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Favre overload and trade hangover

August 4, 2008 - John Mehno

UPDATE; Favre is traded to the Jets! LIfe goes on! Our long national nightmare is over!

I don't know what's going to happen with Brett Favre, but I wish it would happen. The other night, I was on the couch, dozing fitfully with ESPN on (yeah, it's a wonderful life). Every time I woke up, there was some discussion about Favre, either on "Sportscenter" or their NFL show. It may even have been on "Baseball Tonight" for all I know. It was liking living in a universe that revolves around Brett Favre. It was frightening.

I love the NFL, but I'm begging them: Get this thing settled and start playing games.

Seems like most of the reaction to the Pirates' trades is negative. My column shows where I stand.

Two things I can't figure:

*People act like the Pirates are breaking up a team that's on the verge of contending. They're nine games under .500, 15 and 1/2 games out of first place and generaly unable to compete against the better teams. Is preserving that a good idea?

*People obsess about a surplus at a position, as in "Andy LaRoche is a third baseman and so is Neal Walker and so is Pedro Alvarez." So what? You can trade players, you can switch them to a different position. The Pirates need to stockpile talent. They are where they are because they don't have enough talent.

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