Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Point-Counterpoint! - Who is the Bigger NFL Drama Queen?
A new feature has us buzzing here at Wasting Company Time World Headquarters: Introducing Point-Counterpoint! Each installment will feature two sides of an issue, scintillating arguments, and no discernable resolution! - Here is the issue: Who is the bigger NFL Drama Queen? Brett Favre or Donovan McNabb? Go!

WCT6 - There is no doubt that the biggest drama queen in the NFL, if not all of pro sports, is on
e Brett Favre. First of all, he goes through this charade every year of “maybe I’ll retire…maybe I’ll come back…no, wait, now I want to retire…” and that act is just getting old. Each of the last two years he has taken the focus and media attention of the last half of each season off of his mediocre play and turned it into “the Brett Favre farewell tour,” getting standing ovations and hugs and well wishes from everyone as they think this could be their last glimpse of #4. Except he never goes anywhere! And is there a player in sports who has more media members apologizing for his erratic and at times bizarre in-game decision-making? Every time he throws an interception, whatever broadcaster is doing the game spends the next five minutes talking about how much he admires Favre’s “moxie” and “gunslinger mentality” for trying to “thread the needle.” God forbid anyone criticize the great Brett Favre.

Not only that, but Favre interjects in player personnel movements as if he were the GM. Two years ago he blasted Javon Walker for threatening to hold out, inserting himself into another player’s contract negotiations. This year, he undermined his team’s ability to trade for Randy Moss this past April by proclaiming he was “certain” that Moss would be a Green Bay Packer. Then when trade talks broke down (as expected when the diva/QB opens his yap and removes all leverage) and Moss ended up in New England, Favre (reportedly) asked for a trade.

At every Favre press conference, he speaks about the end of his football career as if he has some sort of terminal illness. He is lauded when the team wins, but never blamed when the team loses. He, along with everyone around the league, acts as though the Packer organization owes it to him to continue to bring him back every year, even though it retards the development and rebuilding efforts of the team (do the Packers owe Favre more than the 49ers owed Joe Montana? Or Jerry Rice?). I don’t know about you, but I am tired of this.

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Mickey Free - Well said sir, but you are completely wrong. No one is coddled and treated with kid gloves more than Donovan F. McNabb. First, all of Philly subconsciously feels like they owe him after booing him loudly when he was drafted. As a result, he is rarely criticized. Secondly, Jeff Garcia comes in after McNabb was lost to injury, AGAIN, and most of the sports world had left the Eagles for dead. All Garcia did was take Philly to the second round of the playoffs, and what was the main story? How Donovan (and Mama McNabb) may or may not have been cheering against the Eagles to avoid a quarterback controversy. And what kind of thanks did the Eagles give the leagues best back-up QB? Garcia was not offered a fair contract and compelled to walk after the season.

Now, the latest catastrophe: the Eagles *GASP* drafted a quarterback this year! God forbid a team prepare for its future and also protect itself against a lost season when its fragile 30 year-old quarterback has his next inevitable season-ending injury.

And what is with the constant sit-downs with Andy Reid? Why does he have to discuss his role on the team every 3 days? Why is so much made of the “relationship” between the two of them? Jeff Garcia leads the team to the playoffs, McNabb and Reid sit down to discuss Donovan’s role within the team. The Eagles draft a quarterback (from Houston of all places…in the fourth round for crying out loud), McNabb and Reid sit down to discuss Donovan’s role within the team. Is Donovan Reid’s QB or his GF?
Even the damn Governor of Pennsylvania came out and condemned the Eagles drafting of Kevin Kolb this year. All in an effort to stroke the fragile ego of uber-diva, Donovan McNabb.


rstiles said...

Favre needs to fucking grow up...now he has decided that he is skipping a mandatory mini-camp....it's all about Favre...the Green Bay Packers revolve around him...

It would have been better for him to retire so the Packers can move on

Steve from Jersey said...

Now, I cant speak on the argument for Farve, but the one on McNabb is idiotic.
1. McNabb is never critisized? Seriously? Philly feels bad about booing him? After being a pro bowl quarterback and taking them within 3 points of a championship, if they drafted him again tomorrow, he would still probably get booed. Listen to any Philly sports talk radio and the anger and frustration is apparent in every call.
2. Kevin Kolb was drafted in the second round, not the fourth. I mean, I know its a blog and all, but it is not like these are very hard facts to research are they? I mean, I bet you i could find out what round he was drafted in in under ten seconds...wait a min, lets try....my mistake, 11 seconds.
3.Yes the governor was against it. However, you may want to mention that the governor regularly does post game coverage for football on comcast. But then again, why would you put that in your article? Right, too much objectivity....

Dont get me wrong, Donovan is a HUGE diva. My only problem is that you seem to believe Philly has a role in pampering catering to his diva-ness which couldnt be further from the truth. Thank you.

Mickey Free said...

1. I live in NY so, no, I don't listen to Philly sports radio. And if they drafted him tomorrow he would still get booed? Ok? what does that mean?

2. that was my mistake. But it is incidental to the point. Whether he was drafted in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round, his drafting still caused a firestorm and spawned another sit-down with Reid.

3. Have you ever heard of another freaking Governor throwing his two cents in on a football team's player movements and drafts? I haven't

And if you agree that McNabb is a diva, then whats your beef??

Mickey Free said...

Oh, one more thing: if you are going to nitpick my research (or lack thereof) then I will nitpick your spelling. Its "criticized" not "critisized." And I didn't say "never" I said "rarely."