Wrong about Favre? An epic fail enables me to rest my case

I’d been hearing it lately: “Ready to admit you were wrong about Favre?” And I admit I was almost – almost, I said — wavering. The man I’d described as the most overrated athlete of our time had had a brilliant regular season. I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t think he had anything left. And now he stood one game from a Super Bowl, and the thought of a two-week ESPN Favre-fest was enough to turn my stomach.

But I held out hope. Even when the Vikings had the ball in field-goal range, I keep saying to myself, “He can still mess this up.” Lo and behold, he did. Which is why Brett Favre is …

The most overrated athlete of our time.

The Vikings kicked the Saints all around the  Superdome but neglected to win the game. Favre had much to do with that — a blown handoff on the goal line, a forced interception in the second half, an unbelievable INT inside the final 20 seconds of regulation in a tie game. Even after a splendid season, the Favre I know and loathe blew it at the end.

Naturally, the sycophants on ESPN declared Favre a man’s man for trying to Make A Play, but the first rule of NFL quarterbacking remains: Protect the Doggone Ball. But he couldn’t do it because he’s Brett Favre, the man’s man who never saw a dare he wouldn’t take.

(Oh, and if you’re interested in some intriguing variations on the ESPN Favre phenomenon, check out the roundly irreverant #ESPNFavreRulesforAll on Twitter. One submission: “That’s the thing about NBC executives. They aren’t afraid to yank Conan off the Tonight show. Gotta respect that.”)

So now I can rest easy, at least until Favre retires and unretires again. He’s done for this season. His last pass was a postseason interception, same as in January 2008. Being Brett Favre, he teared up in the postgame interview because he’s a man’s man who isn’t afraid to cry. Or wear Wrangler jeans. Or throw the ball to the other side.

Ready to admit I was wrong about Brett Favre? Look, I’ll admit I’ve been wrong about pretty much everything in my so-called life. But not about Brett Favre. Never about him.

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retired on the lake

January 25th, 2010
1:09 am

tyler

January 25th, 2010
1:12 am

The most overrated athlete of our team , huh? Come on now- when you are being all dramatic- do a little proofreading first.

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January 25th, 2010
1:18 am

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sheri

January 25th, 2010
1:22 am

Finally a sports writer to tell it like it is!

Paul in RDU

January 25th, 2010
1:25 am

Mark – I’m not sure that I would call Favre THE most overrated athlete of our time, but I have to agree with you on the sycophantic behavior of some of the pundits. On the broadcast tonight, Terry Bradshaw called him the greatest quarterback ever. Talk about hyperbole.
Favre wasn’t even the best quarterback playing today – that would be Archie’s eldest son – and putting Favre ahead of Montana, Elway, Aikman… is completely over the top.

Jeremy

January 25th, 2010
1:28 am

YOU ARE CRAZY!!!! no way brett lost that game for them. He played a hell of a game, if we could have held on to the ball more we would have won. Also, why is a pass interference (for the saints) call made when the ball is about 10-15 feet over the guys head no chance he was going to catch it, or how did he make that one catch be called a catch when it hit the ground??? I think I smelled home cooking nothing brett could do about that. Please come back next year and whoop some ass like you did this year.

al

January 25th, 2010
1:29 am

This guy is an idiot! Two fumbles in scoring position was what cost this team the win. Change this to Adrain Peterson is the most overrated player. Your such an unknown writer you had to bash Brett Favre to get some attention.

CStanleyRun

January 25th, 2010
1:29 am

Alright, the man made some mistakes, but his skill is unrivaled. All in all he led the Vikings to one of the best seasons they’ve had in recent memory. Props to Brett.

Ron Johnson

January 25th, 2010
1:29 am

You are my hero, Mark Bradley.

Matt

January 25th, 2010
1:32 am

How can you put all this on Favre?

Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball 3 times, and the hand off incident wasn’t even Favre’s fault, it was Peterson’s.

