Jet Favre

Quite incredible, I must say. Brett Favre going to the New York Jets. After a month of back and forth, Favre goes to a team that has about as much chance of making the playoffs as the Giants did of winning the Super Bowl last year.

Oh wait.

Please, the Jets are not making the playoffs. First, they have to get by the New England Patriots and that isn’t going to happen. The big showdown between Favre and Brady is not going to go to the old man.

Second, the Jets have to then contend with the rest of the division- the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills made a good go at trying to get to the playoffs last year and there’s no reason that I’ve heard of to think they won’t try again this year. The Dolphins, now under Bill Parcell, could be better than last year. How could they be worse? Especially if Chad Pennigton, former Jet quarterback, goes to Florida instead of Minnesota.

So right there, the Jets are fighting for a wild card spot. In the AFC, there are just too many teams competing for that. Jacksonville (since the Colts are in the same division), Cleveland and/or Pittsburgh (if my dreams come true and the Browns win that division), perhaps the Bills as well.

Favre needs a miracle season. I’m not ruling that out, by the way. It is entirely possible that Favre will revive the Jets and have a monster season and get into the playoffs.

But the road to the next Super Bowl goes through New England. Hasn’t Brett been paying attention to training camp reports? The motto for the Patriots this year is “Finish.”

When the Pats get done with the Jets, that’s exactly what Favre will be. Finished.

Yes, expect a lot more anti-Favre talk. I hate that guy.

Advertisements

Matt Cassel, We Still Love You!

The biggest story out of Patriots training camp this year has to do with the backup quarterback. Ah, I’m liking this season already.

Well, the first preseason game against the (stinkin’) Baltimore Ravens is currently on. Matt Cassel, resident qb backup for Tom Brady, started. He went a few unsuccessful snaps. He threw an interception….

And he’s out of the game. Now it is the guy with the funny name that I can’t spell – or say. #7 I think.

I’ve always liked Matt Cassel, the little we’ve gotten to see of him anyway. I’m pulling for him to get the backup spot this year but tonight did not do much to help him.

With the way the Patriots are stinking up this field tonight, I wonder if the key to this team really is Tom Brady. I mean, I know he’s wonderful – I’m wearing his jersey for Pete’s sake – but I also believe that the rest of the Patriots belong in the elite club as well. It’s only preseason. Doesn’t count.

But my God.

Oh and I totally just squeed like a little girl and went to pet the TV screen because they finally showed a shot of Tom Brady standing by Belichick. My night is complete.

He did me Wright – but I wasn’t there to hear it.

I cannot believe this happened. I was at work listening to the Mets/Padres game this afternoon. The game started at 12:10pm. I made sure I went to get lunch before that time so that I could listen to the entire game. I had a meeting at 3 but thought for sure the game would be over by then.

Right. Or Wright, I should say.

It’s 2:55pm. The score is tied at 3, bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. Mets are at bat and out comes my favorite player, David Wright. I’m being called to my meeting but I yell that it’s the end of the game and I’ll be right there. I listen to Wright miss the first pitch. I throw my headphones down and go to my meeting, not knowing how the game will turn out.

An hour later, I come back and check the score. Apparently on that very next pitch, David Wright hit a two-run home run to win the game for the Mets 5-3 and Shea Stadium went nuts.

And I missed it. đŸ˜¦ I saw it online this evening but it’s not the same. I’m so upset about this, I can’t even tell you. At least #5 got out of his slump this afternoon.

In the Patriots I Trust

WOOT! Start of training camp for the New England Patriots today! I know I’m not the only blogger, writer, or breathing person out there saying this today but thank God a new season is upon us.

It’s funny. Any soundbite or quip you’ve heard from the Patriots players this off season regarding that thing that happened in February – no, I will not name it – has been nothing short of what you’d expect from Belichick and company. “We’ve put it behind us.” “That was last season, we’re looking forward.” That’s great, Tom. Thank you, Rodney. But what about us? What about the fans?

For myself, it was at least the middle of March or early April before I could even begin to think about the Patriots again without getting seriously sad. But then this town went Red Sox crazy and the Celtics got into the playoffs and then the finals and somehow my misery took a backseat to other issues, all the while the start date for the new season was being circled on my calendar.

