Yes, it's the Dread Football Post, and in July no less. Don't worry, it's quick. It also falls into a trend I've been noticing here lately wherein I get curious as to why "we" (fans, media, the public at large) feel the ways we do about our entertainment, and more often the little hypocrisies I find in the reactions to Katherine Heigl or Dawn Summers or whoever. I seem to be on a kick. Anyway, today's question like that is about football.
Because for a few weeks now, the Brett Favre Saga (for the non-football fans, Linda has you covered) has been raging and most of the media has been resolute in their opinion that the Green Bay Packers have an obligation to pay back Favre's many years of gridiron heroics by turning their offense upside-down and welcoming him back from his fake retirement. Fair enough.
My question is this: Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was run out of town by a monomaniacal GM for having the gall to appear on Dancing With the Stars instead of participating in voluntary team workouts in February or whatever the fuck. This is an 11-year veteran, bajillion-time all-star, and former Defensive Player of the Year. He's also been the only good player on a shitty Miami team for several years. And Bill Parcells spends months taking potshots at the guy before shipping him off to another team and yet no one seem to find THAT behavior disrespectful to a beloved football hero.
So what gives? Is Favre really that much more of a hero? Is dancing on TV really that big of a crime?