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Brett Favre is Jay Z. Like Hova, he has a fanatical following to whom he has given classical performances. Favre is considered by some, the greatest quarterback of all time. Yes, he has his share of haters, but his numbers are proven and the gunslinger is arguably better than most of his younger peers.

On the flipside, while no one has ever questioned his talent, throughout the years he has produced some duds, lost a few battles, and had some questionable dealings with management. But, even though it appeared harder for him to sustain his brilliance, he could drop a classic at anytime, and always commanded respect from his opponents.


I promised myself I wasn't going to do this I said:

"Self, I will not allow you to write about Brett Favre. You have much bigger things to do. Don't waste your time. You are Robert Littal don't go there."

But one thing about this whole Brett Favre drama has been nagging me and no one is reporting it so I am just going to come out and say it:


rodney-harrison.jpgWhile we wait with baited breath to know whether or not his Excellency, Brett Favre, will be unretired yet again I read a piece on about Rodney Harrison. Harrison recently announced his retirement from the game and he's sticking to it. I don't know if the quote I read was a shot at the Brett, but he said:

If Wilt Chamberlain was considering a comeback to the NBA next season, that would be news. But because people don't generally come back from the dead to play basketball, we have to settle for the Brett Favre soap opera to lead off every SportsCenter. Why are we still talking about this?

I blame Brett Favre for it all, of course. I can't blame ESPN for following Favre around to high schools and doctor's offices, because that's what they do. They're just trying to sniff out a story that might be there, during a slow news period. Let's face it, the NBA players just aren't embarrassing themselves enough to sustain press interest.

It's Brett Favre's fault because all he has to do is stop throwing footballs with kids 30 years younger than he is. All he has to do is stop listening to offers from Mark Wilf, then Mark Clayton and Len Pasquarelli won't have anything to write about. It's not like they need this to keep their jobs. I hear Pasquarelli's on his way out, anyway.

It's also Brett Favre's fault because he already set the precendent by coming back last year after he "retired." Now, every time he tries to retire after this won't be taken seriously at all. Which means, whether he plays this season or not, we'll probably hear "rumblings" about a comeback all through the next two seasons.



That sums up how I am feeling right now. I just got the news (which has now been confirmed by ESPN) and I feel like Ricky Hatton after getting hit with that left hook by Manny Pacquiao.

Brett Favre is like Rasputin he just will not die.

I heard Mike Golic saying that he thought that the Jets getting Brett Favre for one year was ultimately a good thing; I couldn't disagree more. These short term flings with superstars looking for one last go round rarely work, and in the Jets case it couldn't have been a bigger flop. After missing the playoffs in 2007, they bring in Favre so that they can.....miss the playoffs in 2008! Eric Mangini, on the hot seat heading into 2008, agrees to bringing Favre and he ends up....getting fired after season anyway. Is there anyone this worked out well for? Favre got to play one more year to finally feel finished with playing, but that's about it. The Jets jettisoned a good dependable QB in Chad Pennington, and now have no good quarterback on their roster to speak of. And they didn't even get a good playoff run out of it for their trouble. A trip to even the second round would have been a good return on the investment, and may have even enticed Brett to keep playing for another year or two while they found and groomed their next quarterback. But none of that happened.

Written By Robert Bonnette


So the "God" has decided to retire for the 2nd time. Normally this is where I do an overview of the player's career, but since we are talking about Brett Favre I think I will hold off on that for a few months. In the back of my mind I still think he wants to play for the Vikings, so who knows if this is all shrewd maneuvering on his part.

If we take him at his word Favre leaves as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Not the greatest, but one of the best. Just like a lot of great players his time with the New York Jets will be forgotten by the time he goes into the Hall of Fame (for example I completely forgot recent Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Smith played his last years in Washington). Even his fiasco with the Packers will be forgotten because as time goes by we only want to remember the positive things and while I have harped on a lot of the negative things about Favre the fact is he was always fun to watch and you never knew what was going to happen when he was on the field.

Personally I liked players that are a flawed. No one is perfect (ask ARod) and we shouldn't expect them to be. Favre wasn't perfect, but he was damn entertaining and in the end that is what I will remember.

That is if he stays retired.


It's easy to recognize and commend the good but what about the bad and just plain ugly. From brawls to scantily clad nannies and sex scandals to tearful confessions and cons, there were some oh so forgettable 2008 sports moments that made your skin crawl and scream out random things that border idiotic, like Sarah Palin


8.) WNBA Shock Sparks Brawl

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts,the Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Spark ensued the first ever cat fight in WNBA during a game at the Palace on July 23rd that left WNBA fans enraged, male viewers cheering and two players suspended. Already a heated rivalry between the two squads, the ongoing tension that night from an earlier play involving LA Sparks franchise player and media darling, Candice Parker and veteran forward, Cheryl Ford, fueled the fight between Parker and Detroit Shock forward, Pienette Pierson who got tangled up tussling for the ball after a missed shot by Pierson. Of course, with teammates coming to each others aid, things got even more ugly after an "accidental" push of Lisa Leslie by Detroit assistant coach, Rick Mahorn resulted in a retaliation from Sparks forward, Delisha Milton-Jones. Detroit's Pierson and Mahorn were suspended for four and two games respectively while Kara Braxton, Tasha Humphrey, Elaine Powell and Sheri Sam (also from Detroit), along with Los Angeles' Leslie, Candace Parker and DeLisha Milton-Jones all got a one game suspension. Although this incident is prime example unsportman-like conduct and is very unladylike, I must admit this "catfight" certainly breathed life into a genre that has very selective few fans.

