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If Brett Favre rules applied to baseball

Jan 25, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

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. betty from Alabama - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    If you think that one interception cost the game then you need to watch it again. Favre is a great quarterback and shows it. The vikings made many mistakes that cost the game or they would have won. The Saints are of course a good team too and hopefully will win the superbowl.

  2. smsetnor - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    That’s the thing about Better from Alabama. She’s not afraid to comment even when she can’t quite comprehend the gist of a post. You gotta respect that.

  3. Tiny Tim - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    That’s the thing about betty from Alabama, she’s not afraid to go out there and make defensive posts about a 40+ year old quarteback who doesn’t know her from a hole in ground. She’s like a kid out there, missing out on the whole concept of the comment thread. She’s a gunslinger, you gotta respect that!

  4. Pat - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    That’s the thing about Mark McGwire. He’s not afraid to take as many performance enhancing drugs as it takes to break the single-season home-run record. Reminds of when I was just a kid out there, shootin’ steroids, havin’ fun. Gotta respect that.

  5. Grant - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    That’s the thing about Sidney Ponson. He’s not afraid to be a drunken, loutish waste of talent. Gotta respect that.

  6. Andy H. - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeff Francoeur. He’s like a kid out there! He’s not afraid to swing at any pitch that actually leaves the pitcher’s hand. You gotta respect that.

  7. Moses Green - Jan 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    That’s the thing I admire most about Bill Belichick, he’s not afraid to trade away his defense’s best player 8 days before the season, even if it means letting the Ravens beat you in the wildcard round by running for 250 yards while only passing 10 times. Gotta respect that. Also gotta love how he dresses like a little kid out there with a Patriots hat with a pom-pom on top and a grungy old sweatshirt with the collar and sleeves all cut up.

  8. Chris Simonds - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    That’s the thing about Dice-K. He’s not afraid to force every single blessed game he’s in to last a minimum of four hours, three and a half of them spent waiting for him to make a pitch. You gotta respect that kind of determination. He’s like a kid out there. You know, the fat, timid, uncoordinated kid who’s afraid to throw the ball.

  9. Kidak - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    The joke on France is just stupid… we can do thousands of jokes on the americans wars.

  10. The Common Man - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    That’s the thing you’ve got to love about Grady Little, he’s not afraid to go with his gut when the stats tell him different. You have to respect a man that trusts his gut like that.

  11. Alex - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    that’s the thing about John McNamara, he’s not afraid to hand the most important inning in his franchise’s history to Calvin Schiraldi. You gotta respect that.

  12. Richard Dansky - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    That’s the thing about Matt Holliday. Most outfielders wouldn’t try to catch the last out of a playoff series with their junk, but Matty H? He’s different. He plays the game on a whole other level, and it shows.
    ‘specially when he’s crumpled up in pain and the ball’s rolling around the outfield and the baserunners are skeddadling around the bases, but hey, you gotta respect the way he laid it all out there.

  13. The Common Man - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    That’s what I love about Torii Hunter. He’s not afraid to dive for a ball he has no chance to get and let it get behind him. He’s like a kid out there.

  14. Alex - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    That’s the thing about John McNamara, he’s not afraid to turn the most important inning in his franchise’s history to Calvin Schiraldi. You gotta respect that.

  15. The Common Man - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    That’s what you’ve got to love about the Minnesota Twins. They are not afraid to play the game the right way and go with a bunch of guys who can’t hit or field but are “fundamentally sound.” They don’t want David Ortiz on their team. You have to respect that.

  16. Alex - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    whoops, sorry for the double-post

  17. The Common Man - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    That’s the thing about Twins GM Bill Smith. He’s knows he needs veteran talent out there to stabilize his team. Even though Tony Batista, Juan Castro, Sydney Ponson, Luis Ayala, Livan Hernandez, Ramon Ortiz, Jeff Cirillo, Rondell White, Adam Everett, Mike Lamb, and Craig Monroe didn’t work out, he still is looking for veteran guys to give $2 million to, rather than pay some rookie the league minimum. You’ve got to admire his stalwart dedication to this strategy, even though it hasn’t worked time and time again.
    (Note: I am ignoring Carl Pavano. Also, I need to be done now. Back to work!)

  18. Max - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    That’s the thing about Babe Ruth. He’s not afraid to get caught stealing for the last out of a World Series. You gotta respect that.

  19. Steve B - Jan 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    That’s the thing about Bill Veeck. He’s not afraid to put a midget in the game; he’s like a kid out there. That’s one of the things I admire most about him.
    That’s the thing about Andre Dawson. He wasn’t afraid to swing at everything and make a ton of outs. He’s like a gunslinger: I’m going to swing at your pitch, and if you get me out that’s fine. I’ll get a hit eventually. Gotta respect that. (What’s saddest about this one is that I swear I heard Harold Reynolds or Mitch Williams actually say this, though not verbatim).

  20. Joe L. - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    That’s the thing about Ty Cobb. He’s not afraid to mercilessly beat a crippled, defenseless man who heckled him. Gotta respect that.

  21. I Am Providence - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    That’s the thing about Steve Bartman. He’s not afraid to stick his hands out and try to make that catch with the game on the line.

  22. Brightserpent27 - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    That’s the thing about Jeter. He’s not afraid to field like he’s a short-armed three foot six kid out there playing major league baseball and still act like he’s God’s gift to women. Gotta’ respect that.

  23. Jon - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    That’s the thing about Tony La Russa. He’s not afraid to go out to the pitchers mound every other batter to make a call to the bullpen.

  24. Asinwreck - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    That’s the thing about Chris Webber. He’s not afraid to go out on the court and call a timeout his team doesn’t have. Gotta respect that.

  25. Asinwreck - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    That’s the thing about Roger Clemens. He’s not afraid to pick a fight with an umpire and get himself ejected from a playoff game. Gotta respect that.

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