Sunday, January 4, 2009

Football Is Supposed to Be A Game Played By Adults

OK, here is another one of those posts that will probably get me in trouble. But since it won't be the first time, here goes...

I sat here this morning listening to Sunday NFL Countdown as the panel discussed the comments that a few NY Jets had made about Brett Favre and I had to ask myself one question. Did someone forget to tell these players that football is supposed to be a game played by adults ... mature adults and not whining children?

I've said this before, (remember when the Eagles signed Terrill Owens) what happened to the days when athletes settled their differences in the locker room and not in front of a microphone or a camera. I am just imagining a time when teammates actually talked (verbally or physically) to each other or their coaches, settled their differences and then went out on the field and played the game.

So here are a few things for the Brett bashers and other whiney children to consider:

The Jets had a 4-12 record in 2007. That's 4 wins, 12 losses. This year their record is 9-7.
That's five more wins and five fewer losses than last year.

Chad Pennington, the man who quarterbacked the Jets' 4-12 season was traded to Miami this year and subsequently lead them to a 11-5 season this year. So it appears that Chad Pennington did better after leaving the Jets.

Brett Favre, the Jets' current quarterback, had a 13-3 record in 2007 with the Green Bay Packers. That's 9 more wins and 9 fewer losses than the 2007 Jets. So Brett Favre seemed to do better before coming to the Jets.

So let's summarize. Both Chad Pennington and Brett Favre have or had better records without the Jets than with the Jets. Chad Pennington is in the playoffs and Brett Favre is headed to the Hall of Fame.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not blind to Favre's mistakes. Brett Favre, young and old version, has always thrown INTs. Yet, somehow he had coaches and team mates that still knew how to win.

These are just a few things that the Jets who want to blame their late season meltdown on the mistakes of their quarterback should consider. Save yourself future embarrassment and handle your grievances like adults. Or here's a novel thought, if you believe that your quarterback is not playing well, is too old, or injured, then maybe you should play a little harder and pick up the slack. Try that and your next QB may actually take you out to dinner and let your sit with the adults.

Oh no, did I just sound like Tony Kornheiser?


  1. Ouch!!! I hope that some folk have steel-toed shoes on or their little toezeys might be hurt.

    I couldn't agree with you more. What are professional sports coming to? Multi-millionaires whining. Gimme' a break. You tell 'em Pam.

    Oh, and I hope you DON'T sound like Tony K. IMHO he is the worst thing to happen to MNF in the past decade. Just my opinion!!!

  2. Now let's see how the Dolphins handle adversity and Pennington's off day.

    I'll be watching.

  3. Pamela. Since you are one of the smartest people I know, and your readers are collectively the smartest group I know, perhaps you or one of your readers can answer this follow up question. Your blog headline was about football being played by adults. Is it not managed by adults???

    I ask that question because of the decisions made re: Pro Bowl 2010. When I first heard the news, I thought I was dreaming. Then I realized I was awake and reading it, so I presumed that I was browsing a satirical site like Onion...but no, this was a legit news site.

    The 2010 Pro Bowl will be moved to Miami and will be played ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL. Huh?

    "Barring a schedule change, next season's Pro Bowl will take place Jan. 31, 2010, with the Super Bowl that year on Feb. 7. The league's plan is for players on the AFC and NFC championship squads not to take part in the Pro Bowl." That from the Associated Press story.

    I realize that this is news is a week old, but I am just catching up with it. Is it me, or does this make NO sense??? Please help me understand.

  4. Robert,

    You flatterer you:-)

    What Disney wants, Disney gets. It's about the money.

    For anyone who hasn't heard, the 2009 Pro Bowl will be held in Miami one week before the Super Bowl and will be broadcast by ESPN, (a Disney owned media network)

    When I first heard the news I thought that it wasn't a great idea but then I thought again.

    Years ago, the Pro Bowl was a platform for the NFL's best talent. Now many people, including myself, think that the game has become more of a popularity contest than an acknowledgment of a player's outstanding performance during the season.

    Given the evolution of the game, I think that a poll of the players would show that they would trade a Pro Bowl appearance for a Super Bowl any day.

    But back to the money. I'm sure that Disney, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the NFL are all hoping that by scheduling the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl a week apart and in the same venue it will encourage fans to book 8 or 9 day vacation stays and spend lots and lots of money at area hotels, theme parks and, of course, at the games themselves. I suspect that the buildup to the Pro Bowl will be one big Disney commercial.

    Look at it this way. At least players won't have to wait until they win the Super Bowl to go to Disney World.

  5. Ooops, a correction to my previous comment. It should read 2010 Pro Bowl.


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