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Donovan McNabb Thinks He Is An NFL Hall Of Fame QB

April 18, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Donovan McNabbDonovan McNabb is quickly turning into one of the NFL’s best sound bites. In a matter of just a few months, McNabb has done a fantastic job of tarnishing whatever legacy he had with some of the most absurd comments you will ever read a player say about himself.

Philadelphia Eagles fans have always seen the good and bad of Donovan McNabb. Unfortunately for us, the NFL media painted us as unappreciative, only giving national fans the good, and ignoring the polarizing remarks that McNabb would make to the local media every season. Thanks to Donovan himself, NFL fans all over the nation are now experiencing the Donovan McNabb only Philly fans can truly appreciate.

I have to give credit to the Philadelphia Eagles and Andy Reid. Over the course of McNabb’s tenure with the Eagles, the franchise obviously did a fantastic job of managing McNabb’s public relations. I could only imagine what McNabb would have said if he was not filtered by the club. The more McNabb continues to speak post-Eagles, the more I understand why past teammates have questioned his leadership.

There isn’t a bigger Donovan McNabb anywhere than Donovan McNabb. After asking to be waived by the team when he was notified he was being demoted to the third QB, McNabb proudly claimed that 31 teams would pick him up. Nobody did. McNabb later claimed that the reason the Chicago Bears didn’t go to the Super Bowl was because they never signed him. McNabb also blamed his teammates for his failed career outside of Philadelphia proclaiming that he would play better if he was surrounded by better players. He recently told ESPN that he was the most criticized quarterback in the NFL. I could only imagine what the conversations were like between him and Terrell Owens at the height of their offensive greatness.

The NFL media know an idiot when they see one and they have been hot to give McNabb air time in recent months. Recently, Fox Sports’ Barfly series cashed in on the sound byte mogul and talked to McNabb about whether or not he was an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. I’ll let you guess what his answer was.

McNabb the ever humble NFL quarterback responded with, “absolutely!” McNabb rationalized this by saying that the NFL Hall of Fame is a numbers game and he has great numbers. McNabb then saw fit to take shots at two current NFL Hall of Fame QBs to make his point. According to McNabb, he had a better career than Jim Kelly and Troy Aikman.

Come again?

Yep, McNabb used Aikman and Kelly as comparisons and said he was more qualified to get into the Hall of Fame than them. Imagine the ego of this guy telling Rich Eisen and Mark Kriegel with certainty that he had a better career than one QB who led his team to three Super Bowl games and one QB who WON three Super Bowls, under two different coaches! I always viewed Aikman as the enemy in his prime but I’ll be the first to tell you that the man was clutch. If winning three Super Bowls doesn’t make you one of the best of all-time, I don’t know what does.

Oh yeah, five NFC championship games! It gets better.

McNabb continued by telling Eisen and Kriegel that leading his team to five NFC title games makes him not only a Hall of Fame QB, but better than Aikman and Kelly’s six Super Bowl games. Because according to McNabb, “the NFC championship game is the real big game.” If I didn’t see it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it. According to old #5, getting to the NFC title game is a bigger accomplishment than playing in the Super Bowl. Mind you he went 1-4 in those NFC title games.

McNabb’s mindless ramblings have quickly turned him from one of the most respected quarterbacks among his peers into an obnoxious, egomaniac. As an Eagles fan I was a McNabb fan for many years. I tried to support him and back him as Philly’s QB. However, once he started pointing fingers, making excuses, and throwing other players under the bus, my opinion of him quickly changed.

My hunch is that so has yours.

Check out the entire interview here – http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=b57c97a9-da4c-40d6-8f1a-c1fda42d5e01&src=v5:share:permalink:

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Not-So-Top 10 Worst Super Bowl Games

February 02, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Super Bowl XXYou prepped so very hard. You got your party favors, your wings, pizza, beer, snacks and on and on. The hours of preparation and hard work seem to be just the beginning of a fun-filled football evening, full of excitement and cheer, big plays and the 2 best teams letting it all hang out. Sadly, it turns into card games, girl talk and soggy left overs sometimes, when one of these 2 great teams kind of leaves the “A-Game” at home, and we are stuck watching a dud.

