Dawn of a New Day

Ten Things I Think I Think

1. I think there are more than four active players who have at one time this offseason considered coming out of the closet. I’d still predict that none will come out this year, but it’s only a matter of time before the NFL has its own Jason Collins.

Courtesy of Amber
Courtesy of the Theoharis family

2. I think the birth of the week in the NFL (you mean someone actually keeps track of such things?) is Kamryn Olivia Buchler, six pounds, two ounces, born Wednesday at 9:58 p.m. PT in Los Angeles to parents Amber Theoharis and Todd Buchler. And here’s the rest of the story: Theoharis was due to have her second child by C-section Aug. 12, and so she arranged with her NFL Network bosses that this past Friday, July 19, would be her last day at work. Theoharis is an NFL Total Access host (that’s NFLNet’s nightly news wrapup show, airing from 7-8 ET, 4-5 PT). Wednesday was a normal day. Theoharis wrote her script for the show, had her makeup put on, and walked out to the set at about 3:55 p.m. That’s when she began feeling queasy.

“I’m not feeling great,” she told set partners Willie McGinest and Warren Sapp. During the first long break in the show, around 4:15 PT, she texted her friend, senior coordinating producer Ronit Larone, and said she was having the same feeling she had when she gave birth to her first child, Dylan, two and a half years ago. “I jumped out of my chair,” said Larone, “and got over to the set. Amber was chill. As calm as can be. I said, ‘Come on. Let’s go. And she said, ‘What are you talking about? I’m staying. Todd’s on his way.’ Larone pressed the issue, but Theoharis insisted she could make it through the show—and since her husband wasn’t there yet, and he was the driver, and Theoharis seemed certain—she stayed on the air. Whisked by her husband to the hospital (and still in full makeup), Theoharis found time to text Larone during the drive, “I might not be coming in tomorrow.” That’s because you are going to have a baby tonight, girl. The doctor told her upon arrival: “You’re in labor.” Less than four hours later, here came the family’s second child. I’m just wondering if Theoharis can teach a Concentration 101 class.

3. I think Chip Kelly-to-Philadelphia is the most compelling migration from college to the NFL since Jimmy Johnson-to-Dallas in 1989.

4. I think I know what you’re thinking: Wait a minute. What about Spurrier-to-Washington in 2002? Saban-to-Miami in 2005? Good ones, and much-anticipated. But there’s so much mystery around Kelly, from what his crazy-quilt offense might look like to importing a Navy SEAL trainer (Shaun Huls) to whip the players into shape, using everything but drones in the process. Johnson, remember, came to the NFL not only as the very hot college coach, but he had two other things going for him. He was going to play a different defense than any coach ran in the league—emphasis on small and cat-quick. And he was succeeding one of the legendary coaches of all time, Tom Landry, who’d been pushed out. Spurrier’s heart was never in it. Saban? I didn’t have the same feeling as I do about Kelly, maybe because Kelly seemed so more of an innovator than Saban was in college.

5. I think Johnny Manziel can have all the smart, well-spoken and well-handled press conferences he wants. But it’s not the media he has to convince that he’s a hard-working guy who isn’t over-sowing his wild oats. There’s a short list of people he must convince: Cleveland president Joe Banner, GM Mike Lombardi and coach Rob Chudzinski, Jacksonville GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie, and, well, you get the picture. Manziel’s job now will be to not let any more 2:03 a.m. bar photos get on Twitter, and his job next spring will be to convince teams he’s more quarterback than party boy.

6. I think the unimportant part of the Robert Griffin III/readiness story is whether he will be cleared to practice on the first day of camp. There’s really no need for him to be taking every snap, or really any snaps, the first couple of weeks of practice. The important part is that he’d be able to go by about Aug. 15, which I hear he will. I have very little doubt—barring an additional injury at training camp or in a preseason game—that Griffin will be the Washington quarterback 49 nights from now, when Philadelphia comes to D.C. for the Monday-night opener.

