Two things struck me about Aaron Rodgers’ MVP acceptance speech:
- It was very gracious, and at times contrite and even self-deprecating.
- It was written and delivered in the past tense.
I think that’s it, at least in Green Bay.
This was an eye-opener. If the vote on NFL Comeback Player of the Year had been taken in October, Dak would have been the unanimous winner. Unanimous. But three and a half months later, he didn’t even get a chance to get out of his chair. Instead, he watched Super Bowl-bound Joe Cool accept the award via Zoom.
As Aretha once asked, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” I cringed. Seriously. That had to be embarrassing. And make no mistake, the voters absolutely meant that as a blatant diss to Dak. His career, or at least his stature, is at a crossroads.
On the flip side, it’s probably pretty good to be Micah Parsons. That’s a cute kid, too.
As far as the other award winners, could you argue with any of them? Aaron Donald might politely raise his hand (although T.J. was certainly deserving), but the others were lead-pipe locks.
HOF? That would have been hard to mess up. I’m particularly happy for the families of the late Cliff Branch and Sam Mills.
I think it’s cool that the climactic award was the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, even above the MVP. Andrew Whitworth? Mensch, indeed. And did you see how proud his two young sons were of their dad?
Yeah, there was some social engineering and even damage control going on with the evening’s content. But could you argue about the merits of the societal positions that were being engineered? I couldn’t.
OK. Enough nice. Hip-hoppers DEMANDING that they be given headliner status for every Super Bowl halftime show until The End of Time can kiss my shield. That’s a damn shakedown….
Have you always wanted to own an NFL franchise? The Washington Commanders will be for sale very, very soon…
Happy Friday, all. I’ll do the SB pick thing Saturday morning.