Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Jun 2011

MMQB: Grim News About Mentor Hits Brady Hard

This week's MMQB finds Tom Brady reflefting sadly on the grave condition of his longtime quarterback mentor, optimism for labor peace coming from several sources and for many reasons, Phil McConkey still hating on Ed Koch, and Greg Cosell opining on Terrelle Pryor.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 13 Jun 2011

34 comments, Last at 19 Jun 2011, 2:31am by Whatev


by bill (not verified) :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 8:42am

Anyway, part of the deal is a ridiculously fine meal before the game, which is part of the ticket package. When we walked into the place and looked over the carving stations and sushi bars and cooked-to-order pasta stations, the first question was: What don't we want? I settled for the braised cauliflower and monster carrots, the ziti and salmon in a light lemon cream sauce, two California rolls and four raviolis with the short-rib filling. With a glass of Argentinian Malbec. Sumptuous.

Peter King, advocate of social justice...

by AndyE :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 8:53am

d. Saw a black mutt last week. Asked the owner his name. "Wharf,'' he said. I wondered why, and the guy said, "Because he's black -- like a wharf.''
e. I promise I am not making that up.

Ah, did he really not hear that as "Worf"?

by tuluse :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 3:00pm

I'm not even surprised anymore when King has completely lost touch with pop culture.

by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 11:55pm

what is worf? Not famialier with worf. Is worf a person or dog or other thing?

by tuluse :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 12:31am

He was the Klingon crew member on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 3:20pm

But, if the owner actually worded his statement as King relates it, I wouldn't blame anybody for not catching that reference. The wording makes it sound like the owner thought "Worf" was another term for "Klingon" rather than being a proper name.

by tuluse :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 3:29pm

That's giving King a lot of credit.

by Spielman :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:10am

For all that we (and I) rip on Peter King's weaknesses, the bit on Tom Brady and Tom Martinez was quite good. Summed up the situation, told you why the connection was important (including some very interesting specifics) and is generally a good example of the kind of piece that having Peter King-like connections and access should lead to.

An expanded version of that, with less PK opinions and fewer food and travel anecdotes, would be fantastic.

by Spielman :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:20am

Oh gods. I say that, and then I get to the bit where he compares the stat lines of Dan Fouts and Philip Rivers side by side without showing even the slightest awareness of how much the context has changed for passers over the last 30 years.


by Dean :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:32am

What he said.

by Lance :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 12:41pm

No kidding! King was "was surprised in many ways how Rivers' period exceeds Fouts' period"?!! How can anyone who covers football-- and has done so for a long time-- not realize that passing rules have been liberalized to a great degree since the late 70's and early 80's.

by Dean :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:27am

And then he turns around and shits the bead in his Fouts/Rivers "analysis."

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:13am

PK shocks us with not one, but two pretty decent stories to start his column this week. It degenerates after that (see Andy's comment above for a good example), but both the Martinez story and his speculation about why the lockout may end sooner than many thought are worth reading.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 10:38am

Alaskan White is a witbier, not a hefeweizen.


by are-tee :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 12:30pm

He mentions the potential loss of TV revenue from pre-season games as an incentive for the owners to end the lockout soon. But what about the loss of ticket revenue for those games? NFL teams force season-ticket holders to pay full price for pre-season games. Aren't there hundreds of millions of dollars, collectively, at stake?

I also remember reading somewhere that the Jets have a deadline of July 1 or thereabouts to reserve the Cortland SUNY campus for training camp. I imagine this would apply to most NFL teams that use university dorms and facilities for training camp - otherwise they would have to use their regular practice facilities.

by tuluse :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 3:02pm

I would imagine most teams have signed long term deals with schools they use for training camp.

by Dave0 :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 4:50pm

I think if I were Mike Shanahan, I'd put in a sixth-round bid on Terrelle Pryor in this summer's (potential) supplemental draft

Completely unrealistic. The going price for criminal Ohio State washouts in a Shanahan org is a third-round pick, not a sixth-round pick.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 5:12pm


by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 5:45pm

How is Ferris Bueller a great film. It's bloody awful. Spoilt brat goes on a bender, that's the whole film.

by tuluse :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 6:55pm

The movie is about Cameron, not Ferris.

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:23pm

I still don't care, I couldn't stand the film but then I thought weekend at Bernie's and the breakfast club were horrendous too and they're popular. Matthew Broderick's face has a very punchable quality.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 7:47am

The secret is that Ferris Bueller doesn't exist, he's a figment of Cameron's imagination. Spoilers!

