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Selfish Favre emerges again

Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 3:07 pm

BOURBONAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears, like the rest of us, will believe Brett Favre is retired when he doesn't take the field on opening day.

"No until then," Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said. "When that happens, then I might belive he isn't playing."

Word leaked out in typical Favre fashion Tuesday -- hey, he can keep himself in the news for a while -- when it was reported that Favre told teammates and the Vikings coaches that he was planning to retire.


This tired, played-out story is vintage Favre. The word this time is that he doesn't feel his body will hold up, that an ankle he hurt in the NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints hasn't responded.

Want to bet he changes his mind after the Vikings break camp?

Favre has once again proved his selfishness. Why didn't he do a better job rehabbing his ankle? Why wasn't the surgery sooner? Why didn't he let the Vikings know sooner?

The man is all about Favre.

If this were another player, that player would be getting torched. Instead we have a four-letter network that fawns over his every move like a schoolgirl who sees one of those teen idols from a vampire movie.

Nobody says a word. More precisely: The word.


I asked a couple of Bears players off the record if they felt they could handle having a player do what Favre has done on their team.

Nobody bit.

That would be like criticizing the President it seems. You just don't do it -- except in private.

I bet you there is plenty of anti-Favre talk inside locker rooms all over this league, even in Minnesota. Good luck getting anybody to say it.

If Favre is indeed retired, it leaves the Vikings in a quandary at quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are the guys. That means the Vikings will go from Super contender to hopeful wild-card team.

How's that season opener look now at New Orleans? Think NBC would want that game is they knew Favre wasn't playing?
Then again, maybe he will be there. After all, he's the flip-flop king. And we know how he loves keeping his name in the news.

If he is retired, why not just come out and say it? Have a press conference -- again. Have tears roll down his face. Talk about the emptiness of leaving.

But just leave.

You aren't bigger than the game, although some of his former teammates will tell you Favre acted at times as if he was.

If he's gone, the Packers will be the favorite to win the NFC North, with the Bears becoming more a factor.

"We just have to worry about us, no matter who's playing quarterback for the other team," Briggs said. "It's not our concern."

Hey, Lance. Wait a second. Brett wants to make sure it's all of our concern.

Just wait until the next texts leak out that he's feeling better.

Can hardly wait.






Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:51 pm

Sports Journalism = HAHA

Incidentally, I agree that Favre is a drama queen.  It only took me 3 years of this to finally agree.

But, I still hope he plays because he's still fun to watch.  Seeing some of the sports "media" falsely generate stories about how they hope he retires for good just shows that they have no interest in actually watching the sports they claim to cover.  They just want to get attention.  Wow, remind you of anyone?  Maybe a tractor riding Wrangler spokesman?

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:49 pm

Favre Selfish?

Prisco says "...we have a four-letter network that fawns over his every move like a schoolgirl who sees one of those teen idols from a vampire movie." OK Pete, how would you describe the media's treatment of Tiger Woods? How about Michael Jordan? How about Lebron James? In thei history of sport, there has never been anyone who has been treated like Tiger Woods by the media. Nobody. Jordan is a close second, and Lebron is bringing up third. And you have the gall to question the media's treatment of Favre, who is no less to his sport than the other three mentioned here? Whatever treatment he gets, he has certainly earned it. 

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:48 pm

Sports "journalism" at its finest

Sports "Journalism" 101, class 1: How to generate a story.

1) Ask your buddy to claim something juicy. 

2) Cite him as a "source with knowledge of the situation". 

3) Run story.

4) Later in the day, when all the other "media" outlets jump on the story, write a new story saying "multiple outlets have now reported juicy tidbit".

5) Write a long story about the made up story, make controversial statements about the made up "fact".

6) Watch the comments roll in (yes, I'm aware of the irony of my post).

Lets face it, the concept of people who write for sports websites being "journalists" is a joke of the highest magnitude.  How many stories that involve a "source with knowledge of the situation" end up being purely false?  In sports "journalism", I'd say its the vast majority.

While this story may be true, the kind of things that sports "journalists" are writing about it are absurd (Prisco's piece that he probably wrote some time in May in hopes he could post it being one example).  They have taken an alleged text that has only been supposedly "verified" by a single source and used it as proof positive that Favre has once again made an attempt to aid Al Qaida in bringing down Western society.

Say there was a text that said "this is it" to someone on the Vikings team.  What does that even mean?  Does it mean "I'm retiring"?  Or does it mean "I'm coming to training camp"?  Or how about "I'm about to do a shot while you effers are stuck running cone drills"?  If it means "I'm retiring, why are the "stories" being written with such overwhelming bias without so much as a press conference or any evidence that Favre has said anything at all (maybe his daughter's boyfriend got ahold of his Blackberry and wanted to get some revenge for busting in on him while he was making the moves in her bedroom).

But, I guess we keep on responding, so it's all good. 

7) Tabulate the hits on the website, increased viewership, and number of posts on the topic and use the numbers for Friday's sales meeting with the advertising department.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:47 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

How you can call Favre selfish is beyond me! When the Giants summarily dismissed Phil Simms, arguably their best qurterback in their history, did you call the Giants management selfish? Simms wanted to play at least another year but the Giants wanted to rid themselves of his salary for an unproven rookie. The NFL is a business as well as a game. Players rarely get to hold all the chips so when those infrequent opportunities do arise it is their perogative to do as they feel is the best for them. Perhaps that is as how Favre feels.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:47 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

What if one of the high school receivers that Favre practices with sent out a text message from Favre's phone when he wasn't looking at practice saying that he is going to retire. That would be hilarious.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:47 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

This isn't selfish...he would play if he was healthy enough but recovering from the surgery took a step back and it doesn't look like he will be able to play, what is selfish about that?

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

Pete 'One-Sentence-Paragraph''ve waiting a long time for this day! I would love it if one day you got off the couch and said all this to the old Gunslinger's face. 

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again


Wait til the man HIMSELF come out and say it it was this same Prisco that didn't even give Favre a chance last season PLEASE disregard ANYTHING he has to say in relation to Favre...LOL!

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:39 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again

the vikings knew what they were getting into to, Farve has skipped training camp for three years on the verge of retiring every season, only to come in after training camp..

If he's being honest, he tried to rehab the foot, didn't work, he's letting them know he's not coming back, what else can he do, they want him back because he makes them a contender, now they're be fighting the bears for second place of the division.

Minnesota is at fault for not having plan B, Aaron Rogers anybody?

The Vikings signed on to the drama for a chance to win the superbowl, like the yankees, trying to buy it and taking the shortcut route.

they deserve nothing more!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:39 pm

Selfish Favre emerges again is about the media jumping all over a rumor again and giving the Vikes locker room a load of laughs...just can't wait to get on the keyboards and slam Favre again...

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