Daily Archives: December 13, 2010

Once Upon a Time, In a Land Favre, Favre Away

Forgive me for the cheesy title, but it does seem like ancient times when Brett Favre last didn’t start a game. Many will compare Favre’s streak to Cal Ripken’s, but I think it’s more impressive. Sure, Ripken played more games, but they were baseball games. Favre’s streak lasted 18 years to Ripken’s 16. Favre went from hero to villain, while Ripken’s image never changed. We’re obviously not big fans of Brett Favre here at Doin Work – Dyslecix’s wife was even rumored to be working on a guest post about her dislike for Favre as a follow up to her Erin Andrew’s piece. Believe it or not, though, there was once a time was Favre was universally liked. It got me thinking what else has changed since the streak began in 1992. I’m sure it’s been done on other sites, but here’s a look at the world in 1992, when Favre succeeded the great Don Majkowski in Green Bay…..

  • In his debut as a starter, he threw TD passes to Sterling Sharpe and Robert Brooks (remember those guys?) en route to a victory over the Neil O’Donnell, Barry Foster, Greg Lloyd, and Rod Woodson-led Steelers.
  • The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl – the Bills third of four consecutive SB losses, and the Cowboys first of two in a row over Buffalo
  • The Raiders and Rams played in the LA, the Cardinals carried the Phoenix name, the Oilers existed in Houston, and the Browns played in Cleveland before leaving for Baltimore and being replaced by the Cleveland Browns.
  • Steve Young was the NFL MVP
  • Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup over Chappy and I’s favorite video game team of all-time, the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays, who look like an all-star team on paper, beat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. (After they defeated the A’s in the ALCS)
  • Dennis Eckersley was named AL MVP and Barry Bonds won his 2nd of 7 NL MVP awards
  • Shaquille O’Neal was drafted #1 overall by the Orlando Magic. (Fun Fact: O’Neal is the only remaining active player from that draft)
  • The Washington Wizards were the Washington Bullets, the Hornets played in Charlotte, and the Dallas Mavericks spent most of the season looking like a lock to break the record for fewest wins in a season. They had losing streaks of 12, 15, and 19; were 4-57 at one point, but won three of their last six to finish 11-71.
  • The Dream Team. Nuff Said.

Sterling Should Taunt Himself

It’s impossible not to enjoy a good heckler at any kind of game. Whether it’s a realalistic fan spouting off about why someone is or isn’t good or it’s the idiot that doesn’t know anything about the game and 90% of the time is spitting out drunk babble. I have no problem with either as long as they are good at it, and are entertaining. Today it’s been reported that Donald Sterling the owner of the super successful Los Angeles Clippers, has been heckling his players for the last couple of years. All of the heckling reported seemed fairly un-imaginative.  Nobody has received it worse than our former Bay Area hero, Baron Davis. I had mixed feelings about it when I first read it, since BD hasn’t lived up to his contract at all, I can see why Sterling might feel that some of his comments/frustrations were warranted, but how many bad contracts have there been in the NBA? 5,000? 10,000? Way too many for me to count (I can count at least five on the Warriors right now). In this information age, you had to know what you were getting yourself into when you signed Baron. Maybe Sterling wasn’t paying attention to the way Baron left New Orleans or Golden State. Whatever the case for the bad blood between the two just remember Sterling holds the record for largest payout ($300M) in a trial that concluded that he was racist against who he was renting his apartments to.

I feel bad for Baron as he’s fighting against his injuries, a new coach, and even the owner. I guess it is possible that Sterling might have found the single weirdest way to motivate his highest paid player. I doubt that’s what he’s doing, but if you were Baron wouldn’t you want to prove him wrong a little? The weirdest part about all this is I couldn’t see any owner doing this in any sport. Not Dan Gilbert who wrote that ugly letter to Lebron. I can’t see Jerry Jones on the sidelines heckling Roy Williams, with a “get off my billion dollar field comment”. At least Bud Adams flips off the opposing team instead of his own. Even Al Davis loves his players too much to throw them under the bus during a game.

The fallout from this will probably be nothing much from the Baron front, because he’ll get paid whether he performs or not. He might pick up his game a little bit, but looking at it from the bigger perspective they have two amazing stars of the future there in Eric Gordon, and the eventual Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin that nearly every franchise would kill to have as building blocks. I’ve never been in their locker room or around any of their players, but do know that Baron is a very likeable guy. I’m positive that he’s had some influence on Gordon and Griffin in one way or another, and I feel like they’d feel Sterling is in the wrong. My theory is if Sterling continues to heckle Baron (and he most likely will), does he really expect either of his two young stars to stay when they have a choice of exploring their options? If I were either of them, my first option would either be to switch to purple and gold, or get the hell out of LA. Also how do you build with these guys? Would any free agent in their right mind want to go to the Clippers unless they were going to make an extra $2-3M? Enjoy Griffin and Gordon while you can Clippers fans, because the Sterling and Baron saga just sealed your future of staying in the lottery for years to come, and confirmed why I put you as the worst NBA franchise over a year ago.