Peter King, Sports Illustrated’s lead football writer, likes Brett Favre. A lot. So much so that he made a point of attending Saturday’s preseason Jets game against the Redskins — and even wore green for the occasion. (Objectivity, shmobjectivity!) But Peter King doesn’t think you like Brett Favre, or at least not enough. From his Monday Morning QB column:
I think I don't want to hear what great fans the Jets have. Not for a long time. That crowd Saturday night was a disgrace. At least half the stadium was empty for Favre's debut in a Jets' uniform. I expressed my amazement to a few fellow scribes Saturday night — emphasizing that N.Y. traded for an all-time-great quarterback, not a broken-down one — and they gave varying reasons for the poor turnout. Like it's the middle of vacation month for New Yorkers, and it's a preseason game. Horsefeathers. If you really love your team, and you have season tickets, you should have been at that game unless you were in Tibet. Ridiculous.
You see, because Jets fans didn’t fill the Meadowlands to watch a completely meaningless game — on a Saturday night, no less — they’re clearly terrible fans. Forget the fact that pretty much every Jets fan in the tri-state area purchased a No. 4 jersey within about twenty minutes of Favre's trade from Green Bay. Or the fact that thousands of them showed up to watch his first practice, which would generally be enough insignificant August football action for the average fan. Also, ignore the fact that driving to Giants Stadium nowadays, even for a preseason game, is apparently a day-long affair, especially when you could just go to a bar, watch Favre throw all six of his passes, then give Michael Phelps the undivided attention that he demands. Sure, you may have thought that pretty much the only aspect of the whole “Brett Favre is a Jet” story that isn’t up for debate is that their fans love the guy. But no, King’s obviously right here: Clearly Jets fans just don’t care much for this Favre fellow. Horsefeathers.