Favre frenzy

Behind The News
August 8, 2008 1:40:22 PM PDT
First off, I'll acknowledge that I'm the last person to understand football. I'm not big on the intricate strategies, or the hard knocks, or the oversized and padded torsos that try to drive each other into the ground. I don't get it. I do understand the beauty of a breakaway run or a finely thrown and caught pass. I get that.

But the game itself, or the frenzy of so many people who crowd into stadiums like Romans in the Coliseum? Nope. Don't get it.

And I'll also admit I'm a bit puzzled about all the Brett Favre hoopla. I understand he's a great quarterback, or at least was.

I understand that he's a future Hall of Famer.

I understand he retired but then thought better of it or thought he could make more money or thought he wanted to give it another go or thought that he wasn't quite ready to hang 'em up.

I understand that a good quarterback can make a poor team good.

What I don't understand is why there's this presumption that a soon-to-be 39-year-old player is going to be a savior for an otherwise hapless team.

I mean, it could happen.

But there's hardly a guarantee.

And yet, that's the presumption among many people.

The poor Jets fans are apparently so hungry for victory - or a break-even season - that they're viewing Favre as the savior.

And maybe he will be. (The fact that the Jets was his second, maybe third choice of a team to play for is, I guess, being overlooked by fans - as is the fact that he is, experts agree, past his prime.)

To be sure, the Jets haven't had this kind of high-profile QB since the heyday of Joe Namath.

So good for the Jets, and their fans.

And far be it from me to throw cold water on their parade.

But pardon me for being just a tad skeptical.

We'll have the latest on the Farve trade, tonight at 11. Marvell Scott, in for Scott Clark, leads our coverage. And Jessica Taff is with the team for an exhibition game in Cleveland. Will Farve play? Will he even suit up?

Also at 11, we're following the story of the young woman from Queens who was bludgeoned to death on the roof of a nightclub in Times Square. Cops have now arrested a "bartender's aide" for the murder. The woman was at a birthday party at the club for the rapper Lil' Kim.

And for all those who care: a judgment will be rendered today in the nasty and embarrassing McGreevey vs. McGreevey divorce case. I know you've been holding your breath.

Finally, under the heading: The President Always Said He Didn't Want A Timetable for Withdrawal from Iraq, comes this: an Iraqi Member of Parliament says that his country is in the final states of an agreement for U.S. troop withdrawal.

Is this the pre-election surprise that many suspected would happen?

Stay tuned.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus the AccuWeather forecast. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.