While there isn’t a Minnesota Vikings player that we like, Fran Tarkenton is making a concerted effort to be the first.
What the hell are you blathering about?
Tarkenton, the greatest quarterback (and possibly player), to ever don the putrid purple of the Minnesota Vikings has been making the radio show rounds the past two days and giving former Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Brett Favre the business.
Tarkenton is pissed at Favre for what he considers a betrayal of the Packers. It first came out in an interview with 790 the Zone in Atlanta, on Tuesday, where Tarketon had this to say about Favre’s flirtation with the Vikings.
I think it’s despicable. What he put the Packers through last year was not good. Here’s an organization that was loyal to him for 17, 18 years, provided stability of organization, provided players. It just wasn’t about Brett Favre. In this day and time, we have glorified the Brett Favre’s of the world so much, they think it’s about them. He goes to New York and bombs. He’s 39 years old. How would you like Ray Nitschke in his last year (playing for) the Vikings, or I retire, and go play for the Packers. I kind of hope it happens, so he can fail.
More of Tarkenton’s interview can be read here.
Today, Tarkenton appeared on KFAN in Minneapolis and reiterated his feelings.
I think, if you’re a Green Bay Packer fan, and if he signs with Minnesota, what are you going to think of Brett Favre?
I think that he damages his legacy tremendously in Green Bay. I think he damages it tremendously in doing that because fans are emotional. They love their teams, don’t they?
That division plays each other twice every year and have been doing it for the past 60 years. Yes, the fan base is… as the Minnesota fan base is… and I made the point, can you imagine if Jim Marshall said “I’m gonna get out of Minnesota and go play for the Green Bay Packers?” I couldn’t even fathom that. But anyway, I think all of that is problematic, is disturbing.
You can listen to Tarkenton’s full interview here.
Tarkenton is absolutely right, and has obviously been reading this blog, because we stated just such feelings weeks ago.
The odd thing in all of this, is that while the John Claytons and Peter Kings of the world were tripping over themselves and each other, foaming at the mouth like a pack of wildabeasts, and sprouting trouser stretching erections of man love at the prospect of another offseason of Brett Favre stories, not once has anyone said it.
Not once have any of these droids took a second to think about the ramifications that Favre playing for the Vikings might have on Green Bay Packers fans.
No, they were too busy trying to outscoop each other with conflicting information, so no one really knew anything.
They were too busy getting on camera to be interviewed or writing a story each time Favre went to the grocery store (Clayton: Brett Favre bought some broccoli today, which helps build strong muscles, and that’s the surest sign yet that he’s coming back).
They were too busy speculating, postulating, and patting themselves on the back for being such great reporters (ironically, of a subject that most of the world cares nothing about, and really has no effect on our day-to-day lives).
And while they were doing all of that, they not once stopped to think to themselves, “Damn, I wonder what this would do to Green Bay’s fans, and to Brett Favre’s fans?”
It took a fucking Minnesota Viking to do that. And so, it seems to me that all of you famous, big-wig, I-gotta-get-to-the-campus-cafeteria, racking-up-frequent-flyer-miles, I-don’t-really-know-what’s-going-on-but-I-sure-can-speculate NFL reporters are lower than even the Minnesota Vikings.
And for that, I’ve got a hardy “Go Fuck Yourself!” just for you.