So here we are, the week we've been dreading/looking forward to since that fateful day Favre flew to Minneapolis and signed his name on the dotted line and became a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
And I have to be honest, I don't feel the hate for Favre. I really don't. Oh sure, it will be great if Kampman spears him in his back or if a blitzing Woodson takes his head off. I'll be braying for blood once kickoff arrives. But I don't hate Favre. Yes, he's morphed into a bit of a monster the last few years with his feud with Thompson and he has his faults. But who doesn't? (Besides Greg Jennings, obviously)
But man oh man do I feel the hate for Brad Childress.
This is the guy who wouldn't get on a plane to give Ted Thompson the time of day when he was the hot head coaching prospect back in 2006. (How laughable does that seem now?) He then had the temerity to suggest that the Vikings had better personnel and were closer to a championship than the Packers. This was pre-Peterson and when the Packers still had Favre.
Then, of course, there was the unbelievably classless act of snubbing McCarthy after last years opener for the post game handshake, which Childress then made even more of an insult by lying and saying he needed to 'check on the mental state of his quarterback' when, in fact, he was simply showing his true colors by not shaking McCarthy's hand. Childress no doubt was upset by the fact that the Packers had filed tampering charges against the Vikings earlier in the summer. But to not shake McCarthy's hand? What the hell does that prove? I mean, I know you're upset because out of the six times you've played him you've only beaten him once, and even then it took a last second missed field goal.
I mean, THINK about that - Mangini and Belichick even shook hands after Spygate.
And then think about this - Childress was hired on the strength of his supposed offensive credentials and ability to develop a quarterback. He hand-picked Tarvaris Jackson to be his Donavan McNabb.
And he completely and utterly blew it. I mean, Jackson has not only NOT become a good NFL quarterback, he hasn't even become a mediocre NFL quarterback. So what does Childress do? Start sniffing around Brett Favre, of course, because he needs to save his job. Because he has no soul. Because he has no class.
Does anyone remember what the man said after his lone victory over McCarthy? "Always good to beat those people." First of all, ALWAYS? You've done it once, you prick. Secondly, "Those people"? What the hell is THAT supposed to mean? You mean the greatest organization in the history of sports? Let me remind you of something you bearded pug of a man, you work for a team and are supported by a fanbase that COULDN'T SELL OUT A PLAYOFF GAME. Your organization is a freekin' joke, your stadium sucks, and you are, by far, the best thing that could have ever happened to the Packers. Why? Because you didn't get on that plane and meet Ted Thompson. You imbecile. Yes, the team that you claimed was so bereft of talent has gone to the NFC Championship and would have been in the Super Bowl if your new toy Favre would have been able to complete a freekin' pass. Meanwhile, you've benched the quarterback you HAND PICKED to lead your team in favor of Gus Freekin' Ferotte. I mean, are you kidding me?
Now, I know what some of my more tender hearted readers are thinking. That I am being way too hard on Childress. They have no doubt read about what a great guy he is and what a loving family man he is. And in response to that, I turn to the master:
I'm sorry. I'm obviously off and running here and I should probably stop before things get ugly.
I just fucking hate Brad Childress.