Brett Favre's Place in the Wisconsin Sports Galaxy of Fame
As this morning dawned, we entered the first day of the A.F. era - After Favre. Brett retired, but he'll always be a Packer. He may not even realize it, but the entire state of Wisconsin will always have his back. It's what we do.
I was thinking about what other athletes share Favre's stature in the state. Obviously, no one shares the stage with him, but who's just below him? My rankings (I'm totally stealing the format from the late, lamented Fametracker's Galaxy of Fame) are a subjective measurement of how hot and how close these living sports stars are to the white-hot glare of the Sun (Vince Lombardi).
Mercury (think Summerfest in July)- Brett Favre
Venus (Rhythm & Booms) - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Ron Dayne, Barry Alvarez, Hank Aaron
Earth (Sun Prairie Corn Festival) - Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Bo Ryan, Bob Uecker, Jerry Kramer
Mars (Dane County Farmer's Market) - LeRoy Butler, Edgar Bennett, Bret Bielema, Dick Bennett, Prince Fielder
Jupiter (Miller Park (roof open)) - Eric Heiden, Don Majikowski, Gorman Thomas, Andy North, Pat Richter
Saturn - (Hodag Country Fest) - Dick Trickle, Jim Gantner, Mark Johnson, Rollie Fingers, Brian Butch
Uranus - (State Boys Basketball Tournament) - Matt Kenseth, Dany Heatley, Dan Jansen, Ryan Braun, Sidney Moncrief
Neptune - (Wisconsin Football vs. Cal State Poly) - Mike Holmgren, Bonnie Blair, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Lynn Dickey, Ben Sheets
Pluto - (World Championship Snowmobile Derby) - Don Morton, Mark Chmura, Tony Mandarich, T.J. Rubley, Ray Rhodes
Pretty much everyone but the folks on Pluto are still popular. Did I miss anyone?
Posted by at March 5, 2008 09:26 AM
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|# March 5th, 2008 10:01 AM KVBigSis|
|You left off Vince Lombardi! (And Bob Johnson).
I think you're WAY overrating Paul Molitor.
|# March 5th, 2008 10:02 AM kris|
|LIVING sports stars |
|# March 5th, 2008 9:59 PM themandownthehall|
|A bit off topic. Congrats on the B10 Basketball title. Y'all kick rear this year. Good luck in the NCAA's. |
|# March 5th, 2008 10:02 PM kris|
|W00t! I just want us to make the Elite Eight. That'd be exciting. |
|# March 5th, 2008 10:24 PM themandownthehall|
|I hope you do. It would be good to see some different teams there. |
|# March 6th, 2008 9:05 AM kris|
|I probably overrated Brian Butch, just because I love him so much. On the other hand, I really should have included Joe Krabbenhoft because everybody loves him.
But tell me you don't love Butch after looking at this picture from last night?
|# March 6th, 2008 5:29 PM themandownthehall|
|Happen to be at a steak house for lunch with TV coverage of Favre's farewell speech. Love or hate the Packers, no one can say he was not a class act. Football is going to miss him badly. Another great one hangs it up.
I was kind of surprised. He looked like he was really enjoying himself last season, but the reason he said at the press conference was it wasn't fun anymore. Glad to see him going when he should and not diminshing his great career by trying to stay too long.
He said he plans on doing nothing. Enjoy doing nothing Brett. You earned it.
|# March 6th, 2008 8:52 PM kris|
|I'm going to miss having Brett as our QB, but I'm really just going to miss Brett. He's not going to be the kind of former player to hang out around Lambeau. He's going to be down in Mississippi on his farm and Wisconsin isn't going to see him much anymore.