Moving Out…

February 1, 2010

Hello Readers:

As of today all new content from Pints in the Paint can be found over at a Fox Sports subsidiary known as Yardbarker. This old site will remain, but all the content can be found on the new one as well. Thank you all for reading these last nine months; with Yardbarker’s ability to run ads on the side panels and wide-ranging sports network, this is a step up for Pints in the Paint. We’ll see where it all goes but for those who have been along for the ride since day one I hope you enjoyed and will keep reading over at the new site.

Link to the new site: Pints In The Paint on Yardbarker


Like it or Not, You’re Going to Miss Brett Favre

January 27, 2010

Alone and dejected after another blown NFC Championship

The actors went off the script again.  First it was Corey Webster jumping in front of an underthrown pass to Donald Driver in the frigid NFC Championship game in 2007.  That pass was supposed to be completed and the Packers were supposed to go on to face the unbeaten Patriots in what would surely be Brett Favre’s last game of his career, win or lose.  But the Giants had their own plans, as did the Saints.  On Sunday Brett Favre was supposed to drive the Vikings into field goal range setting up a showdown vs Peyton Manning in the Superbowl.  Only Tracy Porter picked off a horrendous pass to send the game into overtime.  After all this is Brett Favre, the wrangler-wearing aww shucks hall of famer, who plays by his own rules.  The Old Gunslinger, the kid out there just having fun playing football.  The script read for validation at the end of a hall of fame career but now it has shifted directions to the guy who throws away the biggest games of his career at the worst possible moments.  There were those 6 interceptions in St. Louis in 2002, the aforementioned pass to Corey Webster of the Giants and of course Sunday’s NFC Championship mistake.  Maybe this is the way it’s supposed to go.  Favre is the biggest draw in football; when he plays people watch.  He was responsible for the most watched show in the history of cable television this season and there he stood alone and anguished after Porter’s pick.  Now we’re left with the will he or won’t he retire debate that will rage until July.  If he comes back some will roll their eyes, others will rejoice; if this is the end there is one conclusion we can take away from his hall of fame career: Brett Favre is the most polarizing individual in American sports.

Born on the Bayou, spent his college days throwing footballs at Southern Mississippi, drafted by Atlanta where Jerry Glanville used him only when he wanted to see a football thrown into the second deck of the stadium from field level, traded to the Packers, paired with Mike Holmgren, won a Superbowl, lost a Superbowl, battled and overcame pain killer addiction, retired, unretired, traded to the Jets, retired again, unretired again, lead the Vikings all the way to the NFC Championship game in what was one of the most brilliant seasons of his 19 year career.  Along the way he was welcomed in as the favorite son of the NFL’s most loyal fanbase no matter how many hair pulling decisions he made…he was theirs.  Somehow many of those same fans that would take a bullet for him up until two seasons ago were vehemently rooting against him on Sunday and when Favre made his game changing pick they laughed.  He wasn’t their problem anymore.  Favre leading the Vikings to the doorstep of the Superbowl has no sports equivalent.  When Jordan retired he came back to the Bulls, but imagine if he decided to play for the Knicks for his second three peat?  What about if the Celtics and Lakers decided to trade Larry and Magic straight up for each other in the summer of 1985?  Or what if the most popular golfer of all time was admitted to a secret sex rehab clinic in Mississippi in the prime of his career?  Oh wait, scratch that last one.

Aikman is one of many that went from rival to spectator in Favre's career

By the time Favre won his first MVP in 1995 he had reached the point where watching his games became an event.  John Madden would endlessly gush about how he had a heated helmet and the whole legend of Brett Favre (and Frank Caliendo’s career ) was born.  No matter who the Packers were playing the game gravitated to Brett Favre’s direction.  This has continued for the last 15 years; Brett Favre resonated with just about everybody.  There wasn’t a more relatable superstar in professional sports.  He was living the life any red blooded male would have if blessed with his skill, a superstar quarterback without the glitz and glamour.  There are several people who fall in my age range who barely remember the NFL without Brett Favre.  He was the constant in an ever-changing league.  He played through the Cowboys’ dynasty, Elway’s swansong, the Patriots dynasty, 2 more titles for Pittsburgh, Spygate and a spoiled perfect season.  In an age where the NFL realized Pete Rozelle’s vision of parity, Favre remained.  He played some of his most memorable playoff games against Troy Aikman and the Cowboys and this past Sunday Troy Aikman was announcing the NFC Championship game featuring Brett Favre and the Vikings.  When you are in the public eye that often, everyone will eventually have an opinion about you.  Outside of Michael Vick a few years back Brett Favre’s possible retirement was the number 1 story in the NFL’s offseason for the better part of last decade.  Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t ignore Brett Favre.

