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The Jake originated in the Weekly NFL thread of Fark.com. On January 10, 2009, the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers played an NFC divisional playoff game. The Carolina Panthers were ten point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals had a losing record in any eastern time zone game, and were considered the softest NFL team in the playoffs.
Jake Delhomme proceeded to put on a legendary display of ineptitude. Jake Delhomme threw five interceptions and lost a single fumble in 13-33 loss to the Cardinals. While abysmal displays of quaterbacking are not by themselves notable, Jake Delhomme would not be denied his place in the annals of NFL history. His display came about on his 34th birthday.
As such, the community of farkers created a lasting tribute to this epic display of fail. The jake is awarded on a weekly basis at the conclusion of the NFL games, usually in conjunction with the release of the ESPN power rankings, to the worst performing quarterback of the week.
In an effort to be objective a scoring system, base on 150 points, is used in calculation of this prestigious award. Each interception and lost fumble is worth 33.3 points. This is referred as the Delhomme Rating. A Full Delhomme is five Interceptions and one fumble. A Pure Delhomme is five interceptions and on fumble on your birthday, in the playoffs, or in a game you lose.
In the event of a tie, the Jake is awarded to the NFL quarterback whose performance was most costly to the team. A secondary tie breaker was created in the event that no discernible difference in the costliness of the play was evident. The player whose birthday is closest to their terrible performance is awarded the Jake.
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