7. I think similar questions are being asked in New England about Rob Gronkowski’s readiness in New England; the Patriots have their first practice Friday at 9 a.m. Gronkowski has had five surgeries in the last nine months, and the Patriots will need to see how his back has responded to treatment this week before they can start to predict if he’ll play at the start of the season. The Patriots could choose to place him the Physically Unable to Perform List, and keep him out for the first six weeks of the regular season. They could make him one of the 53 active players entering the season, and simply de-activate him for two, three or four weeks, say, until they feel he’s in satisfactory football shape. Or he could play at the start of the season. I think it’ll be PUP or deactivation for two or three weeks, but no one can know until the teams sees how he feels and responds to physical activity.

8. I think, sometimes, especially in the summer, good football stories can get lost, because, well, a bunch of us who cover the game get lost in the summer before camps open. But this story by Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com is a great example of having a good idea and developing it into a great piece of explanatory journalism. Prisco asked Adrian Peterson to break down his recovery from the ACL injury, and asked him to dissect three running plays. Peterson is very good at opening up about his running style, and he remembers specific pieces of plays the way golfers remember what club they used on the third shot of a par-5 hole three months after it happens. I highly recommend the story. Good job, Pete.

9. I think you wouldn’t think of the Cowboys as a team that’s been totally made over. But from the day Jason Garrett took over as head coach 40 games ago, there’s been a pretty good makeover: Only 17 of the 90 players who began practicing for the new season Sunday were Cowboys when Garrett coached his first game in mid-2010.

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

a. I have found the greatest crime story this side of Whitey Bulger, from the San Francisco Chronicle.

b. I mean, if you’re looking for the easiest story to find in any search engine, use any of the following and you’d find the very, very strange story of a man from San Francisco, Christopher Hall: “Deputy public defender Phoenix Streets,” “bear mace,” “hacky-sack circle,” “extensive combat training,” “aerosol can of bear repellant” and “shirtless neighbor.”

c. My cool, memorable, only-in-New York highlight of the week: We are huge Curb Your Enthusiasm fans, and my wife got us tickets to see the new improv-type movie starring and directed by Jeff Garlin, the agent-to-Larry in Curb. So we went to the movie, Dealin’ With Idiots, about a crazy group of youth baseball parents and crazier coaches. Afterward, we learned when we arrived at the theater, Garlin would be taking questions from the audience about the movie. Fun! The movie is fun, and for those who like unscripted comedy riffing, a la Curb, you should find this one. The ending was a hilarious outtake of a field caretaker trying to measure the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate using an uncooperative tape measure. I have a kind of howling laughter with humor like that. So when Garlin took the stage to talk, the first thing he said was, “Who’s the guy with the tremendous laugh?” I raised my hand. Guilty as charged. Good thing Garlin loved it and didn’t have me thrown out. Someone asked Garlin about a comparison to Bad News Bears, and Garlin pooh-poohed that. Said the movie took 12 days to film, he never looked at dailies or re-shot anything, and had a total budget of $750,000. “I’m no Walter Matthau,” he said of the Bad News Bears star, “but I’m good.”

d. Bonus: I got to meet Garlin and his co-star in the movie, J.B. Smoove, who was on hand. And if you remember the greatest love-advice scene in the history of Curb, you’ll know J.B. Smoove very, very well.

e. Welcome to the Sports Illustrated family, Doug Farrar. We are happy to have you writing football for us. You’re working with a good one in Chris Burke.

f. I give you permission to sign Dustin Pedroia for a ridiculous sum of money, Red Sox.

g. How great was that Mariano Rivera moment in the All-Star Game? Nobody doesn’t like Mariano Rivera.

h. This will be the first time in column history I’ve been nice to the Yankees in two consecutive notes, but it’s damn sad watching Derek Jeter unable to get and stay healthy.

i. I like how aggressive Bud Selig and Michael Weiner are being—at least from a distance—on PEDs in baseball.

j. Yasiel Puig is to outfield debuts what Fernando Valenzuela was to pitching ones.

k. Why Buster Olney rules: He had a stat the other night that David Ortiz, with his 506th career double against the Yankees, tied Babe Ruth on the all-time doubles list.

l. In the TV world I follow, this would qualify as a “Wow”: Keith Olbermann and Nate Silver together on Olbermann’s new ESPN2 show, as the New York Times reports is likely. I’ll be watching that. Silver leaving the New York Times … bummer.