Sure, over the last few years we have had some excellent games, and as we look ahead to this year’s Super Bowl XLVI match-up between the AFC’s New England Patriots and the NFC’s New York Giants, chances are we will see another good one. We also have to be ready for the fact that all that glitters is not always gold.

So what I am bringing to you here is a list of the Top 10 worst outings in NFL Super Bowl history. 10 clunkers where a team just was happy to be there and not really gave the fans a quality performance. It has to stick in the heads of the players for years to know they got on the grandest stage and just fell totally flat. Sure, I have never played pro ball, but I know enough to be aware of a clunker! So, with all that in mind, my “Not-So-Top 10″ worst Super Bowl moments:

10. Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts 29 vs. Chicago Bears 17

The game started off with a bang. Kick return super stud Devin Hester made Super Bowl history by returning the opening kick-off for a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history while head coach Lovie Smith was running down the sidelines in jubilation. The rest, well not so pretty for the Bears.

In a game that featured 2 African-American coaches for the first time in NFL history, the world watched as the 2 teams combined for 8 turnovers, watched the Bears have the ball for just 21 minutes to the Colts 39, and the Bears muster just 265 yards of total offense. What made it worse for those who went to the game were moments of heavy rain and the first-ever tailgating ban by the NFL. Fans were not allowed to consume alcohol in the stadiums parking lot pre-game and no non-ticket holders were allowed anywhere near the stadium for pre-game activities.

In summary not an awful game, but with the combination of all that played out this is a worthy of a top 10 spot here.

9. Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers 49 vs. San Diego Chargers 26

The Niners came into this game as the 2nd highest favorite in Super Bowl history at 18 points, yes that’s right, 18 points!

Steve Young, who tied a Super Bowl record with 6 TD passes and opened it up quick with a 44 yard TD pass to Jerry Rice, followed quickly by a 51 yarder to Ricky Watters. Yes, San Diego answered back to cut it to 14-7, but the Niners pretty much had control the whole time taking leads of 28-7 and as high as 42-10.

The Chargers were not expected to bring much to the game yet some expected a little more out of the AFC reps in this one. The Niners domination of the NFL was quite evident here, but it still was one of the most viewed Bowls in history.

In summary the Chargers gave as much of a performance as expected, which was not a whole lot by 49ers standards.

8. Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 vs. Oakland Raiders 21

Jon Gruden’s old team from Oakland came in as a 4 point favorite against Gruden’s new team from Tampa. What was labeled as “The Gruden Bowl” turned into a very lopsided mismatch.

For the first time in Super Bowl history the number 1 offense in the league went head to head with the number 1 defense in the league and well as the phrase goes, defense wins championships. Raiders QB Rich Gannon threw 5 interceptions, 3 of which went for TDs and 2 of them to Dwight Smith. The Raiders could get very little going against the Bucs which included just 10 yards rushing on 7 carries from RB Charlie Garner. Every time it appeared the Raiders would make some kind of run the Buc defense came up big.

As for the crowd, it was the 3rd lowest in Super Bowl history as maybe the fans expected what we had saw in the end. The Raiders were listless and seemed totally over-matched, especially for a team that finished 11-5. The speculation raged on as to how Gruden knew their every move and how to sniff out every formation, but hey you can’t blame the guy for using what he had to win it all.

In summary, the Raiders really have yet to recover from this game and are still struggling to get back to the playoffs or get another winning season. The curse of the “traded” coach Gruden lives on.

7. Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco 38 vs. Miami Dolphins 16

This Bowl, which was heavily hyped as the battle of footballs 2 best QB’s turned into a very one-sided affair which lacked in many elements. The game started off with the first ever Presidential coin toss by California native Ronald Reagan yet sadly done via satellite at the White House. Even Ronnie knew better than to waste his time on a plane ride to this one.

While 49ers QB Joe Montana was living up to his end of the hype with 3 TD passes with 1 rushing DT counterpart Dan Marino had little to brag about. The Niners defense sacked him 4 times, picked him off twice and only allowed just 1 TD pass. As a team the Dolphins rushed for just 25 yards and had a game total of 315 which was  a far cry from the 537 the Niners racked up. Make no mistake, this 49ers team may have been the 49ers all-time best coming in with a record of 17-1. Despite trailing one point 10-7 it was only a matter of time before San Fran would run off 21 unanswered. One high note: the heavy TV exposure of star Teri Hatcher, who at the time was a 49ers cheerleader.

