It Will Just Work Out Naturally In the End

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Brett Favre

Brett Favre

As everyone knows, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy announced that the number retirement ceremony for a certain ex Packer will not happen this year. That leaves just one year left (2015) before his induction into the Hall of Fame, an arbitrary deadline set forth by those pushing for the Packers to retire Brett Favre’s number.

At first glance, this latest installment of the Favre drama seems only to promise the postponement of what is perceived to be inevitable. In many ways, this is bad news because it just postpones the inevitable, distasteful affair in which droves of Packers fans, and to an even greater extent, Favre fans who donned enemy colors not too long ago get to celebrate their traitorous hero. I can just see those cretins now, who desecrate the Packers uniform by gerrymandering it with a purple Vikings one. Having seen too much already, the mere thought is enough to make me want to tear my eyes out.

In actuality, it may prove that the man’s inability to acknowledge his past actions in any meaningful way may prevent this from ever happening. This is because the man seems to demand absolute, lockstep adoration from all those in attendance, or at least from a vast majority to render any dissent invisible and unheard. One JSOnline commentator, PackfanNY, described the very crux of the matter quite succinctly:

When he walks on the field, most people will cheer him, some will boo him, and then it will be over, as it should be. Brett — you were an all time great NFL player. You should be honored as such. But you also have to respect those people who were upset by some of the things you did and said during your career. (emphasis added).

The last sentence seems to set forth a conditional proposition, namely that IF this man is to come back, he must acknowledge and respect the fact that some of us, the precise number of which cannot perhaps be properly ascertained, are rightly upset and will not shamelessly pander to Brett Favre like slobbering lapdogs after he waged a personal vendetta against our Packers. This is because we are not going away. This condition may never be met, because so far the man has proved incapable of doing precisely that.

From those who really want this to happen, Berty Judas is coming across as a baby. Steve “Homer” Treu has said as much. Bill Michaels characterized it as the same sort of egoism run amok that Berty put this fan base through for years. Of course, one marvels why there is such a hue and cry to bring a man back with such a long history of such unsavory behavior.

Pundits are now guesstimating, with no factual basis, that about five percent of fans likely to attend the game featuring such a ceremony will be those who decline to be so forgiving of such lechery. However, the comments sections on various articles are running about 60-40, maybe 70-30. I believe that this is the hard floor now after several years since the man retired — in enemy uniform, of course.

If this is true, Favre will not come back precisely because he demands absolute adoration from the vast majority of fans, while refusing to set forth any sort of genuine, meaningful mea culpa, or to even acknowledge those who rightly refuse to turn the other cheek. We may not need to petition Mark Murphy at all. Just make our voices heard. Write what you will on comments sections, Facebook, Twitter, or what have you. Call into those radio shows. Make your voices heard! As long as that voice is heard and heard loud, Favre won’t be coming back. To quote Bob Slydell from Office Space, in the end “it’ll just work itself out naturally.”

Bob Slydell

And that last demonstration of egosim from the greatest fucking asshole who ever lived might be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back. The Packers and a majority of Packers fans wanted to honor him, even after such unprecedented betrayal and backstabbing, and he again let them down. It again proves what that Minnesota sports columnist gloated in Last Day at Lambeau: “Brett Favre does not care about you, Packer fans.”

Even the slow horse finishes the race. Choose not to be a slow horse more than you already have been, Packers fans.

About The Author

Just a Packers fan and native Seattleite left stranded in New York City, and apparently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from the near disaster in New Orleans in January of 2010. Also known as David in NYC who has called in and written to ESPN Milwaukee 540.

20 Comments on "It Will Just Work Out Naturally In the End"

  1. CO Bob

    No reference to him as “Lord Favre” or the “Old Cockslinger”…so I’m guessing this was not written by Monty. Journalists should take credit for their work :)

  2. Howard

    Favre and his agent Buss are just trying to negotiate a larger appearance fee or marketing agreement. They act like country bumpkins except they have two things in mind MONEY and Favre’s legacy in that order. Favre could care less about the Packers except for Money and leaving a legacy.

    I believe Favre already has left his legacy ( I will let others determine what it is) and for hell sake the Packers sure as shit should not pay Favre another dime.

