Why Players Like Favre Are The Cornerstone Of Sports Entertainment
If you didn't know by now, the world is run by money.
A wise man once said, you can never measure happiness, loyalty, or perseverance a man has, but you can measure his bank account.
Net worth is what matters in life, it's the difference between a person saying yes and no, and money, like it does the world, makes professional sports go round.
Professional athletes are not hacks, they all deserves to be there, but what us fans should not forget is all the great players that never get their shot, in many cases due to lack of money they produce.
If a player isn't popular with the fans and isn't a winner, despite the team's downfalls that he plays on, he will be forgotten and need to find another job.
However, if a player is popular with the fans, he needs not win, unless they the fans demand it of him.
So we come to the Favres of sports. They are the players who did get their shot, and made it count, they are the players who can demand a yearly salary only the elite players of the game can have, even if they themselves are far past their prime.
Now yes, experience is valuable, but let's not forget the physical aspect of sports, as in, the main basis of sports, that and again money.
Favre is long past his prime, yes players make comebacks, but they are usually due to long physical layoffs, or better teammates and staff management. Favre is not worth $12 million a year on the field, but the jersey sales his buzz creates is.
Favre also represents the athlete who chooses to stick around so the fans can see them play, remember how Rice was playing on the Seahawks at one point? Of course you do, a part of you may have wanted to yell to him to stop, but another part would probably drive you to run up and ask for an autograph, and nobody would blame you.
Favre also represents another commodity desired in the sports world, sensational headlines.
How many times have you gone to see a movie that seemed a little off, but starred your favorite actor? Now how many times did you leave thinking you could have spent your time better?
Eventually the name factor fades, just ask Pacino (my all time favorite actor, and yes I did see 88 minutes in theaters). But for now, as long as everyone is listening, Favre can continue to live in the spotlight.
Will his presence get the Vikings over the hill and to a Championship? No.
If they do win, it will be because the team was well built, management was right on the money, and no player made enough mistakes to ruin the dream.
Yet the headlines will read Favre, and in the end, that's what making money is all about, for everyone is a salesman selling something.
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