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Selfish Favre emerges again

Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 3:07 pm

BOURBONAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears, like the rest of us, will believe Brett Favre is retired when he doesn't take the field on opening day.

"No until then," Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said. "When that happens, then I might belive he isn't playing."

Word leaked out in typical Favre fashion Tuesday -- hey, he can keep himself in the news for a while -- when it was reported that Favre told teammates and the Vikings coaches that he was planning to retire.


This tired, played-out story is vintage Favre. The word this time is that he doesn't feel his body will hold up, that an ankle he hurt in the NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints hasn't responded.

Want to bet he changes his mind after the Vikings break camp?

Favre has once again proved his selfishness. Why didn't he do a better job rehabbing his ankle? Why wasn't the surgery sooner? Why didn't he let the Vikings know sooner?

The man is all about Favre.

If this were another player, that player would be getting torched. Instead we have a four-letter network that fawns over his every move like a schoolgirl who sees one of those teen idols from a vampire movie.

Nobody says a word. More precisely: The word.


I asked a couple of Bears players off the record if they felt they could handle having a player do what Favre has done on their team.

Nobody bit.

That would be like criticizing the President it seems. You just don't do it -- except in private.

I bet you there is plenty of anti-Favre talk inside locker rooms all over this league, even in Minnesota. Good luck getting anybody to say it.

If Favre is indeed retired, it leaves the Vikings in a quandary at quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are the guys. That means the Vikings will go from Super contender to hopeful wild-card team.

How's that season opener look now at New Orleans? Think NBC would want that game is they knew Favre wasn't playing?
Then again, maybe he will be there. After all, he's the flip-flop king. And we know how he loves keeping his name in the news.

If he is retired, why not just come out and say it? Have a press conference -- again. Have tears roll down his face. Talk about the emptiness of leaving.

But just leave.

You aren't bigger than the game, although some of his former teammates will tell you Favre acted at times as if he was.

If he's gone, the Packers will be the favorite to win the NFC North, with the Bears becoming more a factor.

"We just have to worry about us, no matter who's playing quarterback for the other team," Briggs said. "It's not our concern."

Hey, Lance. Wait a second. Brett wants to make sure it's all of our concern.

Just wait until the next texts leak out that he's feeling better.

Can hardly wait.






Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:36 pm

He's not selfish!!

The media needs to shut-up.  Brett Favre took this team to heights they have never been before in years.  He can retire whenever he wants, and he hasn't announced anything.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:27 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Favre is beyond selfish, he is a straight jerk for messing over the Vikings and Packers with this drawn out drama queen like delay on his intentions, its downright silly and girlie. 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:25 pm

Criticize ODUMBA-RACIST will be the cry.

Any time a black is criticized for anything the race card is always played. President 'health care debate will be on CNN' ODUMBA is no more believable than Brett 'I am retired' Favre.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:17 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Admittedly, however, the Vikings knew that was iffy, all I am arguing is that Favre should have acted earlier to definitively state "yes or no" for this season

There still hasn't been official word from Favre and I have a feeling there won't be today or in the immediate future.  The fact that you haven't heard any actual word from Favre himself is because either (a) Vikings officials convinced him to hold off for a couple more weeks to reevaluate his ankle or (b) he never said he was retiring in the first place and the "media" is full of it's usual crap.

But, even if he is retiring now, I don't think he could have acted earlier.  There's no doubt that his ankle was mangled.  And I think he truly wants to play.  So, he's been hoping that he could and holding off on the decision to see how his ankle heals because he wants to be on the field come opening day.  In fact, maybe because he knows that it won't be ready by opening day, he thinks he should retire and the Vikings brass are saying "it's o.k. to miss one or two games if it means you can be healthy the rest of the year", something that is foreign to Favre's way of thinking.

Now, the part where I see Favre as truly selfish is that he isn't at training camp.  Even if he can't participate, at least he can be there talking to his receivers about how he'd react in a given situation, breaking down film with the younger guys so they can be on the same page, etc.  I find it really weak that a guy under contract who hasn't yet made a decision can't at least be there to help out his team in any way he can.

Granted, maybe he doesn't want to create media attention, and thus maybe he thought that without knowing for sure it's better to let T-Joke take snaps without being there.   But gosh, there's going to be media attention anyway as today proves beyond a reasonable doubt. 

If he had showed up for camp, there would have been a media circus for a day or two instead of every day until he makes his final decision.  Then, if the ankle ended up being a problem, anyway, and he has to retire, at least he was there to give his teammates some guidance and he shows that he's a team guy.  Instead, he's creating more of the drama that he seems to thrive on (it's hard to argue against it at this point).

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:13 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

yeah, it is a pity because gwb did such a great job. 

also a pity there are term limits because we'd be in great shape if he were still in charge.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:58 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

And, actually, he did sign a contract to play this season.  $13,000,000 I believe.  Admittedly, however, the Vikings knew that was iffy, all I am arguing is that Favre should have acted earlier to definitively state "yes or no" for this season.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:55 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

"Did you slam Merril Hoge for retitring? How about Emmitt Smith or Michael Irvin? How about Sterling Sharpe or Priest Holmes, were they also being selfish when they announced that their bodies had had enough"

Big difference, none of these guys, that I recall "retired" and then "unretired" two previous times.  None of these guys played the "will he or won't he" game year after year in an apparent effort to avoid training camp.  When there were done, they were done and gave their teams plenty of advance notice of their retirement so plans could be made.  Nobody is slamming Favre for retiriing....or not is the waffling and timing of his decisions that are rubbing people the wrong way, that's all.  Want to play -- great, you know where camp is, lets get to work.  Retiring -- the good teammate would give his team time to make better alternate plans at QB than Sage Rosenfels and Tavarius Jackson.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:55 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

It is truly sad that a quarterback that has given so much to the game has to bring himself to this level of self before team. He would have to rate high in quarterbacks in the NFL but I will take Montana over Farve on any team I would pick as my choice to lead an allstar team. He should have retired years ago . No one ever questioned his giving 100% when he played, however, he needs to grow up and realize that age have effect on one's ability and the chance of  permament injuiries are more likely like the great doulble 00..retire and enjoy life Mr Farve and let it go so we remmeber you as you were, not what you are becomimg.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:50 pm
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Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:50 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Amen to that.  Favre hasn't once come out and stated he was done.  For all anyone knows he called the Vikings front office and said "Just so you guys are aware, if the season started today, my ankle wouldn't be ready to go."

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