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Looking Back on XXXVIII: Snickers Doesn’t Satisfy

Editor’s Note: With the Super Bowl approaching on February 2, 2014 we here at Triple B dug into the archives to find some observations on the 10th Anniversary of our coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII played in Houston, TX on February 1, 2004. Today we take a look back at how one future Hall of Fame quarterback spent his Super week a decade ago.

In a surprise appearance at Super Bowl media land Wednesday Brett Farve accepted the first annual award for the NFL’s Hungriest Player.

The appearance was a surprise both in that it was not in the media handbook of events, and in the soul-bearing glimpse into the mindset of the recipient.

Ten years ago I had the opportunity to cover the Super Bowl. With the game approaching once again it is time to take a look back. Photo R. Anderson

Ten years ago I had the opportunity to cover the Super Bowl. With the game approaching once again it is time to take a look back.
Photo R. Anderson

While many of the awards this week have been little more than a grip and grin opportunity for companies to plug their products and for athletes to recite the company line about how happy they are to win and/or to be nominated, the Favre press conference offered a look at a truly broken man who seemed to want to be anywhere but on the stage receiving an award from a candy bar maker four days before the Super Bowl.

A casually dressed Favre slowly made his way onto the stage pausing just briefly to accept a football as an award from his candy benefactors before heading to the microphone to tackle questions from reporters.

While Favre tried to be a trooper and grin for the cameras even going so far as to say that he eats a lot of snickers, the mood in the room was soon darkened as questions began to circle around Favre’s performance during the games following his award winning effort and his thoughts about the two teams vying for the big trophy named after the famous coach of his Packers.

When asked who he liked to win the game on Sunday, Favre quipped back by asking “who’s playing?”

While it seemed like a joke at first it was soon clear to all of the reporters in the room that it really did not matter to Favre which teams were in the game since one of the teams was not his Green Bat Packers.

Further going against the company line of the NFL being one big happy family Favre said that he was not going to watch this or any other Super Bowl.

Brett Favre, shown here during an event for Snickers during Super Bowl XXXVIII made some people snicker when it was leaked that the St. Louis Rams were interested in the twice retired quarterback. For the record, Favre said no. Photo R. Anderson

Brett Favre, shown here during an event for Snickers during Super Bowl XXXVIII made some people snicker when it was leaked that the St. Louis Rams were interested in the twice retired quarterback. For the record, Favre said no.
Photo R. Anderson

Favre’s statement produced an angry glare from the NFL PR person standing nearby.

Noticing the glance Favre responded by saying, “I am sure there will be a lot of people watching the game in my place. I will hear who won the game on Monday.”

While Favre’s attitude towards watching the game seemed to go against everything I had seen in previous press conferences during the week it was refreshing to see a player genuinely upset when he comes so close to the ultimate game only to fall short.

While his season ended sooner than he had hoped there was at least one good thing to come out of it according to Favre.

“I was able to watch my oldest daughter play basketball when we got back to Mississippi,” Favre said. “That was the first game I have been able to see all year. Players get upset when the season ends early, but kids don’t care. In some ways it is good to have something else to do.”

Favre’s mood seemed to brighten a bit when he was asked to describe player introductions at the Super Bowl.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” Favre said. “It is something that every kid has dreamt about and when you are there it is just a wonderful feeling.”

A feeling that is probably a little more wonderful if you happen to be snacking on a satisfying candy bar that is packed with peanuts.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am craving a Snickers bar for some reason.

Copyright 2004 R. Anderson, Reposted 2014

Editor’s Note: Next up in the archives we look at how hall of famer John Elway spent his Super Bowl week a decade ago.

Favre Says No to Comeback Offer from Rams, World Shocked

So far the NFL season has been one for the ages.

Whether it will be remembered as a good age or a bad age is still a matter of debate.

With a series of teams battling for the number one draft pick next season it seems that there is very little good to say about the play of a quarter of the teams in the league as the season nears the halfway point.

Currently 7 of the 32 teams in the NFL have won less than two games. Conversely only four teams have one loss or less showing a huge divide between the haves and the have nots.

Aside from being a season of poor play by a quarter of the league the 2013 NFL season has turned into a season of last quarterback standing with several teams already using their third or fourth quarterback of the year.

Some quarterbacks have been replaced by injury, while others have been replaced by poor play. One quarterback was even cut by one team for poor play and then injured the following week for an entirely different team.

With more openings for good quarterbacks than available good quarterbacks, teams have had to get creative with filling the vacancies.

Let me just say that with so many quarterback slots open I find it appalling that Tim Tebow is still unemployed with no team seeming to be willing to hire the former Heisman winner who happens to have more playoff victories for the Denver Broncos than Peyton Manning.

While no one has called to offer Tebow a job apparently a call was made to another, albeit slightly older, former Jets quarterback.

Brett Favre, shown here during an event for Snickers during Super Bowl XXXVIII made some people snicker when it was leaked that the St. Louis Rams were interested in the twice retired quarterback. For the record, Favre said no. Photo R. Anderson

Brett Favre, shown here during an event for Snickers during Super Bowl XXXVIII made some people snicker when it was leaked that the St. Louis Rams were interested in the twice retired quarterback. For the record, Favre said no.
Photo R. Anderson

I am of course talking about Brett Favre the man who seems to retire and unretire more times than Andy Pettitte.

If published reports are to be believed the St. Louis Rams reached out to Favre, who last played three seasons ago for the Minnesota Vikings, to see if he was interested in coming out of retirement once again to fill-in for Sam Bradford who is out for the year following a knee injury.

It should be noted that Favre’s former team the Minnesota Vikings could also use some help at quarterback after blowing through four quarterbacks of their own so far this season.

For the record, Favre shocked many people by saying that despite still being in shape to play football he was happy to stay retired in Mississippi where he serves as a volunteer head coach for a local high school.

While that could certainly be code for “offer me more money and I will play for you,” I tend to believe that Favre is finally done this time.

But the very fact that a 44-year-old “retiree” is considered better than any other option of free agent quarterback available speaks volumes for the state of quarterbacks in the NFL.

That also shows why with only one true franchise caliber quarterback projected for next year’s NFL draft the battle for the first overall pick is going to be intense.

Brett Favre, shown in plastic miniature form, last played in the NFL in 2010. The fact that a team wanted him to play again in 2013 shows just how bad the crop of quarterbacks is this season. Photo R. Anderson

Brett Favre, shown in plastic miniature form, last played in the NFL in 2010. The fact that a team wanted him to play again in 2013 shows just how bad the crop of quarterbacks is this season.
Photo R. Anderson

While I doubt that any team near the bottom of the standings right now would tank the rest of the season in order to get the number one pick there are certainly a number of teams who are in desperate need for a franchise quarterback.

And for those teams looking for a retiree in their 40’s to lead their offense there are options there as well. Although Brett Favre has said no to a return, former Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia, who has not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2008, has offered his assistance to several teams.

While I have never been involved in fantasy sports leagues I have got to think that the quarterback shuffle has been very hard for those fantasy team owners.

Of course the lack of strong quarterback play has been difficult for those real team owners as well.

With so many quarterbacks injured and so few options to replace them it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. And who knows Tim Tebow may yet get another chance to show what he can do.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am off to throw the football around in case the depth charts get further depleted and teams start auditioning arm chair quarterbacks.

Copyright 2013 R. Anderson