Thursday, September 27, 2007

Top Three Moments in Announcers Gushing Over Favre

Favre hurts team but has fun: everybody laughs.
In the 2004 season playoff game between the Packers and Vikings at Lambeau Field, not much had gone right for the Packers in the first half, but as halftime neared, the Packers were driving. With under a minute left they were near the goal line. Favre scrambled past the line of scrimmage and was heading toward the end zone; it appeared that he could make it in. He could have dove, risking a hit but scoring the touchdown. At the very least, he'd be tackled at the one yard line and the Packers would have a good shot at a touchdown. But to avoid taking a hit, Favre--well past the line of scrimmage--zings an underhand pass to an open (obviously) receiver. Favre gets called for an illegal forward pass past the line of scrimmage.

The announcers (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Cris Collinsworth) thought it was a hoot. They were laughing and laughing. We were told how much fun Favre was having. We were told the referee was laughing (it didn't appear that he was). We listened to laughter and enthusiasm over the entertaining Favre.

Of course, Favre's penalty hurt the Packers: instead of either scoring or getting the ball at the one, they got backed up (eventually the Packers missed a field goal). Favre hurt his team with a penalty, but instead of talking about that, the announcers laughed with and praised Favre.

Joe Theismann thinks Brett Favre can rescue humanity from all its ills.
During one Sunday night game on ESPN, the announcers talked about their conversation with Favre that week. Joe Theismann chimed in that he wished everybody in America could sit down to talk with Favre for five minutes.

Why? Is Favre some sort of holy man, a spiritual guru that could bring all individuals to enlightment in five short minutes? Could Favre provide answers to all of society's problems? To the great philosophical questions of the ages? I'm still not sure. But Theismann wants everybody in America to sit down for five minutes with Brett Favre. We'd all be better off if we could just spend a few moments with the emanating spiritual being of perfection that is Brett Favre.

Favre throws interceptions, evidently because his receivers are cowards.
In a 2002 game against the Buccaneers, Brett Favre threw four interceptions. On one interception, Favre threw a slant pass to Terry Glenn, and it appeared Glenn stopped on the play, allowing a defender to catch it. Cris Collinsworth proceeded to chastise Glenn not merely as a poor excuse for a football player, but a poor excuse for a human being. Glenn was a coward. How could Glenn possibly leave Favre hanging like that? We mustn't blame Favre for such an interception: that was all Glenn's fault.

Later in the game, Brett Favre badly overthrew a wide receiver in the middle of the field and was intercepted. Cris Collinsworth was incredulous. How could this keep happening? How could receivers keep quitting on routes? All these atrocious and lazy wide receivers were making Brett Favre look bad. Of course the replays kept showing the ball flying far over the head of the intended receiver. Troy Aikman pointed out that it was a bad pass. Collinsworth couldn't take it: it was all horrible wide receiver play that was tarnishing Brett Favre.

Only later did Collinsworth reluctantly admit that the more times he watched it, that interception "was on Brett." Only reluctantly could Collinsworth admit that an interception (on a horribly overthrown pass) could be the quarterback's fault, and his criticism of Favre was an ah shucks first name chiding, not the virulent, vitriolic anger he showed when he thought it was a wide receiver's fault for the error.

Please, share your favorite moments in announcers gushing over Favre.

25 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:20 AM

    One thing is for sure, no announcer ever gushed over Spurgeon Wynn or Taveris Jackson. Compared with what the Vikings have trotted out there, I'll take No. 4 any day, every day.

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  2. Anonymous6:56 AM

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  3. Even with what we got now the last thing we need is a Pill popping,over bearing prima donna.
    And yea fire Childress now.

    Forgot who they was playing the playoffs but Greenbays Def got torched on like 4th and 40 play to send game into OT.
    Was like second and 10 on opening drive in OT.Favre drops pack and zings the ball to the opposing teams Safety only 1 there.
    The anouncers says The interception was a long punt for Greenbay and that Favre was playing for field position.
    I think I laughed for days on that one cause it cost Greenbay the game.
    Aint nothing worse then getting forced fed BS about Favre.Wouldnt be so bad but the constant drivel can over whelm a sane human being.

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  4. hahaha - use your ill-aimed discourse for your own team - they got way more problems than Brett Favre. So they gushed about him? so what? you sound like the jilted middle school girl on winter ball night. maybe nobody wants to go out with you because you whine too much!! :-p

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  5. Brett Favre roller skates with Jesus every Saturday. Period.

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  7. The only thing more annoying than the announcers fawning over Favre is the people bitching about the annoucers fawning over Favre.

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  8. Anonymous1:36 PM

    @speedlod: How could you forget that one? The 4th and 26 against the Eagles, McNabb to Freddie the People's Champ? With the Favre duck in overtime that was cleanly picked off? The announcers said he was emotionally exhausted after a long season and the death of his father. Bottom line: Favre makes some really really really bad throws. But the real reason Vikes fans hate him is because he plays for the Packers. If he was QB for the Patriots, Redksins, Chargers, etc, Vikes fans wouldn't give him a second thought.

