Monday, October 19, 2009

Number 4 and America's Pastime

Well, I think he was onto something this time. He knew what he was doing. The nation might not have believed him, but he believed in himself. That's all that really matters. If all the haters are still hating on Brett Favre, I think it's time they take a look in the mirror. Hello?? McFly? Wake up and smell the coffee. Insert any old adage and tired cliche, if you will, and I, for sure will. The Vikings are now 6-0 and in control of the NFC North. As a Chicago Bears fan, I of course, dislike like that fact. One thing I wont do is disrespect what Favre has accomplished in his "first" career as a Packer and his "second" career as a New York Jet and now as a Viking.

At 40 years old, he plays like he's 30 again. Sporting that ubiquitous five o'clock shadow and worn down Nike hat, Favre looks like, well, Favre again. He looks rejuvenated and most importantly, he's having fun. Favre himself, is putting people in the seats and making TV executives lick their chops every time he takes the field. Hate all you want, Favre is giving you America, what you want: an uncompromising character in a story where we can't wait to read the last page.

It's October. Leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and most of the country outside of San Diego, Texas and Florida are bracing themselves for winter. The NFL is in full swing and America's pastime is fighting to regain some merit. With four teams left, baseball's playoffs are just now getting good. The perennial powerhouses find themselves in the same situation each year: playing baseball in October. The Yankees are back to their original dominating form and are going with a three man rotation for the ALCS, looking to get back to where they feel most comfortable: The World Series. The Angels, down 2-0 in the series, look to regain their own form of 2002 when the beat the Yankees in the ALDS and went on to win the World Series. Baseball will never be as big as the NFL. After the steroid era and the seemingly never ending suspensions, baseball needs these powerhouses to dominate to keep baseball, well, interesting. The small market teams are just road bumps to these teams and with salaries uncapped, the big boys will always be prevalent. And they need to be. Yes, Vladimir Guerrero makes about the same amount of money as the entire Oakland Athletics infield, but small market teams just aren't interesting enough. You as the consumer will always let it be known by what you like. Its called ratings.