Sour Rankings: Mike Tomlin continues crackdown, Giants teammates bicker, more
You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 6 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. Greg Hardy vs. LeBron: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is a pretty sensational athlete. He may not be quite as remarkable a talent as he thinks, however.
From his interview with The Observer:
Q: If you went 1-on-1 with LeBron, who would win?
A: How should I answer this question? …I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player.
A: I’m a beast
Q: He’s pretty good, too, though.
A: What’s your point? Everyone says he can go to the NFL and play defensive end, who says I can’t go to the NBA?
In his defense, Hardy did go the two-sport route for a bit at Ole Miss, playing 15 games for the hoops team after wrapping his freshman football season.
9. Mike Tomlin’s rules: After the Steelers lost four in a row, Tomlin banned games like Ping-Pong in the locker room. Now, they finally have a win under their belt, but Tomlin continued his No Fun crackdown by outlawing flips into the end zone, like the one Emmanuel Sanders did on Sunday.
No more flying leaps and flips into the end zone for Steelers. Tomlin: “That would be very correct. It’s a potential for injury. It’s silly”
— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 15, 2013
If Tomlin goes ahead and bans dancing, we can get to work on that Footloose sequel.
8. Ravens’ photographer playing through pain: Football players are unquestionably tough. So too, apparently, are football photographers.
Ravens photographer Phil Hoffman tore his achilles when Doss crashed him on the sidelines earlier. He’s now in a boot back working the game.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 13, 2013
Props for the effort, fella. But you may want to get that checked out.
Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved my birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY
— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) October 13, 2013
Young hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011.
6. David Wilson’s fantasy football team: At least the Giants are still having a little fun, right? Wilson, currently out of the lineup with a neck injury, took to Twitter this week to tease teammate Rueben Randle over his play. And Randle hit right back …
— David E. Wilson (@4stillRunning) October 16, 2013
@4stillRunning ain’t nutn wrong with yo neck. B Jacobs just punk’d u out ur spot
— Rueben Randle (@RuebenRandle) October 16, 2013
5. More Thursday night football: 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin said this week that the NFL’s Thursday night games are detrimental to player safety. So, of course the league may be looking into adding a second Thursday nighter each week.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL is “considering selling another slate of Thursday games to a media outlet,” thus creating doubleheaders on that weekday evening. The report added that Netflix may even be among the bidders should the NFL go down this route.
The TV ratings more or less show that people will watch the NFL whenever it’s on, but I think we can all agree at this point that the Thursday night matchups are a diminished product. Doubling down on that idea does not sound all that appealing.
4. Gillette Stadium fans: Tom Brady entered Sunday with 25 fourth-quarter comebacks and 36 game-winning drives on his career résumé. So why did the Patriots fans give up on him?
After Brady threw an interception with about 2:30 left against the Saints, “thousands of people” left, according to the Press Herald; the Associated Press said that Gillette Stadium was “half-empty” for New England’s final possession.
Back at Brady’s alma mater, Michigan, there’s a famous Bo Schembechler saying: “Those who stay will be champions.” Well, those who stayed Sunday may not deserve a ring, but they certainly got to witness something pretty special.
3. Brandon Weeden’s backhand pass: Despite blowing a 10-point lead, the Browns still had a chance to rally and knock off the Lions on Sunday. That is, until this …
If that’s not the worst pass of the NFL season, I don’t know what is.
2. 3rd-and-48: The Raiders were down just seven points to Kansas City when they took over possession at midfield, early in the fourth quarter Sunday.
The Raiders were called for holding on first down, though, and then Terrelle Pryor took a 12-yard sack. A delay of game followed by another sack of Pryor — this time an 11-yarder — left the Raiders facing a 3rd-and-48. Third down and FORTY-EIGHT.
The play call for that situation? Oakland tried a screen, only to have Pryor fire an incompletion off a lineman. The Raiders’ subsequent 46-yard punt did not even reach the first-down line.
1. Cheering Matt Schaub’s injury (related: The Wave): “It’s disgusting,” Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown said of the home fans who cheered when QB Matt Schaub injured his ankle Sunday. “For the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that’s disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood and how he provides for his family.”
Elsewhere, 49ers CEO Jed York chastised the San Francisco fans for breaking into the wave while Arizona’s Calais Campbell was being loaded onto a stretcher with what appeared to be a very serious injury.
To say I’m disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement. Hope you get well soon Calais
— Jed York (@JedYork) October 14, 2013