FAVRE DOES FANS A FAVOR

It’s official. Brett Favre is coming back to the Vikings for his 20th NFL season.

What football fan wouldn’t want him to come back?  He’s taken the normal amount of ridicule for waiting so long to make a decision but it’s the media who should be ridiculed.

Reporters and commentators everywhere are whining about how Favre put them through the “is he or isn’t he” dance again and they wish he would just go away. I may have done some whining about it myself in the past.

Favre has been accused to having an uncontrollable ego.

He doesn’t need training camp. He needs a few weeks to get ready. He knows it and his coaches know it.

You can’t really blame Favre for the media’s over the top interest in his plans. He wanted to wait until a few weeks of training camp had gone by to make a decision. He’s 41 years old. He’s probsbly increasing his team’s chances of winning by skipping those first three weeks.

How could you be a football fan and not enjoy watching him play last season?

I’m 10 times more interested in the Vikings-Saints opener now that I know he’s going to be playing in it.

The league would be a lot more exciting if it had more guys playing quarterback the way Favre plays it. If he can keep playing as well as he played last season, I don’t care if he plays until he’s 51.

  • Ochotexto

    Faves is one of the all time greats but I think you rank him way too high at #2 JS. No way I rank him over Marino, Montana , Elway, Brady, etc…., though I’m with Karen having him in the Top 15. I’d be interested in Joe Butlers take also.
    I think he came back for 13 million reasons., for which I can’t blame him. He could have reported with his teammates and waded through camp a la Big Hamp.
    Hockey needs ESPN more than vice versa.!

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I think he’s the second most talented. I could be talked out of him being the second most ACCOMPLISHED. His consecutive game streak is more amazing than Ripken’s and may be the most unbreakable record out there.

      I don’t care where the NHL games are televised. I’ll find them.

      • Ochotexto

        You and literally dozens of others.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          What’s popular is not always right and what’s right is not always popular.

    • Ken

      I think Montana, P. Manning, and Brady were/are better than Favre, and some others.

      Being a Pitt grad, I shouldn’t say this, but I’d take Favre over Marino. No one ever may have thrown a ball better than Marino, but Favre is the complete package. At 40, he’s still pretty mobile, while Dan was pretty immobile throught most of his career.

      I always thought Elway was overrater. Great athletic skills, maybe the best ever at the position, and at the end of his career a great quarterback. But it took him 12 years to develop any touch and to stop trying to through the ball through his receivers’ chests on short out patterns.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Bradshaw threw the ball better than Marino and Favre throws it as well. Montana and Manning are less likely to throw a bad interception than Favre. It’s hard to argue with Montana’s success. I don’t think Brady is better than Favre. I think Brady is a tad overrated.

        • Karen

          I think Brady is overrated also. Look what happened when Cassel played, they didn’t miss a beat. Any QB with a brain should be able to complete 2 yard passes, which is the heart of the Cheatriots offense. As for ESPN, I have to tolerate their Favre and Cowboys obsessions for football info b/c the NFL Network is horrendous.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        Ken: When you say you’d take Favre over Marino, what exactly do you mean by that? Teams that have been quarterbacked by Favre in the postseason are 12-12, with one Super Bowl win (15 years ago). Marino’s teams have zero Super Bowl wins.
        Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, Eli Manning, Jim Plunkett and Brad Johnson, just to name a few, all have as many if not more championships than either Favre or Marino,
        You can keep your fantasy football QBs.
        I’ll “take” a team that plays great defense anytime.

        • Ken

          I said that I’d take Favre over Marino because I think that he was the better overall player.

          I think you need a balance, but I do agree that a defense-oriented team with a relatively weak offense (think the 2000 Ravens or 1974 Steelers) is more likely to win a Super Bowl than a team with the reverse situation.

          I think people look at postseason stats way too much. It’s like football suddenly stops being a team game and it’s all up to the QB. Never having won a Super Bowl kept Fran Tarkenton from being a 1st ballot HOFer, despite retiring holding ever significant QB record by a good margin.

          I don’t judge great QBs solely by the number of rings they have. It’s a team game.

          You’re even starting to see people judge great baseball players by number of World Series won. Are they going to kick Ted Williams or Ernie Banks out of the HOF because their teams were never good enough to win?

