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Sports Illustrated's Peter King is perhaps the best-known NFL writer in the country. Michael Vick(notes) is the NFL's biggest lightning rod for media attention. And now, these two media behemoths are locking horns in a Twitter-fueled death match.

Or something way less dramatic than that. On Monday, Peter King wrote that Vick's team, the Philadelphia Eagles were sloppy and dumb, and then for some reason, tweeted the exact same thing, but harsher and without context.

Michael Vick takes issue with Peter King’s comments

Those are harsher words than usual from the typically good-natured King. The media picked up on the comments a bit, and someone asked Vick about it. Here was his response.

It's a little hard to hear, so if you can't make it out, here's what Vick said:

"Dumb and sloppy? I don't even have a comment on that. Unless you played this game, I don't even think you can make comments like that."

I'm a fan of Peter King, and I'm a fan of Michael Vick, but I'm going to have to side with King here. I'm not calling Vick or the Eagles dumb, but it's not a stretch to say that they've played some dumb football. This, for example, isn't getting anyone into MENSA.

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I think that's the important distinction here -- even though Peter King flatly said that the group of people known as the Philadelphia Eagles are dumb, I'm sure he means that right now, they're playing undisciplined, unthinking, "dumb" football. The fact that he's an NFL writer paid to offer his opinion gives his comments the context that he's talking about the play, not the individual players.

Gracias, Buzz on Broad.

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