On Holidays, Heroes and A Patriot Named Brady

The Dolphins expect rookie Ju'Wuan James (72) to be a long-term answer at tackle. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
The Dolphins expect rookie Ju’Wuan James (72) to be a long-term answer at tackle. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Ten Things I Think I Think

1. I think that was a great job by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, going to Los Angeles and coming up with a depressing picture of the future of the NFL in L.A. two decades after the Rams and Raiders last played there. The money quote from Graham’s story, from long-time Los Angeles city councilman Bernard Parks: “I’ve finally, personally come to a conclusion. I have to resign myself to the fact the NFL is not coming.” Strong words from one of the biggest NFL flag-wavers in town.

2. I think, Sam Farmer, I will wait for your retort. Or your forecast.

3. I think I hope Bill Belichick—as he did last week on SiriusXM NFL Radio—continues to press for replay on any call made in any game. For those who say it will lead to five-hour games, come on. It won’t increase the number of challenges each coach has per game; it will simply provide another bit of insurance against a blown call changing the outcome of a game.

4. I think, regarding Jerry Rice Jr. declining to wear number 80 during a San Francisco tryout the other day, I say: Why would he? Nice to follow in your dad’s footsteps and all, but why let people look at you on the field and say, “Well, he’s no Jerry Rice?”

5. I think I like what I saw on Pro Football Talk Sunday: the probability of a redesigned substance-abuse policy in the NFL that calls for a one-game suspension for a first-time DUI conviction.

6. I think the Dolphins have a pretty big upgrade at tackle—from the aged Bryant McKinnie (left) and Tyson Clabo (right) at the end of last season to Branden Albert and Ju’Wuan James—to start this year. The first act of new GM Dennis Hickey will look very smart if Albert and James can be the long-term protectors of Ryan Tannehill that they were imported to be.

7. I think the best sign for any team over the weekend was Chiefs rookie quarterback Aaron Murray evading the rush well at Kansas City minicamp, just six months removed from ACL surgery. Though it was a non-contact practice in helmets and shorts, Murray looked comfortable pivoting and wheeling around on the rehabbed leg. Doubt he’ll beat out Chase Daniel this year as Alex Smith’s backup, but great progress nonetheless.

8. I think one of the position competitions I’m really looking forward to this summer is cornerback in New Orleans. Specifically: Imagine if, on opening day against Atlanta, the Saints line up Champ Bailey across from Roddy White and—on some plays at least—the 6-4 Stanley Jean-Baptiste across from Julio Jones? Jean-Baptiste will likely open the season behind the established Keenan Lewis, trying to earn time in the nickel or dime packages. Talk about remaking your corner group in one off-season. If this happens, it would take a leap of faith for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to pull it off—not with Bailey, of course, because he should start if healthy. But Ryan will work hard to get Jean-Baptiste ready to face the tall wideouts in the division, and there are many in the NFC South.

9. I think—and this is not a football note, but a societal one—following the Mark Cuban controversy of the past few days, what he said at worst was borderline racist. Borderline. I wouldn’t have said it, but I also wouldn’t have attacked him for it. Pretty soon, no public figure will say anything, ever, at all, that is borderline controversial. We’re forcing all free-thinkers and speakers to measure everything they say and then come out with pablum, or else risk facing some hurricane of anger in some social segment of this world—on Twitter, or some other forum—whether it’s truly deserved or not.  

TALK BACK

Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday’s mailbag.

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

a. Happy 73rd, Bob Dylan. (It was Saturday.)

b. Happy 74th, Brent Musberger (today).

c. Waking up Sunday morning, which of the following would you have believed more likely: Manny Ramirez named player-coach of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, or Kim Kardashian selling everything to follow the Dalai Lama?

d. Call me crazy (many do), but I think Manny actually might be good at it. He was a nutjob, but he worked pretty hard to be a good hitter. And Theo Epstein wouldn’t have done this if he thought Manny would infect his prospects with nonsense.

e. You mean there’s a race-car driver named Will Power and I’d never heard of him until the Indy 500 Sunday?

f. Runs scored by Red Sox in first inning Saturday at Tampa Bay: 5. Runs scored in previous 16 innings, and next 14 innings: 0.

g. I do not approve of the Stephen Drew signing. I approve of growing pains with a future star shortstop, Xander Bogaerts, instead of slapping him in the face after six weeks of mediocre play in the field at a time when his peers are juniors in college.

h. Fantastic job by ESPN’s Liz Merrill on the son of the late (and wild) boxer Tommy Morrison taking up boxing. Now that’s how to tell a story.

i. Also, do not miss Lee Jenkins’ cover story in SI this week on NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Talk about getting inside a newsmaker of the day. A superb job.

j. Did you know Adam Silver used to help babysit SI managing editor Mark Mulvoy’s kids in Westchester County, N.Y.?

k. One more story from the week that I absolutely loved: Joe Rhodes of the New York Times journeying to Vancouver to tell the tale of soccermania in nutty MLS markets Vancouver, Portland and Seattle. Always thought—and I told MLS commish Don Garber this—he should put the league office in Seattle, so it would be in the middle of three markets that treat the league closest to the way the English treat their major league.

l. Soccer is coming. And those who says it’ll always be a minor sport here, read that story about the impact of the game on the Pacific Northwest, and then be with me in my New York City apartment Saturday afternoon, with the windows open. At one point, I heard a sustained roar. I looked out to see folks overflowing out of a jam-packed bar. Someone must have scored in the Champions League final, I thought. That’s right. Twitter exploded with the news about five seconds later.

m. Speaking of memorable stories, here’s one to look out for this week on our site: Greg Bedard on Bill Walsh. Imagine being taught the West Coast Offense and how to go on road trips and everything you need to know about being a great football player. Bedard saw and heard it all—and you will too, on Wednesday at The MMQB.

n. Coffeenerdness: See my take on Portland coffee trucks on Page 4.

o. Beernerdness: My beer of pleasure on the trip to the Pacific Northwest last week: Breakside IPA (Breakside Brewing, Portland, Ore.), which has a clean and smooth taste—and the slightest aftertaste of a pine cone. That should be gross. But it was tremendous. Love that beer.

p. Johnny Manziel. Champagne rainstorm. TMZ. Las Vegas. Manziels will be Manziels.

Adieu Haiku

Memorial Day.
You can’t tell the story of
Pat Tillman enough.

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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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