Stop encouraging Favre


Stop encouraging Favre

By Adam Hart

Somehow he was declared out Saturday, only to be re-declared not all that out on game day. He started, tossing a touchdown and a pick, before being knocked from the game. It was described as a head injury. This is a pretty boring paragraph.

Okay, here's two regular guys serving on the MNF crew with your pick of any network's regular play-by-play guys. I chose Mike. Perhaps they'll finally tell Brett Favre the truth.

Mike: And -- surprise, surprise -- Brett Favre will start tonight against the Bears. It's his first outdoor home game in three years, playing this kids' game in the frigid Minnesota night. He woke up today and said, "I'mma give it a go." Trust me, I heard it on the baby monitor.

Franky: He can't play in a dome, but he's fine for a cement field? His nerdy teammate tweeted it the other day: that's asking for a concussion.

Mike: . . . Just adding to his legend here tonight.

Favre throws a screen pass to Percy Harvin, who uses his speed and elusiveness to score a touchdown.

Mike: Oh, what a play! Brett Favre completes a 23-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin. Some thought the touchdown he threw on November 14th would be his last. We'll see about that.

Hal: Huh? It's definitely not his last touchdown pass. We just witnessed something that cancels it out. What is wrong with you?

Favre throws an intended screen pass that's deflected into the hands of Julius Peppers for an interception.

Mike: And Favre's pass is deflected into the hands of Julius Peppers!

Franky: Geez, and I thought throwing the ball with no feet on the ground was great mechanics.

Favre, wrestled to the ground by Corey Wootton, rests motionless on the field until a teammate tells him the cameras are focused on him -- the process begins. He slowly rises to the familiar arms of the Vikings training staff. Favre is knocked from the game with what is described as a head injury.

Mike: Oh no.

Hal: That didn't even look like a bad hit. He was spun to the ground.

Franky: Don't be surprised, Hal. He's 41, nothing but a bag o' bones.

Mike: A bag of magnificent bones.

Mike: In case you missed it earlier, Brett Favre was sacked by Corey Wootton. It may be the play that ends his career.

Hal: Probably should be. Guy's old as . . . trees.

Franky: Seriously, I don't even let my dad stack wood, never mind get crushed by 300-pound dudes. That's not innuendo, by the way.

Hal: He can't even get out of his own way. I just hope somebody is smart enough to stop him from trying to play ever again.

Mike: I wouldn't put anything past him.

Franky: Squints Now you're just spewing lines Favre's said himself. Ruffles through Mike's notes. Shock engulfs his face. These are ALL things Favre's said, directives he's written.

Mike: . . . Okay, that's enough. Thank you gentlemen for joining me.

Hal: Wait a minute. When you said during that commercial break, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" you weren't just showing your love for The Wizard of Oz? You were trying to keep this charade going.

Mike: Really, that's enough.

Franky: No. It's not enough. If your senile father almost burned down the house trying to make waffles, would you still allow him in the kitchen?

Mike: . . . No.

Franky: Then why aren't you telling Favre the truth? He's old. He's injured. He can't protect himself. He might be bad, but you're appeasing him. That might be worse.

Mike: I guess you're right.

Hal: So what are you going to do?

Mike: Stop describing Brett Favre as great.

Franky: And when are you going to do it?

Mike: Now.

Wish this were true and not totally fabricated. But not every wish can be realized as a Christmas miracle.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:


“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.



* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.



1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.