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 4:54pm

That theory has been around for a long time but it simply doesn't hold up. Nothing grounds Cameron as being any more real than any of the other characters and large chunks of the movie take place without him (or Ferris) being present. He imagined a subplot where Ferris' imaginary sister makes out with an imaginary character played by Charlie Sheen at a police station? If Ferris isn't real, then neither are his parents, sister, Sloane, even Principal Rooney. The entire movie disappears.

Think of the imaginary characters in A Beautiful Mind--they only appear in scenes with Russell Crowe's character because they're figments of his imagination. But Ferris Bueller starts out with Ferris breaking down the third wall and directly addressing the audience before Cameron has even been introduced.

by Brian C (not verified) :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 5:52pm

This was debated in a film class I was in. On the one hand, it would make the movie much deeper than the goofy 80s escapism it was. It would also explain some of the more implausible parts like how "Save Ferris" gets painted on water towers the same day he calls in sick. However, there's nothing in the movie differentiating the fact from the fantasy and while the theory typically holds that Cameron and Sloane are real, he could just as easily be imagining her, as well. You can also read it as Ferris being a real person but that he's imagining everything. (That's actually the simplest route given how the entire story centers on him.) But if you're not going to require anything to support your theory, you can also write off all of Star Wars as nothing more than the daydreams of a bored Luke Skywalker who wants to get out of the desert on Tattooine.

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 6:51pm

The dumbest thing about the theory is it's a John Hughes film...written and directed by him. I loved his films but the guy who wrote Christmas Vacation and Home Alone wasn't pulling off some multi-layered, hidden-themed trick with Ferris Bueller. Simply didn't happen.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 9:23pm

You guys are all missing the point. I would never suggest that John Hughes actually intended his movie to be interpreted that way- that's ridiculous! However, the "Fight Club" interpretation makes at least as much sense as simply accepting the story as presented (much more so, IMHO), plus it makes the movie more relatable. Instead of rooting for the obnoxious Ferris, the hero of the story is the emotionally crippled and lonely Cameron who conjures an imaginary best friend who is everything he wishes he was. (I also like to believe that Sloane's interactions with Cameron are imagined and that she is either entirely fictional or some girl Cameron has a silent crush on.) It almost works as a Fight Club prequel- Cameron and Ferris are like younger, more 80's versions of Ed Norton and Brad Pitt's characters.

But I don't pretend that John Hughes himself would treat this theory with anything but bemused scorn.

by Brian C (not verified) :: Wed, 06/15/2011 - 7:05pm

First off, John Hughes is dead so he's not going to have any scorn for this theory or any other.

And your original post clearly implies the film was intended to be viewed that way, hence you sticking the "Spoilers" line in there.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Wed, 06/15/2011 - 8:38pm

Yeah, the spoilers thing was a joke, guess it wasn't clear.

And I know John Hughes is dead. I though about making a reference to him spinning in his grave, but decided against it because the theory was already making the rounds well before he died.

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 3:29pm

Sorry, but it was simply an awesome film. If you can remember what it was like sitting through the monotony of school, wishing to somehow escape it, you couldn't help but see Ferris as your hero.

by tuluse :: Tue, 06/14/2011 - 5:10pm

Which is what the movie is really about. Cameron and the audience both live vicariously through Ferris as he goes about his antics. However, at the end of the movie Cameron has to leave the fantasy world and deal with real life. Well the audience does too, but they don't have to deal with consequences of the events.

Oh and Karl, I think Broderick's face punch-ability was perfect for the movie. You can totally understand the vice principle and why he gets so mad.

by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 06/15/2011 - 6:45pm

I just don't think that an 80s teen casting director would have deliberately cast the film's main character to be annoying. Pow! Right in the kisser!

by Brian C (not verified) :: Wed, 06/15/2011 - 7:20pm

In a lot of ways, you're like Rooney in the film. Ferris really bugs you, but everybody else loves the guy, which makes you hate him all the more. And establishing why Ferris is so annoying to Rooney is central to the film. (Remember the scene where Ferris' sick days are being erased from the computer system while Rooney is watching it happen? They could have just had Ferris hack in without anybody knowing it, but then Rooney wouldn't have the knowledge that Ferris had bested him.) Without that being establlshed, Rooney would come across as either vindictive or outright crazy. But he KNOWS Ferris is up to no good, and this time he's going to catch him. That explains why Rooney would be so motivated as to spend the entire day chasing him around the city.

by BaronFoobarstein :: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 9:27pm

Allow me to go on record saying that I did not care for "The Bluest Eye."

by Whatev :: Sun, 06/19/2011 - 2:31am

Neither did I, primarily because I'm just not interested in race and self-image.