You know.... With a slow off-season and not much to write when it comes to football, it seems we are going to see a lot of articles about Favre. It is basically just over the same thing over and over, "Will he or won't he?" But, now I am starting to notice different angles by the sportswriters that nearly put a negative image towards the guy.
More after the jump....
Apparently, according to an article, Favre told Ted Thompson and McCarthy the following statement if he were to come out of retirement and be traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"There was just silence. I said, 'Well, what are we gonna do?'” Favre recalled from the meeting when he announced he was coming out of retirement. “They made it pretty clear I wasn't going to play there, and I said, 'How about the Vikings or even the Lions?' I wanted to stay in the same division. They said that wasn't going to happen, but maybe Tampa.
“I said, 'Fine, trade me to Tampa. I'll whip your asses in week four.' Maybe that was a mistake. I'm flying back to Hattiesburg thinking I'm going to the Bucs, and I get off the plane and (agent) Bus (Cook) tells me I've been traded to the Jets. I said, 'Bull,' but they were smart; they released the news so I'd look like an ass if I backed out.”
Well, a couple things.. If this was true, Favre never really did want to end up being a NY Jet. Question is, was he really injured like he stated? Well of course he must of, because I highly doubt he would of had surgery for no reason. But I think I did recall him requesting to be released twice.
But this is a promising quote if it were to be true:
“Playing another year probably isn't going to make a difference; the damage has already been done,” Favre said
Now, you may wonder what I mean by how it is promising to hear. That means that Favre will not be worried about playing the Packers twice again this year and damaging some of the fans he may have there still. Because, ultimately they are still going to love him or hate him. Nothing should change from that aspect.
“You'd think I'd know better by now,” he said in the interview. “I've learned a lot through the years. What I haven't learned is what I'll do and when I'll do it.”
This tells me what I've always believed.. Favre is a smart guy and loves to play, but he just can't decide if he wants to keep playing or not. I think what happens, is if he were to be on the fence of retirement or not, after seeing a few pre-season games he can't help but play again. For some professional athletes, all your life is is working out and the games. I don't think Favre wants to throw in the towel yet. And most of his fans don't either. I am sure he welcomes all the support.
But, I'm still questioning the first quote.. I don't really see that as being too entirely true. I know the media can twist things.. But, I am sure as Favre learned that it was apparent he wasn't wanted around in GB no more he want to prove he was still a legitimate QB. Can you really blame a guy? I wouldn't call that revenge... I would call that saying, "Look and see what I can still do! Too bad you let me go..."
So I think the analogy that Favre leaving GB was like a break-up of a long-term relationship, they sort of nearly nailed it on the head.
The Sports Media is getting boring and training camp is going to be opening up soon. Wow! It seems to be taking forever, yet it is right around the corner.