But why do we care about him so much?  After all, if we weren’t interested in his retirement saga Ed Werner may be able to spend the summer with his family.  Instead he’s camped out at the Favre residence telling us if someone said “Bless you” after Brett Favre sneezed today.  We love him for the same reasons we hate him.  We want him to make up his mind but sympathize with the fact that he can’t.  Some wished to see him fail but then felt badly for him when Tracy Porter intercepted his pass.  He left the Packers fans out to dry but the Packers didn’t want him when he expressed interest in coming back.  He wants to be perceived as a simple guy who likes to hunt and fish but then shills for mega corporations like Sears and Samsung.  He’s just having fun out there but reportedly arguing with his coach on the sidelines about play calling.  The Anti-Favre camp bemoaned the notion of having to deal with two weeks of Brett Favre in the Superbowl hype but 52 million people watched the NFC Championship Game.  He makes throws you’ve never seen made, then attempts passes that should never be thrown.  Some of this makes him hypocritical but all of this makes him interesting.

If Brett Favre finally retires maybe some will sleep easier and be happy that its over.  The media will have a field day of career retrospectives, fans will have memorials and the NFL will move forward.  He may end up on an unbearable pregame crew at a major network, or he may just lay low.  How many people have been a part of your life for that last 20 years?  You may think you’re totally sick of him right now and aren’t ready for a summer of will he or won’t he retire but you’re going to miss him.  The NFL is better with Brett Favre in it whether that’s because he does things no quarterback can do or because he recklessly throws away games at critical moments is up to you.  He always keeps us on our toes.


AFC / NFC Championship Picks

January 22, 2010

As January winds down we are faced with three jarring realizations:  1)  Football season is almost over; 2)  Thursday nights will not longer be spent with our favorite Italian-Americans on MTV’s Jersey Shore; and 3)  Conan O’Brien will host his final “Tonight Show” this evening.  How are we going to adjust?  Is there going to be a new cast for a second season on Jersey Shore?  How similar are Jay Leno and Brett Favre?  Before we get to the picks let’s touch on the two television shows that have become must see TV over these last few weeks.

First we head to Seaside, New Jersey where Sammie “Sweetheart”, Ronnie, Pauly D, Vinnie, Snooki, J-WOWWW and The Situation all fist pumped at Karma for the last time yesterday in primetime.  We’ve talked “Jersey Shore” a few times here, starting with the now infamous premiere where America was treated to a hilarious 2 hours of quotes and madness.  Then back in December we heard from the Situation as his star was rising. Then the magnificent 7  finished off the year making the rounds on late night and ringing in 2010 as MTV’s cohosts in Times Square.  Its hard to imagine that a show with a two month lifespan could have led to countless news stories and club appearances that will end up making these kids a lot of money.  Say what you want about MTV’s shallowness but I am going to miss these guys; the reunion show was not enough.  My new hope is that Ronnie and The Situation will be plugged for a Real World/Road Rules challenge, though MTV could cause the apocalypse if those two cross paths with the idiots on RW/RR Challenge.  It would be wildly entertaining to see The Situation talk about his abs to less famous Real World castmembers just to see what kind of blank looks he could draw.  Plus there’s no where to tan and do your laundry on those islands so it may not have a chance to get off the ground.  In case you need to see more, Amazon is already taking preorders for the Uncensored Jersey Shore DVD. Just one burning questions from the finale remains: How does The Situation own a Range Rover?  He drives off in one at the end and remember this is before he’s “famous”.  He must be some kind of gym rat/personal trainer so how does he pull down enough to drive that car?  Somebody answer me.

Moving over to network television where Conan O’Brien will host the “Tonight Show” for the final time this evening.  While Conan was stripped of one of the most successful and marquee television franchises in American history he is walking away with 45 Million and is free to go elsewhere.  Wherever Conan ends up I hope his first guest is Aaron Rodgers so they could have the following conversation:

Conan: So Aaron it had to be kind of strange when you assumed that you would be starting for the Packers after Brett Favre announced his retirement then you were unfairly thrown in the middle of a sh*tstorm created by Favre and management.  What was that like?

