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The End Of An Era



Date: 13 December 2010
Location: Detroit, MI
Time: 6:20 PM Central
Stadium: Ford Field
TV: FOX (in some areas)
DirecTV Ch. 710
Know Thy Enemy: Big Blue View
Gonzo's Prediction: Vikings 24, Giants 21
Final Score: Giants 21, Vikings 3

Well, you've already heard the story for tonight. After 297 consecutive regular season starts, Brett Favre. . .he of three National Football League MVP awards, a Super Bowl ring, and basically every passing record worth keeping track of. . .is inactive for the Minnesota Vikings this evening.

Rather than getting into a big spiel about this game, since we know the keys are basically the same. . .run the ball, don't turn it over, pressure the quarterback. . .allow me to relate a story that I heard while listening to KFAN on my "iHeartRadio" application today at the gym.

Seventy-one years ago. . .3 May 1939. . .the New York Yankees were getting set to take on the Detroit Tigers at old Briggs Stadium in Detroit. As manager Joe McCarthy made out his lineup card, he instinctively penciled Lou Gehrig in at first base, just as he, Bob Shawkey, Miller Huggins, and Art Fletcher had done for 2,130 consecutive games before that. That day, Gehrig approached McCarthy and said that he was taking himself out of the game for the good of the team. When the announcement was made at Briggs Stadium, Gehrig was in the dugout with tears in his eyes as the crowd in Detroit gave him a five-minute standing ovation.

Gehrig never played another game. He retired from baseball six weeks later after having been diagnosed with ALS, which is now more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. His streak ended about a mile and a half from the place where Brett Favre's streak now ends this evening.

Oh, and Lou Gehrig's uniform number?


Alright, enough of this for now. . .let's put all the garbage from this past week behind us and win a damn football game.