Laura Ingraham and Brett Favre (with updates)

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Apparently Laura Ingraham made fun of Brett Favre for crying at his press conference yesterday. I like Laura and consider her a friend, but she’s way wrong on this one. I didn’t hear her comments and if we get a transcript we’ll post it. But if her argument is that he is somehow not a tough guy because he cried, well, she is revealing her own ignorance. Professional sports needs more people like Favre, not fewer.

UPDATE: Yeah, she’s definitely mocking him. She has a poll on her website asking whether Favre “embarrased himself” by crying. And her “soundbite of the week” is this: “I hope *sniffle* the fans *snort* appreciate me *sniffle* as much as I appreciate them. *sigh* Brett Favre, crying during his farewell press conference.”

Is her position that it is never manly to cry in public? That’s ridiculous. I don’t think men should cry as often as Hillary Clinton has been lately, but it’s hard to think of a guy who less a pansy-ass than Brett Favre. He has played through some of the toughest life experiences a man can endure, with very few complaints. And he has played through more injuries than most athletes will see in their lifetime.

I’m glad Favre was emotional yesterday. If he hadn’t been, he would have come off as just another automaton, a guy who played professional football for the money, the fame and the statistics. Of course those things motivated him, but he played, unlike most professional athletes today, mostly because he loved the game. I would have been upset if he hadn’t been emotional.

UPDATE II: This blog has a some excerpts of Ingraham’s rant. If this is accurate, then the discussion of Favre sounds incredibly stupid. (Byron York, who apparently joined in, is also a friend). I’ll have more to say about this over the weekend or on Monday, but Favre is exactly the kind of player who ought to appeal to conservatives. He played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He didn’t whine at his teammates (like Dan Marino and Peyton Manning), he didn’t take plays off (like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens), he didn’t criticize he coaches in public (like dozens of players), he didn’t change teams (like virtually everyone in the NFL), and he didn’t miss a start for 253 consecutive games (unlike every NFL player in history other than Jim Marshall and Jeff Feagles (a punter). And we’re supposed to think that none of this matters because he was emotional at a press conference that ended his Hall of Fame career? Clueless.

UPDATE III: I’m reliably told that Byron York was really just a bystander to Ingraham’s rant.

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10 Responses to “Laura Ingraham and Brett Favre (with updates)”

  1. Aaron Says:

    She revealed her own ignorance looooooooooooooooooooong before this….

  2. BratsNBeerGuy Says:

    Just another jaded and cynical pundit trolling for attention. And I bet she’s a Cowboys fan.

  3. Mike Says:

    Brett will be missed. Stop by and leave a personal message on a group thank you card for Brett…

    http://www.squidnote.com/c/Xv0AN7edn60

  4. PackSmack Says:

    That’s crossing the line. There is no excuse for mocking Brett Favre like that. None.

    What a wannabe–trying to cash in on someone we can actually respect.

    Just because she looks like a man doesn’t mean the loveless wench knows what one is. Regardless of her politics, she just got shoved into a category with Howard Dean, Hugo Chavez, John Rocker. T.O. and Omerosa: the I Am a Worthless Loudmouth category.

  5. Tony Says:

    Laura Ingraham seems to care only about her faint link to Ronald Reagan and labrador retrievers. She has become a first class Ivy League Snob. I think she has simply become a bitter spinster and her Freud-A-Wish was showing. She wishes she had a Mr Brett Favre to enjoy life with instead of a dog. How bad could it be for Deanna Favre to have a mature man of 38 worth millions of dollars and yet not hung up on money? How about a guy who loves his two daughters and wife more than anything. How about a guy that has turned down huge endorsement deals because they don’t really jive with who he is. Instead he does a few endorsements for fitness products and a manly jean company called Wrangler. How about an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish? Hmmm, Favre sure is a sniveling wimp. What woman wouldn’t want a successful man who is man enough to exhibit his real feelings…and yes, even shed a tear? Yes, Ingraham is a bitter woman. She has money, fame, but apparantly no heart…no understanding of sports…and obviously no understanding of someone with a genuine, honest character. Favre is a winner. Laura proves that she is a loser.

  6. Scott Robertson Says:

    wWhy would I want to add anything else when Tony said it exactly right!!!
    Ditto to Tony’s comment!

  7. kathy Says:

    Tony said it all! Give that woman a sandwich–maybe
    she has low blood sugar–oh, that’s not possible. She apparently doesn’t have any blood in her veins at all.

  8. Brad Cole Says:

    All my life I heard from women that men never show their emotions. Now if the do they get laughed at by a female wise ass. Wtite another book,you must be low on money.

    Brad

  9. Alex Conner Says:

    I’m in Nashville, TN and a Titans fan, but respect the tradtion in Green Bay. I’m a big Tennessee Vols fan so I follow our guys up there too, Reggie White being one. Farve has always stood out to me as one of the toughest guys in the game, if not on the planet.

    That being the case, I totally agree with all of you, so is there something we can do to boycott Laura Ingraham? I mean, offending your base, she’s kinda like a Conservative Dixie Chick.

    Anyway, I think if the word got out we could hurt Laura where it matters, in her pocketbook. Who knows, might even make this cold feminazi cry.

    If you want to contact me, my email is alexconner32@yahoo.com, put FARVE in the subject line.

  10. So Many Class Acts » Brats & Beer Says:

    [...] job on Favre’s career not two days afterward. And a big congratulations to Laura Ingraham for calling into question Favre’s manhood because he showed some emotion at his retirement press conference. Way to show the world how classy [...]

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