Bernstein: Jake Peavy Sounds Like Brett Favre

By Dan Bernstein–

I know it’s not his fault, and I have to be careful to remember that.

But Alabama native Jake Peavy is sounding so much like Brett Favre that it is starting to unnerve me, causing reflexive reactions that are probably against my better judgment.

It’s not him, it’s me.

As soon as I start hearing a deep-south denizen drawling about how competitive he is, where he is in his latest recovery from injury, and how he is or isn’t communicating with coaches, certain well-worn neural pathways start to fire in my brain.

Above all, it’s the drama. Another case of it always being something with this guy. We know Peavy loves to talk – needs to talk, needs to be the guy saying stuff – but when that combines with constant questions about availability, velocity, pitch counts and rehab assignments, it starts reminding us of the many familiarly-twangy, will-he-play-or-won’t-he stories of recent football seasons.

I’m not calling Peavy a phony, and he’s certainly not the bizarre, tortured masochist that Favre has been. I think he really means what he says about wanting so badly to show his teammates he can be counted on to take the ball, and do his job. I don’t think he’s intentionally trumping up his physical problems to give the appearance that he’s overcoming adversity in superhuman fashion. He’s not telling his agent to distribute pictures of his strains, sprains and surgeries.

Yet this story has now moved into that same, in-between territory of how what’s best for the team must supersede what a player may want, who is in charge of making those decisions, and what information is provided to make them intelligently and carefully.

In one version we know, the part of the team’s leader is played by the bookish Brad Childress – a largely overmatched coach seemingly content to emasculate himself as the player in question steadily erodes his authority. For this one, though, we substitute Ozzie Guillen, which is roughly as jarring a casting change as hiring Jack Black to play Albus Dumbledore. So there’s no doubt who’s in charge.

It just sounds the same, is all.

We get it, Jake. You’re a bulldog, a throwback, a tough guy. You’re a Ballplayer, in all the romantic sense of what that word used to mean. You’re a gamer, an Ace. You want to be needed, and the White Sox are trying to decide how much they can really rely on you.

Peavy does everything pretty publicly, enjoying the ongoing dialogue whether playing or rehabbing, and that’s fine. Nothing wrong with doing what we ask stars to do.

He can’t help the fact that his accent is nearly identical to that of the Mississippi-bred Favre, nor can he help being prone to injuries that make his readiness to play a routine concern.

What I can’t help is defaulting to similar feelings when I recognize similar circumstances and listen to similar words from a similar voice.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995. The Boers and Bernstein Show airs every weekday from 1PM to 6PM on The Score, 670AM. Read more of Bernstein’s blogs here. Follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.
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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    I’ll root for Peavy unless he sexts Little Jake.

    • Eric Gorecki

      Thank you Dan, I’ve been spouting that analogy for a while. It’s not really his drawly dialogue (although it is uncanny when compared to Favre), but his insistence on being the tough “gamer” who will work through his serious injuries. When Jake Peavy talks, it’s always cryptic; fans end up hanging on to every word, as if he might reveal, at any moment, exactly when his arm is going to fall off, or how he might find the magic key to beating Minnesota. That’s primarily what Favre did for the last few years of his career, and it is boring. If Jake Peavy fails to overcome this injury–which in my opinion is a foregone conclusion–let’s just hope #44 doesn’t blaze the same annoying trail of martyrdom that #4 is so well known for.

  • Denver Deadite

    Well, Favre has set new standards, so unless pics of Peavy’s wang show up somewhere…

    I don’t think any of the podcast descriptions from yesterday mentioned the ToB picked up again. But then, come to think of it, I think some of the hours ended up not showing up on iTunes anyways.

    Anybody else want to walk up to some NFL owners and slap them senseless? Lawsuits are always a mess, but the fact that the owners are so disingenuous with theirs towards the (non-)NFLPA just makes me sick.

    • AT3374

      Biggest pudwack

      Farve or L.T ?

      Discuss ;)

  • Jon

    Carlos Boozer’s defense losing to exploding fist bumps? Terrible!

  • kev in skokie

    So, I don’t get it Bernsie… Is Favre comin back or not!!! And, “your” hurting Illinois recruiting.

    Uh, Hello? Whatever happened to the hello game? Classic radio, Chicago!

  • Larry

    Peavy is his own worst enemy. He wants to get out there so badly that he hides injuries from the team and hopes they’ll go away While I admire a guy who wants to earn his contract, the Sox need to keep him on a short leash. Ironically, I often fight this same battle with my 12-year old kid. Its real tough to convince her that fighting through her injuries will make them worse and she’ll wind up missing more time.

    • shades of mystery

      “Peavy is his own worst enemy. He wants to get out there so badly that he hides injuries from the team and hopes they’ll go away”

      Another Bobby Jenks?

  • Brett Favre

    aww, jen. why did you change your phone number??! damn it!

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Who else had to google Albus Dumbledore?

    • Hagrids Beard

      Chris — no school-age kids?

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        LoL- no… and I actually googled it AFTER posting this… and when I saw what the name meant I thought to myself “Good lord, I’m going to come across as the most pop-culture-disconnected person EVER”.

    • Simon

      I almost googled it/him/her then discovered I didn’t care enough to.

      • kev in skokie

        You’re lucky Simon, I googled him first, then realized I didn’t care…

    • pulseczar

      So, who/what is he/she/it?

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        Something having to do with Harry Potter… I saw the images when I searched, but didn’t have enough energy to click on any of the search results.

