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Monday, September 12, 2005

Peter King is a big fat idiot: Week 1

Pete starts with an open letter to Saints owner Tom Benson. The "open letter" idea is absurd to begin with, but it suits Pete because it makes his plea more melodramatic.

This region needs the Saints, now more than any other time in the 38-year history of the franchise. And the future of this team -- and I would say even this incredibly needy region -- is in your hands as much as any single person in the United States right now.

Absurd. Melodramatic.

You want to know what the displaced people in Houston and Dallas and all over America want to hear right now?

A) "We swung by your house, it's still there!"

2) "You can go home now, here's a first class airline ticket."

iii) "None of the Saints games will be blacked out this year."

None of the above. Apparently Pete thinks the most important thing is for Benson to tell them there's no way he'll pull the Saints out of New Orleans permanently.

I've said for months the specter of the Los Angeles Saints is a great possibility. And maybe before Hurrican Katrina, it would have been understandable for you to make the best deal you could make in a better market. But not now. Not anymore. Now is the time to do the right thing.

By all means Mr. Benson, the right thing to do is stay in a market that only marginally supported your team. Some of the billions (trillions?) in federal aid should go to a new palace for your team. Go get it Mr. Benson, as long as you plan to charge less than $35 to park there.

The people in the shelters all over America will probably never be able to afford a ticket, but really, there's nothing else to do in New Orleans, so pretty please don't go.

Tie of the week

Defensive Player of the Week


This is a recurring theme -- ties. Pete can't make up his mind. There will always be a tie somewhere in his column.


Saturday morning, at the central Jersey rest area with the real Starbucks just off the parking lot, I got fleeced for a triple grande hazelnut latte to the tune of $5.37.

I'm not sure what's more shocking, Pete's willingness to be exploited, or his continuing to complain about it.

I traveled this weekend too, and had a $4 Americano -- in Oxford, NY. That's a two-stoplight town, and they're charging $4 for four shots of espresso, and water. It was like a speed trap. Same day, I got another one in Endwell at a place called Java Joe's. This was one of those trailer/shack places that probably used to be a Fotomat. There the "Americana" was only $2.95, and was surprisingly good. But they didn't have natural sugar, only the processed white sugar. Really, do I deserve to be treated like that, at any price?

Somethingest Something

b. The funniest commercial in recent NFL history is the Burger King spot with the Burger King guy intercepting Drew Bledsoe, taking it to the house and doing the cocky jig in the end zone.

I have to agree somewhat. My son was in the middle of whining about something and the commercial came on. He stopped and watched and laughed about as hard as I've ever seen him laugh. First Coq Roq and now this. The BK folks do have something going with the absurdity.

7. I think most of us owe Gus Frerotte a big apology. We've all pretty much thought of him as a hanger-on without any real upside to help a team except if the starter (and maybe the second-stringer) got hurt. Well, watching a good chunk of Miami's dismantling of Denver, I came to realize that what is good about Frerotte is what's so good about the NFL: Guys who are given up for done don't have to believe they're really done. They can fight their way out of it and still be good if they believe in themselves.

One decent game, which the Miami defense won for the Dolphins, and suddenly Frerotte isn't still a hanger on with zero upside? Frerotte has never changed, only his surroundings have.

Non-Sequitur of the Week

b. Poor Dave Wannstedt.

Why the pity for Wanny? Because Pitt, who played in a BCS bowl last year, with a QB that Pete hailed as a good one, got beat by Ohio? Not Ohio State, just Ohio. Because Wanny's a terrible coach? What...? Why poor Wanny? What's happened to him is HIS FAULT. I didn't see the game, but I saw the clip of Wanny walking off the field. The look on his face was one of severe self-doubt.


Anonymous Jordy said...

I have dutifully tried to keep reading Pete, but it's become exhausting.

It's not even worth reading just to laugh at him anymore. And more importantly, every single week when I get to "Here are my non-football thoughts of the week ...," I think I think I must have missed the thoughts about football.

All I ever hear in there are trite musings about hurricanes, war, and "House." And then the gripes about 5-star hotels, $8 coffees, and the kids' Ivy League schools.

9:30 AM

Anonymous andrew mccarthy said...

I have to agree that the column has gone completely downhill in the last couple of years. I've gone from reading it to skimming it- and only in a car accident rubbernecking kind of way.

2:18 PM

Anonymous Connor said...

I personally want the Saints to remain in New Orleans just so they don't move to San Antonio. If they move to SA, I will have to either watch the Aints, go to the bar to watch the boys, or get the NFL package, which isn't gonna happen. I would rather be able to watch the Cowboys and Texans than be forced to watch the Aints.

3:51 PM

Blogger Rowdy said...

Peter King is just another "dumb blonde" pundit, the kind of guy whose good things to say are increasingly lost in the love-everyone inanities that bring on universal approval and high-paying jobs for national publications.

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