Mike Vick Remains Most Disliked Football Player, Says Forbes

Mike Vick Remains Most Disliked Football Player, Says Forbes

What would we do without the good people of Forbes publishing their random lists?

This week, it's their Top 10 Most Disliked Players in the NFL.

No. 1 on the list—Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick. Heh, now there's a surprise.

Full list below, featuring another Eagles quarterback not named Mike Kafka and even more on Jay Cutler…

From Forbes:

"The latest public surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, a tracker of public perceptions of athletes and other celebrities, show that Vick still stands as the least liked player in the NFL. According to the poll, a full 60% of respondents claim the Eagles quarterback as a player they 'dislike,' 'dislike somewhat,' or 'dislike a lot.'"

He is especially unpopular amongst you ladies:

"Women, for example, view Vick negatively at a 70% clip, compared to 50% for men."

For the record, we'd be remiss in failing to point out that while Vick remains widely disliked for reasons that are overwhelmingly apparent, he is simultaneously one of the most popular athletes in the game today. That's part of what being "polarizing" is all about. With that in mind, Nielsen Sports VP Stephen Master provided one of the article's best quips:

“If this were a poll of fantasy football players, you’d see a whole different result,” says Master. “They love him.”

That they do. Plus, it should be noted this list references one "Michael Vick," and not "Mike Vick," who people—Tony Dungy—seem to like.

As for the other Eagle on the list, Vince Young cracks the Top 10 at No. 7, barely more despised than Carson Palmer, but slightly less maligned than Chad Johnson. Maybe it was the "Dream Team" comment, maybe it was his falling out with Jeff Fisher, maybe it was his rumored suicide attempt (that apparently became okay to joke about?). Maybe it was all of these things. And maybe it was none of these things. Either way, people don't like Vince Young—even if there's six other people they dislike more.

One of those individuals is my boy, Jay Cutler. At No. 5, Cutler is the first player on the list with no apparent criminal history. Translation—of all the guys in the NFL who hold at least a 10% awareness level with the public and haven't committed a crime or been involved in a criminal investigation, Jay Cutler is the least likable. I can't imagine why.

As Kulp and I were discussing, this list seems highly dubious. Tim Tebow, for example, the post polarizing and publicized player of the 2011 season, is not in Top 10, whereas Carson Palmer—who was retired two weeks ago—and Jeremy Shockey—who deserved to be on this list if it were 2005—are.

Your thoughts?

Forbes Top 10 Most Disliked Athletes:

1. Michael Vick
2. Plaxico Burress
3. Ben Roethlisberger
4. Albert Haynesworth
5. Jay Cutler
6. Chad Johnson
7. Vince Young
8. Carson Palmer
9. Tony Romo
10. Jeremy Shockey

>>The NFL's Most Disliked Players [Forbes]

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Bold predictions as Sixers tip off 2017-18 season

Bold predictions as Sixers tip off 2017-18 season

Each NBA season is filled with unexpected occurrences that change the landscape for a team, division, conference or even the entire league.

The Sixers will need to have a few of their own along the way as they seek their first playoff berth in five years.

With that said, Jessica Camerato, Marshall Harris, Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick each provide a bold prediction for the Sixers’ new season.

Camerato: Embiid gets cleared for back-to-back games
Some people may think this should be a given and not a bold prediction, but given how closely the Sixers are monitoring Joel Embiid's playing time, this isn't a guarantee.

Embiid was not cleared for consecutive games last season as he returned from two years of foot injuries. The Sixers have 14 sets of back-to-backs in 2017-18. Of those, I predict Embiid will play in two pairs of them.

The Sixers will have to check off a comprehensive medical checklist before Embiid is given the green light to play two nights in a row. I do think at some point in the season, they will take this next step and do so on a minutes restriction.

Harris: Fultz won't start more than half Sixers’ games
Yes, Markelle Fultz is the No. 1 overall pick. The Sixers had to trade up to get him. That's why it pains me to admit this. It's not that I want this to be the case, it's just becoming more and more likely with each passing day. Bringing Fultz off the bench to start his NBA career makes the most sense.
 
Fultz is only 19 years old and going up against grown men in the NBA. He's dealing with a shoulder injury he admits has affected his shot, and he's already missed time in the preseason with knee soreness. The knee issue isn't new, as he's dealt with knee problems dating back to his lone season at Washington. 

Add all that up and it's easy to see how his reserve role could go on longer than just the first few games of the season.
 
For Ben Simmons to be most effective, he needs shooters around him. Jerryd Bayless missed almost all of last season, but in 2015-16 he shot 47.7 percent on catch-and-shoot threes. Alongside JJ Redick, Embiid, Robert Covington (I'd like to think he'll shoot better than 28.7 percent from three before January this season) and Bayless, Simmons will have the full complement of shooters he'll need for the Sixers’ offense to pace and space teams to death. 

Coming off the bench will give Fultz the room to grow comfortably, regardless of shoulder and knee issues. It makes sense now and will probably make sense for at least the first half of the season.

Haughton: Redick, Bayless finish top 10 in 3-point percentage
Let it fly. 

As Marshall mentioned above, with ample attention being paid to Embiid down on the block and Simmons serving up those crisp passes, Redick and Bayless should have plenty of good looks from three-point range.

All that’s left is to make the shots. That shouldn’t be a problem for Redick. The career 41.5 percent three-point shooter has finished among the top five in three of the past five seasons, including the No. 1 spot in 2015-16.

Bayless isn’t the same caliber shooter as Redick, but he has made strides to become a serious threat from long range. The veteran combo guard has shot 36.6 percent from distance for his career. However, Bayless connected on a career-high 43.7 percent in ’15-16 with the Bucks, his second season above 40.0.

Recent numbers suggest it will take around a 41.5 percent average to crack the top 10. I say the sharpshooters make the cut and provide the Sixers with an aspect of today’s NBA the team has been severely lacking for quite some time.

Hudrick: Brown gets named NBA’s top coach
Maybe I'm trying to go all LaVar Ball and will this into existence, but my bold prediction is that Brett Brown will win Coach of the Year.

If my season prediction is correct, the Sixers will make the playoffs with the same coach that's finished with a 75-253 record during his first four seasons. Brown has been through so much during his time here. Don't think that'll get lost on voters.

Think about some of the players Brown has had to trot out there. Tony Wroten. James Anderson. Furkan Aldemir. Isaiah Canaan. The one thing you could always say about the Sixers during the tanking years is the players on the court didn't tank. That's a credit to Brown, who had his team prepared and ready to play.

With actual NBA players, Brown will pull this team together. Nobody in this organization deserves vindication of their efforts more.