m. Coffeenerdness: Belated thanks to Continental Coffee, the family coffee shop on Commercial Street in Vancouver. The place not only makes a tremendous latte with very strong espresso; the signature atop the foam is a picture of a leaf. So nice you don’t even want to drink it. Next time you’re way out west in Canada, head over to Commercial Drive and give it a spin.

n. Beernerdness: So my favorite white beer, Allagash, of Maine, has had an expansion project up at the brewery in Portland, which is good to hear. The business is growing by about 40% a year. Found it amazing on my Pacific Northwest vacation to have seen it on tap in two different Seattle places. Can’t keep a great beer down.

o. I’m not down on The Newsroom. I want to be clear about that. But I think I’ve figured out why I like Aaron Sorkin’s shows but don’t love them. The dialogue’s too perfect. Ever notice in The Newsroom that one perfect line flows after another, like one character isn’t listening to what the other is saying and is just intent on getting out his/her line, usually in a hurry? But the story’s good, and I’m watching.

p. Speaking of Olivia Munn, she’ll be in The MMQB on Wednesday. No spoilers, though.

q. I could read about the Bulger trial all day. The Boston Globe is doing a fabulous job covering it.

r. RIP, Helen Thomas, an inspiration to anyone who ever wanted to write politics.

s. Golf is foreign to me, but great sporting accomplishments are not. Congrats, Phil Mickelson. A 66 in the clutch at Muirfield? Tremendous.

The Adieu Haiku

Thanks, all, for reading.
You’re the reason this site lives.
Should be a wild ride.

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224 comments
ExReader
ExReader

You have 10 THINGS YOU THINK YOU THINK.  I have 1 THING I KNOW... this site is now terrible.  Thanks for taking the one thing that millions of us probably sat down to read and enjoy over Monday lunch at our desk and making it an annoying pain in the a$$.  Coaches and general managers get fired I would suggest taking a hard look at the CNNSI MMQB project manager, web designer and any other associate that was involved in creating this mess.  Who tested this?  Did anyone do a focus group with some users?  Enough complaining here is a suggestion...  Add a subscription link so we can all get just your Monday article emailed directly to us on Monday morning - then we can get just what we want.  Until it's fixed I'll read somewhere else probably here: http://msn.foxsports.com/  Look how clean and simple that is.  Might want to pass that on.

MikeyHorse
MikeyHorse

This new format is terrible. MMQB was a must read. Now? Forgetaboutit!

ptcuttlefish
ptcuttlefish

Not a great start when your first new hire has grammatical errors in his bio..."asking my two brothers and I..."  C'mon folks!

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

King congrats on the site.  I'll be a regular visitor, looking forward to it. 

JMillerNC
JMillerNC

Peter, dude, where is your Mailbag?  And where is the "Email Peter King" link?  The 6 letters you've printed in your Mailbag from me over the last decade won't fit into a Tweet.  We need email.   :)


dukegfsl
dukegfsl

Nice plug for Payton regarding the gift to Parcell... Not sure that olive branch will yield any fruit.  I'm afraid you burned that bridge to N.O. back in 2012 Peter. Good luck with that and Geaux Saints!

jrobb5
jrobb5

Greg Bedard is the best nfl writer I have ever read or heard comment on the nfl. Give this guy a chance

harborbill
harborbill

Yuuk!  Peter have read your MMQB column and enjoyed for several years.  Very much liked your take on the NFL.  Don't like the 'new' column.  Too much puff.  Like to be able to pick out the writers I wanted to read.  Don't care about the three additions to 'your' coumn, no matter how much boasting you offer for them.  May be find writers, but would have found them on my own if interested on their take on the NFL.  'New' column is waaaaay too long.  Not sure if I will continue reading. 

epste696
epste696

I agree with all the comments about printing.  You should definitely fix that problem.

PaulHolland
PaulHolland

I've been wating for the mailbag column too. Not overly impressed with the new site either. It's just NFL coverage. So it's in a new format, who cares? I like MMQB column because Peter is excellent writer. Maybe the other writers are excellent too, but I won't read them more because they are on the site Peter "runs". I am going to continue reading Peter's columns, Don Banks' columns, and then the other things that sound interesting - exactly as I always did when everything was just on NFL page of SI's home site. It all just seems far too complicated for no real change. Sorry, Peter.

