I am sick of Brett Favre. As a former Packers fan, he used to be one of my favorite football players. Now I can’t stand the guy. I will play; I won’t play; I will play. Urrgh.
Today I want to talk about Favre’s “love of the game.” To entice Favre to return to football, the Vikings increased Favre’s salary from $13 million to $16.5 million plus $3.5 million in incentives. Favre’s agent Bus Cook stated the following: “If they want to reward him, nobody’s going to walk away from that. But it’s not a factor in his decision.”
I have no idea whether the extra money played a factor in Brett Favre’s return. However, offering an extra $3.5-$7 million would certainly make most people think twice about retiring. The media coverage has bought into the whole ‘it’s not about the money’ position hook, line and sinker. When other athletes ask for more money and claim that it’s about respect, most people role their eyes. Favre holds an almost untouchable status and no journalist would ever accuse him of being greedy whether he is or not.
This double standard extends to the field of play as well. When Chad Ochocinco does a dance after scoring a touchdown, he is often criticized for showboating. However, if Favre jumps around the field and tackles his wide receivers after a touchdown, this is just evidence of how much he loves the game.
Is this a racial issue (black guys are greedy and white guys are not, black guys showboat and white guys celebrate) or is Favre just a unique individual who gets special treatment? I don’t know. I am however, excited for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to beat the Vikings this year.
Healthcare blogging returns tomorrow.