Monday, March 10, 2008

Sal Pal v. Brett Favre

Those who know me or happened to catch me on "CortSide" with co-hosts Josh Garcia and Stu Millstein on SUNY Cortland's 90.5fm know that I haven't always been the biggest Brett Favre fan. Recently, though, I've grown fonder of Favre's on-field play and off-field "good guy" activities. Maybe some of my cynicism has gone away as I grow older, who knows. But here's an article from ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that I surely would have liked to share in my "Hate Brett Favre" days. Sal Pal calls the second half of Brett's career "overhyped." You pretty much have to agree with Paolantonio. The stats show that he wasn't very good through these years, including a 20TD/29INT season in 2005, but even in that year he threw for over 3,800 yards. And one could argue that Brett didn't have a great team around him for any of those years except 2007. Look at me, I'm disputing myself in mid-paragraph. My point, I think, is that Favre suffered from the same problem that the Yankees, Red Sox, Patriots, etc. have all been faced with: The media loves them. And because of that, people get sick of it. They get sick of hearing about it. They get sick of seeing them. If you don't believe me, take a look at the upcoming ESPN/FOX/TBS national baseball schedules. The Yanks and Sox make up a huge chunk of those games. Or take a look at the Patriots. A few years ago when Tom Brady filled in for an injured Drew Bledsoe and led the Pats to a Super Bowl crown, everybody loved them. They were an underdog story. Fast forward to this February and people all around the country were rooting for the Giants, whether they liked them or not, simply because they wanted the Patriots to lose. I guess what it comes down to is that Brett Favre, like Alex Rodriguez and others, is a "hate him or love him" player. That will change, like everything else, as time goes on. Even people like me who hate the Cowboys can look back now on their dynasty with respect for what Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin accomplished. (Image courtesy PhillyMag.com)

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