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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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.

Sneakers: Are They Really Worth It

To most people sneakers don’t mean anything but things you put your feet in. But to some people they mean much more. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend $250 on a pair of sneakers, but some people consider that crazy. To me and other sneakerheads out there, it would be worth every penny. The reason why I got into this craze is that it makes you feel elite. To me it is like getting a fancy new car. Everyone notices and immediately thinks that this person has class. Most of the time I judge people just by what kicks they have. Although collecting shoes is expensive, it is a fun hobby. The sneaker that got me into shoes were the Lebron 9 Breds. When I wore them I felt amazing. Even though they don’t do anything, you feel like you have purpose. I knew I needed more. The issue was, and still is, convincing my parents to let me buy them. For some reason, they feel sneakers are a waste of money, and I’ll always be interested in getting the next new pair. Although they are right about the later, to me sneakers are everything. It’s a sign of class, personality, and style. Whenever I buy shoes it comes right of my own pocket, so I don’t see why they would have an issue about it.

 

Shoes are not worth their price tags, but how much they mean to you. Most sneakerheads have a “Holy Grail” pair of sneakers, that they would give an arm and a leg for. Personally, mine would have to be the Galaxy Foamposites, but those are pretty much unattainable unless you are willing to pay $800. The main issue in the sneaker game is the crazy resale prices. If you aren’t willing to camp for a pair of sneakers, you will only be able to get them for double the price at a third party store. Sneakers mean a lot to me and lots of sneakerheads around the world.

Super Bowl Sunday: Commercials Await

Photo Credit: Au Kirk

Photo Credit: Au Kirk

It’s that advertising time of the year again, when Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. Over 111 million people tuned into the 2012 Super Bowl, the most-watched program in television history. The commercials are not only about making you laugh, but also about the companies trying to sell you something.

Recall some of the funniest Super Bowl commercials from last year. Two of the most popular videos were “Sling Baby” by Doritos and “Just My Shell” by M&Ms. They were both very popular because of their funny story that made you laugh the whole way through. These two ads scored highest and tied for first place with 671 points recorded by Ace Metrix Ad Testing Firm. Are these commercials worth all the money it costs for just 30 seconds of commercial time during the Super Bowl?

30 second ad spots cost an average of $3.5 million. Companies have spent a total of over $2.5 billion on Super Bowl advertising between 2002 and 2011. The commercial slots are expensive, but it advertises your product to over 111 million people. Whether its a good or bad choice to spend this much on commercials really depends on the company. Several well-known and well-advertised companies can make millions on just one commercial. For other companies, $3.5 million was just flushed down the toilet. What companies airing commercials will make it or break it at the Super Bowl this year?

But who really cares about whether companies will fail or succeed, based on 30 seconds of the companies’ life. Viewers only care that the commercials are hilarious. Get ready to laugh your head off when watching the Super Bowl. Also, don’t forget to bring the wings!

P.S. Comment your favorite Super Bowl commercials.

How Steroids Have Impacted Sports

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In today’s sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football, athletes need to be in prime condition in order to compete at such a high level. Year after year athletes are elevating their sport. Competing at the level they are at is getting harder and harder each and every year. They are setting the bar so high that it almost feels impossible to make it as a young athlete. Athletes all have their ways of staying strong, fit, and fueled. Some drink sports drinks and eat hefty meals. Some work out and do it the old way. Some athletes choose to disregard the right and legal way and take performance enhancing drugs.

These drugs make you stronger, faster, and can make you go longer. These drugs are very effective  and help a lot, but the fact of the matter is, they are illegal. It’s no question these are unfair. It’s like if Tom Brady had a bionic arm and the rest of the quarterbacks had just a normal arm. It’s unfair and just not right. These drugs can also give you major side effects like chest pains, bleeding, headaches, and in some cases more serious conditions, like heart problems and brain failure.

One big controversy regarding PED’s, ( Performance Enhancing Drugs ) right now, is cyclist Lance Armstrong’s confession to drug use. Lance Armstrong is an American cyclist who won many events such as the tour de france, the longest and most popular race in the world, several times. He is an icon for any cyclist. He has always seemed like a very nice and innocent guy and nobody thought he would do drugs. But recently he was tested positive for PED’s. He has just confessed last week to Oprah on live television that he has used PED’s most of his career.  A lot of people neglect that their is actually a large use of this in cycling. A top – notch professional cyclist can travel 20 miles per hour up a pitch of 40 degrees and can do this for at least 45 minutes without losing energy. Even though Lance is incredibly fit, later towards his career he needed that little boost to enable him to still compete, and that is what led to Lance’s drug use problem.

