Pat McAfee joked with Aaron Rodgers in November that Rodgers’ vaccination standing and nebulous claims of immunization may price him future MVP awards.
“You know you’re probably never gonna win an MVP again?” McAfee stated about the award voted on by journalists nonetheless in the fetal place over Rodgers’ private well being choice. Like all good jokes, McAfee’s line was rooted in fact.
The listing of NFL MVP voters is mainly comprised of the identical blue-checks who spent greater than seven days portray Rodgers as the soccer equal of the BTK Killer. The voter listing, which you could find right here, contains Peter King and writers from USA Today, ProfessionalFootballDiscuss, and NBC.
Football media, a gaggle even much less unbiased than tech writers, won’t abdomen tweeting out that Rodgers, who uncovered their mediocrity and incapacity to ask significant follow-up questions this previous summer season, has received the award.
These NFL MVP voting journalists are an extension of the mainstream press, a gaggle as shallow and unimpressive as they’re. So you possibly can count on them to work tirelessly with their assets on social media to re-shape the narrative in order that they will keep away from voting for Rodgers for MVP. After all, these folks have business Super Bowl events to attend with their three-letter brokers.
Sports media guys are already gearing up with excuses to disqualify Rodgers. After all, Mike Florio satisfied them that the nation ought to mercilessly punish anybody who opts not for the COVID vaccine, and so they’ll do something however disobey orders from their sports activities media leaders. So they’ll assault Rodgers the man to keep away from voting for Rodgers the participant.
Rodgers used the phrase draconian and (gasp) cited MLK. Bring out the guillotine.
Still, regardless of all the stress to take away Rodgers from MVP consideration, on Get Up, Mike Greenberg — considered one of the few sports activities pundits who choose gamers primarily based on the on-field sport — named Aaron Rodgers as the MVP frontrunner after yet one more flawless efficiency in a serious convention win over the Rams — this time, with solely 9 functioning toes.
Then former head coach Rex Ryan admitted that whereas he ought to vote for Rodgers, he in the end wouldn’t:
“Rodgers [can’t be the MVP] because he allowed Jordan Love to play,” Ryan stated.
By sneering that “he allowed Jordan Love to play,” Ryan is condemning Rodgers for refusing the COVID vaccine after which testing optimistic for the virus. And in Ryan’s thoughts, a private medical choice can disqualify an in any other case successful candidate from the coveted MVP prize.
So the plan, for now, is to weaponize the Jordan Love sport towards Rodgers in his case for a second consecutive MVP award — a stance as political because it is insufficient.
Had Rodgers been vaccinated however examined optimistic, as a number of of his teammates did, the consequence presumably would have been the identical. He nonetheless probably would have missed the one sport towards the Chiefs that Love began.
Sports media has purposely misled its small viewers into believing that vaccinated gamers who take a look at optimistic for COVID will rapidly return, whereas the unvaccinated unhealthy boys should sit for 10 days. It’s a lie. The NFL permits vaccinated gamers to return after two damaging checks in a row, however as NFL insider Jay Glazer found, “that normally doesn’t happen within 10 days.”
Got that? Ten days, the precise variety of days the NFL made Rodgers sit out due to his unvaccinated methods. That’s been the case all throughout sports activities. On Wednesday, NBA media reported that activist and prolific liar LeBron James, who is vaccinated, may also miss 10 days of motion after his optimistic COVID take a look at.
If something, the Jordan Love sport solely additional validates Rodgers’ case for MVP anyway. Rodgers routinely leads his crew to over 30 factors and blowout victories. In the one sport that Rodgers didn’t play, Green Bay scored a complete of zero factors in significant sport time and only one landing in rubbish time. Love’s lackluster efficiency proves how closely the crew depends on Rodgers. Even consultants imagine that the Packers are the greatest crew in the NFL when Rodgers performs.
In a kick straight to the media’s crotch, Rodgers may get rid of the Jordan Love sport from the dialogue fully. If the Packers clinch the total high seed in the NFC, that one loss with out Rodgers received’t imply something. And Green Bay is in a stable place to finish the season with the NFC’s greatest report due to head-to-head tiebreakers over Arizona (at the moment a half-game forward) and Los Angeles. The crew additionally has sophisticated tiebreakers over Tampa and Dallas.
But for Rodgers to win the MVP award once more, he’ll have to draw back at such a distance that even Peter King can’t assist however vote for him. And Rodgers is definitely en route to placing that stress on voters.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook’s MVP odds, Rodgers (+650) trails Tom Brady (+300) and Josh Allen (+420). Watch the media now collect round Brady solely to slight Rodgers.
You may first ask what Josh Allen has achieved to deserve to be No. 2. I can’t say for positive. Allen has a passer score under 100, has thrown double-digit interceptions, and misplaced 4 video games this season. Brady, on the different hand, has had a robust yr, however he too has struggled over the previous month. Brady has thrown six interceptions, two of which — towards the Saints and Washington — price his crew a win. The Bucs have dropped two of their final 4 video games.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has been on the area for under two losses this season. He leads the NFL in passer score (of gamers who’ve performed at the very least 10 video games) and orchestrated two of the greatest wins of the season. He defeated the Cardinals with out his high receiver and bested the Rams whereas quick a number of offensive linemen.
As different nice quarterbacks — together with media darling Patrick Mahomes — have ebbed and flowed this season, Rodgers has constantly made clutch throws to seal wins, resembling in the video games towards the Cardinals, 49ers, and Bengals, three probably playoff groups.
Yet, regardless of all the issues he’s achieved to deserve the award, Rodgers agrees that voters nonetheless need to blackball him.
“I think that’s a legitimate statement,” Rodgers stated of McAfee’s prediction that voters would now not take into account him for MVP.
Rodgers is aware of that nothing would irritate the media greater than having to vote for him as soon as once more. Which explains Rodgers’ laser-like focus and efficiency since his return. Aaron Rodgers is motivated to win the MVP, if solely to chortle at the voters, the least invaluable gamers in an business stuffed with unstable folks completely incapable of controlling their feelings.