Thursday, July 10, 2008
How about that, a late 90's Regis reference in the title! Look, I know that I have a tendency to come off thinking as though I know everything. For the record, it is not a persona, it's the way that I am. And while I may not be the expert in some fields that I claim to be, one thing that I do know is the NFL. I would guess that during the Fall, of my football attention span, I spend 90% of that on the pro game and only 10% on college. For instance, this past season, I nearly missed an entire Sunday due to driving back from Nashville and I was edgy all damn week. It's in my blood. But enough about me, let's talk about Brett Favre for a minute. And hell, if you pay attention close enough, you may learn something from a genius such as myself. After all, I just fucking told you how much Favre's sport means to me.
We all remember it. Weeks after the Super Bowl, rumors are swirling that Mr. Fake Retirement himself, The Gunslinger, would be saying goodbye. He held that press conference. He said that he had nothing left to give. He cried. John Madden cried. Frank Caliendo cried knowing that half of his act was over. Peter King also cried. I did not cry because I'm a grown man who realized that there will be another Brett Favre someday. I didn't cry, although I was closer than I'd like to admit, when Sean Taylor passed away so why would Favre make me tear up? It's insanity!
Time passed. The Packers moved on. The organization and the fans began to think about life post-Favre once they awoke from their cheese and bratwurst comas. It was time to begin the Aaron Rodgers Era in 'Sconnie. They also drafted Brian Brohm. OK, it's really over. They now had two young QB's who would be vying to lead the Packers back to the Super Bowl like Brett once did. Hell, maybe these two kids could, you know, not end their seasons with crippling interceptions. The uncertainty around what could be is exciting.
Then last week we hear that Favre is bored in Mississippi (no shit). He called front office people in Green Bay and Coach Humpty Dumpty and put out feelers about a potential comeback. GM Ted Thompson (who does not really get along with Favre anyway) refused to answer his text messages. The Packer brass let it leak that they did not want Brett to come back. It was time for both sides to move on in their eyes. So, it appears that Favre won't be back in Green Bay. They aren't going to release him because he could sign with a rival like Chicago or Minnesota. And they aren't going to trade him because Thompson doesn't want to be branded as "the guy that traded Brett Favre". So where do we go from here? What are your opinions, G-Funk?
Brett Favre had been holding the Packers hostage for the past few years with his "will I or won't I play" schtick. We all think highly of him for calling it quits early in the offseason so the team can prepare without him. EVERY retired athlete gets the fucking itch to come back that first year. I find it pathetic that a once proud warrior like Favre is basically crawling on his knees and begging the team to let him come back. He made the decision to walk away. He said that he had nothing left to give. I guess I'm confused here. Did he find something left in the tank this Spring?
Football is a business...a big-ass business. The Packers don't owe Favre shit. Hell, he only won one damn ring (tied with Trent Dilfer) in all of his seasons there anyway. He said he was done, fine, they accepted that and have moved on. The Packers weren't going to fold just because Brett retired. I don't think that I could possibly respect Green Bay any more than I do now.
It's kind of like if you (Packers) dated this incredibly smoking hot chick (Favre) for awhile and all of your friends envy the shit out of you. Then, after threatening time after time, she finally dumps you to start fucking some asshole out in Hollywood. After a few months, that phone rings, and she's crying after shooting her 4th porno (plowing some acres of farmland) of the day. She realizes the error in her ways and wants to come back home and give it another try with you. Except instead of welcoming her back with open arms and a giant boner, you hang up on her because you are in the middle of a threesome with two young Asian broads (Rodgers and Brohm). It's not the same, but this new venture is much more exciting and you'd like to see how far you can take it. You've moved on.
Brett, just go away...for good. Nobody likes making the Walk Of Shame.