For the most part, I’ve been a fan of ProFootballTalk.com. Admittedly, I check it at least a couple times a week during the season. However, with this latest batch of nonsense that site guru Mike Florio has posted, I may have logged on for the final time.
Here, Florio hands out the “Pat Tillman” award. He never really gives a full description of exactly what the award is supposed to honor – I’d expect an award named after Tillman to reward things such as bravery, off-field service, etc. My gut reaction is to say that, until another overpaid, prima donna football player quits the NFL in lieu of serving his country in combat duty, that there shouldn’t be a single “Pat Tillman Award” ever handed out.
In any case, Florio apparently has just decided to honor Tillman by naming his “best safety” award after him. Fair enough. But giving the award to Troy Polamalu over Ed Reed is unforgivable. From the article:
Polamalu is a guy who has as much of an impact on an opposing offense as a field-stretching receiver has on a defense. The quarterback must always know where Polamalu is — before the snap, at the snap, and during the play.
He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He contorts his body to get to the quarterback or to scoop the ball before hits the grass. He moves with reckless abandon. He generates the most excitement after making an interception or recovering a fumble, moving frenetically through the broken field and, more often than not, finding a way through the maze.
Though Reed is close behind, Polamalu is the best safety in the game. Together, they are two of the best ever, and hopefully they will be spots in Canton for both of them.
Reading this really makes me think that PFT got hacked and some Stiller homer replaced “Reed” with “Polamalu” and vice versa.
Seriously, Mike, you just described Ed Reed.
Troy “generates the most excitement after making an interception or recovering a fumble,” and “more often than not, find[s] a way through the maze?” Really? Is that evidenced by his TWO career touchdowns?
Also, the award was given based on fan voting. Since Steeler fans outnumber Ravens fans by probably about 10-to-1, this is no surprise. However, Florio also adds this bit of dumbshittery to the mix:
Polamalu edged out Baltimore’s Ed Reed in PFT Planet Polling, and we’re glad that Polamalu prevailed, because we likely would have overruled the will of the many on this one.
For some more evidence of the genius that is Florio, I’ll point out some of his on-the-mark 2008 season predictions, as compiled by Nest favorite TMQ.
Mike Florio predicted in The Sporting News that the Steelers would not make the playoffs and the Titans would finish last in their division (they won the AFC’s top seed). The Giants, he predicted, also would miss the postseason; they won the NFC’s first seed. On his Web site Pro Football Talk, Florio added that Atlanta made “a major mistake” by drafting Matt Ryan; Ryan was Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and The Sporting News. In early October he wrote, “It’s not too early to say that it’s over for the Ravens.” The Ravens made the AFC Championship Game. In July, Florio predicted the AFC North would have no team above .500; both AFC title-game entrants came from the AFC North. The Steelers “haven’t done much in the offseason to improve,” he foresaw.
It seems that it’s nothing new for a stew of stupidity to fly from Florio’s furious fingertips.
At least the PFT commenters have it right. Of the 28 posted at the time of this writing, the arguments for Reed are winning about 2-to-1. And of course, the pro-Reed comments are citing stats, while jungle man’s supporters wail about his “intangibles.” My favorite so far is from Nick Blevins, who breaks down both of their career stats averaged over a 16 game season:
Tackles: Troy 59 – Ed 51 – Troy
Sacks: Troy 1.27 – Ed .75 – Troy by a lot
Safety: Troy 0 – Ed .15 – Ed
Pdef: Troy 9.64 – Ed 9.87 – Ed
Int: Troy 3.09 – Ed 6.49 – Ed by a lot
TD: Troy .18 – Ed 1.06 – Ed by a lot
Yards: Troy 38 – Ed 173 – Ed by a lot
FF: Troy 1.09 – Ed .91 – Troy
I really expect it to come out that the PFT article was compromised by some tech-savvy towel waver. Even a guy that says it would be a mistake to draft Matt Ryan can’t be THIS stupid, can he?