In summary, Montana proved to be more of a big game QB then Marino, who would never make it back to a Super Bowl after this loss.

6. Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38 vs. Washington Redskins 9

The mighty Redskins who entered the game wait a 16-2 record and also came in as 3 point favorites. They were a team that many thought were a true football dynasty…well until this game.

Marcus Allen and the Raiders offense pounded the NFL’s top ranked run defense. The Raiders scored 2 TD’s and Allen finished with 191 yards himself. In a game still known as “Black Sunday”, the black jersey of the Raiders rough and tough defense scored TD’s on a blocked punt and an interception run back against a very out of sync Skins team. The Raiders held Washington to 283 total yards of offense, and making this one of the more unexpected blow outs in Super Bowl history.

In summary, the Skins did have some good Super Bowl success in but for quite a while this lasted as the most one-sided blowout in Super Bowl history. That record has since been smashed.

5. Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins 42 vs. Denver Broncos 10

This game quickly seemed like one you would turn off  but not by the team we thought would rout in the end.

The Broncos raced out to a 10-0 lead behind QB John Elway and seemed as if they were going to put this game away early, in addition to  playing tough defense. The next thing to happen turned into Super Bowl history. The Redskins ran off 35 unanswered points in the second quarter, setting records for most points in a half or a quarter by scoring the  most TD’s in a quarter by a QB. Doug Williams was the man here, also the first African-American QB to win the Super Bowl. The Redskins shattered many records on their way to the destruction of Denver.

In summary, we see the Broncos had the ability to really lay flat in Super Bowls. As great of a legacy as John Elway had this was a real clunker. Elway was sacked 5 times and picked off 3.

4. Super Bowl XVII: Dallas Cowboys 52 vs. Buffalo Bills 17

If no one ever remembers who finishes second, then the Buffalo Bills must have been one of the most forgotten teams ever in this era. After 2 straight Super Bowl losses, the Bills gave it their all ( or more like nothing ) against the resurgence of America’s Team.

The Bills let it float away behind an effort of 9 turnovers, a Super Bowl record. They did somehow manage to get as close to 31-17, but the score was not indicative of the blowout. This game that seemingly had lots to offer including an awesome 98,712 person attendance, a halftime show featuring Michael Jackson, and America’s team. The Bills just looked beat for the third of 4 tries to be exact and were never able to shake off the previous losses. Troy Aikman passed for 4 TD’s in the first of the Cowboys 2 blow outs of the Bills.

In summary, the Bills never had the NFC’s number in the Super Bowl and as good as the likes of Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas were, they just did not have the fire power Dallas, Washington or the New York Giants had. Four straight Super Bowl losses is a long standing record for the Buffalo Bills that will probably never be broken.

3. Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens 34 vs. New York Giants 7

Even though the Ravens came in as a Wild Card team, the defense managed to get red-hot at the exact right time in the ultimate example of “defense wins championships” and thumping the New York Giants.

In a Super Bowl that may have been the worst outing by two offenses in history, it was the Ravens defense that forced the tempo with 5 turnovers including 4 interceptions of QB Kerry Collins, who was just 15-39 passing. As a team the Giants only posted 152 total yards of offense as opposed to the Ravens 244 yards. The Ravens used defensive and special teams scores to pull away here.

In summary, one of if not the poorest played Super Bowl games in history. Some of these guys are still in the league and the Ravens continue to play good, hard-nosed defense.

2. Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears 46 vs. New England Patriots 10

Not that many had any faith in what the Patriots could do yet it was worse than any could have imagined.

When one team comes to the big game with a 17-1 record, and a top 40 billboard hit with a song known as “The Super Bowl Shuffle” chances are they are really good, and in this case a little too good. The Patriots were a surprise opponent, starting the season 2-3, flip flopping quarterbacks without the a star-studded roster. The Bears, and the ferocious 46 defense set a Super Bowl record with 7 sacks, allowed just 7 yards rushing, and held the Patriots to just 123 yards the entire game which is second lowest in SB history. The Bears even used William Perry, the well-known defensive tackle for rushing TD’s and pass attempts, showing they had zero fear of who was in front of them.

