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Final Thoughts From A Favre Fan

 

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I’ll admit right from the beginning that the FlyMaster is a bonafide Brett Favre fan.  It’s not his stats, both the good and the bad, or his exciting and often nerve-racking plays.  For me, Favre played football the way everyone should play games.  He went all out all the time and was always having fun.  Let’s face it, sports are games and games are meant to be fun.  Bottom line.  Nobody puts their 6 year old son in sports in the hopes of him becoming a Hall of Famer.  And for those of you who do that, shame on you.  No, we put our kids in sports so they can learn some values and also so we see them having fun.  Pure unadulterated fun.  As we age many of us lose that inner-child and we then stop playing games.  Brett Favre never let go of that inner-child and played the game like a 6 year old at the highest level. 

Let the pundits debate Favre’s credentials as a top tier quarterback or whether or not his high interception totals tarnish his legacy, or whether the one year in a Jets uniform did him a disservice.  While those curmudgeons argue, I’ll be sitting back revering a guy who played the game the same way I see kids playing in the street.  In fact, Brett Favre has taught me more about my own affinity for still competing and playing hard at the age of 34.  Times are depressing, but give me 30 minutes of a pickup basketball game, 45 minutes of running up a hill with my lungs on fire, or an hour of teaching martial arts and it’s all in perspective.  Play the game to play the game and play it right.  That’s the Favre legacy. 

Favre, unlike so many other major sports icons, possesses an everyman quality.  His wrangler commercials are believable.  His battle against painkiller addiction and his dogged determination to always go to work made him more like us than any other icon from this era.  It’s imagineable to see Favre getting an offseason job just to work for work’s sake.  It’s plausible to walk into an Hattiesburg bar and see Brett at the end of the bar holding court over a pitcher.  Can the same be said of Tom Brady?  What about Tiger Woods?  No way, those guys aren’t like us.  They’re openly better, and that’s okay.  Favre is the uber normal man.  This week we’ve seen some pretty low stories with A-Rod and Phelps, but quietly the “boy-man” Favre left the sports spotlight and I highly doubt there is anybody who can step into his role.

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

February 11, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit’s Fate is 0-16

For a team that is on the verge of being called the worst in NFL history, this week is Detroit’s only hope for redemption…Well, perhaps not redemption but at least ego rebuilding. Since the blowout loss to New Orleans on Sunday, we’ve wondered just one thing – Will the Lions become the only team to end their season 0-16?

Joey Harrington Fans

Joey Harrington Fans

Most likely, though Orlvosky would like to see something unpredictable like Jamie Foxx. This week’s lineup against Green Bay, who’s just five wins ahead, could resurface the Lions and give them hope that another team can do worse…In future seasons. Until now, Tampa Bay was known to have the worst record in history, going 0-14 in 1976. From this day forward however, fans alike will remember another team as the worst in NFL history.

 

This is why Detroit’s win against Green Bay is so important. If they lose, no team can do worse than them, just equally bad! But if they win, it will not only shut critics up from slandering, it may also save Orlovsky’s career. It might even give fans an opportunity to willingly chant his name over Harrington’s.

 

All optimism aside, I hope to see Detroit carry it until the fourth quarter and then collapse. That would really piss off the remaining loyal fans. Knowing you almost had the victory, you almost survived a season from going 0-16, you almost didn’t have to chant “Jo-ey”…

 

It’s this type of historic stuff that people love to eat up and talk about for generations to come. What difference is it going to make for Detroit anyway, other than hoping some team will someday (probably thirty-some years from now) do worse than them. The franchise already needs to be restructured and it’s not really going to help Orlovsky much since Stanton and Culpepper can’t do sh!t and the team already made history by going 0-15. One more loss is for historic moments.

 

Detroit – Take one for the league…Not that you have a choice.

 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment