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Favre’s Lucrative Streak

The National Football Post is reporting that Brett Favre is already cashing in on his consecutive starts streak that ended last night. For a mere $499, you can have a signed football commemorating the streak.

Bears fans, on the other hand, had to endure starts by 23 different mostly mediocre quarterbacks during the streak. Just to rub it in, here’s the list:

  1. Jim Harbaugh
  2. Peter Tom Willis
  3. Will Furrer
  4. Erik Kramer
  5. Steve Walsh
  6. Dave Krieg
  7. Rick Mirer
  8. Steve Stenstrom
  9. Moses Moreno
  10. Shane Matthews
  11. Cade McNown
  12. Jim Miller
  13. Chris Chandler
  14. Henry Burris
  15. Kordell Stewart
  16. Rex Grossman
  17. Jonathan Quinn
  18. Craig Krenzel
  19. Chad Hutchinson
  20. Kyle Orton
  21. Brian Griese
  22. Jay Cutler
  23. Todd Collins
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The Brett Who Cried Wolf

Over at the American Spectator, I express skepticism over Brett Favre’s retirement announcement:

No doubt Brett means it when he says he’s done. But that could change tomorrow. It all depends on what hurts more: his ankle, or the thought of seeing his old team(s) win without him. Expect the Vikings to do all they can to push him towards the latter.

As a Packer fan, a Favre retirement does bode well for my team. But I will miss seeing him play if he really is done.

Brett Favre: Psychological Terrorist Weapon?

WTMJ’s headline: Detainees at Camp in Iraq Use Favre To Tease Wisconsin Soldiers

According to a military official, detainees at a Wisconsin National Guard camp in Iraq are using Brett Favre as a manner of getting at the guard troops there.

“They know Favre by name,” said First Lieutenant Tim Boehnen, who is from New Richmond, Wis.

“One of the big words they know now is shenanigan. They’ll constantly talk about ‘Favre shenanigans,’ ‘He’s so good for the Vikings,’ and ‘The Packers have got to really feel bad about that one.’ “

(Hat tip: Ivan Osorio)

Breaking Down Brett Bowl II

rodgers vs favre

Today’s American Spectator Online contains my take on why Favre beating the Packers in Lambeau is a hard thing for Green Bay fans to take.

Brett Bowl II: Vikings 36, Packers 28

I love my team. But the over-under on the time it takes me to get over a Packer loss is usually about ten minutes. I refuse to let a loss ruin my day. This game feels a little different.

Part of it is that the loss was avoidable. A dumb penalty by defensive tackle Johnny Jolly after a key third down stop in the red zone directly allowed a Viking touchdown instead of a field goal. That’s four points right there — half the margin of defeat — on one penalty.

And while I’m generally not one to second-guess football professionals who know far more about the game and its players then I do, I’ll go ahead and question Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ game planning.

The best way to force poor throws out of a quarterback is to apply pressure. Doesn’t matter how tough someone is, he’ll get scared if 300-pound men are in his face on every play. That means you blitz hard, and blitz often. The standout Packer secondary allows Capers to blitz with little loss in coverage ability.

I also saw some offensive issues. The Vikings have an excellent defensive line. That means you give your quarterback extra protection against them. The Minnesota secondary is that team’s liability, especially with its best player, Antoine Winfield, out due to to injury.

That means that keeping an extra player in to block, who could otherwise be an open receiver, comes at a small price. The Packers did little to max-protect, and little to pick on a depleted secondary.

The lack of protection meant Aaron Rodgers was limping by the end of the game. That could hurt the team well beyond this game.

But these things happen all the time, even to good teams. Why does this one still sting?

Chalk it up to cognitive dissonance. I still can’t forget how much Brett Favre has done for the Packers. It still outweighs how much he’s done to the Packers in the two times he’s beaten them. His contributions to Green Bay go well beyond his hall-of-fame statistics and durability. Those would be quite enough on their own.

His presence made the rest of the team better. Having Brett Favre at quarterback was what allowed the Packers to convince marquee free agents like Reggie White to put on the green and gold.

The team was a mediocrity from the end of the Lombardi/Starr era until Favre ambled in. That’s more than two decades. An entire generation.  Nobody wanted to play there. The weather is enough of a turn-off for most people. But if the team is perpetually bad, why bother signing with them? Players play to win, not to lose and be cold.

Then along came Brett. All of a sudden playoff appearances became a regularity. In Brett’s 16 years in Green Bay, the team only had one losing season. That’s unheard of. People like Reggie White and Charles Woodson came to to Green Bay of their own free will. The team was competitive every year. What a treat for Packer fans resigned to seeing loss after loss.

Brett Favre made Green Bay relevant again. How many players can do that for a team? That’s the real reason why Brett was so loved by his fans. Yes, he has a colorful personality and a compelling life story. If he wasn’t a winner, nobody would care.

That’s why it’s not the loss that bothers me so much. It’s been more than ten minutes by now. Heck, I’m a Brewer fan. I learned at an early age to let losses roll off my back like so much water off a duck’s back.

No, this one hurts because the person who brought my favorite team out of the NFL’s basement was working his hardest to throw it back down there. And without him, the Packers may well have never left it. How do you root against someone who did that for you? Cognitive dissonance at its finest.

All the Best, Brett

The American Spectator Online ran my take on Brett Favre’s latest retirement.

Brett Favre Retires Again

Brett Favre is done playing football. For good this time, thinks Peter King.

It sure was weird seeing him in a Jets uniform. People often asked if I felt any bitterness. Some Packer fans do. But not this one. I’ll always cheer for Brett Favre, I’d say.

I meant it, too. As with his playing career, so after it. Here’s hoping Brett enjoys retirement, and that he finds a new calling. Something that he’s as passionate about as he is with football.

Bonus self promotion: Here is an article I wrote the first time Brett retired, and here is one I wrote when he un-retired.