Favre Circus Heads To Television
Tonight embattled quarterback Brett Favre will appear on broadcaster Joe Buck‘s HBO show, “Joe Buck Live.” The absurdity of this whole situation will be highlighted on cable TV. (JSOnline’s Lori Nickel will be doing a live blog starting at 9 PM ET for all of you deprived of HBO.)
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert has his five questions he would ask Favre at the interview. The highlight (or the “bomb” question as we like to call it):
"A conspiracy theorist could conclude you’re at the end of a remarkable manipulation to get from Green Bay to Minnesota against the Packers’ wishes and despite a “poison pill” inserted into trade language last summer. The plan would include announcing your retirement in February and then quietly asking for your release after the New York Jets drafted your replacement. Try talking us out of that one."
Seifert opened up the comments for the readers to give some of their questions. And there are some good ones.
"Would you please just go away?"
"6. Why do i read about you?7. What are the chances of you having a good second half of the season?8. Are [you] certified to fit me for a pair of Wranglers?9. Do you care that you have permanently tarnished you legacy?10. Not a question but you will get pwned this year and i gurantee it"
"1) Will you be chartering a sex boat to win over your new team mates?2) How many more playoff intecep… uh, I mean runs do you think you have left in you?"
"3. Is the high you are feeling from the constant manipulation of your idolators on par with 3 Budweisers and 1 Vicodin, or more like 3 Vics and a 12-pack?"
I think it’s safe to say that the masses are through with this story and just want it to end. Unfortunately, it’ll just keep going. Now, the five questions I would ask Favre:
1. What is going through your head with all of this?
2. Do you feel a team is stronger if they have a great back like Adrian Peterson and (less than) decent wide receivers like Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice? Or do you feel that a team is stronger with great wide receivers like Donald Driver and Greg Jennings and a decent running back like Ryan Grant was during the 2007 season?
3. What is the exact source of your ill-will towards Ted Thompson? The drafting of Aaron Rodgers to be your successor? Not acquiring Randy Moss? Or what?
4. What are your thoughts on Aaron Rodgers, NFL quarterback, not Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre’s successor?
5. If you run out onto Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 1, 2009 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, what thoughts will be running through your mind? What will your feelings towards the fans of Green Bay be?
Bonus question: What if this doesn’t work out? At all?
There we have my questions. Feel free to chime in with your own.
Again on JSOnline, Michael Hunt has a great piece highlighting the last year and how Favre’s actions this year have made him look like one of the most egotistical athletes of all time.
"Remember how he flew into Green Bay last summer in one of the most egocentric stunts ever pulled by a professional athlete. Remember how it was his intention all along to play for the Vikings after his first retirement. And remember how he began to distance himself from his teammates by dressing in a private chamber, away from the locker room."
"If Favre wants to play for the Vikings because they have a scary good defense and a freak-of-nature running back, and if he truly believes he can somehow stay within himself to become that final piece to get them to the Super Bowl, then more power to him.But if his driving motivation is to stick it to Ted Thompson, such an impulse would be misplaced and pathetic beyond reason, sort of like the way Warren Spahn ended his Hall of Fame career in New York and San Francisco.Either way, should Favre decide to further risk his dignity and legacy by dragging himself back on the field with Minnesota, he would do so without the heroic illusions that accompanied his 16 seasons in Green Bay. And there would be the good in crossing over, because if anyone didn’t know it by now, these are just guys, most of whom don’t play for altruistic reasons."
It’s a great piece. Head on over to read the whole thing.
Because of instantaneous new media, such as Twitter, we’re able to get a constant view on things that are going on. Take NFL Networks Scott Hanson‘s (@hansonscott) latest tweets from today:
"Back in good ol Hattiesburg. Might have a Brett Favre update later. To quote [Brad] Childress, “stay tuned”…about 8 hours ago from mobile web"
"Waiting at the airport for Favre to take a private jet to NY for his Joe Buck interview. If we catch his departure, you’ll c on NFLN.about 6 hours ago from web"
"They are fueling up the jet we think Favre will be on. First video of Brett post-op soon… we hope.about 4 hours ago from web"
"Jet has been fired up on for over an hour… no Favre. (maybe changed mind?) ha – that would re-define irony.about 2 hours ago from mobile web"
"And we have a Favre sighting. Got in the jet and just took off 10 sec ago. How’d he look?27 minutes ago from mobile web"
"how’d he look? watch NFL Network and find out. (and check out his right hand/arm.)24 minutes ago from mobile web"
In my humble opinion, this is just insane. Of course, we all want to know what is going on with Favre as soon as we can, but putting the “Favre-arazzi” out there to Tweet is every move is a little over the top. I feel NFL Network is so much stronger than ESPN, but this is an ESPN-like move right here, to film the flight’s departure from Hattiesburg. And it’s not even like he’s going to Minnesota to meet with Childress and Zygi Wilf. He’s meeting with Joe Buck.
The Joe Buck angle is another interesting aspect of this scenario. How will Buck interview him? According to sources, the interview is supposed to “revolve around the celebrity status of pro athletes.” I doubt that will last. I have never seen Buck give a one-on-one interview such as this, so I have no idea how he will deal with Favre. If definitely will not be like Favre and Greta Van Susteren last year, and I doubt it will approach the Alex Rodriguez and Peter Gammons lovefest that came after the New York Yankees star’s steroid admittance. If it was an ESPN interview, we would definitely expect that, as all the ESPN personalities have reputations for being on their knees for Favre making any interview on ESPN for Favre impossible to take seriously. But for Buck, this is different. If he conducts a smooth interview and does not cater to Favre’s ego and asks Favre the tough questions, I will have a whole new respect for him. If he peters out as the interview continues, he will fall down the list of my respected broadcasters. Buck’s reputation could be as much as stake as Favre’s. After all, he will have to broadcast a Packers-Vikings game this year for Fox.
So there we have. Five hours and twenty minutes until interview time. Let’s see what happens.
Favre would be right at home under the big top right now. By himself with all the attention, of course.