July 19, 2010
With the news that Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has made his pilgrimage to Hattiesburg, Miss., to find out just what Brett Favre's(notes) plans are, we're about to be taken on that same month-long media ride we had last year. The smallest story will be blown out of proportion, other interesting stories will be shelved, and we'll have to start watching Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions highlights on Canadian television if we want to see football coverage without No. 4 draped all over it.
We fear it, we dread it, and yet we know that there is now no getting to the dessert of the NFL season without first digesting the journalistic Brussels sprouts that this Favre gauntlet has become.
However, lest you think that it's just the fans (and various rogue media outposts) who are beyond sick of the whole thing, Favre's agent Bus Cook recently went off to a reporter for Men's Journal magazine when he found out that Favre had told ESPN's Ed Werder that he was still having trouble with his ankle from hits he took in the NFL championship game. Cook:
"I know you're media, but do you know who I hate? The g**damn media! You watch ESPN this morning? Brett talked to g**damned Ed Werder at ESPN, says he needs ankle surgery. Now why did he do that? I've got Childress calling. I've got reporters calling all damn morning. G**dammit, why does he have to be such a g**damned drama queen? Play, don't play, g**damn, people are getting sick of it. I'm getting sick of it! Why does he have to talk to these people? What good does it do? Ed Werder at ESPN! What's he ever done for anybody other than say, ‘Look, look, Mommy, I got this first, ain't I special?' You got problems with surgery, talk to your wife. Why talk to g**damned Ed Werder?"
Oh, dear. The best part of the story was that the reporter was there for Favre's arrival at Cook's office after the outburst.
"Jesus, Brett. You never learn. You guys go talk. I've got g**damn phone calls to make." He pokes a finger at Brett. "Thanks to you."
Of course, Favre was his usual disingenuous self.
"I guess I screwed up. I didn't think it was a big deal. I just told him that I might need surgery. [Werder] made it into a big thing."
To quote myself in eighth grade, "As if!" Favre knows exactly what he's doing. He is a master of divvying out just enough to keep reporters hungry and on the scent — Childress' trip is just another brick in the wall.
We all know that Brett Favre's coming back. We all know that he's delaying the inevitable to get out of training camp. Very few of us would mind if he just said that he was coming back on the condition that he didn't have to participate in training camp, but Favre must either feel that doing so would take the spotlight off him, or tarnish the "Gosh, I'm just a kid having fun out there!" shtick. The Vikings have a right to know what their quarterback is going to do, whether they think so or not. And we have a right to hear and read about things that have nothing to do with Brett Favre. It's just good to know that Bus Cook agrees with us.
H/T: Pro Football Talk
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