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Brett Favre: After apology, interception seals Vikings' loss

When we last left Brett Favre, he'd apologized to his Minnesota Vikings teammates in an emotional speech for becoming a distraction as they prepared to play the New York Jets on Favre's favorite stage, "Monday Night Football."

Then, he went out and nearly pulled off another fantastic "MNF" finish...until Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery intercepted one of his passes with 1 minute, 30 seconds left and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown that sealed New York's 29-20 win in a very Favre-arian finish. The whole game, important as it was for both teams, had the feel of something that existed as a warmup act for a press conference about The Matter. You know the one...inappropriate messages/photos sent to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger and allegations by Jets massage therapists of out-of-bounds behavior.

"If you want to talk about what happened in the football game tonight," Favre said of the allegations, "I'd love to."

He was asked if he was embarrassed about the allegations. "I'm embarrassed we lost this football game."

He was asked about the pregame speech, one reminiscent of the one he gave when he played on "MNF" after his father died.

"That's between me and my teammates ... apparently not all of them."

Okeedoke. about those Jets? What? There's more about Favre? Like should he have decided to play again after reprising his Hamlet in a Helmet dinner theater? No? Oh, the tendinitis (RSI from too much dialing?) that marred a game (14-for-34, 264 yards, three TDs) that was historic for football reasons? Despite intensifying pain in his arm, Favre became the first quarterback to pass for 70,000 yards and 500 touchdowns. "This is probably the worst it's felt in four games," he said. "I missed some throws the last drive [that] I think I make in my sleep."

Now, it's back to le scandal.

Mike Wilbon: Is this the final chapter for Favre?

By Cindy Boren  | October 12, 2010; 7:49 AM ET
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Favre should have his own reality show. He's a walking soap opera.

Posted by: randysbailin | October 12, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

There are just some things you should try to avoid Brett... bad behavior that breeds contempt is one, especially if it's ego driven mania:

Posted by: JenAZ | October 12, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't care about the "off field allegations" I do think he made a mistake coming back. The allegations should play no role. Had he been younger, I would have chosen "No" even if he had these allegations, which have yet to be proven. I feel that he needs to hang it up before he does some permanent damage to himself, assuming he does not have any now.

BTW, he's innocent until proven guilty, so the jury's still out on whether he is actually guilty of the things he is being accused of. But then we all know that if a woman accuses a man of sexual harrassment, he is automatically guilty, unless he happens to be Bill Clinton.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | October 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If you read up on the sources from, you'll see that the validity of those allegations are thin to non-existent.

As far as Favre returning, well, no matter how good of a QB you are, if you don't have an O-line to give you time to throw in this league, these are the results you'll get. He was still making throws even without protection but I have to believe that if he had ample time consistently through the game, it would of been a different outcome.

But with that said, Favre doesn't look the same from last year. But it may have more to do with injuries than age.

Posted by: CYA_Coach | October 12, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It was stupid for him to do something that would even give the appearance of violating rules and NFL's code of conduct...I thought he was smarter than that,oh well.

Posted by: soccerhead | October 12, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Really? Their agenda is in their name- they want to nail people (no pun intended). People are SOOOO willing to think badly of another- especially someone who is a star- the crybaby, monday morning quarterback wanna-be's who couldn't be in a million years. Farve looks fine- every team changes every year. He was moving out of the pocket cleanly, he was making throws kids half his age can't. Did you see the drop-in to Randy Moss and the laser to Harvin? Come on. Half of the teams in the NFL wish they could het a 41 year old with that ability, experience and desire right now. The rest of you "never-could, can't and never-wills" need to scrub your own consciences.

Posted by: poppysue85 | October 12, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Forget about the alleged bad behavior (which could be very damaging if true). Given his age and the wear and tear it was inevitable that eventually he physically won't be able to compete. This is another sad reminder of wht happens by going out on a high note with some dignity.

Posted by: Natmeister | October 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

randysbailin: Really? The man just passed 500 TD's in a lifetime- Marino only got into the 400's. You will just automaticaly believe something from an entity called Figure out why you are so unhappy that you have automatically think ill of another. Without real proof. From a dicey source. Shame on you.

Posted by: poppysue85 | October 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Who cares. His team is 1-4 with an upcoming showdown with a 1-3 Cowboys team. That is the real story. This is potentially a season deciding, must win game for two playoff teams from last season. I hope Farve and the Vikings "stomp' the Cowboys. Go Moss!

Posted by: digger76 | October 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of the above posts I have to believe that there must be no way a super talented athlete can possibly do anything wrong in his personal life. A benchwarming quarterback might make a few mistakes, but a first stringer? No way. Fortunately for Brett, he has those 500 TD passes that void any personal transgressions.

(By the way, can we knock off this "innocent until proven guilty" stuff. He's not subject to a criminal investigation. No crime has even been alleged.)

