Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's Over for Favre

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the bench while playing the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. New York won the game 21-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It all ends for Favre's streak, as he missed hitting the field for his 298th consecutive start.

While it is a shame it had to come to an end, it could not last forever, and now, just like the Vikings' season in total, it's over.

Despite the multitude of errant passes (both on and off the field), you can't take anything away from Favre. He's arguably the toughest character to play the position, and in an era of 300 pound men running 4.6 40s, his record will last forever.

While the short term memory will be a season of futility, long term there's still that miracle 2009 season, his three consecutive MVPs, and the awesome playoff run and Superbowl XXXI championship. And despite the fact that he was a most hated rival for a Vikings fan, you had to respect how he played the game, and what he accomplished.

Now that it's officially over, I have two wishes for #4:
  • That he can move into retirement, and do so on a permanent basis. He has nothing left to play for or to prove, and to continue with anything on the field would just serve to tarnish a shining career
  • That the city of Green Bay can welcome him back. Favre did nothing to this city other than win, and the way he's being treated here is an abject shame. Yeah, he went to a rival. It's over now. Get over it, Green Bay, and recognize that you would have sucked throughout the '90's without him. Show him some gratitude, for Pete's sake. He's more than earned it.
Goodbye, #4. Things will be a lot less interesting without you.

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