BR Exclusive: NY's Wafels & Dinges Awards Favre Its 1st Monthly Waffle Award
Brett is overjoyed at receiving the First Ever Wafels & Dinges 'Waffle Award' (photo)
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Wafels & Dinges Names Brett Favre
Recipient of Its First Monthly “Waffle
New York’s Premier Waffle Maker Honors Renowned “Wafflers”; Donation Made to Green Bay Soup Kitchen
New York, NY, Aug. 1, 2008 – Wafels & Dinges, New York-based makers of traditional Belgian waffles today announced the creation of its first Wafels & Dinges Monthly Waffle Award, which recognizes high profile “wafflers.” It highlights, in typical Belgian good humor, someone who has made news by significantly changing his or her mind on an issue.
The Wafels & Dinges July 2008 Waffle Award goes to NFL great Brett Favre, who tearfully announced his retirement on March 4, saying, "I know I can play, but I don't think I want to. And that's really what it comes down to." In July, however, the Green Bay Packers quarterback said that he was "never fully committed" to retirement, is “100 percent committed” to playing football in 2008. As of August 1, he was mulling over a reported $20 million offer from the Packers to stay retired.
What has ensued is a sports soap opera complete with thinly veiled personal accusations and tampering charges. The NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown throws and passing yards sent a letter to the Packers asking for his unconditional release, which would enable him to play elsewhere. The team, which had planned to retire Favre's No. 4 jersey during their regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on September 8th, has refused to release him.
During a July 14 appearance on the Fox News Channel's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Favre said he was "guilty of retiring early," and that he was pressured by the Packers to make a decision before the NFL Draft. The quarterback spoke about his frustration with Packer management, expressed sympathy for successor Aaron Rodgers' predicament, and reaffirmed he wants to play again this season.
“While Brett Favre is not the first sports legend to change his mind about retiring – pitcher Roger Clemens and boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard come to mind – no one has ever done it in such a spectacularly disruptive manner,” says DeGeest, 38, founder of Wafels & Dinges. “In addition to his championship ring and three NFL Most Valuable Player awards, Brett Favre now has won the Wafels & Dinges July 2008 Waffle Award. He is by far the biggest waffler of the month.”
The verb “to waffle” describes when a person vacillates, equivocates or “flip flops” on a position. Usage dates back to the 1800s. In honor of the award, a case of Wafels & Dinges waffles will be shipped to the New Community Shelter in Green Bay, WI, where Brett Favre has played for most of his stellar NFL career.
About Wafels & Dinges
Founded in October 2007 by Thomas DeGeest, a native of Belgiumwho missed eating the tasty snacks he remembered so fondly from his youth, Wafels & Dinges makes authentic Belgian and Liège waffles. Starting with a yellow truck in New York City, the business has expanded into catering corporate parties, weddings and bridal showers and Bar Mitzvahs. Wafels & Dinges (dinges means “things” or “whatchamecallits” in Flemish) are also available at The Bean Coffee & Tea in New York, the Surf Shack in Amagansett, NY, and at Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse & Bistros in Cranford, NJ, and Westfield, NJ. Visit www.wafelsanddinges.com.
It is this author's opinion that Favre could have also received a 'pancake' award or a Flop trophy back in 2002 when he fell flat on his arse thus allowing New York Giant Michael Strahan to break New York Jet Mark Gastineau's 17 year old single season sack record....
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