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Third Time a Charm?    Share

 04 Aug 2010

Brett Favre reportedly retired for the third time today from professional football. The 10-15 days of Brett Favre being retired has become a much publicized and predicable event the last three years. Favre retired in early 2008 from the team that he had played with for 16 seasons, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers moved on with a new quarterback, but Favre didn't. As the season approached in 2008, he decided he wanted to come back to football. The Packers were in an awkward situation--they had already committed to moving ahead with their new quarterback, Aaron Rogers, but also had to deal with Favre's return since he was still under contract.

Favre was traded to the New York Jets in August 2008 and played the season for the Jets. He again retired in February 2009, but like a dog returns to his vomit, Favre returned to the NFL in August 2009, this time for the Minnesota Vikings where he played last season. Each time Favre retires, sports fans are blitzed with newspaper stories and television specials of his amazing playing career. Come to think of it, this may have been concocted by ESPN to boost ratings during the dearth of substantial sporting news. This news has been a gold mine for ESPN today as they have given air time to every “has been” on their payroll and asked them about how hard it was to hang up the proverbial cleats. It was either Brett Favre retirement or “Fishing with Bill Dance” and quite frankly I would rather watch countless Brett Favre anecdotes and TOP 10 Brett Favre moments than watch a no talent clown catch fish with a worn out Tennessee Hat.

The problem with Brett Favre is that he has cried wolf two previous times so no one in their right mind actually believes him. There are still five weeks until the start of the regular season and after having skipped training camp last year, Brett went on to have his best year as a professional in his 19th season so don’t be surprised if he comes back.

Regardless of how you feel about the Brett Favre drama and the vomit inducing coverage on ESPN, he is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. He holds the record for Touchdown passes, passing yards, as well as interceptions and number of retirement ceremonies. The most noteworthy record that Brett Favre holds is that he has started in 285 consecutive games as a quarterback (its north of 300 plus games if playoffs are included). By comparison, Peyton Manning has the next longest consecutive starting streak at a mere 192 games.

One liner: “If you actually believe that Brett Favre is going to retire, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arkansas that I would like to sell you.”

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Terminology:

Sack:  Tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage

ESPN:  The total sports network.  This behemoth is often referred to as the evil empire because they are so large and encompassing that they can make/fabricate their own sports news (See Lebron James “The Decision”).

End zone:  The two ends of a football field that are usually a different color than the rest of the field and displays the home team’s name and/or nickname.  The goal in football is to get the ball into the end zone.

Touchdown:  An act (rush or forward pass) whereby the ball crosses the goal line and gets into the end zone.

Extra Point: The act of kicking the football through the yellow uprights immediately after a touchdown.

Field Goal:  kicking the ball through the yellow uprights resulting in 3 points. 

Tackle:  Stop the player holding the ball from advancing toward the end zone

Interception:  A pass caught by the defense.

Safety:  The act of tackling the opposing team inside their end zone.  This is the only means by which a team can score points without actually having the ball.