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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: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:49 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

All of this would be true if Brett Favre was somehow forcing the Vikings hand (or the Jets, or the NFL, or anyone). He's NOT. They're the one's who choose to play this game. Brett Favre might be selfish, but who gives a rip? If teams are willing to salivate over you even when you're 40, why does it make you selfish not to play along? If any of us had a job where we could pretty much just set our own rules and still have the company breaking it's back to keep us, we'd be ecstatic.

Brett Favre acts the way he does because teams are willing to go along with it. It's not his fault he's leaving the Vikings in a bind. He never signed a contract to play this season. He never promised them he would. He said he might. They were willing to put up with it.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:47 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

"How you can call Favre selfish is beyond me! When the Giants summarily dismissed Phil Simms, arguably their best qurterback in their history, did you call the Giants management selfish? Simms wanted to play at least another year but the Giants wanted to rid themselves of his salary for an unproven rookie. The NFL is a business as well as a game. Players rarely get to hold all the chips so when those infrequent opportunities do arise it is their perogative to do as they feel is the best for them. Perhaps that is as how Favre feels"

Kind of depends when the team cuts a player when they think they have a better or at least more cost effecient option in my opinion.  Cut the guy early enough that, if he wants to play, he has a decent chance to catch on with another team.  Favre, however, waiting to the last minute to announce his intentions is not only holding Vikings management/ownership hostage, he is potentially hurting all those teammates he cares so much about because if he retires now it is too late for the Vikings to sign another QB that might be better than what they have, or draft one for this season.  It hurts the entire team, not just Phil Simms in your example (who still had the chance to go play somewhere else), that's why its selfish in my book.  Hell, Dez Bryant takes all kinds of crap for not creating "team unity" by carrying Roy Williams pads -- what does it do to team unity to have your "leader" skip all the hard work the rest of the team is putting in with his "I'm retired, not retired, maybe I'll play later" routine.  If you want to play, say so and get to camp and put in the work with all the other veterans sweating it out.  If you want to play and not go to camp, say so and if its okay with the Vikings (and your teammates) so be it; but at least let them know what is going on so they can plan for the season.  If  you're going to retire, retire, get it over with so every one, including the Vikings and your teammates can move on.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:42 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Good post.

Modern era journalism sickens me sometimes. No one is held accountable for being wrong, and journalists care too much about being first.

Quick, who was the first source to report about Favre going to the Vikings in the first place? I sure don't remember (or care).

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:39 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

You are dead on with your comments,all the sites from this one to espn and yahoo will repeat anything someone says about Favre because it sells.The two that are the worst are Prisco and Jay Glazer the ultimate story droppers with nothing to back it up.The real truth of the matter is the  Favre story sells he is a cash cow.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:36 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again


did any of those athletes you mentioned retire during their team's training camp? Or did they announce their retirement at some normal time during the offseason? I'm guessing the latter. The reason people think Favre is selfish, and its not a tough argument, is because he waited until after training camp had already begun, until after McNabb and Bulger and others had found teams to be a part of. The guy has done way more than enough to prove to those of us that aren't starstruck by big time athletes that he is a pathological attention seeker who absolutely needs for people to be focused on him. For sure he could have said something even a few weeks ago along the line of "Hey team, my ankle isnt coming along as great as I was hoping, there is a chance I won't be playing this year" but instead he waits until training camp has opened to mention it. Also it is more than worth noting that with training camps all over the country opening, our attention was diverted to Albert or Revis or Vincent Jackson and not to Hattiesburg and Favre. Of course the drama queen can't stand not being the center of the football universe so he decides now to say something. I'd bet a million dollars that if he doesn't come back by Week 1, he'll wait until after their Week 4 bye just to change the story line up a bit. He'll wait maybe until they've lost a couple of their first games and then he'll be welcomed back as a hero and saviour in Week 5 to lead the team back to many victories and into the playoffs. What a douche bag this guy is. How people can still defend his infantile behaviour is beyond me.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:36 pm

Favre's final act as a loyal Packer

Throws a late game pick to end the Vikings season and then handcuffs them into the following year forcing them to start the season with Jackson and Rosenfels.  A faithful Packer to the end!

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:26 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Criticizing the president has become another sport league. Turn on the television.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:22 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Perhaps the reason there is no player to step up and comment about Favre being "selfish" is because none of the players feel that way, only the journalists who look idiotic by making assumptions about things only to have those assumptions proved wrong.  And I think in this circumstance Mr. Prisco will once again find his assumptions about Favre wrong.  Even IF he retires, the story is that one of the best QBs to ever suit up is retiring, not that Favre is wishy-washy and indecisive, potentially selfish.  That story was covered a while ago.  Just say refer to 06 article.  New stories please, Mr. Prisco or you should just join Favre in retirement.  Only difference is no one would know or care when you do.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:19 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

On what planet do you spend most of your time?

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:16 pm

Another unnecessary article

Sorry, but you don't get to criticize Brett Favre for being a media whore because you, the media, continue to enable that behavior.  'Brett Fave is selfish' and I'll tell you why in this big long article about...Brett Favre.  Y'all talk and talk and talk ad nauseum about it as if this were the first time he's done this.  JUST STOP.  You didn't need to write this article at all.  In fact, by writing it, you are only reinforcing the behavior that you're criticizing.  Until Week 1 starts, with or without Favre, why do we need ANY stories about him?  ESPN First take did FOUR AND A HALF HOURS of non stop Favre.  WHY?!  It is ENTIRELY the fault of the media, Prisco included, that this happens.  A simple statement; 'Brett Favre has told teammates he won't play this year.  We will have more information when it is officially announced.'  Would have sufficed.  Instead we get endless speculation from one half of the media and criticism of that speculation from the other half.

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