Posted on: September 4, 2009 1:25 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2009 1:39 pm
Here are the results of your voting for the first field of 32 MOST OVERRATED OF ALL TIME!
Posted on: August 10, 2009 11:02 am
THE FIRST 32
Let's begin the tournament
We'll start with half the field of 64; the first 32 nominees represent those with the most votes from Major League Baseball and the National Football league.
You know how this works - copy & paste to respond, and it would be easiest to simply deleted the name/picture of the player you want to vote out. Without trying to sound too much like Jeff probst, please remember that you are voting for the person you think is most overrated.
Keep in mind that the players listed here are not necessarily my personal choices - and some would not even appear on this list if I had my way. I included all of the players submitted by those who responded to my post, my nominees and filled out the remaining gaps by pulling from other polls (such as the Sports Illustrated article & Bleacher Report blog).
The one exception to this is Barry Sanders - with all due respect to Jalopy (who along with others understandably criticized my choice of Lance Armstrong - I have no problem with any of those viewpoints), I decided to throw my own choice of Plaxico Burress in the mix. And I can't bring myself to include a guy who's 3rd all-time in rushing yards who played on a clearly inferior team compared to Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, and certainly would have far surpassed both of them had he played the same number of seasons as they had.
I'll post the other half of the field once we get through the first 32; I'll try to keep it moving along as fast as possible.
Thanks to everyone who participated in building this tournament.
RICH KOTITE CONFERENCE
#1 Joe Namath - QB, NY Jets vs. #16 Tom Brady - QB, Patriots
#2 Ryan Leaf, QB Chargers vs. #15 Terry Bradshaw - QB, Steelers
#3 Plaxico Burress, WR NFL vs. #14 Deon Sanders - NFL & MLB
#4 Vince Young - QB, Titans vs. #13 Steve Young - QB, 49ers
#5 Terrell Owens - WR, Bills vs. #12 Brett Favre - QB, Packers/Jets
#6 Michael Vick - QB, NFL vs. #11 Lawrence Phillips - RB, Rams
#7 Doug Flutie - QB, USFL/NFL/CFL vs. #10 Todd Marinovich - QB, Raiders
#8 Brian Bosworth - LB, Seahawks vs. #9 Tony Mandarich - OL, Packers
BOBBY VALENTINE CONFERENCE
#1 Cal Ripken Jr. - SS, Orioles vs. #16 Alex Rodriguez - SS, Yankees
#2 Ozzie Smith - SS, Cardinals vs. #15 Derek Jeter - SS, Yankees
#3 Jose Canseco - OF, MLB vs. #14 Bo Jackson, RB (NFL) / OF (MLB)
#4 Bobby Murcer - OF, Yankees vs. #13 Pete Rose - multiple positions, Reds
#5 Barry Zito - SP, Giants vs. #12 Nolan Ryan - SP, Mets/Angels/Astros/Rangers
#6 Darryl Strawberry - OF, Mets/Yankees vs. #11 Chipper Jones - 3B, Braves
#7 Phil Rizzuto - SS, Yankees vs. #10 Mark McGwire - 1B, A's/Cardinals
#8 Sammy Sosa - OF, Cubs/Rangers vs. #9 Barry Bonds - OF, Pirates/Giants