Thoughts On BSPN’s Top-100

August 30th, 2021

Sixth-best quarterback?

So NFL Network has its annual Top-100 list each summer where players vote on the top players in the league.

Even if a player doesn’t exist, like “Patrick Holmes.”

Snubbed, BSPN jumped on the bandwagon and released its top-100 players. There are quite a few Bucs on the list. Joe has some thoughts, naturally.

Tom Brady No. 20.

It isn’t that Brady is listed as No. 20. It’s that he is ranked by the four-letter as the sixth-best quarterback in the league. Behind Dak Prescott.

Just that right there puts the credibility of the entire list into question. Joe cannot imagine anyone not named “Jerry Jones” would prefer Prescott over Brady for one year. This borders on pandering to BSPN’s target demographic of 13-25 year-olds who know only football through fantasy football and Red Zone Channel and can’t tear themselves away from the PlayStation.

And BSPN has turned pandering into an art form.

Other quarterbacks ranked ahead of Brady were Pat Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Josh Allen.

It is obvious to Joe that games played (Prescott only played in five last year) means little because, shockingly, Vita Vea made the list.

This is not a knock on Vea whatsoever. In Joe’s mind he is no worse than the second-best nose tackle in the game. Here too, Vea, like Prescott, played in only a handful of games last year. Those games he did play in Vea was a monster.

Joe isn’t sure he could list Vea in the top-100 because of so few games played. That doesn’t mean he isn’t talented. And Joe could make the case the Bucs aren’t even in the Super Bowl last year if Vea didn’t play in the NFC title game.

The Bucs had eight players make the list and all are worthy: Mike Evans, Shaq Barrett, Devin White, Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, Tristan Wirfs, Brady and Vea.

Here too, Joe noticed the second reference that Wirfs gave up two sacks last year. The first time Joe read this came from the Pro Football Frauds. Joe would sure like to know who Wirfs gave up this phantom second sack to.

47 Responses to “Thoughts On BSPN’s Top-100”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So, JPP is the only Buc that makes the Pro Bowl….& he’s not on the top 100?

  2. Joe Says:

    So, JPP is the only Buc that makes the Pro Bowl….& he’s not on the top 100?

    No JPP.

  3. PassingThru Says:

    It was click-bait, pure and simple. ESPN has become more and more like a bad sports talk radio show, where the host says something both controversial and stupid in an effort to draw in listeners. They were better once but that is becoming a distant memory.

    Aaron Donald is an incredible player, but if you had an average to above average team and had a one year window, would you pick Aaron Donald to take you into a deep playoff run over Brady? Ditto with almost every single one of those picks.

    And last, Mahomes has incredible arm talent but he’s still not processing the field at anywhere near the level of Brady… but ESPN and most casual fans think that arm talent is all there is to evaluate on a QB.

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    It’s for entertainment purposes only. There’s no way to measure all nfl players in a top 100 list.

  5. Drunkinybor Says:

    Did Wirfs give up a sack in the playoffs? I honestly can’t remember. That’s only thing that makes sense to say he gave up 2. Because regular season was just the sack Mack got against him.

  6. WillieG Says:

    Gee, I hope Brady doesn’t see this list. I’d hate to see how he’d react to being the sixth best QB. (The preceding comments were brought to you by sarcasm. Sarcasm. It’s what’s for breakfast.)

  7. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    The guys making the list the so called “BSPN analysts” have an implicit bias against Brady due to his political beliefs; some of these knucklehead talking heads on that crap show do not like Tom Brady because he is Tom Brady and then do not like the bucs due to Tom Brady. Many of these dunces on BSPN have ZERO business getting paid as much as they do to scream BS without facts. D Foxworth is the #1 hater of anyone not lamar jackson; this will be the year the NFL has something for the wishbone QB

  8. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    ESPN is the CNN of sports news.

  9. zzbuc Says:

    Prescott ahead of TB12??? This kind of things can´t be taken seriously.
    This joke is so good is not even funny…..

  10. Buc4evr Says:

    Bulletin board material. Keep it coming BSPN.

  11. alton d green Says:

    I wish they would list Tommy Boy last. I’ve been a Brady fan since he beat Alabama in the “Alabama lost” bowl. By now you all should know what happens when you make Tom mad. In technical terms “poke the bear” hahahahaha

  12. allbuccedup Says:

    Bspn is in love with Mahomes. If the Chief’s failed to make the playoffs Mahomes would still be number 1.

