"This is when Peter King is at his best."
In fact, if I were at SI.com, I would convince Pete to give up trying to make week-to-week sense of a sport - the NFL - which clearly eludes his comprehensive grasp, and instead just write features like this one.
Interesting. Well written. Thorough.
Dare I say, "lofty."
Pete, get yourself a triple-cap mocha latte for this one. On me.
My favorite line from Steratore about officiating in the NFL:
“This business is a tinderbox. You’re walking on a cliff on every play. I want to make sure we get the fouls everyone sees. My belief is you go fishing for whales in this business. Don’t go fishing for minnows.”
While I find it laudable that the NFL prohibits officials from even taking a SIP of alcohol in the 24 hours prior to a game they officiate - and even frown on a post-game beer with the crew after a job well done - the league still somehow lets Jeff Triplette amble around and fuck up NFL games left and right while exhibiting all the urgency and focus of your typical DMV worker.
Read the whole thing. It's magnificent, nerdy, ref-obsessed goodness.