On Holidays, Heroes and A Patriot Named Brady

Quotes of the Week

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“Russell has won more games through his first two seasons than any quarterback in history. He also became only the second African American quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. And the best part about it is nobody commented on it, which tells you the progress that we’ve made.”

—President Obama, on quarterback Russell Wilson, during the White House ceremony celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory on Wednesday.

II

“I am sorry that Marshawn is not here, because I just wanted to say how much I admire his approach to the press. (Laughter.) I wanted to get some tips from him.”

—Obama, joking (we think), about the reclusive and absent Marshawn Lynch.

III

“I’m not going to get into speculating on what’s going to happen, what could happen, what will happen. There’s nothing really I could further add to this line of questioning. You can take bamboo shoots and stick them under my fingernails, and there still wouldn’t be any more I could add further to this discussion.”

—San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, in a testy exchange with San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami concerning the organization’s stance on oft-accused linebacker Aldon Smith.

IV

“I haven’t played football in a long time. We’ve been practicing to be track stars through this whole draft process, so it’s good going out there and competing.”

—Dolphins first-round tackle Ju’Wuan James, as he prepared to take the field to practice actual football at a Miami minicamp this weekend. Out of the mouths of first-round picks … He is speaking, of course, about how football players practice combine and Pro Day drills throughout the winter and spring—not football activities exclusively.

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“He’s a man’s man. He knows how to lead alpha males. The culture that he’s forming here with the help of [GM] Phil Emery and the McCaskeys and everyone upstairs, I’ve never been around it. He puts us in position every single day to grow as men.”

—Brandon Marshall, expressing his appreciation to Bears coach Marc Trestman at a press conference announcing the wide receiver’s three-year contract extension.

The press conference, from a distance, seemed extraordinary for how many people Marshall included in his gratitude. Marshall, according to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, thanked 56 different people for the contract—including Bears media czar Jim Christman, for his counsel, for fixing his tie, for the post-game gum, and for the Chapstick. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a football player thank that many people for making his life so good.

Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me

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You have gotten to know Andy Benoit, I am sure, from his exhaustive work at The MMQB over the past year. He’s insightful and football-insatiable, and a delightful guy to be around. The other day, Andy, who was on the East Coast to do some homework at NFL Films, stopped by and a few of us at The MMQB met him for lunch downstairs from our midtown Manhattan offices.

Mister Fizzles (left) and Othercat at home in Boise, Idaho. (Andy Benoit/The MMQB)
Mister Fizzles (left) and Othercat at home in Boise, Idaho. (Andy Benoit/The MMQB)

Andy is a bachelor. He lives in Boise. He told us he has two cats: the quite unathletic Mister Fizzles, whom he inherited from his sister a couple of years ago (“Mister Fizzles might have been raised by potheads; that is just not an agile cat,” Andy said), and the athlete in the feline family, Othercat.

“I didn’t know what to call him,”Andy reported. “He just came into my place one day. He came right into my living room, like he’d been there for years. I was caught off-guard by his bravado, and whenever I spoke to Mr. Fizzles I felt obligated to speak to the other cat in the room too. So I just started calling him ‘Othercat.’ Not ‘Other [space] Cat.’ One word: Othercat. It just stuck. One day my parents were over for dinner and they were aghast at the name, implored me to change it and that’s when I dug in my heels.”

Hence, Othercat.

“I did genuinely believe—and still believe—that it is a great name.”

Othercat evidently likes the name, according to Benoit. “I call out the door, ‘Othercat!’ And he appears!”

II

Andy Benoit likes two drinks and two drinks only: water and skim milk. He recently had ginger ale for the first time.

“It’s like Sprite,” he reported. “Only more sophisticated.”

