Posted on: July 11, 2008 4:49 pm

The Media is to Blame for the Favre Debacle

I know most won't agree with me on this, but seeing as Brett Favre is my namesake on here (and the pseudo-religion I've coined using his name), I feel a need to defend both him and the Packers organization.

Who do I blame for this whole debacle? The media.

Each year, the media began a "Brett Favre watch" to see when and if he would announce retirement. Most players have the benefit of waiting the duration of the off-season with little or no scrutiny (like Johnathan Ogden of the Ravens, or Steve McNair). Instead, Brett felt additional pressure, as people began to proclaim him a "media queen" for drawing out the process of retirement each year.

In reality, Brett should have the right to that time without the media hounding him. Most players have an entire offseason to think about their future. This time, Brett was tired after a long season, and didn't want to put the team through the usual histrionics, and decided to call it a career in March.

While this was clearly a mistake (since Favre has obviously shown that he wants to come back), you can't blame Favre for that.

You can't blame the Packers for their actions either. They need to give Aaron Rodgers a chance to play. He showed flashes of brilliance in the Cowboys game, and was more efficient then the great #4 that game. The Packers decided to move forward assuming Favre was retired, a fair assumption considering how adamant he was in his initial retiring.

Now, Favre wants back. Yet the Packers have Rodgers and Brian Brohm waiting in the wings. They can't let him back on, since they have already moved on, they can't release him, due to the cap hit, and they can't trade him to any old team, as many teams might face the Packers. Yet, they have done nothing wrong.

This is all the media's fault, yet no one will ask what their role is in this. They've long scrutinized everything Favre did, asking whether "he still had it" for years, even when it was clear that while he had indeed lost a step (and what older QB hasnt?), it was the supporting cast around him which was preventing his skills from shining through.

This is the media's fault, plain and simple. I will of course root for the Packers, and if a team ends up signing Brett (other than the Vikings, Bears or Lions), then I'll probably root for them too, as a sort of surrogate team to the Green and Gold.
Posted on: March 4, 2008 11:22 am

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

I woke up on a usual day here at UW, content that I didn't have class until 2:25, yet had decided to wake up at 9:45 so I could get some breakfast. Then I flipped on Sportscenter, and stopped dead. I will not lie. I teared up. Brett Favre has been my role model, my hero, and my favorite NFL player since my youth. I'm only 20, so Favre has been a constant for me. Ever since I understood the concept of football, Brett Favre has been with the Packers. Now, I will have to get used to Aaron Rodgers under center, tossing bombs to Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.

It's hard to believe for me... it seems like the end of an era. Brett Favre has always been my favorite player, because of the way he comported himself, his mental and physical toughness, and his desire to play the game. Still, if what they say is true, that he no longer had the "fire" in him to prepare week in and week out, then I feel it was good for him to retire. Though right now I am heartbroken, I feel that I would rather Brett Favre go out (almost) on top. He was within a few plays of the Super Bowl, he was voted the  starter for the Pro Bowl, and he had a good young team around him. Now, with Aaron Rodgers left to man a team with a lot of potential, I wish the best for him. I would rather see Brett go down on a good note than come back and be like Jerry Rice or Emmitt Smith, slowly puttering to a stop with mediocre years. Instead, his legacy is left untarnished, and he has cemented his status as one of the top 5 QB's of all time (in my mind anyways.)
Posted on: January 22, 2008 10:38 pm

Scattered Thoughts from Today

I planned to come on here and blog again as soon as the NFC Championship game was done. Here I was, all prepared with my post, all about how difficult it was for me to be a Packers fan who had lived in Patriots territory all his life, and how life would become increasingly difficult once I went back to school in Madison.

Alas, that dilemma is one I will not have to face. The Packers played a horrid 2nd half, highlighted by costly interceptions by Brett Favre and a nonexistent running game from Ryan Grant. My hats are off to the Giants, and I wish them the best of luck as they face the behemoth known as the Pats in the Super Bowl.

Now, on to the non-sports stuff.