    How many Packer fans who want Favre back would be so excited if they found out Favre wants money to return to Lambeau?

    • E. Wolf

      Interesting theory. If true, which I doubt, as the guy already has more money than god, it just further proves that, as that Minnesota beat writer said in Last Day at Lambeau, “Brett Favre does not give a shit about you, Packers fans.”
      Either way, that he will not indulge such incredible largesse from the organization and what I concede is now the majority view of fans just adds further testament to his ego, and his callous disregard to fans that want him back and want to honor him.

  3. Kristofer

    Why get so upset at business decisions? It happened years ago. It is a business and run as one. It is time for you to get over it. A business decision was made, and maybe it wasnt what people wanted but it did happen. The only reason to retire a players number is to honor statistics and nothing else. The decision to retire Farve’s number is only because he played at such a high level for so many years as a Green Bay Packers player. Everything else that Favre did besides being a Packer is a mute point and doesnt matter in the final decision to retire the man’s old number. Why get so worked up over other stuff years after it happened. He was a Viking, yes, but at this point in time it doesnt matter because he doesnt play there anymore and the Packers dont have to worry about Favre making the Vikings any better because he no longer plays for them. Favre is one of the three best quarterbacks that has ever played for the Packers. He obviously deserves to have his number retired, and where would you like that to happen? At Lambeau Field, the Hormel Chili Dome, or the Metlife Statdum? Riddle me that.

    • Howard

      Kristofer: although I agree with some of the things you wrote there are two problems with your riddle. First Favre took advantage of the Jets to get released and go to the Vikings. Second Favre never really produced anything of substance for definitely the Jets and if they were not losers their whole history the Vikings. The Vikings feeble brains may believe a losing NFC championship season is a big accomplishment. We as Packers fans know that is a disappointment. I doubt the jets or Vikings would even consider retiring Favre’s number.

    • E. Wolf

      When will you Favreists stop distorting the truth to further your agenda?
      Business decision? Aside from the fact that the man has more money than god, thus making the 25 mill not much more than play money to someone who already has more than he could ever know what do with that, this was *NOT* just a business decision. You know it, I know it, anyone who knows anything about this sordid mess knows it.

      Forgetting about what he did, as actions speak far louder than words, he stated explicitly he wanted to “stick it” to Green Bay. That is not just a personal business decision. And a simple review of the history since as long as he lobbied for Moss behind the scenes show he wanted to play for the Vikings, for some time before, again out of spite (just watch Last Day at Lambeau if you do not believe me). That reveals a personal vendetta, perhaps directed at just Ted and Mike, but also by extension the Packers. A personal vendetta is not just merely a business decision.
      The position you Favreists take is not necessarily without merit. But when you keep distorting the truth, or conjuring up false analogies, it serves no one on either side. And you know the sort of false analogies I mean, such as equivocating what this man did to Lombardi going to the Redskins, which is totally not applicable because the Redskins are not our rival, never have been, and because Lombardi did not do so to “stick it” to us.

      The guy was obviously an all time great quarterback. His consecutive game record will never be broken. I think Favreists give him too much credit for the renaissance, overlooking Harlan, Wolf, and above all Holmgren who is the only person on the planet proven able to coach the guy, with exception of maybe Mariucci, but he was (obviously) an integral part of the renewal of this wonderful team.

      So you see I-and I believe others as well on both sides–are able to make concessions to the other side. But to have any dialogue you have to be intellectually honest with one another. You and your camp don’t think his concerted effort to destroy us and deliver our most hated rival was really that big of a deal, particularly because he failed (albeit by some pretty freakish circumstances). Ok, fine. But please dispense with such false history. It serves no one.

    • Brian

      This was MUCH more than a business decision for Favre. His actions clearly show that. He willed his way into playing for the Vikings specifically to beat the Packers. Thats why we are all so upset about it. I don’t think any one of us would have cared if he finished his career with the Jets.

