Peter King sat through eight hours of Wikipedia on film and reports back:
Saw Lincoln the other day and was wowed. Loved the movie, loved the story, loved the drama about getting the anti-slavery bill passed. [...]
I also tried to think of what Roger Goodell thought when he left the movie — assuming he's seen it. If he thinks he's doing the right thing on something (such as the Saints bounty sanctions), his backbone is such, with the family history of his father being a strong-willed New York politician, that he won't back down either.
First of all: "anti-slavery bill." Otherwise known as the Thirteenth Amendment. Calling the Thirteenth Amendment an "anti-slavery bill" is like calling the Magna Carta a "law paper."
Second: Between this and Sean Gregory's embarrassing cover story in Time the other week, it's starting to feel as if we're watching two cheerleaders tugging at either arm of Roger Goodell's letter jacket. What is it with these two? What will it take for them to stop getting all gooey-kneed over the supposedly brave statecraft of Honest Rog? In the past year or so, he has presided over two self-destructive labor fights, some owner collusion, and a stovepiped bounty investigation that was of a piece with the league's overall blame-the-help approach to its health crisis. Most of us watch all this and see a guy who can't stop tripping over his dick. The fellows from SI and Time think they see Lincoln, Disraeli, Pericles, and start tossing their panties up on stage. It's getting unseemly, fellas. Knock it off.
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