Vote for Donovan McNabb as the NFL’s Greatest Quarterback!

Ex-Eagle is in the Final Four of an NFL.com bracket for the best quarterback of all time. Yes, really.

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March is over! The best part about this is not the nicer (“nicer”) weather or the sunnier days. No, the best part is a dramatic reduction of brackets.

To decide the best team of the 68 who qualify for its postseason tournament, the NCAA uses a bracket. It is a good way to whittle down the top 68 teams to just 1! Single-game elimination is not the most fair way to decide a champion, but 68 teams is too many to hold round-robin groups or a bunch of best-of series.




For some reason, the media finds March a great time to hold brackets of everything. Drugs versus Alcohol, from Jezebel. The fucking Philadelphia sports media, from Crossing Broad. A bracket of brackets, from Sportsgrid. The fucking White House did a fucking animated GIF bracket.

But there's no reason for these champions ("champions") to be decided in brackets. There's no need for a single-elimination tournament to decide these! We could vote for our favorites with no need to do it one-by-one. We could have a panel of experts decide the best curse words or whatever. (Darn, George Carlin would have been perfect for this.) I realize this is a silly objection to the whole process — these brackets aren't meant to be taken seriously — but I have a white-hot hatred for any bracket besides ones done for single-elimination tournaments (sports, and other games).

Well, I did. Until I saw NFL.com's Best Quarterback bracket. Do you know who is in the Final Four? Donovan McNabb! He was a five-seed (out of eight) in the "Millennials" bracket, and has defeated quite a few star QBs so far! Two of these, he deserved to win.

  • Round 1: (5) McNabb defeats (4) Kurt Warner, 63% to 37%
  • Round 2: (5) McNabb defeats (8) Rich Gannon, 76% to 24%
  • Round 3: (5) McNabb defeats (7) Drew Bledsoe, 70% to 30%

And now he's in the Final Four against Johnny Unitas! And look how he's doing!

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73 percent to 27 percent! Clearly, the voters don't like Johnny Unitas' haircut (you can set your watch to it!).

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It looks like he'll be facing Joe Montana in the finals. But we need to make sure he gets by Johnny U. So vote! Vote for McNabb! He's not the greatest quarterback of all time, but we can make it that way.

[NFL.com]

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  • PhillySean

    Reader voting is how Rolling Stone magazine found Green Day to be the best punk rock band ever. Nuff said.

  • Northeaster

    Yea, Drew Bledsoe over Steve Young? Russel Wilson over Peyton Manning?

  • Tim Ernst

    This bracket is a travesty. Just embarrassing for NFL.com and football fans as a whole. McNabb is only a borderline HOFer. Wouldn’t make most people top 30 quarterbacks list.

  • Tim Ernst

    Also, fuck this guy for actually telling people to vote for their hometown guy instead of voting intelligently like normal football fans.

  • Adam

    Whole thing is just a joke. To think McNabb was better than Young, Manning, Brady, Warner, Favre, any of them is just ludicrous. It’s only a forum to see which fans spend the most time in front of a computer. Like when DJax’s punt return for a TD was voted the best moment over “The Catch” or the “Immaculate Reception”, it was clear to see that there was no objectivity. Just Philly fans. I’m sure that following the same logic, Freddie Mitchell would win Greatest Receiver of All Time over Jerry Rice and Randy Moss if Eagles fans had anything to say about it.

  • Jonathan Tino

    The way the bracket was set up, I would take mcnabb over all the guys he beat head to head except for Unitas, who he lost to.

  • philly

    Give me a break! McNabb?