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Tarkenton Judging Favre, Now That’s Incredible!

Francis Asbury Tarkenton was a great quarterback. He is a Hall of Famer, was the league’s MVP, and he held most of the passing and rushing records when he retired.

 

Francis made some comments yesterday on the Minnesota Vikings’ signing of Brett Favre.

 

Francis has co-hosted a corny TV show (“That’s Incredible”), was a Monday Night Football commentator, and founded Tarkenton Software.

 

Does that mean “Scramblin’ Fran” is also in a position to criticize Ed McMahon, John Madden, and Bill Gates?

 

Yeah, didn’t think so. Francis, you embarrassed yourself with your comments and you need to just shut up.

 

It all comes across as if you ate your Wheaties this morning realizing they came out of a box with Brett’s picture on it.

 

Let’s analyze what “Frantic Fran” had to say:

 

1) “…the last time I heard … football was a team sport, isn’t it? It’s not just about the quarterback.”

 

The last time I heard, Fran was a scrambling quarterback who often decided he needed to run around and draw attention to his own running ability rather than make a pass to one of his teammates.

 

Sure, some of his scrambles turned into a great play where nothing was available, but most of them turned into a 30 second highlight replay of a three-yard loss.

 

Favre has consistently involved all his receivers and tight ends in his successes and failures. Crazy legs Tarkenton thought of his own ability first and then passed second.

 

Fran was so focused on his own need to run the ball that he butted heads with head coach Norm Van Brocklin. So much that it initiated his trade to the Giants.

 

Team player? I’ll take the guy who has thrown more to his teammates than anyone else in history. The guy who is applauded by all the guys he’s played with as a leader and teammate. The guy who can retire twice and still be welcomed back to a new team with open arms.

 

2) “I think he has been a great flamboyant quarterback…”

 

Fran was a flamboyant quarterback. His skinny stature and “run first” attitude made him look like a third-grader running from the sixth-grade school bully.

 

Compared to “Sir Francis” (as Howard Cosell referred to Tarkenton), Favre comes across more like Grizzly Adams than flamboyant.

 

Flamboyancy? Advantage Flamcis, er, Francis.

 

3) “…he has made more stupid plays than any great quarterback that I’ve ever seen.”

 

Is Fran really going there? Yeah, Favre has thrown more interceptions than anyone else, but he’s also thrown more touchdowns, yards, completions, attempts, etc.

 

Favre makes mistakes because he is competitive and tries to do things others won’t attempt. Sometimes it ends up as a touchdown and sometimes as a pick-6.

 

Frankie apparently didn’t “see” himself playing because he made some really stupid plays. Then again, he did say “more stupid plays than any great quarterback…”

 

Stupid plays? Going to say Francis had just as many stupid plays and less success. Brett had more plays that ended up on the positive side of the ledger.

 

4) “Wouldn’t you be upset if you’re a Packer fan? I think you’re going to have Packer fans burning the No. 4 Favre Green Bay jersey. I think the Packer fans have every right to be outraged.”

 

Fran, you played for the Vikings. Twice. You should be thrilled that Packers fans are upset. Isn’t that the best case scenario for Vikings fans? Doesn’t that really enhance the rivalry?

 

The Vikings made a move that makes them a better team and you’re critical of it because you don’t like the guy who holds all your records? Get over it. Team player, huh?

 

Packer’s fans? I guess Fran’s true colors are showing through. At least Favre commented on how much the Green Bay teams and players still mean to him.

 

5) “…here comes Brett Favre riding in on his white horse, doesn’t go to training camp, doesn’t come to offseason workouts and he’s gonna come on his white horse and bond with all these players.”

 

Wow. Does Fran also hate white horses? “Pouting Fran” thinks Favre is a prima donna.

 

Reminds me of something my brother used to say, “how come he gets to stay up and I have to go to bed?”

 

Well, Fran, because Brett has run the offense for 16 years and doesn’t need to practice it. He also just had surgery on his shoulder and in case you weren’t aware of it, he wasn’t officially on the team until Tuesday and he was on the practice field the second he became a Viking.