Posted by: ShovelPlease | October 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh for goodness sake, Favre is an attention-addict and is now proving that after all his successes in football, he's still basically proving outside the game that he's really just low class white trash at heart. And I guarantee that first play of the game was something he concocted. I can't but watch him and think that before every play he thinks to himself "I'm Brett Favre, everybody look at me." Good riddance.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. I'm just happy about the Jets, escaping with a win there. Kinda nice to be likely favored in every game, except possibly the game in New England, the rest of the way. After 25 years as a Jets season ticket holder, nice to have some respect for the team. I remember the clock game, at least five 20 point blown leads, and a parade of hideous and rental quarterbacks, of which Favre was the last. Nothing against the guy, we knew we were renting him, but would have been nice if he had said he was hurt towards the end of 2008. I was at the Seattle game, where he played so badly.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | October 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Brett Favre is antiquated. he ruined a beautiful career by refusing to admit he is getting OLD!! It's over, Brett. Then to even PROVE his fear of aging, he had to do his little sexual cheating game online, the everyday evidence of his malady.

How sad that his own insecurity had to ruin his historicaal reputation! He has long ago been replaced by Aaron Rogers, who will be every bit as good, and who stands out especially because Favre has made such a fool out of himself!

There is NO going back, Brett!! You BLEW it!! Hopefully you are at LEAST smart enough to try to save your marriage!

Posted by: Maerzie | October 12, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, this photo with the article is a disgrace! Brett looks ugly! If he thinks it looks "cool" to be too lazy to shave and always come in to play with his gray 5 o'clock shadow, it isn't! It just makes him look LAZY!

Wisconsin Packer Fan

Posted by: Maerzie | October 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No question it was a mistake. Maybe it's like John Wayne doing all those later movies because of need? As to all these Locker-Room Lulus, enough already!

Posted by: phvr38 | October 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@Maerzie...i hear what you you are saying and its your opinion. With that being said, here is my opinion.

I truly believe that his legacy is in tact. When you love something as much as Favre loves the game of football, it's very difficult to walk away. We (spectators) are no different the media, We judge without all of the facts, we place athletes on pedestals, and when they fall short, we act as if they aren't human.

You can't honestly believe that after throwing for more than 70k yards, multiple leauge MVP's, over 500 TD's, and being a superbowl a champion, that a one or two bad years and a moral mistake is going to taint his legacy, I say no way. He has been waaay too good for waaay too long.

So many people underestimate the power of marriage. These rumors may prove to be false, if not, it is truly an issue for Mr. and Mrs. Favre to work out.

So, if he leads his team down the field last night and wins the game, we are talking about how great he still is at this point in his career. He made the plays to put them a position to even have a chance to win. With the personal issue, I'm willing to bet he has been a great husband to his wife, being there when she needed him most, giving 100% to his marriage and loving her through her through what has probably been the toughest part of her life(fighting breast cancer). What he has done or hasnt done remains to be seen. No one is perfect, no one, but we are all human, we make mistakes.

i hope my opinion didn't offend you in any way

Posted by: hoseaalston | October 12, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Poor Brett, when will he learn that at his age, SEXTING is no longer a viable option!

Posted by: laurelphoto | October 12, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

come on, it's time to admit that these girls are hired for their ability to entice men into doing stupid things.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 12, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Goodness! Look at his photo. He looks like an AARP member with preferred status!

Posted by: forgetthis | October 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Favre did everyone a huge disservice by "coming out of retirement"... again. He's an also-ran. He really, really needs to take a hint and retire for good.

Also, anyone who refers to himself or herself as @ATrueChristian probably isn't.

Posted by: wrytous | October 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Brett Playing football again, and Secretariat making another run for the TRIPLE CROWN.
Brett is looking more like Man of War's hindquarters.

Posted by: laurelphoto | October 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Brett Favre has been a very good quarterback.
Key words:

Posted by: laurelphoto | October 12, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Favre should have been done years ago--he's blocking a position that a younger, more capable QB might be playing, and playing more successfully. But hype, ego, and bad coaching/managerial judgment has kept him on the field, to the detriment of his teams. Physically, at his age he's a miracle, but not the kind that wins championships. Right now he's costing the Vikings, big time, in every respect, just as he did last season.

Posted by: Pangraz | October 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

this man could be costing himself a spot in the hall of fame

Posted by: j762 | October 12, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for the guy - I believe he has nothing to look forward to after football. I think that contributes to his inability to let go of playing. He has nothing else, particularly if his wife takes issue with these allegations.

I would suggest he go home, find a way to retire and mend his family relationships. Brett Farve could do so much still - outside of Football - if he would give it some thought.

Brett Farve has been a great football player; now he needs to learn how to live like the rest of us.

Posted by: ljines1 | October 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

He came back for the love of the game. A sport he has played his whole life. ANd dispite bad games to start he has shown signs off the last 3 years. Who is anyone of us to tell a guy not come back. he did this for the other 52 who still wanted him> love or hate him he gives it his all tough sob and a kid who shows emotion on that field . Season is not over!

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | October 12, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Brett Favre come within 1 play of the Super Bowl last season, after having what was unquestionably his best year in the NFL with 33 TDs and just 7 ints? Didn't he have a QB rating last year of 107, more than 12 points higher than his next best season? Aren't all the people who are now saying Favre should retire the same people who made the same statement prior to last year? Isn't it possible that if they were so badly wrong about Favre's ability before that they might again be wrong about his ability now?

Things that make you go hmmm...

Posted by: Barno1 | October 13, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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