The Crying Game: Remove Brett from my TV

Mar 11, 2008 6:00 PM

Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber | I have watched very little TV over the past 10 years, especially regular stations and most of the news channels.

The news is almost never good and it is almost impossible to watch any of the weekly shows. I’ve seen most of the reruns several times. If I watch a movie it is usually a classic from the ’40s, ’50s or ’60s.

I am almost relegated to watching sports and most of the time it is without sound. I just can’t take most of the announcers who talk about everything except the game. ESPN at one time was my only outlet, but their programming has become a farce with all their experts and talking heads.

The way ESPN portrayed the Brett Favre retirement, you would have thought the Pope died. It was nonstop. Okay, he was a great QB and had an outstanding career. But I do think one or two segments would have been enough. But the whole week! It was sickening.

The worst part wasn’t the talking heads or how great Brett is, but it was Mr. Favre himself. I always had a lot of respect for Brett. He’s clean-cut, tough and almost never in any kind of trouble – a real man. Then he went on national TV and gave this retirement speech. It was so sickening that I just could not believe what I was hearing.

If you didn’t know any better you would have thought he lost his entire family in some kind of tragic accident. Here is a big time NFL football player who made millions of dollars and likely will make more doing commentary, retiring at 38 and weeping, moaning and crying for some 15 or 20 minutes.

Boo hoo hoo.

I hope "everyone liked me and I liked everyone." Give me a break! Yes, Brett, I really feel for you and all your millions at 38. Just as much as I feel for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and all the other overpaid prima donnas making millions and millions.

There are a lot of people that I do feel bad for, but not you or any of your cronies. I just wish you would have left with a smile on your face and said thanks to the fans and the Packers. They allowed you to have a good time and become very wealthy. And, the fans especially appreciated you.

Lost in the ’60s

It was fun being a baby boomer and growing up in the ’60s listening to all those great rock and roll groups. Until now!

Some of these groups have sadly tried to resurrect their careers. What they need to do is change some of the lyrics.

Here are some ideas just in case any of you are reading this column when in Vegas.

• Herman’s Hermits: Mrs. Brown, you’ve got a lovely walker.

• Ringo Starr: I get by with a little help from dependants.

• Bee Gees: How can you mend a broken hip?

• Abba: Denture Queen

• Willie Nelson: On the commode again.

Give me baseball!

Here’s what look to be very interesting betting propositions.

• Detroit is the hot team for 2008 with the addition of Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers will be better, but so will the White Sox and the Royals. The Twins may be weaker without Johan Santana, but they always improve after the All- Star break.

 The Indians will have no dropoff in their results with starters like Sabathia, Carmona, Bush and a potent lineup. Oddsmakers predicting that the Tigers will gain six more wins in a very strong division is unlikely. Detroit won 88 games last year and now the over is listed at 94, I don’t think so. Just go to your favorite sports book, take some ready cash out of the gambling money and bet the under.

• The oddsmakers have made the San Francisco Bonds-less Giants a victory higher than last year’s total. The NL West is a mighty tough division with Arizona adding Dan Haren and owning the best starting rotation in the league. Don’t count out the Rockies, who went to the World Series last year. Giants under 72 wins seems a good bet.