If one can believe Fox Sports, than it seems Brett Favre might have spent an hour on the phone with Lions’ coaches going over how to beat the Packers in the week prior to their match up. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if:
a – Favre was QB-ing the hapless Lions rather than the looking more and more hapless Jets
b – Favre was retired
c – The Packers weren’t his old team and if Green Bay fans still didn’t view him as the second coming
But, sadly items a, b and c are all not true. According to Fox, Brett Favre did take time away from learning his new team’s playbook to spend quite some time making it easier for Detroit to match up against his former teammates in Green Bay. The Lions being the Lions. They lost anyway.
As odd as this all is, there’s nothing against the NFL rules in Favre’s behavior. In fact, in a Yahoo article, I just saw, it says Favre was known for making such calls before, but that they usually didn’t take up so much of his time.
Guess he really wanted the Lions to beat the Pack, huh?
While I’ll never understand why Favre would bother, I can’t fathom why the NFL doesn’t make this against the rules. I get that if you’re a waiver wire pick up that the first thing you do is download all you know about your old team to the team now writing out your checks.
That’s not the situation in the Favre case. Isn’t this tampering? If Favre had done this before, why did he? As a Packer, was he trying to help Green Bay by seeing to it that their rivals had a tougher road? If not. Then why? Couldn’t behavior like Favre’s, if widespread, lead to accusations of gambling interests at play? And is ANY of this in the spirit of fair competition?
I don’t think so. I think each team should be left to their own resources and should not have access to inside information from other teams. The NFL should put in a rule pronto.
In fact it’s shocking that the NFL, which is accused of being the “no fun league” has soooooo many rules, yet none for this.
Once again, Brett Favre is changing how the game is played…