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]

Temple at No. 19 Navy: Owls go for first AAC title

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Temple at No. 19 Navy: Owls go for first AAC title

Temple (9-3) at No. 19 Navy (9-2)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Saturday, noon, ABC

It would have been hard to picture Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship game after the Owls’ first game of the season, a 28-13 loss to Army.

But that’s exactly where they are three months later, as Temple will take on No. 19 Navy in the conference championship game Saturday.

The Owls and Midshipmen have both been handling opponents as of late. Temple’s won its last four games by at least three touchdowns, while Navy has outscored opponents 141-62 in its past two games.

Let’s take a look at how one of the country’s top offenses and one of the country’s top defenses match up.

Scouting Temple
The Owls' defense seems to get better every week. Temple ranks No. 3 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense and No. 10 in scoring defense. The only two teams that rank higher than the Owls in both categories are Alabama and Michigan.

Teams haven’t scored more than 13 points against the Owls in their last four games, and Temple is outscoring opponents 123-23 during that stretch.

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick was named a first team all-conference selection earlier this week. He leads the FBS in tackles for loss. Redshirt-senior Praise Martin-Oguike is coming off one of his best games of the season last week against East Carolina, in which he had two sacks, including a forced fumble. He has seven sacks this season.

On offense, Temple’s goal this week will be to sustain drives and keep Navy’s offense off the field. The Owls are currently No. 5 in the FBS in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 34 minutes per game.

Earlier in the week, coach Matt Rhule said senior quarterback Phillip Walker was questionable for Saturday’s game. Walker will likely play, but the Owls might be without one of their top offensive weapons.

Rhule said sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead is doubtful. Armstead has 842 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

Scouting Navy
The Midshipmen have one of the simplest — yet at that same time one of the best — offenses in the country. Navy ranks No. 2 in rushing yards at 342 yards per game.

Quarterback Will Worth runs the triple option for Navy. He has 2,544 total yards of offense and 33 total touchdowns. He’s passed for 1,363 yards and rushed for 1,181 more.  Worth has a touchdown in 11 straight games.

Worth has attempted 258 rushes compared to 115 passing attempts. Four other Navy players have at least 40 rushing attempts this season.

Senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman is the Midshipmen’s best receiving threat. The 6-foot-4 wideout has 32 catches for 533 yards and two touchdowns.

Navy’s defense hasn’t been quite as elite as its offense. The Midshipmen have allowed 30 or more points in four of their last five games.

The Midshipmen are allowing 265 passing yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 313 yards and three touchdowns in their last three contests.

Storyline to watch: Can Temple find a way to stop the triple option?
The last time these two teams played was in 2014, when Navy ran for 487 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 win against the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple’s most recent matchup against the triple option was when it lost to Army in its season opener. The Black Knights ran for 329 yards and four touchdowns. With only a week to prepare, Temple will have to find a way to cure its option woes if it wants a chance to win Saturday.

What’s at stake?
The Owls have only won one other conference championship in program history, when they won the Mid-Atlantic Conference in 1967. A win would also give Temple its third 10-win season in program history. If Western Michigan loses Friday night, Temple also puts itself in contention for a spot in the Cotton Bowl with a win.

Prediction
Temple has to figure out this option thing at some point, right? The Owls’ ability to convert on third down and sustain long drives will help slow Navy's offense. This one will most likely come down to who has the ball last, but the Owls are a little bit more well-rounded, so they get the edge. Temple 31, Navy 28