For those of you who may not know, long time reader, and one of Cheesehead TV’s biggest fans, Andrew In Atlanta has done an amazing job holding his tongue throughout the entire cycle of Favre drama. I promised him a post if it ever became official. Now that the deed has been done, I yield the floor to Andrew.
I really hoped this day would not come, but ok, it did. I told many of you this was coming if it did. Apologies to Keith upfront (even though his recent posts indicate even HE might be over this).
Let me start with some caveats…
BF will be in the NFL Hall of Fame first ballot
BF will be in the Packer HOF and have his number retired one day
BF is a Packer legend and the 2nd best GB QB ever
Every player should be play until they have nothing left if they so desire
I have 2 of BFs jerseys and some framed Packer Report covers with BF on them
So what’s my beef? It’s the cold, hard truth that if you cheer for a purple-wearing BF when he comes through the tunnel at 1265 Lombardi then you are not a Packer Fan. Period. If you feel such intense warm and fuzzies for the guy then do nothing. Sit on your hands. The only sound that should echo through Lambeau is booing and very loud booing at that. He’s a sophomoric, lying traitor.
Let’s be clear about two facts that are often overlooked…first, GB made Favre, not the other way around. DDD posted a great 3-part article a few weeks ago on this. Favre HELPED make GB relevant again, but it was a quartet. It was Wolf, Holmgren, Reggie and BF. I am as sure of the next statement as I am that the sun will come up tomorrow – if Favre stayed here in ATL or went to another metropolis, he would not be “Favre The Legend” today. He would have been out of the league in less than 5 years; maybe a multiple rehabber; maybe worse. Favre NEEDED GB. He needed Holmgren. He needed the small market. He needed the small media. He needed the idolatry of GB and the forgiveness that comes with it.
Second, and this is my very biggest pet peeve on this topic, the annual BF “will he or won’t he” saga DID NOT START IN 2006. IT STARTED IN 2002!!!!! That’s when he started talking about not being sure if he would come back. I don’t know what year he started skipping OTAs and such, but I believe it was shortly after that. Make no mistake, I blame Rhodes and Sherman as much as BF on this. But the fact is Favre thought he was bigger than the team and Rhodes & Sherman enabled this behavior.
Further, BF pouted when Rodgers was drafted. Rodgers took the high road and dealt with Favre on Favre’s terms. This argument that Favre should have been allowed to decide to come back or not whenever he wanted, for as many years as he wanted, is as sophomoric as BF himself. Six years of “I’m not sure.” Three years of “I’ll let you know after the draft.” Are you freakin’ kidding me??? So TT drafted Rodgers. Who in their right mind would not take a QB??? Especially one like Rodgers falling that low.
But let’s forget about all that for a minute. Some would have us believe Favre was forced into retirement. Seriously?? The gunslinger?? The guy who did it HIS way his whole career suddenly said “I’ll just quit because it’s what the Packers want me to do??? In my best John McEnroe – You can’t be serious!!
The cold truth is EVERYONE in Packer management wanted Favre back after the 2007 season!!! EVERYONE!!! This is well documented. TT and MM even told him they’d take him at 70% or 80% of what he was (or only play 70-80% of the snaps) and be happy. Management simply wanted to know BEFORE the draft for a change. Oh gee Brett, I’m so sorry they wanted a decision before the draft after going 13-3 and going to the NFC Championship. God forbid you do what’s best for the team and not for #4!!!
Now, back to the Queens. You can tell me all day that MN is a great fit for BF. Maybe so. But this was EXACTLY his plan when he could not sign with MN last year. Why? This from BFs own mouth – “…motivated to play GB twice per year.” He even admitted it was the wrong motivation a few months ago. Now, all of a sudden he says he is playing for the right reasons. Maybe #4 thinks we all have a sign on our foreheads that reads “We’re so stupid that we’ll believe any horse shit explanation you give us Brett!!!”
There are only 2 places Favre could not go in my book – MN and CHI. He could have gone ANYWHERE ELSE!!!! He knows damn well those are the two places he simply can’t go and he has thumbed his nose at Packer Fans. You, the fans, made him what he is. YOU ALL made him a very rich man. Yeah, it looks like he’s really appreciative of that fact doesn’t it??? Oh, and did he really compare his situation to Vince Lombardi on the Joe Buck show??? Really???
So, I’ll most likely be at TJs in ATL when #4 comes through the tunnel at Lambeau. I’ll be booing and swearing at the top of my lungs (unless my daughter is there, then not so much swearing). I’ll be hoping someone like Raji, who doesn’t give a rats butt who BF is, plants his ass into the Tundra turf. I don’t know where each of you will be, but I say it again – if you cheer for this guy in Purple you are not a Packer fan. I don’t mind that he wants to keep playing (even though it’s HIS fault he is not playing in GB). I DO mind where he is playing and why. If I had my way, his number would not be retired in GB until he was so old he had to be wheel chaired out to the 50 yardline to pick up the framed award. And that’s all I have to say about that.