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January 8, 2008
UPDATE: The answer: Frank Cooney
The question: Who was the one that didn't vote for Tom Brady for MVP?
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has identified Cooney, the founder of SportsXchange, an information provider for news organizations, as the one voter out of 50 who didn't select Brady as the league's most valuable player. Cooney chose Green Bay's Brett Favre.
UPDATE: Cooney appeared on WEEI this morning to defend his choice of Favre and insisted that statistics played no role in his decision. Here's a partial transcript of his defense:
"Our website isn’t a public website, provide information and analysis for professionals. So the concept that I was trying to produce some 15 minutes of fame or publicity for my website is moot."
"Last year at this time, the Green Bay Packers organization was a woebegotten group that had no concept, none whatsoever, of what was in its future in the year 2007, it was disheveled, the youngest team in the NFL. Merely by [Favre] announcing he was going to come back for another season, it gave them hope, it gave them spirit. This is just one guy. This was not Belichick, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, the offensive line and Tom Brady. One man. Understand that this is a distinctly individual honor... I take that to mean what single person was most valuable in determining the outcome of his team’s fortune in that given year."
What if the award was Most Outstanding Player and not Most Valuable, Cooney was asked.
"Your own fans have thrown a monkey wrench into that question. Among the 300 or so e-mails I received from New England fans, half of them said perhaps I should have voted for Randy Moss. There is no such dichotomy with the Green Bay Packers."
For the record, Cooney also voted for Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy for Coach of the Year, which Bill Belichick won.
Posted by Shalise Manza Young at 3:02 PM to Tom Brady
I'd just like to know which Green Bay player Cooney voted as Defensive MVP?
Charles - He was asked that same question, but he said he didn't vote one of the Packers for Defensive POY. You can see the pattern though, no? - smy
Posted by: Charles at January 9, 2008 8:20 AM