Goats Aplenty After Panthers Game

And the last shall be first. William Green received the most gameball votes for the third straight week as Tim Couch was crowned King Goat for the first time this year. A mixed-up, mumbled-up, shook-up Gameballs and Goats follows the Browns inexplicable defeat to the Panthers. As usual, it was a hoot and a pleasure reading all your emails. Ah, catharsis. - AB

Each week, like we've done since 1999, we ask folks to send us three nominations for Bernie's Insiders gameballs as well as thee nominations for the team goat. We add up all the nominations and post them each week, and also keep track of the votes throughout the year.

We tabulate the yearly finish based on adding up each week's results throughout the year. The top gameball vote getter is awarded 7 MVP points for their finish each week, second place gets six points, and so forth. The top "goat" vote getter is awarded 7 David Modell points which are subtracted away from their total. Second place in the goat voting gets 6 David Modell points, and so forth. So, if a player finished second in gameball voting one week, they would be given 6 MVP points. But if they finished first in goat voting the next week, they would get 7 David Modell points, and would have a year-to-date total of -1.

It's sort of like the BCS formula, except more complicated and irritating.

William Green, one of the Goat leaders during the first half of the season, led the Gameball pack for the third straight week. There was a big drop-off before Kevin Johnson and Corey Fuller's gameballs, and the nod to the Browns fans who braved the cold to make their voices heard.

Tim Couch's momentum was reversed rapidly following the three-interception, no-touchdown performance. Dennis Northcutt can likely stand on the sidelines as much as he needs to now, and run off with the MVP award as voted by Bernie's Insiders visitors. Ryan Tucker and the Browns coaches took it on the chin hard for their performances as well. Bernies Insiders visitors are frequently blaming the game-planning for the Browns continuing inconsistency.

Week 13 Results

1. William Green
2. Kevin Johnson
3. Corey Fuller
4. Browns Fans

(No other player got enough votes to merit gameballs)

1. Tim Couch
2. Ryan Tucker
3. Foge Fazio
4. Bruce Arians
5. Butch Davis
6. Offensive Line
7. Coaching Staff

Year-To-Date Leaders

Team MVP: Gameball Voting

1. Dennis Northcutt (YTD Total 41 / Previous Rank 1)
2. Phil Dawson (21 / 2)
3. Andre Davis (10 / 6)
7. Orpheus Roye (8 / 8)

David Modell Uselessness Award (Team Goat)

1. Butch Davis (YTD Total -30 / Previous Rank 1)
2. Offensive Line (-25 / 2)
3. Bruce Arians (-24 / 3)
4. Foge Fazio (-12 / 11)
5. Defensive Backs (-12 / 4)
6. Coaching Staff (-11 / 7)
7. Special Teams (-10 / 6)

Method: Gameball or goat points are awarded to the first through seventh place finishers in each category. (Seven points to the top gameball vote-getter, six to second place, etc). Goat points are subtracted from gameball points to calculate a total.

Weekly results throughout the year are now posted on our schedule page.

Your Comments in Week 12


Corey Fuller - Played very nice and got the easy pick when it came to him. That knocked down pass from Mushin Muhammad was a thing of beauty. - Kyle

Corey Fuller- He made some excellent plays on defense Sunday. His interception on the option throw was a thing of beauty, and should have turned the game in the Browns favor. - FGM

Kevin Johnson- Was really the only WR to catch more than 1 ball. Showed those KJ hands we know. - Justin

William Green - O-line still not blocking well but he shows his vision and skills. - Charles M.

William Green-He is getting better and better even though he is running behind that pathetic Offensive Line. - Gene

Willie - Three big games in a row.  Smashmouth football is back. - Mike J.

The Secondary.  They gave up only one touchdown, despite the lack of support from the front seven.  All for naught. - Browniefanman

Ross Verba - It is good not to hear an OL name during the game. - Copdawg

Shayne Graham - 2 missed FGs made the game closer than it really was. - MykeVS

My only Ball goes to the D, we turned it over 5 times and they only gave up 13 points.  You can't realistically ask for more. - Tim

Earl Little - He was like a hawk for the ball.  He was all over the place and played the best of any of our defensive players Sunday. - Josh

Receiver blocking: While the receivers didn't get much to work with in passing, there was some outstanding blocking by the receivers to open give Green running room downfield.  Excellent job! - Phil

Warren gets a big gameball for his blocked field goal, which was a huge example of the way our defense kept us in the game. - TobesWSU

The fans for sitting through that crap in the cold. - Chuck S.

Fans, for not lynching these guys. - Ghost Dawg

The secondary.... They had to defend the pass with absolutely NO PASS RUSH from the d-line. - Chuck F.

Darren Hambrick - He keeps getting more and more solid every week.  Playing with spirit and heart. - Bob H.

Coach Davis---anyone who saw Marty Mornhnweg and Steve Spurrier on turkey day knows why. - redright

William Green. Back from the brink of oblivion, the rookie has turned into Mr. Consistency over the past three games. Since this season was wasted Sunday, this bodes well for 2003. - Doc Gonzo




Goats? There are lots of them.Tim Couch leads the way. And where was Ryan Tucker? Looking for the rest of the offensive line maybe.The defense didn't look so good either. Don't forget the coaches. I thought halftime wa

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