Brett Favre and Backsliding

C'mon, Brett, can't you just be satisfied with an ESPY award?

C'mon, Brett, can't you just be satisfied with an ESPY award? Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Over the past week a couple of things have come up that I just have to blog about. One, Brett Favre, what are you doing to me?! I celebrated your retirement, lauded you as "one of the best quarterbacks to play the game," and "a cultural touchstone." That wasn't enough for you? I fear your comeback, and the way it's already tainting my memories of you. Let me put it to you this way: As a kid, I was a huge Michael Jordan fan. I had Michael Jordan t-shirts, Michael Jordan books, and even got to see him play versus the Washington Bullets* (it was amazing — he had a perfect, length-of-the-court breakaway slam dunk that I'll never forget, though it was just another day at the office for Air Jordan!). When he retired, I mourned. But when he came back (I don't count his baseball year — I mean in 2001) — to Washington, no less? I despaired. Comebacks are rarely pretty. And Brett, if MJ can't do it, neither can you.

Secondly, I have a confession. After all my brave talk about forsaking my CD collecting habit and switching to MP3s, I relapsed. Last weekend my beau and I had the unbridled joy of spending a few days in Athens, GA. We had a stylish, classy rental car (read: Kia. I shouldn't bash it, though — we only had to fill the tank once!) with a CD player, and while at a swap meet at the fabulous 40 Watt Club, I came across a row of boxes of CDs, each only a dollar. A dollar! You can't buy an album of MP3s for a dollar, and even if you could, you sure as heck couldn't rock to it in the Kia! The first disc my eyes landed on was the Old 97's, and I was hooked. So add four to my tally, and consider me back on step one with that particular challenge. Oh well.

*Ok, so I'm dating myself significantly here. But so what — today I am 30! I officially have gravitas and adulthood. I'm now allowed to say things like "back in the day," and "in-the-snow-uphill-both-ways." Hooray!



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Sarah, be glad you got the Kia. Last September I requested a Kia from Enterprise Rent-A-Car for a trip to Arizona. We were "upgraded" to a PT Cruiser because there were no Kia's available. In 100 degree Arizona heat and 7000 foot elevations the PT Cruiser was an underpowered, gas guzzling slug. I had to gas up three times.

Sent by Rick Evans | 8:51 AM | 7-31-2008

Happy birthday! I picked up a copy of Urge Overkill's "Saturation" CD at a record swap in Chicago last year. I had the same thought about not being able to buy the album on iTunes for $1.00 but the downside of this method is the selection tends to be a bit limited.

If you picked up "Too Far to Care" by the Old 97's then you got a great deal indeed. I still play that CD on a pretty regular basis as it's my favorite album from the band.

Sent by Dave | 11:53 AM | 7-31-2008

Thanks, Dave! And I did get "Too Far to Care" - it's totally classic. I've listened to it a million times but never actually owned it. A happy find, indeed!

Sent by Sarah Handel, NPR | 12:15 PM | 7-31-2008

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