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Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 6:29 am
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): Bus Cook, Favre's agent, likened Favre to Elvis (no, really) in an attempt to downplay the rumors.

"Brett Favre's retired, that's all I can say," Cook told ESPN. "He's like Elvis now. People just won't let go."


The Brett Favre watch isn't dead, we're sorry to inform you. We thought it was dead when his agent Bus Cook told the press that Favre is "retired, period."

But then Tony Sparano, who's dealing with some major quarterbacking drama down in Miami, had to go and refuse to say he wouldn't look at Favre for the Dolphins.

"I can't rule anything out...I'm giving you the only answer I can give you," Sparano told reporters when asked about Favre, per Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel.

But all the fault isn't on Sparano -- Dave Hyde, a Sun-Sentinel columnist definitely poured a couple gallons of gasoline on the proverbial fire when he decided to write a column Thursday titled, "Why shouldn't the Dolphins call Brett Favre?"

His list of five specific reasons why the 'Fins should sign Favre are, actually, not that suspect, outside of the part about turning "the Dolphins from a team no one's talking about to one everyone is."

That's just silly, in my opinion. And not because all the publicity surrounding Favre with the Jets and Vikings the last two years has been terrible either. It's because the goal is to win football games, not "get attention." 

But, yeah, I'll recognize that Favre might sell more tickets than incumbent Chad Henne. And jerseys. And ... well, maybe that one works too, dammit.

Still, couldn't we at least just let the initial overtures on Favre begin in a way that doesn't require me to delete a bunch of comments telling me that "this isn't news"? Please?

Didn't think so -- and so we beat on, boat in the past and whatnot.

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Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:50 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Favre is a top-secret government experiment to see if mutated genes can be used to create a player who can stay in the league until 50 or 60  years of age and beyond. You'll have noticed that Favre holds the record for continuous games. (coincidence ?) This technology will later be used in the military in order to have fewer soldiers, but who spend more time in the field. It would be too obvious if he just continued playing. That is why they need to have him "retire" in order to keep up the ruse. He will eventually play for every team (at least one team per year has a QB crisis). In fact, it is planned that he will win the Super Bowl in 2016 with New England after the team finally gives up on the cursed Mr. Bundchen. The Government and the league owe us all a big explanation.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:37 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Can we please let go of Brett Favre? Seriously, the guy loves football, but if he wants to be favorably remembered at all he should accept that it's time to move on. In addition, sports writers should do the same & let him leave the game with what's left of his dignity.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:20 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

As a life-long Dolphins fan, I would be crushed if this happened. This would be my least favorite player in pro sports playing for my favorite team in pro sports. As for the assertion that Favre would sell more tickets and jerseys than would Henne, I wonder how many people really like Brett Favre. Especially in Miami where guys who have signed with the Jets (not named Jason Taylor) are not usually well recieved. 

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:17 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Really? Really? Really?!? Go home, Mr. Farve. Please.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:15 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

You know it's bad when even Buffalo fans are knocking Miami.

There is NO story here. A columnist wrote an article, and Sparano simply gave the same answer that he's been giving all off-season about not ruling anything out to improve the QB situation.

Miami is not a QB away from a Super Bowl, but the team isn't hopeless. 7-9 last year, including beating the Super Bowl champs in Lambeau, and it should have been 8-8 if the ref didn't blow the call that lost the game against the other Super Bowl team. The defense was elite and the draft was nearly entirely devoted to helping the offensive side of the ball.

P.S. - Miami home games haven't had a blackout in ages, so fans DO support the team even through 1-15 three years ago and this offseason's front office fumbling.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:14 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

If they'd rather be a 'reality' TV show than a viable offensive football team, then by all means they should sign Favre.  But I honestly think that at this point, Henne has a better chance of turning his career around and becoming a good QB than Favre does of getting his old and battered body to cobble one more good season together.

Not that I have much faith in Henne.  It's just that I am 99% sure that any Favre comeback at this point would be nothing short of a total crash-and-burn scenario.

Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:02 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

...You left out J.Lo...LMAO

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:58 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

The Dolphins are a Star Struck team. I mean the ownership is mostly celebrities now. They just signed Reggie Bush a pretty big celebrity, now I would not doubt if they do go after Brett Favre for the Star Power he brings. Just seems crazy to me but hey whatever. Maybe my Bills are no longer the AFC East doormat just the second step now LOL. Just thinking of who else they can get out there to improve Shaq? I know he is a basketball player but he would sell tickets, I bet they have a great Pre Game show, Fergie, Mark Anthony Jimmy Buffet and Gloria Estephan. Hell of a party in the Press Box. Now maybe they should get some owners who actually know the game. 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:50 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

If you rearrange the letters in Sparano's name, it reads "NO AARPS." I take this to mean Sparano will reconsider even considering Favre, because Favre played like someone well over 50 last year.

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:47 pm

Sparano on Favre: 'I can't rule anything out'

Are you kidding me? You will be on the bottom looking up my friend.  Go ahead and get Brett.  We knocked him out last year, we'll do it again. He can sit next to a hurt Reggie Bush. And then you'll be stuck with Henne for the remainder of your lousy season. Heck, even the Big Tuna bailed on you guys......

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