Hi, Lounge, it's me, Asshalo. In the past few months there has been a lot of politically incorrect talk about the possibility of retiring Brett Favre's jersey.
I'm not going to debate whether it's going to happen or not. We will eventually see a "4" next to the likes of Reggie White (92), Bart Starr (15) and Don Hudson (14), Tony Canadeo (3) , and Ray Nitschke (66).
I'll guarantee an organization as classy as the Green Bay Packers will not retire the number of a man who gave 16 seasons and a mound of wins and records to its fans. Doing so would alienate the many former Packer fans who have taken a little break from the green and gold to cheer for the Vikings. As Favre loves to point out, no one or nothing will be able to take away those memories. The experiences Favre shared with Packer fans will live on forever.
But, let's really think about this. Realistically, the same could be said for ANY experience. If you watch the "All the single babies!" video on YouTube, it is one minute of your life you will never be able to get back. Even when the video reaches its end, even though you are not watching it, it will exist on the internet and in the minds of far too many people.
See where I am going with this? I bet Favre doesn't (but I'll get to that later). Much like the memories of Super Bowl victories and dancing babies floating through time and space... are the lies, the reneged promises, the donning of the Purple, and the ultimate betrayal of playing and beating the green and gold. Oh, and don't forget the "I will never forget you, Brent" t-shirts.
Ah yes, Favre only wanted revenge on Murphy, Thompson, and McCarthy. The problem is you can't isolate three individuals from the players and fans, who got their fare share of revenge last night too. Packer fans will remember Monay night as vividly as any other Brett Favre moment.
But who are we to forget the bad (or perhaps ugly) and remember the good? Normally that applies. After all, we've seen Reggie White and Vince Lombardi go to other teams. Yet, there's something that doesn't sit right with this one. The problem with Favre going to the Vikings is we're being told by the man himself, and other fans, to forgive the betrayal. Of course that's not too much to ask-this is Brett Favre we're talking about. He can stab you in the back and make amends simultaneously. It's not magic. It's Favre.
Favre can give all the politically answers he wants, but that doesn't take away his shit eating grin at the end of Monday night's game. There will come a day when I will not care Favre played for the Vikings, but don't tell me now that he's innocent. The betrayal is an inseparable part of his career. If he is man enough to go through with it, he is man enough to live with the consequences.