It has started already. The rumblings out of Minnesota. A team divided. A "schism" it's being called. In the words of one NFL source, Favre has "little support" in the locker room.
Ah, it's music to my ears.
Like Napoleon Bonaparte, the self-proclaimed emperor of France that didn't know when to stop, has Brett Favre gone too far and agitated his own Minnesota minions?
There are many players in the Viking locker room that don't want Brett Favre there. Some resent his riding in on his white horse to seemingly "rescue" the Vikings. "We didn't need rescuing" is the sentiment.
Some resent the special treatment he has received from the Vikings organization and Brad Childress. What self-respecting NFL coach drives to the airport to pick up a player? None. Except for Brad Childress.
Some are just buddies of Tarvaris Jackson and are incensed at the raw deal he has received. All T-Jack wanted was a fair fight between him and Sage Rosenfels. That scenario is officially dead.
And some are in Sage Rosenfels' corner. They felt he could bring the consistency that T-Jack lacks. After all, the Vikings did pretty well when unspectacular, but steady Gus Frerotte was at the helm last year. Why not give Sage a chance? That possibility is also dead.
As Abe Lincoln said (borrowed from the new testament, I believe), "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Will Brett Favre turn the Minnesota Vikings into "Team Turmoil?" It really only depends on one thing—how well he plays. If he is able to play at a high level and lead the Vikings to some wins, most likely all will be forgotten.
I happen to be one Packer fan that still believes he can play and if healthy, he will help the Vikings. But I don't regret the Packers' decision to go with Aaron Rodgers. That decision is looking better every day.
But if Favre playing well doesn't come to pass, resentment will linger, the "schism" will get larger and the Vikings divided "house" and season will come tumbling down.
Like the egomaniacal emperor Napoleon, Brett Favre has recorded many victories and conquered many hardships. But will going to Minnesota be his Waterloo and mark the end of his reign as emperor of the NFL?
If so, then perhaps the Packers will conquer the NFC North. As a Packer fan, it's what I have to hope for.
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