Rodgers: Well, Conan, I’m guessing we have a lot in common that way.  Didn’t Leno announce his retirement and hand over the reins to the “Tonight Show” to you only to pull a 180 a few months later with NBC getting involved?

Conan: Absolutely, only the management I worked for made me look bad and took shots at me while bending over to appease Leno.

Rodgers: Oh so they were kind of like Brad Childress when Brett ending up on the Vikings as far as the bending over and appeasing part goes?

Conan: Yes that is basically how it went.  Leno was my Favre only I didn’t have Ted Thompson to stick up for me and move forward.  Instead I was stuck with yes men who would have done anything for ratings at that point but they had completely isolated their younger deomographic by doing this and screwed themselves even further.

Brad Childress is flirting with becoming NBC, sacrificing the future to take a shot for immediate glory.  If Favre fails him this weekend the Vikings and NBC have the same problem on their hands.  They’ve built their hopes of success around one older guy but if either fails they are in the same spot as they were before creating this mess but with no one ready to take over and succeed when he goes away.

Winners in bold.

McGinn:

New York Jets at Indianapolis
Minnesota at New Orleans

Last Week: 1-3
Playoffs Overall: 3-5

Hugh:

New York Jets at Indianapolis
Minnesota at New Orleans

Last Week: 2-2
Playoffs Overall:
4-4

Hugh’s Picks vs the Spread: Jets (+7.5), Saints (-3.5)

Last Week: 0-4
Overall: 2-6




Coaching Matters in Championship Weekend

January 19, 2010

Two weeks ago I thought the Cowboys and Chargers were going to the Superbowl.  The recipe was in place: two red hot teams that match up well against any of their upcoming opponents.  For whatever reason I threw all historical and conventional wisdom out the window and picked Wade Phillips to face off against Norv Turner in the biggest game of the year.  This was very stupid.  Three minutes into Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Cowboys I knew I was cooked.  Wade Phillips had a 4th and 1 at the Vikings 31 and he decided to kick a field goal with the immortal Sean Suisham, whose biggest moment of the season was when he shanked a sure thing against the Saints when he was still on the Redskins.  That’s right people, Wade Phillips elected to kick a Field Goal from 49 yards on the road with a guy who’s already been cut once for missing a chip shot at home this season.  Needless to say he missed and the beating commenced.  After Minnesota’s beatdown the Jets and Chargers game started with Rex Ryan differing the ball to San Diego, a brilliant tone-setting move that the likes of Norv Turner could never come up with.  Ryan knew a) His defense is pretty good, b) His offense was not about to drive the ball the length of the field on the opening drive and didn’t want to lose field position early, and c) The crowd would stay quieter than if the Chargers forced a Jets’ 3 and out.  The tone was set; the Jets’ defense came to play and the Chargers were outcoached for 4 quarters.  The fact is that coaching matters when we get to this stage and never, under any circumstance, talk yourself into Wade Phillips and Norv Turner this time of year.  So where does that leave us heading into Sunday?  We have 4 coaches left in the mix: 2 who are in their first year, 1 semi-proven guy and 1 wildcard who could double as any creepy bad guy from any bad action movie ever made.  Let’s take a look at these guys’ resumes heading into the biggest game of their lives.

Sunday 3 PM EST: Jim Caldwell (Colts) vs Rex Ryan (Jets)

The Jury is still out on if Caldwell's headset is plugged in all the time

Jim Caldwell

Experience: Spent years under the tutelage of Tony Dungy learning the ins and outs of the Colts.  Started the season 14-0 and ironically decided to not play his starters against the Jets, which sacrificed a perfect season and allowed the Jets to get into the playoffs.  That decision may not have only cost him perfection but potentially a chance at the Superbowl if the Jets spring the upset.  I’m unclear as to whether or not his headset is actually plugged in at any point when the Colts have the ball on offense, as most television viewers have never seen him speak.  Up until the infamous 4th and 2 Sunday Night Football game against New England half of the country had no idea what he looked like.

Advantages: He has Peyton Manning, who by all accounts can make any coach look good, even Jim Mora.