Mr. Starwood Preferred Travel Note of the Week

Because I have not been to Portland, Ore., much in my life, I didn’t know the city had a thriving community of food trucks and carts. Last Tuesday, on a walk through downtown Portland, I was amazed to see an incredible variety of food available in small trailers, all set up in an open-air parking lot in the center of the city, facing out on a square of sidewalks surrounding the parking lot. Transylvania food. Iraqi food. Georgian food. (Not Georgia the southern state; Georgia the country, halfway around the world.)

I was walking at about 7:30 in the morning, and so most of the carts weren’t open yet. But if you came back at lunchtime, here’s a sample in one square block what you could have had for your midday meal:

Basil pesto penne … Chocolate crepes … Tofu burrito … Chicken paprikash … A sausage cooked in a cheesy pretzel dough … A German bratwurst … Fresh lamb Green salad … Lemongrass noodle salad, with tofu … Fried mahi-mahi, with mac and cheese … Fresh Peruvian bean bowl … Yakitori (salted and peppered Japanese chicken thighs) … Scottish fish and chips … Gluten-free meat loaf platter … A “Spicy Goat” waffle, with peppered salami, arugula and pistachios … A Cajun shrimp hoagie … A Philly cheesesteak … Stuffed Georgian dumplings … Fresh Brazilian roast coffee, the aroma of which filled the air as Portlandians walked to work.

That’s all in one square block.

Ole Latte, where the Brazilian roast was brewing, was thriving among the morning commuters going to work downtown. The 27-year-old barista, Rachael Metzger (“Barista is another word for daytime bartender,” she said), filled me in on the culture. “Obviously the overhead’s not as much as the brick-and-mortar stores,” she said. “And it gives such a variety to the food scene in Portland. People just love coming to the food trucks and food carts.”

No time to chat. Customers.

“Hey David! Costa Rica today?” Rachael said.

David: “Nooooo. Brazil. My favorite. How was your weekend, Rachael?”

Stat of the Week

With the Packers’ plans to use Julius Peppers as a hybrid defensive weapon—part rush outside linebacker, part two-way defensive end, part three-technique tackle—I think the 34-year-old free-agent will turn out to be a good investment for Green Bay. But defensive coordinator Dom Capers will have to be imaginative to reverse the recent decline in Peppers’ game. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is obviously hoping the combination of being rejuvenated (the Packers were Peppers’ first choice in free agency), being able to hide in Green Bay (he’s a reserved guy), having another good pass-rush threat in Clay Matthews opposite him (if Matthews can stay healthy), and having a defensive coordinator (Capers) who will know how to free him up bodes well for Peppers in 2014. As these Pro Football Focus numbers show from his four seasons in Chicago, Capers and Peppers will have to be on their game to make the Pack’s three-year investment worth it:

Year Plays Sacks QB hits Pressures Total QB sacks/pressures/hits
2010 1,069 8.0 13 46 67
2011 918 11 5 53 69
2012 797 11.5 7 37 55.5
2013 865 7.5 6 27 40.5

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Tweets of the Week

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Steeg is the former NFL director of special events, and current NFL sage-in-retirement. 

II

The veteran scribe for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was referring to the Packers’ signing of troubled Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla as an undrafted free agent.

For once, I’d disagree with McGinn—but only if Packers GM Ted Thompson has a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy with Lyerla. If so, I have no problem with giving a potential bad seed one redemptive chance.

III

The NPR host posed this question on Saturday night in the wake of another slaughter, this one killing seven and wounding six near a college campus in California, by another demented kid with a grudge against people and access to guns. 

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سلطانالشراري
سلطانالشراري

Turlough's first song? A hilarious and rather touching rendition of I'm Calm from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, with him offsetting his character's obvious nerves by frantically blowing into a paper bag in between phrases. A must-listen in the run-up to Christmas.

يوتيوب اهداف دوري عبداللطيف جميل
http://www.btls-photo.com/?video=class&class=51

سلطانالشراري
سلطانالشراري

Turlough's first song? A hilarious and rather touching rendition of I'm Calm from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, with him offsetting his character's obvious nerves by frantically blowing into a paper bag in between phrases. A must-listen in the run-up to Christmas. 
يوتيوب اهداف دوري عبداللطيف جميل
http://www.btls-photo.com

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Peter - talk about these nuts with the guns.  Nothing wrong with them mentally except that they want their 15 minutes of fame, simply put.  I have that people try to cover for them saying they have mental defect which is complete BS.  They are just evil and heartless.

Edward George
Edward George

Peter......I have a question. Since the NFL wants to be popular on a National and International stage, why then is the Super Bowl ONLY played at NFL team facilities? For example, why not allow a game to be played in a wonderful tourist destination such as San Antonio or some large college football facility? If the 'good ole boys NFL ownership click' (because of the almighty dollar) will not allow such a concept, then at least rotate the games to each NFL town. Should towns like Pittsburgh never get a game while towns like New Orleans get the game a disproportionate number of times!!?? Just a thought!


Ed George

balo030869
balo030869

Brady OVERRATED, can not win a SB not knowing in advance what the defense' s play is going to be.  Life is hard after Spygate

Knowitall
Knowitall

Peter - FLASH. Topics for next week's MMQB

1) Shameful, disgraceful treatment of REAL Patriots in our VA system - and no explanation or action to correct it from the Adminstration. No clever Obama quote so far, but I'm sure you can find one.

2) Gross incompetence in disclosing the identity of the Head of the CIA in Afghanistan

3) Critcism of Hollywood's promotion of a depraved, moral-less culture and it's corruptive affect on mentally disturbed people like the Santa Barbara killer. (see the Washington Post).

You might have to pass on football entirely next week, Peter. Just too damn much going on in your sweet spot.

mike202
mike202

“While [native Americans’ interests] might not be front and center in mid-Atlantic states, I guarantee they are a very integrated part of our economy in the Pacific Northwest and in other parts of the U.S.,” Cantwell said. “I just think that the NFL is out of touch with that and is just parroting the line the team has, which is definitely a very out-of-touch perspective.”


As the former Chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Maria Cantwell should be well aware that of the 29 tribes in her home state of Washington, 11 have schools whose nickname is Redskins.

vince2
vince2

PK has become increasingly political, when he talks about anything!!!  He's driving me crazy.  I won't use the Washington franchise's nickname.  Ray Rice should have [insert PK's own views - including apologizing to his wife in public - when he obviously is dealing with her in a real way, not some bs public relations way.] I'm getting so tired of his preaching and moralizing and telling us how a gay draftee is the most important thing in the world and on and on and on.  The worst part is that I share some of his views, but I think it's offensive for him to act holier than not only thou but everyone.  Can't wait until he tells us why the Pope is wrong on birth control and what Muslims should really be concerned about and how women should have equal rights, but should always be treated differently (never, ever, ever, not ever hit a woman, even if she's about to split your head with a crowbar).  PK - you've made me a hater.  Luckily it's confined to you. 

vince2
vince2

Brady's math is the best.  Hate to tell you, Tommie, but 1% four weeks in a row still works out to 1%!

mike.stevey23
mike.stevey23

In Peters 10 things is think i think


Does anyone know what article he is talking about in terms of soccers impact on the northwest?


I would love to give it a read but cant seem to find it.

Robert Karp
Robert Karp

Hi Peter, I know you're a big Red Sox fan, but didn't they sign Drew, because Will Middlebrooks is on the DL and Bogaerts is being moved to 3B?

BlackDog
BlackDog

TroyBoy, you write:


"And I still think that, unless a man or someone he cares about is being physically threatened by a woman, striking her is cowardly and wrong. End of story. I suspect that was what Peter meant with his statement."


Peter King is an accomplished writer who chooses his words with care. If that's what he meant, he would have said so. Instead, he stated, "There is no excuse for hitting a woman. None. Never."


