Sunday, December 16, 2007
Seriously. Think about it. Guy plays way longer than anybody else, and ends up setting every record in his sport. Hmmm. Let's look.
Pete Rose: 14,052 at bats, career leader in hits at 4,256.
Favre: 255 games, basically every career QB record.
Now, let's look at their closest competitor for these records:
Ty Cobb: 4,189 hits in 11,434 at bats. Almost 3,000 less ABs, and less than a hundred hits between them. Clearly, Cobb is a million times better than Rose (Career OPS+ = 167 to 118, and for you less educated fans, career average is .366 to .303) You have to be a complete moron to argue Rose was better than Cobb. So that much is clear. Let's look at your precious Brett Favre.
Favre: 61,405 yards, surpassing Marino at 61,361. In 242 games. Favre has played in 255 games. Almost an entire season more.
How about his touchdown record? Marino 420, Favre 438. In 8,895 attempts for Favre, in 8,358 attempts for Marino. Over three hundred attempts difference. Again, almost an entire season.
Yet everybody wants to make sweet, sweet love to Brett Favre. He's no different than Pete Rose, who is recognized as holding the record purely out of longevity.
Another comparison is their evilness. Rose gambled. Favre was (or is?) addicted to pain killers. And he's kind of a douche.
And let's not forget their "love of the game." Rose was called Charlie Hustle. You can't watch a game of Favre's without some d-bag announcer gushing about his "love of the game" and how he's "just a big kid out there." Sounds like Rose. Considering he basically ended Ray Fosse's career by bowling him over at the plate in an all-star game because "he's just so into the game."
So let's all just take a step back, and try not to be quite so in love with the great Brett Favre. Good player? Of course. Greatest of all-time? Only if you want to take longevity into it. There are an assload of quarterbacks who would have better numbers than Favre if they played as long as he has. The guy has destroyed the career games and passing attempts records. I also love how any time you try to bring up the fact that he owns the career interceptions record, "fans" bring up how he has attempted more passes than anybody. Well, guess what ass, that applies to all his records, you can't just choose the negative ones.
It really just makes me happy that I wasn't old enough to know what was going on when Rose beat Cobb's record. An all-time great player having his record beaten by a guy who just stayed around for ever and beat it simply by playing longer. What a joke. Just like Favre. Marino was a much better QB, but Favre has just been around longer. And spare me the Super Bowl winning crap. Plug in Elway, Young, or Montana instead. Or even Mark Rypien. Favre is the most overrated player ever. Other than Rose. And he's a druggie.
They're pretty much the same guy.