"They are who we thought they were!"

I'm ready to throw that phrase in there with Jim Mora's "Playoffs?" and Herm Edwards' "You play to win the game!"


In case you missed it, the words came from Dennis Green after the Cardinals' Monday night meltdown capped off an insane week six in the NFL. Here are the awards:

The best reason to get a haircut award goes to Troy Polamalu. The Steelers safety was dragged down from behind by Kansas City's Larry Johnson in what looked like a pretty dangerous play. Johnson was flagged for a penalty because he held on to Polamalu's hair after the whistle blew. The actual tackle by the hair is legal.

The confusing our viewers award goes to ESPN. Last week, they had some joker from Grey's Anatomy in the booth with the announcers, and this week they premiered a Jay-Z video during halftime. First off, I think we would all agree that they should just stick with football (although I have no problem with Charles Barkley joining the broadcast). But if they are going to branch off, shouldn't they pick an audience? Last week it was women in their 20s and 30s, and this week it's hip-hop lovers? For the record, I've seen Grey's Anatomy once, but couldn't give it a serious shot knowing the main character played Ronald Miller in the 80s classic Can't Buy Me Love. I just kept wondering what made him go from cutting lawns to getting a medical degree.

The check out the year I'm having award goes to Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. He went off for 360 yards and three touchdowns in St. Louis' loss to Seattle. Bulger is the second-ranked fantasy quarterback this year, behind only Donovan McNabb. He's tossed 10 touchdowns and one interception on the season.

The now this is more like it award goes to Rex Grossman. The Bears quarterback had been one of the NFL's most talked about stories through the first five weeks of the season, but he turned the ball over six times against the Cardinals.

The Albert Einstein award for superior intelligence goes to Drew Brees. Every year, we hear about players on new teams and rookies struggling because it takes time to learn the plays and the system. What's with Brees? Is he some type of genius? Should he be researching the dangers of global warming rather than quarterbacking the Saints? Brees is in his first year with New Orleans, but has led his team to a 5-1 record and is the third-ranked fantasy quarterback.

The you had no shot award goes to fantasy owners who played against teams with LaDainian Tomlinson this week. The Chargers running back didn't rush for 100 yards, but he found the end zone four times. Four times! Only two other running backs have posted more than four rushing TDs all season.

100-yard rushing club: Tiki Barber, Travis Henry, Warrick Dunn, Ronnie Brown, Kevin Jones, Willie Parker, Julius Jones

100-yard receving club: Steve Smith, Roy Williams, Torry Holt, Anquan Boldin, Reggie Brown, Joe Horn, Laveranues Coles, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Mark Clayton

300-yard passing club: Jake Delhomme, Bulger, Philip Rivers