Yes, you heard me. I hate Brett Favre. And not because he’s playing the Redskins today. I think he is an ass. I don’t care how many days he’s been heartburn free with Prilosec, and I certainly don’t care to watch his Wagnerian sagas on whether he will retire.
The truth is that he is a drug-addicted, mean-spirited, selfish man completely uninterested in leading his young team. He simply expects to be treated like a god, and have it left at that.
Of course, the truth is that much of this hatred is driven by the completely worship the media extends to Favre. Most players who are jerks remain anonymous or they toil under the hatred of fans because the media lays into them (see Bonds, Barry).
The most recent example is last Sunday’s Bears-Packers game. Young WR James Jones was stripped on two great plays by Bears CB Charles Tillman. Favre then berated Jones on the sidelines for most of the Bears ensuing drive. Despite making five catches for 61 yards in the first quarter and a half, Favre never threw the ball to Jones again. Is that leadership? Or just mean spirited punishment? Is that how you get a young team to develop? And to top it off, Favre threw two INT’s later in the game and no one, not even his coach, had the guts to go up to him and tell him to get his act together.
In contrast, Peyton Manning went to new target Anthony Gonzalez for the first time in week 1. Gonzalez was hit on the throw and dropped a first down. What did Manning do? The very next play (on the next series after a punt), Manning threw straight to Gonzalez. Gonzalez is now a feature of the Colts offense. He knows his QB trusts him.
The problem of course is that the man is a quote machine. He loves the media. And the media loves him. He gives them endless column inches with his ridiculous “I’m back, I’m retired” routine. He makes their job easier. And why shouldn’t the media like him because of that? Don’t you like the guy at work who also has the spreadsheet you need or puts the Q4 earnings in your hand when you need them?
But of course the problem is the objectivity. The media ignores the stat inflation of the West Coast Offense, all the INTs, the lack of leadership, the drug addiction and labels him the greatest QB of all time. When at best he’s the greatest interview of all time.
When Favre takes the field today against the Redskins. Turn the sound down. Ignore the lust the media has for him. Simply watch the man. Watch him yell at his young receivers. Watch him stop smiling when he’s losing. Watch him exhibit absolutely no sportsmanship, leadership, or self-control. Watch the best example of a bad person in sports I can think of. And you’ll never look at him the same.