I don’t get NFL Network. Thanks to being in that most perfect storm of Time Warner’s Adelphia acquisition and the on-going feud with the league I only see NFL Network at the gym and sports bars. However after today I’m glad that I don’t get the league’s propaganda station at home.
Normally NFL Films is among the most professional, creative and respectful producers of programming. But after today that too is something I’m changing my stance on.
As I said, I don’t get NFL Network so I’m basing this on USA Today’s report of the new NFL Films program that ranks the top 10 Heisman winners to play pro ball.
Now you can dispute the rankings. That’s natural and expected anytime there’s a top 10 of any kind. What you can’t argue against is a Hall of Fame career. Unless, of course, you’re so willing to attract attention that you’ll overlook football greatness for the ratings bonanza of Tebowmania.
On the NFL Films list they’ve got Timmy Tebow, the current backup to Mark Sanchez, ranked 7th ahead of Canton members Marcus Allen and Earl Campbell.
But it doesn’t stop there. Cam Newton, he of one year in the game, is ranked 10th leaving a man like Tim Brown completely off the list. Not to mention a former Heisman winner who just so happened to win two Super Bowls…some guy named Jim Plunkett.
Now I fully realize this is just for entertainment and means absolutely nothing. Problem is NFL Films has always taken the mature approach to sports programming. Just the name alone says it all. Shooting sports programming on film in this day and age is unheard of yet it speaks to their continued dedication to preserving the art.
All that being said, to rank both Tebow and Newton ahead of anybody that has accomplished as much as Allen, Campbell and Brown is just insulting. Tebow’s got one playoff win, I’m pretty sure Allen’s record setting Super Bowl performance trumps that not to mention his HOF credentials. Newton had one record setting rookie season. Brown had one record setting career. If Tebow is on this list cause he’s a “winner” then kiss Plunkett’s rings and tell me how they taste.
What am I missing?
In the big picture it means nothing. But what it does illustrate is just how far standards have fallen. Once upon a time a list like this would have come from some deranged fan that would have been belittled on local sports talk radio. Now, it’s a primetime program made by people who know better yet see only ratings. Look, they’ve got me talking about it and I won’t even see the program. I’ll also never subscribe to NFL Network as well. So if their goal was to gain new consumers they’ve failed with at least one person.