House Tackles Favre
OK, we get that he's totally awesome. That he has thrown more touchdown passes than any quarterback ever. That despite turning the ripe old age of 38 this week he still breaks gridiron records. And that sports reporters harbor intense emotional feelings beyond admiration for him.
But the Brett Favre craze officially went off the deep end (zone) Tuesday with the House "debating" a resolution to honor the Green Bay Packers quarterback.
Returning from Columbus Day holiday to tackle their legislative agenda with a bang, lawmakers took up H. Res 697, which begins: "Whereas on September 30, 2007, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre established a National Football League record by throwing his 421st touchdown pass."
The resolution notes that Favre holds the NFL record for "greatest number of wins by a starting quarterback," that he's the "only 3-time winner of the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award," that he was "born in Gulf Port, Mississippi, was raised in Kiln, Mississippi, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi."
The measure goes on and on -- quoting, of course, the late NFL Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi -- commending Favre for his talents on the field and his tireless charity work, and recognizing his wife, Deanna Favre, for her efforts in helping fellow breast cancer survivors.
Again, all of it worthy praise. But on the floor of the House of Representatives? Don't they have anything better to do?
The lefty-and-proud-of-it Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.), one of several sponsors of the resolution, said Favre and his beloved Packers are as important as any issue facing Congress.
"The Green Bay Packers -- unlike any other corporation in America -- can never be 'off shored,' because the team is owned by the people living in Green Bay and Wisconsin," he said of the community-owned sports franchise. Luckily, his resolution passed by voice vote.
For those who question the temerity of the House focusing on football instead of the Iraq War, housing prices, health care, immigration, taxes, global warming, terrorism or (fill in the blank here), please rest assured: The entire day was not wasted discussing the "quarterback with a golden arm."
The House also considered and approved a resolution, H. Res. 654, congratulating the Phoenix Mercury for winning the 2007 Women's National Basketball Association Championship.
Mary Ann Akers
October 10, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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