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Postby Santacruzer » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:37 pm

And it surfaces again; an article calling Barry Overrated. Check out the link - it goes on to call Deion Sanders Underrated of all things.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=paolantonio_sal&id=3055421

Barry Sanders -- Overrated

Barry Sanders, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility), scored one touchdown for every 35 touches in his 153 regular-season games, but just one touchdown in 112 postseason touches in six playoff games.

Indeed, Sanders' only career playoff touchdown was a 47-yard run against the Dallas Cowboys in a 1991 divisional-round playoff game in the Pontiac Silverdome. The Lions won that game 38-6. Sanders' touchdown came in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with Detroit already leading 31-6. The following week, the Lions went on the road to play the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium. Sanders was not a factor. Detroit took a 41-10 beating.

Sanders' postseason performance supports the notion that he was a product of the cozy, climate-controlled Silverdome. Nice carpet for easy, stop-on-a-dime maneuvering. Seventy-two degrees. Detroit faithful keeping the defensive line off balance with high decibel support.

In four career outdoor postseason games, Sanders averaged a paltry 2.8 yards per carry. He never scored a touchdown. And he never ran for more than 65 yards in a single game. With Sanders, the Lions went 0-4 in outdoor playoff games, losing by an average of 17 points.

Nobody is suggesting that a bust of Barry should not be in Canton. He's the third-leading rusher of all time with 15,269 yards. He holds the all-time NFL record for consecutive 1,000 seasons with 10, from 1989 to 1998. Sanders was the first player to rush for 1,500 yards in a season five times. He was selected to 10 Pro Bowls. In 1997, when he rushed for 2,053 yards, he was NFL co-MVP, an honor he should have not had to share with Brett Favre that season. In 1988, Sanders won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma State.

But this picture of perfection has a nasty blemish. Once Sanders got to the big stage, and got out of the Silverdome, he was a bust.

Take the wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field in 1994. That season, Sanders averaged 5.7 yards per carry -- the second-highest total of his career. In the first round of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers, on Lambeau Field's frozen tundra, Sanders set an NFL postseason record for rushing futility. He had 13 carries for minus-one yard. He had four catches that day -- for four yards. Which means he had 16 touches for a total of three yards -- 2.7 yards less than he averaged per rush in the regular season.

Now, the spirited defense of putting him in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot always includes the theory that Sanders was the only thing the Lions had going for them in The Barry Sanders Era. That's exactly what it is -- a theory, and a bad one at that.

Did we forget about wide receivers Herman Moore and Brett Perriman? The Lions stretched the field for Sanders -- especially in the Dome. This helped him be wildly successful -- in the regular season. And in the years when the Lions went to the playoffs, their defense was not awful. It was middle of the pack -- ranked 11th in 1991, 15th in 1993, 19th in 1994, 14th in 1995 and 10th in 1997.

There is another ugly scar on Sanders' career: His Greta Garbo act on the way out the door.

After rushing for 1,491 yards in 1998, Sanders abruptly and mysteriously retired. At the time, he was 1,457 yards shy of Walter Payton's all-time rushing record. His defenders say Sanders -- who played the game with dignity and class -- did not owe anybody anything. As long as he was at peace with the decision, that was enough. That's bunk.

Here was a man who benefited greatly from the support of his teammates, his organization and his fans -- and he just turned his back on them without a word of gratitude. He left his teammates and a franchise in the lurch, to the point that the Lions demanded he return $7.3 million of his signing bonus.

Years later, when it was time for him to become eligible for Canton, Sanders had to be coaxed into providing some kind of explanation for his untimely retirement.

It was too little, too late.

Postscript: Of the five leading rushers in NFL history, Sanders is the only one to never reach a Super Bowl. The others -- Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis -- all reached at least one Super Bowl. And all but Martin won at least one NFL championship ring.
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby dream_017 » Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:48 am

Hater :-t
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby moochman » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:14 am

Simple blasphamy. Sanders (this author genuflexes) was the most mis-used RB in history. A certain retarded coke head head coach never figured out how to take full advantage of the best RB ever.
The writer was simply using a tired old ploy of degrading a name to shock people into reading his crap.
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby bigken117 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:36 pm

I'm not even going to read it. :-t
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby scrumtalecent » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:53 am

Blasphemy is the word I came up with as well, moochman. Did the author even watch this guy run? I didn't have season tickets but I went to watch him play every year and became a fan of the Lions because of this man alone. I don't care if the Lions pick up a 20,000 yard rusher in one of their many early first round picks in the years to come, there will never, ever be another Barry Sanders.
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby Santacruzer » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:08 pm

on a side note: I never thought I would see the day that BOTH Mooch and Dream would be sporting those beautiful sigs. Very, very nice boys. :-b
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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby dream_017 » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:59 am

Santacruzer wrote:on a side note: I never thought I would see the day that BOTH Mooch and Dream would be sporting those beautiful sigs. Very, very nice boys. :-b

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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby LT Blue Colt » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:32 am

Makes me want to beat up whoever wrote that piece of crap!!! :-C We all know Barry is the man! ;-D And I like that Cafe Start/Sit article you guys work on Dream. I've never checked it out 'til now. Pretty cool.


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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby moochman » Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:19 pm

Santacruzer wrote:on a side note: I never thought I would see the day that BOTH Mooch and Dream would be sporting those beautiful sigs. Very, very nice boys. :-b


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Re: Sanders: Overrated? article

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:57 am

I want to preface this by stating that I will always be a little mad at Barry because of the way he QUIT. I have the utmost admoration for him as a player, but quite a lot less as a person because of that one selfish act. The organization was set back years because of it. However, that doesnt change the fact that the writer of this column clearly hasent a clue. He obviously never followed the Lions through the Barry years. Can you imagine someone who actually watched the Lions play every week through those years coming to the conclusion that Sanders' stats were inflated because of his teammates? Thats truly hillarious considering that was the one big knock against the Lions throughout the Sanders era. How many arguments do you remember starting with "why dont they get him some Oline help"?

This article is example 1A why you dont write about things you arent familiar with.
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