And That Is Why You Stay Retired
Yes, if you haven't heard by now (which would be astonishing, seeing as how even Beijing knows what's up), Brett Favre is now a quarterback for the New York Jets of New Jersey.
I don't even know how to feel about this whole thing, mostly because I was in the office until nearly 4 a.m. dealing with the saga and now seem to be experiencing some sort of post-traumatic annoyance disorder.
Let's see what the guy who gets paid to know how he feels about this whole thing has to say:
Mike Wise writes: "There should be a manual for sporting deities called 'How to Step Away Gracefully,' written by maybe Nolan Ryan or Jim Brown or Larry Bird, and it should be a must-read for every icon like Brett Favre before he retires. Because this unseemly saga that pushed into early this morning, with Broadway Brett headed to the New York Jets, severely damaged the myth of the heart-on-his-sleeve hayseed who restored glory to Green Bay."
Yeah, totally what he said. After the jump, some most excellent reader comments.
josefmahoney: The game is a corporation. It's richer with soap opera. It's richer with Favre playing. Madden will now get two Favre's in his next video game. Anyway, while this all seems quite fascinating because of its supposedly human dimension, its really a "tyranny of things." Welcome to the sophisticated fetish.
AnthonyHeaden: Who are we, especially you sports writers, to tell a person they can or can't play a sport, A GAME, if they are still able to do so? As far as a legacy or whatever, do you really think the 1, 2, maybe 3 years he will play in NY will determine who he was as a player..........nope, not at all. Do we remember Jordan for his Bulls years or his time with the Wizards...........HISTORY CAN'T BE ERASED!
Nice theory, but tell it to Wikipedia. Or Google, for that matter. And wait a doggone minute here! You're trying to tell me that Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls? I thought he was just some dude who wears dangly earrings and makes poor draft decisions for the Bobcats.
Reader pgiaquinto brings us back to reality:
pgiaquinto: What a pathetic ending to a great career. Favre in New York is Bob Dole for Viagra, Martha Ray for Polident and John McCain for President......sad, sad, sad.
donmac1: No one can blame Green Bay. Enough is enough! I am so sick of seeing Favre's crying mug on every sports show I could hurl! Brett have a great season with the Jets! At this stage either win another super bowl or retire with a broken leg. Other wise no one cares!
I was with you all the way until "broken leg," donmac.
WiltonManorsSteve: Sportswriters are, in general, whiners. The problem with Favre was that he wasn't articulate enough to sit in the broadcast booth, so he needs some more coin in the bank before he goes to work for RE/MAX.
jhpurdy: Wow! Some people sure can get worked up over a sports column. Look, Favre told the Packers he was done, formally retired and then said, whoa, I want to come back. If I quit my job, tell my employer I'm done, you think he would automatically take me back if I changed my mind? We'll see how he adjusts when he goes from being a small town darling in Wisconsin to playing in the glare of the New York media spotlight. If he re-retires half way through the season, I won't be shocked. It seems like everyone here has forgotten, but Favre had a terrible season in '06. At 38, he's more likely to have another terrible season tha another great one.
And finally, my personal favorite:
dmyers53217: Thanks to West Side Story, we know this will end when they cart him away:
When you're a Jet, You're a Jet all the way From your first cigarette To your last dyin' day.
When you're a Jet, If the spit hits the fan, You got brothers around, You're a family man!
You're never alone, You're never disconnected! You're home with your own: When company's expected, You're well protected!
Then you are set With a capital J, Which you'll never forget Till they cart you away. When you're a Jet, You stay a Jet!
What do you think? I'll be writing more on Favre, the Packers and the Jets over the coming days, but not in the annoying way that everyone else will. Think contests, pointing fingers, laughing and linking to YouTube videos like this one.
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