Disadvantages: The Colts don’t do anything different then what they always have done, so a creative defense (hello, Jets) can come up with a unique gameplan to confuse Manning.  If this happens we will have no idea if Caldwell is capable of making adjustments because he’s never had to do so on a stage like this.

Pressure Level: Tremedous.  The blood will be on his and Bill Polian’s hands if the Jets win.  They let this team in by conceding perfection and now they need to knock them out to get to the Superbowl.  All that nonsense about “We want to win our last game of the season, blah, blah” will be for naught if they go down to the same team that wouldn’t be here if they had played out the string and gone for perfection.

Rex has his Jets rolling into Championship weekend

Rex Ryan

Experience: Son of famed defensive guru Buddy Ryan of ’86 Bears fame, he spent most of his pro career in Baltimore coaching the best defense of last decade in under various titles, including a spot as defensive line coach for the Superbowl Champion Ravens in 2000, which is only measured against his Dad’s ’86 Chicago squad in terms of greatness.  He’s a big fan of sleeveless sweater vests with turtle necks underneath and could potentially make millions as the next Subway spokesperson if coaching doesn’t work out.  Mistakenly thought his team was eliminated after a Week 15 loss against Atlanta only to find out not only were they alive but their final two opponents had nothing to play for.

Advantages: Playing with house money by getting to the AFC Championship.  All of his defensive players carry the same swagger and bravado as he does and they are playing as loose as any team around right now.  They also have the “nobody believes in us” mantra going for them which has fired up plenty of teams in recent history.  Also if the Jets need to go to a fourth string nose tackle he could most likely fill in.

Disadvantages: Has a rookie quarterback about to play in a hostile atmosphere in the biggest game of the season against one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game on the other side.  Completely one dimensional on offense and cannot rely on Mark Sanchez to out-duel Peyton Manning under any circumstances.  If the Colts get ahead early his team has little to zero chances of coming back.

Pressure Level: None.  Nobody thought the Jets would be here and for a fanbase as tortured as the J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! fans, two playoff wins is more than enough.  Even if they get dismantled on Sunday look for Fireman Ed to motion for a 300 lb statue of Rex Ryan to be built in front of the new stadium next year.

Sunday 6:40 PM EST Sean Payton (Saints) vs Brad Childress (Vikings)

Brees and Payton have been the NFL's most potent offensive duo in recent years

Sean Payton

Experience: After brief stints with the Eagles and Giants in the late 90s he moved within the division to Dallas where he worked under Bill Parcells as an assistant coach.  Was dealt a short hand while in Dallas having to coach Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe but hit the jackpot when he took over in New Orleans and Drew Brees signed on as a free agent.  Of all the coaches in the Conference Championship round, Payton has the best credentials.  He led the Saints here three years ago but got throttled in Chicago by the Bears; many of the players remain on the Saints this year and will be ready for the challenges to Conference title game brings.

Advantages: Will be coaching at home in what should be the loudest Superdome crowd in history.  The Saints have the best homefield advantage in all of the NFL and it will be thunderous in New Orleans on Sunday.  He is the most creative playcaller left in the playoffs and has a plethora of weapons at his disposal.  He creates matchup problems for any defense which will help neutralize Minnesota’s pass rush.

Disadvantages: The jury is out on if his defense can come through in a big game.  If the Vikings pass rush is getting to Brees he is going to have to dig deep into his bag of tricks to get the Saints moving.  While the Saints are capable of winning any kind of shootout they’ll need some semblance of defense to avoid an early deficit and keep to the Superdome rocking.

Pressure Level: Moderate.  While the Saints are the favorites in this game the good people of New Orleans will not be calling for anyone’s head if they go down.  After Dallas ended their run at perfection in December the Saints fans stayed an applauded once the final whistle blew.  A win would push him to “never have to pay for a meal in New Orleans” status but everyone’s safe if they lose.

A made for TV movie villian has a chance to go to the Superbowl

Brad Childress

Experience: Worked under offensive guru Andy Reid for several years in Philadelphia and unfortunately inherited his former boss’ clock management skills as well.  Bounced around a good chunk before landing in Philadelphia then ended up in Minnesota where he probably would have already been fired if the team hadn’t landed Adrian Peterson in the 2007 NFL draft.  His career record with the Vikings is 36-28 and 1-1 in the postseason.  Wears an odd earpiece/headset thing to communicate idiotic time management and play calls back and forth.  Decided to grow a beard to distance himself from looking like any made for TV movie serial killer but ended up looking like a picture seen on the news in any kind of Amber Alert case.

