Welcome to the NFL dead season. Nobody markets themselves better than the NFL with its hype machine churning constantly all year, but during Late June and early July with the offseason workouts completed, the players and coaches scatter to all parts of the globe to wind down a bit before the training camps open in late July.
While the players are off enjoying the off season, I sure hope the Lion 2011 draft class is not enjoying themselves too much. The writers still have to put something out there so they have a list for virtually everything in the NFL. Apparently Ndamukong Suh is on everyone’s mind because he’s King of the Lists. He’s everywhere on them.
Last week, Pete Prisco of CBSsports.com declared Suh the most overrated player in the NFL. I don’t see that myself, unless he was rated in the Superman/Batman category of super heroes. If Prisco thinks he’s so overrated then how do you explain the NFL Networks ranking of him going from 51 last year to 38 this year, voted by his peers? He was voted number 5 on NFL.com’s list of most polarizing player last week, and Forbes listed him the 14th highest paid athlete in the country.
It doesn’t stop there–the strangest “Listident” was when Mr. Suh was voted the NFL’s Most Disliked Player in February four months after being voted the Most LIKED Player in the NFL. I guess people don’t like when you stomp on a player while they’re eating Thanksgiving dinner, not to mention everybody on the planet saw it.
They have lists for everything you can think of; remember during the lockout last year when somebody got so desperate that they made of list of the best helmets? Since the new CBA is a 10-year agreement, I hope I never see that again.
These lists just give us something to talk about until the training camps open. I’m sure by next year, everybody will love Ndamukong Suh after he goes on a national TV dating show this summer and shows he has a cuddly side. Hey Ndamukong, just a little advice when you take her out to dinner: don’t order the turkey, it seems to set you off.