boogshine wrote:1) ESPN Classic
2) MVP: In any given year, especially under the 8-team playoff format, there is a player who has thrown his team on his back and carried them a la Vlad this year. The MVP doesn't have to be from a playoff team, but it sure helps. The non-playoff MVP should be the extremely rare exception, such as Barry this year, where we all know the Giants would have been hard-pressed to win 60 without him, but instead were viable contenders. MVP coming from a last place team or a team that was never in it? I have to disagree with that pick since if the guy were really valuable to his team, they would have won a few more games.
I agree with everything except the last statement and I'll tell you why. I also think that it's rare but here's the deal. Let's say that you have team A, and they finished in dead last with a 60-100 record. Let's take an Andre Dawson type guy who dominated on a terrible team. Assuming that if he wasn't on the team, they would have only won 30 games, he is actually quite valuable. As a comparison, Sheffield had a great year but I think that even if he wasn't on the team, they probably would have made the playoffs. Who's more valuable here??