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If Brett Favre rules applied to baseball

Jan 25, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Favre knees.jpgNOTE: This starts out about football, goes into an observation about Twitter, but then turns to baseball, I promise.

So last night Brett Favre throws an interception that costs his team a trip to the Super Bowl. You think he’s going to be ripped for it, but within minutes of the game ending the ESPN talking heads are launching right back into that “he’s like a kid out there/he’s a gunslinger” baloney. The best one was Tom Jackson who said  “That’s the thing about Brett Favre; he’s not afraid to throw an
interception. That’s one of the things I most admire about him.”

I thought that was some of the best suck-up-inspired denial of reality from a commentator I’ve heard in ages, so I quickly tweeted the following for laughs: That’s the thing about Bill Buckner. He’s not afraid to muff a grounder. That’s one of the things I most admire about him.” Worried that people may not get the joke,  I applied a #FavreRulesForAll tag on it.  I giggled to myself for approximately four seconds, shut my computer down and went to sleep.

I woke up this morning to find that the meme had been picked up (the tag improved to #ESPNFavreRulesForAll). Between 11pm and 5am this morning, hundreds of people had made thousands of “That’s the thing about [infamous
person] he’s not afraid to [make a big historical failure]. Gotta respect
that.” posts.  Most were pop culture related. My favorite was Will Leitch’sThat’s the thing about France: It’s not afraid to build a war plan around the Maginot Line. Gotta respect that.” It was lightning fast. It was kinda brilliant. By dawn this morning
it was utterly played out, at least on Twitter. There is something glorious about that.

Anyway, though it may be and old joke, lo these eight hours later, I’m inspired to think up more baseball examples of the Favre treatment. The first one that comes to mind is “That’s the thing about Fred Merkle. He’s not afraid to miss second base on a game-winning hit, get tagged out to cost his team the pennant. You gotta respect that.”

I’m sure you can think of your own.  Best ideas in the comments, please. Bonus points for Jeter. Bonus points for “he’s like a kid out there.”

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeter; he’s not afraid to stay single to keep banging as many models as he can without getting hit with a golf club by his model wife. Gotta respect that.

  2. Charles Gates - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    That’s the thing about Byung-Hyun Kim. He’s not afraid to lay it right down the middle and see what happens, game after playoff game.

  3. Howell - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    See that’s thing about Jeff Suppan: Instead of scoring from third on a weak ground ball he choose to end up in a game of pickle and make and out. He’s like a kid out there in a sandlot looking to have fun instead of win a world series game.”*

  4. Steve - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeter, he’s not afraid to play shallow and let a bloop single fly over his head. Gotta respect that.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    That’s the thing about the Mets’ medical staff; they’re not afraid to admit they have no idea what they’re doing and have other doctors do the work. Gotta respect that.

  6. YankeesfanLen - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeter, he’s like Charlie Brown batting second, hitting into all those double plays. Johnny was switched in the order and the coach has to run Johnny out of town.

  7. Bill Baer (Crashburn Alley) - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    That’s the thing about Clint Barmes: he’s not afraid to carry deer meat. That’s one of the things I most admire about him.

  8. D.J. Short - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    That’s the thing about Carlos Beltran. Never afraid to leave the bat on his shoulders and stare at a curveball. That’s one of the things I admire most about him.

  9. CG Hudson - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    That’s the thing about Dusty; he’s not afraid to bat his CF & SS 1-2 no matter who the hell he’s playing there. Gotta respect that.

  10. YankeesFan Rodger - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    That’s the thing about Derek, he’s not afraid to act straight even though he’s so gay everyone in the know – already knows.

  11. Lionheart! - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    That’s the thing about Steve Phillips. He’s not afraid to show his dick to chicks half his age even though he’s got a family. You gotta respect that.

  12. D.J. Short - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    That’s the thing about Phil Cuzzi. He calls ‘em like he wants to see ‘em. That’s one of the things I admire most about him.
    Okay, okay. Enough. Back to work for me.

  13. Jonny5 - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    That’s the thing about Schilling. He’s never afraid to say damn near anything to get back in the news again. That’s one thing that sets him away and above most pitchers who actually, uhhh, Pitch.

  14. Matt M - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    That’s the thing about Grady Little. He’s not afraid to let his ace pitcher try to get one more out. Gotta respect that.

  15. Till - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    That’s the thing about Bill Bavasi. He’s not afraid to sign washed up veterans and trade for lousy pitchers. Gotta respect not understanding sabermetrics.

  16. Jeremy - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    That’s the thing about Dayton Moore. He’s not afraid to pay $6 million to make Jason Kendall his everyday catcher. You gotta respect that.

  17. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    That’s the thing about Tony Bernazard: He’s not afraid to take his shirt off to challenge low-minors ballplayers to a fight; you gotta respect that.

  18. Levi Stahl - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    That’s the thing about Tony LaRussa: he’s not afraid to leave Albert Pujols on the bench in the All-Star game instead of letting him hit with the bases loaded in the 9th. You gotta respect that sort of commitment to Aaron Rowand.

  19. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    I’ll take that a different direction:
    That’s the thing about Steve Phillips: He wasn’t afraid to trash his profitable media career for the love of a BBW/fatty/chubbster. You gotta respect that.

  20. Preston - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    That’s the thing about the news media. They’re not afraid to call Florida for Al Gore before the polls even close. Gotta respect the competitive fire there.

  21. smsetnor - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    That’s the thing about Jose Canseco. He’s like a kid out there. He’s not afraid to humiliate himself and to get on TV. You gotta respect that.

  22. TimberLee - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    That’s the thing about Milton Bradley.

  23. Matt M - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    That’s the thing about Jon Heyman. He’s not afraid to parrot Scott Boras. Gotta respect that.

  24. Peyton - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    that’s the thing about Craig Calcaterra, he not afraid to criticize everybody, except himself.

  25. Jamie - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeremy Giambi: he’s not afraid to go in to home standing up, even when everyone in the ballpark is giving him the slide signal. Gotta respect that.*
    *Jeter by proxy.

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