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  9. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Not only was the pass in OT during the 4th and 26 game cleary overthrown, but Brian Dawkins basically had time to call for a fair catch as he got under it.

    And if he wasn't there, Lito Sheppherd was in position to pick it off.

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  10. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Thers was a game in 2006, it was when the Packers played the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Tony Kornheiser said something like "Wow, that was a beautifully thrown ball" And Mike Tirico was like "Um, he just threw an interception, Tony."

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  11. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Now now... Don't be pissed because the Queens have had about 15 different QBs during #4's current tenure. I guess I'd be bitter too if I was stuck with Kelly Holcomb as a starting QB. Doesn't look like T-Jack is the answer either. Back to the draft, suckas!

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  12. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Hahahahha, muhuhahahaha, the jealousy is palpable.

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  13. Sry anonymous I just didnt write the date and time down for remembrance sake.Mainly cause I dont give a rats ass about Favre.I think its fitting that he is about to break the most completions and the most Inters.We can call him fifty % from now on.Favre the half-ass QB.
    I hope he runs on the field and falls on his face.Can hear it now.
    Favre is going to play today with a paper cut on his throwing hand.No other QB in league has the guts to play on such an injury.Oh no Favre just fell and caught himself with his face saving that throwing hand.What grace Favre posses to save futher injury for his team.What quick thinking you dont see many QB able to fall like that.We are on the verge of greatness today and if Favre throws 3 interceptions today.It will be due to fact of that horrendous paper cut on his throwing hand.We here in broadcasting booth cannot fathom how Favre is playing thru so much pain and agony.We have reports that the cut is less then a millmeter in size.And he might have micro surgery in the off season to close if not healed right.Bringing us to the conclusion that Favre might retire after this season.Can Favre over come this and return next year to lead the Pack to the Toilet bowl.We will have to see how it plays out and await the I am retiring maybe could be season that we all relish with baited breath.

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  14. my personal favorite was in a game last year, when the fox announcers gave him props for having "the guts of a cat burglar."

    this after a great donald driver catch bailed him out on one of those patented throws into triple coverage (you know, the ones that give jaworski an aneurysm when anyone else throws 'em.)

    i hope to hell favre sets the touchdown and interception records in the same game. it'd be perfect.

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  15. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Its pretty obvious your directing your anger on Favre. Maybe you should just come to terms that your team blows farm animals.

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  16. Anonymous4:30 PM

    White quarterbacks > black quarterbacks

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  17. As Frank Caliendo has pointed out, anytime that John Madden talks about Brett Favre, he gushes uncontrollably.

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  18. C'mon...the Monday Night Blow Job he got after single-handedly destroying the Raiders after his dad died has to take the crown. Because, you know....Brett Favre is the only player in NFL history who had a parent die at an inopportune time.

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  19. As a Raiders fan, I remember watching that game right after Favre's father died. It was a circle jerk for Favre. Sure he threw 4 TDs, but 3 of those were total bailouts by his receivers. I remembered thinking to myself, Favre shouldn't be getting any praise, it's his receivers that are pulling down three flies style passes that should be getting the praise.

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  20. Anonymous9:28 AM

    I'm a huge Favre and Packers fan but yeah, the announcers (particularly Madden) sicken me at times. It kind of sucks that people hate on Favre for that stuff, though. He's just playing the game (and yeah, sometimes not well), he's not begging for announcer fellatio.

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  21. On top of all that, I hate when the announcers perform fellatio on Favre when the Packers aren't even playing!

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  22. Anonymous9:47 AM

    WWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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  23. http://kungfuchewy.blogspot.com/

    What is it with the unanimous man-crush that football announcers have on Bret Favre? Many reading this will accuse me of sour grapes and perhaps there's some truth to that but I think not. For one thing, even though I'm from Chicago and I hate the Packers, I was still rooting for him in his first Super Bowl. He's a great Quarterback, a first ballot Hall of Famer, a Bear killer and, when he's not breaking the hearts of Chicagoans everywhere, really fun to watch- I freely admit it.

    But must these people fawn over him to such an embarrassing degree?

    For example, Al Michaels calls most every player by their last name but when Green Bay is playing? "Bret" just threw a touchdown. "Bret" just threw an interception but it wasn't his fault. "Bret" was just sacked and it looked like roughing the passer. When "Bret" is done with football, it sure would be great to see him turn water into wine on a full-time basis. I won't be at all surprised to one day hear good old Al say "You know John, when I was washing Bret's feet before the game today he told me...."

    and later......After Favre just threw a ball out of bounds underhanded as he ran for his life in an attempt to avoid being murdered by a Bear lineman, our boy Al Michaels says "Ha ha ha! He just threw that ball underhanded about thirty yards!" and, in a totally unprofessional and disturbingly adoring kind of way, adds "Only Bret!". I think I'm gonna be sick.

    Lastly? This is what Al said, word for word, as he wrapped up the game: "And so a night that started out so beautifully and brilliantly ends with a Bears win". What a dick.

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  24. Anonymous9:40 PM

    I think Jaworski just topped himself tonight during the Packers / Vikes game. I thought for a moment that he might have been having an orgasm while talking about how great Brett Favre is.

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