Top 10 Quarterbacks of the 21st century

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Quarterbacks are vital to a football team’s success it is the most important position. A great QB must know how to defeat the defense and carry his team to victory here are the Top 10 at doing so.

 

10. Philip Rivers

Phillip Rivers has been a steady and decent quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Although he has not led them to a super bowl he has lead them to multiple playoff appearances where he has tore down quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and led his team to victory. He has been to five pro bowl appearances in his impressive career. His best outing was 2007 when they lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. Earlier in the decade he didn’t have to carry the whole load because he had running backs Ladainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles and a 6’5” receiver Vincent Jackson. This past year he was more efficient then he has been in the past and gave them a playoff berth. He became more of a leader this year as he had to carry the load with a Quarterback rating of 105.5 and 32 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 4,478 yards. Philip Rivers is the most accurate quarterback in Chargers history with a completion percentage of 63.6%; he is 70-42 as a starter and led the chargers to four AFC west divisional titles. His numbers speak for themselves, he has 32,369 career passing yard, 221 career touchdowns and a 96.0 career quarterback rating. He is a five time pro-bowler and 2013 comeback player of the year. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2008 and passing yards in 2010. (NFL.com) (Bleacher Report)

9. Donovan McNabb will go down as one of the greats in history who couldn’t quite seal the deal. There is debate almost every year if he belongs in the hall of Fame from what he did stat wise with a 58.9%, 37,276 career passing yards and 234 touchdowns that is a very validating argument. As nice as all those accolades are great at the end of the day it comes to rings and that is one thing that he lacks. Donovan was great for Andy Reid’s offense and they clicked the minute he put an Eagles uniform. Almost every year his team had upside , promising talent and would go to almost every NFC championship game and be 1 close form the Big one so to have only 1 appearance in the Super Bowl it is quite disappointing  since he was drafted so high. Donovan had quite some injuries in his career and people would question his durability. Donovan McNabb had dual threat ability and was a 6 time pro bowler, if the Eagles kept Terrell Owens at the time of his prime I think we would be looking at elite hall of famer.

 

8. Ben Roethlisberger

“Big Ben” as they call him is notorious for extending the play shaking off tackles and still able to make an accurate throw outside the pocket. That method has helped him with two super bowl rings, he has had some great defensive teams in the past giving him that help. He is big standing at 6’5”, 241 lbs and hard to take down. A two-time pro bowler and a team leader has the ability to win the close ones down the stretch and make amazing comebacks. His playmaking ability is what pumps his teammates up and what stands out from the rest.  His arm  is what does the talking and if you’re corner does not jump the read Ben Roethlisberger is gonna drive it up your teams throat and put a coffin in your defense. He makes precise, accurate throws both in pocket and outside the pocket, short, medium or his cannon for the deep bomb with a career completion percentage of 63.1%. Ben Roethlisberger has a 92.7 Quarterback rating, 34,105 career yards, 219 career touchdowns and a 97-43 record as a starter. Another thing that stands our Roethlisberger from the rest and has him ranked ahead of Phillip Rivers is those two rings he wears saying Super Bowl Champion and that is something that is worth more than any statistics or any record. He is still the youngest quarterback to win a super bowl back in Super bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks. One of his most memorable game winning drives was in Super bowl XLIII when he drove it against the Cardinals for a back of the endzone throw to Santonio Holmes draped over the defender and coming up with a spectacular catch that won the game.

7. Eli Manning

 

Eli Manning is an up and down Quarterback one second you’re screaming at him because he threw an interception to slowly forgive him because of his clutch game winning drive. His best moment was during Super bowl XLII against the Patriots. From the snap of the ball you thought he was down for a sack and the pressure got to him but instead somehow he miraculously escapes the abyss as he gets a throw downfield to receiver David Tyree who was covered tight by defensive back Rodney Harrison and everyone thought it was an incompletion but wait he caught it in his head for a big time play! To this day it is still amazing how David Tyree stuck on to the ball because that was the play that fired up his teammates and led Eli Manning to a game winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress in the back of the endzone. He had just taken down future Hall of fame Quarterback Tom Brady headlines everywhere as it shocked the entire country and ended the Patriots perfect season. Eli Manning is a tough durable Quarterback he always been mentioned as Peyton Manning’s little brother but now people know him as Eli, a  two time Super bowl MVP winning Quarterback and 3 time pro bowler. No matter how he does he is a winner people might question his 58.5% completion percentage or his 171 career interceptions but he is a resilient quarterback made of pure steel with a 93-69 record as a starter. He is the Giants all time leaders in passing yards and passing touchdowns with 35,345 yards and 229 touchdowns with a 81.2 QB rating. He actually has the upper hand to Peyton in terms of Championships Eli 2>Peyton 1. He has won huge games and made terrific playoff runs when in 2011 the Giants were in the Super Bowl playing a familiar foe the New England Patriots. It was Manning vs Brady 2 and once again Eli had made a historical game winning drive. He had driven his team 88 yards to score and get the win 21-17. If someone has taken down Tom Brady twice, both times outplaying him then I would say that person has a lot of heart, grit and determination. Therefore he has earned his spot on the most elite quarterbacks to ever play the game by leaving it all on the football field. Eli was the 2008 sporting Sportsman of the year. Football to Eli is tradition from the expectations to do what Peyton had done and living in the shadows of his father Archie Manning. He is like a roller coaster the way it goes up and downs but when he gets hot he’s hard to put the fire out. I would say he has engineered one of the best offense of all time in New York almost as indestructible than a brick building.

