Friday, October 9, 2009

Another Favre Story. Great.

You may have heard(or may not have, though I don't know how that could have happened) that Brett Favre is the starting quarterback for the Vikings. Over the past three years, stories about Favre have been beaten more than Rihanna. Thursday was no different -- my favorite Maine Campus author penned an article about Favre.

I’m 22 years old. I’m a fifth-year senior in college

I am divorced. And I live in van down by the river!

I’ve been watching Brett Favre and marveling about the things he does on a football field that continues to this day.

Throwing the most interceptions of all time?

As I referenced in last week’s column, the typical drop-back, pocket passer is gradually becoming less relevant due to the speed of defenses these days.

It's still as false as it was last week. Of the five best QBs in the NFL (in no order - Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers), only Roethlisberger could be considered mobile. Also consider the wave of young QBs (Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez). They are pocket passers.

However, the most impressive guys at that position have still been able to rely on their arm strength and knowledge of defenses to have success

Is there a good QB in the NFL that doesn't have knowledge of the opposing defense?

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are not typically recognized for their ability to escape the pass-rush

But drop back passers are becoming irrelevant! Brady and Manning should be looking over their shoulders.

They seem to always know who’s going to be open and where the ball should go depending on coverage.

Good quarterbacks can read defenses. They spend all week practicing and watching film of opposing teams.

After three years of his inability to retire, Favre has found himself playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

It's not an inability to retire. He hates going to training camp, an activity everyone in the league has to do.

After the 2006 season, Favre retired,

Actually, he didn't retire then; he was only thinking about it.

He played one season with the Jets and made them a playoff contender until their last regular season game

Where he threw the season away, divided the locker room and got the coach fired. While the Jets former starting quarterback won the division with the Dolphins. And if I recall correctly, they needed about fifteen things to go their way to even make the playoffs in the last game (after blowing a two or three game division lead).

The Jets had already picked USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in the draft, so he signed with the Packers NFC North rival, Vikings

After he begged the Jets to release him and then spending two months flying between Mississippi and Minnesota before claiming he wouldn't sign. He then signed two weeks later.

Most people would be playing golf and drinking Coronas on South Beach. But Favre is different

When all is done, he wants to farm

But his performance against his former employer has made me realize something:

I bet it's going to be something groundbreaking.

Love of the game is more powerful than any other variable

Really? So if I love the game enough, I could go play pro baseball (despite my inability to hit when I played in Little League)?

After all, football is still a game

A game that requires you to be in top physical condition (unless you're JaMarcus Russell) and have a pain tolerance large enough to take hits from 300 pound linemen.

Favre looks like a 13-year old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert when he steps on the gridiron.


Somebody give this man a backstage pass.

He could probably get them to play a private concert (he has plenty of money) and, you know, if they were still a band (and didn't suck)

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