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PETER KING'S: THINGS I THINK

Sept. 19, 2011
Sept. 19, 2011

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Sept. 19, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
THE RYAN BROTHERS
NFL OPENERS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
BOXING
  • As he prepares to return to the ring, against Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces a family feud, felony charges, multiple lawsuits and the unthinkable possibility of defeat

  • Floyd Mayweather's handpicked opponent Victor Ortiz has already faced far bigger challenges

TENNIS
  • Before Samantha Stosur and Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open singles titles, rain and schedule changes pushed players to the breaking point, and an umpire's call sent Serena Williams beyond it

NASCAR 2011
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PETER KING'S: THINGS I THINK

1. I think the coach on the warmest seat is Todd Haley of the Chiefs. After losing by 34 at home to Buffalo (Buffalo!), the Chiefs begin a tough two-game trip, to Detroit and San Diego.

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2. I think, based on a terrific first game going up against Pittsburgh's James Harrison, Baltimore left tackle Bryant McKinnie's two-year contract with the Ravens was a wise investment. He's due only $1.5 million this year, and with fellow University of Miami products Ray Lewis and Ed Reed lording over him in the locker room, Baltimore is betting he'll stay in line all season.

3. Michael Vick will have this weekend for his return to Atlanta, but Matt Ryan, his replacement with the Falcons, should be more nervous. Ryan hasn't won a playoff game in three seasons. He put up zero touchdowns in the 30--12 season-opening loss at Chicago. Falcons fans are fickle. It won't be good for Ryan's present, or future, if he doesn't win or at least play valiantly.

PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (RYAN)