 

6. Kurt Warner

 

Kurt Warner’s story is a rags to riches story as he was the underdog all his life he pushed himself so hard and that is what lead the Rams to a Superbowl. Kurt Warner believe or not was grocery bagger before he entered professional sports. He had played a couple of years in the Arena football league and had excelled so well he had gotten a call from an NFL team for a tryout. He was a mentally tough quarterback who relentlessly prevailed although at first a backup became one of the greats as a starter. When people mention Kurt Warner it is like a Hollywood script the way his life turned around. Kurt’s resume speaks for itself with winning the MVP three times, the Super Bowl XXXIV MVP with a 65.5%. At his time defenses would struggle week to week to stop Kurt’s amazing passing ability. He is arguably one of the most efficient Quarterback’s in history with 93.7 QB rating, 32,344 passing yards, and 208 career passing yards. “The greatest show on turf” as they would call him drove the defensive coordinators nuts after seeing him beat their game plan and beat even the best defenses in the league.

 

5. Aaron Rodgers

 

Aaron Rodgers a super bowl winning quarterback for the historical Green Bay Packers. He was the one who returned the “Lombardi” trophy to it’s hometown. He started out as the great Brett Favre’s backup but stepped up and Mike McCarthy made him the main guy. This guy has precision and leads a very lethal passing attack. He is a guy who lights it up on the opponent and can make any throw on the field. Clearly every time he is on the field he is two steps ahead of the defense calling out blitzes, making the correct read and driving his team with reservations for 6. He is a three time pro bowler he has one of the best quarterback ratings in the league with a 104.9 rating.  In 2012 he was the Ap player of the year and an AP second team all pro. He is insanely accurate with a 65.8% and has 24,197 career passing yards, 188 career touchdowns and only 52 times been picked off. He is a pocket passer who once in a while will get of of the pocket to move the sticks. Aaron rodger has pure guts and if you watch him on film he is always in the right position to get his team a win and that is why he is a 63-33 as a starter.

 

4. Brett Favre

 

Brett Favre is the most risk taking Quarterback ever in the history of the NFL. He makes huge risks sometimes they lead his team to victory other times they don’t pay off. He is a “gunslinger” as they call him one who isn’t afraid to throw the ball. Over his long and durable career he was an 11 time pro bowler, 3 time first team all pro and was the NFL MVP from the years 1995-1997. Taking football away from Brett was like shooting him in the foot, he was so dedicated and passionate  in what he was doing he made the game fun. He was a fun guy to watch a Super Bowl XXXI winning quarterback with a 62% completion rate. Brett stacked up the stats sheet pretty well with an 86.0 QB rating, 71,838 career passing yards, 508 touchdowns but the thing that everyone remember as well as the touchdowns was the interceptions with 336 in his career. He was the NFL iron man and the anchor of the lead when he starter 269 consecutive games and played through all the hits and pain. He was 186-112 as a starter and left a unique mark on the league. His thumbprint will never even be close to duplicated to how he won the game playing his style.

 

3. Drew Brees

Drew Brees plays with a chip on his shoulder every time he lays. After he got injured while playing for the Chargers he thought that was the last day he would ever play for an NFL team in his life.  People question this guy’s size and say no way a guy barely 6 feet can play QB but to the doubters they are dead wrong. “its not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog” as Mark Twain once said that quote is something Drew Brees can relate to he was Super bowl XLIV MVp and broke Steve Youngs record. He plays with the camaraderie of his team and plays like he is in a battle. 9 times of of 10 Drew Brees will win that war. He has a very good resume with being a 8 time pro-bowler and 1 time AP first team all pro, 3 time AP second team all pro, 2006 NFL Alumni QB of the year, 2 time NFC MVP, 4 time fedex air player of the year, 2004 AP comeback player of the year, New Orleans All-time leader (Career Wins, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Attempts, Pass Completions and Passing Yards), 2 time NFL offensive player of the year 2008, 2011. He also is 117-80 as a starter and has a 95.3 rating with 51,081 career passing yards, 363 touchdowns with a 65.9% completion.

