For those that don’t know, the new ESPN-backed Bill Simmons blog is called Grantland. It’s a chance for Simmons to talk about whatever he wants and he has a crew of writers working with him to help advance his idea of journalism. The problem is Simmons only ever writes about three things, Boston, basketball and why everyone else in American sports is terrible. Yesterday Bill Barnwell played on that last theme by releasing a list of the 25 worst players in football.
On the list were two 2010 Buccaneers, Jeremy Trueblood and now former-Buc Sabby Piscitelli. Trueblood made the list as the 9th worst player for his inability to keep men away from Josh Freeman:
Trueblood consistently ranked among the league leaders in sacks allowed at right tackle, but the Bucs finally wised-up and benched him after an injury last season.
But Sabby Piscitelli came in second, behind (or in this case in front) of just Brown’s QB Jake Delhomme. In fact, Barnwell argues the only reason Sabby wasn’t first on the list was he didn’t make near what Delhomme got for his dismal 2010 campaign.
After a dismal 2009, Piscitelli responded to losing his job in camp by all-but-invoking “Operation Shutdown”; he got back into the lineup after rookie Cody Grimm broke his ankle, promptly gave up a touchdown after biting on a run fake, and got cut anyway. His unique mix of blown tackles, dreadful instincts, and inflated ego really make him the worst player to see regular time in the NFL over the past several years.
I can’t say I blame Barnwell for the choices, though I do think Trueblood is a little better than he played last year. I just really can’t stand Bill Simmons and his whiny voice fellating Boston at every chance he gets.