Did Brett Favre actually retire?
Is it for real this time? Apparently, according to just about every media source out there, Brett Favre has notified the Packers that he won’t be returning to the Green Bay Packers for his 18th season. For seemingly the past few years, Brett Favre talking retirement was about as common as Al Davis trying to ruin the Raiders franchise. It happened every offseason.
But apparently, this time it’s for real. I can’t completely buy it, as he’s done this too many times. I’m still leaving a 20 percent chance for Favre to return. But if this time he’s a man of his word, it’ll be a new day for the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers. It’s just tough to completely believe Favre would retire after an MVP-caliber season.
Despite my nausea from relentless rumors year after year of Favre crying and pondering hanging it up, you have to give it up to the guy. Three MVPs, a Super Bowl win, the most TD passes in NFL history, 275 straight starts. Those are pretty impressive numbers. Favre was always fun to watch. And last season he flourished, setting records and tossing 28 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions. But in a fitting end for the gunslinger with the most career interceptions in the NFL, he ended his career throwing an interception in overtime against the Giants to set up New York’s winning field goal in the NFC Championship Game. Favre will be missed. But what certainly won’t be are the hours and hours spent debating his future. Hopefully that’s decided. Brace yourself for the ESPN love-fest. And more Wrangler commercials.
While Favre made the choice to end his career, another pro-athlete was given his career back. Although not on the same prestigious level of fame and success as Favre...
Chris Andersen is returning to the NBA from his drug banishment!
I know, you’re all excited. So am I. The Lakers added Pau Gasol, the Suns picked up Shaq, the Mavericks grabbed J Kidd, and every Western Conference team beefed up at the trade deadline. The New Orleans Hornets made a few minor moves, but now add the high flying “Birdman” Andersen. They apparently are ready to sign him if he passes a physical. Hopefully, whatever dope he was dabbling in (under the banishing rules it has to be amphetamine and its analogs, which include methamphetamine; cocaine; LSD; opiates, including heroin, codeine and morphine; and PCP according to ESPN.com) is well out of his system. Those are some serious drugs, maybe he was already using when he went through this hilarious debacle.
Flying off on another tangent, I have to say I’m impressed with the Jets so far this offseason.
They’ve made a ton of moves. New York has added offensive linemen Allen Faneca (a consistent Pro-Bowler) and Damien Woody (a solid fixture on the right side), LB/DE Calvin Pace as a pass rusher in the 3-4 scheme and DT Kris Jenkins.
The pickups address many of the Jets’ needs, especially on the offensive line which struggled last year. With two veteran signings added to the young and talented Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the line becomes a strength. And while some may debate if the Jets are overspending, the team has the money to shell out, and the players acquired should fit in to coach Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defensive scheme better than their predecessors.
It’s good to see the Jets finally addressing these needs to form a defense that does more than settling for the bend but not break strategy. And the offensive line should open holes for a talented backfield that may even add Arkansas’ Darren McFadden if New York catches a few breaks in the NFL Draft (the team has the 6th pick). If we base the pattern of the past seasons, the Jets are due for a 10-6 campaign. A little early I know, but in the past four years, the team has gone 10-6, 4-12, 10-6, 4-12. Looking ahead six months, I know, but I have to look for some bright spots right now. As Andrew told you, we haven’t had the best winter.
Things could be starting to turn, especially if the Knicks fire Isiah Thomas, which is slowly looking more possible. You really have to wonder what the team is waiting for. Deadspin sums it up eloquently.