 

2. Peyton Manning

 

Peyton Manning is the operator on offense the guy who calls all the plays, audibles and someone who coaches game plan against week after week. Peyton causes fear in the defenders heart. When he throws a 60 yard td bomb it’s like he stabbing them with a knife, in that case I would say this guy is a killer. He get’s his receiver in a spot and the next morning it’s on his highlight tape. He is a very clutch Quarterback and very aggressive. He is a 13 time pro bowler (most consecutive pro bowl appearances-9), 7 time AP first team All-pro, 3 team AP second team All pro, 5 time AP NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013). His accolades are deep and I couldn’t leave out the 2 time AP offensive player of the year (2004 and 2013) and the 2012 AP NFL comeback player of the year. He has taken the league by storm with his arm leading the league 4 times as the  NFL touchdown leader, he is the Indianapolis Colts All time leader (career wins, passing touchdowns, passing attempts, pass completions, and passing yards. In  2005 he had tasted victory with a Pro Bowl MVP, NFL 2000’s All decade team, and  the 2013 Sports Illustrated sportsman of the year. He had 55 touchdowns in 2013 breaking Tom Bradys record in 2007. He has a 97.2 career Qb rating , 69,964 career passing yards, 65.5% completion and is 178-85 as a starter. He has won 1 super bowl in three appearances despite his fantastic regular season stats he’s been taken down by other Quarterbacks. Peyton Manning is resilient when he had severe neck surgery he was able to come back the next year from the devastating pain and top his previous monster season.

 

1. Tom Brady

 

Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback to play this game we call football. He is the one quarterback you want when the pressure is on and their high stakes up for grabs. No one expected the 199th overall pick to be the next Joe Montana but that is what Tom Brady does he fights. He might say it was a tragedy at first when Drew Bledsoe got injured but it gave Brady an opportunity. As they say when a opportunities don’t come often and when they do you have to grab them. I would say that Tom Brady next to Joe montana is the most clutch quarterback in history. He lead the patriots to dynasty like levels with the genius of Bill belichick and three super bowls in five appearances he has earned the spot of number 1. He has more rings than anybody on this list and that is the deal breaker. He is a 9 time pro bowler, 2 time AP first team all pro. He was the 2009 Ap nfl mvp and led the pats to a 16-0 season. He holds almost any record in the book and is the Patriots all time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions. He has a career 95.7 QB rating, 49,149 career passing yards, 359 touchdowns and a 63.4%. Tom Brady is the definition of a football god and that is why he is 166-51 as an NFL starter.

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10. Adizero Crazy Light 3.

 

Price – $145

A shoe thats true to its name. The crazy light 3 is sibling of the first two crazy lights, and overall is a great performer and a likable shoe. If you want a breathable shoe, you’ve found it. The Crazy Light 3 offers ventilation all through the midsole. The price at $145 is reasonable ( as crazy as it sounds to say over 100 bucks is reasonable for sneakers) and is a pretty good pick up.

 

9.  Ektio Breakaway

Price-$130

A  shoe Brandon Knight probably should’ve been wearing. The Breakaway’s provide top notch ankle support and are comfortable and really provide a lockdown that is superior to other shoes. If you’re one of those players that wants a little more support around your ankles, whether  because of ankle injury or personal preference, then this shoe is for you. It also provides great traction. Honestly the shoe is an underrated shoe with a brand that really has no real name in the sneaker world. But because of its lock down ankle support its starting to make a name for itself.

 

8. Jordan SuperFly 2

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Ten Snowboarders

At the Olympics in Sochi Russia, Sage Kotsenburg drops in for his first run on the Slopestyle course. Everyone stares in awe as he flies off the jumps. Sage Kotsenburg is just one of many great snowboarders included on this list.

