Tipping Pitches: Sports: Favre Ignorance to End (Maybe?)


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sports: Favre Ignorance to End (Maybe?)

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Full disclosure:  I'm a life long Packers fan.  Through and through.  And although Brett Favre was (and probably still is) my all-time favorite athlete, it's no secret that Brett and I aren't getting along too well lately.  People tend to throw around the phrase "dead to me" pretty loosely, but I've gotta tell you...  There really aren't three words that better describe how I feel about him as a sports fan.

I won't go into all of the details about what happened a year and a half ago.  Please, let's not go there.  Those scabs aren't healing for quite some time.

I will, however, give you an idea of how a fan like me handles the Favre fiasco.  Although I watch six to nine hours of NFL every Sunday, I can honestly say that I have never, during the past one-plus seasons, watched a game in which Brett Favre played.  Moreover, I have never watched a highlight of him throwing a touchdown pass while in another uniform.

This is the only quarterback I'll be able to watch next Monday.

You can't avoid it entirely.  I've seen him blip on my screen momentarily.  Commentators have talked about him.  It's unavoidable.  But I instinctively flip the channel, leave the room, or find something to distract me.  Not watching.  Not paying attention.  Didn't happen.

A bit of an overreaction on my part?  Possibly, but that's how I deal.  I don't want to see it.  Makes me angry.  You don't want to see me when I'm angry.

But don't think this means I've completely ignored the path of Favre during that time.  I'll closely follow his games, whether it's monitoring the scores on the upper right part of the screen, keeping an open window online, or checking in with my mobile device.  I want to get the news first when he fails.  But when he succeeds (like today), I don't want to see his smiling face.

Luckily, I haven't had to see it once.  So, in my perfect little world, he's been nothing but miserable and has only failed for a little over a season.

I don't think I have to explain in too much detail how I feel about Favre playing for the Vikings.  I'm pretty sure you understand that already.  But the problem is that beginning next Monday, I face a major dilemma.  The Packers face the Vikings.

It's unavoidable, right?  I live in the Denver area, so if this were a Sunday game I might (stress might) at least be able to make the excuse that the game was blacked out here.  Although, that's highly unlikely given the magnitude of this game, but the game is going to be aired on Monday whether I like it or not.

I don't get to watch every Packers game out here.  I don't have the NFL package.  So I've gotta watch it.  But the game's against Favre, and to make it worse it will be played in Minnesota.  Not only do I have to watch that guy play in purple tights, but I have to be subjected to those silly fans.  Not to mention, the likelihood of Favre succeeding and the Vikings winning goes up.

The combination of such events may just put me into cardiac arrest.  Or I may find myself arrested.

On the flip side, wouldn't a Packers victory be all the more sweet?  Maybe Favre throws five picks?  How great would it be to not only see Favre's face, but the faces of the Vikings players, ownership and faithful?  Oh, it would be so unbelievably sweet!  Glorious!

I'll probably watch it.  I'll probably feign distraction with my iPod Touch as long as the game is close or Favre is on the field.  I'll find some excuse to avoid looking directly at the sun during an eclipse.

But if he throws an interception for a touchdown?  Rewind!


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