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Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:08 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 12:18 pm
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Favre got leveled more than once against New Orleans back in 2009. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

At the heart of BountyGate (and I'll personally pay someone $10 to knock that name out of play) is the 2009 NFC Championship Game, when the Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings. As reported by CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered up $10,000 for anyone who knocked Favre out of the game.

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You'd think that news might upset Favre, but he told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he was "not pissed" and that he respects Vilma as well as then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"I'm not pissed," Favre said. "It's football. I don't think anything less of those guys. I would have loved to play with Vilma. Hell of a player. I've got a lot of respect for Gregg Williams. He's a great coach. I'm not going to make a big deal about it. In all honesty, there's a bounty of some kind on you on every play. Now, in that game there were some plays that, I don't want to say were odd, but I'd throw the ball and whack, on every play. Hand it off, whack. Over and over. Some were so blatant. I hand the ball to Percy Harvin early and got drilled right in the chin. They flagged that one at least.

"I've always been friends with Darren Sharper, and he came in a couple times and popped me hard. I remember saying, 'What THE hell you doing, Sharp?' I felt there should have been more calls against the Saints. I thought some of their guys should have been fined more.''

Favre did say, however, that he was glad the "truth comes out" now with respect to how the Saints behaved on the field, although he wouldn't exactly be compelled to serve as a witness in a court of law.

"Now the truth comes out. That's good. But that's football. The only thing that really pisses me off about the whole thing is we lost the game. That's the thing about that day that still bothers me. And that's the way it goes. If they wanted me to testify in court about this, they'd be calling the wrong guy."

It would be interesting to see whether or not Favre would meet with Roger Goodell, though. It's unlikely he would, and as a retired player, it's also unlikely Goodell and the league could compel him to take a trip to New York anyway.

But it's not like they have to: replays of the game against the Saints show countless instances where Favre took late shots. They were deemed "aggressive" at the time, but with the knowledge that there was a five-figure bounty on knocking Favre out, "malicious" seems like a better description.

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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Yes Favre deserve all the respect when it comes to toughness and integrity to the sport.  That said, he also implied that calls weren't maid on obvious late hits. 

The arbitration is a real joke to me, when it comes to playoffs. Example, why didn't the Ravens get a TD review on the final play.  I tought the rule was review any questionable TD.  Not saying it was a TD, but the play deserved a review.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

???  Why are is the all the focus on the players, coaches and owners???  Bounty or not, an illegal hit need to be called right?

We need to start questioning the integrity of the referees.  If most of these hits were after the plays, where are the penalties?

The playoffs are the worst.  If it's a close call, the refs always seems to take the popular team's side.  It's like the message came from the top: "if your not sure about the call, go for the one with most fans...that's where the money is"




Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Favre also said:
Now, in that game there were some plays that, I don't want to say were odd, but I'd throw the ball and whack, on every play. Hand it off, whack. Over and over. Some were so blatant. I hand the ball to early and got drilled right in the chin. They flagged that one at least.
"I've always been friends with , and he came in a couple times and popped me hard. I remember saying, 'What THE hell you doing, Sharp?' I felt there should have been more calls against the Saints. I thought some of their guys should have been fined more.''
Favre did say, however, that he was glad the "truth comes out" now with respect to how the Saints behaved on the field,
And you are right, Favre is one of the best, toughest QBs ever.  His opinion carries a lot of weight.  He knows there is no going back on this game but he clearly has less respect for the Saints and their players who felt they needed an advantage (aka "cheat") to win.  Perhaps cheating is just more acceptable in New Orleans. 


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Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:59 am
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

KIck them all out of the league.  This is uncalled for, childish behavour.  Cant win with out trying to permantly physically hurt somebody you should not be a football player.   As a 100 percent disabled veteran injured by his own people, INJURIES SUCK.  Some can be life changing and to do it on purpose, just ridiculous.  THey should all be fined and KICKED THE HELL OUT OF THE LEAGUE.  Now grow some balls Goodell and do a great thing for thios sport.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:54 am
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

"But it's not like they have to: replays of the game against the Saints show countless instances where Favre took late shots. They were deemed "aggressive" at the time, but with the knowledge that there was a five-figure bounty on knocking Favre out, "malicious" seems like a better description."

That's messed up, I would be plenty pissed if I was him. I wouldn't even like to see that done to Romo or Eli.



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