Chicago Takes Charge

Michael Sam is wearing No. 96 as he competes for a roster spot on the Rams' defensive line. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Michael Sam is wearing No. 96 as he competes for a roster spot on the Rams’ defensive line. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Quotes of the Week

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“They respect me as a human being, and as a football player. All the older guys, all the older vets, are showing me the ropes so I can see how the program is run. Chris [Long] is a great mentor. So is Robert Quinn. I’m telling you, they get after it. I’ve got to compete. I’ve got to step my game up to compete with this defensive line. I thought our defensive line at Mizzou was pretty tough. This is a whole new level—the speed, the strength, the everything.”

—St. Louis seventh-round defensive end Michael Sam, on his fellow defensive linemen, after one of his first on-field practices Friday with the Rams, to a group of about a dozen media people in St. Louis.

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“They know if you’re going to be tested and when you’re going to be tested. It’s too easy to do right to keep doing wrong. We don’t need that pub.”

—Giants safety Antrel Rolle, after safety Will Hill was suspended for the third straight season because of a positive substance test and then waived by the team, and after cornerback Jayron Hosley was suspended for the first four games of 2014 because of a positive test. Said Rolle: “You can’t really count on Will being able to help us out if he’s being suspended repeatedly, season after season.”

Thank you.

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“I talk to those two guys all the time. Every time I hear something that drives me crazy, I say, ‘Sorry George. Sorry Vince.’ I say that probably 20 times a day. There’s s— going on now that those two would roll over in their graves about.”

—John Madden, nodding at a photo of Vince Lombardi and George Halas behind the desk in his office in Pleasanton, Calif., in an interview with Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth.

Pompei wrote a really interesting story about a man in the twilight who seems as vital as ever.

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“The time I spent with him, I don’t think I would have been able to be at this point so quickly, if he hadn’t been such a great mentor with me and help me along.’’

—San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who signed a six-year contract worth up to $126 million last week, crediting former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith with a good mentoring job in Kaepernick’s first two years with the team.

Stat of the Week

“We are going to be running back by committee,’’ Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell declared the other day, praising the backup to Marshawn Lynch, second-year back Christine Michael thusly: “He has breakaway speed and power behind his pads.”

Perhaps. But Michael’s record is, at best, spotty. His 2011 season at Texas A&M ended with a torn ACL, his 2012 season was truncated because he had trouble in the A&M spread offense, and his rookie year in Seattle was plagued by poor blocking; he carried only 18 times as a rookie.

The stat: In his past three seasons, two in college and one in the NFL, Michael has a total of 255 carries.

In his past three seasons, Marshawn Lynch has 285, 315 and 301 carries, respectively—more each season than Michael had in his past three combined.

Factoids of the Week That May Interest Only Me

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At the Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie dinner Friday night at Del Frisco’s in Philadelphia—as Tweeted by second-year guard Lane Johnson—the rookies footed the bill for a $17,747.86 dinner. Among the purchases:

A $3,495 bottle of wine, Screaming Eagle 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.

$20 for five ginger ales.

$187 for 27 bottles of water.

Hope those signing-bonus checks for the rooks cleared.

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Bud Grant coached in six Grey Cups, the championship game of Canadian football. All six Grey Cups pitted his Winnipeg Blue Bombers against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Tweets of the Week

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In his last season playing baseball, as a Kerrville (Texas) High School junior five springs ago, Manziel batted .416 with seven homers and 35 RBI. The Padres took him in the 28th round of the MLB draft on Saturday.

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Tremendous is from Kansas.

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The ESPNNewYork.com writer after the LeBron James/cramps controversy in game one of the NBA championship series.

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216 comments
ShaneMac
ShaneMac

Peter:


Way to go with your self-congratulations.  At least you did it "humbly".

DerekSugimura
DerekSugimura

Christine Michael has Pro Bowl talent . . . if he can stay healthy, motivated, and focused.  He's never managed all three things at the same time.  He's had trouble managing two.  I hope he puts it together with Seattle, because if he does, he can be as good as anyone in the league.

Michael22
Michael22

Jurgen Klinsmann said to Sam Borden of the New York Times: “We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet."

Betting Odds for USA to win World Cup 250/1, or 0.4% chance. People willing to wager actual money agree with Klinsmann, not Peter King.


The Diamondbacks, 10 games under .500 and 15 games back in the division, are still a better bet at 200/1 to win the 2014 World Series. In the NFL, Jacksonville and Oakland are the longest shots at 100/1 each to win the next Super Bowl. Let the Jags know they are ready to win it all this year, since they are much better odds than the US team. 

dksherlock
dksherlock

So Bears will have a warm and fuzzy locker room.  Let's see Cutler get to the playoffs and we'll see how much it matters. 

opaque13
opaque13

Plenty of people have used motivational devices like Klimsmann has, but why quote him out of context?  In the interview I read, he ALSO said (to the effect) the U.S.A. would have to play "seven perfect games to win the World Cup." 


