Tuesday, June 2, 2015

9 comments MMQB Review: Peter King Inexplicably Does a Power Ranking of NFL Teams in June

Peter King took off last week from writing MMQB and allowed Greg Bedard to fill the factoid vacancy in my soul. Peter's daughter got married and he took a week off to celebrate that life event. Pretty soon Peter will be a grandfather and holy shit I don't want to think about this right now because MMQB will be full of factoids about babies and I'm not going to bring this up ever again. The last we heard from Peter he was battling how his GPS confuses him with the dialect that it uses and was happy with how La'el Collins' agent told the truth after lying. Apparently lying and then eventually telling the truth impresses Peter. This week Peter does the most pointless of all pointless things and makes offseason power rankings (these are the epitome of crowning paper champions before anyone has knowledge enough to crown a paper champion, since training camp hasn't even started yet), talks about his daughter's wedding (I won't talk about it much, but there's a twist!), and Peter is terrified with poor panhandlers try to take his riches. Isn't there something could do with poor people and the homeless? Put them somewhere so that they can't bother others? These jealous ass bitches coming for Peter's riches. Find somewhere to put them or arrest these people who just roam the streets because they have nowhere else to go.

I’ll also have thoughts on the Adrian Peterson contract set-to with Minnesota (surprisingly, I have a little empathy for Peterson),

It's not surprising. He's probably given you a few good quotes as the years have gone by. Peter, you play favorites, so who you do or don't criticize doesn't surprise me at all. If Kim Jong Un gave Peter a few good quotes and was a white quarterback, then Peter would probably have some empathy for him as well.

the colossal loss of Ryan Clady for Denver in the Peyton Manning-protection business,

It's a tough injury, no doubt. There is a reason Peyton Manning doesn't get sacked a lot and it's also because he's very good at avoiding sacks. I have complete faith Manning will be all right. The only colossal loss for Denver in the Manning-protection business would be if Manning lost the ability to feel the pass rush. 

Thanks, first, to Greg Bedard for filling in last week with a memorable column. You got a future in this ridiculously long Monday column, kid.

Meaning, THE MMQB isn't going to let a site staple like MMQB go away once Peter King is done writing it. Meaning, Greg Bedard is (right now) an obvious choice to replace Peter when he retires. That's what I take from this.

Now for a rite of spring. It’s June. (How’d that happen? Where’d the time go?) Time for The MMQB’s 2015 offseason power rankings. The offseason hay is in the barn.

Pointless. It's so pointless, other than to trigger discussion on Twitter and get Peter's opinion out there, to have power rankings in the beginning of June before training camp starts.

Free agency is over, except for the 15-cents-on-the-dollar free agency—which, by the way, is not meaningless;

You are the asshole making 2015 offseason power rankings, not your readers. If anyone doesn't know that cheap free agents signed after June 1 are valuable, it's probably the idiot trying to decide which NFL teams are the strongest on June 1. I'm glad Peter is reminding his readers of a philosophy that he preaches, but of course, doesn't follow himself.

The draft is one month in the rear-view mirror. Though the first practices of training camp are 55 days away, nothing of great substance usually happens between now and the start of official summer practices.

Except for those 15-cents-on-the-dollar free agent signings that Peter claims are not meaningless. Other than those transactions that aren't meaningless, which Peter King forgot about in the span of one sentence, nothing of great substance will happen over the next two months in the NFL.

So let the silly season begin...Let’s see how wrong I can be so long before the NFL’s 96th season. (2014 record in parentheses.)

This is the silly season that Peter King will bitch about and then contribute to by power ranking all of the NFL teams when he admits the rankings will be wrong. 

1. Baltimore (10-6). Why? I trust John Harbaugh to find answers in a league devoid of a truly great team.

But don't worry, Peter has a better reason than THAT. After some rambling, this is how Peter sums it up.

I just think the Ravens will find a way.

And this is why it's pointless to do power rankings in June. The Ravens "will find a way." That's what will happen. Somehow.

2. Seattle (12-4). The addition of Jimmy Graham means so much. He could mean a third straight Super Bowl trip.

Peter King when putting the Ravens at #1: "There is no dominant NFL team."

Peter King when putting the Seahawks at #2: "The NFC team that has been in two straight Super Bowls only got stronger."

Okay, then.

