They would always put up graphics of what Revis had done against some of the "top" receivers this past year (I say "top" because Torrey Holt was on that list...and his best days passed him by a while ago). The Jets played the Saints once last year, and yet, magically, Revis shut down 4 receivers (all four receivers had less than 75 yard receiving in the game). At the same time! Do you know what that means? Well, it really just means that Brees spread the ball around. What it didn't say was that the Jets had other corners who played well...and they also put a lot of pressure on Brees.
The announcers made a big deal out of Revis shutting down receivers last weekend. Do you know what I saw? I saw Revis get a number of passes completed to the man he was covering. I also saw some of the worst tackling attempts I've ever seen (on two different occasions, Wayne caught a pass in front of Revis, turned around and ran at Revis...only to have Revis take a step to the outside, give a half-hearted A-Rod slap at Wayne, and fall down). Nothing from the announcers. They didn't mention that Revis was covering Wayne. In fact, they said the middle linebacker was covering Wayne.
I'm not saying that Revis isn't a good corner...I just think that stats have been monkeyed with to make him seem better than he was. And, once the analysts noticed that he was good, they wouldn't shut up about him. It happens all the time. Last year, it was Asomugha. Before that, Champ Bailey. Again, it's not that these guys are bad...they're just not as great as we're supposed to believe they are. I have seen Bailey make a ton of terrible plays, and yet it was never mentioned. Revis was the same way this past year. Revis benefited from a strong front four, which didn't give the opposing quarterback a whole lot of time to look for an open receiver. Next year, we'll be led to believe that someone else is the best corner in the history of the NFL.
I'll get off my soapbox now.
Glad you dig The Beatles. "I Am the Walrus" is one of my all-time favorite songs. The next time you listen to that album, make sure you do this: listen to "A Day in the Life", and listen to the end of that song loud. The strings and horns are going nuts, and, just when you don't think you can take it anymore, it ends on a strong piano chord that resonates for several seconds. Just a powerful piece of music.
Look...I still don't hate Favre. I just can't do it. In fact, I feel a little bad for him that he's taking the brunt of the abuse over their loss. Was that last interception terrible? Absolutely. Should he have run? It's easy to say yes...but we don't know how bad his ankle was hurting. Maybe he thought he couldn't get enough yards for a field goal attempt. He had an open receiver on the sideline that he should've hit...that would've been the best bet. Throwing against the grain into the middle of the field was a bad decision...no doubt about it. But he wouldn't have been put in that situation if the Vikings didn't have that terrible 12 men in the huddle penalty.
Plus, that field goal was no gimme. Sure, it would have given them a shot to win right there. Still, that was a 50+ yard field goal for a kicker who isn't exactly a spring chicken. A field goal attempt is always better than an interception...but no one can say that, if they would have attempted that field goal they would have won (especially with all the erratic kickers we've already seen in the playoffs this year).
Also, let's not forget all the fumbles. Those are points off the board...and a couple of them were huge. If they could have cut down on the fumbles, the Vikings would have won that game.
We talked about the difference between close games and blow-outs...that difference is that, in close games, one play could have swung the game. That interception is a glaring play, because it came at the end. But let's not place all the blame on Favre. Those fumbles really killed the Vikings.
And if he wants to come back for next year, I think he should do it, and I think he should be able to do it without any mockery. He showed that he can still play, and play at a high level this year. Sure, he didn't have his best game in the Championship game. But I doubt the Vikings would have made it that far with Jackson at the helm. As long as Favre doesn't do the retire/unretire thing again, he can take as long as he wants. If he wants to come back, the Vikings should be happy to have him.
Does an artist's personal life influence how I view them? Honestly, it depends on how much I like the artist to begin with, and how big their transgression is. I love Beck. When I found out that Beck was a Scientologist, I was a little disappointed, but it doesn't mean I'll stop listening to him. I never was the biggest R Kelly fan, so, when all the stuff about his personal life came out, I didn't really care. I think it's messed up...but, since I never listened to him anyway, it didn't affect me at all. Ditto Chris Brown. I'm sure there's some situation that would affect how I felt about a musician, but I don't know that I've come across it yet. Unless the music starts going downhill (*coughMichaelJacksoncough*), I'll keep listening.