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Alternative NFL Awards 2011

4 Jan

The NFL closed the door on its regular season this past Sunday, with the New York Giants defeating the Dallas Cowboys on national television to secure the last available playoff spot.  It was a wild season that saw the revival of football in places like Cincinnati and Detroit.  We saw the meteoric rise and inevitable unraveling of Tim Tebow in a span of eight games.  Carson Palmer is on the Raiders now.  Santonio Holmes hates Mark Sanchez.  Ndamukong Suh decided to Nstomp a guy on Thanksgiving.  The Packers almost went unbeaten, and the Colts almost lost them all.  (Not to mention both streaks ended the same week.) This was the first full season without either Terrell Owens or Randy Moss since 1995. What the hell is going on?  Instead of giving awards based on the normal guard (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, etc) I am going to make some of my own up, and award them as I see fit.   I would like to also accept all of these awards on behalf of whoever I decide to give them to.  Thank you so much, me.

Most Times Responsible for a Play Ending in My Audible Laughter – Mark Sanchez, QB (NYJ)

Let me be the first to tell you, I do not like the Jets.  I would never allow that to cloud my journalistic integrity though, and simply want to let you know I find the way Sanchez plays quarterback hilarious.  It’s like he’s blindfolded, or at least not wearing his contacts.  He throws a football like how Jackson Pollack threw paint, which is to say completely reckless.  He is on the cutting edge Continue reading

Requiem for a Center

19 Oct

A news bulletin caught my eye earlier today regarding the sudden passing of former Buffalo Bills center, Kent Hull.  Hull played during what can only be described as the golden age of Buffalo Bills football.  I am a Buffalo native, born a year after Hull joined the team.  Growing up the Bills were not a football team, they were a religion.   In the front foyer of my old elementary school huge signs hung showing the Bills entire schedule, as well as win/loss information.  This was an elementary school.  During this time, the Bills were a powerhouse in the NFL.  The oft-mentioned factoid of losing four straight Super Bowls notwithstanding; Hull was the anchor of the offensive line for over a decade.  At one point he played in 121 consecutive games.  Hull played a key role in establishing the “K-Gun” offense Buffalo used to reach all four of those Super Bowls.  Between 1989 and 1993, the Bills ranked no lower than sixth in total rushing yards, not to mention leading the entire league in 1991 and 1992.  His blocking certainly contributed.  Hull retired in 1996, and was inducted into Buffalo’s “Ring of Honor” in 2002.

Hull played a non-glamorous position on a team with lots of star power.  He didn’t score touchdowns.  He wasn’t on the magazine covers.  He wasn’t the player you picked the Bills for in Techmo Super Bowl. (Thurman Thomas was a BEAST.)  He was simply the man who snapped the ball to Jim Kelly before he threw to Andre Reed.  Before I wrote this, I wondered to myself if there was anyone else on the past Bills teams that would prompt me to wax nostalgic.  I don’t think there are.  Kent Hull represented the workman-like qualities a city like Buffalo can appreciate.  He showed up.  He played hard.  His passing is made even more tragic by its sudden nature.  Kent Hull was 50 years old.

The Buffalo Bills

3 Oct

I decided to reinvest myself in football this year.  I hadn’t really followed the sport since the Bledsoe-era Bills, but after watching the home opener Bills and Raiders game live at Ralph Wilson Stadium, I was sort of hooked.  I had the pleasure of sharing the experience with my Bills super-fan friend, Douche (sorry, Steve, we do need to stop calling you that), who intensified every exciting play with “Let’s go Buffalo!” screams and hand-numbing high fives.

After their victory over the Patriots for the first time in 16 years last week, they were one of three teams that had a 3-0 record (not to mention four picks off Brady).  It was a disappointing loss yesterday to the Bengals, particularly considering the fact that they were up for the majority of the game and the controversial ruling on the incomplete pass which terminated a successful drive.  Bills’ defense looked really sharp, Fitzpatrick, not so much.  In any event, I’m looking forward to next week and will probably spend too much money on a jersey to go with the hat I bought at the stadium (what a shmuck).

I used to make fun of my diehard Mets/Bills fan friends for being masochists.  Now I’m a Twins/Bills fan.  Christ.