Sadly some of the Bears swagger took some of the class out of the winning. In the days leading up to the game, we of course had the ego-laden “Shuffle” but we also had Bears QB Jim McMahon calling New Orleans women “sluts”, and of course his head band scandals refusing to respect the NFL’s uniform policy. None of that seemed to really matter or slow this team down all season.

In summary, it was a game I clearly remember being over quickly, despite the Pats jumping out to a 3-0 lead. My clearest memory? My friends and I breaking into a game of indoor volleyball at half-time, after the Pats -19 yards.

1. Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 49ers 55 vs. Denver Broncos 10

This was not what the league had in mind when Super Bowls were invented, clearly.

This one, by far was the most lopsided game in the history of the Super Bowl. While the 49ers put on one of the very vest performances led by Joe Montana and his 5 TD passes and 279 pass yards and 3 TD catches by Jerry Rice, the Broncos could only muster a total of 167 yards of total offense and just one TD. The Broncos would drop their third attempt at a Super Bowl victory, and it marked the second time they were beaten so badly. The 49ers 55 points and 45 point margin of victory are still Bowl records.

Not a lot of surprise being that the 49ers came in as 12 point favorites, and in anticipation of such a mismatch this game earned the lowest TV ratings since 1969. The Niners put up 300 more total yards of offense, and this game never even had a sniff of being close. For the 49ers it was a second straight Bowl win, and the first by a rookie coach, George Seifert, who took over for retired coach Bill Walsh.

In summary, it was what the 49ers did to opponents back then. Although many think the Steelers teams of the 70’s may have been better, the Niners left everyone in their path and steamrolled all the way up to this Super Bowl.

I certainly hope that this year brings good plays, excitement and action. I fail to see how these two teams, with such similar styles and quality athletes could give anything less. Then again even legends like Elway and Marino can have bad days, as we saw here.

For the Super Bowl remains as heavenly to men as a wedding day to women, we hope not for divorce due to such poorly matched “couples”. Happy Super Bowl Day everyone!

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Repost – Ben Roethlisberger is the best QB in the NFL

February 01, 2011 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Not everyone under appreciates Ben Roethlisberger.After watching Ben Roethlisberger take the Steelers back from a 14 point deficit and a disastrous first half of play at home to beat the Ravens 31-24 it got me thinking about Big Ben. Is Ben Roethlisberger the most clutch QB in the NFL? If so, is he the most under appreciated QB in the NFL?

Without doing any scientific research the game got me thinking of all of the Ben Roethlisberger 4th quarter comebacks I have watched over the last six years. I am not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan at all, but it just seems as if I am watching Roethlisberger pull off clutch plays every season in dramatic fashion. Well after going back and actually doing some research not only was I right, but Ben Roethlisberger is the most clutch quarterback over seven seasons in the NFL.

The irony here is that you would never know it. The NFL media for obvious reasons have not given Big Ben his due for a long time. I say obvious because most of us know about Ben’s offseason charades which include accusations of sexual assaults (yes plural) and driving carelessly on a motorcycle. Type in “Ben Roethlisberger rape” into Google and you get over 82,000 results as opposed to “Ben Roethlisberger fourth quarter comebacks” which returns slightly over 30,000. On top of that, numerous reports came out after Ben’s incident last offseason in the bathroom as to Ben’s contentious relationship with the media and Steelers fans. The guy was quite frankly reported to be a big jerk and that just isn’t going to fly against the power of the pen or the keyboard.

But has it gotten to the point where the NFL media are just being petty? Troy Aikman said during the Packers vs. Falcons divisional playoff game, “If I were starting a franchise tomorrow, Aaron Rodgers would be my first choice as quarterback.” John Clayton from ESPN (ranked Ben fourth Brady, Manning, and Brees) when taking a look at his top ten. Whether it is Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, hell even Donovan McNabb when media and analysts talk about elite NFL quarterbacks rarely do you ever hear Ben Roethlisberger included in the conversation and that is quite frankly a disgrace.

If being a great NFL quarterback means being a great leader then Ben Roethlisberger is arguably the best in the NFL with Brady up for debate. Is there no better leader than putting your team on your back and not only bringing taking them out of a deficit but put them in position to win on top of that? Talk about the ultimate sports pressure. The Steelers are always given credit for their defense, but if there defense was so great than Big Ben wouldn’t need a comeback altogether. The clutch play of Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter is not only magical, but it is the type of quarteback play that makes legends and believe me when I tell you that decades after he is retired, Big Ben will be a legend.

