Lots of e-mail this week about
"If the reports about Favre's bitterness toward Green Bay are true, it's a sad finish to a great career. The guy has it all: legendary status, piles of cash and the adulation of millions of fans. And somehow he comes out of that a twisted, bitter man who apparently finds no joy in any of it. I don't understand Favre any more than I understand the thought process of a cicada.''
My feeling: I've had three conversations with Favre since he retired from the Jets, and he hasn't conveyed any hatred or venom toward the Packers in any of them. But it's also a topic I haven't probed him on either.
But I can tell you that whether he comes back or not, he is not "a twisted, bitter man'' about anything. I spoke to him the last week of March, in just a how's-it-going phone call from the league meetings in California. There wasn't a hint of anger or resentment in his voice, just uncertainty about his future. He had no idea what the future held for him, and we talked about what he might do on TV, and he wasn't sure if he wanted to do any TV work.
My opinion, not from him, is that he didn't like how his career ended in Green Bay and something like that doesn't go away in six or nine months. Six or nine years, maybe. But I'm sure he still feels the sting of what he thought at the time was being dumped by Green Bay to a place he didn't prefer to go. I think Favre will always feel that for all the years he spent in Green Bay, he deserved to go where he wanted, instead of where the Packers wanted to send him. But the Packers, obviously feeling he could hurt them competitively, blocked him from playing for Minnesota.
So we'll see how it goes. Will he play? I'm out of that business. I simply don't know. I was wrong a year ago when I said he was retired for good, and I said this time he was retired for good, and I could well be wrong again. Your guess is as good as mine on this one.
Now onto the other e-mail:
I'm sure you have company, Rich.
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Though in principle you might be right, Bruce, it wasn't the same thing. The Patriots didn't have the same result in trading down as the Eagles did, though they did acquire two second-round picks in 2010 in their wheeling-and-dealing. Philadelphia traded down six spots late in the third round and got one of the top guys they would have taken at 85 (
It remains to be seen if the Patriots got the same sort of impact out of their 2009 draft and beyond, but it didn't look like it to me. It surprised me they twice traded down out of the first round for three additional picks instead of taking a tackle of the future like
As I wrote last week about New England, "The one reason you can never kill this team about drafting is the Patriots have taken a lot of no-name guys high over the years and many have become cornerstones.'' So let's see how it plays out.
I sensed that. I went to the game in a group with my nephew