 It makes a lot of people mad at what sports are coming too these days. Steroids are unfair and a little bit selfish too. A lot of people don’t care much if someone is doing PED’s, but it really is cheating. I feel that about one – quarter of the top athletes are doing drugs. Athletes are doing whatever they can and taking whatever they can, to make the millions they are and to stay on top of their sport.

Patriots

Driving into Foxboro, you could hear the excitement. The parking lot was packed. There were so many people tailgating. The fans were grilling all kinds of food and drinking and listening to the 49ers and Falcon’s game on the radio and routing for the team they would like the Patriots to play in the Super Bowl. Everybody was happy and full of hope.

The first quarter was okay. By the end of the 2nd quarter fans were all saying the Patriots got to wake up and play a lot better if we are to win. The New England fans are used to the Patriots turning a losing game into a winner in the 4th quarter. The crowd was still cheering lots in the 3rd quarter. As the 4th quarter started the crowd got quieter. The Pats couldn’t get the first down and slowly some fans started to leave in the beginning of the 4th quarter. We could tell the Patriots were not playing well and didn’t have much of a shot of winning.  We watched until the end. It was a very disappointing game. It was like last years Super Bowl. Walking out of the stadium was nothing like walking into it. Nobody was talking. Everybody was rushing to their cars to go home. What a bummer! I can’t believe the score, 28 to 13! We were favored to win. What happened?  At least we have hockey to look forward to and the Bruins started out with a nice win.

Harbaugh brothers unite in superbowl

There has been a lot of talk about how the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens shouldn’t have made it to the superbowl. But they have proved all odds wrong and now for the first time in sports history Jim and John Harbaugh will be the first two coaches in any professional sport to ever compete in the championship game as brothers.

Both teams were not supposed to make it to the playoffs and some thought that neither would even make it out of the first round. but yet these two great coaches have brought there teams to the finals. Besides the two brothers being in the superbowl together there are many other great storys to this championship game like hall of famer Ray Lewis, this will be his last season and he has been the face of the Baltimore Ravens organization since they joined the league. The ravens team wants to win the superbowl for all the great leadership Ray has given the team. On the other hand the 49ers also are very similar and claim the the team is Patrick Willis’s and will try to get the superbowl for there 2007 first round draft pick and future hall of famer also. Willis states that “this is everyone on the teams team” and will try to lead his team to victory this upcoming February.

This will defiantly be a very fun and exciting superbowl. Personally i think that with Collin Kaepernicks speed and the motivation the 49ers defense has with Patrick Willis they will get the win in New Orleans. 35-10 49ers. This should be a great superbowl and I am very excited to watch.

Football Parties

WOO-HOO! The house shakes, snow falls off roof tops and car alarms go off. The sound of a great football party can be heard for miles. Yet, some might not know the proper etiquette  of football parties. Could it be you? Rule number one, dress appropriately. A suit and tie will rip with the violent jumping off the couch. Also don’t be the one to wear home team rivals shirt. Thats the quickest and most effective way to lose friends, be hated and become the village idiot. Rule number two, if bringing food, bring something edible. Anything vegetable or healthy doesn’t belong inside a country mile of a football party. Secondly, don’t bring something like offal or some type of food no ones ever heard of, it won’t just get people grossed out, but also wondering, do you even know what football is? Instead bring some hearty wings, huge bag of chips or impress them with a massive meat lovers pizza. Final rule, know when to cheer and make sure you’re cheering for the right team. Don’t be cheering for the jets when everyone else is a patriots fan. Or sit up and yell “home run’’ on fourth and seven. These aren’t the only rules (as football parties can get very articulate) but you’ll still be known as the number one fan.

ESPN problems

And another slam-dunk bye the Miami Heat! And the Denver Broncos sign Peyton Manning! I am so sick of hearing those words every time I watch ESPN. They’re always talking about football or basketball no matter what the season is and I think a lot of other sports fans are annoyed with this matter just like I am.  Continue reading