And why not? The hype machine is spinning out of control, and we’re having trouble keeping up with it, so we thought we’d rename Friday, Favreday just to catch you up.
So what Favrelous things have transpired, you say? Well, some pretty interesting things related to the Green Bay Packers’ and Minnesota Vikings’ Monday Night Football matchup.
On this first item, we’re gonna call bullshit, but we’re gonna tell you about it nonetheless. Brett Favre says he’s not seeking revenge against the Packers, even though last season he said that he was.
We always take Brett Favre at his word because, well… he always tells the truth and never changes his mind… oh, wait…
On Thursday, Favre said his only motivation in playing for the Vikings was to win a championship.
BUUUUUUUUUUULLSHIT! Oh, sorry…
But when reminded of his comments to SI.com in February – in which Favre said part of his motivation last season was “sticking it” to Thompson – Favre acknowledged he did want to show the Packers he still could play. He insisted that’s not the same as playing only for revenge.
Being the ignoramuses that we are, we consulted the dictionary, since we obviously can’t remember what the term revenge means.
1 : to avenge (as oneself) usually by retaliating in kind or degree
2 : to inflict injury in return for <revenge an insult>
In addition to throwing touchdown passes, Brett Favre can also change the meaning of words in the English language. Amazing! There’s nothing this guy can’t do!
Speaking of things Brett Favre can or can’t do – or will or won’t do – the Minnesota press (those cheeky devils!) are already wondering if Lord Favre will play for the Vikings next season.
Hell, the headline on this story says it all: Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre playing well enough to play 2010 season, too.
If there was a question about Favre’s arm strength after the Vikings’ first two games this season, when he regularly threw short, slant-type passes, there is no more.
In Sunday’s 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Favre proved that he has plenty of firepower to get balls to receivers anywhere, especially his spectacular game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis.
Hell, sign the guy up! Three games a season’s worth of production does make! … if you’re the Minnesota Vikings. As the Packers and the Jets know, this guy never breaks down in the second half of the season.
Lastly, the Journal Sentinel did a nice piece yesterday that rounded up the opinions of several Packers greats on Favre. Several former players expressed distaste for Favre’s decision to play for the Vikings. Here’s a sampling.
“If I knew why Brett Favre elected to play with the Vikings, I could probably appreciate it a lot more. I respect his right to do it; I just question what would motivate one to do it. I think in his heart, I truly believe he’s a Green Bay Packer and I think when all the things happen to him after football, the Hall of Fame and things like that, he will be stepping up as a Packer,” said Hall of Fame defensive end, Willie Davis.
“I just don’t understand why he went to Minnesota.”
Favre’s former teammate with the Packers, LeRoy Butler, took it step further.
“When you switch to the Vikings, that’s the one team you hate and hate’s a strong word,” said Butler, a Super Bowl winner with Favre in 1996 and member of the Packers Hall of Fame. “That’s the one thing you dislike. You enjoy beating the (Chicago) Bears, it’s a great rivalry. But when you play the Vikings – Hatfield and McCoys, that’s how it is. All the rules go out. You have to beat them. It’s a must-win game. You can live with splitting with Chicago. You can’t live and you can’t sleep losing to the Vikings.”
Fuzzy Thurston had several autographed photos of Favre in his home. When Favre joined the Vikings, they were removed.
“It’s such a mixed feeling,” Sue Thurston said. “I just love the guy, always have, he was my big hero. But I like the Packers, too, and I hate the Vikings. It’s just . . . I don’t like it. It just makes me sick.”
Next to the stuff that we’ve written, this was the most well written story of Favreweek. If you have a moment, give it a read.
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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.