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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. Ryan - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    That’s the thing about John Rocker. He’s not afraid to speak his mind. Gotta respect that.

  2. Chipmaker - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    That’s the thing about Jason Giambi. He’s not afraid to publicly apologize, even though he won’t say for what. He’s like a kid on the principal’s carpet, willing to admit to the vaguest, barest minimum while saying as little as possible and letting the fans fill in the blanks for him. You gotta respect that.

  3. themarksmith - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    To be fair to Merkle, he didn’t really “miss” second base. He just never really made the attempt to “go” to second base. I’m not really sure which is worse.
    Oh, and that’s the thing about Detroit Tiger pitchers. They’re not afraid to make errors in the World Series. Gotta respect that.

  4. Eli - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Here’s a fun Favre stat you won’t find ESPN talking about. He’s thrown at least one interception in his last game of the season (often a playoff game) every year since he won the Super Bowl in 1996.
    Last pass as a Packer: Pick in overtime NFC Championship Game
    Last pass as a Jet: 1 of his 3 picks in the game to kill team
    Last pass as a Viking: leaping cross body pick style
    Bonus! Last pass as a Falcon: also picked.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    That’s the thing about Tony LaRussa you have two of the biggest Roid users in baseball shooting up in the bathroom, but you don’t know what going on. Gotta respect that.

  6. I Am Providence - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    That’s the thing about Brett Myers. He’s not afraid to beat a woman half his size. The Astros have to respect that.

  7. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    That’s the thing about David Ortiz- he’s not afraid to say other players should be suspened for life for doing steroids when he’s doing them himself. Gotta respect that.

  8. 2cents - Jan 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    That’s the thing about Dock Ellis. He’s not afraid to go out to dinner with you and just hold and stare at his spoon all night. And “Purple Haze” on his ringtone?…gotta respect that.

  9. I Am Providence - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    That’s the thing about Roger Clemens. He’s not afraid to screw 15-year-old karaoke singers. He’s like a kid out there, and you have to respect that.

  10. Steve in Cincinnati - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    That’s the thing about Tiger; he’s not afraid to cheat repeatedly on his wife and keep his girlfriends’ names in his cell phone. That’s one of the thing I most admire about him.

  11. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    That’s the thing about Jose Offerman- he’s not afraid to commit a felony while playing baseball. You gotta respect that.

  12. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    LOL @ smsetnor

  13. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    That’s the thing about Michael Vick- he’s not afraid to drown or electrocute a wounded dog- gotta respect that.

  14. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    That’s thing about Brett Myers- he’s not afraid to punch his wife in the face out on the street before a series against the Red Sox. You gotta respect that.

  15. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    That’s the thing about Chris Berman- he’s not afriad to use the same lame Rock N’ Roll references for thirty years in a row and still think they’re funny. You got to respect that.

  16. Dan in Katonah - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Take that, Seabiscuit! Hold still Secretariat, I got another one for you…

  17. Deese Knutts - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    That’s the thing about OJ Simpson- he’s not afraid to behead his ex-wife and her friend. He’s just like a kid wearing a pair of Bruno Magli’s out there. You gotta respect that.

  18. 2cents - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    That’s the thing about Don Zimmer. He’s not afraid to charge the mound regardless of the outcome. He’s like a kid out there.

  19. AA - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    That’s the thing about Ryan Church. I can’t remember what I admire most about him.

  20. YankeesfanLen - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    That’s the thing about Castillo-he’s not afraid to drop a routine ARod pop-up to lose to the Yanks generating eternal YES Classics-you gotta respect that.
    I also respect CTB readers for (mostly) keeping on topic, unlike BBTF’s thread that got totally off-kilter with WWII until it led to some tangent about Lee in Gettysburg. I gave up at 96 comments before they brought up the Edsel.

  21. Scott - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    That’s the thing about Livan Hernandez. He’s not afraid to put men on base. Gotta respect that.

  22. Scott - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    When Jim Rice comes to bat, you know he’s not afraid to strike out. That’s what makes him the best.

  23. Scott - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    That’s the thing about Jim Bowden. You know $8 million/year on Austin Kearns wouldn’t stop him from signing former Reds. He’s not afraid to take some risks out there and put his job on the line, and you’ve gotta respect that.

  24. clutchhit20 - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    That’s the thing about Ron Gardenhire. He’s not afraid to play the Nick Puntos and Jason Tyners of the world. I mean, who doesn’t like to see a home run every 1200 ABs or so? You gotta respect that.

  25. The Ghost of Babe Ruth - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    That’s the thing about Lou Gehrig. He’s not afraid to contract a debilitating disease just to get it named after him. Gotta respect that.

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