Hey, I got an idea. I’m going to announce my retirement. Then I’m going to play peekaboo – coming out of retirement, then making yet another comeback – over and over.
I figure if I start now, in 2008, it’ll take the average person four or five years to catch on.
Seriously, if you’ve been enjoying the media coverage of Brett Favor, er, Favre’r – like I have, you’ve got to acknowledge that this is one helluva great marketing move – even though it’s all being done without much deliberation.
Earlier this morning I read a John Alanis email entitled “Don’t Be a Favre.” He said that Favre is a style over substance quarterback – who plays the game without a plan – who makes fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants decisions – as well as a lot of fumbles and interceptions that cost his team championship after championship.
Twas a good email. I agree with parts of it and disagree with other parts. As a lifelong athlete and martial artist, champions are usually a combination of instinct AND a plan. If your battle plan has a flaw, you MUST be able to change gears and go with your gut. You must have the ability to pull ideas from the ethers, if need be, and make them work on the spot.
Trying to be 100% about the plan or 100% instinct is usually NOT a good idea for the elite peak performer. Both are essential if you want to be great. I’m not sure what Brett’s percentages are – but one thing is for certain – he has Hall of Fame numbers – and he’s one of my Favre-orite QBs to watch.
In spite of the above, the question that’s been dogging my subconscious for days on end is this: What do the GB Packers know about Favre that they ain’t saying.
Come on. Think for a moment. You got this guy Aaron Rodgers, and energetically speaking, in the game of his life he’s got LESS oomph than Brett Favre does when throwing passes to a group of high school kids. The contrast is unremarkable.
Favre may be 38, he may have retired, or something close to it, five or six times – but the fact is he did kick some serious butt last year. So why would you offer him several millions to NOT report. why would you not let him compete for the starting job. Afterall, the purpose of having an NFL franchise is simple: TO WIN GAMES.
So why wouldn’t you bring the guy back who has won more games for your team than anyone else. Unless you know something you’re not saying.
It cannot be the “We want new blood” excuse either. New blood is fine, when it’s ready to outshine the old blood.
Here endeth my opinion on this matter.
Now, should the Bucs do themselves a Favre-r – bringing Brett to Tampa Bay. Well, twould be nice for my son and I to watch on Sundays – but I don’t think it’s a good fit. I’d rather see him go to the Bears – so they can play the GBPs twice and pound the cheese out of them.
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