I used to eff with Brett Favre because Brett Favre was good as a mug. Sadly, He wore out his welcome. For the bulk of his career dude simply played QB in a way that even Bears fans had to respect. (I guess they feel about Favre the way I, as a Raider fan feel about John Elway. I guess.) Fast forward a decade and old Brett started turning into a diva. (Why didn’t the Packers just offer him a Snickers bar?)
The Green Bay Packers, the franchise which gave Brett his chance to shine started to prepare for the future by drafting Aaron Rodgers to replace Brett because he was just getting old. He refused to mentor his replacement and he got a pass on this. This started off a couple of summers worth of will he or won’t he retire, eventually leading to Brett exiting Green Bay to play for the New York Jets.
Fast forward three and a half seasons and a few untimely interceptions and Brett’s career is now basically over. Through out this time, the majority of those who covered the NFL never once called Brett Favre on his being a Choosy Susie for the last fourth of his career. Even after the shine had worn the John Maddens and Trent Dilfers of the world never uttered a truthful word about Brett putting the Packers, Vikings, and Jets in a bad spot by not showing up for training camp under the guise of indecision when it was essentially a clever way to hold out for more cash. Nothing was said about him speaking on the contracts of teammates, thusly violating Rule Number 4 on the Tao of Wu. The media simply road Brett’s jock in a manner that made Ahmad Rashad’s love affair with Michael Jordan seem like a quickie in a stair well. Brett’s nuts were ridden to the extent that the G.O.P. called Rupert Murdoch and the folks at Fox News and asked “Why don’t you tell me I’m pretty any more?”
The NFL media coverage of QB4 became an ultra near-sighted man (Favre) leading the completely sightless (The Media). Through all the interceptions, ill-advised passes, text messages, and a washed-up gunslinger act it seemed as if they guys in the press both were secretly cheering for Favre. Now, he’s gone.
Sure he’ll be around a while longer because the Jen Sterger thing has to be played out but it’s time to say good night because that party is over. (R.I.P Don Meredith) So who will get their nuts tugged on now? T.O. and Ocho are the only other NFLers I can think of that love the camera as much as Brett but the media doesn’t love them back. (Too black? Too mouthy? Too silly? No wait, they actually admit to being attention whores. They just skipped the dumb country boy who is playing coy act.) Tom Brady and Peyton Manning could care less about the media because they just transcend their sport. So the media better scramble to find a new pair to swing on or their going to actually have to do their jobs and cover the games. My money is on the Night Stalker Richard Ramirez’s baby boy Mark Sanchez being the new blind man to lead Trent Dilfer and Matt Millen and around his talent level will probably have no bearing on this.
Vaya con Dios.