Five things I think I think about the opening frenzy of the Summer of Frenzy:
And one other thought of the day: Great signing by the Giants, hiring Larry Izzo, one of the best special teamers of the last generation, as assistant special teams coach today. That's something that'll help young players get better on the kicking teams, and fast.
A point of clarification on my trip with the Mobile USO vehicle, which will start Saturday at Falcons camp in Flowery Branch, Ga.: SI is footing the bill for the expenses to my Peter King Across America tour -- the gas, the hotels, the food. The USO isn't. So your donations to the USO aren't going to fund
In addition, troops from near several camp sites will be coming to camps to take advantage of this USO center on wheels, which the USO takes to big events and military exercises for men and women in uniform to relax when they have downtime. Laptops, large screen televisions, video game consoles, Wi-Fi access, refrigerators, coffee makers (essential for me) and comfy couches -- the troops, and I hope some players, will get to experience all of it.
Starting Saturday, I'll give you a link to my training camp blog so you can follow my progress across the country. First stops: Falcons (Friday, Saturday), Panthers (Sunday).
One other point: I am writing the mailbag column today instead of Tuesday because of a piece I wrote for the site Tuesday about
• I DID IT BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE THE BEST PLAYERS
If you asked 32 general managers to choose a player to start their franchise with, and I had a fantasy draft allowing them to make their picks in order, I can guarantee you that at least six of the first 10 players picked would be quarterbacks. Maybe more.
• WHY, THANK YOU
Mike will be thrilled to hear your praise. He is a proud member of a group of very proud men and women.
• THANK YOU FOR REALIZING THIS
I tweeted the other day something like this: If I told you the new contract between players and owners would have been agreed to 45 days before the start of the regular season, and no real games would be missed, would you have signed up for it? I bet 90 percent of the fans would have said sure.
• GOOD QUESTION
Players will get 55 percent of all TV money, 45 percent of all marketing and promotional and merchandise money, and 40 percent of all locally produced revenue -- local ticket sales, stadium revenue, etc. That's as simple as I can make it.
• VIENNA GETS A SHOUTOUT
Thomas, you've got one of the great places in the world to live. You're lucky. I really loved our time there. And I will pass your "Go Pats'' along to Pats Nation over here.
• I THINK BURRESS IS NOT THE BURRESS WHO WENT TO PRISON
You are right in thinking Spagnuolo wants very solid people to be the cornerstones of his team. But Burress, from everything I know, took time in prison to better his life. I think he'll be a good man and stay out of trouble. The only reason I think he'd be a great fit for the Rams is that he's been there, he's played in big games, and he's dominated in big games ... and Bradford is ready to win now in a weak division. It would be a shame for him if the young wideouts weren't ready to take that step with him.