  13. webster Says:

    CNN of sports news? Thats better than being fox news

  14. PassingThru Says:

    @Dusthty Rhothdes

    Brady is for the most part moderate to apolitical. I think he’s painted as conservative due to his friendship with Trump, but other than than he has given no indication of being particularly conservative or liberal.

    Folks hate Brady for other reasons, most notably that he’s killed off many teams with playoff and Super Bowl aspirations. There’s also the perception that there was something untoward due to the Tuck Rule, Deflategate and Spygate.

  15. ocala Says:

    I used to trust CNN, but now they are so extremist in their political views they are hard to watch.

    I used to trust ESPN, but now they are so extremist in their political views they are hard to watch.

  16. Mike C Says:

    Webster, Fox and CNN are equally terrible.

  17. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Hamilton and Hudson…..THEY GONE!

  18. Joe Says:

    Brady will use this as bulletin board material.

  19. webster Says:

    Funny only fox news has argued in court recently as a defense that they know they blatantly lie to their tv audience. Ahhhh ignorance is bliss

  20. JGhotier Says:

    It’s not quite Pro Bowl absurdity level, but all voting for any of this stuff is silly. I respect the voting for All Pro more than the aforementioned

  21. PassingThru Says:

    Off topic:

    If you want moderate sources with integrity, I recommend the BBC, and Wall Street Journal for daily news. The BBC has no horse in the race when it comes to American politics. The WSJ is more than business news and is very careful about its journalistic integrity; the opinion section is conservative but it is a distinctly separate group from the journalists. The Economist and Foreign Affairs a great magazines for intelligent analysis commentary. The Economist is very slightly to the left, Foreign Affairs is very slightly the right.

  22. webster Says:

    Mike C no they are not equally as terrible. One is an actual news network and is registered with the FCC as such so if they run a false story, they have to retrack said story. The other one is registered as an entertainment channel with the fcc so when they spew their blatant lies as they argued in court they knowingly do, they are not obligated to retrack a thing because they are not registered as a news channel ie respected journalist channel. So their viewers can go on believing the lies they actually report as news. Journalist for centuries have gotten stories wrong and have had to retrack them as what was required by respected journalist. Thats nothing new. Whats new is people don’t like what is being reported and quickly run to the fake news excuse. Another thing that is new is people don’t understand the difference between opinion and news. So someone saying brady is the 6th best QB is an opinion period. Just like who is better MJ or LBJ. Its all opinion. So getting mad at someone’s opinion because its not the same as yours does not mean said channel is fake news.

  23. Snook Says:

    Once again… who still uses ESPN for any kind of NFL news? Seriously. There’s literally hundreds of other places to get credible news. Who’s still watching ESPN other than for games?

  24. donuts Says:

    Like 99% of polls, just words on a paper with little authentic value.

  25. SlyPirate Says:

    I don’t understand what these lists are supposed to convey.

    A) Best players of 2020? (1. Mahomes, 2. Rodgers, 3. TB12)
    B) Best Fantasy? (1. Rodgers, 2. Allen, 3. Mahomes)
    C) Who you’d pick if you wanted to win in 2021? (????)

    It’s an odd ranking that requires better focus.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    Espn is trash and disney ruins everything it touches. Right star wars fans? Even the newer
    marvel movies instead of having that goofy, action packed appeal of the old ones are largely unwatchable. Without live sports, espn would drown in it’s sea of wokeness.

  27. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Webster: Please cite your source. I’m not aware of the court reference you are making and I’d like to do some research on that. Thanks.

  28. Erik Hesson Says:


    Brady is the #1 Best Player in the NFL.

    Hands down.

  29. PSL Bob Says:

    If you read ESPN’s lead in to their rankings, you’ll see the basis.

    “Emphasis was placed solely on expectations for the upcoming season and predicting potential greatness, rather than past performance, career résumé or positional value.”

    So the listing is based on the opinions of 50 “experts” and reflects who they THINK will be the best performers in the upcoming season. It has nothing to do with how they played last year or how many games they missed. It’s merely a prediction. Once the season’s over, then you can rake them over the coals, if indeed they miss the mark. How did they do last year?

  30. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Better CNN than Faux News Network. Clowns always want to make things political. At least you’ll never see CNN support betrayers of the democratic way in America.