If anything, Adrian Peterson is the most overrated running back.

Josh

January 25th, 2010
1:34 am

I’m sorry but the most over rated athlete of our time is far from Brett Farve. I don’t know what they’re feeding you down in the ATL but it obviously isn’t helping you or your sports writing. If you look at the game as a whole, it really comes down to the whole team turning the ball over…over….and well over again. You can blame Farve all you want, but in the end he put them in a position to lengthen their lead many times in that game and the team coughed it up. Farve tried to make a play to save his team from themselves, its a shame he made the wrong choice. But whatever, you’re just a windbag.

Luke

January 25th, 2010
1:35 am

this is stupid, you know how many records the man holds and you’re saying he’s the most overrated athlete of our time? b.s, yea he blew the game but he still got the team to the NFC championship game..I myself am a packers fan and hate the fact he signed with the vikings but the man is a great quarterback and has/had a great football career.

Jacqueline

January 25th, 2010
1:35 am

Favre is not the sole player to blame for the Viking loss. There were too many dropped/fumbled balls, and poor interference mistakes that the secondary made. Favre did pass the ball for an interception seconds before overtime that will standout in many sports reporters eyes, however I doubt that the Vikings would have made it to the NFC Championship game w/o Favre. One commentator stated that Favre should have run the ball himself, but with a couple of Saints defenders in closing distance, that would have been a “make a wish” moment for the defense (hard hit and possible fumble there!). A poor choice for Favre, yes. But–

not the sole reason for the loss.

nball

January 25th, 2010
1:36 am

If Brett Favre retires now, he can look back at his legacy…

His legacy of leaving teams with his last pass attempt being an interception!

Falcons
Packers
Jets
Vikings

Honestly though… he’s really good at choking.

nball

January 25th, 2010
1:38 am

Oh, and all these people saying that Favre isn’t the most overrated of our time… who is then?

Matt

January 25th, 2010
1:39 am

Brett Favre just got caught up in the moment and tried to win his team the game when he should have played it safe and ran a couple of yards.

sandersize

January 25th, 2010
1:41 am

Mark Bradley you knew it i know something 2 your an idiot who must not of paid attention to the game tonight or the season as a whole. Please find a new job, maybe one that will fire you when you run your mouth without basis. Favre is one of the best QB’s of all time, he makes everyone who plays with him better, Minnesota had a bad day as a team and the loss was not because of int’s, it was part of the many number of mistakes. Brett kept getting them back into contention and they came up short. THATS THAT PLEASE FIND A NEW JOB, the first amendment is a great thing unless it has to do with reading your column

sandersize

January 25th, 2010
1:49 am

Mark your an idiot are you really a sports writer? In this bad economy I am really surprised you are kept on any ones payroll, Favre kept them in the game and is one of the best QB’s of all time. They had a bad game as a team and thats that.

JT

January 25th, 2010
1:49 am

You are such a hater. Man already has a super bowl ring. It is obvious that he cares about his job, his sport and winning more than just about any other team sport athlete in America. He gets the sh*t kicked out of him, gets up grinning and asks for some more. Dude had an amazing season at the age of 40, kicked a** last week and threw for more than 300 yards in the NFC championship game. On the last play in regulation, if he doesnt make a play the Vikes are still out of FG range. There is a reason that people follow BF. The man has earned respect the hard way. Appreciate him for what he is. The sport will be poorer when he does hang them up. Articles like this are simply petty.

Robards

January 25th, 2010
1:56 am

Well said Mark, well said! Over/under on retirements is 1.5. How the Vikings lost that game I’ll never know. Beautiful anyway!

