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Brett Favre Rages Against the Dying of the Light. Poorly.

Brett Favre can't just be happy leaving professional football as a superstar. It would now appear he would rather have the reputation of being a tard.


The back story (for my non ESPN watching friends): Favre retired after the close of last season. Then a week ago he changed his mind. The Green Bay Packers (for whom he has played his entire career and is still under contractual obligations) told him he could come back, but not as the starting quarterback.

The breaking news: He just got busted talking to the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff on a GREEN BAY

PACKERS issued cell phone.

Now the Vikings are facing tampering charges and Brett Favre looks like a giant ass clown.

Dude. Brett is like 85 years old, why can't he just retire like a normal person? (Okay, fine. He is only 38 but that is 85 in NFL years or 266 in dog years.) He has somewhere in the neighborhood of a gazillion dollars and could get any television sports casting job on the planet.


Dear Brett,

It is time to let it go. Go home. Read a book. Now sit down and shut up before you get any other teams in trouble.

Or at least use your wife's cell phone... you moron.


Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

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Oh this just makes me CRAZY {and not just cuz I heart Chicago}.

When he announced his non-retirement he mumbled some crap about being pushed into it. Here is a man that kept his cool during INSANE games and who is brilliant at what he does but did have the t@!#%*les to say that he wasn't ready to retire yet???!!!



I already knew he was stupid. Since when is F-A-V-R-E pronounced "Farve?" I decided B-R-E-T-T must be pronounced "Bert." Guess you got sacked one too many times for good mental health, Bert.


Haha as a MN Vikings fan I have to say that I love this story more than I could possible say.


Oh, leave the poor dumb quarterback alone, willya? I mean my dad retired at 70 and STILL at 85 wishes he was doing what he had done almost his entire life. It's rare a person LOVES their career so much, and I bet every football player is ready to retire at the end of each and every season.

That said, he's crazy for breaking rules. He has kids at home and they will throw that shit in your face.


Heidi! Finally someone else gets it!
F-A-V-R-E = Farve? WTF?


Heidi, for your hilarity, I award you one (1) internet. You may collect your prize immediately.


My husband retired from professional hockey in his mid-30s. It's scary for them because it's all they've ever done. It's even beyond "loving" it...seriously, it's the only thing they know. It’s the schedule, the routine, everything. Also, end of career = old = panic. It's a giant mid-life crisis.

HOWEVER, cry me a river because how many people get to play a game for a living for even a short amount of time? Not too many. Brett, go get a constructive and charitable hobby.


Similar to Jennifer, and yet different, my husband gave up a 20 yr career in radio about 10 yrs ago. He actually gave it up a few years earlier and couldn't cope with, in his words at the time, "being a zero" after being the big name in small city morning radio around here. SO back he went, and it just didn't work for him. Everything went wrong and he sadly gave it up about 18 months later. For good. It was a very hard few years for him, adjusting to "real life" and "working" as opposed to playing at a 17 yr old teenage boy's dream job for 20 years, which was SO not working. And being well paid for it. And being well known for it. So, yeah, I get Brett's struggle. Unlike my DH, though, Brett has a boatload of cash, good job prospects and no need to get said jobs if he chooses not to. My husband had to relearn a whole new career and suffer the humility of not knowing what he was doing, asking questions, starting all over. I think he's being an asshat by not just admitting he was premature and then being sneaky on top of it. Just like the rest of the world, Brett, when you make a bad decision you have to pay for it. Even if it means 2nd string.


This twist in the Brett Favre retirement saga makes me sad. Mostly because I love Brett and the Packers with a passion that is unseemly and inexplicable. It makes me sad also because I didn't think he was ready to retire. He had an amazing season and while I'm all for going out on a high note, I think he had at least one more season in him.

I wish he had taken Gretzky's example and stepped so far away from the game after retiring that, when he did venture back into the hockey world, it was welcomed rather than a source of pity/shame.


I just re-read my last sentence and realized it sounds confusing. I mean when he, Gretzky, stepped back into hockey, not he, Brett, who obviously would not be so good on skates.


When the first rumblings came out that he was reconsidering his retirement I just kept thinking "Dignity: You're doing it wrong." And I do feel bad for him, but he's a big boy and he made his decision and now his behavior makes him look like just another spoiled football player expecting everyone to jump through hoops for them. It makes me sad. And I never really even followed Green Bay!


Try living in Wisconsin. When he retired, the whole state mourned as if he were dying. I rolled my eyes a lot and avoided conversations that involved football (did you know that the sentence, "Oh, I don't really get into football" can get you shot around here?).

After this news, I'm almost afraid to leave my house today.

Katie Kat

Heidi: LOL! That was greatness. Bert Farve.

I don't get why these huge sports stars retire and then DON'T. Even the GOD of sports stars, Michael Jordan, did it. Maybe it's the money. Or the fame. Or the money. I think they figure they'll just sit back and relax and enjoy their lives, but they don't realize how addicted they've become to the routine and the craziness. When it's what you've always done, and all that you know, it must feel devastating to think you made a mistake by leaving.

Or, it's the money.


I'm a big Favre fan here, and I was sad to hear it when he originally retired, but it made perfect sense: he had had a great final season and broken some records and everyone loved him, THE END. A perfect way to go out in style, I thought.

And then this shit happened.

Honestly, I think professional athletes (regardless of sport) should not announce retirements at the *ends* of seasons. I think Favre is feeling nostalgic right now because he's looking into the very near future and thinking of how he won't be hanging out at training camp soon. Of course he felt like he was done at the end of last season---he was tired. But now that the new one is getting started, he's not tired. If the new season gets underway, and the athlete is still tired or ready to move on or whatever, then yeah, it really is time to announce retirement. But they're not thinking clearly at the end of the season; they're just too beat. So, they should keep their mouths closed.


really? "tard"??
oy vey...

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