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Notes from the 2011 Peter King Tweet Up

For those of you who live under a rock Peter King is one of the most well known and respected sports writers in the business.  He covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated, writes Monday Morning Quarterback one of the longest running internet columns in sports, and also appears on NBC’s Football Night in America.  King also embraced the Twitter world and a few years back started a small gathering of his followers in what became affectionately referred to as Tweet Ups.

The Tweet Up “format” is basically a meet and greet with open questions sent King’s way.  The Tweet Ups frequently feature guests and have gained popularity with each one.  The Indianapolis Tweet Up (held during the NFL Scouting Combine) has evolved into the Super Bowl of Tweet Ups as it is heavily attended and features a who’s who of guests.

Last night I attended my first Tweet Up and met the following individuals; Peter King, George Atallah (Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFLPA), Dominique Foxworth (CB for the Baltimore Ravens and NFLPA Executive Committee Member), Chester Pitts (OL for the Seattle Seahawks), Albert Breer (NFL.com), Jason Wilde (ESPN Milwaukee), Aaron Schatz, Will Carroll and Doug Farrar (FootballOutsiders.com), Ian Rapoport (Boston Herald), Aaron Nagler (CheeseheadTV.com) and Gregg Rosenthal (NBC.com and ProFootballTalk.com).

There was a lot of dicussion about the labor negotiations which lasted an hour, but then the questions turned to more general football inquiries.  Some of the highlights:

  • Question to Peter King: “How many full seasons will Matthew Stafford play?” King: “Six”
  • Peter King: Listed the Lions as one of his up and comers if Kyle Vanden Bosch stays healthy.
  • Will Carroll: Heard that Jay Cutler refused to try a knee brace after injuring his knee in the NFC championship game.
  • Aaron Schatz: Jahvid Best and Jamaal Charles are poised for huge 2011 seasons.
  • Aaron Schatz: The Lions are on the verge of big things for the following reasons, high scoring offense minus their starting QB, played a lot of close games in 2010, had a lot of injuries and the trend shows big injury seasons are followed by fewer injuries the next and teams that make a huge jump have a core group of defensive players heading into their 2nd or 3rd years.

Aaron Schatz discussing why the Lions are a team on the rise in 2011

  • Peter King: Hasn’t spoken to Favre since August but exchanged a few texts over the last few months (the mention of Favre and texts elicited many chuckles from the peanut gallery and one “be careful what you send him, you don’t know what you’ll get back.”
  • Peter King: Pro Bowls don’t factor into the discussion of Hall of Famers in the recent candidates because it’s a popularity contest now.
  • Peter King: Tim Tebow will likely be a succesful NFL quarterback.
  • Question to Peter King: “Will the Colts go 12-4 or 14-14 in 2011?” King: Neither because there won’t be an 18 or 16 game schedule in 2011.

The event lasted for about three and a half hours and it was a blast.  There were anecdotes, tidbits of info from scouts and other sources and a lot of laughs and discussion.  Topics ranged from Peter’s dog to the Hall of Fame, the Draft, various teams and players and some great beer and food from Scotty’s Brew House in downtown Indianapolis where the event occurred.

King is one of the biggest names in the sports media world and for him to take time out of his busy schedule to host these events is amazing, even more amazing is how personable and genuine he is.  After the event I had a few moments to chat up King about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,the Milwaukee Brewers, NationalFootballPost.com and his Monday Morning Quarterback: A Fully Caffeinated Guide to Everything You Need to Know About the NFL.  Despite all of that, the most impressive aspect of the evening was how many people in and around the industry I talked to that see big things from the Lions in the near future.  If only this CBA would get taken care of…


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