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    Blimpie's NFL Mid-Season Awards...

    Now that all NFL teams have completed at least half of their schedules, it is time to issue some props and some blasts. Feel free to chime in...as if you needed my blessing

    Most Surprising Team: New York Giants
    In what is arguably the most competitive division in the league, they are the most well-rounded in terms of both offense and defense. Yes, they got the extra "home" game versus the Saints (waah, waah Redskin fan...36-0 should be enough said) The Giants are still the class of the division. Eli Manning is about 2 years ahead of scheduled progress.
    Honorable Mention: Atlanta Falcons
    I realize that this is only mid-season, but the Falcons run the ball better than any team in the league and play better than average defense. Mike Vick doesn't hurt their chances either (if he could only pass from the pocket )

    Most Disappointing Team: Green Bay Packers
    Any team that you could pick for this award will immediately cry injuries. Part of the game folks. However, this team was built wrong from the start and has had fewer injuries than most. They should be winning their awful division by default. Although they have outscored their opponents on the year 168-159 and have a 1-7 record. Simply putrid at home.
    Honorable Mention: New England, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
    All have lost key players (Harrison, Pennington, Culpepper) but should be more competitive in their respective watered-down divisions.

    Biggest Upset: Week # 1 Denver @ Miami (+4.5) / Final: Miami 34-10
    A solid Broncos team was never in this game. This week turned out to be an aberration for both teams--but it was a bad loss nonethless.
    Honorable Mention: Week # 8 Tampa Bay @ San Fran (+10.5) / Final: SF 15-10
    Gruden should have been fired on the spot for only scoring 10 points on a team that averages surrendering 31 per game. Without Cadillac Anderson, Tampa Bay seems extremely one dimensional...even to the Niners.

    Rookie of the Year: Heath Miller, TE Pittsburgh Steelers
    In year one, he has the look of Jeremy Shockey--but without the big market hype. Has immediately become the go to receiver in short yardage situations and has six TDs in limited action.
    Honorable Mention: Odell Thurman, LB Cincinnati Bengals
    To date, Thurman was the defensive steal of the draft. He is already showing instincts that only 10 year league veterans enjoy. Many Pro Bowls in his future.

    Comeback Player of the Year: Steve Smith, WR Carolina Panthers
    Last year's broken leg by Smith devastated the Panthers' season. After losing Musin Muhammad in the off season, things looked grim for the receiving corps. Smith is the main reason that Carolina is one of the top 2-3 teams in the NFC at his point.
    Honorable Mention: Jake Plummer and Mark Brunell (QBs Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins)
    I am still waiting on the other shoe to drop with both of these cats, but in the meantime you have to give them their due. Plummer was an interception machine last year, but has a 4:1 TD:INT ratio so far. Considering he was almost run out of Washington in the off-season, Brunell must be doing it with smoke and mirrors, near as I can tell. Maybe his problems last year actually WERE due to injuries.

    Coach of the Year: Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
    This award should be given to him for his work over the last three years to be precise. He rebuilt a moribund franchise with class and professionalism. It took stones to eject Dillon and Spikes from town when you had unproven commodities as their replacements. If he beats Pittsburgh at Hines Field in Week # 13, they need to go ahead and put his statue up in front of PBS. This one should be in a landslide.
    Honorable Mention: Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
    A player mutiny almost cost him his job two years ago, and now he's the toast of the town. The offense looks to be scary good and getting better. No team in the NFC wants to visit the Meadowlands come playoff time. Just goes to show you that franchise QBs should always hold a clipboard for at least a year.

    League MVP: LaDanian Tomlinson, RB San Diego Chargers
    I'll probably take some local heat on this one, but he is carrying the team on his back. All purpose yards are the sexy stat in the NFL and he is the King. By the way, he has passed for as many touchdowns as the New York Jets. The Chargers are the best 5-4 team in league history and LT is the reason.
    Honorable Mention: Carson Palmer, QB Cincinnati Bengals
    He is a rock star who knows how to read coverages. I won't yet say Montana in the same breath, but he is unflappable in tough situations. Always seems to make the right decisions with the ball and is the most accurate passer I have ever seen (some of his training camp tricks with the ball are ridiculous) Bengals fans need to go to bed every night and thank Akili Smith for being ranked slightly worse than Tim Couch. Both are now out of the league and the Bengals are a new team because of it.

