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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Peter King: Oh Really?

If you are like us, and subject yourself to cnnsi.com's MMQB column by Peter King as a form of intellectual self flagellation, and if you made it to the end of his muddled thoughts on the Vick situation and his socially irrelevant commentary about his travelings and muddling through his boring existence; you might have come across one of his "quotes of the week":

"He's the biggest fish in the whole doggone pond right now, so they're putting the squeeze on him [Vick] to get to everyone else. Now, granted he might have been to a dogfight a time or two, maybe five times, maybe 20 times, may have bet some money, but he's not the one you're after. He's just the one who's going to take the fall -- publicly.''-- All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, speaking Saturday at his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Anyone with a modicum of sense and a broad perspective can understand what Smith is saying. He is saying that, essentially, Vick isn't the "godfather" of dog fighting in America and the federal government is using Vick's fame to make this case a front page issue in an effort to get to the "godfathers" of the activity.

This is not an uncommon practice used by law enforcement. Shake the trees. Go after people with a lot to lose.

King's response?

Nice to see Emmitt knows so much about the federal government's case. Didn't anyone ever tell him, "When there's an important issue out there, give an educated opinion if you have a good idea what you're talking about. If you're not sure what you're talking about, the only thing you can do by opening your mouth is look like you're 11 years old.''

First of all, if only educated opinions were allowed, we'd have long ago seen the editors force King to talk about NOTHING but football in his bowel moving columns. If only educated opinions were allowed we wouldn't have to hear about King discovering things like a Betamax or 8 track tapes 30 years after they were technologically relevant. We wouldn't have to endure things like him telling us about the wonderful music he discovered to download on his iPod. And the "discovery" being Johnny Cash. If educated opinions were all that were allowed, King would have been stifled long ago. So, let's not go throwing rocks at glass houses, Mr. King.

It sounds very much like Smith empathizes with Vick's plight and doesn't find it very objectionable that Vick might have put a few bucks down on dogfights. Is he serious? Is there anything justifiable about Vick going to a single dogfight, or gambling a dime on a dogfight? Should the feds, once they had evidence from four corroborating witnesses that placed Vick in the middle of one dogfight after another, have ignored the evidence and not gone after him?

Where did Smith say any of this? All Smith did was say that he believed the Feds were so aggressively going after Vick because they saw the chance to use him to get folks even deeper in the game than Vick.

Why on earth would this cause Mr. King to become so indignant?

I have a bad feeling about Smith's tenure at ESPN, and it hasn't even started. His comments on Vick are so idiotic and inappropriate that a few people at the Worldwide Leader have to be thinking, "Uh-oh. What if we've gone and hired someone who's very famous but not very smart?''

Based on Mr. King's interpretation of Smith's remarks (and King's column in general), we have to think that Sports Illustrated must ask itself the same thing every Monday morning.

Perhaps the most ridiculous part of Kings misinterpretation based diatribe was another of his choices for quotes of the week:

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold God's creatures in such cruel and brutal contempt.''-- West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, on those who participate in dogfighting and raise dogs for dogfighting.

Ruminate for a moment.

King is calling Smith an idiot because of Smith's point of view.

And King goes on to reinforce how horrible dog fighting is by using quotes about going to hell for doing it. How horrible it is to treat God's creatures badly. Quotes from Robert Byrd on who should go to hell for being cruel to God's creatures.

Ruminate.

Robert Byrd. Proud former member of the KKK is an example of a reasonable moral barometer with currency behind his words on how to treat God's creations, according to King.



And, Emmitt Smith is the idiot?






50 comments:

ZEKE said...

we need more robt. byrd's in the senate.

nois, can you tell me where i can send him a contribution?

Burnsy said...

I am sad to be white today, sir.

Dave the Wave said...

"I am sad to be white today, sir. "

yea, you are sad. that's the truth.

have some pride.

Illegal Immigrant said...

At this point, isn't it just more effective to boycott Peter King alltogether? I think everyone in blogfrica agrees he's a no-talent ass clown, why point this out every week when if we just stop reading him, maybe, just maybe, SI will come to its senses and, maybe, just maybe, take him off the site.

