Pants On The Ground

By Ian

Brett Favre

There has been a lot of bad, but unsurprising news lately. The Democrats still have no backbones. Osama bin Laden is still trying to blow up planes from a cave on the other side of the world. Haiti is still poor and ravaged by natural disasters. Jay Leno took The Tonight Show from someone more deserving. Apple is making a new iThing so that idiots with too much money can camp out and have that money removed from them and put to better use. With all this depressing, yet somehow familiar sounding news floating about, let’s take a second to appreciate a constant good in this world: Brett Favre (Pronounced FARV).

He is kind of an unsung hero in the world of football, but the media is finally starting to give him his due. Did you know that Brett Favre has been playing in the NFL for 19 years? Did you know he has a career quarterback rating of 86.6? That’s only 7 points behind Tom Brady, 9 points behind Peyton Manning, 6 points behind Joe Montana, and 11 points behind Aaron Rodgers and those guys are really good. He even won a Super Bowl with Green Bay in 1997. It’s been 13 years since then, so I guess it’s understandable why everyone has forgotten about the guy.

Well, Favre never forgot about us, the fans. This season, Brett came out of retirement against all odds for one last shot at glory with the Minnesota Vikings. He wanted to give fans from New York to Wisconsin a chance to cheer again. That is just what he did. He led the Vikings to a 12-4 record and the #2 seed in the NFC. It sure wasn’t easy for him. That team wasn’t exactly dripping with talent. Favre put them on his shoulders. He did the same for the Jets last year. Look what happened to them this year when they couldn’t ride the Favre train but were instead stuck with a rookie quarterback. Once in the playoffs, he vanquished the perennial postseason powerhouse Cowboys in a tight contest by throwing a crucial touchdown in the last two minutes. Next up, he did what he could to help the city of New Orleans rebuild its broken spirit after the devastation of George W. Bush Hurricane Katrina. With the game tied near the end of regulation, Favre had the Vikings driving towards the end zone. At the Saints 40-yard line, he rolled out of the pocket seeing nothing but wide open field in front of him. All he had to do was take the ball forwards a few yards to set up a game winning field goal, but he knew he couldn’t do that to the fans from the Chocolate City. He turned, seeing a completely covered Vikings receiver and fired a laser right into the arms of a black and gold covered player. Truly one of the all-time greats in the National Football League.

When you think of his recent defeat at the hands of the Saints, don’t think of him as a perennial choker, think of him as a gritty gunslinger. He’s a constant in these times of depressing predictability. A hero you can always count on to throw the interception when the stakes are highest. So don’t call him “Purple and Old”, cause really he’s just a kid out there. See for yourself:

Brett has stated that likely won’t come back next season. He’s a man of his word, so I guess this means he is really hanging it up. That’s a shame. Give us one more go around Brett. There is still work to be done, hopes to be crushed, cornerbacks’ stats to be padded. Don’t decide too quickly. If you do decide to retire, remember you have until September to change your mind and no one is going to fault you if you do.


  1. Chris

    I think this might be my favorite line in your post: “He is kind of an unsung hero in the world of football, but the media is finally starting to give him his due.”

  2. Jarrod

    Oh he’s purple after the beating New Orleans laid on him.

  3. I live not 15 miles from where Favre grew up…he is a dick….he is an excellent QB…..but he is a dick…..only fair that the Saints beat Vikings…it wqas payback from 20 years ago when the Saints made the playoffs and was beaten by Minn…..and Favre is still a dick…..

  4. Ian

    I watched that “Pants on the Ground” bit live after the Cowboys game, and I thought it was just so bizarre. Brett is really the only one into it, everyone else is just kind of going along with it out of being nice. Then came that awkward slap on the ass, with Allen having to act like “Haha all in good fun!” Favre thought he was HILARIOUS. I guess that’s him though, he thinks everyone in the room is loving him just as much as he is.

  5. Denise

    I agree with Chris on my favorite line. Mainly because when I first read it I got all defensive but then went on to enjoy! Thank you for posting what is hopefully his last NFL play, it brought tears to my eyes the first time it happened, such great memories.