Scott Cordischi On Sports: Brady In Bunch For MVP
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
He is having another season for the ages but, by no means is Tom Brady a lock for NFL MVP.
Brady’s performance this season ranks right up there with any of his best seasons. With three games remaining in the regular season, he has passed for 3,833 yards, thrown 29 touchdown passes and a ridiculously low total of 4 interceptions. Many believe that he is the front-runner for 2012 NFL MVP.
But there’s a guy by the name of Peyton Manning in Denver who is also having a pretty good season and a fella by the name of Adrian Peterson in Minnesota who is chasing NFL immortality.
Manning’s numbers (3,810 yards, 30 TD, 10 INT) are very similar to Brady’s. What makes his season so amazing is the fact that he is coming off missing an entire season due to neck surgery AND he’s playing in a different system for a different coach on a different team.
For anyone who didn’t appreciate Manning for his greatness before this season, you have to now. He is the reason the Denver Broncos are (10-3) and riding an 8-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, up in Minnesota, there’s Peterson who leads the league with 1,600 yards rushing and is averaging a whopping 6.0 yards per carry. With three games to play, he has a shot at Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark of 2,105 yards.
What makes his season so amazing is that he is returning from a torn ACL and MCL suffered on Christmas Eve last season.
Who will win 2012 NFL MVP honors? Who knows? But there are three very deserving candidates for the award and no one can complain if any of the three receive it.
-The ONLY way to get to Tom Brady and the Patriots is to pressure him with 4 down lineman while dropping 7 into coverage. Anything less than that and Brady will make you pay.
-Which is why the one team that scares Patriots fans is the New York Giants.
-Robert Griffin III sure is fun to watch. However, he won’t have a long career in the NFL is he doesn’t learn be a bit more conservative in his decision making when running with the ball.
-How the Providence Friars have managed to go (7-2) with a legitimate chance at being (9-0) with their depleted roster this season is a minor miracle! Seeing Sidiki Johnson, Kris Dunn and Vincent Council on December 18th versus Colgate should be a relief to Ed Cooley.
-If you’re one of those Red Sox fans who is upset at Kevin Youkilis for accepting a 1-year deal from the New York Yankees, you’re not being fair. It’s not as if he has offers from Boston and New York to consider. The Red Sox made it clear that they no longer wanted him when he was shipped to the White Sox last year. Plus, no other team was going to offer him $12 million to play in 2013. I don’t think that any of us would have turned down such a deal. While I will be rooting for Youk to fail because he is wearing pinstripes, I do not blame him for joining the Evil Empire.
-The fact the Deion Branch’s locker was never touched at Gillette Stadium after he was released last month was a clear indication that the organization had planned to bring him back at some point.
-One game, one catch, one touchdown. And now Donte Stallworth is on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury.
-Memo to Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans: you next biggest game in franchise history will be in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Hopefully you perform better in that one.
-Another record for Tom Brady. He received his NFL record 23rd AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award Wednesday following his 4 touchdown performance against the Texans Monday night. I suppose it’s only fitting that #12 received that award on 12-12-12.
-Truth be told, I thought that TB12 and “G” would try to have their baby on 12-12-12, but it appears that Vivian Lake had other ideas.
-Rumor has it that the Red Sox are interested in free agent slugger Josh Hamilton is he’s willing to accept a contract of 3-4 years in length. If, as expected, Hamilton is looking for a 6-7 year deal, Boston would reportedly be out of the running.
-I have heard different opinions about Dan Hurley’s sideline demeanor at URI. I for one, have no problem with the intensity and the passion with which he coaches his team. In fact, I enjoy watching him coach. That isn’t to say that there aren’t different ways to accomplish the same goal. It’s just that everyone has their own style and that is his. I wish him well.
-What happened to Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent isn’t an NFL problem, it’s a societal problem. People get behind the wheel after having a few drinks too often tempting fate. Many times nothing happens. However, this time the consequences were tragic.
-As great as the Patriots looked Monday night, let’s not put them in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII just yet!
-Paul Tagliabue’s decision to vacate the suspensions give to Saints players by Roger Goodell for “Bounty Gate” is fine and dandy, but how is that going to help those players or the Saints get back their reputations?
-What’s with the Red Sox supposed infatuation with 35-year old pitcher Ryan Dempster? He had an ERA of 5.05 in 12 starts for the Texas Rangers last season.
-Speaking of free agent pitcher, I like Zack Greinke, but 6-years and $147 million? Are the Dodgers insane?
-Apparently they are because they took Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett off of Boston’s hands.
-There are still a few hundred tickets left for PC’s game at Brown December 28th. That would make a good stocking-stuffer for the college basketball fan in your life.
-Despite not having Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team may still be the team to beat in the Ivy League this year.
-It appears that there will be no NHL season again this year unless the players essentially cave into the owners’ demands once again. Not that it’s easy to root for Donald Fehr who represents the players.
-We’re live Christmas trees $50 bucks each when we were kids?
-Speaking of Christmas, I’ll go with “Christmas Vacation” as my favorite Christmas movie, “The Year Without A Santa Claus” as my favorite Christmas special and “White Christmas” by the Drifters as my favorite Christmas tune. Feel free to tell me yours.