A Beginning: Weekly Award Intro and Final Record Predictions
by, 09-08-2011 at 03:38 PM (1347 Views)
I've mentioned this within various posts on the forum, but I will be using this blog space as my personal space to begin some weekly awards that I (along with friends) were doing the last couple of years at my dorm in college. My hope is to get input from you without cluttering too much space in weekly forum posts. Schedule permitting, my plan is to announce some preliminary nominees (while taking suggestions, since I can't watch everything) on Tuesday with the Actual Awards being passed out the following week.
Without further ado, here are the awards I will be giving out weekly.
1) The What the....? Award - We know what to expect out of many players in the NFL. No one is surprised when Tom Brady throws for 400 yards and 3 TDs. No one is surprised when Adrian Peterson runs for 200 yards. But sometimes, strange things just happen. This award is an attempt to recognize those that play well above their expectations, ideally causing the response "What the....?" Like when a 3rd string QB goes 12/17 and 3 TDs. The point of this award is expectation. Quality of opponent matters, but more important is the quality of the player that performs well.
2) The JaMarcus Russell Award - This is a special award just for the QBs attempting to "honor" the QB who most reflects the award's namesake. Ideally, we shall be looking for candidates who have below 50% completion, lots of interceptions, and very little in terms of positive plays. All candidates should be looked at for this award on an equal playing field. Drew Brees could very well have a bad game for him but be light years ahead of some of the worst performances. On the other hand, it could be possible that Alex Smith plays not as terrible as usual and still be a potential candidate. Last year, we enjoyed making note of QBs getting benched, especially if we had never heard of who was replacing you. And there was one game where the QBing was so bad, we just put the whole game on there.
3) The Non-QB MOP- Too much credit and blame goes to the QB. That, to me, seems wrong. This award is an attempt to find the MOP of the week, if you take out all of the quarterbacks. Should be an interesting challenge. Much like the JaMarcus award, no preference should be given to player expectations.
As a final bonus, just to embarrass myself in a few months, here are my picks for the season. No commentary, just know that I'm making some hunches here. Also, I don't technically know if these records are possible, but it should at least add up to 256-256
New England- 14-2
New York- 11-5
San Diego- 10-6
Kansas City- 5-11
New York Giants- 7-9
New Orleans- 13-3
Tampa Bay- 8-8
St. Louis- 9-7
San Francisco- 6-10
Green Bay- 12-4
Super Bowl: Baltimore over New Orleans