Advantages: Brett Favre has enough playoff experience to make up for the rest of the Vikings who may have a deer in the headlights look shared by their head coach.  Adrian Peterson can run and help keep the Saints’ offense of the field and New Orleans has a below average secondary that Favre will pick apart if given the time.  Unless he reverts back to the recent playoff Favre where he will throw at least 2 spine crushing interceptions for Vikings fans.

Disadvantages: Cannot handle the two minute drill whatsoever, is incapable of properly working with timeouts and often challenges calls that you are not allowed to challenge.  He also has the ticking time bomb that is Brett Favre who can explode for 4 picks in 6 possessions if he gets the yips.

Pressure Level: High.  Favre came back to win the Superbowl, America had to sit through the entire offseason soap opera and if they don’t get to the big game bringing him back got one more win in the playoffs then last year and now they have to deal with the will he or won’t he talk through minicamp and beyond.  Enjoy!

If we had to rank these coaches it would go something like this: 1. Payton 2. Ryan 3. Caldwell 4. Childress.  There are going to be plenty of other factors at play and Peyton Manning pretty much levels any slight edge Ryan has over Caldwell.  You can’t get this far without being somewhat competent but you also need savvy along the way.  But how would you feel if your favorite teams’ season rested on the acumen of Brad Childress in a big spot?  These are the questions that are going to decide who plays in Miami in a couple weeks.

Stay Tuned for a podcast and picks for Championship weekend later in the week.


Playoffs Picks, Links and Late Night Television

January 15, 2010

With just seven games left (not including the Pro Bowl) in the NFL season, we’re all starting to prepare for life without football for the foreseeable future.  Luckily this week had so much going on that America was saved from a 6 day news cycle about how Brett Favre is playing in what could be his final game.  McGinn and I covered everything from our playoff picks to the coaching swaps to the late night TV wars to Gilbert Arenas and ended up talking about Scottie Pippen getting blindsided by little people on this week’s podcast and you have to admit…that’s a hell of a slate!  Because it was so wide in scope I wanted to try something new this week and use the Friday blurb before the NFL Picks as footnotes to what we talked about.  So the following are links that I enjoyed over the last few days that touch upon something we mentioned in the podcast that may enhance your listening experience.  So kick back, put on the podcast and click away.

*Author’s Note: The links are all underlined*

Link one is an article that you’ll need ESPN Insider to check out but it helps put Kurt Warner’s playoff brilliance into perspective.  McGinn and I chat briefly about how he went from being the ultimate “maybe” hall of famer to a sure thing over the last calendar year.  Here Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders compares Warner’s playoff numbers to those of Tom Brady.  If you don’t read that article and think that Kurt will end up in Canton one day I don’t know what to tell you.

Two of NBC's biggest stars took the gloves off and threw some punches at each other this week

Our conversation eventually steered us to the late night shakeup over at NBC.  I think what Conan has been doing since he released his genius statement on Tuesday has just reinforced the love his most devoted followers have for him.  He has spent the first 10 minutes of every night just ripping NBC to shreds all with that same Conanlike self-deprication that gives all of us the appreciation we have for him.  He’s been a smart and hilarious risk taker that has turned his monologues into must see television and by doing so proves that NBC is making the wrong choice.  Jay Leno has tried to do the same but it comes off as stale and smug.   NBC is booting a comedian that resonates with people who are about to enter their nightly news/first 10 minutes of the “Tonight Show ”  viewing prime and replacing him with a guy who’s lost his fastball and his biggest Neilsen ratings will be drawn from a 50+ audience that will slowly dwindle over time.  When you take a step back and think about it, NBC couldn’t have possibly messed this up more.  They moved the #1 late night host to 10 PM and oversaturated their lineup so by the time Conan came on people were ready to change the channel or go to sleep.  Then they screw Conan and piss off  his entire 18-35 demographic that they are going to need for advertisers in favor of Leno, whose audience is done deciding what products they want to buy at this point.  The all around incompetence is astonishing and now it’s clear why this is a last place network.