  • francis

    the drama is the show with farve…it’s entertainment people…the NFL is here for you to watch like a movie…farve loves to be center stage…he enjoys the media hounding him non-stop…i like what he brings when he plays…he entertains thats his job…athletes make INSANE cash who cares…just watch the games for the joy they are with the best players to watch like brett…i wanna see farve play again also…but i’m not gonna follow the coverage evey 5minutes on espn that insane…when the season starts if he’s playing cool…if not i’ll find another to watch no biggy…

  • Karen

    I love Favre’s enthusiasm, and think he’s gotta be in the top 15 QBs of all time. As for this soap opera, I put 90% on ESPN, which is so over the top anymore. They are the experts at beating a dead horse, shoving it down the public’s throat, then beating it some more. I wish there was an alternative to ESPN, at least there’s the NHL network so I can get hockey highlights. Since ESPN doesn’t televise it, they ignore it.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Bingo.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        There’s an NHL Network?
        Seriously?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          It’s very good actually. If you like hockey, If you don’t like hockey it’s probably not for you.

        • Mike

          I just finished watching Pens vs Red Wings game 7 from 2009. Desparate for hockey? Guilty as charged.

    • Tim

      Only time hockey gets on ESPN is when there is a controversial hit and they spend a week declaring hockey players thugs and the sport too violent.

      Say what you want about the NHL but hockey players RARELY get arrested. It’s a joke in the NFL, there is a counter on Profootballtalk with the amount of days since the last NFL arrest.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Drop the puck. I’m ready. Not just for the NHL but I’ll have four grandsons playing this year.

    • Mike

      All you have to know about ESPN is that they had a Monday Night Countdown show, “breakin down” all the aspects of an exhibition game.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        ESPN proves everyday that sometimes more is less.

  • Niblick

    Brett Favre needs to just go away . . . forever. Sorry, but playing the diva card like he does every year is sickening to me. He is only a football player. A slightly above average one if you look at his whole body of work. The Vikings coach complains about his running back missing practice but allows three other player to go to Favre’s home to kiss his butt to come back. Gimme a break!!

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      You lost me when you said he’s slightly above average.

  • Tim

    Brett Favre is to ESPN as Lindsay Lohan is to TMZ. It was ridiculous of ESPN to cover his ride from the airport to the Vikings training facility like it was the OJ Chase.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Not Favre’s fault, of course.

  • a-dawg

    Although I recognize that all this Favre-mania is media driven…I hope he suffers a career ending injury this year so the madness can stop. And the earlier the better. Although this probably sounds cruel, notice I didn’t say a debilitating injury. Just something that makes sure we don’t go through all this crap next year.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      What did we go through? I must have missed it.

  • IvanHlinka

    I’m sorry but I fail to see how anyone who hates Ben Roethlisberger as a person can condone the self centered actions of this egotistical drug addict.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I’m sorry you can’t see that. Maybe counseling would help.

      • IvanHlinka

        I agree counseling would help you. You allow the personal jealously and hatred you have for Ben because he won 2 rings and Kordell couldn’t to affect you’re inconsistent opinions.

        If Ben pulled the yearly crap Favre does you’d have a stroke.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Yeah. It’s all about Kordell and I’m jealous. Brilliant diagnosis, doctor.

  • Isteve Roissy

    QBs like Favre and Big ben are unique and fun to watch. They wing it a lot and remind us of when we were kids and it was just everyone get open and I’ll find you.

    There used to be many QBs like this back in the old days but now they are mostly overcoached automatons. The coaches call all the plays, and every play is scripted as to 5 step drop and following progressions, often with safe, short passes. Seeing Ben and Brett improvise, run around, go off the script, sometimes do something stupid but more often make great, exciting plays are part of what makes them great.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Could not agree more. Favre is the closest I’ve seen to Terry Bradshaw–the most talented QB I ever saw. Spare me the stats. I’m talking about arm strength, scrambling/running ability, calling his own plays, toughness etc.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        I especially enjoyed watching Favre last season, when that “awful” Steelers defense put a smackdown on him and held his offense to 10 points. That was a thing of beauty…
        Not sure I see similarities between Favre and Roethlisberger, though. I really wouldn’t classify Roethlisberger as “gunslinger.” Nor is Roethlisberger as durable. Both are egomaniacs, however.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I think QBs are a little like presidents. They need large egos.