3. Green Bay (12-4). The secondary worries me, as does the pass rush. The Pack’s a trendy pick to get to the Super Bowl, and it wouldn’t surprise me, but a lot will have to go right on defense for that to happen.

Peter King has almost no trust in the Packers defense, yet he believes they are the second-best team in the NFC. You can't make this shit up. Well, Peter does make this shit up, but you hopefully know what I mean.

8. Pittsburgh (11-5). Like Antonio Brown a lot. Like Ben Roethlisberger a lot. But this faith is subject heavily to the ascension of Keith Butler to defensive coordinator after 16 seasons as a defensive assistant below the coordinator level. Mike Tomlin is putting tremendous faith in Butler, who replaces Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau, to be a breath of fresh and productive air. Risky move, and early returns are good. But early returns come in shorts and T-shirts on the South Side of Pittsburgh, not on a cruel Thursday night in Foxboro.

So basically, Peter is knocking the Steelers for Keith Butler not having proven yet that he can replace Dick LeBeau. So this means Peter's biggest issue with the Steelers is that Peter King is doing power rankings in June before any games are played. Again, Peter's problem with Pittsburgh is that they haven't proven the defense can play well under Butler, mostly because they haven't had a chance yet due to how early Peter is doing these power rankings.

10. Arizona (11-5). Maybe the most intriguing team in football.

Yes, maybe. Or maybe not. Only time will tell which NFL team wins the title as "most intriguing team in football," which is obviously factually-based and not simply an opinion one or more people may hold.

11. Indianapolis (11-5). Best team in the AFC South, which isn’t saying much. Still have no clue how the Colts will stop the best offenses in football. I bet Chuck Pagano doesn’t know either.

Well, fortunately for the Colts they don't play the best offenses in football on a weekly basis and are in a division with Blake Bortles/Brian Hoyer/Ryan Mallett/Marcus Mariota/Zach Mettenberger as the quarterbacks leading the opposing offense. So saying, "How are the Colts going to stop the best offenses in football?" is a question any team that has to play these offenses will ask themselves, but the Colts have six games against just bad or so-so offenses. That's nice. How will any team, not just the Colts, stop the best offenses in the NFL?

12. Cincinnati (10-5-1). The running game, and the offensive line, should be enough to make up for Andy Dalton if he struggles. But I don’t think a team can be great unless its quarterback is close to great.

Peter hates Andy Dalton. Since he has the Eagles at #7 does this mean Peter thinks Sam Bradford can be great? No offense, but based on what? Also, the Chiefs are at #4 in Peter's rankings. The idea Alex Smith can be close to great makes me laugh.

14. New Orleans (7-9). Josh Hill, it’s time for your closeup. Drew Brees needs a power tight end with red-zone chops, and you’re it. Or you’d better be.

Best team in the NFC South, huh?

19. St. Louis (6-10). If Nick Foles is really good, the Rams will win 11. If he’s average, they’ll win eight. You see which way I’m leaning.

Marvin Demoff is going to be pissed about this. Though, what can Jeff Fisher do if his quarterback isn't good enough to help him make the playoffs? Nothing to be done about it and this certainly wouldn't be Fisher's fault. On to Los Angeles then...

20. Carolina (7-8-1). Giant question marks at both tackle spots and an offense that can’t afford to lose its quarterback.

There were giant question marks at the tackle spots last year too. And almost no NFL offense can afford to lose its quarterback, so that really means nothing. If losing Newton is a knock against Carolina, then how will the Colts fare without Luck? Can the Colts afford to lose Luck? Can the Dolphins afford to lose Ryan Tannehill? It's funny Peter says the Panthers offense can't afford to lose Newton, since the Panthers were 2-0 without him last year. Both games were against the Buccaneers, but still.

21. Atlanta (6-10). What does new coach Dan Quinn have in store on defense? The pass rush is a question mark coming into the season. And new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan needs to find a starting running back and new No. 3 receiver.

This is another reason it is stupid to rank these teams on June 1. Peter says the Falcons need to find a starting running back and No. 3 receiver. Gee, maybe training camp could help this out and it's not a real problem, but there simply hasn't been a chance for Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman to show one of them can be that starting running back? I wonder if the search for a new No. 3 receiver will come to a conclusion when Justin Hardy steps on the field in training camp? These power rankings are fun, I get that, but the issues Peter has with these teams can be answered if he would just wait to do a power ranking until later in the summer. Many of these problems aren't problems, but instead are issues whose solution hasn't had a chance to present itself yet.

