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.
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