Thursday, December 30, 2010

Polamalu's Hair: Week Seventeen Notes

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Well, the Brett Favre thing is finally over…

No, I’m not talking about his career just yet. I’m talking about the NFL’s investigation into the allegations that he sent dirty pictures to a former NY Jets sideline reporter during his time in the Big Apple. So, did he send them after all? What about that video that people say he asked her for?

Well, the probe is over but we still don’t actually know.

The league fined Favre $50,000 on Wednesday for what it calls his failure to cooperate with investigators. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the 41-year-old was “not candid in several respects” which resulted in a longer investigation and extra bad press for all parties involved.

The league said he didn’t violate its workplace-conduct policy though, which means no one is really sure if he actually sent those “below the belt” picture messages or not. The ruling leaves it pretty open, but I think most people will assume that his apparent evasiveness means he probably did it!

The league says the fine will go towards funding a workplace conduct training program, but get this: The NFL website says Favre “essentially earned $50,000 over about five minutes of action,” despite sitting out Tuesday’s win over the Eagles.

Yeah, you read that right. Favre made the equivalent of his fine in five minutes of “kinda” work on Tuesday!

As for Sterger, her lawyer is accusing the “good old boys’ league” of playing favorites, adding that Sterger isn’t sure whether or not she’ll be taking legal action against Favre, the Jets or the NFL.

So will this be the last thing we remember about the long career of Brett Favre? It’s possible!

The Minnesota Star-Tribune says he failed another neurological exam on Wednesday, which means he may not start in Minnesota’s last game of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Earlier this year, Favre said this was for sure his last season, but will he want to go out like that?

I’m sure he’s walking around the Vikings dressing room telling old-man stories this week about how back in his day, you played uphill both ways and you were lucky if you got a concussion, because you had no pads on and they played with a rock because they couldn’t afford a ball…buncha wussies!

Brady or Vick?

Now that we’ve waded through the biggest non-football story of the week, lets take a look at one of the more high profile on-field questions: who is this year’s MVP?

The majority of people seem to think it’s a two-horse (QB) race at this point, but will it be Tom Brady or Michael Vick taking home the hardware?

While there are people (morons) out there who don’t believe Vick should be considered for such a high honor because of his past (remember that time he did something wrong and was punished for it by serving time in a federal penitentiary?), he has some pretty outstanding numbers. On the other side of the debate, there are people who believe that Brady, who is having another remarkable year, is the “clear cut” MVP.

When Pats running back Fred Taylor was asked recently just how good Brady is, he said: “I’ve played with a lot of quarterbacks in my career. If you put all of them together and form a Voltron, they might be as good as he is.”

If you ask Vick though, it’s an easy answer: “I would take…myself.”

Lets take a quick look at the numbers the two players have put up this season:

Tom Brady has thrown for 3,701 yards in fifteen starts with a 109.8 passer rating, connecting for 34 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. The 33-year-old does most of his work with his arm, running for just 30 yards on 31 carries this season with one TD. Also, he just set an NFL record for most pass attempts without an INT with 319!

Michael Vick has started 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for 3,018 yards, including 21 touchdown strikes and six interceptions, with a passer rating of 100.2. In addition to a strong arm, Vick can also get it done on the ground with 676 yards rushing on 100 carries, with nine touchdowns.

For me, the fact that Vick leads the team with his arm but is also the Eagles’ second leading rusher (by hundreds of yards) is probably the difference here. If we’re talking about the player who is most valuable to his team, I’ve got to go with Michael Vick on this one.

Obviously there are great points on both sides of that debate, so I’d like to hear from you on this one – leave me a comment!

Either way, we’ll see both of them in the Pro Bowl at the end of January…

Other stuff…

Sources say Donovan McNabb wants out of Washington after what has been a tumultuous season…

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield was fined $17,500 last week: $7,500 for a hit on Chicago’s Jay Cutler and $10,000 because of the height of his socks…?

New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson has one tough mom!

Fox analyst Tucker Carlson says he believes in second chances, but that Michael Vick should have been killed for his dog fighting crimes…

Game to watch: It’s the last weekend of the regular season, so there are plenty of scenarios that could play out involving divisional battles and playoff spots. The Green Bay Packers, the NY Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will all have one eye on the out of town scoreboard as they jostle for postseason berths, but in Seattle it’s a winner-take-all showdown for the NFC West! The 7-8 St. Louis Rams will win the division with a win or a tie, while the 6-9 Seahawks can take the crown with a victory and earn a playoff spot with a losing record. They might not be the most exciting teams in the league, but there’s no question that it’ll be fun to watch such a high stakes game!

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