30. Jacksonville (3-13). This ranking comes from not trusting Blake Bortles—yet—and not trusting a pass rush dealt a horrible blow with the Dante Fowler injury an hour into his NFL career.

Oh my God. Dante Fowler was a rookie who may or may not have been good during his rookie season. It's a bad injury for the Jaguars defense, but stop acting like they lost a proven veteran for the season. Fowler could be Von Miller or he could be Dion Jordan. If Fowler were healthy, how far would Peter have realistically moved them up in the rankings? I'm betting not very far.

32. Tennessee (2-14). I love the Marcus Mariota pick. I don’t love the supporting cast, and he’s not a guy who’s going to be great day one. Or day 24.

How about day 29?

Peter then spends a page discussing his daughter's wedding. I'm going to skip nearly all of this because it's hard to be snarky about a person's wedding without being an asshole. In fact, it's probably hard because it's an asshole thing to do to be snarky about a person's wedding. Here's the twist that isn't really a twist because it's 2015...

For many of you who didn’t like me crossing the line of family life and wanted me to stick with football only, Laura and Mary Beth dropping from sight was just fine. I would urge those to skip to Page 3 of the column right now, because I’m going to spend this page talking about a great event in our lives: the wedding nine days ago of Laura to her girlfriend, Kim Zylker, in California.

Peter King's daughter is not straight. She had, as he termed it on Twitter, "a gay wedding." There's the twist. And we move on...

“Hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year.”

—Philadelphia running back DeMarco Murray, the defending rushing champion, upon hearing that his backup in Dallas last year, Joseph Randle, said Murray didn’t get everything he could have gotten out of his opportunities as a ball-carrier in 2014. Randle’s exact words: “I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone.”

Why someone would say that about a rushing champion who carried a team’s running game all season is absolutely bizarre. Or a case of ridiculous envy.

Or the source of this criticism could be considered as coming from someone who shoplifted men's underwear and cologne from a department store and the criticism will be judged accordingly. 

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

No one in America noticed it, I’m sure. But Aaron Rodgers’ brother Jordan, who had a good chance to win the British Columbia quarterback job in the CFL this season, abruptly quit football last week to pursue a career in television. I don’t blame him, but it was a surprise, especially considering he’s not going to enter TV at a high level.

I'm not entirely sure this is a "fact" more than it is Peter King relaying a story. It's definitely not a "factoid" because factoids are not baby facts, but are trivial bits of information whose accuracy could be questioned.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

I don’t mean to be a baby in this space, which I’ve been before.

By "before" Peter clearly means to type "on a near weekly basis."

Nor do I mean to be an alarmist.

But Peter wants us to know that there are poor people out there who need money. Don't be alarmed by this, because generally they don't mean harm. 

But my wife and I spent a couple of post-wedding days in one of our favorite cities, Seattle, last week, and went to see the Mariners on Thursday night. After the game, we walked 1.1 miles from Safeco Field to our hotel in the city. Man, that was one scary walk. To say aggressive panhandling in that city is rampant is an understatement—I guess particularly after night baseball games, when there are folks walking back to their hotels in a good area of the city.

Peter is just trying to walk back to his hotel, which he specifically chose to be in the good part of the city where he wouldn't have to feel uncomfortable, and these people are trying to get money from him. Remember all the times Peter has written "Only in New York" about events that he seems to believe only takes place in New York? Well, I guess there are events and things that happen outside of New York (I know, it's unbelievable) which are not specific only to that city. Peter should have tried walking in downtown Atlanta about a decade ago. Best of luck walking a block without being accosted for money.

We gave three times,

How naive is Peter? Welp, there is his problem. The second he gave money to one panhandler then he's a mark and the others know that Peter has money to give and has given it before. If you give once to a panhandler then expect to be hit up to give up some money again. I even had a panhandler get mad at me one time because I gave his buddy money but not him. You give once, be prepared to give twice. Give twice, be prepared to give thrice.

and after that, we just put our heads down and got back to the hotel.

Which is what you should have done if you had no plans to give money in the first place. I find it very, very difficult to believe that Peter has never experienced aggressive panhandling before. Has he been blessed to only live in areas of Boston and New York where there isn't aggressive panhandling or do those cities just have panhandling under control? I find it hard to believe that Peter has lived in so many big cities and never run into something like this before.