I, and many other commenters, have pointed out the fallacy of this mantra. That's the purpose of discussion boards like this -- to arrive at a deeper understanding of an issue, and to move closer to truth.


Frank 

TroyBoy
TroyBoy

I love how any viewpoint posted on the internet can cause outrage and people scrambling to disprove it. Men hitting women is disgusting except in extreme circumstances. In most cases, a man is physically stronger than a woman. Are there women who fight, who are great athletes, who are into bodybuilding? Sure. And I still think that, unless a man or someone he cares about is being physically threatened by a woman, striking her is cowardly and wrong. End of story. I suspect that was what Peter meant with his statement.


The upshot? To commenters trying to make yourself look clever with extreme scenarios: it isn't working.

BlackDog
BlackDog

Peter,


Great column, as always.  But you write, in connection with Ray Rice, that: "There is no excuse for hitting a woman. None. Never."


What if the woman outweighs the man by 100 pounds, and is choking him to death?

What if the woman, crazed on drugs, is slamming her infant's head against a wall?

What if the woman is a terrorist, and about to detonate a bomb on a crowded street.



Politically correct mantras  don't always stand the test of the real world.


Frank

Brig
Brig

So.......they're slow on the draw to punish Irsay and Rice because of the legal process being played out,  I get that.  But what's the hold up on Aldon Smith?

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

"To me, it just doesn’t make much sense for Snyder to keep fighting a fight that’s on the wrong side of history." 

And to me, it just doesn't make much sense for a sportswriter to use such a weak argument to claim that the debate is now closed. This reads like a sound bite from a political press conference. Why not just write, "the science of naming teams is now settled"?

armagecko
armagecko

"And there is no excuse for hitting a woman. None. Never." 


Gone to insensitivity training lately, Mr. King? How can a liberal journalist have missed the last 40 years of the women's rights movement? While I'm sure your misguided comments make you feel all chivalrous inside, they only continue to perpetuate the subjugation of women in our society. Women can be just as dangerous and as lethal as any man (google Maria Jiminez, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester or even Calamity Jane). You've probably never heard of Renne Toney, Rhonda Rousey or Becca Swanson. If any one of these women were to hit you, you wouldn't remember your planet of origin. I'll bet none them think they need protection from a pudgy old man with an overactive guilt complex. In addition, women have proudly served in battlefield operations for over a decade. Insurgents in other countries have used women in combat for centuries. Brave men (and women) in our armed forces have not only hit - they have killed - other women. Now, you say that this was in some way less of an appropriate or "manly" action. On Memorial Day, no less! 


Women don't need your "protection", creep. They need and deserve equal rights under the law, equal opportunities in education and the workplace, and equal treatment in the media. You are ignorant and pathetic, and you should apologize for being a chauvinist pig. After your apology, I think you should resign for your offensive, insensitive and troglodytical comments. I hope that the feminist voices prosecute you as you and the self-assigned "media morality police" have done to the "offensive" Redskins. 



FranklinMint
FranklinMint

"To me, it just doesn’t make much sense for Snyder to keep fighting a fight that’s on the wrong side of history."


You don't make history by bowing to it. You make it by bucking it. I think there's a real potential here for the NFL Redskins to rehabilitate the term from a slur to at least a neutral term, if not an honorific. That might not be their actual goal, but I think it's a potential one. 


Maybe, just maybe, with the Redskins' help, at some point in the future no one will remember that the term had negative connotations and no one will use or consider the term a slur, and the word will lose all power to harm. That should be the ultimate goal, and if there being a very popular team with that name can help that process, we should definitely take that into account when deciding what should be done.

The5wineFlu
The5wineFlu

It is BS to say there is never a reason to hit a woman.  There can be a reason.  What if she pulls a weapon on you and is intent on doing serious damage to you or another?

