What with turkey and houseguests, football was not on as much as usual in my household this weekend. My round up is correspondingly a little bare, but a story that I couldn’t avoid is the one developing around Brett Favre.
Favre is the 41-year old quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s had a long and illustrious career – highlights of which include a Super Bowl championship and a cameo in There’s Something About Mary (he was Mary’s ex-boyfriend, refresh your memory here). He’s also very married, Roman Catholic, a father and yes, even a grandfather.
Now in Tiger-esque fashion, some sleazy voicemails and texts (not to mention some –ahem– little penis shots) have been made public and the NFL is investigating. Favre had allegedly been harassing a couple of women who work for his former team the New York Jets and doesn’t know how to take no for an answer. (Incidentally, the Vikings played the Jets last night - Favre's team lost).
Favre's post-game press conference
Now as of yet there’s no hard proof that it is actually his voice on the messages (though it sounds an awful lot like him) or his body parts in the photos (and I certainly can’t vouch for their likeness). If someone is stupid enough to risk their reputation, family and endorsement deals in this way though, there’s probably a whole lot more dirty laundry waiting to be aired, and we’ll probably find out the truth eventually.
You have to wonder when these guys will learn that recordings and photographs last forever, but I guess they do hit their heads a lot. At any rate, I think we can now safely say that Mary picked the right pony with our boy Ben Stiller.