We’re down to the round of eight in our 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament! You can see the bracket here.
Who will advance to the final four? The poll remains open until midnight on the west coast.
(1 seed) Calvin Johnson
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Jahvid Best
Third Round: def Nate Burleson
The 2011 season finally put to rest any argument that Calvin Johnson is not an elite receiver. The only question that remains now is where he’ll finish when compared to the all-time greats at his position. 100 yards receiving and a touchdown is a fine day for most receivers but it was an average day for Calvin Johnson in 2011. His 16 touchdowns set a new franchise record and he finished just five yards behind Herman Moore for the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. Forget shading a safety to Megatron’s side of the field, the Saints used defensive alignments that put two corners on CJ at the line of scrimmage in both meetings this year. That is the kind of level Johnson was on this past season.
(10 seed) Stephen Peterman
First Round: def Gosder Cherilus
Second Round: def Jeff Backus
Third Round: def Rob Sims
Stephen Peterman’s Cinderella ride through this tournament has him on the cusp of a final four berth. He’s received criticism as well but apparently the fans appreciated his efforts enough for him to emerge out of the offensive lineman portion of the bracket by defeating Gosder Cherilus, Jeff Backus and Rob Sims.
Who should advance to the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament Final Four?
- Calvin Johnson (80%, 16 Votes)
- Stephen Peterman (20%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 20