Thursday, August 7, 2008

F-A-V-R-E Favre! Favre! Favre!

Favre to the Jets? Favre… to the JETS! The Jets get Brett Favre. Future Hall of Famer Brett Lorenzo Favre traded to the New York Football Jets.

Nope, no matter how I say it, I can’t make it sound any better. Last night, as we slept, the Packers got their wish and found a team (not named the Vikings or the Bears) willing to take Brett Favre off their hands. It had been reported yesterday that a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was all but signed, but then this jumped up and smacked me in the face when I first turned on ESPN. The most surprising thing for me was why Favre would agree to the Jets over the Bucs. But the more I thought about it, it started to make sense.

At first blush, this is what it seems like:

1. He chooses to go to a team that was 4-12 last year, over a team that was 9-7 and won their division.
2. He chooses a team in the same division as the greatest football team of this decade (that’s Patriots for all you haters out there) and a much improved Buffalo squad, over a team in one of the weakest divisions in the league.
3. He chooses a head coach whose biggest claim to fame is pissing off Bill Belichik, over a head coach with a Super Bowl pedigree with whom Favre has a prior relationship (Gruden was a coach for the Packers once upon a time).
4. He chose to move a conference (AFC) that is much more competitive and talent rich, over the conference where he spent his entire career as a starter and with whose defenses Favre is much more familiar.

I admit that these things seem bad and are ultimately why I think Favre to the Jets is not a good move, BUT there are some less tangible things that could have factored into Favre’s decision:

1. New York is a “cold weather” team (realizing that “cold” is relative when your former home was Green Bay), while Tampa is not. Favre made it very clear early on that he preferred to play in cold weather.
2. There is less pressure to win in New York… I know that seems weird to say about a New York sports franchise, but I don’t think that even the perennially deluded fans of Gotham think that the acquisition of Brett Favre means Super Bowl, or even playoffs in a very strong division. They were 4-12 last year! Even if Favre can only manage to get them to 6-10, it would be an improvement! The only place to go is up.
3. New York means better marketing opportunities; just ask Eli Manning (may he break a femur). When is the last time you saw Jeff Garcia on a nationally televised commercial?
4. Favre looks better in green.

Okay, that last one was a bit of a stretch, but maybe this move wasn’t so surprising after all. The bottom-line is that we just have to wait and see how things turn out. But, in my humble opinion, this is the beginnings of the Madden jinx starting to work its evil magic… Stay tuned!


Recapping the Bad Baseball action from Wednesday night...

The Nationals-Rockies game was postponed due to weather in Colorado. My question is, if a game is postponed that nobody had tickets to anyways, does anyone care? Will they even bother to make it up? Just give a loss to both teams and move on . . . The Rays scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Indians, capping it with a walk-off homer by Carlos Pena. Tribe relievers Edward Mujica and Masa Kobayashi (not the hot dog eater) combined to allow the six runs on five hits . . . Former Yankees starter/reliever/AAA emergency call-up Jeff Karstens nearly threw a perfect game against the Diamondbacks. How much would the Yanks have paid for that outing? . . . Astros starter Brandon Backe was absolutely crushed by the Cubs; he allowed 11 runs on nine hits and six walks in 3.1 innings of work . . . Orioles starter Garrett Olson struggled against the Angels (but to be fair, who doesn't?); he allowed seven runs on six hits in 2.2 innings . . . Dodgers starter Derek Lowe was hit hard, surrendering eight runs on 13 hits in 3.1 innings of work against the Cardinals.

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