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Join Date: Jan 2005
Re: Anyone watching Bengals v. Packers?
Originally Posted by Sabo Fan
Am I the only person who thought that this was another game in which Favre got a free pass? What other QB could throw five interceptions, have his team lose by a touchdown and not get blamed for a loss? Eliminate the INT's and the Packers win that game, yet no media member can spew anything but praise for Favre and how he's a "warrior" and a "leader" and a "competitor." Any other QB has five picks in a game and he's crucified, Favre does it and he's praised. Makes no sense to me.
Sabo: I was thinking the same exact thing yesterday when I watched the game. When I read the local paper this morning, it seemed to even be worse than yesterday...I usually like John Clay's columns, but this one made me want to
Only Favre can fall flat so spectacularly
By John Clay
HERALD-LEADER SPORTS COLUMNIST
CINCINNATI - No one else could throw five interceptions, take ridiculous risks, mess up his own trick play, inspire criminal fan behavior, help his team to its sixth loss in seven games and still be worth every penny's worth of admission.
Even the tax.
That's why he's a Legend.
"That's the only way I know how to play," said Brett Favre.
The Legend was dressed in a gray polo shirt, tail out over a white undershirt, with blue jeans, sneakers and a three-day beard. His Green Bay Packers had just lost 21-14 yesterday to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Legend was drained.
He wasn't alone.
"I'm trying to make plays and I know I'm not going to make 'em all," he said. "And that p----- me off. I apologize."
No need. The Legend is 36. The final days of his Hall of Fame career are closing in. Take a long look while you can, America. We may never see his kind again.
A sellout crowd took a long last look yesterday at Paul Brown Stadium, all the spills and thrills and chills, the famous No. 4 in his 212th consecutive start.
These days, the Pack is more likely to get smacked. The last of the gunslingers is almost a one-man team. The Legend is a high-wire act.
"Early in my career I'd do things that didn't really need to be done," he said, his experience never including a losing season as a starter. "Now I feel like I can't afford to waste a play."
So he runs around like a 20-year-old. He fires bullets into slivers of daylight. He draws an 18 and says "hit me."
"I can point to any number of plays I made that cost us," he would say yesterday. "But I can point out any number of plays that kept us in it."
The bad yesterday included a personal high of five picks for a regular-season game. The brilliance was that the five interceptions didn't cause the Legend to change a thing.
"I don't worry about his confidence," said his coach, Mike Sherman.
So, Green Bay down 21-7 midway through the fourth, the Legend hit nine of 12 passes on an 88-yard touchdown drive that tightened matters into a one-possession game.
Then the Pack got the ball back. Fifty-six ticks left. Ball at the Green Bay 10. No timeouts. No. 4 under center. The real fun began.
First play, his 50-yard frozen rope resulted in the Bengals being called for pass interference, spotting the football at the Bengal 47.
Second play, he hit Antonio Chatman for a 19-yard pass that was first deflected off teammate Donald Driver.
Next play, well, right after the snap of the next play, civil disorder broke loose as unbeknownst to the Green Bay quarterback a fan in an orange sweater jumped out of the stands onto a cart and down onto the field where he raced in from the Legend's blind side, and as whistles blew, swiped the ball and took off sprinting 60 yards in the opposite direction.
A pair of guards crashed into each other in a missed tackle before the intruder was submerged by security.
(Wow, defenders really were coming out of nowhere to take the ball from the Packers.)
Did it hurt the Packers' momentum? "It didn't help," said the Legend.
"I won't blame the game on that fan," said his coach.
Still, once order was restored, the Bengals did sack the Legend for a 2-yard loss, and, better still, kept him pinned to the ground as the clock went tick-tick-tick.
When the Bengals finally relented, the clock closing in on 10 seconds, surely everyone in PBS expected the quarterback to spike the ball, stop the clock.
Instead, he rolled left. Though the mind was willing -- "I got what I wanted," he said -- the body was not.
"My leg gave out," he said. "I'm sure it looked bad."
It didn't just look like the Legend crossed the line of scrimmage before a panic flip of the ball forward. He did cross the line. Flags flew. The clock struck zero.
The Legend lay flat on his back at the 15-yard line. It seemed like everyone in the entire stadium wanted to rush down and pick him up.
"I'm lining up against him, but I'm amazed," said the Bengals' Deltha O'Neal. "He's a great player, a great competitor, one of the best to ever play this game."
Giving it everything he's got. "That's the only way I know how to play," said the Legend.
"Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY