AP redoing vote is a mistake

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The Associate Press has decided to redo the vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The decision is simply the wrong one.

Buffalo Bills free safety Jarius Byrd the only other player to receive votes, which in most other competitions like the Olympics would have made him the winner.

However, this is the National Football League and for whatever reason people in charge of things have to make things harder than it is.

The main problem with conducting a vote so far after the season has been concluded is that fine details are lost by people like the fact that Byrd played most of the season with a sports hernia injury.

Also, instead of going on instincts fresh from a season just concluded voters will start over thinking about due to the fact that Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushings is still a contender and they must now take into consideration the news that he failed a drug test in September.

In the end, the smart thing to do would have been to give it to Byrd with a statement accompanying the announcement that the award will go to people that earned it and not to people that cheat.

Schobel looks to be done

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At the end of the 2009 National Football League season outside linebacker Aaron Schobel hinted that he may retire.

Well that looks to be the case as as according to Buffalo Sports Daily, via ESPN.com Schobel has sold his home.

What makes it look like he is done is that Schobel has not inquired about any other homes.

The report goes on to say that if Schobel does return his family would stay home in Texas.

Even if he returns this season it is clear that the end is near as if he planned to be playing for an extended period of time with the Bills he wouldn’t have sold his home.

As Bills Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith said, “once you think about retirement your retired.”

In the end, Schobel needs to retire already and let the Bills move on.

Madden curse alive and well

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Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu played in only five games last year due to various knee injuriesand according to ProFootballTalk.com if he would have played before fully healing and suffered an injury his career would have been over..

With Polamalu appearing on the cover of Madden 2o10 prior to last season it means that the Madden Curse is alive and well.

Ever since 1999 when Electronic Arts started putting players on the cover of Madden players who have appeared on it have had their play that year decline, thus the Madden Curse.

The exception being Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald as he didn’t miss any games last year.

In the end, there will always be the Madden Curse as EA selects players after they had a stellar season and it is extremely hard to have solid back to back seasons.

Byrd really did get screwed

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Last week it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Houston Texans outside linebacker Brian Cushings would be suspended the first four games of the upcoming 2010 National Football League season.

Today, Schefter reports, via ProFootballTalk.com, that Cushings failed the test back in Septemeber of last year, which means Byrd really did get screwed.

The problem that many other NFL fans and I see it is that the appeals process took way too long as he should have been suspended sometime last season. That would have made him ineligible for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

The NFL has been concisous about its perception from fans, which makes this report even more troubling.

Unfortunately, since he will be suspended in 2010 none of his awards will be stripped, because the rule is that a player is ineligble for awards and teh Pro Bowl in the same season that he serves his suspension.

In the end, the NFL is going to get ripped for the way it handled Cushing and they deserve every bit of it.