 

Brett’s not the first person in the NFL to miss training camp. Fran needs to check out the long list of contract hold outs (draft picks and veterans), players faking injuries, and players who get special treatment because of their value to the team before he singles out one specific player.

 

Fran played in a time where training camp was like a vacation comparatively. Maybe Fran is a little upset that he was never treated special.

 

Bonding in training camp? Bonding with all your teammates in training camp really helped you lose those three Super Bowls you were in, right, Fran?

 

6) “…Look at his final game in a Packers uniform. He blew that game.”

 

Ah-hah! The coup d’etat! Fran has jumped on the final, painful, lasting memory of Green Bay fans to really vilify Favre.

 

It was Favre’s last game in Green Bay and he failed after they dominated the regular season with a 13-3 record. It was his interception that led to the field goal in overtime. He almost gave the game away in the fourth quarter with his interception.

 

Let’s face it, Fran, the game was a classic. The weather was more suited for a scrambler as it was negative three degrees at kickoff. There were lead changes throughout the game and it ended in OT with an improbable field goal that nobody really thought had a chance in those weather conditions and with that amount of pressure.

 

The Giants weren’t pushovers either. Remember Fran, they went on to beat the unbeatable Patriots in the Super Bowl.

 

Favre passed for both of Green Bay’s touchdowns in the game including a 71 yard completion to Donald Driver which is the longest play in Green Bay playoff history.

 

It also extended his NFL record (jealous again, Fran?) of 18 straight playoff games throwing a touchdown.

 

Fran, do you remember the 1974 playoff game against Dallas? The Vikings were 12-2 during the regular season. Dallas was 8-6.

 

Dallas won the game on the first “Hail Mary,” but Tarkenton wasn’t really a factor in the game. The Vikings scored TDs on 1 yard runs, twice (one that was set up by a muffed punt).

 

Dallas went on to lose the Super Bowl to Pittsburgh, which had a quarterback named Terry Bradshaw who won four Super Bowl rings (Sorry, Fran, cheap shot).

 

Hmmm. Francis loses three Super Bowls and can’t get to the big game the season his team is most dominant? Can’t even help as a “team player” with one lousy touchdown pass?

 

In Favre’s worst playoff games at least he had 18 straight with a minimum of one touchdown pass.

 

7) “I asked a few friends here, maybe 10 or 12 people we were out with last night. I said, ‘What do you think about Brett Favre going back to the Vikings?’ You know who cared? Nobody.”

 

I know somebody who cared. His name is Francis “Crybaby” Tarkenton.

 

The Vikings are trying to win a Super Bowl. If Brett can accomplish it in his first year with Minnesota, it would really make Tarkenton look even more like a flamboyant, selfish, scrambling, underachieving quarterback who made more stupid mistakes than any great quarterback in history.

 

Francis is a legend and a Hall of Fame quarterback. He held all the records and is the Minnesota Vikings’ most recognizable player.

 

“Chattin’ Fran” showed his football knowledge as a commentator on MNF.

 

Frankie has gone to Hollywood and became a household name to those who never saw him play.

 

Sir Francis started a computer company that eventually was taken over by another company.

 

He is no Ed McMahon. He is no John Madden. He is no Bill Gates. He is no Brett Favre.

 

He has no room to pass judgment on Favre. Favre has moved on. So should Green Bay fans.

 

So should Fran Tarkenton. He should realize that and shut up.

 

Now, that would be incredible.

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Brett Favre Is No Dumb Hick

Brett Favre orchestrated it just like he was a master conductor.

 

He’s not just some back-woods, country bumpkin.

 

He has that quality of being likeable because of his Middle American upbringing, his country drawl, his rough appearance, but don’t let that fool you. He is a master tactician.

 

He couldn’t make the trade to Minnesota happen last year, so he came up with a plan that would delay it just a year.

 

He, nor Brad Childress, could have anticipated the injury to his shoulder that tried to foil the plan and ruin the would-be plot that may become the best story in NFL history.

 

The progress after his recent surgery was the clincher that he could come back and play and you can’t blame Childress for wanting to continue to be part of the story.

 

Imagine the story line.

 

Favre retires.

 

Then he’s traded to the Jets. He’s on his way to the playoffs when he gets injured. The Jets fade and Brett retires again.