Sounds like a plan.

ultrasound tech said...

stop reading him!!??

are you crazy? i look forward to reading him monday mornings. it's great to start off the week knowing i am 20x's smarter than someone.

Burnsy said...

I would only have pride, sir, if I could come up with a rhyming name for myself.

ColeTrain said...

Sen. Byrd, who was a leader and recruiter for the KKK and who filibustered the Civil Rights Act, has no currency to call anything barbaric.

Peter King is a fool. Let's see some more pictures of his whorish daughter.

Oops Pow Surprise said...

This, too, has Mr. Goodell's fingerprints all over it. He has taken a kindly old geezer with normally nothing better to write about than coffee and airplanes, and somehow brainwashed him into bigoted, hate-spewing vitriol.

Mr. Smith should tread very carefully in the next few days, lest he too be trampled by the NFL's powers that be. The media that have afforded him so much grace and goodwill thus far will be especially merciless as they eagerly bring him down on imaginary charges.

Illegal Immigrant said...

For every reader who realizes that Peter King is an idiot and a hack (idiack? hadiot?), there are about 50 fagslices who are enamored with him and think he knows something. He's an ass, but he's an ass with a voice and reach. Really, he should just be shot. But that's just me.

My Hero Zero said...

Sir, I had the distinct honor of meeting Mr. Smith numerous times during his matriculation at the University of Florida. I found him to be a man of intelligence, integrity and insight. If I have any issue with him it is for his televized dancing, and his willing perpetuation of the "black-man-as-minstrel showman" stereotype.

rstiles said...

Here are my thoughts about Vick

http://stilespoints.blogspot.com/

Unsilent Majority said...

nois, can you tell me where i can send him a contribution?

Send your contributions of food stamps and moonshine to Crazy Old Bastard c/o Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC

Dave the Wave said...

"Send your contributions of food stamps"

i'm a white guy...that message must be for the other guy.

Malcom Hex said...

"http://stilespoints.blogspot.com/"

you know, when you start your argument starts off based on calling anyone that disagrees with you a knucklehead or moron, it really lends intellect and substance to your post.

And then the old argument about "there is no doubt that racism is a part of society and sports...but this isn't racism"..YAWN.

How do you KNOW? You clearly haven't been on the receiving end of racism.

You are one on the other end.

And, additionally, you mention people thinking it is funny to defend him. A lot of people aren't defending what he is accused of....they ARE defending his right to a due process and a fair trial.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"rstiles said...
Here are my thoughts about Vick

http://stilespoints.blogspot.com/"

Sir, normally we don't appreciate when folks link to their own blogs without checking with us.

But in your case, we are happy to let it slide.

We encourage all sides of any issue to be INTELLIGENTLY explored.

Thanks for putting the link up.

hjk said...

Man, God forbid a caucasion challenged an african-american's opinion but racist?

Now printing Byrd's commment in light of his past is wrong but I didn't know that and maybe he didn't still wrong.

However, he can challenge Smith because his quote "maybe he went to a dog fight or two" is basically saying he did do something wrong but he shouldn't be attacked for it.

As bad as racism is it is just as bad to call someone racist just because they challenge someone of another race, especially when he is defending actions like Vick.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Now printing Byrd's commment in light of his past is wrong but I didn't know that and maybe he didn't still wrong."

Sir, and that is our secondary point.

King scolds Smith for supposedly being unfamiliar with the indictment papers...essentially saying he should keep his mouth shut if he is uninformed.

If, as you propose, possibly King was unaware of Byrd's past...King should have kept his own mouth shut when using the words of a man that hates a race of people to characterize how people should treat animals.

Steven A's Cheese Doodles said...

"However, he can challenge Smith because his quote "maybe he went to a dog fight or two" is basically saying he did do something wrong but he shouldn't be attacked for it. "

when did smith say that Vick shouldn't be held accountable if in fact he DID break the law? no where.

all smith is saying is that it seems the feds are BLOWING this thing up and the media is helping because of who vick is...

ultrasound tech said...

