Quick Shots: NFL MVP award should be split
New England quarterback Tom Brady's numbers are laughable, looking like misprints. Throwing 45 touchdowns to only five interceptions, how can he not be the runaway MVP this year?
Because, if you look at the other definition, Green Bay's Brett Favre puts up a similarly strong argument.
The player with the best season usually gets the nod, which would be Brady. The true most valuable player to his team usually gets in the debate, which would be Favre.
New England very well could be undefeated or saddled with a loss or two with a mere mortal at quarterback. Green Bay could be struggling along at 5-8 like Chicago without Favre.
It's not fair to penalize Brady for having such a sensational supporting cast. It also shouldn't be overlooked what Favre has done with the league's youngest team that had no running game during the first half of the season.
Sharing the award would make sense, and has precedent -- Favre shared one of his three MVP awards with Detroit's Barry Sanders.
Will Favre receive enough votes to make it close? Doubtful. The real race might be for runner-up -- between Favre and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.
Season's best Pats stat
Late in Sunday's game New England-Pittsburgh game, TV showed a stat that the Patriots had scored on 66.7 percent of their drives starting inside their own 20.
The next closest team was somewhere in the mid-20 percent range.
Pinning the Pats deep just makes it more painful when they go on and score, seemingly all the time.
Ditka gets bum rap
Mike Ditka didn't have much choice but to disband his fund-raising project for former NFL players. When you only pay out $57,000 out of $1.3 million raised, it's impossible to justify its success, or existence, to the public.
Ditka said on WMVP (1000 AM) on Thursday morning that the criticism doesn't bother him, that he's still a glass half-full type of guy. There's no doubt his intentions were genuine, and the organization at least raised awareness if not enough bucks.
His reputation shouldn't be tarnished because of the failed venture. It's just difficult to think what he could do now to benefit the cause, other than continue to grant interviews on the subject.
Big Packer decision
Second-year man Will Blackmon gives veteran Charles Woodson a break for a week as Green Bay's punt returner. Then he makes like Devin Hester and returns a punt with a few shifty moves for a touchdown against Oakland.
Blackmon wants the job; so does Woodson. Does seniority win out?
It shouldn't. Blackmon was extremely successful at the chore at Boston College, and could be the team's long- and short-range answer. Allowing Woodson fewer opportunities to be hit should help him stay healthier to play cornerback, which is more important at the moment.
Let's go with Cincinnati 23-20 over San Francisco.
Sunday's selections, as usual, will be in Sunday's newspaper.
Reed Schreck's NFL Quick Shots appear Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or email@example.com.