Posts Tagged ‘Raiders’

Fair AND Balanced!

September 14, 2009


For a “quick-hitting” lesson on media bias and the people that make it happen, let’s turn to this week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback. Peter King, our favorite Starbucks swilling doofus, has decided to cover the opening Monday Night Football games in a manner so “fair and balanced,” it would make Bill O’Reilly blush.

He begins his analysis with the (probably valid) assessment that “[ESPN’s] not going to have good games tonight.” Fair enough. The Patriots and Chargers are both heavily favored against their respective opponents, the Bills and Raiders, who are expected to be among the AFC’s worst teams. One would expect, then, that he would not have much to say about either game, right? Let me pause for a moment and remind you of the following fact: Peter King is a HUGE Patriots fan. Although you probably picked up on that if you read down to the next paragraph. Or the next one. Or the one after that. Or the chart comparing this year’s Patriots’ defense to that of the ’08 team. Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy reading His Majesty’s columns, and much of what he has to say in this section is interesting to me as a fellow Patriots fan. I just feel bad for any of his readers out there who are Chargers fans. Their team only gets two dismissive sentences dedicated to it—one of which states that Richard Seymour, the long-time New England defensive lineman who was recently traded to Oakland, is the only “reason to tune in”!

To be fair, His Majesty does not make the lofty claims of objectivity that certain network news channels do—still, it would be nice if he made a little more of an effort to cover up his biases.

Update: Both Monday Night games came down to the final seconds—and ended with the favored team, led by its star quarterback, putting together a game-winning drive. Not surprisingly, King’s article this morning is all about the Patriots and Tom Brady’s triumphant return. He does not even mention the Chargers or anything to do with the second game. Hmmmm…


King Says, Benji Says (Week 14 Thursday Edition)

December 4, 2008


If you have a complaint about the lateness of our Thursday Edition post, take it up with his Majesty—he showed up twenty hours late for work again and I have spent the last hour or so trying to revive him from his latest food-induced coma with a pot of Starbucks coffee and some good old fashioned exercise. Really, though, can you blame the man for overindulging? If you had to decide between going on an all-you-can-eat buffet binge and analyzing a Thursday Night game between the Chargers and the Raiders, which option would you choose?

For those of you curious about the glittery symbol on my shirt: roughly translated from Kanji to American, it means, “The King is open in the end zone.” Unfortunately, as Brett Favre and Tom Brady can attest, His Majesty has worse hands than Braylon Edwards…

Oakland Raiders (3-9) at San Diego Chargers (4-8)

The King says:

I saw where one of the promos for this game referred to the Chargers still being in contention for the playoffs. Right. If the Chargers (at Tampa Bay in Week 16) go 4-0 down the stretch and the Broncos (Kansas City and Buffalo at home remaining) go 1-3, they’re in.

Prediction: San Diego Chargers 24, Oakland Raiders 9

Benji says:

I think it is entirely possible for Denver to go 1-3 down the stretch (its run defense is horrendous) but I do not envision San Diego winning more than two of its final four games. The Chargers do not do anything well this season—they cannot run the ball, they are unable to pass the ball consistently, and they struggle to defend both the run and the pass. As much as it pains me to say this, Denver is the better team. At least the Broncos can do one thing well: pass the ball downfield. I still believe that Philip Rivers is a solid quarterback and that the defense will improve next year with the return of Shawne Merriman, but it is clear to me after their loss to the Falcons last week that the Chargers have checked out at this point. They really should be able to beat the Raiders (who are pretty inept on offense) but Oakland seems to be playing much harder than them right now and has made some strides defensively over the past month or so. If I were a betting man, I would stay as far away from this game as humanly possible…

Prediction: San Diego Chargers 20, Oakland Raiders 19