7.)U.S. Relay Teams Drop The Baton

The Olympics held so many shining moments for the stars and stripes but the embarrassing mishaps of the gold contending (perhaps second to the Jamaican relay team) U.S. men's relay team certainly wasn't one of them. Failing to qualify for the FINALS for the first time since 1988 after a misconnect between Darvis Patton and Tyson Gay on a final pass, left the Americans watching from the sidelines as the Jamaican relay team smoked its competition by a world record setting time of 37.10 seconds. To make matters even worse, the U.S. Women's relay team suffered the same fate and failed to qualify for the finals as for the first time since 1948!

6.)Kimbo Slice Exposed As Farce

Like Mulder from the X-Files we want to believe in the greatest American hero, that wayward underdog, that rises against all odds to realize the American dream. This is especially true in sports, so when word spread like wildfire about back alley brawler putting men down with one punch on Youtube, MMA fans had someone to believe in and the networks had a new poster child to exploit. Kimbo Slice's journey as a street fighter to ESPN cover story was truly nothing but a testament to how the wheels of the capitalist cash machine turn. After losing washed up fighter Ken Shamrock to an eye injury and CBS color commentator, Frank Shamrock (Ken's brother) to disqualification due to a broken arm, the Elite XC finally found a "suitable" replacement in Fort Myers native, Petruzelli, an average mixed martial artist all of 205 lbs and a 2-2 win-loss record since 2004 Kimbo was "sure" to beat. Only the surefire win backfired in a 14 second KO Ryu style! Haduken!
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5.)From America's Sweetheart to Jailbird

Only a short four years ago, track star Marion Jones was America's sweetheart and three time Olympic gold medalist. She was the epitome of the female athlete: charming, strong yet humble gracing the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated within in the course of a year. What a difference a year can make, now the biggest athlete to fall victim to Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal, Jones is flat broke and faces jail time after admitting to steroid use before her 2000 Sydney Olympic run up until after the 2004 Athens Olympics. Jones vehemently denied use of any performance drugs for years after she initially fell under suspicion but finally came clean in a well put together confession of lying and cheating that later broke down into a tearful apology worthy of an Oscar.


So Jets players are coming out of the shadows to blame "God" Favre for their failure to make the playoffs. Here are a couple of the quotes:

From Thomas Jones:

"We're a team and we win together ... but at the same time, you can't turn the ball over and expect to win," Jones said in an interview Tuesday with New York Hot 97 FM. Favre threw three interceptions in the Jets' season-ending 24-17 loss to Miami that clinched the AFC East for the Dolphins.

"The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that's just reality," Jones told the radio station. "If I were to sit here and say, 'Oh, man, it's OK,' that's not reality. ... I don't like it; I know everybody else on the team doesn't like it.

"If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game," Jones told Hot 97 FM. "You're jeopardizing the whole team because you're having a bad day. To me, that's not fair to everybody else. You're not the only one on the team. So when you get to the wire and somebody is just giving the game up, I mean, it's just not [fair]."

From Kerry Rhodes:

"In this league, when you're the head coach or the quarterback and things don't go well, you're going to get a lot of the blame," safety Kerry Rhodes said earlier this week, adding that if Favre chooses to commit to the Jets for his 19th NFL season, he's got to be all in.

"If he's dedicated and he wants to come back and do this, and do it the right way ... and be here when we're here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us ... then I'm fine with it," Rhodes said. "But don't come back if it's going to be half-hearted or he doesn't want to put the time in with us."

From an Unnamed Player:

A veteran Jets player, quoted anonymously by Newsday, described Favre as a "distant" teammate who, when at the Jets' practice facility, spent his down time away from teammates in an office specially designated for him.

"There was a lot of resentment in the room about him. He never socialized with us, never went to dinner with anyone," the player told Newsday.

First let me speak to the "unnamed player" you are a coward and a punk. If you are going to be a man and run to the media like a little girl at least have the dignity to use your name. There is nothing worse than an "unnamed player" bashing another teammate in the media that makes you a worse teammate than they are.

In the back of my mind I always knew it would end for "God" Favre like this. Here is the thing about Favre he is a top 10 Quarterback of all time. Where does he fall in that Top 10 that is for you to decide, but the fact of the matter is he is old. He has started 900 games in a row and has taken a ton of hits. Personally I think what he did with the Jets was amazing and beyond what I thought he was capable of doing. It was unrealistic to think Favre at his age, going to a new team and a new system could lead the Jets deep into the playoffs. Even before they beat the Titans you could see he was losing some steam on his arm. Similar to a pitcher who is use to throwing 99MPHs fastballs but all of a sudden loses three or four MPHs once a QB loses his fastball so to speak then you know it is time to move on.

Favre's arm was his gift and his curse. With an arm like Favre's he could get away with passes that other QBs couldn't, but in the end his arm betrayed him and with that the playoff hopes of the Jets. I honestly hope this is the last time we see Favre on a football field. He was a great player, but it is time. It was obvious to me anyway that he wasn't having a good time playing with the Jets. How could he? Brett Favre and NYC just don't mix. He is use to be treated like a legend not just another player. He is use to being the center of the universe in Green Bay, but in NY he is just another celebrity.

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