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NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

Posted on: May 6, 2009 12:56 pm

Here is a man who seems bound and determined to wear out any welcome he may have in the future among professional football fans and to consume any and all good will he may have been able to stockpile within the last two years.

Seems harsh to say, but right now, Brett Favre needs to worry less about finding another team for which to ply his trade and worry more about rehabilitating any reputation he may have left.

I used to be a fan, but that has pretty much ended. When Favre goes into the Hall of Fame, and he will, of course, he will now have to suffer the righteous slings and arrows of those who, like me, have seen enough of him and may feel the need to heckle him once he gets there.

Of course, he has to stay retired for more than six months before he can get to the Hall! Bets on if he'll be able to do it?

Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre, NFL

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2009 8:20 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

climrev, good post.  You said that Favre ought to be an ambassador for the Packers but I don't think he ever will.  In my mind, the #1 reason he wants to come back is to stick it to the Packers.  The Vikings have a good team but need help at QB.  I'll bet Favre would play for any team in the NFC north if they had a good chance of winning the division but needed help at QB.  Like you said we know Favre loves the game but to me this is more about revenge but the reason why he comes back makes no difference to me.  I just don't want "All Favre, All The Time" until he makes his decision. 

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2009 1:59 am

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

IGETNO- Speaking of getting no respect, Favre, are you listening?  I join the many that were willing to give you one last hurrah. We allowed others to do it long before you. We saw Unites, we saw Joe Willy Nameth, we saw Joe Montanna, we saw Craig Morton just to name a few.  We like the one last hurrah. I saw Floyd Patterson in Boxing, I saw George Forman, I saw even Mohammed ALi, and in the end, we just don't like seeing our heros look bad.  It is time for Brett and "We know you love the game" to go sit in the booth somewhere.  Brett no matter where you are you can still sell Wranglers.  Seriously, the arm is telling you something. Its time to take off the jock and be an Ambassador.  In fact you ought to be an ambassador for the Packers. Yea, that's the ticket.  

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 8:48 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

Volquez -- I agree with you in general about what is in your post except for Favre's right to "retire" and "un-retire" as often as he wants. Yes, he has that right, but he also has the "right" to suffer the consequences for continuing to do it. The reason his story continues to be out there, I believe, is that he was held in such high esteem for so long, because of the level of his play and his dedication to the game, that media outlets are astounded, even dumbfounded, by what he continues to do. To me, he appears to be doing everything he can to make himself look like a mindless prima donna bent on playing no matter what. Shouldn't the NFL put rules in place that say, once you are "retired," you are obligated to stay out of the game for at least a season before deciding to "un-retire?" Wouldn't that make sense? That policy would have saved Favre some embarassment, and it would have saved us all the agony of having to watch the whole saga unfold.

As far as the NFL "product," you are absolutely right. Even League officials refer to the NFL as a "product" that they are attempting to grow, to the point of considering hosting the Super Bowl outside the United States. That, to me, is the ultimate indication that we are no longer talking strictly about a sport. We are talking about a multimillion-dollar endeavor run by individuals who want to continue to increase the value of the "product," often to the detriment of those who watch the "product."

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2009 5:20 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

If I were to practice what I preach, I would not even be writing this blurb. But I guess I share the same compulsion as Brett when it comes to putting myself out there. But to me Brett Farve is completely justified in retiring and un-retiring as many times as he likes. To me what is a bad joke / disgraceful / nauseating is ESPN, sports radio, web sites like this one and many others who fawn over him like a new born puppy. But even more than the medial outlets, it's the fans like us who tune into ESPN robotically regardless of what type of garbage they are shoveling. I almost never watch ESPN for this reason. Not Farve coverage alone, but for their undying devotion to the NFL. On the opening day of MLB, I don't care what Mel Kiper has to say, or who is fretting over a contract, let alone what Brett Favre’s bowel schedule is & how it will affect his potential come back. So without making this a bash ESPN session, I feel like we need to wise up a little as fans. I've not heard one single person among my friends or at work that is happy or excited about this Favre issue. But they continue to shovel it out, & we continue to consume it.