RLH

January 25th, 2010
2:00 am

Mark,
Brett didn’t lose the game!! Brett didn’t play a great game, but he played a good game. Peterson fumbled the ball 3 times and you blame Brett?? I wish he had spent his whole career here in Atlanta and we could have had a lot to be excited about all these years. I hope he comes back and plays another year, like him or not, Brett is fun to watch play. Overrated?????? He owns every record there is to have and he is one tough SOB. He was playing in a game that most other QB’s would have sat out once he injured his ankle. Brett took the Vikings a long ways with a poor OL. Truth is if he had a better HC he would be playing in the Super Bowl this year. I really like most of your artlicles but this one is pretty much just STUPID!!

Peter

January 25th, 2010
2:02 am

He may just be the most overrated of all time. Sure he has a ring, but so does Trent Dilfer. What a dumb play to end the season and possible his career. He had at LEAST 10 yards in front of him if he hangs on to it. He missed a chance to totally change his legacy. He could have been the guy who scrambled to set up the game winning FG despite an injured ankle, but now he’s the idiot who attempted a pass that most high schoolers have enough sense not to try. Great season, Favre. Too bad you went back to normalcy.

Mark Bradley

January 25th, 2010
2:07 am

Was it Troy Aikman who said, “Favre threw to the one guy being covered”?

Robards

January 25th, 2010
2:08 am

“So does Trent Dilfer.” Don’t forget Brad Johnson.

tyler

January 25th, 2010
2:08 am

You could have thanked me for the correction there- Mark. Just trying to help. I will say this though- you can’t hold that many records and be considered overrated. Period. Favre is a top 10 guy (of all time). You can hate him b/c he’s a bit of prima donna or an attention whore but you can’t argue with the facts. 300plus straight starts, numerous passing records, a Super Bowl ring and an outstanding acting performance in There’s Something about Mary. The guy’s done it all….

What He Said

January 25th, 2010
2:09 am

Prior to the game today I knew it was highly probable that Favre would throw a critical interception at the key point in the game – and he did. He’s been so consistent in throwing interceptions at exactly the wrong time that counting on him to lose the game was a no-brainer. Bradley is correct – most overrated player, and I too am SO GLAD not to have to listen to two weeks of Brett Blather!!

Mr. Obvious (& Favre Hater)

January 25th, 2010
2:09 am

Brett Favre may be a “failure” in the NFL at the moment, but at least he will always still be superior to that low-life, law-ignoring, steroid-gulping, wealth-squandering, dog-torturing, poor excuse for a QB and overall failure of a human being known as Mike Vick.

Seen Mr. Vick in any nationwide commercials lately?

I am sure we all wait, with breathless anticipation, for Mr. Vick’s induction ceremony into the Professional Dogfighting Hall of Fame, because that is the only Hall of Fame he will ever experience.

Jen

January 25th, 2010
2:10 am

I also caught the editorial proofreading error, Tyler. Perhaps Mr. Bradley was too caught up in the rush to publish the first editorial denouncing Brett Favre’s ability to notice little things like creating coherent sentences. Judging solely from his picture above, I would say Bradley, a 55 or 60 year old man is obviously so sorely insecure in his own manhood that he feels the need to belittle Brett Favre who, among many other things, has recently become the oldest quarterback to win an NFL game. But I digress. On what authority does Bradley have the right to rip apart Favre? I suppose it may be his marginal involvement in the sporting community as a “journalist”, as (again) judging by his picture, the man appears to be athletically challenged, so we can probably rule out any professional career. He, like most of us, probably enjoys the games from the comfort of his own living room couch. Maybe he should spend some time criticizing other players in the NFL who’ve actually done something wrong like you know, his own city’s Mike Vick or Plaxico, or Pacman, etc.(instead of Favre who has brought in the most revenue from sale of his jersey for the past 2 years. In 2008, actually, Brett Favre’s’ Jets’ jersey was the #1 selling jersey, followed closely by his Packers’ jersey–a team he didn’t even play for! and in 2009 his Vikings’ was the #1 seller), Get a life, Bradley. And check your facts while you’re at it (as well as the syntax of your “articles”). If Brett were overrated, why is everyone devouring his merchandise?! You’re trying to become relevant in the rough world of sports journalism by creating a controversial article but it’s not coming off as genuine. You just seem like a loser/hater for rooting against a 40 year-old man who has created nothing but competition, passion, and excitement for the game of football for the past 19 seasons. For the record, the most over-rated player of our time is Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles. However, my arguments for this are beyond the scope of this post…

