The Word "Overrated" And How To Actually Use It In Sports

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIIAugust 3, 2009

CARROLLTON, TX - JUNE 16:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys during mini camp at Standridge Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Carrollton, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I am so tired of seeing articles or blogs out about sports figures and how they are overrated, when they are totally not. I am of course talking about the people some say are overrated, not that there aren't some out there.

I recently saw an article on Tom Brady and how he is overrated. The best argument the dude could come up with, was that Brady's yard per competition over his career were just in the top 100 of all time.

I know, I know. I lost my respect for Brady after this too, but people needed to know that right? Of course not.

First off, the article was written by a Steelers fan who apparently hates the Patriots, especially their star player. The stupid argument was shot down by many who read it, so I am not bitter people agreed or anything.

As I said, his argument was weak. Brady is the epitome of a guy who lived up and surpassed his potential. He didn't have any hype what so ever coming into the NFL. He was a sixth round pick and wasn't even on the Madden video game the year the Patriots won their first Super Bowl with Bill Belichick.

He did bring up the whole SpyGate thing, which was really nothing big. All they did was have a camera on a coordinator who used signals for certain plays. It was nothing anyone else was smart enough to do except Belichick and it was not illegal at the time.

Belichick didn't have any punishment handed down because there was nothing in the rule book that said he couldn't do it.

In fact, NFL's own cameras have shown coaches do signals on the sidelines during games. All the Pats or any other team would have to do is look at the play they did at the time, and see the NFL's own footage to figure out what the play was.

So obviously SpyGate was not a big deal. Even after SpyGate was illegal, the Pats went out and had an undefeated regular season, only losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants.

Brady also threw for 50 touchdowns that year, surpassing Manning's record. Again, Brady surpassed all expectations.

The YPC number the writer brought up was nothing to be putting down. All it means is that Brady threw shorter and accurate passes instead of long hail mary ones that were not always completed. 

There are many people who didn't live up to the hype: I give you Ryan Leaf!

This man was one of the big names going into the NFL Draft. There was another man by the name of Peyton Manning who was also in the same draft. Don't know if you have heard of him.

The Colts met with both Manning and Leaf. What Coach Mora said sold him on Manning instead of Leaf was his work ethic. He asked both what they would do once they were drafted to the Colts.

Leaf said he would get that signing bonus and go to Vegas with a bunch of friends. Manning said he would want to meet with the rest of the offense and start going over the system.

Mora saw that Manning was the better person in all of this and was focused on the team, not the money.

It was probably the best move the Colts ever made, as he could be the best QB they ever had. They have had a few great QBs, but Manning could surpass them by the end of his term there. I don't see him leaving any time soon.

Leaf was overrated, and the Chargers got a guy who was self-absorbed.

The same thing happened a few years ago in the NFL Draft.

The Texans had the No. 1 Overall Pick. They chose a defensive end in Mario Williams, despite having Reggie Bush, Vince Young, and Matt Leinart all on the board. In fact, their second round pick, Demeco Ryans, actually won Defensive Rookie of the Year over his teammate. He led the league in tackles and has surpassed all expectations.

Williams did improve, and is one of the better DEs in the league today. Looking back on the pick, the Texans were pretty smart. Leinart, Young, and Bush haven't lived up to expectations at all.

Leinart has done miserably, despite having two of the best wide-outs in the NFL today. Young has been going through mental issues, and Bush hasn't been the feature back the Saints hoped he would be.

Technically, the Texans couldn't have picked a better guy. Now their defense could be one of the best in the league. If they get that offense to a higher level, they could easily be a playoff team.

Williams was thought to be overrated his first season, then all of a sudden he got better and lived up to the hype.

There are many out there who are vastly overrated, but to call some who are not overrated just because you don't like them or their team is stupid!

I am not a fan of the Buffalo Bills, but I am not going to say TO is overrated. In fact, TO is one of the better wide-outs in the league today.

If I were to say TO is overrated, many of you would bash me, and I wouldn't blame you. In fact, you would have grounds to do so.

TO is a big drama king and is said to kill locker rooms. But still, he shows up on the field every single week.

It is the same with Chad Ocho Cinco, and many others out there.

The issue is that many writers out there are bashing a team because they don't like them, or hate a certain player. If you are going to call out a team like the Pats, moreso its star player, at least have grounds to.

The biggest overrated team out there today is the Dallas Cowboys, and I most certainly have a point in saying so. Romo is a good regular season QB, then he goes out and stinks up the post season. The team is overrated because they have the players in place to be great, yet they suck when it counts most.

Do I hate the Cowboys? No. In fact, I like them, yet they are overrated because they can never seem to live up to their expectations.

However, the Patriots have lived up to theirs. Sure, they had an almost undefeated in the 2007-08 season. But they have three Super Bowls in this decade, and four Super Bowl appearances along with that.

To say they are overrated and the Cowboys are not is absolute nonsense.

Don't think I am some homer who is saying this to defend the Pats. I live in Alabama, there are no NFL teams here. The nearest ones are the Falcons and Titans, which have not been the best of teams this decade.

I call it like I see it, and people need to take off their tinted glasses. If you're a fan of the Steelers, take off your yellow and black to see things clear for once. Same with you Oakland, Titans, Miami, and Cowboys fans.

You can be a fan of your team without bashing their rivals for being overrated when they are surely not half the time. In fact, I have seen people call Super Bowl Champions from the previous years overrated that season just because they were a rival team.

If that isn't stupid, I don't know what is. I'm just saying.

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