  4. 1265Lombardiave

    “Business decision?” How about Favre retiring and the Packers moving on with Rodgers. I can’t resign my position at work, have them replace me and then ask for my job back… Why would Hillbilly Favre think he should be able to?! Then he decided to screw the Jets (and attempt to screw Sterger at the same time) by asking them “to release his rights” because he “was finished.” Favre lied his way out of New York to attempt to “stick it to the Packers.” He succeeded in two regular season games, before blowing yet ANOTHER opportunity by throwing ANOTHER pick against the Saints. Perfect ending and one of my all time favorite football games to have ever watched, as the Vikings choked again in the NFC Championship game. Favre’s career:

    CRIED in Green Bay
    LIED in New York
    DIED in Minnesota (like many others)

    Retire his number during a pre-season game, as the “booing percentage” will be at an all time low for Brett. I know that’s crazy and it’ll never happen but then again, does Brett truly believe he will walk into Lambeau and not have to take a little heat?! He did a lot for the Pack and that has not gone unnoticed, but his comments against them after he was out haven’t either. Rodgers handled the situation like a pro, hopefully Brett has learned a little something from his successor now.

  5. Kato

    Ever think it isnt because he wants total adoration of the fans but more it would be embarrassing for him AND the organization that the player that they are trying to honor is booed on the homefield? Having your number retired by an organization is a tremendous honor. To have that special moment in your post playing career shattered by boo birds is embarrassing. As I have stated before, I think it would be great for fans to put aside their anger at him and for just a short time, reflect on what he brought the team. I will be the first to say his legacy with the team will be forever tarnished by what he did, but whats in the past is in the past. I can think of far worse things he could have done. I know people are set in their ways, but that is unfortunate. I just hope the majority of people find it in their hearts to at VERY least politely clap rather than embarrass him and the organization. Unfortunately, some people cant find it in their hearts to forgive, which if you are christian, is very hypocritical of you.

    • E. Wolf

      First, I am not Christian. In any case, religion should have nothing to do with it.
      Beyond that, if it is to be believed that the pro reconciliation camp, in conjunction with the more militant Favreist camp together form a 70-30 majority, it would not be a monolithic crescendo of boos and jeers. It would a majority of cheers along with boos and jeers
      The point of my article is to suggest that his egoism is as much of an obstacle as anything to this as reconciliaton folks are pushing. Of far greater significance, that egoism is–ONCE AGAIN–letting down people who, quite remarkably, want to overlook all the horrible things he did and honor him. In this way, it is yet another stab in the back, is it not? If one is pro reconciliation, which I obviously am not, and he turned down such a remarkable gesture of largesse, that should really piss you off.

  6. Daniel

    Stop the bitchin’ and cryin’ and lets honor the man. Yeah he’s an ass, but he was all of our heroes growing up. His number deserves to be retired, and he deserves to be cheered by every damn fan sitting in Lambeau.
    I don’t give a shit what you say in return to me, talking about all the shit he’s done. I really don’t give a shit anymore, so save it and pull the tampon out of your ass.
    Favre 4 ever, muthafuckas.

  7. Deepsky

    I think the booing rate may be higher than just five percent. Online commentary does not represent who actually attends the games. The vast majority of season ticket holders do not believe that Favre saved the franchise. They have had their tickets a long before he came along. The Fans that stood by Favre were either little kids during the 90s or they are fair weather fans who were rooting for some other team before he came along. They are not season ticket holders. Season ticket holders know Packer history very well and they won’t forget.

    That being said, if I went I probably would not boo.

        • MGP

          Ok, that´s fine.

          But in the 90´s, find a good QB was not very easy, right?

          Favre also helped GB…plenty of times.

          With a public apology, like “yes, playing for the Vikings was a big mistake” or something like that, i believe that GB fans will forgive Favre….

          Even you.

        • E. Wolf

          Whether I forgive Favre is really not the issue. The issue is that both he and his minions of shameless followers refuse to acknowledge basic history. Run down the line on almost any contention of import, they distort the truth. Whether it is calling this merely a “business decision,” or comparing playing for a most hated rival to Lombardi going to the Redskins, or characterizing him as being *THE* reason for our resurgence.
          As Monty wrote, we are all probably going to have to take our particular bit of medicine. I know what mine will be. His and his followers will be or ought to be acknowledging his transgressions and those who are upset. I think that also requires looking at things a little more realistically. The man was never bigger than the team. Harlan, Wolf and Holmgren were as important if not more important, so on and so forth.

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