MEET THE NEW 'BACHELOR' -- GIANTS QB JESSE PALMER


And we always thought the NFL was Reality Television. Maybe not, at least for New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer. The WB's pop-culture offensive coordinator Dan Shanoff compares Palmer's life as a backup QB to his new life as "The Bachelor."

Sports meets reality | By Dan Shanoff

Who is Jesse Palmer? A fair question: Just an anonymous career NFL backup, until ... he became ... The Bachelor.

The Giants QB will be the next "Bachelor," shifting his life from the drudgery of carrying clipboards and sending in signals to the "fast lane" of carrying roses and feeling out signals from two dozen women he's never met -- and who know nothing about him -- who want to be his wife.

What other changes will Palmer find as he goes from "Backup" to "Bachelor"? Some ideas:

JESSE PALMER: BACKUP QB VS. THE BACHELOR
Category Backup Bachelor
Celebrity status
Benchwarmer

"B-List"
"Pass rating" 59.8 (career) Women dismissed per show
Canadian Don't want to play at home Foreigner's cachet
Mentor Giants starter Kerry Collins Bachelor host Chris Harrison
"Gotcha, Coach!" Video-enabled cell phones Camera-enabled cell phones
Scary thought
Pass rush

Always one rose too few
Dating high point Sue Bird Still to come
Fantasy highlight Week 17 (12 points) Week 1 (25 women)
Idol Joe Montana Bachelor Bob
Favorite team growing up Bears Bachelorettes
Leisure activity Watching movies Uncovering catty women's hidden motives
Favorite TV show South Park, Simpsons Umm ... The Bachelorette?
Claim to fame Only Canadian QB in NFL Made the NFL, unlike Ryan (of Ryan and Trista)
Not likely to be happy Jim Fassel Tom Coughlin
What's next? Career uncertainty Reality TV oblivion