Things That Brett Favre Won’t Get To Do Past At The Age Of Forty …………..
Well no doubt as many of you now know the ‘Brett Favre Story’ has come to an unwelcoming end for the fans in Minnesota and his fledgling band of followers in Mark Schlereth , Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski . As to what those guys’ll now do , as their erections have gone flaccid, remains to be seen. But if the noises said to be coming out of stalls or or cubicles of the mens’ room in Bristol ,Connecticut, will be anything to go by . Then one can surmise that they’ll no doubt be relieving themselves by some form of self arousal ? Spankin’ the monkey, spankin’ the monkey . Oops, there goes a dollop of juice on the floor as Schlereth goes down for the count.
To say that I’m immensely happy would not justify my feeling at present . More like I’m overwhelmed with joy would be much more to the point. And to see the New Orleans Saints stand toe to toe with the Minnesota Vikings and take it to them , was to my mind a thing of beauty ! Needless to say, for the fans of ‘Who dat’ , this was a day of redemption and vindication not only for the fans but also for the entire city of New Orleans. The team now meets the Indianapolis Colts in the Superbowl (SB XLIV) , in what many hope will be an exciting spectacle for those in attendance and the countless millions that will be watching globally.
Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports
Saints beat Vikings in OT , reach first Superbowl
By Barry Wilner , AP Football Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—A 40-yard field goal in overtime by a little-known kicker could become as famous as jambalaya in these parts.
The New Orleans Saints, a team with no home and an uncertain future five years ago, are heading for their first Super Bowl. By battering Brett Favre(notes) and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 Sunday, they set off celebrations on Bourbon Street that locals never could have imagined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“This is for everybody in this city,” said coach Sean Payton, the architect of the Saints’ turnaround. “This stadium used to have holes in it and used to be wet. It’s not wet anymore. This is for the city of New Orleans.”
And it came courtesy of Garrett Hartley and the Aints—who surely ain’t the Aints anymore.
“In reality, we had to lean on each other in order to survive and in order to get where we are now,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “The city is on its way to recovery, and in a lot of ways has come back better than ever. We’ve used the strength and resiliency of our fans to go out and play every Sunday and play with the confidence that we can do it, that we can achieve everything we’ve set out to achieve.”
Favre threw away Minnesota’s best chance to win, tossing an interception deep in New Orleans territory in the closing seconds of regulation. Then the Saints won the coin toss and ended it on Hartley’s kick 4:45 into OT.
“Just helping my team get to Miami,” he said. “Just doing my part.”
A team of nomads after Katrina ravaged its city and the Superdome, overcame a slew of mistakes in the biggest game the Big Easy has ever seen.
Forget the paper bag masks and that long history of losing that started in 1967. Moments after Hartley’s kick, they were toasting their hometown winners in the French Quarter and making plans for South Florida.
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The game played at the packed Louisiana Superdome with a vocal crowd cheering on the home team , left us all in no doubt what they wanted to see from this Sean Payton coached team. Their wish was granted but in no large part, thanks to the ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ performance of Brett Favre. There are things that one ought to be capable of doing past the age of forty. And it’d appear that Favre wanted to prove the naysayers wrong on all counts. Unfortunately for Brett Favre, ‘Old Father Time’ has put up with enough of his s_it in recent years, that even he himself was no longer willing to let Favre play the hero once again.
If there was a hero in this game, then it most certainly came in the guise of Drew Brees’ leadership and the willingness of his teammates to follow his example. The Saints’ defense was stellar and this was all down to the presence of mind shown by defensive coordinator, Gary Gibbs and the schemes that he put into play that often negated the running attack of the Vikings. It led to the two interceptions of Favre, as well as a team high five fumbles. This was a game of missed opportunities by coach Brad Childress’ ‘team’. But was even more telling was that the interception that took place in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter was avoidable had Favre not chosen to be so gung-ho with his antics. If it’s not about Favre being ‘the hero’ then nothing else at all seems to matter ! And with ever passing utterance that comes out of Favre’s mouth when he claims that he’s not in it for himself. Well, it only speaks to the gullibility of those who feel that his utterances are sacrosanct. It always has been about Favre and nothing is liable to change in that regard for the foreseeable future !
Though the game was competitively contested , one felt that it was a game that was the Saints’ for the taking. Any other outcome than the resultant 31-28 victory would’ve felt unjustified. Serendipity has a way of making things right as many within NFL diaspora wanted to see Favre make it for that one last hurrah of a ‘big game’ atmosphere in a Superbowl. This upcoming Superbowl in Miami at Sun Life Stadium. And the anticipated match-up against Peyton Manning and the Colts would’ve added just that extra bit of sparkle ,that the likes Schlereth , Hoge and Jaworski would’ve sought alongside their ‘compadres’ there at ESPN would have craved for. Now that’s all a bust, I guess that they’ll just have to make do with the two number one seeds from the respective conferences ?
As the momentum builds up the NFL’s showcase event , we still have the Pro Bowl to be played. A game which I might add to my mind is about as relevant and warranted nowadays, as having to be force fed the diatribe by some that it’s a game that the fans want to see. Given the fact that the venue has been changed from Hawaii to Miami. And the mere fact that a number of the game’s elite players considered it nothing more than a sideshow or an incentive that’s added to their contract should they make the roster. For most, it was something of a privilege to be named but in large many of the players weren’t all that interested in playing to begin with. Never mind the fact that the attendance and viewership for the game was hardly earth shattering. The NFL’s heirarchy just doesn’t know when to quit when it comes to the marketing angles and how to sell its game to the masses. Does anyone honestly think that there’ll be that much interest in the game itself a week before the main event of the Superbowl ? C’mon now we’re talking Pro Bowl and the Superbowl . It’s akin to watching flag football one minute and ‘the real game’ itself the next !
Now I for one am not about to speculate as to whether or not this was Favre’s last game because we all know he marches to the beat of a very different drum. And if he feels that he’ll walk away abruptly from the game then he’ll do so. It’s not as if we haven’t all witnessed this before . Hell he retires and un-retires faster than Jenna Jameson has been known to have had multiple sex partners in one her infamous adult movies. But that asides , that’s for the Vikings’ front office to deal with and that of their fans. I can tell you this though , if he now walks away stating that his heart is no longer in the game. Then I hope that the fans there in Minnesota have the patience to deal with all of the s_it that comes their way in the terms of the ‘ …….is he or isn’t he coming back ‘ ? This’ll be the gristle that’ll keep the print , tv media and radio talk show hosts talking in the weary months of the offseason. Never mind what the ‘boneheads’ of ESPN will be saying .
There are some things that Brett Favre should be doing at the age of forty and then there are others that he won’t. One of them in this case, won’t be as a participant in ‘Supberbowl XLIV’. Thank God for that ! Can I get multiple amen’s on that ?
As Tupac Shakur says ………’All Eyez On Me’ .Simply put this is the mantra that Brett Favre lives by. It’ll never be about his teammates. It’s about the boy from Gulfport, raised in the small town of Kiln Mississippi. He just wouldn’t want it any other way.