Thursday, July 10, 2008

Frozen Out?

Never have I seen an athlete who has given so much to his team and his sport treated with such disrespect. The same thing that made Brett Favre such a sporting icon, drove him to tears at that podium when he (prematurely) announced his retirement. Football is a game that, played right, is played with the utmost passion. "Leave it all on the field" is more than a trite coaching cliche. Favre left it all on the field. And just like the throwbacks we liken him to, he wasn't ready to go again in March...or April, or June.
OTAs and Mini Camps are valuable tools for acclimating newbies to the NFL...but they are more for the coaches than the players. So now it's July, and Favre's internal clock, and that huge heart, may be telling him it's time to play again. Yet the fans, and apparently the Packers all want to say..."No, no, no Brett...you moved on, and so have we!" Moved on to what? A bunch of classroom time and some field time playing flag football? "But Aaron Rodgers is ready!!!" Yeah, so was Scott Mitchell, Rob Johnson and Frank Reich. Rodgers may end up being a fine player; in fact, I like his chances...but this is BRETT FAVRE off one of his best season's ever. This isn't Johnny U with the Chargers or Joe Namath with the Rams.
Some of you folks in Green Bay have been out in the cold a bit to long....



3 comments:

Cleveland Clint said...

Wow, I cannot believe this but you actually don't take the Snow White/Pollyanna stance on this. About time you showed some balls Thom. Of course this isn't an issue about Alabama or the Titans either...

dannyt36553 said...

Sorry Big Dawg! But I can’t disagree with you more. If this were the first time that Brett waited until the 11th hour to let The Packers know that he was ready to play I’d agree with you. But it’s not.

And I’d like to know what he thinks/feels he still has to prove. It is extremely rare that I bust on a fellow native of The Gulf Coast but I truly believe it’s time for Favre to stay in Kiln, work on the farm during the day and count his money at night.

If I could speak to him I would say, “Please Brett! Don’t make the same mistake that Johnny U., Namath, Willie Mays and so many sports icons before you made. Your place in history and the hall is secure. Don’t mess it up by pushing the issue and coming out of retirement.”

Johnny Franks said...

Why does it matter to people so much that he stay retired? You same hypocrites complain about players not 'loving' the game enough. Well he loves the game & wants to play. Good for him.