No clear favorite for Silver Football

No clear favorite for Silver Football

There are 23 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 20, 2008, titled No clear favorite for Silver Football. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The season has yet to be completed. The majority of votes have yet to be cast. And yet it feels as if the Silver Football trophy, awarded each year by the Tribune to the Big Ten's best player, already has ...

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Iowa City, IA

#1 Nov 21, 2008
This shouldn't even be a debate. Shonn Greene is clearly the best player in the Big Ten. He hasn't had a single bad game. Clark faltered against Iowa, Ringer has had 4 sub-100 yard games, and Wells is too far behind Ringer and Greene. I've seen Greene in person every game this year, home and away, and I haven't seen anyone stop him, or come close.
Quin Molencamp

United States

#2 Nov 21, 2008
Silver Football trophy, awarded each year by the Tribune to the Big Ten's best player, Why would a teams record have to do with this award. Why would this even count "Not so fast: Might lose votes because his team, Iowa, can finish no higher than fourth in the conference. He is the best player in the Big Ten and Top 5 in D1

You Smell Nice

Poynette, WI

#3 Nov 21, 2008
Watch his last touchdown last week vs Purdue... WOW Shonn Greene is the real deal
Jayhawk Fan

Lawrence, KS

#4 Nov 21, 2008
You are crazy to even be discussing this. Shonn Greene by a mile. Come on Greenstein.

San Francisco, CA

#5 Nov 21, 2008
uh... are you serious with this article... how stupid are you? It's absolutely clear that Shonn Greene should win. If this trophy is meant to go to the BEST player, and then obviously Shonn Greene should win regardless of the team. He's put up numbers in EVERY single game. Now if you want to talk about MVP and then you're going to have to put in Erick Decker in the mix also, because look whats happened since he got hurt. Javon Ringer doesn't show up in big games, Wells hasn't even played the full season and Clark has been seen as more of a liability than an asset since their lost to Iowa. You Illannoy people need to take off your damn sunglasses and give credit where it's due. Shonn Greene = Big Ten POY, Doak Walker, 1st Team All-American and Heisman finalist.

San Francisco, CA

#6 Nov 21, 2008
This article is laughable... clearly Shonn Greene is the best and has been the best player. Illinois people, come on. What's your next article, Juice Williams should win the Davey O'brien award. hahahaha
Quin Molencamp

United States

#7 Nov 21, 2008
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Daryll Clark
Hand him the trophy: MVP of the league's best team. Has thrown just four interceptions in 259 attempts.

Not so fast: One week after suffering a concussion at Ohio State, he played in a daze, completing just 9 of 23 passes at Iowa.
What are you blaming his last game for the loss! Could it be the Iowa defense, Mitch King leading the way in destroying Penn states offensive line.

Rochester, MN

#8 Nov 21, 2008
Seriously? You are debating this?

The award goes to Shonn Greene, and it's not even close.

You should watch Big Ten football a bit more.


#9 Nov 21, 2008
I think leading the NATION in rushing ought to get the job done for the Silver Football.

Andre Dawson won the MLB MVP for the Cubs. Paul Hornung won The Heisman and his team was 2-8. What does a team's final spot in the standings have to do with anything in a "Best Player" vote?

Shonn Greene is an electric football player! The race boils down to Greene and Ringer....and Greene was better head-to-head AND for the season. Even Ringer admits that....he endorsed Greene for The Heisman.

Seattle, WA

#10 Nov 21, 2008
Ringer is a fine, fine back but give me a break. You don't mention that Greene is TWO FULL YARDS PER CARRY more productive? And unlike Ringer, has never had a bad game? And was pulled early in Iowa's early games against patsies, and still broke 100 yds each time?(on just 10 carries vs. Maine)

Waverly, IA

#11 Nov 21, 2008
As far as MVP for their team Ringer gets the nod. As far as the best runningback in the nation hands down Shonn Greene. One big stat you failed to mention was the number of carries. If Wells wasn't hurt and Greene got as many carries Ringer would only be the third best back this year.

United States

#12 Nov 21, 2008
I was about to argue that this guy does not know what he is talking about for even having to debate this but all the other comments do that quite well

Little Rock, AR

#13 Nov 21, 2008
Shonn Greene and it's not even close. He's got more yards than Ringer on what, 70 fewer carries? Have you not watched Iowa? He's the best back in the Big Ten, if not the nation.

Actually watching the players you have in contention might be helpful.

Frankfort, IL

#14 Nov 21, 2008
Ringer is the most overrated RB in CF. He had like 40 carries against FAU. He's averaging like 4.2ypc...not good. shonn greene all teh way

Chicago, IL

#15 Nov 21, 2008
You really have to wonder if Shonn Greene doesn't win this trophy. Penn State will shut down Ringer, OSU, Iowa, and Wisconsin did. His stats have been padded against lesser opponents, Greene has performed in every game.

Ringer is good, it's just that Greene is better.

Pekin, IL

#16 Nov 21, 2008
Line up on the opposite side of Shonn Greene, and then tell me he is not the best player in the country.

United States

#17 Nov 21, 2008
wow...that's about all I can say. 4 weeks ago, the choice for this award may have been an intelligent debate. To write this story today is laughable. Looks at Ringer's stats...a good portion of his yards were built against very sub par opponents. Green has been extremely consisent the whole season, averaging about 2 ypc more than Ringer. While Wells may be a better back in the NFL, this is not what the trophy is for. If he had played the whole year, he would certainly be in the top 2. Clark has been a serviceable QB for Penn State, but doesn't have the stats to back it up.

Traer, IA

#18 Nov 21, 2008
I agree with Chris above this article would have been accurate about a month ago. If I were your boss and I knew anything about Big Ten football, I'd be pissed at you for writing a lazy article. Not mentioning the yards per carry makes me think you are either biased or you knew the arguement was weak sauce. How weak, well here's the In conference statistics for the RB's. Shonn Greene 178 carries, 1079 yards, 6.1 ypc, 11 TD's. Javon Ringer 210 carries, 849 yards, 4.0 ypc, 9 TD's. Beanie Wells 163 carries, 846 yards, 5.2 ypc, 6 TD.
Sedrick Shaw

Mountain View, CA

#19 Nov 21, 2008
Silver Football race has taken twists all season long

Twisted, Teddy?

Shonn in a laugher
Shonn Greene

United States

#20 Nov 21, 2008
I think if you google "who Ringer would vote for" you'll come up with an article stating it would be for me

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