"As bad as racism is it is just as bad to call someone racist just because they challenge someone of another race, especially when he is defending actions like Vick. "

ummmm....i read smith's quote. I didnt' see him mention race. did i miss something? or did you just read race into smith's comment, since smith and vick are black?

devang said...
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devang said...

Peter King is an idiot with muddled thoughts. He's dwindling into a rambling incoherent man. Robert Byrd has absolutely NO currency to speak about morality.

That being said, Emmitt Smith does not sound like a smart, articulate person. This was a guy who once said to reporters, "you all are just flabbergasting your mouths..." But I didn't hear him mention race in his comment; it was just slightly moronic.

Commish said...

or did you just read race into smith's comment, since smith and vick are black?

Simple question: Would Emmitt have felt obliged to make a comment if Tom Brady was accused of dogfighting?

Bucktown Skins Fan said...

I have a serious (if not somewhat off-topic) question: has Byrd's recent support of government backed diversity programs and the funding for them at least started to make up for his past transgressions, or do you see them as a cover up? I am asking this as a serious question (not baiting) because I do not know.

Is there any way for a man who has earned a spot in that deep ring of hell reserved for seething racists (and dog fighters for that matter) to attempt redemption?

This question popped into my head because although I knew his history was tainted with disgusting rhetoric and shameless hatred, I did not know that his recent history seems to indicate a change of heart.

From his wikipedia page: "In the NAACP's[37] Congressional Report Card for the 108th Congress (spanning the 2003–2004 congressional session), Byrd was awarded with an approval rating of 100% for favoring the NAACP's position in all 33 bills presented to the United States Senate regarding issues of their concern. Only 16 other Senators of the same session matched this approval rating. In June 2005, Byrd[38] proposed an additional $10 million in federal funding for the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, DC, remarking that 'With the passage of time, we have come to learn that his Dream was the American Dream, and few ever expressed it more eloquently.'"

In closing... Peter King is a moron, Vick should spend an hour a day in the prison yard strapped to a rapestand IF (and only if) he is guilty and happy training camp to all... HAIL!

Malcom Hex said...

"Simple question: Would Emmitt have felt obliged to make a comment if Tom Brady was accused of dogfighting?"

a simple answer (through a question):

Would Emmitt have been asked if Tom Brady was accused?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I did not know that his recent history seems to indicate a change of heart."

Sir, is it a change of heart or a change of politics?

Henry the 8th said...

"Bucktown Skins Fan said... "


where's bucktown?

Bucktown Skins Fan said...

"Sir, is it a change of heart or a change of politics?"

That was part of my question ("a cover up") because I honestly do not know. I guess "cover up" was a poor choice of words. I agree that a potential "change of politics" is much more apt.

What do you think?

Personally, I can only hope that it is genuine.

Henry the 8th, Bucktown is another name for Brooklyn.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"That was part of my question ("a cover up") because I honestly do not know. I guess "cover up" was a poor choice of words. I agree that a potential "change of politics" is much more apt.

What do you think?

Personally, I can only hope that it is genuine."

Sir, one hopes.

But, sometimes the actions of repentence are due to one's realization of mortality.

As one gets older, one reflects. And sometimes tries to make ammends, or peace, with their spiritual side.

Who knows.

Bucktown Skins Fan said...

"But, sometimes the actions of repentence are due to one's realization of mortality."

HA! I had "an attempt to buy one's way into heaven" in my original post, but deleted it, thinking it to be too obscure.

In the meantime, let's hope deserving programs continue to see the benefit of this man's endless shame (even if that's all it is).

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

""an attempt to buy one's way into heaven"

Sir, exactly.

Tom said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV29FnQJWWo

Video on the Jimmy Kimmel show of Sen. Byrd's speech in the Senate. Pretty damn funny and yet scary at the same time.

Dismunk said...

Michael Vick? - Stupid
Emmitt Smith? - Stupid
Peter Kind? -Stupid
Taking anything these three say seriously? - Really fucking stupid.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Taking anything these three say seriously? - Really fucking stupid. "


Sir,.....hey....what exactly are you saying???

