Posted by Jayme Joers on October 28, 2010 Jump To Comments
The football gods have seemingly always favored Brent Favre, but this time it’s pretty ridiculous. Favre breaks his ankle in two places during this tackle and somehow the guy that makes the tackle is done for the season and Favre could start on Sunday. What is this world coming to?
Yesterday Brad Jones, who – after his appearance on Cheesehead TV’s Packer Transplants this week – I am a HUGE fan of, was placed on the Packers injured reserve list and will need shoulder surgery. Jones marks the tenth (some people are saying 11th, but I still have the count at ten) Packer player to join the IR. Isn’t it just “classic” Favre that he would walk away from this tackle the healthier player?
No one knows for sure if Favre will play on Sunday, except for maybe Favre, but I’m pretty sure that we can all agree the odds are he will. Even if its just to trot out on to that field for a snap or a drive to keep his consecutive streak going. Personally I would LOVE for his streak to be over. The sheer perfection of the streak starting and ending at Lambeau, at the hands of the Packers, would provide with me with enough joy to sustain me for the rest of my life. But this isn’t a Disney movie. And Favre doesn’t play by my rules (I learned that lesson a LONG time ago).
While recently I’ve been more than mocking Favre’s love of his start streak, to be honest, and to distance myself from my disdain, it is a remarkable record. One, that if it really did end this Sunday, I wouldn’t completely mind the tributes and the highlight reels honoring it. But if in fact Favre really can’t play and he decides instead of gracefully ending the streak and takes the opening snap only to leave the game later, any last shred of respect that I have in me for him and for the streak will die. Favre would once and for all prove to me, and possibly the rest of America, that it really never was about the team, or “owing it to the guys” or for the love of the game. No. Its about him and the love he has for himself.
This is all hot air though really, because in typical Favre fashion, he’s left us hanging. What will he do? Play, start, sit? Let me glue myself to ESPN just in case something happens. At the end of the day, the Packers are now minus another player – as a twitter friend of mine said yesterday “Frank Zombo has back ups, let that sink in” – and Favre managed to make the whole world, even me, talk about him.
So as the Packers send off Brad Jones, let me just say, “Thank you, Sir. It’s not your fault that the football gods are greater than all of us combined. Now go heal.”