14 October 2009
The Lions played pretty darn well against the Steelers this past Sunday. In fact, there were quite a few players and coaches who should be praised for their actions.
But these are TWFE's Facepalm Awards. The judging is based not on good play, but rather...well...screwing the pooch. Blowing goats. F'ing up. Costing the Lions a chance of winning the game. You know, standard operating procedure for many an NFL season in Detroit.
Even in somewhat well played games, the Lions always have players who live down to their reputations. Here's the winners, or should I say, losers, of the prestigious Faceplam for NFL week 5.
Facepalm Prix du Jury: Jeff Backus
Backus is being paid like a top 5 NFL left tackle. Yet, once again, he was used and abused by the opposition. This last Sunday, it was the Steelers James Harrison who treated Backus like his personal revolving door on his way to the quarterback. As I said in this past weeks Knee Jerks podcast, when the only positive thing you can say about the Lions' left tackle is he never misses a game, that pretty much says it all.
It also makes Backus winner of the Facepalm Jury Prize.
Facepalm of of the Ecumenical Jury: Detroit's defensive line
The Facepalm of of the Ecumenical Jury honors works of inartistic quality which witnesses to the power of football to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and their failings.
Without question, this award must be given to...the Detroit Lions defensive line. They lack any quality whatsoever, they concern me, they hurt me, and their failings make me miserable.It's like winning the Quadruple Crown of Facepalms.
FacePalme d'Or: Daunte Culpepper
Doing just one of the following will get you a run of the mill Facepalm.
Being an 11 year NFL veteran who continually made mistakes the rawest of rookies wouldn't make on their worst day. Get flagged for an intentional grounding call, essentially ending a drive. Blindly throwing a ball up for grabs, the play ending with an interception deep in the red zone. When you are deep in enemy territory, trying to drive for a game tying score with time is running out, andtaking a sack...not once, not twice, but THREE times!Yes, accomplishing just one of those things would get you a Facepalm. Yet Culpepper pulled off every single, solitary one of those boneheaded plays. An amazing feat of ineptitude worthy of more than just your ordinary Facepalm. It's worthy of the epic FacePalm d'Or, otherwise known as the Golden Facepalm. Kudos on your accomplisment, Mr. Culpepper!
You've outdone yourselves, gentlemen. Enjoy your Facepalms.
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