Monday, January 31, 2011

Peter King is Self-Indulgent; GTOG is Anything but Nonplussed

By Artistry

We don't talk too much here about Sports Illustrated's Peter King, because if you think Ron Cook is an easy target, consider for a moment that King has a regular section in his Monday Morning Quarterback column devoted to his "coffee nerdness." Really. I'm making an exception today because King in this week's column did two things that particularly bothered me.

1) He fell victim to the all too common sports media tendency to completely misunderstand the actual meaning of words. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was "nonplused" by criticism of the labor deal he negotiated a few years back, King wrote Monday. Meaning Tagliabue was unconcerned or not surprised. OK, first of all, it's spelled "nonplussed." Second of all, it means the opposite of what you think it means. Look it up.

2) He wrote these words:  "Now the only movies I absolutely have to see before the Oscars are The Social Network, Black Swan and Inception. Don't worry. I'll get to them. Can't wait to see them." To which I would respond: I'm not worried. Good for you. I'm pretty sure not even your own family cares. Nonplussed?


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