“Big Mouth” Greg Jennings Strikes Again
With both the Minnesota Vikings and Greg Jennings being completely irrelevant outside of playing the possible role of spoiler in their game with the Detroit Lions, it is easy for some to lose focus of the hatred and contempt any good Green Bay Packers fans ought to harbor for this traitor and the arch enemy he now plays for. Feed and nurture that hatred, fellow Packers fans, even when the Vikings seem far off in the wilderness.
That hatred, gives you strength and focus. And because love and hate are really part of the same thing, our love for the Packers is illuminated that much further by our hatred and contempt for this team, just as the breaking daylight of dawn is illuminated and even made possible by the nightfall before.
Happily, Greg Jennings continues to give us reasons why our hatred for that team continues to be necessary and relevant. Even as the third or fourth receiver on a subpar receiving corps with an unproven, bottom-of the-first-round draft selection in Teddy Bridgewater, “Big Mouth” Greg knows just what to say to help kinder that precious hatred for the Vikings.
Jennings’ comments were talking out of both sides of his mouth, as much as they drew on disingenuous talk about faith. On one hand, he states that being “seven years into the league and in the second half of my career,… I was thinking more about what’s best for my family.”
On the other hand, he states that “money wasn’t a concern,” a statement that should be insultingly obvious for an overpaid professional athlete raking in so many millions.
It seems that doing what was best for his family was change for the sake of change. Proclaiming himself a “man of faith,” each time he prayed “the one thing I heard was ‘change.’”
He went further, stating “I honestly believe in my heart that if they had offered me more money and God told me to ‘change,’ I have to be obedient.”
In these few sentences, I am reminded of why I hate the Vikings, but more importantly why I hate Greg Jennings. Beyond that, his comments are a perfect illustration of how absurd some of the religious rhetoric can be, especially with overpaid professional athletes.
Presupposing there is a god, why in the world would He not just care, but insist Jennings moves his family out of Green Bay to Minneapolis? If He exists, would He really care one iota about this decision, this mistake of a free agent contract, but not about journalists and other Americans held hostage and killed by Isis, or violence stemming from unrest from the Ferguson grand jury decision or millions of other tragedies throughout the world? The self-importance and delusion of such ridiculous blathering about prayers to god is simply jaw-dropping. It all really is that ridiculous.
As an atheist, I of course submit that “God is dead.” But presupposing there is a God, and presupposing further that he actually cares one iota about American professional sports and the NFL in particular, he is obviously a Packers fan.
For indeed, our illustrious Green Bay Packers enjoy four Super Bowl championships and 13 world titles overall. In contrast, the Vikings have enjoyed over 50 years of hopeless futility and are well on their way of being the Chicago Cubs of the NFL — except the Cubs have a great ballpark, a devoted fan base, the curse of the Billy Goat and other such fun lore, and a few titles before the curse. In this way, the Vikings are far beneath even the hapless, tragic Cubs.
Come to think of it, perhaps these comments — otherwise so ridiculous on their face — are evidence of not just God, but his love for the Packers.
Maybe God DID speak to you, Greg.
He told you to go to the Vikings so Ted Thompson could direct that money to Jordy Nelson.
We Packer fans win, and Vikings fans lose, as it should be. It is just part of the natural and correct order of the universe.
At some point, Jennings is going to retire. And he is going to remember that Super Bowl he won not just with Aaron Rodgers, but the entire 2010 Green Bay Packers team. That point cannot be emphasized enough because no player has ever been or ever will be bigger than the Green Bay Packers.
And so Packers fans, it is incumbent upon all of you to remember also; remember these comments among many other stunts this clown has pulled. Remember, and stay focused. Thereby, understand the importance of choosing not to forgive, not to forget. You are a Viking now, Greg.
Even God says so, at least according to you. It is best you stay that way.