Reptillicide

January 25th, 2010
2:12 am

You are a giant douchebag Bradley, if you truly believe that Favre is the most overrated athlete of our time. But you write stuff to incite people, not to be right.

The correct answer to “who is the most overrated athlete of our time” is without a doubt, St. Timothy.

Reptillicide

January 25th, 2010
2:12 am

Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball 3 times and you’re putting this loss on Favre. Unbelievable.

tyler

January 25th, 2010
2:16 am

You could at least thank me for pointing out the typing error there Mark. Also- being a little harsh on Favre aren’t you? The guy owns most of the passing records in NFL history- overrated? No way. Careless? Maybe. His numbers are awesome- his winning percentage is pretty incredible too. Not to mention his acting ability- There’s Something about Mary is a masterpiece. Come on Bradley- give the guy some love.

Bears' Fan

January 25th, 2010
2:19 am

As a Bears’ fan, I cannot stand Brett Farve, but I respect him. Yet, while everyone is bashing Mr. Bradley, he does have a point. Farve has been throwing that “clutch time” interception for some years, to the point where you know it was going to happen. Farve may not be the most overrated, but he’s not the best quarterback ever.Also, although he did not lose the game, when he had a chance to win it, he did not. With Brett, you get the good and the bad, sometimes in the same game

Gawdfather

January 25th, 2010
2:30 am

Overrated? The man is a damn legend. 40 years old, and had his best season ever, beating the Packers twice and almost getting his team to the Super Bowl. His consecutive starts streak makes Cal Ripken look like a slacker. Favre was getting blown up all game and he hung in and gave his team a chance to win. Bad pick, but so be it. He proved me and every one else wrong this year. Overrated my eye.

mayorofponce

January 25th, 2010
2:34 am

WHAT?! He’s the toughest man to ever hold an oblonged object. Fumbles, bad defense, and oh yeah… him getting absoluletly hammered on concret about 12 times as well. Never missed an NFL start and hes a loser? He threw a pic? wow. Mark, yer off on this one… just a bad play… he only threw 7 pics all season.

Bretts a winner. Yer a guy with a internet connection.

Peter

January 25th, 2010
2:35 am

I found the clip here if you want to watch before it’s removed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whk0VTuMAdU

It looks like one of my Madden plays where I press triangle instead of square.

sophie

January 25th, 2010
2:44 am

You really are a jerk…and one who is wrong at that…pitiful journalism..

Steve

January 25th, 2010
3:24 am

Sad ass journalist just trying to make some money and get people to talk about his work. No respect.

Mike

January 25th, 2010
3:36 am

Pretty silly article, really. That was a heroic game to watch. If the vikings team maintained better ball control, they would have won.

Props to Favre for dramatically improving the Vikings this year.

Congratulations to New Orleans for their great game.

People who are Favre haters may have been around the game too long, need to get away for a while. That was a great game to watch yesterday!

DangerousDan87

January 25th, 2010
3:41 am

overrated? not sure about that. I think the Saints defense made Farve make a poor decision on the interception when he could’ve run a few yards to give his kicker a better look. The Saints knocked Farve down 15 times and he didn’t want to get hit again… threw against the grain, in the middle of the field, for the INT. I’m glad the Saints won and I wish I could be in the French Quarter this week and Miami next week. Those guys know how to party !

BRETT FAVRE SUPERBOWL !

January 25th, 2010
3:47 am

He blew it. Big time! It was awesome..

