By Marc Lawrence — NFL.com polled 28 of its media experts for the award winners of the 2020 NFL season at its midpoint. The closest vote was a tie cast between Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith for Comeback Player of the Year. The next closest was the vote for league MVP were Russell Wilson edged out Patrick Mahomes. And Justin Herbert edged out Joe Burrow for Offensive Rookie of the Year. To see the other winners and the results of each category simply click here.
Be glad that Isiah Thomas is not your bookkeeper. His numbers just don’t add up. In a recent interview on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast, the Hall of Fame and former Piston guard ranked the five toughest players that he played against during his career. He ranked Michael Jordan at No. 5, behind Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Julius Erving. But it wasn’t just the ranking that was head scratching. Thomas added that he believed he was “dominant” against MJ. “Just head-to-head, I was dominant over him,” Thomas told Sharpe. “Until ’91, when I basically had career-ending wrist surgery, up until then, my record against him and his team—it really wasn’t competition there.” Which goes to a point once made that “Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool.”
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati Bearcats, playing East Carolina tonight in their third straight home game, are finally getting some recognition for the offense after they rushed for rushed for 342 yards in last week’s 38-10 rout of the Houston Cougars. However, there is a huge concern this evening – a possible Cincinnati look-ahead to big, bad Central Florida next week. It should also be noted that UC is only 2-7 ATS of late as chalk of 20 or more points. Be careful here.