I reaaaaaaalllly did not want to write anything about Brett Favre’s latest fiasco. Really, I didn’t. That’s true of all of us at OBOD. Seriously. We’d rather focus on how the team is looking in camp thus far (and we’ll get cracking on that Wednesday).
But when you consider you-know-who is the starting quarterback for the team the Green Bay Packers are looking to dethrone in the NFC North, well, a thought or two is sort of necessary, isn’t it?
Okay, before we go any further, let me just say that I think the entire thing is a scam. He’s coming back. You could put a gun in my mouth and make me bet my life on it and I’d say the same. I guess I’m just confused as to why he’s doing all this, because it seems so unnecessary.
I don’t think the latest retirement claims are a ploy for more money. We all know how much Fav-ruh loves his dough – and according to the Star Tribune, he’ll likely get it as the Vikes are prepared to offer him a $3 million raise plus various incentives. Causing this type of uproar for such a small amount of dough (by Favre’s standards) doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, especially when you consider the man’s net-worth, likely upwards of $200 million. You could argue that nothing he does makes any sense, and you’d of course be right. But even by his standards, this sounds nuts.
Is he’s doing it to get a couple more weeks off? Yeah, perhaps. But he didn’t come in until after the first preseason game last season. If he’s looking for even more time off this year, he wouldn’t be making himself available until late August. It’s true that he knows the playbook inside-and-out and that he’s already got a connection with the other guys on the offense. But even the sharpest offenses need a week or two to begin clicking again (see: the Packers’ offense struggling a bit early in camp).
Some sites have even suggested that his true desire is to roll in a handful of days before Minny’s season opener at New Orleans. Considering the beating he took in that game, does he really want to be working out the kinks against a defense that will surely be going for his head yet again? Is he really that arrogant – wait, don’t answer that.
It’s not the ankle. I’m sure of that. That’s a bunch of crap. The ankle is still giving him pain? You mean the same way his shoulder was still bothering him at this time one year ago? That can’t be it, so go ahead and cross that excuse off the list.
So, again, I ask you: Why?
There’s really only one reason I can think of as to why he’s making such claims yet again (either the 30th or 31st time he’s done so, for those of you scoring at home): His pathetic, unfailing desire to have people look kindly upon him, despite what a scumbag he’s been (it could be even worse if you believe things like this).
Sure, the Vikings are more-than-willing to give him a pass. But pretty much everyone else on the planet is not. And it’s not just the media and it’s not just the fans. It’s people like Sports Illustrated’s Ross Tucker - a former player – ripping Favre to shreds for skipping camp and putting himself above the team. Remember, Favre’s always been extremely sensitive and extremely aware of what others think about him. It’s the reason why he appeared to get choked up in his futile, sniveling attempt at extending an olive branch to Packers fans after the game at Lambeau last November.
He cares, whether he wants to admit it or not. He figured he’d be able to get away with not showing up for camp under the guise of an “I’m not sure what I want to do yet” excuse. Clearly, most people weren’t having that. In an attempt to get everyone off his back, he pulled out the only card he has left: The retirement card.
Only pulling out that card – and this is the really sad part of the whole bit – doesn’t work for him anymore. No one – and I mean, NO ONE – takes him seriously when he says such things.
Think about that for a second.
A man who once appeared to stand for so many of the things that make professional sports great has now become a laughingstock. His word means nothing. To use a Kevin Smith line, the guy is clown shoes. That he was able to go from where he was to where he is in just over two years is nothing short of astounding. He may or may not care about that – my guess is that he does – but he can’t change his legacy as a joke. Touchdowns, wins and, okay, even game-ending interceptions don’t outweigh his total lack of character.
He can make good on these current threats or he can come back and strap up the cleats yet again. Either way, it doesn’t really matter to me. Walking away makes the Packers the hands-down favorite to win the division, likely by at least three games. Coming back means we get two more shots at revenge, two more shots to make things right. I’ll take either, please.
But, again, those haven’t been the main thoughts on my mind today. Today I’ve just been shaking my head and thinking the same thing over and over:
How could we have been duped by this guy for 16 years?