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Sacked—but he'll be back

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The Associated Press reported an hour ago that Brett Favre will sit out Minnesota's season-ending game in Detroit today.

I barely follow football, but even I grow tired of the "will-he-retire-or-won't-he" speculation about Favre before each season starts. From what I've read, playing this season was one too many, as Favre was beaten up physically while posting sad statistics. His image also was tarnished after he was less than forthcoming about a gossip-columny episode involving a female New York Jets employee. The crumbling of the icon is all but complete.

Did he have a Hall of Fame career? Of course; that's beyond a doubt. Is his career over? It seems that way, although with Favre, nothing is certain.

Wait: I think that with Favre, one thing is certain:

If he does retire after this season, he will sign as a television studio "analyst" for football broadcasts almost as soon as his inevitably teary retirement press conference ends.

So, like him or not, football fans haven't seen the last of him.

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sahlah
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
What is this "football" you speak of? There is only one sport that matters... I think the calendar is blank until February 25th or so. :)
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think baseball is a great sport. Whenever I'm having trouble sleeping, I just find a game on TV and I'm asleep within 10 minutes. But in those 10 minutes, I hear grown men referred to with names like "Sparky," I endure interminable delays between pitches if there's a runner on first, and during the few moments of "action," the only person who's moving is the pitcher and occasionally the batter. Oh, occasionally a batter will make contact with the ball, resulting in maybe two or three guys exerting themselves for up to five whole seconds.

Baseball fans liken their sport to chess. Please: chess involves real thinking. Thinking on the baseball field usually is limited to spitting on the artificial turf. Baseball fans boast that theirs is the only sport played without a clock. To which I reply, "This is a good thing?

But what I really, really like about baseball is that the players' pharmacists are able to stay a step ahead of Major League Baseball's pharmacists. And what other sport would debate whether liars and cheats like Pete Rose and Barry Bonds actually belong in the Hall of Fame?

I also like the occasional fights that break out during games. I've seen more dangerous punches thrown during punch-ups between fourth-graders.

However, I must admit that there's one moment in baseball that makes me smile in delight each time I contemplate it:

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Edited at 2011-01-02 06:46 pm (UTC)
minnesattva
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I must say I'm surprised at this. I'd have thought the opportunities for zen-like ability to do exactly the right thing at exactly the right time (ignoring the milliseconds before and after if you're a batter, the innings before and after if you're a right-fielder), the nuance and subtlety of the slider away or the high heat of a little chin music, the hit-and-run or the squeeze bunt, the vagaries of the solemnly intoned infield fly rule and the fielder's choice, would strike the chord in your heart that they do in mine: that of a soothing background that is also heartstoppingly attention-consuming at times, and if nothing else has more potential for stories to happen during the normal course of play than any other.

But in the meantime, a cure for insomnia is nothing to scoff at :)
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I recall a story that sounds too good to be true, but: It seems a player (John Kruk?) was smoking a cigarette one time and a fan berated him. After all, he was a professional athlete.

Kruk's reply, according to the story: "Ma'am, I'm not a professional athlete. I'm a baseball player."
cam_1089
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
U L Washington (no periods because the letters didn't stand for anything) played 10 years in the majors with a toothpick dangling from the corner of his mouth.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Didn't he know he was supposed to dip snuff, or chew tobacco, and spit all over the field?
cam_1089
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
It was the '80s, so chances are good he was too busy with greenies for that stuff.
minnesattva
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
I might be a little less willing to give up rugby and cricket, but there is certainly only one American sport that matters! Hear hear!

*sits at the window and waits for spring*
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
"... only one American sport that matters!" Holly, I know you're not talking about baseball, so let me guess:

Tractor pulls?
minnesattva
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Say it ain't so :)
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
OK: WWE?
sahlah
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I have to admit - that is a pretty funny thread...

Say what you like, but there are few better uses of a sunny summer afternoon than a baseball game.

I prefer our minor league teams, small stadiums, dollar dogs, goofy local promotions between innings and the still idealistic young players.

patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
I went to a baseball game a long time ago in Toronto, when the Jays still played outdoors. They were playing Boston, I think; it was a night game. Being at the game was a hoot! I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite part was watching the peanut vendors toss a bag of peanuts and invariably hit their targets, no matter the distance, and I was impressed by the way people simply passed the money along to the vendors when the peanut-eaters were at an inconvenient distance from the vendors. I would go to another game for sure, but not a day game.
minnesattva
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, my family dislikes him to such a degree it's comic. My dad, not normally prone to such flowery metaphors, says that my aunt talks about him as if he kicked her puppy. She, and my grandpa, hated him when he was with Green Bay, of course, but hate him even more now, somehow. Not for his many interceptions or other performance on the field, and I've never heard anything about the sexual harassment charges from them (the only reason I know of to even potentially dislike him as a person, other than his will-he-won't-he about retiring and his thinking that training camp is for lesser mortals than he), no, my aunt just thinks he's "cocky." Whatever that is taken to me, it is surely a epithet that could be leveled at many sports stars and other celebrities, but I see a) little to no effect on the field/rink/pitch/wicket/etc. due to people's personalities, but also b) that if you started insisting that people had to be nice people as well as good at whatever they do, however irrelevant it might be, there'd be far fewer sporting events.

Some, of course, might say this is a good thing.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
I covered the NHL's Buffalo Sabres for one season a long time ago and only dealt with one jerk—and he was a coach. The players were without exception friendly, with their interactions ranging from somewhat-wary-of-reporters-but-polite-anyway to "here, let me tell you a story." I'm sure you remember Glen Sonmor, coach of the Minnesota North Stars. He talked hockey for with a fellow reporter and me for a good 20 minutes after all the other reporters had left. Hockey people are good, good people overall—or they were at the time, anyway.

Having said that, I think elite athletes have to be somewhere between confident and cocky to perform well. And it's unreasonable for us to expect them all to act like Eagle Scouts.
cam_1089
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Speaking as a Jets fan, I can tell you Favre didn't retire a year late. He retired two-and-a-quarter, if not three, years late.

In case you don't want to wade through the entire stat block, he threw two touchdowns and eight interceptions over his last four games as a Jet, taking them from 8-3 in week 12 to 9-7 and out of the playoffs. Also, his famous machismo led him to play those last Jet games hurt, not only hurting his team on the field but causing the NFL to fine the Jets for allowing him to play with an injury.

Imagine the press the Jets would have received for not letting Brett Favre "play through the pain"...

Then, of course, there's the (alleged) harassment of Jenn Sturger. It's "alleged" because he only received a lesser fine for "failing to cooperate" and "not being candid" with the NFL's investigation.

Commissioner Goodell's essentially saying, "We're not saying you did it, but we are saying you lied about not doing it." Beautiful. Have to love the systems put in place to protect football's number-one diva.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Not that you're bitter or anything ...
cam_1089
Jan. 3rd, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
It'd be one thing if he hadn't done the public will-he-won't-he dance every year for, what, half a decade?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 3rd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
As you said: "football's number-one diva."
minnesattva
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
I commented from my phone but it doesn't seem to have posted! And now I can't remember what I said!

But I don't expect them to be scouts, because they're not getting paid to be nice. That's the point; I have no reason to care if Brett Favre is cocky or not. I'd rather he wasn't sexually harassing people, but only in the way that I'd rather nobody else was, famous or not. That's not his job; his job is throwing completions more often than interceptions, that's what he's getting paid to do, so that's all I care if he does well.
inkling7
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed your comment thread about baseball just as much as I enjoyed this post.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sara. Just having some fun with this one.
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