  • mickey

    i do not watch a game just because brett favre is playing in it

    it’s been what, 6 years he’s played this ‘will he or won’t he” game

    i can’t believe people still talk about it

    he will play as long as some team is willing to start him, he needs the attention and man crush admiration

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I think he likes to play football and hates training camp.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Rob H.

        I think he likes the 16 million more.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          That doesn’t make him a bad person.

          • IvanHlinka

            No his drug use, and his alleged cheating on his wife, and allegedly texting pictures of himself masturbating to a Jets employee would make him a bad person.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Allegedly? I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have written here at least 20 times that I think Roethlisberger is a superstar and i wouldn’t trade him for any other QB in the league. The fact that he acted like a jackass for five years hasn’ changed my opinion of him as a quarterback one iota.

          • IvanHlinka

            Yeah John, allegedly. You see much like Ben and these tales you hear about him there is no real proof that Favre did what he was accused of.

            But you bash Ben, and defend the junkie.

            Why?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Favre got addicted to pain killers. That doesn’t make him a bad guy.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        John, you forgot to include in you summation that Favre enjoys playing football so much, it took a $7 million pay increase from the Vikings and the begging of three teammates to get him out of Mississippi and into Minnesota.
        What was it that Chuck Noll used to say? If a player is even thinking about retirement, then he should retire.
        Favre had a career year last season. Of course, it helped that he went to a team that had qualified for the postseason the season before with a quarterback named Gus Ferrote.
        If Favre truly “likes to play football,” he shouldn’t have been so picky about which team he’d play for… I’d rather see him prove his love for football in either Tampa Bay or Detroit.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          All I have to do is watch him to see how much he enjoys playing. He likes the money, too and he’s made enough of it that he doesn’t have to put up with playing for a bad team. I’m guessing he likes to win, too. If the St. Louis Rams had offered him 32 million to play I’m sure he would have turned it down. I guess I’m not bothered by the “soap opera” because I don’t pay attention to any of it. It’s not that hard to ignore.

          • Frank

            When the Brett Favre soap opera topic pops up on my television, I simply switch the channel. That tends to work.

            Personally, I had a little more respect for Favre as a person before he started up this b.s. every year. While it’s partly the media’s fault, Favre knows what he’s doing. I am not denying that the man loves the game and cash, but I believe he also loves the summer-long attention fest.

            Like I said though, switching the channel works wonders.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I don’t know how much he loves the attention fest. I do know that he has nothing to do with how much attention he gets. I think he decided a while ago that he likes playing and hates practicing. Imagine how many practices this guy has been through in the last 30 years. He’s figured out a way to keep playing, avoid training camp and make ridiculous amounts of money. The media attention is probably more annoying than gratifying.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            He didn’t look to be having a whole lot of fun in last season’s NFC championship game. While the Vikes should’ve won that game, had it not been for Peterson’s constant fumbling and a questionable pass interference call, Favre took a vicious pounding. He may not last the entire 2010 season.
            The only way anyone could possibly “ignore the soap opera” would’ve required joining Osama Bin Laden in a cave. John, I don’t know how you can comment on or defend the media when you obviously don’t watch or listen to any of them.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            What makes you think I don’t watch? I watch Sportscenter and I listen to local and national talk shows and I read columnists arounv the country at prosportsdaily.com and I read SI.com, ESPN. com. I think that qualifies as media.

        • Ken

          Favre never intended to retire. His ankle may be a concern, but I think he just wanted to skip training camp. Obviously, that didn’t hurt him last year. He and the Vikings should have just been up front about it, say that he’s been playing in the NFL for two decades, doesn’t need the wear and tear of training camp, and he’ll be here when they need him.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Maybe he’s doing the coaches a favor by perpetuating the myth that training camp is all important.

    • Ken

      Very few athletes would quit while some team is willing to start them. And coming off the best season of his career, it’s pretty clear why the Vikings still want him. All athletes crave attention, it’s part of the personality makeup that makes them succeessful.

      The yearly soap opera is annoying, but I’m glad that he’s still playing.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        There wasn’t a player I was more interested in watching last season than Favre and I have a feeling it’ll be the same this season.

  • Scootermojo

    just out of curiosity, was/is your opinion the same of roger clemens doing the same thing?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I probably didn’t care because I don’t care about MLB. I don’t remember feeling too strongly about it one way or the other.