That's the kind of coach-speak you'd hear from an NFL coach in Klinsmann's position.  He'd codify his statement to let people know what they were already thinking: that his team has no realistic chance.  Or he'd make something up that made no sense whatsoever.

Klinsmann may speak English better than most NFL coaches, but he's still a German who spent his first 40 years in Europe.  Let's not go overboard dissecting cultural nuance.



kalmchaos1
kalmchaos1

Hi Peter, I know that you covered the games in South Africa four years ago and got a feel for the game but Klinsmann is right to say that the US cannot win this World Cup. I'm not sure if it's motivational but it is realistic. While it may not seem American to say that we have no chance to win, it will help keep us fans grounded and in support of the plan so that we can compete at a higher level in the future. I think of this stage of our development as the "breaking eggs" segment of the omelette making process. The comparison to Herb Brooks is simply ridiculous. The 80 US Hockey Team was a very good team maybe not as good as the Russian team but that team was expected to compete for a medal. That team won one very important game and eventually the championship against teams that we very close in talent. Klinsmann has a much larger challenge. The World Cup has several teams that are of equal stature as that Russian team from the 80 Olympics. For the US to win the final, they would need to have 4 monumental upsets in a row. The US squad has a statistical chance just as any other qualifier but more importantly, this World Cup must serve as preparation for 2018 and maybe even 2022.

JeffPozy
JeffPozy

Great comments about Sharapova! Also, looking forward to MMQB CFL coverage! Mr. King has still got it!

Marchoir
Marchoir

Can almost hear Trestman now. "OK guys, bring it in. Everybody bring it in closer. Everybody join hands, on three. Kum-ba-yah my lord, kum-ba-yah..... Yeah, baby that's it. Feel the power. This is how we do it in Canada. That's what I'm talking about. Hug it out now. Hug it out."

leoderosia1
leoderosia1

I am sure pete the lib will be preaching about what is acceptable and unacceptable in locker rooms. Pete is a huge mike sam fanboy...sam will be a career scrub

comments
comments

        Yes its June and I only read the 20% of the column that was football related but, as a longtime Chicago Bears fan, imagine my surprise when I clicked on SI tonight and saw that Peter had written something about my favorite team! Team I'm stuck following because my oldest friends back in Chicago do and its nice to be able to text with them as an at least moderately well informed individual is more accurate, but then I was born in '78 and fell in love at the tender age of seven with the cast of characters that was the '85 Bears. Its a love-hate thing. 


         Here's to the new regime, (Trestman/Emery) which seems to have a pretty good handle on how to build and keep up a roster in theory anyway, and here's to Jay finally growing up? Keeping my fingers crossed on that one, but he's thirty now and a father and he wouldn't be the first whiny, self important dude to grow up a little late. If he plays more than twelve games the results should be entertaining texts sent my way at the very least ( actually those are often better when they flat out stink). The NFC is awfully tough all of a sudden, but jump balls are difficult to defend without penalties, and we just might have a very dangerous third wideout ready to do some damage this year alongside Marshall and Jeffrey. Obviously the defense is a work in progress.


           I hope the forthcoming Trestman column indicates additional coverage of the team in much the same way that Peter's connections with the Rams have lent us some inside looks at that organization. I understand that Chicago pretty much has it's own media centers, and that it probably doesn't pay as much for national media to spend a lot of time covering the Bears, but that really should not translate to a site like this. 



Enjoy the vacation Peter.

Thanks for the entertainment and MMQB cast and crew.  

Jazzaloha
Jazzaloha

"I think teams are figuring out there’s a new way to win, and that includes caring for the player as a person, a father and a husband. Creating a locker room full of people who can be themselves can help you win.”


I'm sure this will annoy some, but this sounds like something Pete Carroll has gone far to establish in Seattle

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

Paul Zimmerman had something against Ken Stabler not sure if he was a Raider Hater like his mini me Peter King but when he could talk he never said anything good about Ken Stabler. 

Scramble
Scramble

How are the A's fun to watch Pete. They beat the O's because the umpires don't know what a balk is.

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

5 hard killers, roadside bomb makers, 911 planners back on the street for a deserter and PK don't have a think to say, scary times. 

KristinDiggins
KristinDiggins

I think every PK article should contain at least one reference to Mr. $am and every sporting event should be held in Jerry World.