 

He comes back after surgery and at 40 years old he wins a title for a franchise which has been to four Super Bowls and has failed to clinch.

 

Brett Favre then rides off into the sunset in his Wranglers as his orchestra plays Bach’s “Adagio” with banjos and fiddles instead of violins and cellos.

 

He will probably sign a two year contract with the Vikings tonight. He only wants one year, but would probably play a second year if the Vikings fail to make it to the Super Bowl.

 

Bottom line is Brett Favre wants to win another title. It’s not that he wants to play or feels he still can play. He wants the big prize.

 

When mentioning the best quarterbacks ever, Favre’s name always comes up because he owns all the records. However, there is always a “but” associated with the argument.

 

Favre was great, but his records are a product of longevity and consistency.

 

Favre has thrown for the most touchdowns, but he’s thrown the most interceptions.

 

Favre is one of the best ever, but he only has one championship on his resume.

 

Joe Montana has four Super Bowl Rings. Terry Bradshaw has four. Steve Young has three (two as a backup), as does Troy Aikman. Tom Brady has three and has a great chance for one or two more. John Elway got two before he retired and went to five title games.

 

In most circles, Montana is considered the best ever. Dan Marino is always an “honorable mention” all-time greatest because he has zero titles and Favre has taken over his records.

 

Super Bowl wins don’t guarantee greatness since Bradshaw and Aikman are largely considered very good QBs, but never in the elite class.

 

Brett Favre knows another Super Bowl Ring would probably finalize his resume as the best ever. Another season’s worth of stats will enhance all his current records as even more unreachable and two rings (one at 40 years old) would probably cement his place at the top.

 

There is a lot of criticism out there about Favre. However, he should not be criticized for his actions. They were necessary evils to get what he wanted.

 

The Green Bay Packers were tired of the “Favre on the fence” scenario and decided to go with Aaron Rodgers rather than lose him to free agency. That pretty much forced Brett into retirement.

 

Favre didn’t want to retire. He wanted a title, but knew it wouldn’t happen in Green Bay before he was no longer able to play.

 

He saw what the Vikings had in Adrian Peterson and knew the Head Coach. This would be his best chance to win another Super Bowl.

 

Green Bay, of course, didn’t want Brett, but (there it is again!) didn’t want him playing against them either, so they traded him to a team that Brett knew wouldn’t get him that elusive title either.

 

The Jets were in no better position to win a title than Green Bay was, especially playing in the same division as the Patriots.

 

So, he played the overture a little longer and planned his second retirement and pending release by the Jets. This would allow him to un-retire again and play with the Vikes.

 

He knew he needed some time to have surgery and recover. He also knew he didn’t want to do two-a-days and practice for 10 weeks prior to the season opener.

 

This is not uncommon for NFL veterans.

 

Many veterans hold out in contract disputes that are at least partially designed to just keep them from having to take part in mini-camps and two-a-days.

 

Other veterans “fake” injuries to stay out of the rigors of preseason that are meant only for rookies and those fighting for jobs.

 

Favre gets his wish. Finally. He is playing for the team he wants to.

 

The Vikings have arguably the best running back in the league. The Vikings have a good defense. His good friend is the Head Coach.

 

He’ll even play the majority of his cold weather games indoors (there is a Nov. 1st game at Green Bay and a Dec. 28th matchup against the Bears), which may be a good idea for someone with a possible nagging injury.

 

The Vikings already had two back up quarterbacks fighting for the starting job and now they can go back to being back ups.

 

Who isn’t excited about the Green Bay matchup this season now? What about the January matchup with the Giants that could be pivotal in playoff positioning?

 

Of course, how much would it help his argument as the best QB ever if he wins a Super Bowl against the Patriots while outperforming Tom Brady?

 

These are the stories Brett Favre has put together for us. In an attempt to re-write the story of his career, he is giving all fans endless stories with an endless number of possible endings.

 

Either way, Favre will get to do it his way. Despite the efforts of Green Bay trying to end his story the way they wanted.

 

Of course, it could backfire for Favre if the Vikings don’t make it to the playoffs or if he suffers another injury that ends his story for him.

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