Thursday, October 14, 2010
Brett Favre has picture-perfect timing
By Matt Mosley ESPN.com
IRVING, Texas -- For anyone who's received an inappropriate text message from a co-worker, this Brett Favre story hits home. Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever to lose your mind and end up transmitting intimate photos that could be forwarded to a sports humor Website.
This sort of thing almost never happened when we were forced to climb onto copy machines during office hours and fax grainy photos of ourselves to friends and family. Favre deserves to be punished by the league if the allegations are true, because it would be textbook sexual harrassment.
Whatever happened to the good ol' days when copy machine gags were inappopriate for the workplace, but nonetheless funny?
I'm told that Favre used poor lighting, which is disappointing. But while we're waiting for this story to reach its end, let's take a look at Favre's latest misdirection play.
The old graybeard himself started dropping hints following Monday's game that his right arm wasn't right. Some of us were tipped off to this when Favre clutched his arm in pain after several throws in the fourth quarter and appeared to deliver the ball like a 41-year-old man in a Wrangler commercial. (I recently turned 37, and I'm almost never tempted to play touch football in overcast weather while wearing jeans.)
Favre, who is rumored to be considering an audible to Deadspin's sexting allegations, didn't practice Wednesday because of tendinitis in his right elbow. You better believe that he'll milk this injury for all it's worth while his streak of 289 consecutive games hangs in the balance. Vikings head coach Brad Childress, a man destined for a barbershop quartet, dismissed Favre's fourth-quarter histrionics as a "tick." He compared it to Donovan McNabb often appearing to have an upset stomach during games, which was famously confirmed by Terrell Owens following the Super Bowl.
My ESPN.com colleague Kevin Seifert asked Favre on Wednesday if he'd be the one to instigate a change at quarterback, if his elbow made it too difficult to play.
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"That would probably seem maybe a little more logical," he said, "that [after] 20 years and having played through a lot of things. ... Unless you can't even throw a spiral, and they say, 'Alright Brett, I know you want to play, [but] I want to do right for the team.'
"I don't know for sure in answering that question, but I would think Brad and [offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell] would trust in me if I felt like [I could still play]. ... [If it's] one or two throws a game, you can say, 'OK.' But if I felt like there is more than that on a consistent basis where, 'Boy, he [usually] makes that throw,' I should be able to address that with them. And I believe I would."
Favre had 20 incompletions in a 29-20 loss to the New York Jets on Monday and missed a wide-open Percy Harvin when the outcome was still in doubt. But if you think Favre's going to take himself out of the lineup, perhaps you also bought into his first couple retirement announcements. I would be willing to bet any amount of money that he'll start Sunday's game in the Metrodome, which is home to the loudest manufactured noise in the NFL.
Hey, Brett. Say cheese!
On Wednesday, I had a long visit with a quarterback who used to square off with Favre in the NFC North. That would be Cowboys backup Jon Kitna.
"He was magical the other night," said Kitna of Favre's Monday night performance. "He can still make all the throws, and I know he'll be out there."
Kitna said he played with tendintis in his right elbow from 2003-08 but chose not to say anything about it "because that's how quarterbacks make their money, and I didn't want anyone to do surgery on me and have my value drop."
Cowboys fans will be happy to know that Kitna's tendintis is finally gone, although they respectfully don't want to see him play this season. Favre's tendinitis is likely here to stay.
But it will take more than that to end this fabled streak. The only way it could end this season is if Roger Goodell decides to intervene with a suspension.
And I wouldn't rule anything out at this point. Say cheese, Brett.
Matt Mosley covers the NFC East for ESPN.com and the Dallas-Fort Worth sports scene for ESPNDallas.com.