So it seems the Green Bay Packers are producing a Brett Favre television special to coincide with his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on July 18.
It is unclear whether this will be on local Wisconsin television, streamed from the Packers website, or both as the release states, “Details on when and how you can view the special will be released at a later time.”
The special will include perspectives from teammates and coaches. Of course, one wonders if that will include Mike McCarthy or even Aaron Rodgers, and if so, just how much they will hold their tongues. In addition, the program will also include an interview with the man himself. Quite tellingly, the ex-Packer stated, “Even I was shocked” at the news that the bowl at Lambeau Field sold out in a matter of hours for his induction ceremony.
Given that tickets were sold for a mere four dollars, why would he be shocked? Of course, the answer is obvious, no matter how much people dare not utter it.
As everyone knows, the man masterminded a scheme to be released from the Jets to play for the Packers most hated rival, the explicitly stated purpose of which was to wage an unholy vendetta against Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, and by extension, the Green Bay Packers and its legions of fans. His mission was to give the Vikings a Lombardi Trophy, a mission which, given how much of a choke artist Peyton Manning is, would have almost certainly succeeded, but for a mere technical 12-men-on-the-field penalty and subsequent interception in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.
The chain reaction from ending the Vikings’ 50-year drought would have made the Packers 2010 Super Bowl championship impossible, and might well have led McCarthy and Thompson to be run out of town from the ensuing backlash. This, among a veritable laundry list of crimes and transgressions too numerous to recount here. In other words, he knows, deep down in his bones, that Packers fans probably ought not rush to pander to him.
The question of course is who are these fans who will be in attendance? How many of them were Vikings fans in 2009 and 2010? How many of these fans were turncoats donning enemy colors or, even worse, desecrating the sacred Green and Gold colors by mixing them with enemy markings? How many of these people are not Green Bay Packers fans at all, but rather, Favre fans? One suspects that, much like the question of “how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?,” even Mr. Owl himself, the wisest one of all, can never answer this question.
Almost as vexing, one and all can rest assured that this “special,” whether it is actually aired on television or otherwise, will indulge in the very worst sort of whitewashing that would put any totalitarian propaganda to shame. Will the narrator even mention Favre’s career as a Viking or would the viewer, if left in a vacuum, be led to believe that the events from 2008 never even happened?
I highly doubt it.
As this author has conceded before, there are certainly reasons to go forward with this reconciliation of sorts, no matter how much certain persons on both sides have to hold their noses. Among them, the boatloads of cash the Packers organization stands to make by peddling schmaltzy Brett Favre merchandise.
But any reconciliation must be founded on a basis of truth and full disclosure. Pretending or acting as if this man’s betrayal never took place serves no one.
And while such blatant dishonesty and whitewashing should not fool even a three-year-old, it might just fool a few of those in our midst. Not all of them, of course, are Packers fans, but Favre fans and even former Vikings fans.
How many of these turncoats there are will never be known. If the truth could be known, it is probably higher than one would care to think.
A shameful, disgraceful display indeed.
Classic Wolfe banter….
I’ll just be glad when this is a done deal. Kimberly Clark is going to be pissed though, when tampon sales plummet because Wolfie doesn’t have anything left to get all menstrual over.
Like complaining about the weather……
Bla bla bla.
He gives the Packers 16 great years, brings them back the respect they had been lacking since the Lombardi era, gets all the networks talking about the Packers in a good way agin, brings exitement back for the fans, 2 Superbowl visits, 1 Superbowl win, 8 division championships, 5 NFC championship games and holds how many NFL records. He played every week, through broken bones, his father’s death, sickness, etc.
Yet apparently people like you choose only to remember what happened during one off-season, and even spin that like he was the bad guy. He wanted to come back to the team he helped bring back as a contender, and they told him to get lost. Have you ever been treated like that by an employer? I bet that hurt him alot. And yet he went on to have one of his best years ever after that, so appaently he wasn’t awashed up as McCarthy thought.
And last time I checked, the Minnesota Vikings aren’t the Packers most hated rival….that title would belong to the Bears. And you are supposedly a Packrs reporter…..pffft.
The Bears are our greatest rival, but I believe the Vikings are our most hated.
Your second paragraph consists of the usual, tired apologia that has been often refuted before and does not warrant any further response.
Although I’ll be the first to admit that Wolf takes this issue far too seriously, Brett wasn’t told he wasn’t wanted. Brett refused to tell Mike McCarthy that he wanted to be the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and THEN it was McCarthy who ultimately put his foot down and made the call to send him packing.
I’ll look for the video of the press conference, but in it Ted Thompson is trying to be politically correct and not give too much info, but then McCarthy jumps in and, I believe, tells it like it is.