    Okay, now let me have it.
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    Re: Blimpie's NFL Mid-Season Awards...

    I think you pretty much have it right now, except I would include Big Ben in the MVP honorable mention (look at how the offense performed w/o him those 2 weeks) and I would take out the Jets as a disappointment just because if anyone thought Pennington was healthy to begin with, pass what your smoking over here.
    Larkin is a First-Ballot HOFer in my book...

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    Quote Originally Posted by It8ifyifitsgrif
    I think you pretty much have it right now, except I would include Big Ben in the MVP honorable mention (look at how the offense performed w/o him those 2 weeks) and I would take out the Jets as a disappointment just because if anyone thought Pennington was healthy to begin with, pass what your smoking over here.
    I guess we'll see a replay of that again this weekend. I just saw where Batch will get the start Sunday versus Cleveland
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blimpie
    I guess we'll see a replay of that again this weekend. I just saw where Batch will get the start Sunday versus Cleveland
    Oh, didn't realize the Squealers and Clownie were playing this weekend to fill the void of bye week for the Bengals. Is that in Cleveland or Pittsburgh?
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    Re: Blimpie's NFL Mid-Season Awards...

    Pittsburgh on Sun. Night ESPN
    Larkin is a First-Ballot HOFer in my book...

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    Re: Blimpie's NFL Mid-Season Awards...

    Here's the official announcement...

    Roethlisberger to miss another game
    / Associated Press
    Posted: 1 hour ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't play for the second week in a row as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Charlie Batch, who made his first start in four years in a 20-10 victory last Sunday in Green Bay, will go again Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh.
    After Roethlisberger had surgery last week to remove damaged cartilage from his right knee, coach Bill Cowher said he would be out 10 to 14 days but might return as early as this week.

    Batch was 9-of-16 for 65 yards and was intercepted once against the Packers after previously throwing only eight passes since joining the Steelers in 2002.

    Batch moved up from No. 3 on the depth chart after former starter Tommy Maddox threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 16, when Roethlisberger was out with an injured left knee. Maddox did not play against Green Bay.

    Cowher said Tuesday that Batch managed the offense well against the Packers, but the Steelers must throw the ball better against the Browns (3-5). The Steelers (6-2) were outgained 268-213 Sunday despite outrushing the Packers 154-65.
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    I disagree with ya on one thing Blimpie: The Green Bay Packers have had more injuries than most other teams; and to more valuable personnel (Best WR, Best RB, loss of lots of integral OL).

    I think that the Vikings are the most disappointing team in the NFL hands down. Their defense was supposedly going to be tops in the league and their offense was going to be fine w/o Randy Moss... everything has gone wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
    I disagree with ya on one thing Blimpie: The Green Bay Packers have had more injuries than most other teams; and to more valuable personnel (Best WR, Best RB, loss of lots of integral OL).
    Yeah, but I guess my point is that they had no real margin for error at any of the main skill positions...that's what I meant by "they were built wrong." They lost Javon Walker in Week # 1 and really had no second option in the receiving corps. When this happened, Favre just assumed that he could do it all by himself. He ain't that guy anymore. Davenport was another key loss, but they still had Ahman Green getting most of the carries up until the time they lost him two weeks ago (again no second option at RB)--and by that time--their season was already in the crapper.

    As bad as this Packer season looks, just wait until next year after Favre hangs it up (I suspect).
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    I guess I don't look at the Packers as disappointing b/c I didn't expect much from them this season starting out.

    Like you just said, they were built wrong from the start, and I think that most ppl. expected them to have a less than stellar season, which, combined with their injuries, has made things get REALLY ugly; on the other hand, lots of the so-called "experts" were picking the Vikes to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
    I guess I don't look at the Packers as disappointing b/c I didn't expect much from them this season starting out.

    Like you just said, they were built from the start, and I think that most ppl. expected that; on the other hand, lots of the so-called "experts" were picking the Vikes to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl!!!
    Yeah, that's the reason why I don't give the Vikes a pass either. Culpepper was awful prior to shredding his knee, but their defense was supposed to have been much improved in the offseason....garbage.
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