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Enough Brett bashing (cont.)

Posted: Thursday April 6, 2006 4:12PM; Updated: Thursday April 6, 2006 4:41PM
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No one should be pushing Favre out the door. The reasons are:

1. He only lives once.
2. If he feels like playing and he's able to do it, he should do it.

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Chmura points to a tossed-off quote from Favre on his taking his time -- "What are they going to do, cut me?" -- and said it shows his arrogance, and that Favre is only thinking of himself.

But this the NFL. Just about everyone thinks of himself. Teams will not hesitate to cut a player -- any player -- when it suits their needs. Look at Steve McNair. He is a career Titan, a Pro Bowler, he has played through injuries and taken the team to its only Super Bowl. When he was on his way to the Titans' training facility earlier this week, he was probably saying to himself, "What are they going to do, lock me out?" Then he got there and saw that the organization, which wants him to take a pay cut, had locked him out. McNair is not Favre, but he's close enough that he deserved better than the ugly ending he's getting.

Backlash against Favre is inevitable. For years announcers have filled time during the second half of Packers blowouts by gushing about how Favre represents everything that's good about football. Last year those valedictories came fast and frothy, when people assumed Favre was retiring. But now, maybe he isn't.

It's understandable that fans -- here to be entertained -- want to say "Enough already, let's move on to the next chapter." But Favre's status shouldn't be held against him. He has the same right as Sean Landeta and Julio Franco and other less celebrated athletes to play for as long as he wants, as long as someone will let him. If Favre is taking too much time with his decision -- and being allowed to take that time -- it is because he has earned the right to do so. He has been one of the league's marquee players for more than a decade. He is, as much as any one player can be, what the NFL is selling. His dithering is unfortunate and ideally it will come to an end soon. But he should take as much time as the Packers will allot to make a call he can live with. There's no going back for these years once they're gone. The next life comes soon enough.

This week I like

• Thursday's New York Post headline, "BILLY GOAT," after new closer Billy Wagner gave up a ninth-inning home run to the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman. Welcome to New York.

• A Final Four being decided by shot-blocking.

Surfing USA! an entertaining history by Ben Marcus.

• Restaurant week in Brooklyn! Three courses for $20.06! Value Meals for sophistos!

This week I don't like

• The missed home-plate call in the Mets-Nationals opener. It shows this: Fans would rather live with game-altering blown calls than make baseball even slower by adding instant replay.

• The fan who threw the syringe at Barry Bonds. Expressing displeasure by throwing things puts you on the low road, going 90 miles per hour. Verbal insults, please.

• The Whitney Biennial. Except for the awesome 1st Light by Paul Chan -- a projection of a silhouetted view of the Rapture going by an apartment window -- and a couple other decent efforts, this show is pure WBC. Whatta Buncha Crap. If that's the best the Whitney can put together in two years, take four next time.


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