  31. Capt.Tim Says:

    The Brady ranking is pathetic
    The Prescott worship is fking nauseating.
    And Antonio Brown is gonna make alot of Ranked WRs look bad.

    I really hope that we beat Dak into the ground,-
    And humiliate the cowgirls.

  32. SOEbuc Says:

    Joe why do you refer as “BSPN” yet post all ridiculous lists and what not? I was watching First Take earlier and a list of a BIG amount of CLOWN’S had Dak Prescott at five and Brady at six.

    It’s so pathetic how anyone with a football brain can see how NFL and TV draw this sh!t up is by fan base and ratings.

  33. David Says:

    There’s some serious motivation there… Mahomes is the only quarterback that should be ranked ahead of Brady and even that’s debatable. Not Rogers, Wilson, or Lamar Jackson..

    JPP should be pissed.
    Shaq should be pissed for being so low

  34. Youngbucs Says:

    Fox News😂 they literally defend themselves in court by saying people shouldn’t take them serious.

  35. PSL Bob Says:

    I love the Bucs. Been a fan since their inception in ’76. But if I were a fan of another team, say Dallas, I would want to see Dak on the list. May not be accurate to anyone other than me and the other Cowboy fans. I say, screw the lists! Let’s play ball and show them who’s the best! The Dak-Brady debacle will be revealed for what it is in just 10 days.

  36. alaskabuc Says:

    Dan isn’t even a top 20 quarterback, let alone a top 20 overall player.

  37. EA Says:

    Brady be like. You picked those mother bleepers ahead of me ???

  38. Joesatitagain Says:

    The way you all demonize and doing right laugh the biggest target of internet viewers is beyond hilarious

  39. Mike C Says:

    Webster…….. SHUT UP! they both SUCK!

  40. lambchop Says:

    Rob in Land O Lakes,

    There’s this site where you can search anything, it’s called a search engine. It goes by name of Google.

    LOL, I couldn’t help myself. The actual Faux lawyer was defending Tucker Carlson and his lies.

  41. lambchop Says:


    The FCC does not regulate cable channels. So, this distinction between news and entertainment is pointless. They can be classified whatever they want. The FCC cannot regulate them.

    If you look at CNN’s trademark, they themselves classify themselves as entertainment services.

    I mean both channels are politically aligned, but Faux is more on the tabloid side, while CNN is more on the left-leaning news side. Although CNN is partial to the left, at least they don’t incite hatred or violence.

  42. lambchop Says:

    Although, I do give some Faux anchors their due, because they aren’t full of hot air like Tucker or that witch.

    For election news, I always switch back and forth because it’s good to have a balanced view point. This is what is missing from most people in America. They don’t want to understand where the other person is coming from. If it’s purely hatred, then GTFO. But, if it’s just a different view point, I’m open to listening even though I may not agree.

  43. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:


    I actually do a fair amount of research in my day job. I should have been more clear in what I was asking. I should have asked for the case cite. What Google gives me is articles interpreting things from their viewpoint. What did these articles tell me?

    Fox, in winning a defamation suit, admitted Tucker Carlson exaggerates and is more entertainment than fact.

    A CNN reporter stands in front of a burning building during riots telling us the riot is mostly peaceful. What do we know? Fox is slanted right, CNN is slanted left and like most of the media, almost none can be trusted. Now…

    Tampa Bay is defending SB champs. Let’s agree to disagree on politics and get back to football.

  44. Colonel Angus Says:

    You silly guys and your politics. (R) and (D) = career politicians whose main goal is reelection. In case you haven’t noticed, the budget isn’t balanced, the size of the federal government isn’t shrinking, children around the globe are still starving, healthcare ain’t universal, the climate still changes…and all the other bullsh!t promises remain unfulfilled. But go ahead and keep voting for that hope and change or making America great again or whatever slogan gets you all juiced up (I prefer “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”, it’s an oldie, but it still has a sexy ring to it). And if you get your “news” from any of the mainstream outlets, it has an agenda, and it ain’t to benefit you. Good luck in trying to convince the other guy that your career politician is better than theirs.

  45. View from 132 Says:

    One vote for who cares about this list.

  46. TSmitty3000 Says:

    I would put Brady ahead of Dak and Josh Allen. Josh Allen only had one great season. If Allen has another monster year, cool he’s up there.

  47. unbelievable Says:

    LOFL at Dak being ahead of him.

    But this is the kinda stuff that gives Brady more motivation, so I’m okay with it.