Angry White Dude: The Media Is So Stupid!
Why should I have expected anything different?
That's right, the media was up to it again all last week.
Golden boy Aaron Rodgers makes a great throw and that -- along with a great catch by Jared Cook-- put the Packers in the NFC title game.
As soon as the game ended, the talk began. You heard it. You couldn't avoid it.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the best QBs ever!
Yesiree, one of the Top Five for sure!
Maybe Top 3!
Come on now, admit it. You heard it.
You listen to the same old lame ass sports talk shows that I do. And hey, if you're wondering, I'm in the sports biz; listening to that bilge is an occupational hazard.
When I hear those refugees from ADD Camp actually saying dude was one of the Top 3 slingers of all time, I quickly realize where job-seekers go when the supermarkets aren't hiring bag boys.
I mean, wow!
Rodgers makes one throw and he's in your Top 3 all time? Really?
Yes, dude's a solid QB, and he's even the third-best ever in Packers history:
|NFL Titles||Passing Yds||TD Passes||QB Rating|
Incidentally, that takes about one minute to look up. Less if you use voice activation.
And don't forget, Starr played in a defense-dominated era when QBs called their own game. Dude had the likes of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor to lug the load, too, so he didn't call his own number as much as he could have.
Favre occasionally made things up as he went along.
And Rodgers? One damn play, and all of a sudden, he's an offensive maestro!
So how could the hypesters be so stupid?
Clearly, Rodgers did another fine job of getting Green Bay to the playoffs. However, he's free to book tee times now. Tom Brady, on the other hand, is going to his seventh Super Bowl, and the haters say he plays in a weak division.
Hello out there in football land! Have you seen the Packers' division?
Reality check: Lions, Bears, and Vikings. That just might be pigskin-ese for trash! Hell, Rodgers & Crew should be in the playoffs every year!
Let's get back to that chart comparison for a moment.
For all of his accomplishments, here's a hard fact:
Rodgers has the same number of Super Bowl rings has Trent Dilfer, Joe Flacco and ... Jaren Lorenzen.
Remember him? Odds are Golden Corral does. So do the Arena League's New York River Monsters:
Dude called the signals at Kentucky and actually wound up with the New York Giants.
He did it at the right time, too, pickig up a Super Bowl ring by watching from the sidelines in Super Bowl XLII.
But don't think he didn't do his bit for getting them there:
Rodgers will no doubt join Starr, Favre, and Arnie Hebner as Packer chuckers in the Hall of Fame. But to date, there's still no way he's a Top 5 QB right now!
Consider these dudes and the one criteria that tops all others: Super Bowl championships:
- Joe Montana ... 4-0 in Super Bowls
- Terry Bradshaw ... 4-0 in Super Bowls
- Troy Aikman ... 3 Super Bowl rings
- John Elway ... 2 Super Bowl rings
- Manning & Manning ... 2 Super Bowl rings each
- Bob Griese ... 2 Super Bowl rings
- Roger Staubach ... 2 Super Bowl rings
- Ben Roethlesberger ... 2 Super Bowl rings
- Jim Plunkett ... 2 Super Bowl rings
Then there's Brady. 4 Super Bowl rings with a shot at a fifth next week. Dude's done all right.
So Rodgers has a bit of work to do before sniffing his jock becomes even moderately worthwhile.