First off, rest in peace Heath Ledger. While it is still hard to tell how your legacy will be remembered, initial reports have painted him to be a James Dean figure, a loner with Hollywood looks who couldn't stand the labels of "heartthrob" and "hottie" he was forced into. In reality, his acting was insightful and showed many great sides. I eagerly look forward to the release of "The Dark Knight," as Ledger is rumored to have immersed himself into the role, even using a razor to cut the sides of his mouth a la the General in "Pan's Labryinth" to give his Joker an authentic look. I loved Jack Nicholson in the original role, but wow, that is commitment...

Now, back to sports...

Tom Brady was spotted walking in New York City wearing a protective boot. Yet, the first thing I thought of was "what the heck is Tom Brady doing in New York? Visiting his good pals Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez?" I hope Brady is 100% for the game, not only because I want to see the Patriots hand it to Eli Manning and the Giants, but also because I'm sure the Giants want to have a chance to beat the Patriots on their own terms, and not have an excuse like a hobbled Brady hanging over their heads.

Finally, a lighter note from Tinseltown:

All year, as I was sitting at school, praying for a 4.0 and a BCS bowl for the Badgers, I thought to myself "that's about as likely as 'Norbit' winning an Oscar." Ah, if only my dreams had that good of a chance. It is with great amusement and horrid fascination that I report the Eddie Murphy hamfest "Norbit" was nominated for an Oscar in "Best Makeup". If only I had known all those times I was saying these things, the chances of Norbit winning an Oscar were actually 1 in 3.

That's it for now. Strangely, despite my relative lack of activity on CBS, I have somehow temporarily acquired a "top 10" sticker next to my head. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since my old friend ChiSoxandIrish has perpetually been in the top 10 despite barely ever visiting CBS, but I guess all I can say is... thanks?

Until next time,
Posted on: January 15, 2008 1:53 pm

Starting Out

Well, I've had a few blogs in my time. Mostly they have turned into meandering treatises on my life in general, and often lack in substance. Still, I think having a blog on CBS, a site to which I am a frequent visitor, would be a good idea. Here, rather than bringing in posts about entertainment, politics, or the everyday happenings of my life, I'll write about sports, and sports only.

That being said, here's what I'm thinking for the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend.

NFC: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers:

As a Packers fan, I was elated when the Giants were able to bring down the Cowboys in the divisional playoffs. While I did think Dallas had slipped in recent weeks, the fact that Brett Favre was winless in Dallas over his illustrious career was troubling. Now, the road to Super Bowl 42 is going through Lambeau, so there are no excuses. The Packers are the youngest and most inexperienced team in the NFL, but their team chemistry and natural athletic talent have shown through that. The Giants are on a hot streak, however, and pose a worthy opponent. Watching Eli Manning dissect the Dallas secondary with his 53 second scoring drive at the end of the first half in the previous game showed me that even with his inconsistencies, he can show courage under fire. Still, with Plaxico Burress still not 100%, Amani Toomer getting up there in age, and relative youth at the other receiving slots in Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss, I think the physical Packers secondary will frazzle them. During the Seattle game, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle receivers were constantly losing their composure calling for flags on Al Harris and Charles Woodson, and the Giants can't let that happen if they want to stay in this game. On the other end of the field, the Giants depleted secondary still played well against the Cowboys at the end of the game, yet one wonders how well they will hold up against Brett Favre spreading the ball all over the field for the duration of the game. In my mind, both of these factors will lead to a close Packers victory.
Prediction: Packers 24, Giants 17.

AFC: San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots

Once again, before I begin this prediction, I must admit my biases. While I am a Packers fan first, I spent the duration of my childhood growing up in Massachusetts, and therefore have a very large soft spot for the Patriots. I was pleased to see the Colts fall, especially given the fact that the Chargers are now ravaged with injuries at the skill positions. LaDanian Tomlinson is set to play, as are Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, yet they are not 100%, and any disadvantage they have against the unstoppable force known as the Patriots is a major one. Still, the Patriots have petered off in recent weeks. They have found ways to win, but have not dominated games like they did earlier in the season, when they routed the Chargers. The Chargers defense, with All-Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie, are a dangerous bunch, and their run defense could pose a threat to Laurence Maroney. Still, given all the injuries to the Chargers, and the fact that it's Tom Brady, at Gillette Stadium, in the AFC Championship game, I have to give the win to the Patriots.
Prediction: Patriots 31, Chargers 20

Well, that's all for now. Until next time (most likely the Super Bowl itself), this is Favreism, signing off.
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