Pro Football: In spoof news, Favre urges Gaddafi to step down

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

With the start of the NFL regular season just about a week away, my e-mail box is flooded each day with a variety of different things about the upcoming season. I get offers to be a fantasy league commissioner; there are offers to join nationwide fantasy league teams; multiple websites are offering me chances to win “fabulous cash and prizes” each week, “simply” by picking the winners of the games. Those are all fine and good. I send all of them straight to the trash.

The one that caught my eye and really made me laugh was this one sent to me by a long-time friend of mine. This was what was in the subject line: Gaddafi’s Refusal to Quit is “Desperate,” Says Brett Favre.

Of course, I had to open it and read it. At first glance, it did look like a legitimate “news” story. After further review, I realized it wasn’t, but it was pretty doggone funny. Hope you like it as much as I did:

The call for Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to step down grew louder today, as former NFL great Brett Favre called Mr. Gaddafi’s refusal to quit “desperate.”

I think there’s a time to throw in the towel, and this clearly is the time,” Mr. Favre said of the Libyan dictator. “What’s weird to me is that it seems painfully obvious to everyone but him.”

Mr. Favre said that Mr. Gaddafi’s desire to hold on at all costs “could wind up damaging people’s memory of all the good years he had.

The spectacle of an old man hanging in there when he’s clearly lost it, well, there’s only one word for that: ‘embarrassing,’” he said. “It’s painful to watch.”

Mr. Favre said that he feels so strongly about this issue that he has reached out to Mr. Gaddafi, urging him to retire.

He hasn’t responded to my texts,” Mr. Favre said, “but I’m used to that.”

Now, we can let the real games begin!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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