I was a loyal and worshiping NFL fan since I was about 8, and I am now 30 years old. Two years ago, I suddenly realized that the average NFL broadcast was almost unwatchable for several reasons. The broadcast teams are generally horrendous; they not only add nothing they usually take away from my viewing experience. An NFL game is pretty much one long commercial. There is no flow to a game & the commercials are no longer placed at natural breaks. They literally hold up play for periods of time to squeeze in more brow beating. The pre-game, half time, and post game shows feature no originality, and the panel is almost always modicum of washed up talent regurgitating opinions that are beyond obvious. And most of all, the NFL game offers not parody but mediocrity. There is a hand full of really good teams in the league, no doubt about it. But a growing number of teams play pretty bad football. The fact that a washed up Favre is still a viable QB option pretty much tells the story.

Basically I can't blame Brett Favre for wanting to keep going in his illustrious career of glory & accolades. But to me it speaks volumes about the state of the game, and by extension the corporate slobbering that goes on between the NFL and ESPN and others. Sports used to be a haven from the tedium of every day life. Of course that has changed, but at up until recently the product was good enough to support the indignities produced by broadcasting. But now I believe the scales are tipping. If the product is a bad product, then why should we buy it, especially at exorbitant prices? The Brett Favre saga is a microcosm of this problem.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 12:58 am

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

Good post, IGetNo.  I think we're all suffering from Brett Favre "fatigue".  Part of the blame has to go to the media in this mess.  Last year it was Brett Favre all the time from most of the media.  Favre was a great player and, as you said, he's headed to the Hall Of Fame.  I do find it funny that his agent, Bus Cook, is still saying that Favre is retired and has had no contact with any team.  Now we hear he's had an X-Ray of his arm and the Vikings are going to take a look at it.  They say Favre has been sending text messages to some reporters and giving conflicting reports about weather he's coming back.  If he is coming back, I just can't see him going to all the mandatory work outs and mini camps before the season starts.  No, I'm not taking your bet that he'll stay retired for 6 months.  I really have no idea what he's going to do but I wish he would just make up his mind and get it over with.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 4:36 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

Hey Brett----please stop it okay!

I've watched you for a long time do some incredible things with a football. The passion that you have for the game is priceless.Here's the thing that gets me thinking---why would you constantly say after every season that you're done with football and that you can't see yourself coming back when all you do is wait until right before training camp to announce your big "come out of retirement plan". It's getting old now Brett and you start to make people think you are  hung up on yourself or something. Let it go partner. Become a color commentator or a QB's coach. The Vikes don't need you just for 2 games against Green Bay. They need a leader for the whole season and beyond. I'm not saying that Sage Rosenfals or Tavarious Jackson are on the same level of you but they can still compete . Last year should have been the guage that you looked at . Even your own teammates came out publicy and said that You had lost a little but the QB situation was so bad for the Jets that you actually breathe a little life in the offense. You were slow on the feild last year Brett and you don't have the eye of the tiger anymore. Relax in Hattisburg this year and go fishing with the family.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 4:09 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

Agree 100%, Iggy.  I was one of the people defending Favre at this point last year, mostly because I think Ted Thompson is an arrogant, ignorant GM (I still do).  But now I'm beginning to realize that when it comes to arrogance and ignorance, Lord Favre and Bus Cook are at the top of the heap.  And don't think the agent isn't just as responsible for this as Favre is.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2009 1:09 pm

NFL: Brett Favre is a joke, and a bad one at that

I am not a fan of the never-ending story of whether Brett Favre will come back.  Last year, it was nauseating to watch ESPN.  It was "All Brett, all the time."  I think it makes him look desperate and needy.  I thought the Packers did the right thing, letting him go to the Jets and finally having Aaron Rogers take the reins.

That said, my guess is Favre doesn't care what people think of his repeated comebacks.  I also think he has nothing else to do.  He's old for the NFL, but he isn't even 40.  He's got a lot of free time to fill.

It seems like he's always wanted to go to the Vikings.  Last year, the Packers wouldn't let him.  It appears he'll get his chance to lead Minnesota.  I think he's too old, but he is better than Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson, so I guess it's not much of a gamble for the Vikings (other than the money).  Speaking of which, I wonder how much money he'll get?

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