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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

No Fun League Charges for Snowball Fight

When the NFL warns you about fan contact at the beginning of the season – Do your team a favor and listen. New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was hit with a $10,000 fine after throwing snow at Seattle fans last Sunday. Though I don’t blame him, I would’ve thrown snow at pesky fans as well if I was being aimed at like a pop can.

Seattle Winter Storm

Seattle Winter Storm

Here’s the breakdown: Over the course of the game, Seattle fans threw snowballs at Jets players and even more so once they defeated them 13-3. There was no intervention by security to oversee the safety of athletes and the snow they were throwing was rock solid. Trust me, I’m in the Northwest for the holidays and falling on your @$$ isn’t like landing on a waterbed…Imagine snow pellets coming at your face like shoes in an Iraqi conference with GW.

So if hundreds of fans are throwing snow at you, would you not play along? Apparently you shouldn’t. Ellis thought it was fun and games returning snowballs while walking into the locker room, but the NFL said a crowd-controlling action such as that posed potential injury to fans and should’ve been avoided.

What about the safety of NFL players? It’s several fans vs. one player and you’re worried about their safety? I would’ve gone to the locker room, changed and comeback with yellow snow to throw. If anything, the NFL should question why security didn’t intervene and stop fans from throwing balls. Were they all just happy that they won their fourth game? ‘Cuz winning four games isn’t going to do much for their team. You didn’t win the Superbowl, let alone make playoffs.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bailout Brett

Brett's Broadway act good enough for Pro Bowl

Brett's Broadway act good enough for Pro Bowl

In good ole’ New England we had our first little storm that brought chaos to a morning commute. As if this is the first time New Englanders have driven in the snow and it leaves me late for work, yelling in bumper to bumper traffic and listening to sports radio. So if I wasn’t raging enough, I hear that Brett Favre, the Arctic legend made the Pro Bowl this year. His stats; 21 Tds, 17 Ints, 3,052 yard with a 6 TD effort against Arizona that was simply a stat boosting New York Yahoo justification party. Now in no way do the Jets deserve to be atop the AFC East and in no way does Brett deserve any responsible for their victories. Last week would’ve been highlighted with New York papers full of a mopey faced Brett crying his way to retirement but the defense bailed him out. Jones and Leon Washington have bailed the offense out and with 1 TD in his last three; Favre has sucked. The guy has lost his accuracy, can’t move around in the pocket and is still throwing up more Hail Mary’s than a teenage choir boy who just stole the church collection. I’m not going to get all homer on you and say Matt Cassel deserves the nod to the pro bowl over him(which he does) but there were a couple guys who meant more to their team’s success than the Wrangler man.

Even though I hate both these guys, stats for Rivers and the comeback of Pennington are both more impressive than Favre.

NAME -COM -ATT -PCT -YDS -TD -INT -RAT
P.Rivers -276 -427 -64.6 -3515 -28 -11 -101.4
Penning -273- 412 -66.3 -3218 -14 -6 -95.1
B.Favre -305 -451 -67.6 -3052 -21 -17 -86.5

Another bail out in America and for Favre fans…now go cry and retire again cause I’m expecting a nice 3 INT day vs Miami to seal those playoff hopes.

I ain’t mad, I’m just Ragin!

RaginRondo

December 17, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment