It is official. I hate Brett Favre
It took awhile. At one point, he was one of my favorite players.
But, much like the "Wizard of Oz," I have seen the man behind the curtain...and I don't like him. He's kind of a jerk. He's not someone that I care to look up to, emulate, or have my son wear his jersey.
How did this hatred fester and grow into the red hot detestation I am currently saddled with.
"How do I hate thee?...Let me count the ways..."
I have one question. Where the hell is my SportsCenter? Why are stories with no beginning, middle, or conclusion about this guy headlining every sports related show in America?
Every story about him is based on theory. Everyone tries to understand him. Predict what he is thinking. Sportswriters talk about "desire," "the itch", and "protecting his legacy." It appears that Brett Favre just likes having people talking about him CONSTANTLY!
Brett Favre has retired twice. Both times he looked at a room full of reporters, cameras, and his family. Both times he sincerely retired. Hell...One time he cried! But here we are four months after his second "retirement" with a barrage of "Is he coming back?" talk that frankly is making me sick.
As I imagine my grandmother would say about this situation..."That boy needs to **** or get off the pot!"
"I'm retiring from the National Football League."
Brett Favre said those exact words. His voice cracking. Tears sliding down his cheeks. He looked so sincere.
When I watched it, I felt something. The feeling you feel when you realize your own mortality. When you truly understand that you're not as young as you think you are. It is a cathartic experience.
A scant four months later, the news came out that Favre was coming back. I'm sure some people were thrilled to tears. Not me...I felt manipulated. Like my emotions had been played with.
I had dealt with this before. Boxers were famous for this act. "Sugar" Ray Leonard was the worse. He retired four times only to come back again for big paychecks & lackluster performances. With each comeback, the world lost a little more respect until he became just a joke. I feel the same thing about Favre.
What's worse about Favre is he doesn't need the money...He appears to just love the attention.
This is one of the reasons I hate Brett Favre that makes me a little uncomfortable. The one thing that has become abundantly clear though all these Favre sagas is that he loves the attention.
I get the impression that he giggles looking at the newspaper. He blushes when he sees the coverage on the internet. He probably doesn't need the company of a female when he looks lustfully at the mass coverage to him that takes place daily on ESPN. He loves our confusion. He loves that reporters hang...on....his.....every.......WORD.
So...after two retirements and possibly two comebacks, I think Brett Favre has proven to be a huge narcissist. He loves attention. He wants your complete attention.
You know what? It makes the tribute "game" to his ailing wife mean a little less. It makes you wonder if that fantastic Monday night performance wasn't really about his father's passing, but just Brett being about Brett. It just loses it's inspirational feelings when you put yourself at center stage...and it's a stage you built, polished, and yelled at everyone to look.
I don't want to believe that...But Brett Favre's continuously insincere actions and statements are beginning to resemble a spoiled child holding his breath until you look at him.
As an NFL QB, Brett Favre has been an All-pro. As an actor...well...Brett Favre has been a QB. I haven't seen acting that stiff since the last Jenna Jamison opus.
His commercials are forgettable. Hey look...he throws the pigskin in the off-season. He plays football wearing jeans. He's just like us...RIGHT?!?
What really bothers me is that he shows up in one of my favorite films of all time "There's Something About Mary". He shows up at the end & delivers his few lines with chainsaw-like precision. He made O.J. look like Dustin Hoffman. What? Was Fran Tarkentin busy. Was Steve Garvey stuck in a paternity case? Was Charles Barkley eating?
He is "Iron Man." Brett Favre's consecutive starts streak of 291, including playoff games, is amazing. It is a testament to his drive and intestinal fortitude.
I hasten to remind you then that one fact has been established. Brett Favre is a narcissist. Even a mere mortal gets sick. A football player, especially a QB, gets hurt. There are football players getting paid multi-million dollar contracts only because they hurt QBs.
I question whether there were times that maybe Mark Brunell could have started a game when Favre sprained an ankle. Matt Hasselbeck may have had some success while Favre nursed a tweaked knee. But Favre would have nothing to do with that because...Brett is about Brett.
Favre has thrown a tremendous amount of TDs. The most in NFL history. He has also thrown more interceptions than any other QB in NFL history. He has averaged OVER one interception a game for his career. He's been called "aggressive" and a "gunslinger." What if it was really because he was continuing to play when he wasn't at 100 percent.
There are few people that would argue that Favre was hurt at the tail-end of last year with the Jets. He stayed on the field, though he was clearly hurt, and caused the team to fall out of the playoff race. He threw interceptions galore. Maybe a healthy Kellen Clemens could have kept the Jets alive but...again...it's all about Brett.
It is said that Favre likes for his locker to be separated from other players. That he doesn't dine with his teammates. There were New York Jets players who intimated that they had never spoken to Brett Favre even though he played there for an entire season.
The QB of a NFL team is the closest thing to having a coach on the field. Most QBs are called "generals." No other player handles the ball as much. No other player can take a team on his back and lead them to victory.
How is a group of players suppose to put their faith in someone who acts like he is above you or that you are not significant enough to get to know. I just don't get it...Good luck Minnesota!
Over the last five years that Brett Favre was a Green Bay Packer he treated the team & it's owners like THEY worked for him. From pouting over the non-signing of Randy Moss, to the constant playing even when a game off could have been beneficial to everyone involved.
The last three years was particularly maddening. Every year there was the "Brett Favre" watch. The previous year would end and Favre would insinuate, Danny Glover style, that he was getting too old for this ****. The entire offseason would be theater to whether Favre would retire. You know what...that's his right.
The problem was that he would be just as cryptic with the Packers GM and coaches. They would be hearing all the reports and not getting anything from Favre. He would say something to the team and then say something else to the press.
The Packers were then put in a difficult position every off-season. They didn't know even the day of the draft whether they would have Favre that year. How this effects the team is it makes it impossible to move forward. You don't know whether to draft a QB, lest you upset your franchise star. You have to be conservative with your free agent budget because you don't know whether he will be on your books.
Even though Favre was known as "Mr. Packer", he rarely made concessions to his salary to help the Packers with their cap space. Maybe some more talent could have been brought in and they could have won more than one championship during his tenure.
It comes down to this. All of Brett Favre's actions and drama effected the coaches, teammates, and the GM. He also effected the team's success and bottom line. That effects the owners of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are publicly owned. That means that ultimately Brett Favre SCREWED the Green Bay Packers FANS!!!
Let that soak in awhile...
Brett Favre did the unthinkable last year. Everyone said that it was being blown out of proportion. That it wasn't a big deal. It didn't get the press I think it should have and still should be. Brett Favre is a RAT.
Leading up the the second week of the NFL season last year, Favre, now a New York Jet, had a phone conversation with the Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen. What makes this significant is that the Lions were going to be playing the Green Bay Packers that Sunday.
When word of this phone conversation was unearthed, Favre initially didn't deny that he discussed game strategy with Millen. Favre was only a few months removed from the Packer's organization. He had been with the Packers for over a decade. He most likely had VAST knowledge of the Packers usual gameplan. Later, a publicist came out a stated that Favre hadn't given any info to Millen...that they just discussed fishing and hunting.
Who are we supposed to believe? The highly-paid publicist who earns their money by correcting stupid statements made to the press...or the athlete who said something stupid that was most likely the truth.
It is becoming abundantly clear that Brett Favre has an axe to grind with the Green Bay Packers. He doesn't hide that he wished last year, and is wishing again this year to play for a team that plays the Packers twice a year.
Because of his actions, words, and history...I find Brett Favre to be a petty, vindictive, little weasel who should never be trusted by anyone. But that's just me.
Doctor Gregory House takes about twenty Vicodin pills a day to combat a painful leg muscle injury that requires him to walk with a cane. He still is a master diagnostic physician who handles the toughest cases, works hours in the emergency room, and is still able to ride his motorcycle home.
Brett Favre had a seizure during a hospital visit because he was "addicted" to the same medicine.
What a WUSS!
I saved this one for last because it's a subject that makes me nervous. Let me state very clearly that I'm not a person that walks around looking for racism. If anything I'm the opposite. I also hate people who constantly pull racism into conversations because no one wins in the end.
That said, I contend that if Brett Favre was black, he would be vilified by fans, reporters, and the league. Whew...ok...it's out there so lets discuss.
Brett Favre is stat driven. Brett Favre is self-centered. Brett Favre wants to be the topic of conversation 24/7. Brett Favre distances himself from his teammates. Brett Favre thinks he is more important that the team. Brett Favre abused substances that enabled his career to thrive. Brett Favre lies to the press. Brett Favre is a JERK.
Now let's experiment....Please follow the directions as listed.
1) Take the preceding paragraph.
2) Copy and paste it on a notepad or e-mail.
3) This is the toughest, but most important part.
Remove all the "Brett Favre" references & replace them with "Barry Bonds"...Go ahead...I'll wait.
This is my point. Ask anybody and they will say that Barry Bonds is one of the worse people in the world. At least they would say they would NOT want their child to emulate him. Ask the same about Brett Favre and I believe the answer would be the complete opposite...& there is something so wrong about that,
So there you go...ten reasons why I HATE Brett Favre. Some humorous, but for the most part from my heart and from my brain. There were others that didn't make the grade. (Name spelled weird, unusual "Bro-mance" with Warren Sapp.) But I feel I got my point across.
I hope to get numerous comments...even if they think I'm an idiot. But as a wise man once said..."If you read this diatribe and don't feel a sense of outrage...Then you, my friend, are nothing more that part of the problem."