Craziest thing to me: On a brisk 15- to 18-minute walk from a huge sports facility in a major American city to a hotel in a lovely downtown area, we saw zero police officers.

Okay, two things:

1. You said you had your head down for part of the trip, so perhaps there were police officers but you just didn't see them?

2. What would police officers have to do with aggressive panhandling? These panhandlers aren't committing a crime, so what would a police officer do in this situation? These people obviously weren't committing a crime, so does Peter expect a police escort back to his hotel or something? Fine, there should have been police officers around and they weren't around, yet I can't figure out what they would have done in this situation. Advise the panhandlers to leave everyone alone or they will be arrested?

The Minnesota running back stayed away from voluntary offseason workouts for several reasons—one being the fact that he apparently wants more guaranteed money in the three years left on his Vikings deal. 

It's Peterson's right to hold out if he feels he wants more money. I can't imagine a scenario where the Vikings would actually have given him more money, especially since Peterson sat out all last year, running backs are being devalued by some teams, he's already expensive enough and he wanted a trade just a few short weeks ago. I wonder if Peterson would have been willing to miss some games (and therefore paychecks) to hold out for more guaranteed money during the last negotiating round between the union and the NFL? I'm betting not.

Ten Things I Think I Think

1. I think, regarding Adam Schefter’s news break that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension will be heard June 23: Why oh why oh why continue to drag this out?

Because Roger Goodell is a demon sent from Hell to annoy NFL fans.

Let’s assume the league announces its decision in July, which is certainly not a lock but likely. That means one of the ugliest stories of the Goodell Era would have been on everyone’s cranium for much of six months. Maybe the league washed its hands of the Wells report and the inordinately long time that took. (I still think 3.5 months for that investigation is too long. Way too long.) But if the league allows final adjudication of the case to drag on two months after the Wells report is issued, that’s on the league. I am all in favor of due process. But the league allowed this story to dominate the offseason, and could have done something about it, and didn’t.

I do wish this story had been resolved more quickly, but I just don't pay attention to it unless I'm covering a column that specifically mentions the Patriots deflating footballs. So the NFL is really only hurting itself by allowing the story to drag out over multiple months. At this point, I don't expect the NFL to have made a decision on Brady's appeal until after he has retired.

2. I think I understand Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer saying about Adrian Peterson: “He can either play for us or he cannot play. He’s not going to play for anyone else.”

Yes, it does seem to be a pretty straightforward statement that is very difficult to not understand.

But there are a couple of obvious things here. One, Peterson really doesn’t want to play for Minnesota. He certainly now has come to the realization that he probably will have to. No team wants to give up a high draft choice for a 30-year-old running back with $44.25 million left on his contract over the next three years—a contract, by the way, that he’s unhappy with.

Yes, but this is not the Vikings problem. What's funny is that Peterson wants MORE guaranteed money when part of the reason he can't be traded is because he makes too much money. He's all, "Oh, you can't trade me because I make too much money? Well, pay me more money then."

Two, Peterson wants more guaranteed money in the back end of the contract. So if you’re the Wilfs, why not end this rancor now and get Peterson back in the good graces of the Vikings (at least by appearances) by guaranteeing a vast portion or all of his 2016 salary?

Because Adrian Peterson might actually accept this and then the Vikings are stuck guaranteeing most of or all of his 2016 salary when they don't want him around either. The Vikings have most of the leverage here. They are already stuck with Adrian Peterson, so why would they have paid him more money just to be stuck with him? This idea doesn't make sense to me.

Then, if Peterson declines to take it, you know you’ve done a more than fair thing to meet Peterson halfway, and it’s on him.

But Peter, the Vikings didn't have to be fair to Peterson. Why in the hell would they be fair to Peterson more than they are already being fair to him? There is no need for the Vikings to potentially take a hit by guaranteeing more money to a player they probably want to get rid of when that player doesn't want to be there either.

5. I think, if I were a guessing man—which I am in this case—I’d guess Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy gets either two or four games reduced from his 10-game domestic-violence suspension.

Though if Peter weren't guessing and he actually had inside information, then this wouldn't be the first time he withheld information he knew until after the fact when he could mention he had heard Hardy's suspension would be reduced by either two or four games. That's one of those things that always amazes me. Something newsworthy happens and NFL sportswriters on Twitter write things like, "That's what I heard too" or "It seemed inevitable" as if they had information they decided not to share until after the fact.

