The 2010 regular season just ended in the NFL, but there is a lot to discuss. Here are 10 items of interest currently at the top of the agenda:
1. Brady for MVP, but ...
Let's give kudos to Michael Vick. He deserves everything coming his way in terms of awards and recognition, including the Most Valuable Player Award. As for Quarterback of the Year or Offensive Player of the Year, Tom Brady is the runaway winner. Brady runs an offense, which is really the job of a quarterback, better than any quarterback. But for MVP, Vick deserves to be in the discussion. He literally saved coach Andy Reid and the Eagles from ruin. The Eagles, remember, had originally handed the job to Kevin Kolb before he got hurt. Anyway, Vick played the best he's ever played in his life, particularly throwing the ball, taking a 4-3 team to 10-4 before a few hiccups. The bottom line is Brady is MVP and Vick deserves to be the runner-up.
2. A Chief rival?
Michael Vick? What about Matt Cassel? That's right, the ex-Patriot quarterback quietly ... and I mean quietly ... had a season that in some years would be a leading MVP candidate. He threw for 27 TDs and only seven interceptions, barely missing a 4-to-1 ratio. Cassel led the once-pathetic Chiefs to the next level with a group of wide receivers that include a guy you thought probably retired — Chris Chambers. Cassel picked it up two notches after last season's disappointment (16 TD passes, 16 interceptions). Cassel could make a run at the runner-up spot for Comeback Player of the Year (Vick is guaranteed to win).
3. NFL messed up on Favre
I still haven't quite understood Brett Favre's punishment for sending lewd photos of himself to a ex-Jets female sideline employee/model. The NFL said he was fined $50,000 for not cooperating. Are you kidding me? What message are you sending to future lunatics who act like animals? Commissioner Roger Goodell, the master of marketing, blew this one big-time. He let this linger because of Favre's streak and now the NFL looks foolish as the woman in question, Jenn Sterger, will sue Favre and the league. Goodell gets an "F" for discipline.