This is just something thats been eating at me for a long time, and since i am new to Music City Miracles i thought maybe i should make a post about something. Just as a warning, it's probably going to be a lot of rambling.
The problem of the pretty boy quarterback (PBQ) is something that is often overlooked by people that complain of media bias, but to some is clearly evident. (And by the way, this isn't about Brett Favre. While he may be a diva, he isn't exactly the PBQ type i'm talking about.)
The mother of all PBQs is obviously Tom Brady. Every year the patriots are picked for the super bowl. Much was made of their 16-0 record breaking season. Here is an example of the PBQ bias. Everyone knows the Titans went 13-3, with a great 10-0 start. What did we hear during it all? Easy schedule. Clearly their easy schedule. If only Kerry Collins was a bit prettier. Would someone kindly remind the media that Brady went 16-0 in a division with the 1-15 dolphins, the 4-12 jets, and the always 7-9 bills? He ran up the score agsint division opponents for those passing records. However, because Tom Brady is at the helm, and not random quarterback guy, it's clearly his quarterbacking prowess. Also, some of you may know they instituted a new rule where defenders can't dive at the legs of a quarterback after being blocked to the ground. Let's see if they make that rule if Tyler Thigpen goes down instead of Tom Brady. I won't even bring up the fumble that wasn't in the superbowl against the Raiders.
There are plenty of other quarterbacks that are beginning to be PBQs. Philip Rivers is clearly the #2, and Jay Cutler has been enhancing his PBQ status as of late. And every year it's the Chargers that are ready to take that superbowl step and now suddenly Chicago is a strong contender. And yet, somehow the team that manhandled the superbowl champions and only lost 1 player of importance is going to fall out of the playoffs? Really? I would almost guaruntee that if we had a media favorite PBQ that we would be preseason superbowl picks every time.
Now this has been pretty much a rant against them so far, but i do have points. These PBQs are ruining the game by denying the fans of non PBQ teams the fair and balanced coverage their team deserves. (See: Any power rankings made up by media writers. Also pre and post game shows have a tendency to talk more about the PBQ team). And the fact that a PBQ can change the game (have a rule/call made) because they are a PBQ completely undermines the integrity of the game.
This is a topic i have a very high hatred for, so if you find me crazy from this post, note that i am not this crazy on all things.