Saturday, November 20, 2010

Heisman Question

So I have a question. Should we view the Heisman trophy of what their website states The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Integrity according to dictionary.com is "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness ofmoral character; honesty.". Should we therefore eliminate the top prospect Cam Newton, because of his lack of moral character/honesty? Or should we just base it on the statistics of the players involved? Is the Heisman the MVP of college football? If we look at just the statistics, then Denard Robinson would win the Heisman hands down. He just broke the record for QBs for having over 1500 yards rushing per season, he has 2000 yards passing, leads ALL of the NCAA in rushing, but his team has a shitty defense. Should one player be penalized for a shitty defense, or should we look at the individual performance of the player. Has the Heisman trophy become about the team and not about the individual. This year we tended to look beyond the team surrounding King Felix the Cat Hernandez and gave him the Cy Young for his performance. Why is it that the voters look at the team's performance and not the individual players since it is named after a person and not the team. So when Robinson has more rushing yards, more passing yards than someone who was willing to take money to play for another team (which I know has not been proven, but I don't think the FBI randomly investigates people), it seems pretty easy who has performed better with more integrity. Just a thought.

3 comments:

Mighty Mike said...

The heisman hasn't been about statistics for years. That's baseball and whatever the relative value of stats has long since been discounted (as it should be otherwise you'd have heisman trophy winner Colt Brennan or a slew of Texas Tech QB's).The issue of moral character is a little harder as of yet there's been no ruling on Cam. This isn't a court of law but some consideration for innocence above guilt should be weighed. There's still time left in the season so I think everyone should take a deep breathe and see how things play out.

Gutsy Goldberg said...

1) I generally think it should be some combination of team's performance along with individual stats. Yes, otherwise Houston and Texas Tech QBs would win every year.
2) Cam Newton's guilt/innocence will be interesting to watch... especially if Auburn finishes undefeated.

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