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The Sports Section’s Official Favorite Athlete Got Benched Yesterday

John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

It's a sad day at Sports Section world headquarters today: John Skelton — this blog's Official Favorite Athlete for reasons explained here — was benched in yesterday's 23–19 Cardinals loss to Atlanta after completing two of seven passing attempts for six yards. Arizona has now lost six straight games, the last four of which were started by Skelton.

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