Alright, the media might not directly want you to hate Brett Favre, but I am of the opinion that this offseason, all hate towards Brett Favre should be redirected to the media. It's no secret that Brett has been in the business of Brett as of late, and through his sappy shenanigans has caused a good portion of NFL fans to simply hate the fact the media spends so much time on him. However, if you look at the context clues, this offseason Brett simply is doing as he said he would, and I can respect that.
Brett Favre was drafted in 1991 by the Falcons. It could be said in some ways that he became a man in front of the camera, sitting there with the press in front of him. It was in front of the NFL's omnipresent cameras that he dealt with drug addiction - and overcame it. It was there the precedent was set. When something important is going in your life that might effect what youre doing on the field, don't hold back. Have a presser, and answer questions. Surely Brett didn't think this policy would end up playing into the fact he's a very emotional person by nature, and end up backfiring.
After he got clean, Brett Favre did nothing but win win win, no matter what. The very next season, he started his legacy by winning the Superbowl in 96, with the last team to win the big one with the number one offense and defense. From there on out, he accepted the role given to him by the media as America's darling. How could you not, the way he plays, and the seasons he put together, and this is what the media is saying about you:
"Brett Favre is everything that is good about football." -- Sean Salisbury
"We all love Brett and everybody knows that. We wear it on our sleeves." – Chris Berman
"The rebirth of Favre is bad news for Bears fans. But it's great news for football, sports and, when you think about it, life." -- Jay Mariotti
Thanks to Joe Sports Fan, one of my favorite websites, for putting up a collection of Favre lovequotes recently. You can check out the ones I pulled out above and a few more funny ones at the page here: http://joesportsfan.com/?p=15394.
Anyway, with media pundits spilling this on you, how can you not think that somebody gives a damn when youre doing to retire? Fast forward to 2007, when the first of many retirements to come was announced. People cried, you took Packers fans you knew baked goods and roasts like somebody they knew just died. Then it happened again in 2008. Then the injury thing came about and the Jets got roasted for it. And now, people say it's happening again to the Vikings. This is where I disagree. I think by this point in time, the media is using Brett. The media has had crutches for the sportless month of july and the not exactly interesting month of august, and so far this summer, Brett hadn't given those crutches back yet.
Look at the scenarios. In 07 and 08, he came out of the gate, as soon as the season was over, with his wishy washyness. That is the absolute behavior of an attention seeking whore. He had as many press conferences as he pleased and made statements like we wanted to hear him. Brett Favre, I believe, wanted to be in every American's living room, talking to people about his life and how his poor daughter just wants another Super Bowl ring. Well, America got tired of Brett, but the media didn't. Brett got the picture this offseason. All he said is he wasn't sure about his ankle and then... he said nothing. And now, an attention seeking whore who previously used up every bit of offseason to go back and forth has randomly reported to the Vikings and said he would not be returning... and does not remember doing so. I've been watching NFL Network for news on Brett Favre since it was reported he wasn't coming back (NFL Network loves to talk about some Brett Favre), and the only thing they have is not even a voice recording of Brett Favre. It's a voice recording of Steve Marriuci relaying a text conversation the two had, and even then, all that Brett said was that he was waiting to see if his body would be healthy and that he did not tell anybody anything about coming back to play or not playing this year.
And now, it is news that he's decided to go help out at practice for some high school? He's barely even doing anything -- watch the video of it here. Going to help out at some practice would be exactly the thing Brett Favre would do after being retired for 10 years. The media made something out of nothing, perhaps an unsubstantiated rumor, or something they made up themselves, and now everyone has grabbed on it to color everything. Look no farther than what a google search of Brett Favre will bring up. Nude pics? And just below it, plenty of articles telling Brett Favre he has ruined the NFL and how he and Haynesworth have "defined" the start of the preseason. The one that catches my eye is the headline right above it: Brett Favre "hates" the attention he has drawn. And it's my opinion he didn't even ask for it this season, because he knows what a worthless two bit media whore he has been for the past two or three years.
This is by no means a defend Brett post, just my position on what's really going on this year.