You may recall a few days ago when we called out Peter King for his pre-preseason NFL rankings.
Pete had the Colts first, New England second, San Diego third, so on and so forth. Anyway, we weren’t so much frustrated with the teams (or their order) – just that there were actually power rankings of NFL teams in July.
And, evidently, readers of Kings column weren’t too happy with his predictions either. That’s what you get for midsummer power rankings Pete.
Anyway, he kind of went off in his rebuttal column, which is fairly funny in itself.
Granted, he does do a mailbag often, but this one is basically him defending every pick he made as readers call him out. Good stuff.
Before King explains his picks, he tells the readers why the rankings aren’t the way people thought they should be:
And before I get to your e-mails, I’d like to point something out about columns like mine. It would be fairly easy and extraordinarily uninteresting to take last year’s standings, figure in the offseason moves each team has made, and put the teams in logical order based precisely on what appears to be the way the season will go. It’d be a cookie-cutter exercise.
Wouldn’t the definition of “preseason power rankings” be taking “last year’s standings, figure in the offseason moves each team has made, and put the teams in logical order based precisely on what appears to be the way the season will go”?
Basically, Pete is saying he didn’t do that just to shake things up. I’m not sure about you, but that strikes me as odd. It’s writing something just to get a response – even worse than cookie-cutter writing.
King says (a huge revelation) that the season never goes the way we think it’s going to. That’s true Pete, but power rankings are not predicting how the season is going to go, they are telling us which team is in the best position at the start of the season. It’s not a playoff bracket predictor.
Point is, if you’re a journalist, never justify your story by saying, “well, I could have written what everyone wanted me to, but that wouldn’t shake things up!” When you start digging that grave, you end up defending your ranking of the Bengals sounding like a homer defending his favorite team
You’re better than that King.