All the speculating bloggers in all the mother's basements in all the land don't equal the insanity of a real live football team. Want proof? According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the St. Louis Rams reached out to Brett Favre, age 44, to see if the ol' gunslinger would be willing to holster up for one more ride.
St. Louis called Brett Favre, asking if the 44-year-old QB if he would be willing to play. Favre declined. More to story on ESPN all day.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2013
(It's the "all day" part of that tweet that terrifies us the most.)
Look, it's easy to see why St. Louis would call on Favre, in some kind of Bizarro my-fantasy-team-needs-help kind of way. Sam Bradford is out for the year, and his backups are ten pounds of uncooked breakfast meats and an arthritic dog. Not a deep bench. Desperation breeds insanity.
It was the right thing to do for Favre to turn down the job; we saw what happened to an unprepared Josh Freeman on Monday night in New York, and throwing Favre into the meat grinder of the NFL — on what would be a Monday night game against Seattle, no less — would probably warrant criminal charges against someone in the Rams organization. Still, it could've been like "Unforgiven," the ol' cowboy saddling up one last time to right the world's wrongs, football and smartphone at the ready. Alas.
You know where this is heading now, don't you? All together now, give me a T, give me an E, give me a B ...