My favorite monologe so far came from Conan the day he released his statement where he takes the gloves off and works NBC like a speedbag.  Here is a link to the full episode and his first 10 minutes are truly outstanding.  While Conan has been crushing it every night his competitors have joined in on the fun too: this past Tuesday Jimmy Kimmel came out dressed as the big chinned guy everyone’s been talking about recently.  Then just last night Leno put Kimmel on his 10 PM show (an added slap in the face to Conan by booking a competitor of his) and Kimmel just trashed him right to his face.  Finally David Letterman, the true King of Late Night, who was also once involved in an NBC screwjob, chimed in with some shots at Leno and NBC as he explained the situation.

We now shift gears back to the NBA and touch on Gilbert Arenas’ stupidity.  I enjoyed PTI Cohost Michael Wilbon’s take on it from the Washington Post this week.  Mr. Wilbon lives in DC so not only do we get the take from one of the best national NBA guys in the media, but we also get some of the local flavor as well.

To cap off the first podcast of the decade McGinn explains how there is an internet clip of Scottie Pippen getting beat up by little people.  He drops an f- bomb so be sure to keep the volumes down at work but really…one of the best 50 basketball players in history is blindsided and attacked by little people–don’t you just love the internet?

Just one more before we get to the picks; call it a bonus link, I present to you the top 100 fail clips from 2009.  It’s like watching a more violent and faster paced America’s Funniest Home Videos only Bob Saget isn’t involved.

Onto the picks, winners in bold.

McGinn:

Arizona at New Orleans
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Dallas at Minnesota
New York Jets at San Diego

Last Week: 2-2
Playoffs: 2-2

Hugh:

Arizona at New Orleans
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Dallas at Minnesota
New York Jets at San Diego

Last Week: 2-2
Playoffs: 2-2

Hugh’s Pick vs the Spread: Cardinals (+7), Ravens (+7), Cowboys (+2.5), Chargers (-7)

Last Week: 2-2
Playoffs: 2-2


The Superbowl Podcast

January 14, 2010

The guys pick a winner, roll through some crazy prop bets and try to figure out how to fix the halftime show:

Superbowl XLIV Podcast


Revis Gets Robbed

January 12, 2010

The best in the game

Earlier today the AP announced that Charles Woodson is its NFL Defensive Player of the year.  Seems like an alright choice; after all, Woodson had one of his best all-around seasons for the second rated defense in the NFL.  He had 63 tackles, 27 passes defended, eight interceptions, 3 touchdowns, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 2 sacks.  Truly an astonishing stat line, but if you look into the numbers a bit it would indicate that Woodson was thrown at a good amount as opposed to other shut down corners, namely Darrelle Revis of the Jets.  My one question to the 28 voters who voted for Woodson would be this: If you could have one corner for 60 minutes on your team who would it be?  If they don’t answer Darrelle Revis they are lying.  Which would lead me to conclude that he is the best in football yet somehow not the best of the year?

What Revis did this season is unparalleled when it comes to cornerbacks; he held the following wide receivers under 35 yards this season: Andre Johnson, Marques Colston, Roddie White, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, Chad Ochocinco (twice), Randy Moss (twice) and Terrell Owens (twice).  The Jets lost defensive nose tackle (and defensive linchpin) Kris Jenkins in October and they still finished with the #1 overall rated defense, mainly due to Revis who took away every opponent’s biggest passing threat week after week.  For more perspective I turn to the guys at Profootballfocus.com for this statistic:  Revis was thrown at 111 times this season and he allowed 41 catches.  That’s a 36.9% success rate if you are the wide receiver.  No other corner (including the recently minted Defensive Player of the Year) that was thrown at over 70 times was lower than 49.5%.  We’re talking about Pedro Martinez in 1999 level of dominance here with that kind of schism from best to second.  Also considering how Revis straight dominated the best in the league and teams just stopped throwing in his direction, he still finished with 6 picks and a touchdown–not too far off from Woodson, who saw a lot more action come his way.

I’m not shocked the voting went this way but I hope those out there (voters and fans) realize how spectacular a season Revis had.  We’ve never seen opponents as terrified to throw at a cornerback since Primetime was in his prime.  And frankly when the Defensive Player of the Year isn’t remotely in the same discussion as a guy who plays his exact position something is wrong.  Kudos to Charles Woodson but Revis is the best defender in the league.


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