Few things in life can create such intense debates as the concept of someone being over or underrated. Over the last few weeks I have found myself in countless conversations about a particular person being either over or underrated and I have finally begun to realize that really, there is no such thing.
The majority of these discussion were about artists, or even more simply rappers. After these discussions I was left with a simple conclusion, nothing is over or underrated, everything is rated just as it should be.
All types of art are extremely subjective, there is no doubt that there is at least one immensely popular musical artist that you find extremely overrated and can’t understand how anyone else likes them. But whether you understand it or not is irrelevant, people like it and that’s all that matters.
It’s 2011 so I should hope people understand by now that just because a person sells a lot doesn’t mean they are the most talented, but they are doing something right to earn all those sales. And whether you think the success is deserved or not doesn’t matter, it only matters that it happened.
One of the more recent debates in the hip-hop world, is Drake or J.Cole, who is better? Personally its no contest in my mind J. Cole wins hands down, but there is no way I can say Drake is overrated (even to someone who says Drake is better).
I may like the type of music J. Cole makes more, but that doesn’t mean I can’t recognize that Drake has a different style and a different target audience. For what Drake does, he does it very well, regardless if you enjoy it or not. So he can’t be overrated and as talented as I think J. Cole is, he can’t be underrated if his music doesn’t move everyone like it moves me.
Its all subjective, what I like in my music is different than what you like, hell you might hate rap all together and say they are both overrated hot garbage (you might even hate me right now for making you read about rappers instead of football). The thing is nothing on this earth is for everyone so if you don’t like an artist, you should just remove yourself from the conversation. You can think someone is overrated if you want, but your wrong because your opinion is just one of millions.
If you say something is overrated than you are saying you don’t like it as much as others, which would be all fine and dandy, but to say something is overrated is really you telling others that their own opinions are dumb.
That’s not how opinions work, especially with something as subjective as music.
You may not like something, but you can’t deny that others do and it’s because of those opinions you think it is overrated, because you think they are wrong. Of course just remember, they think you are wrong too.
Now as if everything I just wrote wasn’t convoluted enough, things get a lot tricker when you are rating athletes. My basis for why artists can’t be over or underrated is because of the subjective nature of art, but with athletes its people’s own subjective beliefs about a player or team that often causes them to over or underrate an athlete.
Still with me?
All this (finally) leads me to the point of this article, this morning I saw a debate emerge on Twitter when Pro Football Weekly released a video of their three most overrated quarterbacks. The three quarterbacks named; Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez.
I didn’t see anyone protest or disagree with the first two and I don’t cover the Cowboys or Ravens so I’ll just leave them for others to argue about, but to say seeing Sanchez on the list surprised me would be one massive understatement. The biggest reason why its such a surprise is I’m wondering who it is exactly that is overrating him?
If people are writing articles saying Chad Henne is better than Sanchez can you really say is Sanchez overrated? KC Joyner lays out a bunch of numbers to support his argument, but numbers can be used to frame an argument any way you want. Which is why I won’t bother adjusting numbers to suit my argument (hint if I did it would be all fourth-quarter and late game stats, which you know, is kind of important). Instead I’ll just say, Mr. Joyner needs to learn to trust the eye test more if he is going to stick to his belief that Henne is the better quarterback.
One of the people arguing against Sanchez on Twitter was saying Sanchez is overrated because he isn’t a franchise savior, to which I thought, yeah okay, but who is saying he is? If you are saying he is overrated because he isn’t better than everyone already thinks he is, well then I’d say you need a better understanding of what it means to be overrated.
I have never heard or seen anyone say Sanchez is a franchise savior or top 10 quarterback, but I have seen plenty of people argue that he doesn’t even belong on an NFL roster, now tell me which one of these statements is closer to the truth?
Sanchez is about to enter his third-year (after only playing one season in college) and has a road playoff record of 4-2 and been to two straight AFC Championships, that’s nothing to just dismiss. Of course it’s not like he is solely responsible for those achievements either.
So now the question becomes how much credit does he deserve? But before you answer that question take into consideration how you feel about the ‘loud-mouth Jets’ and their ‘pretty boy quarterback’ on a personal level and try your best to put that to the side.
The truth is the Jets found success two seasons ago in spite of Sanchez. Last year they had some more success in spite of him, but they also had some because of him. That’s called growth, something you expect and hope to see with a second-year quarterback. Sanchez doesn’t always make the right play, but what second-year quarterback does?
So how good has Sanchez been his first two seasons? What you think doesn’t matter, all that matters is what we know.
And what we know is Sanchez has been good enough to get this Jets team to the AFC Championship two years in a row, but not good enough to get them over that hump. Sanchez didn’t lead the Jets there on his own, but he also isn’t the sole reason they couldn’t get further.
You may think Sanchez is overrated, while others say he is underrated (like anyone using the KC Joyner article as the basis for where he is supposedly “rated”). Average that all out and you get him properly rated just where he is.
Only time will tell if he lives up or down to your expectations, but simply put he is as good as he is, no better no worse. Of course he needs to improve, but for a young quarterback entering his third-year Sanchez is pretty damn good.
Whether you agree or not is irrelevant.