Welcome to This Year's Manufactured Eli Manning Controversy

June 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Welcome to This Year's Manufactured Eli Manning Controversy

" In its never-ending effort to dominate every inch of available space, the NFL decided last year that they would start asking players to rank the top 100 players in the league and make revealing the list into a weekly TV show.

Like all lists, this list exists for two reasons. The first is what it tells us about the people making the list -- NFL players think offensive linemen are meaningless and that running backs are vitally important, two things that NFL teams vehemently disagree with -- and the second is that it gives people something to argue or complain about.

The latter is our topic de jour, because the Giants have worked themselves into a lather about Eli Manning's placement on the list. Manning ranks 31, a ranking that led Chris Canty and Justin Tuck to rush to the closest microphone in order to decry the madness of the voters who clearly don't know what they're talking about.

The lack of respect shown to offensive linemen should be enough to know that this list isn't worth a bucket of warm spit, but we will stipulate that Manning's ranking is far too low "

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