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.