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Associated Press joins the 21st Century

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If you’re looking for any more reasons why the traditional media is teetering on the brink of extinction, look no farther than the latest innovation from the standard-bearer in old-guard media, the Associated Press.

The Associated Press recently has unveiled a groundbreaking, cutting-edge feature to enhance its NFL coverage.

Are you sitting down?

The AP will rank all 32 teams, top to bottom, without regard to division or conference.

The poll will be known as the “Pro32,” a clumsy effort to avoid acknowledging that it’s simply a power ranking.  The same kind of power ranking that everyone else currently does — and has done for years.

So congratulations, AP.  And welcome to the 21st Century.

What’s next?  A mock draft?

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21 Responses to “Associated Press joins the 21st Century”
  1. mianfr says: Aug 1, 2012 10:59 PM

    I think they should just do a Top 25. Somehow that seems funny.

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 1, 2012 10:59 PM

    This one will do the right thing and rank RG3’s Redskins at #1.

  3. sportmentary says: Aug 1, 2012 11:02 PM

    Mike, you’re kidding us, right?

  4. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 1, 2012 11:04 PM

    So tell us how you really feel Mike.

  5. covercorner says: Aug 1, 2012 11:27 PM

    Next the AP will get one of those http://WWW.AP.COM thingy’s.

  6. realitypolice says: Aug 1, 2012 11:42 PM

    What is this Associated Press of which you speak?

  7. vincentbojackson says: Aug 1, 2012 11:59 PM

    And their power rankings will be as pointless as everyone else’s…

  8. ashevillechief says: Aug 1, 2012 11:59 PM

    It’s actually a wide-ranging group of voters across multiple media outlets. It’s nice, as a fan, to see media types willing to lay down their company shield and collaborate like this. Yes, late to the game. But also fresh…

  9. monosylab1k says: Aug 2, 2012 12:03 AM

    Right Florio, like calling it a “Power Ranking” is obviously so much more legitimate or less clumsy. Hey, I’ll see your Power Rankings and raise you a #1 seed in my 1st annual “Shut the * Up Tournament.”

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 2, 2012 12:07 AM

    Maybe they could make their rankings unique by not just ranking according to last year’s record.

  11. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 2, 2012 1:25 AM

    Someone jealous they weren’t asked to be a part of it?

  12. s11ekans says: Aug 2, 2012 1:35 AM

    Glad to see the NFL moving towards a bowl championship series. 12 guys know more about football than letting a winner be determined on the field. Now go get some corporate sponsorship!

  13. foooolerm says: Aug 2, 2012 5:18 AM

    And the reason anyone cares what a collection of hack writers decide about last year’s performances after a hard evening’s work in the bar is because……? Shome mishtake shurely.

  14. shackdelrio says: Aug 2, 2012 6:02 AM

    Power Rankings and 2 bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

  15. electionconfidential says: Aug 2, 2012 6:37 AM

    I wonder if they’ll put the SB champs at number 3 like you did.

  16. swagjag says: Aug 2, 2012 6:48 AM

    Ranking teams is drawn out filler intended to suck in readers and incite a reaction. It is meaningless speculation. If they really wanted to catch up to the 21st century, they would do a reality show about football players in pawn shops, baking cupcakes, bidding on storage units, hunting alligators or doing a talent show. All of which are equally meaningless. As a matter of fact this entire post is meaningless. Which makes this comment twice as meaningless. We are all dumber now for being exposed to this. I think I think therefore, I guess I am? Time for a Tebow update. Wonder what color pants he is wearing today.

  17. 49erstim says: Aug 2, 2012 7:01 AM

    I bet Rodgers and Brady get all the love too! Sooooo old school! 🙂

  18. paperlions says: Aug 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    Maybe they’ll get all crazy and team their members the difference between farther and further.

  19. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 2, 2012 9:43 AM

    Now that you’re done bashing the AP, you can return to your process of linking to and slightly rewriting its content for your own site’s benefit.

  20. waldoampere says: Aug 2, 2012 10:59 AM

    Way to take a shot at your competition. Rex Ryan doesn’t even do that.

  21. greyhawk9 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:14 AM

    sounds like someone’s resume was overlooked by the AP.

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