Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
My friend, blogger Dad29 and I have engaged in some cordial sparring about the entire Brett Favre situation. In one of his recent posts, Dad29 wrote, “Some local bloggers have an altar and shrine built for Brett.” I’m pretty sure that was a reference to yours truly and Karen, one of my guest bloggers.
It’s hyperbole, but that’s not as bad as the rather silly (I could use stronger language but Dad29 is a friend) theme of his blog entry that Brett Favre isn’t a great player because he doesn’t play defense. Dad29 used the death this week of legendary QB Sammy Baugh to try to justify his, AHEM, goofy analysis. Baugh, you see, played offense, defense, and even punted.
Dad29’s bottom line: “Real ‘greats’ play 60 minutes.”
So, to use Dad29’s fractured logic, these guys aren’t "great." They’re just “good.” Taking that thought a bit further, most of these guys aren’t "great." They’re just “good.”
The fact is that other than a few examples in recent years, because of the specialty nature of pro football, no one’s played both ways regularly for decades.
I submit that if Sammy Baugh were alive today, he’d tell you, a la Bart Starr, that he wasn’t as good as Favre.
Brett Favre is good, not great? Absurd.