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The Sports Section’s Favorite Athlete Had a Rough Day Yesterday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

As you may know, this blog last year declared John Skelton its official favorite athlete. (Skelton, you see, attended Fordham, Joe's alma mater, and was drafted by the Cardinals, Will's pro team of choice.) And so it's only fair that if we're going to gush with pride when Skelton, say, leads a game-winning drive to beat the Eagles, that we also admit when he struggles. And yesterday, against San Francisco, he struggled: He threw no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 23-7 loss, and was eventually benched in favor of third-stringer Richard Bartel. Skelton's quarterback rating yesterday: an ugly 10.5. It's okay, John. You're still the tops in The Sports Section's book. [AP via ESPN]

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Photo: Ezra Shaw/2011 Getty Images