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Favre slobber-fest

Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:08 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:01 am

So I'm watching Sunday night's Minnesota-Green Bay game when I had to excuse myself from the television.

I needed a towel -- to wipe off the drool coming out of the TV from the mouth of Cris Collinsworth.

The Brett Favre love-romp was making me sick. Collinsworth might be brought up on charges of love stalking. That's how bad it was.

Favre was in the midst of a quarterback meltdown that would have lead to nasty verbiage if his name were any other, but all we heard was the usual  Favre-the-gunslinger talk.

It was the same for Jared Allen. The Vikings defensive end was invisible, the same way he's been all season, and then he makes one play. and we heard the love-talk coming again.

It got me to thinking: Why do some guys get free passes and others don't?

Let's be candid here: Favre hasn't been very good. Do I take more shots at him than most? You bet, but somebody has to do it.

If not, we might be waiting to hear from the Catholic Church about a new saint.

Saint Brett.

The reality is he's far from that as his little scandal shows. But that's not what this is about. This is about football, and right now he's not playing well.

He has 10 interceptions for the season, including one that was returned for a touchdown against the Packers and another that set up another score at point-blank range.

But all we hear after the game is how he limped his way to an almost-comeback victory. Did anyone but me notice the big play on the potential winning drive was a short dump pass that Adrian Peterson turned into a big play?

Maybe you were all too smitten like some others. Favre's theatrics with his ankle must have made DeNiro proud.

When he was scrambling around making throws, there was no limp. When he threw the pick, he walked like a 90-year-old man.

Did the same thing with the tendon in his arm a few weeks back in New York.

He's more drama queen than Lady Gaga.

Some thought it scandalous when Vikings coach Brad Childress said after the Green Bay game that he considered benching Favre. Scandalous? Why wouldn't he have at least considered it?

Now comes word that Favre has fractures in his ankle. He's in a boot. The drama lives on.
If it were that bad, why didn't he come out? It was more Favre selfishness.

As for Allen, he has one sack in six games. Chad Clifton ate him up Sunday night. He hasn't been close to the same player he's been in recent years.

Yet he gets a pass, too.

Why, because he's good pals with a lot of people in the media, the laugh-it-up guy who is always quick with a joke.

Here's a joke that isn't funny: Minnesota is 2-4. If they lose this week at New England in the Randy Moss Bowl, their season might be over.

If that happens, some expect Favre to pack it in with all his injuries, real or imagined. He might just decide to shut it down.

At least then I won't need to keep a towel close to wipe of the constant drool of the announcers who do his games.




Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:29 am

Favre slobber-fest

It's a shame, in a way,  because anyone who starts as many consecutive games as Favre has is a pretty tough son-of-a-gun. When he was with Green Bay I hated him because he was a Packer (also becasuse he almost always beat my Bears), but I respected him as a player. Now, however, he's become a cariacature of his former self, an aging gunslinger who doesn't know when to hang it up. Announcers like Collinsworth just add fuel to the fire.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:24 am

Favre slobber-fest

You put "When he was scrambling around making throws, there was no limp. When he threw the pick, he walked like a 90-year-old man." and " some expect Favre to pack it in with all his injuries, real or imagined." You make it said like he was faking his injury. How do you fake two fractures in your ankle?

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:24 am

Favre slobber-fest

It's not just Collinsworth, though he's worse than most.  It's part of the jock-turned-commentator problem.  They're supposed to offer insight, a peek into a world the rest of us don't see, but it usually comes out as: he's a warrior, a great guy in the locker room, and his sheer presence on the field makes the team better, even if he's invisible, a drama queen, etc.  You get it in all sports, on all channels. 

Frankly, it's getting sickening.  Ex-players get hired because they're ex-players with a name.  Troy Aikman can't put a decent sentence together, much less offer decent analysis.  Michael Strahan and Shannon Sharpe just run their mouths about how *they* would have done things.

There are a few decent jock analysts--Howie Long does a decent job, Randy Cross is okay, and Terry Bradshaw at least says what's on his mind, even if it isn't always relevant--but the "if you never played at this level you cannot possibly understand the game" mentality is really a cancer.  Man-love is just the worst aspect of it.

*note* to be fair, probably the single worst offender in this category is not an ex-jock, it's Brent Musburger; he's the biggest man-loving shill on the air, and really needs to be thinking about retirement.  Please?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:23 am

Favre slobber-fest

Great article.  Thankfully, at least one writer can tell the truth.  The Favre lovefest is way over the top.  At this point, I wish Favre would join Madden, the king of the Favre lovefest, and just go away. 

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:11 am

Favre slobber-fest

Collinsworth has man love for Brady, Manning and  Favre.  But at least with teh first two, they are playing some decent football.  Favre has been stinking up the joint in a bad way all year.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:00 am

Favre slobber-fest

I have noticed the same thing during Patriot games with Collinswoth.  I think there is a lot of man love for Brady too - not that theres anything wrong with that.

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