Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Nananana, Nananana, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye

Brett Favre is retiring and I am ecstatic. My better nature wants me to talk in platitudes, discuss how much good he was, blah blah. Luckily, I am well trained in ignoring my better nature. Brett Favre was a very good quarterback. He was also the most over hyped player in football. I hated watching any game the Packers were playing because of how much love received from the announcers. I hated the way the media fawned over him. And I hated him. The reasons for my hatred are too numerous to list in their entirety, but some of my favorites include:

  • No quarterback has ever thrown as many interceptions as he has, a fact that is rarely, if ever, mentioned.
  • Chris Berman saying that "rooting for Favre is like rooting for America."
  • Not being fined for high fiving referees, a blatant violation of the rule prohibiting any kind of contact with officials.
  • Joe Buck and Troy Aikmen discussing how much fun Favre was having after he threw a pass 5 yards past the line of scrimmage, drawing a penalty that pushed his team out of field goal range in the playoff game the Packers lost to the Vikings, even going so far as to claim that a stone faced referee was "laughing".
  • His refusal to make a decision on whether to retire until the absolute last minute the last few years. And it's kind of interesting that he retired the season after he set the touchdown mark, despite the fact that the Packers would likely be a Super Bowl contender again this year with him at the helm, don't you think?
  • The media's insistence on comparing him to Cal Ripken, despite the fact that he was nowhere near the true NFL Iron Man, Jim Marshall, who, assuming that Favre doesn't pull a Clemens, is still 19 games ahead of Favre, despite playing defensive line, which is a more physical position (Farve and Marshall are also still behind punter Jeff Feagles).
  • The fact that he spells his name in such an obnoxious way.
So goodbye Brett Favre, Interception King. Thanks for finally leaving.


Thomas said...

Who is Madden going to slurp this year? Might the Madden Cruiser go on some sort of love-lorn odyssey this summer/fall in search of Brett Favre?

Anonymous said...

His interceptions stat is "a fact that is rarely, if ever, mentioned"?

You really need to read more. Every single story about his retirement mentioned that statistic -- the NYTimes, CNN, FoxNews, StarTribune, Deadspin.com, Sports Illustrated, etc., etc. Do some research before you make a ridiculous claim like that.

If you reread your own post, you'll see that what you really hate about Favre isn't the player or the man himself, it's the attention he got. And that's just simple, childish jealousy: boo-hoo, John Madden likes Favre better than [insert name of Vikings quarterback here]"

By the way, this Packers fan agrees that Favre is overrated. So is Prince.

Anonymous said...

By the way, this Packers fan agrees that Favre is overrated. So is Prince.

But Prince is an better musician than Brett Favre is a quarterback. Infinitely better. That's not even debatable.

Anonymous said...

"That's not even debatable."

Artistic achievements aren't debatable? Prince's superiority over other musicians is an established fact?

That's not an actual "argument" you're making, friend.