SI.com: Cherishing the NFL season, handing out annual awards
SI.com’s Peter King praised Julius Peppers for helping take his team from 21st in the league in points allowed in 2009 to fourth this year.
January 19th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

SI.com: Cherishing the NFL season, handing out annual awards

Unless you value the Pro Bowl – which most football fans do not – there are just three games remaining before the NFL season comes to an end.

And without a clear idea, or a labor agreement, for when the next games will be played, its important to savor professional football while it's still around. SI.com’s Peter King provides a look back at this season by handing out his annual awards, naming his All-Pro selections and answering a few questions about the year that was.

In his column, King explains his Most Valuable Player choice and why it didn’t go to a certain fleet-footed quarterback. He also breaks down his All-Pro picks for every position and tells you why an old source of his frustration is now his selection to win the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award. In addition, King also touches on Chad Ochocinco’s future, the Jets giving the Patriots a taste of their own treatment and why he doesn’t think NFL postseason expansion is a good idea.

With the conference championship games not being played until Sunday, here is what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

No. 10 Texas at No. 10 Texas A&M (9 p.m., ESPN2)
The Aggies have won 13 consecutive games, the school’s longest winning streak in 90 years. But to extend the mark, they’ll have to down in-state rival Texas on the road, where they’ve lost 22 of 23 to the Longhorns since 2002.

Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks (9:30 p.m., ESPN)
The Mavericks went just 2-7 without Dirk Nowitzki and have lost two straight since he’s returned to the lineup. They’ll look to regroup against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, who fell to the Clippers the other night but have won eight of nine.

BY THE NUMBERS

4 – Straight losses for the Miami Heat after falling 93-89 in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Miami is now just 1-7 this season in games decided by five points or less. a

10 – Wins for the Los Angeles Clippers in their last 14 games. SI.com’s Zach Lowe writes why he thinks Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and the Clip Show could be for real this time around.

1975 – Last time NASCAR completely overhauled its points system and started from scratch with a new process. SI.com’s Tom Bowles examines the situation and explains what NASCAR is considering for 2011.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Bizprof

    Peter KIng says let the arguments begin. Here's the first one-why consider only the regular season? People love the playoffs and the guys who are outstanding in the playoffs deserve consideration too. A more limited group because their teams are good too-but spectacular plays, under pressure and against very good teams.

    I suppose the powers that be didn't used to be able to consider the playoffs because voting was done by mail and it took weeks. Now voting can take place in seconds as soon as the Super Bowl is over. Let's include the playoffs in picking the best players at all positions.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    DA BEARS!!!

    January 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    They should have awards for QB tantrums, cheating ie. tripping, best smak talk, biggest whiner, should have retired years ago and didn't live up to the hype. Feel free to add more. One of my favorites..." The field is frozen and its too cold to play"

    January 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marlin

    Eternity won't have a football league

    January 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. COL. BAT GUANO

    The NFL isn't going to be around much longer.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hoops

    #10 Texas vs #10 Texas A&M? cnn you might want to hire someone whos played or watched sports.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NFL

    NFL not for long

    January 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |