Don’t stop reading. This isn’t going to be what you think it is. Well, not exactly, anyway. There will definitely be some "Drew for President" propaganda to be found herein, but not as much as you might think. This is going to be less of a love letter to the single season passing machine and more of a "Dear John" letter to the MVP debate, and those who are discussing it ad nauseam, especially those of us on blog sites. That’s right. I’m starting with the man in the mirror, then moving on to the rest of our community of keyboard quarterbacks.
Drew Brees should be the MVP simply because I say so. You see, the MVP award isn’t given out to the guy with the most completions, attempts, or wins. It’s not given to the guy with the most YPA, the highest completion rating, or the guy with the best TD:INT ratio. It’s not even given to the guy with the most passing yards of all time. It’s completely subjective. It’s a voted award that carries with it nothing other than the satisfaction of being recognized. Brees of course has always ended up being the bridesmaid and never the bride, and after playing second fiddle to Manning and Brady for years, it seems to be a little more important to Saints fans than it should be. Am I jealous that Rodgers has managed to leapfrog Brady, et al so easily in the eyes of so many? Yeah, I am. Am I proud of him for busting out of Favre’s shadow like the Kool Aid man serial jacking unsuspecting brick walls? Yes, yes I am. Do I think Mr. Vick’s VapoRub should get the MVP over King Discount Double Check? Yep. I’m a Saints fan, you see? I wear the guy’s name on my back every Sunday. He’s one of my favorite football players, and I admire him as a person. I suppose I could be an emotionless automaton and maybe my opinion would have more credibility attached, but I think I’d probably enjoy the game a lot less. Those guys that constantly state that they’re not a fan of either team? Yeah, you’re about as unbiased and neutral as Mercury Morris watching Super Bowl XLII. And in a truly shocking, Shyamalanian turn of events, Pats fans argue for Brady to be MVP and Packer fans throw their weight behind Rodgers. Frankly, I don’t want to be "unbiased message board guy." That dude sucks. He also typically will stray so far away from being complimentary of the team he’s affiliated with to avoid the dreaded "homer" tag that his opinion ends up being even less balanced than those rosy cheeked, and rosy spectacled, fans.
But here’s my issue. Most of the folks getting involved in this little skirmish, and certainly the most vocal, are dressing up their opinions and parading them around as facts. I think Brees deserves the MVP more than any other QB this year. That’s my opinion. Take it or leave it. You know the old adage: "opinions are like a-holes; everyone has one." Well, message boards and blogs are a lot like opinions. They have a lot of a-holes too. I’m not even going to try to insist that my opinion means more than anyone else, or even that it’s correct. It’s mine, and it is what it is. The MVP is an opinion-based award, guys and dolls. It’s not based solely on statistics or math. More than anything, it’s about perception. My perception is that Brees is having a more important and more impressive season than Rodgers, and definitely more so than Brady. Is my perception suspect and heavily skewed? Yup. Just like every other opinion out there. If someone wanted to waste their vote on Tebow, more power to them, as long as they really, truly, in their delusional heart of hearts believed it. People are entitled to their opinions, even if they’re wrong, and even if they don’t match up with your own. And it’s not necessarily your job to correct their thinking. Healthy debate and arguing for your guy is one thing, but laying out your opinion like it’s the ten commandments handed down from God and recently discovered in the Ark of the Covenant right after you watched Sportscenter and looked up some stats on NFL.com is a little deluded, and more than a little ridiculous.
I could bring up the Pro Bowl (an even more arbitrary and meaningless democratic process of assigning recognition), and argue that almost everyone thinks that Rodgers and Brady have more talent around them than Brees. Is that really going to convince anyone, though? Of course it’s not. Just like people bringing up the fact that Brees has more attempts than anyone else, that he plays in the Dome, that he "dinks and dunks," and that he has a pass happy coach that loves dominating teams and rubbing their faces in the dirt when he’s already got a game well in hand doesn’t change my own opinion in the slightest. Although the "dink and dunk" argument will definitely change my opinion of the person whom utters it (in a major, credibility annihilating way), it’s not going to change my opinion of whether Brees deserves MVP or whether his record is tarnished in any way (as a side note: it felt really, really good to type "his record"). Changing people’s opinions is like trying to change their religion, especially when it comes to football. And it’s just as annoying when you try. The chances of you changing someone’s opinion (see how weird it is that that word keeps coming up) on a football player are right up there with Kim Kardashian earning a masters degree. By the way, as much as you’d like to think otherwise, you don’t have a vote that matters, and those that do certainly aren’t following you on Twitter.
It’s not the end of the world if Rodgers wins the MVP. It’s not even the end of the story. I’m pretty sure there is an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl to be played. And the last time I checked, that’s where respect and recognition are truly earned, rather than just awarded. It’s not some kind of travesty. He absolutely deserves it. I personally believe Brees deserves it more, as I think if you took Brees away from the Saints, the drop in production and success would be much more dramatic than if you took Rodgers away from the Pack (even if you think Rodgers is having a better season than Brees, it’s not called the "Dude That Had the Best Season, Statistically or Otherwise" award), but who really cares? You’re not going to convince anyone by spitting vitriolic bile and showing your ass all over everyone’s widescreens. And guess what? You’re not going to convince anyone with stats, either. May as well just stop and enjoy the ride and the race. Feed the models, feed the children, feed the hungry, but for the love of all that is good in the world, for the sake of your own sanity, and for the sake of everyone else’s patience, please don’t feed the trolls, the homers, or the stat nerds. Let’s be honest: they’re probably plenty fat as it is.