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

Peter King "Your" president traded 5 cold blooded killer's which turned them lose to go back to the battle field. This morning your non football liberal comments are about some actor playing LBJ, wow the silence says it all hear no evil see no evil. The guy deserted its the biggest trade of my life time you have nothing to say? Well a guess you approve you moon bat.

liquidmuse3
liquidmuse3

You ask if following the rules is cowardly? I would argue following BAD rules is the *definition* of cowardly. Mr. Rolle brings up a good point about Will Hill, that the players KNOW when they're going to be tested for weed, so clear out that time to not smoke. But for how long? Is there an accepted consensus when players should stop smoking weed? Or is it more logical (& yes, ethical) to wonder why we're abolishing a natural, pain-killing plant.

Imagine, Peter, if we start outlawing gluttonous food (don't be surprised)---what do YOU do, sir? What if you had a huge plate of lasagna around the time period you knew your employer (or the government) would test for such things. Boom, you get popped for gluttony, & bam, now you're suspended from writing. Would it make you wonder why the hell you're not allowed to do what you will, since imbibing what you wish hurts no one? It could be argued the sort of food you eat *hinders* your work, since it will retard the amount of time you potentially have in a lifetime to write. What if they started testing for exercise to insure a healthier employee? On that note, it's pretty clear smoking (or vapourizing) something natural is healthier than taking addictive synthetics...& it's healthier than the personal methods you seem to practice, Peter.

The REAL story in this column however is the theme of "no bullying"---yet we're treated to another "haha, look how much the rookies have to pay at dinner" bon mot. Gross, Peter. Search your soul, you know these things to be true. Unless of course a rule tells you it's not true, then you'd just obey that.

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

@dksherlock Yes, a locker room should be like a cesspit where people are often out to get each other and hate everyone else. 


That will make not getting to the playoffs so much enjoyable, amiright?!!1!!111!!!111

Mike26
Mike26

@Raiderforlife That's so far outside the realm of current or relevant I don't know what to say.

SkeeterSkier
SkeeterSkier

@Raiderforlife...I'm guessing English is a second language for you, so keep it up! I admire someone for their bravery in attempting to communicate when their skills are so elemental.

As for your ignorant, single-faceted political views, I'd like for you to address the fact that President Bush (the dumb one) released over 500 detainees during his term (presumably due to the fact that legal recourse was running thin.)

By the way...the 5 detainees traded for the American POW were rumored (by multiple high-ranking military adjudicators) to be next in line for release in pretty short-order, and President Obama was highly advised to make the deal by his military advisers. The GOP was clamoring - at the time - to bring home POWS; now, some are calling the move treasonous. REALLY?

Another question for you...is a moon bat related to a imbecile? If so, you two share bloodlines!

My advise to you - stick to watching sports, and leave higher order thinking skills to the adults.

Mike26
Mike26

LEAVE NOW TROLL!

Go_Niners!
Go_Niners!

@Raiderforlife You're seriously angry because a football columnist's political views don't reflect yours?  There are plenty of places you can read somebody who says what you're already thinking.  A little conflicting opinion is a good thing.

Mike26
Mike26

@liquidmuse3 You are WAY too serious about these issues, liquidmuse3 - IF that's even your real name!

Wombat
Wombat

@liquidmuse3 Dude you have reeeaaallly over-thought this. Light up and chill!

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

@TerrapinStation87 @Raiderforlife Its no my strong point but you might  get what i am trying to say or maybe not. Are you happy what your President has done to return cold Taliban killers loose that sits ok with you. Please correct my sentences give me some help make your self useful

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

@Go_Niners! @Raiderforlife The moon bats are killing the country I want to inform the many dumb people that read his bull and try to turn this country around. I am not angry i don't know where you get that. I think we need to have an investigation into why colleage is so expensive but produces non thinking idiots. Do you think its a good thing that your President returned the coldest of killers back to the battlefield where we have men stationed your ok with that?

liquidmuse3
liquidmuse3

@Wombat @liquidmuse3 ? Personal freedom, bud. And I don't even smoke, but I'm irked at sanctimonious, haughty gents like Peter wagging their finger about other people's personal behaviour, when their behaviour doesn't affect anyone except teammates in this case---& it's asinine that that system is in place to punish players like that. People like Peter just keep the status quo, & there is really no good reason to do so sometimes, other than non-thinking cowardice (a thought Peter brought up himself).


Imagine if cannabis could treat stroke victims, or if it even *prevented* strokes. Would Peter be into that because of his friend Dr. Z? But we don't know, because we're really not allowed to do research on it. If just find Peter's moralizing off-putting, especially when it's something he's willfully ignorant about. 

Mike26
Mike26

@Raiderforlife  You realize the Raiders would be embarrassed to know you're a fan of the organization, don't you?

blynder
blynder

@liquidmuse3 @Wombat

P.King doesn't work for the Government, he works for SI & NBC.  The players in the NFL don't work for the government, they work for the NFL and the teams they are being paid by. Companies have been regulating their employee's behavior for a very long time.  Go read up on some the crazy ish that Kellog used to do. "Personal Freedom" doesn't mean you get to do whatever you want whenever you want.

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