Once upon a time, many years ago, I referred to Ted Thompson as Charles Widmore from LOST. I didn’t know then that Charles Widmore wanted to save the island just like I didn’t know then that Ted Thompson wanted to save the Packers. I even told a parent at the preschool that I used to work at the Ted Thompson was my arch nemesis. I couldn’t possibly understand while it was all going on what it really all meant. I was a girl going through the middle of a break up, and wanted desperately for my life to get back to normal. The long lost boy wanted to return and all I wanted to do is welcome him back with open arms. But something happened that family scrimmage night. And as I watched nearly all of us, including myself, stop watching and evaluating our current team in hopes of catching a glimpse of “the legend”, I snapped. I didn’t know then that Ted Thompson/Charles Widmore/my arch nemesis would be right, but I knew who had to be wrong.
I did not/do not possess the ability to see into the future, to make risky current moves in hopes of building a strong and durable future and team. And apparently neither do a lot of other general managers and coaches. So this year, on Thanksgiving, I’m pouring one out in thanks for Ted Thompson. Thank you for being man enough to turn away a legend.
But I am thankful for so much more than that. TT deserves my thanks not only for moving on from B Favre, but deserves credit for the depth that has been assembled in Green Bay. While I will give glory to Coach Mike McCarthy for his work coaching through this season’s nearly crushing injuries, without the planning of Ted Thompson, none of it would be possible.
I am thankful that my team does not have to worry about a mid-season coaching change, or a quarterback throwing his jersey into the stands, or a quarterback who might be a serial rapist. I am thankful that my team has a future that spans – pending lock out – beyond February of 2011.
I am thankful for Ted Thompson.
**Disclaimer: Yes, I am also thankful for: my family, my health, my job, my home, SB, Lane Kiffin, Chicharito and Vidic, HDTV and the NFL Red Zone Channel, eye shadow primer, my iPhone, seat warmers, cheese, my fire place, Netflix, puppy dogs and rainbows, alcohol, RockMelt, the internet and CheeseheadTV.