http://www.boston.com/sports/footba...08/01/08/favre_over_brady_a_voters_reasoning/ This story appeared in today's Globe. When I first heard that one voter didn't vote for Tom Brady for MVP, I was outraged. I was further dismayed when I found out it was from the Sports Xchange, a service I subscribe to for draft info. How could someone not vote for the record smashing leader of the undefeated Patriots. My original thought was another backlash at the Patriots just because they are so good and this voter was jealous. I couldn't be more wrong! Frank Cooney carefully thought out what it meant to be an MVP and his reasoning is as follows: "First, let's be clear that this award is a distinctly individual honor in the ultimate team sport, which makes it extremely difficult to sort out in the first place," he wrote in an e-mail. "As such, it cannot be based on statistics, which reap their own rewards. The term we are addressing here is Most Valuable Player, which I take to mean most valuable to one's team. It is, at best, an awkward phrase to evaluate, let alone quantify or justify. But, again, mere statistics should not be the sole basis of consideration. "Tom Brady is a great player on a great team filled with great players in a highly-evolved system and a proven, veteran coach. That team, that franchise was expected to win 14 games and it won 16. Brady was awesome behind an awesome line and with awesome wide receivers in a great system I still think Brady should be the MVP, but I can respect Frank Cooney's opinion and vote for what he considered the MVP.