start of the 2010 season)?
A FCS-team lost a playoff game two weekends ago when they missed an extra point.
10. I think these are my non-NFL thoughts of the week:
a. Johnny Football is a good Heisman choice, but for many reasons, I thought Manti Te'o was a better one.
Nothing against Manziel (how many first-year starting quarterbacks walk
into Tuscaloosa and beat Nick Saban and the unbeaten Tide?), and I
don't watch a lot of college football, so I shouldn't have a vote. But
think of this: Where was Notre Dame before this season in the eyes of
America? Not ranked in the AP writers' poll, ranked 24th in the USA
Today coaches' poll.
So Johnny Manziel shouldn't win the Heisman because a bunch of pollsters who were guessing at how good Notre Dame was prior to this season were very wrong in where they ranked the Fighting Irish? I hate preseason polls because idiots like Peter King use them as if they are a science and not just one big guessing game. This is nonsense. Where was Texas A&M ranked before the season? They weren't. They ended the season ranked #10 in the USA Poll and #9 in the AP Poll. Texas A&M started the season unranked in both the AP and USA poll. Notre Dame got more votes for the Top 25 than Texas A&M did in preseason polls. You could use the same logic to support Manziel for Heisman that is being used by Peter to support Te'o for the Heisman.
h. I like that Royals-Rays trade for Kansas City, because I'm very
partial to James Shields and like Wade Davis too. I guess the outfielder
Tampa Bay got, Will Myers, might be the best player in minor-league
baseball, and obviously the Rays know what they're doing. But this is
the first time in forever Kansas City looks to have a major-league
rotation (Shields, Davis, the enigmatic Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie
and someone). The Royals might be OK.
The Royals now have a rotation with a #3 starter, a swing starter, a two #4-#5 starters. All they had to do was given up one of the their best hitting prospects (Wil Myers) and a pitcher who projects to be a #3 starter (Jake Odorizzi), both under team control for 5-6 years, to get a #3 starter and a swing starter. What a deal! The Royals are in win-now mode. This should be fun to watch.
i. It's entirely possible the Red Sox are the fifth-best team in the
East. Just because you spend $13 million a year on Shane Victorino
doesn't make him a $13-million-a-year player.
No way. Shane Victorino is very worth $13 million per year. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, Peter. I felt bad about the Braves giving B.J. Upton $15 million per year until I saw Victorino got $13 million per year. Oh, and Mike Napoli is also worth $13 million per year...well, maybe he actually is due to his versatility.
j. Chris Christie on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was kid-like talking about hugging his new best friend, Bruce Springsteen. Cute.