The holidays are again upon us, and once again we here at The Cover Corner want to wish everyone a safe and joyus time. We do, however, have a few things we would not mind seeing under the tree during this wonderful season:
1. Adrian Peterson rightfully getting the MVP Award – If anyone can break the “QB’s are the only guys who can be MVP” streak, it is the man chasing the all-time rushing record. Peterson is on the cusp of the greatest season a running back has ever put together (not to mention the whole acl tear less than a year ago) and he has his team in position to potentially make the playoffs. People seem to be forgetting that his QB is Christian Ponder and defenses are loading nine guys in the box to stop him – and he still rushes for 200 yards. No player in the league is as valuable to his team, because quite simply, without AP the Vikes are in contention for the number one pick; with him they are a contender.
2. The Return of DRose – As my brother, Just Ross, said today “I think Rose might just be my favorite player in the league”. The NBA, despite being great this year, is really missing one of its marquee stars. With Rose, Miami has genuine competition in the East (sure the Knicks are great but can they win a 7 game series with LeBron and Co playing 4 full quarters of basketball?) and that stretches the team and makes them better. Everyone needs rivals to vanquish, even Miami.
3. Chelsea sticks with a coach for a full season – The Blues sack managers about as regularly as Walmart or Starbucks turn over their staff so it seems like it might be benefical for the team to attempt to fully turn over control to someone and see what they can build (I am not stating for the record that person should be Rafa Benitez necessarily). Chelsea is going through a weird, transitionary period in which they have a lot of vets and a lot of young players fighting for playing time. Eventually there will be a changeover in players as Terry, Lampard and Cole make their way to richer pastures but until then, they need a system that can maximize the copious and very different talents of all the players involved, for better or for worse.