Of course, the question of WHY Hardy's appeal would be reduced doesn't seem to merit a discussion right now. That is information, not just Peter's opinion, that I would find to be interesting.

8. I think the Bears did the right thing, obviously, in letting go Ray McDonald. And the other 31 teams in the league will do the right thing, obviously, in not signing him.

Yes, that seems inevitable at this point. The question when talking about "the right thing" is why didn't teams do "the right thing" prior to the last incident with McDonald? He was involved, but not charged, in an incident in August 2014 and involved with another sexual assault investigation. Just because those two charges didn't stick, it didn't violate this fictional "the right thing" principle for the Bears to sign him?

9. I think when I saw the Patriots and Saints will conduct join practices at the New Orleans camp in mid-August, the first thought that came to my mind was: This is going to be tremendous for Jimmy Garoppolo. Joint practices, particularly with an aggressive defensive coordinator like Rob Ryan on the other side of the line, are good for quarterbacks trying to get a feel for what they’ll see when the real games start.

I'll never understand the respect that Rob Ryan receives from sportswriters. If his name were "Rob Brown" then I can't imagine he would even have a job as a defensive coordinator at this point. He's been a defensive coordinator in the NFL since 2004 and only twice has his defense ranked in the Top 10 of the NFL in yards allowed. His defense has only been in the Top 10 of points allowed once. Ryan should get a job working for Jeff Fisher. Maybe after they both retire they can share their secret for longevity without providing results with the rest of the NFL coaching fraternity.

Yes, Rob Ryan is aggressive, but his defenses have consistently ranked in the lower half of the league during his career. In fact, his defense has only been ranked in the upper half of the NFL in yards allowed three times since 2004.

10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:

e. I’ll take Golden State in the NBA Finals, in six.


h. Coffeenerdness: Give me Peet’s any day over Starbucks. I don’t dislike Starbucks. I just love Peet’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad espresso shot at Peet’s.

Plus, there are no panhandlers at Peet's who will disrupt Peter's white, upper-class existence. There are always some shady looking Jamaicans hanging outside Starbucks in New York "drinking" coffee, but Peter knows they just want to rob him. Where are the police when you need them? Certainly not prepared to arrest anyone at Starbucks for acting suspiciously, that's where.

j. There are many interesting places to run in San Francisco.

But unfortunately, there aren't quite as many women to stalk while running in San Francisco. There are plenty of women, but they all slow down or speed up as Peter tries to hear their phone conversations.

One I got introduced to while there in the past two weeks: The Presidio, with its challenging hills and arduous hills and did I mention ridiculous hills? Running down into the lovely and picturesque park one morning, I thought it wasn’t so bad. But then, on the 1.2 miles back up toward the neighborhood where I was staying, I’d never been challenged so much in my meager running life. Finishing a 3.9-mile slog was its own reward.

A bigger reward? Peter ran into a pregnant woman talking on her cell phone while walking. Ah yes, fresh prey he could keep up with. Jumping from bush to bush behind her in an attempt to hide so he could listen in to her conversation about the baby shower her friends were throwing for her was it's own reward.  

The Adieu Haiku

Make peace, Zygi Wilf.
Yo Adrian, make peace too.
This can’t end ugly.

I'm stupid. I don't get why Wilf would have needed to make peace by guaranteeing more money to Peterson. Greg Bedard didn't do a haiku last week. I miss Greg Bedard already. 


Slag-King said...

Peter is worse during the off-season than he is during the regular season. I could not read page 2 (thankfully, he put in a page 3 link).

Peter cracks me up with grading the Panthers so low. He thinks the Saints are much better? Their D is still atrocious and their receiving corps doesn't exactly strike terror in teams :) I think Oher is light years better than knockdown turnstile Bell. Atlanta only one less than Panthers?!? Or even Dallas being so low. I admit, my admiration for rod marinelli has gone up several notches. McFadden will be fine for the Cowboys.

I find Peter's judgment against Ray McDonald hypocritical, since he is,in hindsight, reacting to what has transpired before. He acts like he is commenting proactivly all along. This is typical Peter...be the judge, jury, and executioner on issues AFTER something had happened while being silent about such issues before.