And now we come to the start of training camp. We’re two weeks out from the first pre-season game against the EVIL Baltimore Ravens. While it was imperative that the Patriots organization quickly put that – thing – behind them as soon as possible, for us fans now is the time that we get to put it behind us as well.

As of right now, last season doesn’t matter. 16-0 means nothing because right now, the Patriots are 0-0. This year’s Super Bowl means nothing, the first game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7th is all that we should think about.

Oh, and of course we should think about this:

If you want a better write up of this, go to the Boston Globe site (on the blogroll on here) and read the analysis there. It sums my feelings up pretty well.

And the New England Patriots will kick ass this year. That’s just a given. YAY FOOTBALL!

Pictures!

Remember when I said that there would be gushing on here? Tomorrow we’ll focus on football for the start of Patriots Training Camp, but today it is all about David Wright – doing us wright. đŸ™‚

Notice he sticks out his tongue a lot? đŸ™‚

Last one…

squirrel!

Mets: Steppin’ Up

This seems to be the story of the morning concerning the bad loss of the Mets last night. A handful of players are stepping up and trying to lead this team to at least get to the playoffs. But not enough have gotten past the infamous collapse of last fall and not enough are taking leadership roles now.

The New York Times has a great write up by William Rhoden. Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/sports/baseball/23rhoden.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin

I agree that, in my very short time of following the Mets, David Wright seems to me to be emerging as the face of the team. What a pretty face it is too.

Hopefully tonight will be better. At least I get to watch this one on TV and not on a small box screen on my laptop.

Will You Please Just Get On With It Or Go Away!

I’ve been waiting for so long to talk about this. This whole Brett Favre situation is the most ridiculous story of the summer so far. For those of you who haven’t followed the (ongoing) saga, this is the gist: Brett Favre, a few weeks after being coldly beaten by the scummy New York Giants in the NFC Championship last January, made a teary-eyed announcement stating his retirement from the NFL and the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback is a football legend who was having a stellar year last season but for whatever reason decided to call it quits. So long, Brett Favre.

But not quite. This man flip-flops more than John McCain. Cut to early summer and we start hearing from the Favre camp that he has been practicing at local gyms and high schools and that he feels pretty good. Then comes the announcement from Favre that he is thinking of playing pro again. Then comes the announcement from the Packers that they don’t need a quarterback, they have Aaron Rodgers (Rogers?). And since, chaos has ensued.

You got the one side, probably many of the Packers faithfuls, pressuring the team to take the legendary and still effective quarterback back. He’s Brett Favre. Green Bay has to take him. Then you got the other side saying that the man willingly retired and was replaced. If he wants to come back, he’s gonna have to come back somewhere else or in a different role – possibly backup quarterback.

My take on the situation is this: Brett Favre retired. Whether or not the Green Bay brass pressured him to is not the point (Favre is a grown man and a superstar, he can make his own decisions). If Brett Favre wants to come back to football, he has to be allowed to but it shouldn’t be to Green Bay. They have a very young, vibrant team and who knows where they can go with Aaron Rogers. Favre failed to deliver in crunch time in that frozen NFC Champ game (remember that interception?). There are at least a dozen football organizations that could take Favre as starting quarterback. He’d have a chance to take a down and out team to stardom and glory and, given the guy’s skills, I bet he could. Green Bay needs to trade him out and get on with this. There training camp starts Saturday and that team, if they are ever going to gel this season, needs to get behind their quarterback early, especially if it is a new starter like Rodgers.

But, to play devil’s advocate for a moment, I will put myself in the shoes of a Green Bay fan. If after the Super Bowl, Tom Brady had come out and said he’s retiring, I would have been devastated. If in the summer months, Brady had come back and said, “You know what, I feel like playing for another season. Put me in as the starting quarterback again for the Patriots,” would I not have felt overwhelming joy? No offense to Matt Cassel – or the 500 hundred other contenders the Patriots have right now for backup QB – but he’s Tom Brady.

See, there’s the difference for me. I don’t care how long he’s played the game, how many awards and championships he’s won. Brett Favre is no Tom Brady. Because Brady would never have done that to his team. He wouldn’t have retired until he knew he was done.

And that’s why I continue to loathe Brett Favre.