In case you missed yesterday’s first part to this 2013 All-Armchair Linebacker team, well then you’re fucked. You’ll never catch up at this point. Anyways, today we go through numbers 12 to 22. These are the higher-profile QBs where one number was not enough, or misfit kickers or punters, or WRs who at first barely make a football team as a special teams guy with a second-hand number in training camp, but then it sticks. These are also the early 20s numbers, star numbers for players better than an under-20 number would warrant, but need to be first in line on the regular, non-pussy specialist dude roster. So let’s get to it…
#12: Tom Brady (QB, New England Patriots) – You know what? A really strange thing happened to me after that Patriots/Ravens game the other day, as I had been rooting against Belichick/Brady like anybody else with any human decency. But then there was Ray Lewis trying to take off his shoulder pads with 2 minutes left in the game so he could show off his stupid fucking Jesus shirt, and somebody is like, “No no no no” to him because you know, the game’s not over. So he lurks around, then gets himself unstrapped really quickly after the game so he can very melodramatically crouch down in the center of the field and gibber-pray some bullshit, with no teammates around at all, surrounded by media cameras, with his stupid tank top message on. And I realized, here I was rooting against Tom Brady this whole time, thinking he was a total douchebag, when in actuality the real total douche of the NFL was on the other side, in the form of Ray Lewis. All too often the Ray Lewis opinion is either, “He’s great” or “He stabbed people so I am uncomfortable with him.” Neither of these really address the issue of what a melodramatic queen type he truly is, and how he’s easily – EASILY – the biggest douchebag in the NFL. Why do I say all this as I talk about Tom Brady on the All-ACLB team? Because it’s my way of explaining that yes Tom Brady is handsome by magazine advertisement standards, and yes he is rich, and yes he has won three Super Bowls already. And yes, he was George Bush’s guest a bunch of times. But how is he really that bad? Like what are the genuine displays of outright douchery he has committed lately. Now I understand this might just mean he has excellent handlers and PR people, but still, being handled properly and relating to the public well is not necessarily a horrible thing, now is it?
#13: T.Y. Hilton (WR, Indianapolis Colts) – Mostly I like him because his name sounds like an actor on one of those WB network urban sitcoms. Sometimes I can’t sleep and I am sitting around late doing nothing naked on the couch high on hydrocodone, and I end up watching those shows – like Sisters or Meet the Pains (or whatever) where that one dude wears the most garish clothes possible. I’m not even sure most white people know these things exist. But also, racial composition is not scientific at all, and actually a political tool, so ultimately it doesn’t matter if white people know it exists, because “white people” themselves don’t truly exist, at least not scientifically.
#14: Zoltan Mesko (P, New England Patriots) – If you are named Zoltan, you will be on the All ACLB team. That’s been the new rule ever since Mack Strong retired.
#15: Tim Tebow (QB, New York Jets) – The whole Sanchez/Rex Ryan thing I wrote about yesterday is even more bizarre when you add in Tim Tebow to the whole thing. I know locker room codes are not broken, and the NFL is very strict in enforcing its kayfabe policies of not revealing bullshit to the rubes/marks at large (meaning you and me), but man, I bet the story beneath the underbelly of the 2012 New York Jets is quite an amazing story.
#16: Josh Cribbs (WR, Cleveland Browns) – Gangsta Cribbs, who did not have the same explosion as return specialist this year, nor was he utilized as much in the wildcat formation being the Browns have Brandon Weeden now. But Gangsta Cribbs is Gangsta Cribbs, and he always came with the fury. For me, Cribbs is the perfect example of how the NFL exploits people, as he was the only thing worth seeing in a Browns uniform for a number of years, and they never gave him the money he wanted, even when he held out, and now his value has gone down so he couldn’t get it if they wanted to give it to him, and he’ll be out of the league in a couple of years, having generated millions, and made thousands. I know you heartless fuckers raised on the machine emotions of the Lords of Capital always go, “Whoa man, these guys get paid a lot of money to play this game… If they are broken, crippled, and impoverished in five years, it’s not my problem.” One should not revel in the ignorance of others, and one should definitely not pretend to themselves that by continuously supporting an exploitative business that preys on the environmentally conditioned ignorance of others, that they are not part of the problem.
#17: Austin Collie (WR, Indianapolis Colts) – I like to call him Mr. Concussion. This dude sneezes and he’s got neurocognitive specialists giving him tests on the sideline. I have to admit I’m a little bummed there’s already been three Colts on this team. I kinda hate the Colts. Still though, it’s pretty hard to resist the chance to make an Austin Collie concussion joke.
#18: Randall Cobb (WR, Green Bay Packers) – I run a fantastical league where return yards on special teams scores points, so that period this year when the Packers had no RB, and Cobb was the only receiver who could catch passes, and he was also their return man, it was a glorious period. Thus, he is now here. Because of fake football games with nerds using math.
#19: John Skelton (QB, Arizona Cardinals) – Is there anything more perfectly misfitted than a cast-off Cardinals QB named Skelton wearing the #19? I mean, Harry Crews or Cormac McCarthy couldn’t have dreamed up something like that. So sad and so real.
#20: Ed Reed (S, Baltimore Ravens) – Ed Reed is the greatest. You can tell by looking into his sad ancient hobo hermit poet eyes. It really just drives home what a douche Ray Lewis is when you look over and Ed Reed is just being totally chill about everything, always.
#21: Charles Woodson (S, Green Bay Packers) – Similar things – though not quite as strongly – can be said for Charles Woodson. He is a rock, and keeps fighting around injuries galore, although he’s already made the downgrade from CB to safety, so there’s not much further into the grey areas of active NFL rosters he can really go. But we love Charles Woodson at Armchair Linebacker, as he was always the superior Woodson (fuck you Rod, and I guess Darren as well, though I don’t think other than that one Super Bowl game where Neil O’Donnell was paid to lose it by the Mafia anybody really thought Darren Woodson was good).
#22: Jerron McMillian (CB, Green Bay Packers) – Makes the team simply because he is the only NFL player active with my last name, spelled as I spell it, which is a rare spelling only utilized by true Super Destructors. I am of course of the metaphysical variety of Super Destructor, and the last name is pronounced “MACK-mill-in” because the extra a in the last syllable shoots into the first syllable because I am motherfucking magical like that, and more powerful than the painful conventions of the English language. I am New Writing, in human form.