TheAntiMe

January 25th, 2010
3:48 am

Brett Favre may be the most overated athlete of our time but he is definitely the most underrated Drama Queen of our time.

IlliniDawg

January 25th, 2010
3:59 am

Most over-rated athlete of our time? Really???!!! I mean MOST over-rated? Are you serious?

How about this list for jocks who never lived up to their hype (and/or were exposed for frauds):

Barry Bonds
Allen Iverson
Mike Vick
Marion Jones
Bode Miller
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Andy Roddick

and then for me, what I think has been by far the single most over-rated, over-hyped, over-adulated athlete in the last 20 years….

Michelle Wie! I will never forget the day I heard Golic and Greenie on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” proclaim that Michelle Wie was THE next truly legit superstar on the horizon. And she hasn’t won a single tourney since. Nothing – nada – zilch, The lady plain flat out sucks. And is/was so much more over-rated than Favre ever has been.

Dawg

January 25th, 2010
4:06 am

Favre took his team to overtime in NFC championship game. Alot of qbs at home watching. So how were u not wrong about him? Without question, one of the greats of our time. Look forward to next season. Mark Bradley is without question, the most ignorant and overpaid writer in the world. Go cover arts & crafts or something.

Geez....

January 25th, 2010
4:12 am

Favre had a great year.

The most overrated sportswriter if our time.

Maybe the guy is a ahole but he had a great season. I don’t think that he made the five fumbles.

Here's some more hate, Bradley

January 25th, 2010
4:17 am

Grumble, grumble, sorry journalist, u can’t write anything, grumble, everybody knows Favre’s the greatest, snort, grumble, now i can’t sleep, etc.

And another thing

January 25th, 2010
4:19 am

Your pic doesn’t seem to be cutting it with Jen, Mark.

lanier

January 25th, 2010
4:39 am

Cant agree Mark I think the most overated NFL player ever played right here. This moron didnt even know the playbook. Played a few snaps for Philly this year.

Brett Favre's Legacy: Choke Artist

January 25th, 2010
4:40 am

Wow, how many times is Brett Favre going to throw the most idiotic of interceptions in playoffs games? Two years ago he threw a really dumb interception that let the New York Giants waltz into the Super Bowl. Several years ago he threw one of the dumbest interceptions I’ve seen in the history of the playoffs to give the Philadelphia Eagles a pass to the Super Bowl.

On the last play the Vikings had in regulation, had he just stumbled forward for a few yards on a wide open field and given his kicker a chance to make the field goal the Vikings might have won. But instead, Favre didn’t give his team a chance and committed the cardinal sin of throwing the ball across the field in good winning position.

Yes, his teammates fumbled and stumbled too on offense. What is with Adrian Peterson not being able to hang on to the ball? But Favre, in the most critical of situations, when even no gain would have been better than an interception, turned the ball over.

How sad

Jawja Gal

January 25th, 2010
5:12 am

I Mr Brett Favre didn’t want any scrutiny, he should have stayed retired. He knew this kinda of press would be coming his way, esp. after the way last year with the Jets!

I will admit, Favre did better than I thought he would in the reg season…..but hey, he’s no spring chicken….he choked and there is no harm in that; cause, well, he made it to the NFC Champshp game…..not to shabby.

But Favre should LET IT GO!……………retire with some dignity.

Jim McGinty

January 25th, 2010
5:38 am

By your reasoning, whichever QB loses next week is the biggest fraud of the year? Favre willed a team that had half a dozen fumbles to somehow tie the game in regulation, and got them close to a 50 yard field goal attempt. And he is overrated? I’ll tell you one thing you aren’t overrated on… your spelling skills. I always laugh at ignorant old fools like you who crap on guys with special talent, while you are hammering away at your keyboard, nameless, never having accomplished anything of note, other than typing “of all team”. You can’t even get something so simple as that right, and you are crapping on Favre. You are sad and pathetic. Just like your column.