If I’m Brett Favre, I don’t want my last NFL pass to be an interception that keeps the Packers out of the 2008 Super Bowl. Nor do I want to finish on a horrible five-game slide that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs last year. Especially when, for a season and a half, he was playing better than he had in five years.
If I’m Brett Favre, I don’t want my last NFL pass to be an interception that keeps the Packers out of the 2008 Super Bowl. Nor do I want to finish on a horrible five-game slide that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs last year.
It’s better to hem and haw and keep playing than to retire too early, as Michael Jordan did. (Twice.) Retirement also didn’t suit John Elway, who got divorced soon afterward. No, the only thing that doesn’t make sense about the NFL’s all-time leading passer wanting to still play is that he didn’t stay in Green Bay. The Packers, at the time, had just taken the Super Bowl champion Giants into overtime in the NFC Championship game and lost mostly because Favre played poorly. His big mistake was saying he wanted to retire then.
After that, Green Bay’s only mistake was refusing to trade him to Minnesota. The Packers wound up with only a third-round pick and the Vikings won the division anyway. Now, the Vikings may get Favre AND Percy Harvin, the first-round pick they would have shipped to Green Bay.
Vikings love isn’t Packer spite
Brett Favre saying he only wants to play for the Vikings doesn’t mean he wants to play only to spite the Packers. He’d play for the Patriots, Steelers or Ravens in a second if he knew he’d start in front of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco, but he wouldn’t. The Vikings are the only Super Bowl-caliber team that needs a quarterback. They also play a West Coast offense he’s familiar with. Favre, at age 39, is past the point of playing just to play. He wants to win, and he wants to put up great numbers. Minnesota is by far the best place for him to do so.
Yankee not worth the price
Sometimes, spending $424 million just isn’t enough. The Yankees sit in fourth place in large part because their $424-million men have done so little: CC Sabathia (1-3, 4.85 ERA), A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.26) and Mark Teixeira (.198, 5 HR, 15 RBIs). Yet Johan Santana, the one player in recent history that the Yankees deemed too expensive, either in terms of salary or compensatory players, is 13-1 in his last 24 starts, has won two 1-0 games this year and allowed zero earned runs in his only loss. Quick Shots said it before and will say it again: The Yankees huge offseason spending spree was actually good for baseball, because they bought the wrong players.
Don’t let cheaters prosper
No one summed up Manny Ramirez’ drug suspension better than White Sox GM Kenny Williams, who called it “fraud.” You want to stop steroid cheats? Make players refund their salaries, if their teams insist. Lions running back Barry Sanders had to return millions from his signing bonus when he retired early. If any player who signed a huge contract based on steroids-boosted numbers, such as Jason Giambi with the Yankees, had to return $160 million or so after later getting caught, steroid use would shrivel up overnight.
Soriano carrying Cubs
Do they make apology cards for baseball fans? Cubs fans hate Alfonso Soriano batting leadoff, but he leads the Cubs in home runs, RBIs and runs scored. Yet he’ll never get his due in Chicago until he does it in the playoffs.
Matt Trowbridge’s Quick Shots on Sports appear Sundays. He can be reached at (815) 987-1383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.