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The Rumor Mill

The Rumor Mill


Internet commentary can be entertaining. It can also be racist, moronic, and littered with spelling and grammatical errors.







Whether it be full of love or hate, commentary is what makes writers keep writing. It tells the author that people are reading his or her material. Without commentary an author can see the tumbleweeds blowing by as they continually hit refresh on their site traffic meters.


I regularly read the Rumor Mill over at ProFootballTalk, and when I'm in the mood to see what the football masses are thinking, I'll occasionally venture into the comment section.


When an author at ProFootballTalk writes a Brett Favre story, they can be assured that people will come out of the woodwork to comment. As a recovering Brett Favre fan, I have learned to not read any Favre "news" between the months of February and July; it's repetitive, baseless, and really doesn't mean anything. However, yesterday my father passed along a worthwhile comment by "medic406" on a ProFootballTalk story titled, "Childress on Favre's return: I don't know if he's even thought about it."


"I know that Brett wants to be released from Minnesota so he can join the Bills where he can face off against his old team, the Jets, twice a year and show them what a mistake they made by forcing him out. The Jets really screwed him over. At least that's what an un-named source that was in line at the supermarket kind of said to another guy who was three people ahead of me. Sounds legit."


This is the kind of commentary I enjoy. It isn't written in CAPITAL LETTERS, it isn't hateful, it doesn't insult anyone, it's just funny.


My message to commenters: Go for funny and amusing, not stupid and ignorant.

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Comments (8)

Stan's picture

funny..... em, okay....... give me a minute.

PackersRS's picture

SCREW ALL THAT THINK COMMENTS SHOULD BE FUNNY! THE FIRST AMENDMENT GIVES EVERYBODY TO TALK LIKE THEY WANT, AND IF THEY WANT TO RANT AND TALK IN CAPS IT'S THEIR RIGHT TO DO SO! DOWN WITH OPPRESSION! AARON RODGERS AND TOM P. TEDSON ARE THE DEVILS! THEY'VE RUINED GREEN BAY! FAVRE IS GOD!

ralphe's picture

I'm just glad that the whole "kool-aid" fad has seemingly ended. God damn what a bunch of dips those people were.

Stan's picture

Ah koolaid, fond memories of sifting through tons of anti-Thompson crap. I think 'Mikey choo-choo' (as regards mccarthys' the train has left the station ' remark) was my favourite phrase from the whole mess.

Anne's picture

good thing there are no grammatical errors in this, whew!
"as are (our) covering Brett Favre fan,...."
But it WAS funny! :)

FITZCORE1252's picture

How DARE you speak ill of CAPS.

GBP 4 LIFE (CAPS)

Globalpack's picture

Unfortunately, coolaid is alive and well. Classic post, the perfect Favre report.

Globalpack's picture

I just saw this comment today at "firetedthompsonnow" and it made me think of this post. It was made from a guy named Packerfannch

FAVRE: Hearken to The Favre Knave!

Bus the Baptist: What is thy bidding, my Master?

FAVRE: Knave!

Bus: Aye Exalted one!

FAVRE: The Favre has decided to return to His Celestial Lambeau Temple for another year

Bus: Excellent my Lord! I shall inform thy minion Thompson

FAVRE: Nay, not yet.

Bus: My lord?

FAVRE: The Favre commands you to delay, The Favre is not pleased with Thompson, We do not believe he truly realizes how blessed he is to have The Favre playing for the team.

Bus: He IS impudent my lord, he dares to blaspheme thy holy name by suggesting the team is more important than thee

FAVRE: Aye�he vexes Us, We are sorely vexed�

Bus: Allow me to punish him my lord!

FAVRE: Aye faithful one, The Favre shall punish him. You shall delay the announcement until one week before camp opens, that shall cause him to sweat and worry that The Favre may not return

Bus: SPLENDID MY LORD!

(Week before training camp).

Bus: Greetings underling!

THOMPSON: What can I do for you Bus?

Bus: I bring thee news from the Most High! The Messiah has chosen to return to His temple for another season�All Hail The Favre! Prepare thy ignoble lips underling, you shall be allowed to kiss The Favre�s ass and beg him to return!

THOMPSON: Yeah�well we�ve moved on Bus.

(pause for seizure to subside)

Bus: Moved on? What does that mean? Bus is not familiar with that term, especially when speaking of The Messiah!

THOMPSON: We�re going with Aaron Rodgers as our QB now.

(BAMPF! The Messiah suddenly appears in the office)

FAVRE: The Favre is vexed!

Bus: You�ve done it now Varlet, thee hast vexed the Most High!

THOMPSON: Uh huh�

FAVRE: You would dare insinuate that The Favre could be replaced with yonder infant Aaron Rodgers? He is not worthy to knock the dirt from The Favre�s cleats!

THOMPSON: Uh huh�Brett, you DID retire�

Bus: You dare address The Most High in such an informal manner?!?!?!??!

THOMPSON: Look guys, Rodgers is our QB, so you�ll have to take another role if you want to come back.

FAVRE: The Messiah does not serve behind infants�your insolent attitude grieves The Favre�(pause) The Favre shall grant thy boon and allow you to play the child. Release The Favre from bondage and We shall establish a NEW temple in Minnesota.

Bus: Excellent decision my Lord!

THOMPSON: Sorry guys, I�m not going to release you out right. Also we drafted two more QB�s

Bus: They are sub-creatures compared to The Favre!

THOMPSON: �and we told Rodgers he is the starting QB after you retired�

FAVRE: You are not worthy to have The Favre playing here�You shall release me at once! Come Disciple, let us depart!

Bus: Aye My Lord!

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