Tears Of A Clown
On December 31, 2006 the Green Bay Packers lost to the Chicago Bears and after the game a worthless sideline reporter said to Brett Favre "You took a picture with your offensive lineman, a lot of hugs, Donald Driver's picking you up. What's the significance of all this?" Brett Favre's response began with "Well if it is my last game I want to remember it". First of all when have you ever heard of an athlete taking photos with his teammates and even being picked up by another teammate AFTER A LOSS TO END THE SEASON. But even after making an ass out of yourself like that you can still put out any fires by simply saying "oh that's just the guys getting carried away". But what we got instead was the beginning of endless absurdity. A man so obsessed with his enormous ego that he's had to announce and then unannounce his retirement countless times.
Then on March 6, 2008 Favre elected to hold a retirement press conference. "I've given everything I can possibly give to this organization, to the game of football, and I don't think I've got anything left to give, and that's it" were his words on that day. What I would like to know is the name of the individual who first decided that a "retirement press conference" was a good idea. Not just in the case of Brett Favre but all athletes. The thinking had to have been "We'll have the athlete announce his retirement and then start reminiscing about all the good times and eventually it will lead to tears and that way if he should ever to decide to come back we will be able to play back the video and make him look a fool". And so he was when a few months later he decided 'that wasn't it' and had this to say about whether or not he would still be with the Packers: "I was asked the question if I was totally committed to the Packers and I know it's been documented and I posed the same question back to them. And I don't think either side could totally commit after all that's happened". Can't totally commit? I don't think anyone could have imagined at that moment just how uncommitted Brett Favre was to anything.
Favre was traded to the New York Jets and of course another press conference was held and more bologna came from his mouth. "I'm not a big talker, not gonna call team meetings, not gonna rah rah, I'm gonna show up, do what I have to do, pat guys on the back, hug em, pick em up off the ground, hope they do the same thing for me, and hope that's enough to win". For a guy who doesn't talk much and won't call team meetings he sure calls more than his share of personal meetings with the media. And I'm not sure of the exact definition of RAH RAH but I am pretty sure it includes hugging guys and picking them up off the ground and DOES NOT include being enough to win. He threw 22 interceptions in 2008 and failed to get the Jets to the playoffs and that led to his second retirement. Only this time Favre actually spared us a press conference. We got a press release instead with more reasons to humiliate him. "There are several things that went into decision but the most important thing was that physically, you know with my shoulder the last half of the year it hampered the way I played," Favre said. "I'm 39, I had several options [to have surgery] and to let it heal. How that would affect me in terms of playing I had no idea and it wasn't something I was going to risk." Every time you strap on a helmet from your very first game to your last there is RISK. Risk had nothing to do with this. He wanted nothing else then to continue to build drama around his career. I haven't even got to the Minnesota Viking portion of this tale but you can fill in the blanks yourself. If you're a professional athlete and you don't want to play anymore than just stop showing up. DON'T CALL TOGETHER EVERY SPORTS REPORTER IN THE WORLD AND SIT THERE AND CRY LIKE A DAMNED BABY.