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Peter King Profiled In SI
SI Group Editor Terry McDonell profiles PETER KING, entering his 20th NFL season with SI. King has written his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column for since '97, and "those 800 words a week have become 8,000," and because there "essentially isn't an off-season in the NFL, he writes 48 weeks a year instead of 24." King's nickname at the NFL's N.Y. HQs is "relentless." McDonell: "Do they read him? 'Have to,' all agree, from commissioner down." SI Senior Editor LARRY BURKE said that while "other people multitask and divide their attention accordingly, King does five things at once and gives his all to each of them" (SI, 9/7 issue).

KING GEORGE: YES Network last night profiled the ownership tenure of Yankees Chair GEORGE STEINBRENNER on the latest episode of its "Yankeeography" series. Yankees Vice Chair JENNIFER STEINBRENNER SWINDAL said her father "to the world is a larger-than-life figure, but from a daughter's point-of-view he's this amazing family man. It's a side most people don't know." Steinbrenner is also an avid horseman, owning a horse farm, and Yankees co-Chair Hank Steinbrenner said of his father, "He loves horse racing every bit as much as baseball" ("Yankeeography," YES, 9/2).

SHOWING THEIR STRIPES: HBO last night aired the fourth installment of "Hard Knocks" with the Bengals, and part of the show focused on Exec VP Katie Blackburn, who is Owner Mike Brown’s daughter. She said she worked with the team "part-time during high school and college and would work with my dad on negotiating the contracts with the players, so I sort of had all that background before I went to law school and before I came over." Meanwhile, coach Marvin Lewis addressed the issue of Twitter with the team. Lewis: "Do not say anything that you wouldn't say in a public interview" ("Hard Knocks," HBO, 8/2).

TIME TO PAY THE BILLS: Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN's attorneys have "filed a motion in the insider trading case" the SEC brought against Cuban to "make the government pay for Cuban's legal bills." The attorneys argued that the case, which was "thrown out by a federal judge this summer," was "so weak that it shouldn't have been even brought against Cuban" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/3).

Carville (l), Matalin Named Co-Chairs Of
Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee
NAMES: Former MLBer CURT SCHILLING said that he has "been contacted about a possible" run for late U.S. Sen. TED KENNEDY's (D-MA) seat in Congress, and Schilling has "not ruled it out" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/3)....Democratic strategist JAMES CARVILLE and his wife, Republican strategist MARY MATALIN, have been named co-Chairs of the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/3)....The D'Backs will donate $2.50 for every ticket purchased for the team's final 15 home games at Chase Field this season to the Valley of the Sun United Way. D'Backs Managing General Partner KEN KENDRICK will personally match the donation total up to $150,000 (D'Backs)....Author ALAN SIMON has written, "BLOCKING AND TACKLING YOUR WAY TO MANAGEMENT SUCCESS: 40 ESSENTIAL LESSONS FROM 40 YEARS OF THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS" (USA TODAY, 9/3)....A federal lawsuit filed by Nexity Bank against Univ. of Michigan football coach RICH RODRIGUEZ on August 13 alleges that Rodriguez owes $3.9M on a "defaulted loan intended for a condominium project near" Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium. The suit also alleges that Rodriguez and four partners "defaulted on a construction loan in May" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/2)....Tennis player ANDRE AGASSI's 14th Grand Slam for Children on September 26 at the Wynn Las Vegas casino is expected to "surpass the $75[M]" total contribution mark since its inception in '95. Attendees will include comedian DANE COOK and musicians CHRIS DAUGHTRY, TIM MCGRAW and BRIAN MCKNIGHT (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/3)....Former NBAer RICK FOX "has been tapped for a recurring role" on the CW's new show "Melrose Place." Fox will "play the owner of the restaurant where all the aspiring actors on the show work" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/3).

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