Off point. I was watching videos of the different QBs and how they were sacked. I noticed an interesting trend...Cam seemed to get hit much harder than other QBs because he is so big that the DE and DTs launch themselves like human missiles instead of using their arms. Brady rarely gets that hit because he is lighter than Cam and not as strong. Wilson doesn't look like he is getting slammed either,, nor does Brees. What thinkest thou? I'm bored with MMQB until preseason starts.

Bengoodfella said...

Slag, I read the whole thing. His Page 2 was pretty nice coming from a dad's perspective. I don't read MMQB for that type of thing, but considering how much he used to talk about his daughters I could handle just one page about a wedding.

I don't know if I would feel comfortable ranking any of the teams at this point, but if I had to, then I would put Atlanta in the top of the NFC South. I would not put the Saints there for the reasons you state. I'm always cautious to be optimistic about the Panthers but Cam is healthy and Oher can't be worse than Bell. Can he?

As far as the Cowboys go, I could run behind that offensive line and if McFadden stays healthy then he is a Top 10 running back. I think that was a smart move to sign him. It's a risk, but not a huge one.

Shh.....don't mention how DT's and DE's try to launch themselves at Cam because he is so big, which also helps him escape from these tacklers. It's something Roethlisberger did long before Cam, but it helps his escapability at times, though it sucks when he gets sacked. I have noticed that too.

DG said...

I live in the northwest and:

1) I had no idea Rodger's brother had a "good shot" to be the BC Lions QB. Wasn't something anyone was talking about in Van.

2) I go down to Seattle every summer for M's games. There is a lot of pan-handling, but I don't see how it can be shocking considering there are tens of thousands of people possessing disposable income and perhaps slightly buzzed just having exited a game. If I was a pan-handler, it seems like an obvious spot. It is not in any way crazy though, and considering how many fans are walking back downtown it is beyond easy to just carry on your merry way without sparing a dime. I also find it funny when people complain about pan-handling while conceding they gave some money because they are perpetuating the problem they speak out against. It is like Kylie Jenner being concerned about the environment. At the surface I can see how it sounds callous to suggest not giving pan-handlers money, but there are better ways to help if you really have a concern. I used to give money, but had to stop when I met too many jerks; I remember pulling out some change and giving a guy a buck and he saw I had more and asked "Is that it?" I was reminded by what you said about the guy who was mad he didn't get any when he spotted his buddy. Ok, rant over.

I laughed at his comment about the Panthers needing Newton. Maybe he was referring to needing a full season from him, but he is a writer, he should be able to make a rather straight forward point. Any team is obviously fucked without their starter. It is worthwhile to have a back-up if your #1 misses a start or two, but otherwise there is no point. I remember when Peyton got hurt for the Colts with the neck and missed the year and everyone was admonishing the team and Peyton for not having a better back-up. As a Colts fan, I disagreed, Peyton had such a big cap hit that every dollar should be spent around him, if he goes down you are not contending for the SB anyway so spending a few million is money wasted in my opinion.

On that point, I am a little spooked as a Colts fan about the defense. I agree with your point about not always playing good defenses, but that is clearly the part of the team that has held them back in recent campaigns. I hope their lower profile moves pay off, because they didn't really invest a ton of draft or FA equity in improving this area (asides from Cole I suppose).

I am surprised by the Ravens at #1. I don't hate it because they are always good, but I am on the Hawks there. They sleepwalked through the first half of last season and still were a play away while getting a pretty mediocre season from Wilson (SHOULD MARSHAWN HAVE GOTTEN THE BALL?!?!?!?(jk)).

Final point, Ben; do you think Kraft buried the hatchet with a wink-wink deal in place? Just kind of funny that Shefter was reporting they were talking deal then the next day Kraft comes out and says he accepts the penalty. I think Goodell chips a game or two off the four games. In his rebuttal to the PA this week it already sounded like he had softened his stance. Plus the fact that Kraft said he wholeheartedly believed Brady to me suggests a PR move in which he was hoping to repair some of Brady's image with the knowledge (from the meeting with Goodell) that no further revelations were going to come out. Seems to me like the way the wind is blowing on this one. I think it'll look bad on Goodell for changing his own punishment, but he will probably spin it as some BS about being willing to be open-minded (hot take from PK: "Good on the commissioner to be open-minded and realize it was best to just put this all behind us"). Over the entire duration of this nonsense I have agreed with you that it has been massively overblown, and I am a Colts fan, but I must admit I enjoy the drama between the parties involved.

