22 July 2009

Old Quarterbacks Home

WaPo sports columnist Sally Jenkins wrote a piece today about how retirement's not actually that good for you and about how sports stars shouldn't retire before their time. She cites Lance Armstrong, golfer Tom Watson, and one of my favorite Targets of Ire, Brett Favre as her examples.

So here's the thing: there's a HUGE difference between being a 50 year old golfer and being a 50 year old quarterback. And you would think a sports writer would realize that.

Shoegal, who pointed out the article to me, had this to say as well: "What is it with this guy [Vicodin Boy] that inspires such blind loyalty? I think athletes should retire when we are b-o-r-e-d with them."

Amen to that, sister.


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5 comments:

Joe Rominiecki said...

For me, it's not so much age or point in the career arc when someone retires that matters most.

It's doing it once, and only once.

When you retire, you make people fawn all over you and celebrate your career and talk about how great you were (even if you weren't that great; they're just being nice).

So if you come back a year later, all those people who spent so much emotional energy on celebrating your retirement and then moving on with their lives suddenly feel like fools.

That's a pretty terrible, self-centered thing to do. It's like faking your own death, or the high-school grad who keeps showing up at high-school parties, and the kids there look at him and think "Why are you still here?"

Remember when the Eagles gave Irving Fryar a Harley as a retirement gift at his last game, and then he played two more years (for the Redskins, no less!)? I hope he gave the bike back. What a chump.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

a. Favre may have just earned himself a new nickname - "Wooderson" after, of course the character from Dazed & Confused.

b. You wouldn't happen to be the Joe Rominiecki from ASAE would you? :)

rocketman said...

I'm not a Favre fan, and I have called for his permanent retirement too. As Joe's comment says, it should happen just once.

But Favre does give the Vikes a better chance to win this year than those guys named Sage and Tavares. And having been a Vikes fan when I was a kid, I'd like to see them finally win a Super Bowl - Favre gives them that chance if he can hold up physically.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@rocketman - I might be willing to pick up what you're putting down if Favre hadn't been quoted as only wanting to go to Minnesota to "get revenge" on the Packers. Stay classy, Brett!

Joe Rominiecki said...

@elizabeth: I like the Wooderson nickname. Perfect analogy. And yes, I'm the same Joe Rominiecki. Wandered over here from your professional blog, as I am a fellow Philly fan. (Born there and moved away young but always clung to their sports teams.)