On a list compiled by the NFL stats website pro-football-reference.com, Roethlisberger ranked 10th all time for NFL fourth-quarter comebacks. Their math differs with other stat sites in that they go back and use different metrics to rank their comebacks. The list was compiled in August 2009. Wikipedia.org and PFR.com lists Roethlisberger with 26 “Comebacks/game-winning drives in the fourth quarter/overtime,” after his win in the divisional playoffs this season. Keep in mind the difference between a fourth quarter comeback and and game-winning drive and that is even more impressive. That is 26 times Ben Roethlisberger led his team to a  4th quarter TD that won the game and that my friends is clutch.

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Big Ben comes out on top of Pro-Football-Reference.com‘s list of fourth quarter comeback wins over the first seven seasons of a career. That’s right on top! His go-ahead TD drive against the Ravens officially gives him 19 which is one more than Peyton Manning to lead the list. Behind Manning are John Elway with 17 and Tom Brady with 16. Only Tom Brady has more Super Bowl wins with three on his list. The only other starting QB in the top 15 is Eli Manning. When is the last time you heard anyone refer to Ben Roethlisberger with the same kind of reverence that is used when speaking of Tom Brady, John Elway, and Peyton Manning? Heck, if you didn’t watch football or read the list you would probably have no idea of just how good Roethlisberger is.

This is nothing new for a guy that wasn’t even drafted in the top ten. Big Ben set a NFL rookie record in 2004 with five comeback wins in the fourth quarter, and six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter/overtime (including one playoff game). Like the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, Roethlisberger has been doing this since his rookie year. Look how long it took Peyton Manning, or John Elway to win a big game and you can see that this guy has been terrific since his first snap. If you look at his stats since his rookie year and didn’t know his name, you would think I was talking about Brady or Peyton Manning but nope, Big Ben is never in that same kind of conversation.

At the end of the day I think in 2011 it boils down to Big Ben and Tom Brady. While Brady gets weekly accolades about his postseason play, it is actually Roethlisberger that has been far superior over the last five seasons in the playoffs. Since 2005, Tom Brady is 5-5 in the postseason, 0-3 in his last three including losing a Super Bowl in which his team were heavily favored. Ben Roethlisberger is 8-1 with two Super Bowl wins including one of the greatest fourth-quarter comebacks against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl history to win Super Bowl XLIII . If that isn’t the definition of clutch I don’t know what is.

If you don’t think there is any kind of media bias against Roethlisberger, just check out the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list they did earlier this  year.  The list is comprised on players voted on by a committee of former and current players along with the media. So where does someone with Roethlisberger’s impressive record of postseason wins and fourth quarter comeback victories rank on the list? How about nowhere? Roethlisberger isn’t even on the list! If winning games in the postseason including two Super Bowls and pulling off clutch wins in the fourth quarter on a consistent basis can’t get you ranked ahead of Kurt Warner than something is wrong with that list.

Whether Roethlisberger wins the Super Bowl this year or not, he needs to start being recognized as the great NFL quarterback that he is. Is it fair to rank him ahead of Tom Brady? Well Brady has one more Super Bowl win and was one of the best clutch QBs of all time, but what has he done in the last five years? Big Ben has only gone 8-1 in the postseason and won two Super Bowls, in addition to bringing his team back on a consistent basis. Ironically a Super Bowl XLV win or even appearance this year would probably get some instant respect but by the time September rolls around it will be all Brady and Manning with a sprinkle of Brees and Rodgers once again. A Super Bowl win should not only put him right at the top of the list of current QBs, but put him near the top of the all-time list.

So allow me to disagree with Troy Aikman and tell you that if I was starting a franchise tomorrow and could take any quarterback in the NFL I’d take the guy who is calm under pressure, clutch in the highest pressure situations, and gives me the best chance to win my games no matter what the deficit is. That quarterback isn’t Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Drew Brees…that guy is Ben Roethlisberger, the best quarterback in the NFL today.

Update: Big Ben is going back to the Super Bowl. Yes, he is that good.

Update #2: The Wall Street Journal breaks down Ben’s most recent postseason stats.

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