CoreyLivermore
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Did I miss something?  No mailbag column last week; no mailbag column this week.  Did Peter just stop responding to mail for no reason, or did he actually post that he was done with the mailbag column and I just missed it?

Hughmanity
Hughmanity

It's never enough anymore to just have a good thing and stick with it.  Nope, we must EXPAND! FRANCHISE! LINE EXTEND!  It's the Wall Street mentality.  Who cares if you have a multi-billion dollar company, we only care if it's GROWING!  I'm sad to see that MMQB has fallen victim to it.  I'm sure the money was too good to pass up.  Just like when the NFL inevitably expands to 18 regular season games and 16 playoff teams, it's a happy day for the money men but a sad day for the fans.

ThomasM
ThomasM

0 results for "zimmerman"

jaykahl
jaykahl

can someone please explain to this man what constitutes a haiku? I keep writing but he won't listen. These are not haikus. It takes more than the right amount of syllables per line to equal a haiku. I keep sending him proper definitions but he won't listen. Very insensitive to both an art form and a foreign culture but then again didnt Mr King print Tommy Harrison's anti Semitic jokes with no apology, simply removing the text when caught (however it remained cached by google for days)

jaykahl
jaykahl

More Olivia Munn, less baseball!

efrankv
efrankv like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I'm already sick of hearing about the Cowboys.  They are not 'America's Team' anymore.   And not very good.   Jerry Jones needs to get out of the picture.  Until then any head coach there is a straw man,.  

couch68
couch68

Waaaaaaaaaah! So sorry that you had to read a few paragraphs from a football writer about a team you don't like. Does your diaper need changing, little fella?

Little beeyotch.

DuWayne B
DuWayne B

Cowboy way?  Does that mean blow and strippers the night before each practice?  Daily seminars led by Tony Romo of "How to be a Clutch Performer"

tj90036
tj90036

CANNOT FIND PRINT BUTTON - THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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marcnak1
marcnak1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

This has the feel of an SNL skit turned into a movie.  Listen, I loved the Watabi brothers movie and a few others, so it could work.  The key is the people writing not named Peter King.  And if it's overkill with all NFL, all the time.  Presumably, we're all King fans that have come here.  It was the same thing over at Grantland, Simmons brought people to the site but in enough cases, other writers have kept me coming back.  But Grantland covers other sports, TV, movies and pop culture.  Good luck to all involved.  Oh yeah, put a print button somewhere so I can read this in the crapper.  Thanks.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster like.author.displayName 1 Like

Not a fan. MMQB was ok, but doesn't deserve a website. It was just the only thing of it's kind, and now it's become bloated. Way to ruin a good thing, King. I'll look to real websites like CHFF and ProFootballFocus - this is the same old fluff - just more of it..

dhartm2
dhartm2 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Can I get a word count on Alagash White?  I'm pretty sure it would crush the Ravens.

JoelFrank
JoelFrank like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

holy cow peter.  the first two pages of this is you introducing what you are doing.  We see what you are doing.  I just want to read MMQB like I have been for years.  JUST GIVE ME MMQB WITHOUT ALL OF THIS FILLER!

Matthew W
Matthew W

The problem with the Cowgirls isn't their coaching, its the fact that they have the most inept GM in the business.

dhartm2
dhartm2

I know it's a game of page clicks, but no way to view the full article is miserable.

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

How much does Peter get paid to constantly push HBO shows

thedsr
thedsr like.author.displayName 1 Like

Holy crap "put it in print" guys.  DANG.  Quit whining soooo much after the first day.  They got it!  Okay!  Shut up!

