Hub Arkush isn’t ‘a crap’, but his views on Aaron Rodgers’ MVP candidacy were wrong – and he should distance himself from voting – The Mercury News

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a virtual lock-in for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award — and a deserving one at that.

Hub Arkush is an NFL specialist who works out of Chicago, writes for Pro Football Weekly and the Daily Herald and lends his expertise to WSCR-AM670, where he is known for having strong opinions on all things sports.

It’s hard to imagine that Arkush got caught in the middle of an old Rodgers brawl, but on Wednesday he was there, trying to pull himself out of a self-made hole while the Packers quarterback attacked his credibility and Called him “a bum”.

It is already well established that Rodgers has fans of the Bears, Now we can confirm that the Packers star has Arkush as well.

The latest in a series of Rodgers-focused controversies began Tuesday, when Arkush said on Score’s “Parkins & Spiegel Show” that he could not cast his MVP vote for Rodgers, calling the quarterback his summer indecision. What to play and their decision not to get vaccinated. After testing positive for COVID-19, Rodgers lost a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Packers lost.

Arkush made it personal, looking more like Joe from Cicero on Line 1 than a veteran NFL writer who has been around long enough to merit the MVP vote.

“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team and your organization and your fan base and be the most valuable player,” Arkush said. “Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could argue that, but I don’t think he’s clearly any more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or even Tom Brady.

Rodgers is clearly more valuable than Taylor or Kupp, and the Rodgers vs Brady debate seems to be coming to an end as well. But the point is, you can’t go around calling the MVP candidate a “jerk” and saying you’re not going to vote for him if he really has the vote.

Arkush admitted on Tuesday that “wherever I sit, the rest is not going to be my choice.” That was mistake number 1. He eventually added: “One way to remain voters is that we are not allowed to say who we are voting for until after the award is announced. I am probably pushing the envelope by saying who I don’t vote for. But we really shouldn’t disclose our votes.”

Uh, yes.

Arkush clearly believed that he was getting around the rule by simply stating who he was not voting for. But whatever he was thinking, he now needs to do the right thing and disassociate himself from this year’s election, handing his vote to another deserving writer before it’s too late.

Then let the Associated Press decide whether they should be allowed to vote again in the future.

until wednesday Arkush admits he was wrong To talk about it and should have kept my mouth shut. He didn’t back his argument for not casting a vote for Rodgers, but said he “spoiled” it by mentioning it on air. He also apologized to Rodgers in a column, saying that he “would love to be able to explain what I meant and get crushed so badly,” but didn’t want to add to the story.

But by then it was too late. Once those comments hit the internet, Arkush was toast. And once Rodgers had a chance to respond, Arkush found himself trending on Twitter.

“I think he’s a bum,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a complete bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. Until yesterday’s comments, no one probably knew who he was. I mean… to say he took the summer I had made up my mind, in the off-season, that I had zero chance of winning MVP, (in) my opinion future votes should be excluded.

“His problem with me isn’t the bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league because he doesn’t know me. I don’t know. Don’t know anything about me.”

Rodgers accused Arkush of retaliation over the quarterback’s vaccine stance, saying: “If he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to award for this season and make it the most Makes vaccinations valuable. player, then he must do so. But he is a bum. And I’m not going to waste any extra time thinking about that stuff.”

Many beer fans certainly feel the same way about Rodgers as Arkush, but luckily he doesn’t get the MVP vote. Since he is one of the select few to decide the MVP, Arkush’s sole job is to see the performance of the candidates on the field and take decisions based on that. Rodgers’ vaccine stance is irrelevant in this case.

Even if Rodgers has turned into one of the most unsuitable athletes in the sport, you have to give the man his due.

Arkush should know better.