Not So Innocent by Troy Michael of IWAdult.com
Packin' It All In
I remember the first time one of my sports hero's was traded. It was 1979, Pete Rose was traded from my beloved Cincinnati Reds to the Philadelphia Phillies. I was only 8-years-old then so I really didn't understand that sports were actually a business. Looking back however on Pete's gambling addiction and tons of women he had sex with, what a role model for a budding baseball player in the Midwest.
When I was a little kid most of my sports hero's stayed at a franchise for 10-12-15 years. There was loyalty by the fans and the organizations. Then something happened and everything changed, even the game and the hero's playing in it.
I never understood how a fan could turn their back on a franchise when their favorite player was traded. I have never been one of those obsessed fans. That was until a good ole boy from Mississippi came to Green Bay Wisconsin in 1992. In fact, when Brett Favre was traded to Green Bay he had to look it up on a map because he didn't know where it was.
I had been a fan of the Packers before Brett rolled into to town. I was there for the lean years when Lynn Dicky and Don Majkowski were under center leading the Packers to an average season at best.
Then it all changed in the second game of the 1992 season, the Packers played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were leading 17-0 at half time when head coach Mike Holmgren benched starting quarterback Don Majkowski and Favre played the second half. On his first play as a Packer, Favre threw a pass that was deflected and caught by himself. Favre was tackled and the completion went for -7 yards. They lost the game, but the Favre era had begun.
Over the next 16 seasons in Green Bay, my new hero won three consecutive MVP awards, the only person in NFL history to do so. He helped the Packers appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots. Favre also started every Green Bay Packers game from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008.
Now it is all over and it got ugly at the end like a bad break up. I am not taking either side, well actually I side more with Brett than the Green Bay Packers. I know that no player is bigger than the team, but when you play EVERY GAME for 16 years beat up, bruised, broke thumbs, and revitalize a downtrodden organization, you don't offer to pay the person to stay away. That is a slap in the face for Favre. This has NEVER been about money for him. He just loves to play. He is like a big kid on the field even though by NFL standards he is an old man at 38. He was one play away from taking them to another Super Bowl last year and now they don't want him around.
I can see where the Packers got tired of the indecision of Brett over the last three years to retire or not retire. They both could have played this out more professionally. But what's done is done and I am packing up all my Packers clothes, hats and knickknacks and giving them away. Maybe I will even send them to Lambeau Field in protest.
In other news my favorite baseball player, Ken Griffey Jr. got traded last week from my beloved Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox. He is "old" as well, just like Brett, shipped out to pasture. They waited until he got his 600th home run and used him to draw gate money. Then "see ya later kid, thanks for the memories."
I am so tired of what sports have become. I haven't watched the NBA since Jordan retired and the way the NFL is shaping up with its trades, drug busts, drunk driving criminals who get paid millions of dollars, I think I will wash my hands of that sport as well.
I feel like I just got dumped by a girlfriend.
At least I have Indy Car racing....I mean how could you not get excited about cars doing 230 M.P.H. pushing the envelope six inches from another driver going that fast. AJ Foyt never let me down.
And of course then there is this....