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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Love It Or Hate It...There’s Something About Favre

Love It or Hate It?
By Mad Love on 07/29 at 05:47 PM
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OK people, I think it's apparent this Brett Favre thing has gone just about far enough! Yet, the media keeps jamming it down our throats. I know Sarah Spain's fed up with it, but how about you? Do you Love or Hate the Favre coverage?

By Sarah Spain
Love of Sports Correspondent

Monday, on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption, host Michael Wilbon started off the show by lamenting ...

"There's a ton — a ton! — of great baseball stuff to talk about, but NOOOOO! We, like everybody else, are obligated to smother you with wall-to-wall Brett Favre."

ESPN has always tried to force-feed its audience time-killers during the slow summer months ("Who's Now?" and "Titletown, USA" anyone?), but rarely do its anchors acknowledge a dead horse while it's still being beaten.

A story that began as nothing more than a few rumored text messages has quickly become a PR nightmare for the Green Bay Packers and a topic of endless discussion for the sports media. As one of the most compelling baseball seasons in years rounds the corner into the home stretch, and the Beijing Olympics loom on the horizon, it's the "will he or won't he" of one man that dominates the headlines.

Brett Favre is the sports world's Britney Spears.

Even as reporters and writers bemoan Favre's complete media takeover, they contribute to it. Stories like "Brett Favre: Sick and Tired of the Guy" and "Brett Favre – Get Off My TV" dominate popular sports blogs. Shows like PTI introduce another day of Favre news (or non-news, as is often the case) with an apologetic preface, but wouldn't dream of letting the topic go unaddressed.

If everyone's so over Favre, then why is everyone still talking about him?

The truth is, Love It or Hate It, Favre's struggle to un-retire is compelling — especially for those who saw it coming.

Mere moments after the face of the Packers tearfully announced his retirement, rumors of his imminent return began to circulate. I guess statements like "I know I can play, but I don't think I want to" didn't make for a very convincing exit.

A little over a month after his official press conference, Favre's appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman left the proverbial door even more ajar.

"I think when training camp gets close, I will ... something's bound to happen," Favre said cryptically. Letterman saw an opening and jumped on it: "What does that mean? You just said, 'Something's bound to happen,' so this makes me think you're not retired."

Favre replied with a wry smile, "Butterflies, or I don't know. I don't know. Something's bound to happen."

Something has happened, and it's literally tearing Green Bay apart.

When rumors of Favre's return first emerged, it seemed everyone was on the side of the future Hall of Famer. Fans were excited at the prospect of his return, and media members assumed the Packers would welcome him back with open arms, a la Michael Jordan and the Bulls or Jay-Z and Def Jam.

But as negotiations continue, the idea of Favre wearing the Packers' green and gold seems less and less likely. The team's embraced a new quarterback, in Aaron Rodgers, and two more signal callers were added to the team via the draft. Plans were made for life without Favre.

Who could ever have imagined the organization would turn its back on the man who just months ago led them to the brink of Super Bowl XLII? The man who's been the name and face of the franchise for 16 years. Even more surprising is that the majority of Green Bay fans seem just as ready to move on as their owners.

Therein lies the intrigue that keeps this story on the front pages of newspapers. The comeback of a high profile athlete is always big news, but the comeback of a high profile athlete who is no longer wanted? That's made-for-TV movie material.

Paging Kevin Costner. Kevin Costner, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Whether or not you hope to see Favre in an NFL uniform this season, you have to admit the story's got legs. Love It or Hate It, there's enough drama in the city of Green Bay to keep Favre's name echoing throughout the blogosphere and etched firmly atop the PTI rundown.

What do you think of Favre-gate?

Should certain superstars be afforded the right to change their minds mid-retirement, even if it's detrimental to their team? Should the Packers trade Favre, release him, or hand him a clipboard and watch him squirm?

Do you Love or Hate the constant media attention Favre's currently receiving?


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