Tripod said...

"Peter Kind? -Stupid"

Spelling Peter King wrong? - Stupid

General Chow said...

puh-Leeze!!! true Emmitt was going somewhere and King should be bright enough to realize where...

King MUST be paid by the Word, cause in the lenght of time it takes to finish his tomes, tumor sprout up

and "some of my best friends are people!"

Jack said...

that is so weak and misleading to cite byrd's membership in the KKK as invalidating his criticism of vick. byrd, who was a member in the mid- to late-1940s, has publicly denounced the KKK on many, many occasions, and has apologized for his involvement. the fact of the matter is that, while byrd might be slightly senile and off his rocker, this is an ignorant cheap shot directed at his character that doesn't remotely challenge his words or his actions. bah. not sure if anyone posted this information already. . . i didn't feel like reading every single comment. if they have. . . sorry, i guess.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"has publicly denounced the KKK on many, many occasions, and has apologized for his involvement."

Sir, well then that makes it all better.

Cause we all know that a politician running for office would NEVER denounce something from his past in an effort to get votes. Would he?

The fact that if he DIDN'T "denounce" the KKK would mean he'd NEVER win elections....well, that is inconsequential.

Isn't it?

Bah.

uncommon sense said...

"that is so weak and misleading to cite byrd's membership in the KKK as invalidating his criticism of vick."

what's weak and misleading is trying to overlook Byrds past.

if the guy wanted to be a senator, he had to denounce it.

he's a career politician.

that negates any lee way you can give the guy when it comes to sincerety or honesty about his past.

Justin said...

All hail the king!

anderballs said...

is the purpose of your blog to take everyday articles and turn them into instances of racism? i guess i could do some research and read some of your other postings, but i've linked here twice and both articles have been whining and complaining and accusing people of racism. you sound like a hater to me. lay off the haterade dude.

Brother T said...

"All hail the king! "

King of what??!!

Malcom Hex said...

"is the purpose of your blog to take everyday articles "

great comment!

anderballs (whatever that is) has spoken!

NOIS, shut down your blog. Do it now.

And lay off the hateraid (how cool, and how unplayed out!!!), cause andernuts said so.....

*YAWN*

another retard that obviously has a subpar reading comprehension level.

i wish the ones that didn't get you blog would just shut up.

they end looking like morons when they comment.

no offense, anderballs. but, you know...it is what it is...

Tripod said...

"anderballs (whatever that is) has spoken! "


you'd think a guy who can craft an amazing and witty post like this (below) would get this blog....

http://billyrayvalentine.blogspot.com/2007/07/separate-instances-of-abuse-reported-in.html

(anderballs, i was being sarcastic...s a r c a s t i c....that means your post wasn't really amazing or witty.)

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"is the purpose of your blog to take everyday articles and turn them into instances of racism?"

Sir, we found no mention of "racism" in our post.

We found no instance of accusing anyone of racism.

We pointed out that Peter King felt comfortable calling Mr. Smith an idiot for his opinion, while at the same time using a quote from a man who has a sordid past when it comes to the moral treatment of his fellow humans...to support his position on the morality of treating dogs badly.

So, we ask you a question:

Do you come here with the purpose of reading racism into our posts?

John John The Bastard said...

Sir, I must say that last deconstruction was great.

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

"Sir, I must say that last deconstruction was great. "

deconwhattion???

what do you mean?

John John The Bastard said...

Mr. Blowdryer: Deconstruction, as in to pick apart an arguement, as in what the right honorable NOIS just did to the comment left by Mr. Balls. Come on, I went to state school and I know that.

http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deconstruction

Jeff Reed's blowdryer said...

"I went to state school and I know that"

i did too...i should send them a letter of complaint.

Steven A's Cheese Doodles said...

"Do you come here with the purpose of reading racism into our posts? "

obviously he does.

there was no insinuation of anyone being racist.

just stupid.

RideThisBlackCowboy said...

Vick is a MORON,and so are his brain-dead
enablers!!!!