Shutdown Corner - NFL

When I start preparing for my 2008 fantasy football draft, I'm not going to buy one of those overpriced, trashy magazines.

You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to call up the people at the Citizen Watch company, and just ask who they like.

They are football savants, the Citizen people. They can predict future quarterback play better than Ron Jaworski, Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth, or any other analyst in the world.  

It took a huge pair for them to start running those Eli Manning ads when they did. When they first aired, Eli was throwing interceptions like a Girls Gone Wild producer throwing around beads at Mardi Gras. 

The commercial would come on, and the guy would say, "Unstoppable ... Eli Manning is," and you'd wonder if you were watching a Saturday Night Live sketch. At the time, Eli was only "unstoppable" in fantasy leagues that gave points for interceptions and confused facial expressions.  

But here he sits, with a 99.2 QB rating in the playoffs, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, with wins over Tony Romo and Brett Favre on the road, and having outlasted his 2004 draft cohorts, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger.  The goofball actually has become unstoppable.

If the Citizen people are that good with quarterback prognostication, they must make one hell of a timepiece.

• Citizen Eco-Drive / CITIZENWATCH.com

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