  • Travis Rice, an American snowboarder, has been featured in the movie The Art Of Flight. In the film, he performs on many mountains in different ways, mostly in the backcountry. As Travis rides in the backcountry, he races through the deep powder snow. Travis has snowboarded at places like jackson Hole, and Alaska. Travis Rice was also the designer and winner of the Red Bull Ultra Natural and is now sponsored by Redbull. Travis is 31 years old and close to the end of his career, but he will definitely be remembered as one of the greatest snowboarders.
  • Chris Bradshaw is an American snowboarder who rides for 32 Technine, Electric, Ambiguous, J.S.L.V., Neff, Bear Mountain, F.O.D.T., Vans, Grenade, The Pharmacy, and Ride Shop. People know him for his street riding and being able to snowboard places they normally would not. He uses his skateboarding skills on the mountain. Chris jumps over a staircase in the city Instead of using a hill to ride down he uses staircase He and his friends make videos and are in Sunday in the Park, and Thirtytwo Spot check.
  • Torstein Horgmo is a Norwegian snowboarder that has won many competitions including the X Games. What makes him so great is the way that he rides. Torstein can ride many different styles, like deep powder and street. He is best at riding the park. He flies down the hill and does tricks with grace. He rides in most of the Shred Bots snowboarding videos with friends like Mark and Craig McMorris. Torstein is sponsored by Oakley, Rock Star energy, Go Pro, DC Shoes.
  • Scott Stevens, an American snowboarder and personally my favorite snowboarder because of his creative riding and for having some of the most unique tricks. Scott has been featured in many videos like, 32 Spot Check, Sunday in the Park,I Ride Park City,Videograss and Get Real. Some of his most famous tricks are one footed. Scott rides up to the rail with only one foot strapped into the binding. He uses his unstrapped foot to make easy tricks harder. He currently sponsored by Crab Grab, Union, Capita, Smith Optics and makes most of his money off of them.
  • Sage Kotsenburg, an American snowboarder most known for winning gold at the 2014 Sochi winter olympics. While at the Olympics Sage goes off the biggest jumps letting him win. He has also won many other competitions including the events at the Dew Tour and X Games. Sage Kotsenburg is also in the I Ride Park City and Holy Crail videos. He is sponsored by Nitro Snowboards,Nike, Monster Energy, Neff, Pro Tech.
  • Stale Sandbech is a Norwegian snowboarder who has participated in the Olympics in 2010 and recently won silver in the 2014 Sochi olympics. Stale is young and able to be acrobatie in the air. He goes high off the jump and flips many times before landing, the crowd cheers loud. He has also won multiple events at the X games. He is also featured in the Nation video. He rides for Oakley, Rome Snowboards, 32 Boots, Session Boardshop.
  • Mark Mcmorris, a Canadian snowboarder who won bronze at the 2014 winter olympics in Sochi and some X Games events. Mark rides down the slope and slides smoothly across the rail.  He is also in many of the Shred Bots videos with Torstein Horgmo and his brother Craig Mcmorris. He is sponsored by Burton, Oakley, Red Bull, DVS, BMW.
  • Halldor Helgason, a snowboarder from Iceland. He has won X Games events and is featured in the Holy Crail videos with Sage Kotsenburg. He is sponsored by Nike, Monster Energy, Oakley, Colourd Headphones, Neff, and Techrider. He also owns Lobster Snowboards, 7/9/13 Belts, Switchback Bindings and Hoppipolla Headwear with his brother Eiki. He had stated his snowboard company Lobster snowboards with Kristoffer Hansson. Halldor is also famous for some of his giant leaps. He rides off a small jump on top of the a building and flips on to another building.
  • Forest Bailey an American snowboarder. He is known for his unique urban snowboarding. Forest uses staircase railings for his snowboard, jumping up high and balancing, then sliding to the bottom. He won X games real snow, and has a part in the Nation video. He is sponsored by 686, GNU, Redbull, ADIDAS, Dragon, GNARLY.
  • Danny Davis a snowboarder from American . People know him for riding Halfpipe and went to the olympics for it. Danny flies up the sides of the halfpipe flipping high over the ground. He also won the Mammoth grand Prix and was in the Peace Park video. Danny is sponsored by Burton, Analog, Mtn Dew, Frends, Nixon, Dragon.

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The National Basketball Association: Is it what it seems?

Considered the most prestigious basketball league on earth, the NBA has a certain appeal that other leagues lack. With its high level of play and stars that seem to do no wrong, how could it not? But is it possible that some of the best players and teams get a little help from the officials?

5 years ago, Tim Donaghy, a former ref for the NBA, was discovered to have been making bets on games that might have affected his decision making in calls. He denied his gambling to have affected his officiating, but was sent to court on charges of conspiracy to engage inwire fraud, and transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison for betting on games that he reffed. His arrest unearthed a long debated topic about the NBA, it’s biased reffing, and slightly scripted feeling.