D.G
D.G

Pete, the haikus. No....just........no.

ieatchickens
ieatchickens

Does anyone have a link to the MMQB regular site? For some add reason, I can only access the low vision version.

grogseal
grogseal like.author.displayName 1 Like

This format will take some getting used to.

sypolar
sypolar like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

KING OF THE BLOWHARDs -- nobody says less with more

Mrboxer178
Mrboxer178 like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's good to see a writer who REALLY knows football is getting his due and his own gig. Mostly everything PK writes is insightful and entertaining. It seems like there are too many hacks out there that restate the obvious. Keep it up PK!.... BTW, u hiring?........ Jk.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Mrboxer178 You think King knows football? I guess that's why you enjoyed his column, because you know even less than he does. There is less football in MMQB than most articles - the horrible Haikus, pedestrian insights into beer, etc, etc... King is just lucky there is no competition because everyone is as lazy and uninformed as he is...

MichelleRosas
MichelleRosas like.author.displayName 1 Like

Please provide us a print version option. I hate going on a sports sight and all they have is a video option. If I wanted video I can watch espn.

elguapo52
elguapo52

Ask Rod Marinelli how that "small, cat-quick defense" worked out....

DrewMason
DrewMason

As long as Jerry is running things, Garrett doesn't have a chance.

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gidalkaiser
gidalkaiser like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love the expanded content the new site generates but PLEASE add a PRINT option for us old guys that like to read longer content off of physical pages. 

Bernard4195
Bernard4195 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love the expanded content the new site generates but PLEASE add a PRINT option for us old guys that like to read longer content off of physical pages.  

jshawaii22
jshawaii22

Peter,   Where's the contest for those of us who read all the way to the end of the first blog?  

After traveling this summer, i thought you were going to tell us what a great deal $3.50  is for a bottle of water...   50% to the airport and 50% to the vendor.   Think of it as another airport tax.

And traveling this summer, I noticed I pay more rental car fees per day than the cost of the rental.  You should be a pro on that one.  

Great start to a new site.

js



all1623
all1623

Peter,

Congrats on the new site.  All I can say is outstanding!  You all should be very proud.  Was fortunate enough to make 2 trips to Allagash this week.  1 on our trip into Sebago Lake for a case of house beer and the second on our trip home today to refill the wooden house beer rack and to pick up some of their other specialties.  Great place.  They've expanded the retail/tasting room.  Worth a trip back when you have the time.

 Andrew

 

Sudden10
Sudden10 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thanks Peter for the providing reading every Monday Morning, I always looks forward to it.

Kegaan
Kegaan

Peter,

At the end of the first page, it use to have all the page numbers and a feature that said "Show All", would be nice to have again. Thanks, enjoy the column weekly, can't wait for Denver versus Baltimore, Denver is my favorite since Peyton went there. Have a good one.

LeighFitzpatrick
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First off, to those griping about no print option.  A fellow named Jason Purdy who I assume works on the MMQB site repeatedly posted the following earlier today: "hello! thanks so much for your feedback. we hear you loud and clear and we'll make sure to add a "view all" button to the pagination so you can hit Control-P/Cmd-P in your browser."  Not a perfect solution but close!  

So take a deep breath and slowly untwist your knickers.  

More importantly, Mr. King, MMQB has become ritual in our home here in Reno.  Thanks for producing such a consistently great 'must read'.  Good luck with the new adventure....can't wait to see how it unfolds.

BillSomppi
BillSomppi

With the new format I was hoping that somebody would clue Peter King that factoid doesn't mean what he thinks it does.  A factoid is that Ben Franklin was the fourth president of the USA.  A fact is that Ben Franklin was NOT the fourth president.  A factoid looks like it could be true, but it is not.

Knowitall
Knowitall

And definition number 2? Or do you have the discount dictionary?

Seek accuracy, and ye shall find.

Knowitall
Knowitall like.author.displayName 1 Like

Actually, a "factoid" is a "briefly stated, usually trivial fact".

As Casey Stengel said "....you could look it up...".

BillSomppi
BillSomppi

@Knowitall

fac·toid noun \ˈfak-ˌtid\ Definition of FACTOID

1: an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print

Just because people use it wrong doesn't change the real meaning.

DLV
DLV like.author.displayName 1 Like

How convenient of you to only provide the portion of the definition which supports you position while totally ignoring the second accepted definition which makes his use of the word acceptable.  I'd assume it was simply a difference in dictionaries if I hadn't found EXACTLY the same definition as you.

fac·toid noun \ˈfak-ˌtid\

1: an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print

2: a briefly stated and usually trivial fact

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