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Brett Favre channels Jimi Hendrix, sort of
As part of my Friday newspaper column I joined the media backlash to the media backlash to Brett Favre signing, highlighting the key quote from No. 4's news conference the other day:
"When people start talking about my legacy - it's mine."
Newsday copy editor Greg Gutes said the quote reminded him of one from Jimi Hendrix' "If Six Was Nine," a song that was used on the movie "Easy Rider."
It would have been really cool if Favre had used this line to put critics in their places:
"I'm the one that's gonna die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
(I couldn't find the item I wrote on our Web site so I retyped it below:)
Sure, I'm as sick of the Brett Favre soap operas as the next carbon-based life form, but some of the media reaction to his latest episode if disingenuous flip-flopping has been a bit much.
Whatever he does this season, as long as he stays healthy, will make for great theater, as evidenced by the likelihood of better TV ratings.
It worked for Jets games on CBS last year and it should help Fox in ‘09. ESPN officials, meanwhile, have been spotted doing cartwheels around Bristol anticipating the Packers’ Monday visit to Minny Oct. 5
If any group of fans and journalists has a right to be wary of all this, including the inevitable run on No. 4 jerseys, it is those who follow the Jets.
That bubble burst spectacularly last season, so excuse us for being skeptical. Still, it’s his life, as Favre bluntly pointed out in his news conference the other day:
“When people start talking about my legacy – it’s mine.’’