After his arrest Donaghy went public about his situation. He wrote a book, was on 60 minutes, and did multiple interviews with many radio stations. People wanted to know how was he so accurate in his bets? During the an investigation the FBI conducted, they discovered that out of the 100 games he bet on, he won a whopping 80% of his bets, a ridiculous percentage. To Donaghy however, it’s no surprise that he won so many bets. Donaghy had told the FBI, “You don’t realize how easy this was for me knowing what I know”.

In his book and his interviews, Donaghy explains how he could know the outcome of a game with the point spread, just by knowing who was officiating, and how crucial a game it was for either team. “I would call the referees the night of the game” he said. “I would pick their brain, and see if they had any vendettas against any player/coach/owner involved in the game that night, and based on the information, I could make a decision.”

During a YouTube interview, he stated, “I’m never going to say that the NBA is fixed, or that David Stern, NBA commissioner, is going to go out and completely screw teams but the way they program and train referees in meetings, it puts a team at an advantage or a disadvantage” He gives an example later on in the interview. “To use the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers as an example, the referees had talked about how important this game was to the Lakers. It’s a matter of them making the playoffs or not making the playoffs so if they are going to call a foul, they’re going to call them on the side of the Lakers because Houston’s already in, and if they make a call that ends up taking the Lakers out of the playoffs, there’s going to be big consequences due to fans. Not only for officials, but for the league losing millions of dollars because one of their main teams missed the playoffs.”

Donaghy gives another example of how the NBA is partially scripted in his book Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA, by talking about current NBA ref Dick Bavetta. Bavetta is known for usually officiating close games. If a team was being blown out, he would alter his officiating, and instruct the other refs to do so as well. “Lets not embarrass anyone,” he would say. Donaghy knows first hand, as Bavetta has given him these instructions in the past. He says that during conversations with him, Bavetta stated that he was the NBA’s “go to guy”. Whenever they wanted a game to be really close, or a playoff series to go the 7 games, just to entertain fans, he would assign Bavetta to the game with instructions on which team to favor. What makes the situation even fishier is that when Bavetta was investigated, he was forbidden by the NBA to speak publicly about the case.

In an interview on WEEI radio, Donaghy was asked to elaborate on how refs might favor stars. Donaghy explained how sometimes if there was a foul called that would put an all star in a troublesome situation, they would try to find a person who was not as important, (maybe an 8th man to a team), that might have been involved in the play and give them the foul.

It can’t be denied that Donaghy did the wrong thing. But maybe it was all for the better, as it unearthed a controversial topic that few people were aware of. Many people now believe that the NBA does have a scripted feeling to it. If you have ever watched an NBA game, there is never a single game where there is not at least a couple controversial calls. Even the announcers pick up on it when looking at the replay.

I think it is very low of the NBA and the officials to pull this kind of stunt. Basketball is not a show; it’s a sport that should be played with dignity, honesty, and pride. The good teams deserve the wins they get, and the bad teams deserve the losses. There should be no unnecessary interference from the league or from the officials just because they want to entertain the fans. It’s just not fair to the players. Whether an All-Star, or a bench warmer, each and everyone of those players worked their butt off to get to where they are today, and the fact that the NBA is turning them into a show instead of letting them just play basketball, is just an insult to their dedication. The NBA should let the players just play basketball, no biased reffing, no extending a series for entertainment, just play basketball like it was meant to be played. Not for the money, not for the fans, for the competition and for the sport.

Should the Redskins Change their Name?

The Washington Redskins are a professional football team that was started in 1932. After over eighty years of playing in the NFL, people want to change the Redskin name because they believe it refers to Native Americans in a racist manner.

The owner of the team Dan Snyder has stated many times that he would never change the Redskin name. Some fans in The D.C. area want to keep the name because it is a major part of their past, and they identify the team by its name.

If people want the Redskins to change their name, why not other sports teams across the country? Teams like the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Blackhawks have references to Native Americans. In the article Should the Washington Redskins Change their Name, it says , It says that “ most Native Americans aren’t bothered by the word”. The Native American Community as a whole should be consulted on this matter. If the majority of the Native American community is not offended by the word, then the owners of the football teams should be able to keep their name.

The Washington Redskins football team has been around for over eighty years. They have won championships and are a big part of the city. The fans identify the team by its nickname. If the Native American community as a whole does not have a problem with the name, than the city and its fans should be able to keep the name.

Time: Michael Phelps’s Retirement

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Should Lebron Return to Cleveland?

On July 8, 2010 Lebron James’ notorious Espn television special “The Decision” had shocked the sports world as he left his hometown Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat. Lebron’s desire to win a championship was strong and that is why … Continue reading