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NN NFL Tournament of Badness Opening Round: Players Doing Dumb Things, Rashard Mendenhall's Twitter

There was a mix-up in getting this post scheduled and published at the correct time, namely the fact that I didn't schedule and publish it at the correct time. Or at all, really. I thought I did, which is why I was so surprised to see 2:00 p.m. come along without any post, but hey, time makes fools of us all. I also really don't care that I didn't technically use that saying correctly, you will survive (you will be strong ... you will learn how to get along).

Either way, the sixteen seed "Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season" upset the number one seed "Player 'X' Is A Beast" by a very big margin. Perhaps it was an error of mine, or perhaps you guys are all crazy and unpredictable. I'm actually going with that one, it's easier. Today, we've got a good un', as "Players Doing Stupid Things" is taking on "Rashard Mendenhall's Twitter Account." Heh.

So make the jump to read the descriptions of the participants for today, read full results from the left side of the bracket and of course, view the entire bracket. But first: remember, we are voting on what we believe to be the absolute worst thing of the two. If you're voting in a worst food contest, and you like pizza more than hamburgers, you would then vote for hamburgers in that matchup. Get it? Got it? Good. Make the jump.

(8) Players Doing Stupid Things

This one might be seeded too low, considering all the things it encompasses. Thankfully, the number of players who end up in jail for killing dogs or the number of players accused of rape is pretty low ... but even one is too much. You have those awful things that just reflect poorly on the NFL in all ways, and then, of course, you have people like Plaxico Burress who shoot themselves like idiots. Or you have Brandon Marshall, who has several domestic disputes with his girlfriend, then marries her, then gets stabbed by her. Good show, Marshall. You have Dez Bryant being arrested for wearing his pants a certain way. Look, players are not stupid as a whole. But there are some that just do stupid things. Those players should be ridiculed unmercifully for doing them.

(9) Rashard Mendenhall's Twitter Account

Rashard Mendenhall has lost a couple sponsorship deals based on the things he's said on Twitter. He doesn't appear to be a man lacking intelligence and there certainly is nothing wrong with him having his own opinion of some things. The problem is, he tweets about the most random, ridiculous stuff that gets him in trouble. You know the Pittsburgh Steelers organization had to be flipping out when they realized they can't contact him to tell him to shut off his damn Blackberry because of the NFL lockout when the whole Bin Laden mess went down. He actually makes a pretty good point in regards to the Bin Laden bit, but ... c'mon man. Let me say right now that this is not going to turn into a 9/11 discussion. I think it's the statement "we've only heard one side" that really ... really mucks things up a bit. Then, before that, you have Mendenhall echoing the sentiments of Adrian Peterson and talking about how the NFL is the modern day slave trade. Word-for-word he said that. He really said that.

Day 1: "America's Team" def. "New York FOOTBALL Giants" - 428-40
Day 2: Rookie Holdouts def. Week 16, 17 Byes - 266-65
Day 3: Seahawks Alternates def. Buccaneers Loser Uniforms - 328-118
Day 4: New Referee Rule Limiting No Huddle def. Icing The Kicker - 180-116
Day 5: Twitter Beefs def Madden Curse - 125-108
Day 6: Prevent Defense def. Wildcat Formation - 296-65
Day 7: Chris Berman's Mannerisms def. The Many Faces of Philip Rivers - 188-185
Day 8: Player 'X' Is A Football Player def. Player 'X' Is A Future Hall Of Famer - 194-96
Day 9: Brett Favre's Media Whoring def. New AFC and NFC Championship Trophies - 293-39
Day 10: Fans That Take It Too Far def Franchise Tag - 231-42
Day 11: Daniel Snyder def. Rex Ryan's Foot Fetish - 126-76
Day 12: Garth DeFelice def. Donovan McNabb And Overtime Rules - 207-48
Day 13: TV Blackouts def Player 'X' Always Being Wide Open - 253-43
Day 14: Players Celebrating When Down Big def. Being A "Poor Man's" Something - 244-35
Day 15: NFL's Exclusive License With EA def. Super Bowl Halftime Shows - 161-139
Day 16: Cortland Finnegan def. Frank Gore's Love For Moran Norris - 191-145
Day 17: Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season def. Player 'X Is A Beast - 209-39

NN NFL Tournament of Badness Bracket and Results