Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Nobody truly stood out this week for the inaugural Publix Cookie, but there were some decent candidates none the less. Lets run through the candidates.

Phil Mickelson - He won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but there was a certain Greatest Golfer ever who sat this one out. While this would certainly qualify him for the sarcastic end of the award(Hey, great going Phil, way to win a non-major tournament when Tiger Woods isn't playing) it's not enough to separate him from the rest.

Maryland - Yes, they exposed Duke, but who hasn't these days. When you expose a team, you're showing that they aren't as good as they should be. This would be more impressive if they played a better Duke team.

The goalie who played for my Indoor League last night - This was absolutely the sickest goalie I've ever played with. We won 10-1 and I watched in awe as he robbed goal after goal. Unfortunately, only I and Agent Swag actually saw this happen. Giving the inaugural award to an unknown is not a good way to jump-start relevance.

This leaves us with mehmattski's nominee of Sean Taylor, whose hit you can see here. I think that Sean Taylor's hit is a great representation of what the Publix Cookie Award(no affiliation with Publix) is all about. Lets break it down.

Why it's impressive:
That's a ridiculous hit in a slow sports week. Also, punters getting hit always makes for a good time.

Why it's not:
The Pro Bowl is the most meaningless game in all of sports and I haven't looked at the ratings, but I'd estimate that 6 people watched this game. This was Sean Taylor's first game in awhile....because his team went 5-11. While destroying the punter(or kicker) is hilarious, it's the damn punter and you should be able to hit him hard when he has the ball. Compare Taylor's hit to Sheldon Brown's hit on Reggie Bush in the playoffs. Here's a harder hit, against a real player in a game that matters.

Taylor had a nasty hit, in a meaningless game, after a terrible season, against a punter. It is for these reasons that I am proud to say, Nice hit Sean, here's a cookie.


F.J. Delgado said...

I'm sure most people watched the Pro Bowl than the crappy NHL All-Star game.

Xenod said...

What is this NHL All-Star game of which you speak?

Seriously though, you're right it's not even close. Only a fraction of the NFL audience watches the Pro Bowl, but a fraction of the audience is still bigger than the NHL. Also it helps that the Pro Bowl was played on a major network and the NHL All-Star game was played on Versus(I think it used to be the Outdoor Network or something). I'm talking out of my ass here, but I bet that the size of the Pro Bowl audience isn't too far off from the size of the Stanley Cup Finals audience.