Wolfpack
Wolfpack

Since we are changing names that offend us, I'd like to change the New England Patriots name.  It offends me that only New Englanders are recognized as "Patriots".  I want to change all team names that represent animals because I'm offended that they didn't ask permission to use animal names and I'm sure that PETA doesn't like it and will organize protests.  I'd like to change the Raiders and Buccaneers' names because I'm offended that it glorifies a terrible time in our nation's history.  I even want to change the San Diego Chargers name even though I don't know what a Charger is other than a plate at the dinner table, and as a guy, it offends me that I know that!

WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes

"Say you’re off 1 percent on your mechanics of throwing in one week, and you don’t fix it. Over four weeks, if you keep going, that’s 4 percent that you’re off."  Really?  No, Mr. Brady, it's still 1 percent, just 1 percent of a bigger number.

Kevin1
Kevin1

@ProfessorGriff  you do know that he stabbed 3 of his victims, don't you ??? oh that's right, the media (including Peter) didn't tell you that. I wonder why ?

blynder
blynder

@Edward George

I thought there was some discussion maybe 2 years ago about having a Super Bowl in London or some other venue.  The revenue does play a huge role in it; the "but" statements were about people getting there (affordably - which is kind of ironic when you look at who goes and how much tickets actually cost) and putting butts in the seats. 

Having it at a venue like San Anton or one of the larger College venue's is interesting - but working in Higher Ed I have doubts as to whether or not they'd go for something like that.  The $$$ would have to be pretty enticing.

VanHayhow
VanHayhow

@balo030869 Ever try logical thinking? Reading your post, I would guess not. In the last two superbowls the Pats lost, they had a lead into the final time period which the defense could not hold.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

@vince2 Here here. I couldn't agree more. The funniest part was defending Cuban (as would I) and his right to free speech, while castigating REDSKINS fans and ownership.

Jeff1992
Jeff1992

@vince2   Actually, you're wrong.  The formula would be:  (100% - 1 %) ^4   and the answer is 96.06% !! Or a 4% cumulative degradation is performance from 100%.


FranklinMint
FranklinMint

@The5wineFlu What if she's actually the she-hulk and turns all green and muscled and comes at you with a sledgehammer?


Sure, you can come up with all sorts of hypotheticals from the unlikely to the ridiculous, but I think you and anyone with a functional brain gets his actual point. 

rwill27
rwill27

@Wolfpack  There is only one team that uses a racial slur for their name.

Hienieken
Hienieken

@WhateverItTakes C'mon man.  It's athletes and numbers.  These are the same group of guys that are always giving 110 or 120% effort.  How do you give more than 100% effort?

ShaunSterling
ShaunSterling

@WhateverItTakes Actually, your analogy only works of 1% from a bigger(or smaller depending on framework basis) number if your talking about the change the last week from the previous week, but his point was from the starting point, not from the 3rd week to the 4th week. 

ShaunSterling
ShaunSterling

@WhateverItTakes What?


What do you mean 1% of a bigger number? Actually, if your mechanics drift 1% each week, at the end its ALMOST 4%. Because each time 1% is of a SMALLER number if your using an absolute accuracy percentage, but if your talking about drifting 1% each week from a geometrical range, like 1% left or up or what have you and you don't backtrack in any direction then you could justify the 4% comment. Either way it depends on the basis, but 1% of a bigger number I am not sure how you are coming up with that, maybe it works but in what framework of comparison?

Ron5
Ron5

@FranklinMint @The5wineFlu his actual point is about as sexist as you can get, I wonder if no-neck has heard that women box, wrestle and play football? They don't need a lard-a like King to protect them.

mike202
mike202

@rwill27 @Wolfpack The Cleveland Indians is also a racial slur if will.  Indians is as much of a slur as Redskins is

Tbone5150
Tbone5150

@Ron5 @FranklinMint @The5wineFlu Its actually a little funny that by supporting Rice's girlfriend, Super Lib Peter is actually being sexist in thinking that she couldn't handle her business. Hitting anyone male, female or other is never OK. Sex has nothing to do with it PK.

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