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Is Joe Flacco Elite? One New England Brewery Asks the Heavy Hitting Questions

ESPN – In keeping up with one of the top rivalries in the NFL, a Massachusetts brewery playfully sent a couple of beers to the Baltimore Ravens’ facility this week.

The cans are among the 12,000 that contain a special question on the bottom: “Is Joe Flacco elite?” It comes courtesy of Tree House Brewing Co., which proudly says that all employees are New England Patriots fans…

…During the past year, the elite debate with Flacco has appeared on T-shirts, has surfaced in a nationwide poll and became a question asked of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.


This is the most funny beer can troll of all time. Kudos to Tree House Brewing Co. Below is a picture of the bottom of the can.

Joe Flacco Elite Can

This question is one that will span the age of time. My grandchildren will be asking about this 80 years from now. Is Joe Flacco elite? What a way to grab headlines for your brewery in the best way. The only thing that would have made it funnier is if Tree House Brewing Co. collaborated with a Baltimore brewery on a beer and then snuck it on the bottom or had some cans that said “Yes” and some that said “No”. But overall a great idea. Love that the Massachusetts brewery is big on football, asks if it’s potential employees are Patriots fans, and thought of this idea. Hey Tree House, sorry I’m a Texans fan, you’re missing out on a great dude.

Most importantly, I could not find out what specific beer this was on the bottom of. Was it a Lager, Ale, IPA, Stout? Was it all of their beers for that production run? These are my questions!

At a time when people are debating (probably mostly agreeing) that Tom Brady, QB of the New England Patriots for almost the entirety of the century, is the G.O.A.T., the Joe Flacco question still burns in our heads. I am going to answer the question in the simplest way possible:

Joe Flacco is NOT elite. Trent Dilfer, Peyton Manning (on Broncos), and many others who have not been elite QB’s have won a Super Bowl, the major qualification for if a QB is elite or not. Joe Flacco is good, top 15 in the league in his prime. But in order to be elite, you have to be top 3 or 4 (Brees, Manning, Brady, Rodgers). The argument can be made that Joe Flacco is a Hall of Famer, the argument can be made that he is a part of an “elite class of men” who have won a Super Bowl, but that doesn’t make his skill-set an “Elite QB”. Just one of a few who have won a Super Bowl. I would gladly take his salary and ring though, just saying.

Cheers Joe Flacco, enjoy the attention and most importantly enjoy the beer!

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