After posting the following on "Count Down" the idea of re-posting on its own merit hit. Pardon the repetition.
Yes, it has become the popular thing to endlessly review a list of the "Top 100" in pro football but there’s a nagging sense this is the wrong road down a dead end lane and away from the idea of "team" sports. Just for the heck of it I made an attempt to rate the top 22 of my Senior year H.S. team and never even made it to the supposed # 1 guy. It just didn’t "feel" RIGHT. I can remember our star running back thinking he was the top player on the team. All that can be said is I was tempted to let someone take a good shot at him because of it. I guarantee whoever that one guy would have been it would have been destructive to the team psyche to begin the debate.
Von Miller may be the current poster child of how destructive it is to put individuals on a pedestal in a team sport. It’s bad enough we put Lance Armstrong on a pedestal. Way too many players these days are paid way too much at a far too young age and then marketed to rock star status. It seems to me we’re seeing this play out in full public/network drama in virtually every sport. It is certainly understood this "Top Whatever" exercise is meant to be entertaining and is. The nagging feeling of going down the wrong road just keeps popping up.