Screed #22

August 20, 2009…


Can we say it already? Enough of the Brett Favre Never-ending Retirement Circus! In the latest turn of events concerning Mr. Favre, he is unretired once again. At least for this week. We never thought that one of the greatest quarterbacks and most respected athletes of our time would turn into such a pathetic, attention-seeking joke. The man has definitely become narcisstic and selfish. This quickly aging prima donna can’t seem to decide from day to day whether he wants to keep playing or not. He keeps changing his mind so quickly it has our heads spinning. And yet we, as a society, keep watching in fascination as to what he will do next. Or not do. Or who he’ll do it with. Or…

Sports writer Jason Whitlock said it best, concerning what sports, and in general, what America itself has become these days, and how it has affected all of us: 

“It’s not Favre’s fault. Television and money corrode values and ethics. Sportsmanship, individual sacrifice for the benefit of team and integrity had no chance of survival once television and money took over professional sports.

I don’t want to make too much of this, but everything you see playing out in the world of American sports is also playing out in our society at large. America has become one massive reality-TV show and all its citizens are vying to be contestants.”    

We couldn’t have said it any better. Whether it’s Brett Favre, or Barry Bonds, or Pete Rose, or Terrell Owens, or Alex Rodriguez, or Manny Ramirez, or Roger Clemens (the list goes on & on), it’s all about the individual player and damn the teams they play for.

Too many people in this country have developed this “what’s in it for ME?” attitude. Athletes, musicians, CEOs of corporations, politicians, actors – you name it. And this is why we find ourselves in the mess we’re in. All of us – together.

Anyhow, we’ll see how long Favre’s latest comeback lasts. We predict we’ll be going through this charade again one year from now – involving another team. And the same goes for T.O. We guarantee Buffalo won’t be able to get rid of him (and his antics) fast enough.

Who will the next team of suckers be, that will gladly line up to dance with Favre and T.O.? 

And can we also say that former Giant Plaxico Burress got exactly what he deserved today with his prison sentencing? And then on top of all this, Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable allegedly punches, chokes and threatens to kill assistant coach Randy Hanson, breaking his jaw in the process, and somehow keeps his job, and supposedly Hanson will get fired. Unbelievable. The Raiders have truly become a joke and it’s all because of fossilized owner Al Davis and the way the team has been badly run for too long. The man needs to be put out to pasture.  

This is all just another embarrassment in the joke that the NFL has become these days.


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