The Theme Thursday topic this week is "history". And, as is my predilection, here's a bit of a different take on the theme. Sports has had a history of bad boys. Tiger Woods won't be the last. But who will be the next? Read on.
Until now transgressions of sports figures have sort of flown beneath the radar. They may make the news for a couple of days and then people forget about it. We've seen some who've been shot, who've shot others and who've shot themselves. Then there are those who train and bet on fight dogs. And of course there's the steroid hall of fame. But it was you-know-who who really put transgressing sports figures on the map.
At least MY hero hasn't gone off the rails. He's as straight as an arrow, as cool as a cucumber and as sharp as a tack (I never understood that one. Are tacks sharp?) I'm talking about Brett Favre. But wait a minute. When you think about it, Favre is poised to slip. He's right on the edge. Let me show you what I mean.
The number of NFL seasons Brett Favre has played: 19
The number of mistresses Tiger Woods played with: Hmmm...
Elin and Tiger: par for the course.
Unfortunate ad copy for Brett Favre: I'm comfortable in jeans that fit great.
Unfortunate ad copy for Tiger Woods: Just Do It
Play-by-play double-entendre about Brett Favre: He...could...go...all...the...way.
Play-by-play double-entendre about Tiger Woods: I think he's gonna sink it, Jim.
How Brett Favre exits a car: Your brothers break the window with a golf club after you've had an accident. (1990)
How Tiger Woods exits a car: Your wife breaks the window with a golf club after you've had an accident. (2009)
Most recent image we associate with Tiger Woods: horny. (Well, you know.)
Most recent image we associate with Brett Favre: horny. (Minnesota Vikings)
How we make fun of Tiger's name: He's not out of the "woods" yet.
How we make fun of Favre's name: We can't. It's not funny. His middle name is Lorenzo, though. That's funny. And if he had a receiver named Lor he could throw it to him in the enzo. OK, only football nuts are likely to get that one.
So you see, if my sports hero Brett Favre slips. He's primed to make fun of. Of course, I wouldn't make light of him now. I'll just file this away in case I need it later. History will be the judge.