Chris said...

Idk maybe it's just me but it seems kind of shitty to refer to his own daughter's wedding as a "gay wedding". Not being able to tell his tone on twitter someone could easily mistake him for being snide and callous about the whole thing. And of course their really is no such thing as a "gay wedding". A wedding is still a wedding the only difference is that in this case the participants are a gay couple but so what? It's still a wedding. Lastly the cynic in me imagines Peter referred to his daughters wedding that way as some way to show how progressive and forward thinking he is to the rest of us simple minded simpletons.

Bengoodfella said...

DG, Peter covers the CFL now, you know. Apparently he's an expert. Atlanta used to be terrible with panhandlers downtown. When I went down there for Braves games you just had to pass by quickly if you didn't intend to give. I've given to panhandlers before, but many of these people are truly needy. So if one person gets a few bucks then another person wants a few bucks. It's how it works. I don't give because I don't carry cash. If I carried cash, I wouldn't necessarily give because it only creates a situation where more people want the money I have to give and I end up having to cut it off. It's callous, but how life is.

I thought the point about Newton was pretty dumb too. I don't disagree with it, but the Panthers were 2-0 without Newton last year. So playing the right teams, they could win, but every team is in trouble if their starter goes down. Or at least most teams.

For the Colts, I won't be worried about them until another team steps up in the division. I think saying, "How will they defend the best offensive teams" is a bad point. Every team has trouble defending New England, Green Bay or another team like that. I understand the Colts want to compete for a title, so they need a good defense, but how will other teams defend the Colts too?

Peter says there is no dominant team and then mentions how dominant the Seahawks have been. It's too early to even do these rankings?

I do not think there was a wink-wink deal. I think Kraft saw the writing was on the wall, that Goodell had backing from other owners, and the best move would be to just accept the punishment through gritted teeth. I think Brady's suspension will go to 2 games. There's no deal in place, but Goodell knows he looks silly for not recusing himself and he wants Brady out there playing. It's for PR and it's probably a smart move. I'm really tired of it all.

Chris, I thought so too. I wasn't going to comment on that because I didn't want to comment on the wedding. I was going to bold that passage and then write, "Or my daughter's wedding" as a father might actually call it.

I think he was nervous about putting it out there. So he referred to it that way, plus I can't imagine it wasn't just a little bit odd for him. Not that he's not progressive, but it's not something he's probably experienced before. I thought referring to it as a "gay wedding" was a little coarse.

Anonymous said...

I think referring to it that way makes the point obscure, but I think the point is that he wanted to make it clear his daughter was gay and that he was proud to be her father at the wedding. If he was ashamed or even a little uncomfortable with it I think he would have omitted saying it was "gay". I agree with Chris' take that he was going out of his way to appear progressive. I also agree with Ben that the delivery was a little coarse, I think we are still in an era where LGBT awareness can be increased and considering that a large part of the NFL demographic may still be ignorant to this makes it worthwhile for a "celebrity" like Peter King to announce it as such. Still an odd thing to say overall.

Bengoodfella said...

Anon, that very well could have been it. I kept thinking "Peter King's Big Gay Wedding" was an episode "South Park" would air. Maybe he was trying to point out how he was proud, it sounded off to qualify the wedding with the word "gay." Still, I didn't focus on this much because compared to the other stuff he writes it's more odd than something that irritated me.

Chris said...

I think my main issue with him using it is that it's just another example of Peter being completely aloof and tone deaf. Considering the flak he has already gotten for asking a vet how many people have you killed or for referring to depression as a character flaw I would assume one might have a bit more tact and not put that out there especially on twitter since someone could easily misunderstand how he is using the word and assume he means it derisively and pounce all over him as has happened with his previous talking before he thinks issues. That to me is the worst part that Peter has had a lot of these done deaf moments recently and yet seemingly hasn't learned anything from them.

Bengoodfella said...

Yes, but if you asked Richard Deitsch he would say it is okay because Peter apologizes. That makes everything better. Peter may be tone deaf, but he's super-sorry until he does it again.

Peter comes off as tone deaf, to his credit he apologizes, but then he really doesn't learn from it. It's confusing to me.