    • Peter (in Rogers Park)

      Ok, I’ll buy that none of you knew his first name off the tops of your heads, neither did I. But four of you proclaiming total ignorance of a major Harry Potter character? Hmmm, nah. What next? Will you all be claiming that you’ve never guzzled any refreshing Pepsi products from Taco Bell’s Gandalf the Wizard collectors cups? Shameful. SHAMEFUL!

      BTW, based on my experience there’s a tie for most pop-culture-disconnected person ever between my father (who missed a question about Kurt Cobain on a Jeopardy contestant search exam) and a self-described “sheltered Asian kid” (who didn’t recognize the melody from Stairway to Heaven and then, upon being told what it was replied, “Oh, wasn’t Michael Landon in that?”).

  • Tom Sharp

    A bigger issue related to Peavy is the type of pitchers both the Cubs and Sox go after. How do the Phillies end up with a bunch of Hall of Fame arms and our teams get Garza, Silva, and third-hand Kerry Wood, Peavy, and the rest of the often injured Sox staff? The Cubs spent more money on Garza and Silva as the Phillies did on Halliday!! Who would you rather have? In fact the total pay of the Cubs starters is almost identical to that of the Phillies starters. We need a new GM on both sides of town!!

  • Dr that doesn't help people

    This country needs an old fashioned dust-up. North vs. South. Then we can settle (yet again) that all the southern “tough guy” talk is just that. Talk. Of course, the “Chicago Tough” crowd would need to stay home, they are so annoying too. If I were a southerner, I would want to kick their A$$. On second thought, I hate people from everywhere. Don’t ask me for help if you are choking on a butterburger you fat slobs.

    If Terry Boers fell in a forest, would he make a sound?

    • Denver Deadite

      “If Terry Boers fell in a forest, would he make a sound?”

      By crackey!

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        Only if he fell into a bush.

  • Gentleman RaRa

    As long as Jake Peavy doesn’t text like Brett Favre, we’ll be fine.

    HEY HEY!!!!


    In hindsight, I’m starting to wonder if the White Sox made a big mistake trading Clay Richard & Aaron Poreda among 4 players to the Padres about 2 years ago for Jake Peavy. While he was a Cy Young Award winner in San Diego, he was also often injured if memory serves.

    The reality of the situation is that Peavy’s trying to come all the way back from a very unusual injury to the back of his shoulder he suffered vs. the Angels last summer at U.S. Cellular Field and I think he’s trying to rush his recovery. He’s supposed to earn a lot of money by the Sox each of the next couple of years and I think what has some bent out of shape is Peavy not exactly being truthful about how his shoulder really feels. I’m not anticipating Jake pitching in an actual game anytime soon, and I think he’s one more serious injury away from cutting his career short permanently. They should proceed with extreme caution in regards to Peavy. I don’t think he should be pitching until he’s fully healthy.

    • kev in skokie

      Totally agree Shark, the guy can’t contain himself. He can’t just sit there with his mouth shut and heal. Too much bravado, too much swagger. He’s his own worst enemy in this. He should practice patients and wait till he is fully healed. Otherwise he may be the mistake you’ve eluded to.

  • Eliijah

    This is so turning into the score personalities versus Jake Peavy and his good ole boy country guy attitude. Enough already please . Ozzie puts this to bed Sunday when he made his comments about who’s in control now of the situation. Has it been said that everyone is involved as far as putting him on the fast track. I blame the organization for allowing it and yes Jake himself as well . Besides this story is a 5. Now get some dang good situational hitting come the regular season is all I ask of this paper potent lineup. Oh yeah and good relief pitching. Ok can we move on now please … The Notre Dame stuff is far more a story of relevance than this guy. So Burnsy pull out ye olde reporter’s hat and call Pam Zekman and hop on it . The story that is cause all kidding aside there is something way put of line about that whole thing .

  • meesohawnee

    In Pittsburgh its No Malkin No Crosby No problem. .
    so no sharp cryin.

    • Beverly Brewmaster

      Keep in mind Pittsburgh plays in the wasteland known as the Eastern Conference. Since January 20th (their first game sans Crosby and Malkin) they’ve played eight games against teams with 85 points or more (the current playoff cutoff for the Western Conference) and only won three of them–and none of those wins came in regulation.

      That being said, now’s not the time for excuses. The Hawks get to play a second-division team in Florida tomorrow night and then get a couple more days to heal before a difficult Anaheim-Detroit-Boston stretch over four nights (with the latter two on the road). Needless to say the Indian Heads better come away with two points tomorrow (and not just because I’ll be in attendance).

  • Nextel

    Bernstein, you hate everyone!

  • Dan

    Last season I heard that Jake Peavy and Don Cooper were not getting along. That issue went away really fast, maybe covered up by the White Sox.

    Now this new issue with Peavy vs. Ozzie.

    It should not be an issue. Ozzie should have stepped up much sooner. He knows he has a pitcher with a serious injury….recovering from unprecedented surgery.

    I knew months ago that Peavy would not be ready for opening day. I’ll fall out of my chair if he pitches 1 or consecutive games in 2011.

    But this Brett Favre, southern drawl comparison is too over the top.

  • meesohawnee

    right on Bev Brew.. as usual. as far as your second paragraph agree. A team with this talent level shouldnt be in this situation to begin with. You have Nash,Phx either tied or ahead and who knocks you out on their roster. ? Look at Nashvilles schedule this month.. Bottom line. no time for excuses is right !

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