Cory you’re sucking down the Kool-Aid a little heavy.
Here’s the press conference where Mike McCarthy refused to hold his tongue about what went down with Brett.
6min 45 seconds- McCarthy rolls eyes…impatient.
8 minutes 45 seconds- Eye-roll again, he’s starting to get pissed.
McCarthy doesn’t really speak until late, but at the 36 minute mark he says Brett didn’t want to play for GB and he states that over and over again. Talks never became serious because Brett would never say that he wanted to be the starting quarterback for Green Bay.
Let’s review how this came to fruition.
Early in that year both McCarthy and Thompson asked Favre to play for the Packers. Favre replied that he was retired for good – so the Packers moved on. He was not reinstated by the league until AFTER training camp had started with Rodgers as the starting QB. Favre HAD ASKED to be traded to a competitor but the Packers originally refused. Favre had bashed the Packers in the Van Sustern interview. Favre fans, with their great insight, were booing Rodgers when he threw TDs and cheering when he threw Interceptions. The Packers said if Favre comes back, which he did, he would have to compete for his job because the Packers had moved on.
I don’t blame McCarthy for being a little upset.
Brett Favre did not bring back respect to the Packers. Stop rewriting history.
Here’s a lesson for you Favre folks.
In the late 80s, Judge Parins wanted to bring Ron Wolf to the Packers. Wolf asked him some questions to find out who was in charge. Basically Parins said “I’m the only one in charge”. Wolf stayed with the Raiders.
A few years later, Bob Harlan tries again to bring Wolf to the Packers. Except this time Harlan tells Wolf that he alone was in charge of football operations. The meddling of the executive committee was over.
It was Harlan accepting a dose of humility that changed the course of the Packers and brought back respect. Not Brett Favre.
Please never confuse this dipshit with being a Packers reprorter. I believe this site lets him blather once in a while just to be provocative. He’s a pseudo-intellectual naïf.
I figure the truth lies somewhere between KoolAid Corey and Wolfe da Hater….
McCarthy had his version and Brett had his. I guess it’s who you want to believe. Regardless, after 16 seasons with the Packers, 14 of those winning, 1 losing and 1 of 8-8, along with everything else I mentioned in my first paragraph, I think he deserves a special show.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one cheering Brett on for those 16 seasons, and I’m not going to begrudge him of his recognition for all that he accomplished because of something that happened in which we will never fully know the truth.
We know the truth. If anything, there are probably all sorts of things this guy did to harm the Packers that we do not know about, and may never know.
As I stated, I understand the rationale for reconciliation, I just do not agree with it. What I refuse to accept however is presenting the reconciliation in a dishonest way that whitewashes history. Any television special or other retrospective that acts like the years between 2008-2011 never happened is by definition whitewashing history.
The truth is he retired. Are you going to dispute that because that was the decision that set this all in motion?
Was the team, after treating an entire offseason like he was gone forever, supposed to just toss that year’s draft and season preparations in the garage?
Anyone who thinks it was the Packers fault when it was Brett who retired is clearly not one of the sharper tools in the shed.
EXACTLY… he retired! Well said A.C.!
Everyone can discuss and debate the he said, they said of this subject. But here is the bottom line.
Say what you want about Ted. But the reality was, Ted was fairly new in town, running the Green Bay Packers for a couple years at this point. Ted was the outsider, pitted against Brett Favre, a “legend” in Green Bay who quite frankly, in the eyes of many fans, could do no wrong.
Brett’s ego and entitlement issues he had in Green Bay are no secret. This wasn’t Brett Farve operating under the Ron Wolf regime, when Brett had some power and authority in some decision making. When Ted came aboard, Brett lost that power, it was very clear that Ted Thompson was running the show and he wasn’t there to seek favre’s approval on matters of the Green Bay Packers. Which, i believe, is the very root of Brett’s disdain for Ted Thompson.
At the end of the day, it took big balls for Ted not to pander to Favre. The reality was, Ted knowingly made a huge unpopular decision and took a hit from a public relations perspective. and imo, put his job on the line. And for what? For the sole purpose of doing the job he was hired to do, running the Green Bay Packers. Ted was hired to run the Green Bay Packers. Favre was hired to be the Packers QB. Somewhere along the way, Favre got it twisted thinking he was hired to make team and personnel decisions.
Some may say Ted’s high water mark was drafting Rodgers. I say it was when he took all his chips, put them in the middle of the table, and said he’s all in, and called Brett Favre.
With all that said, Should Brett have his # retired and his name in the ring of honor for his accomplishments on the field as a Green Bay Packer?
Absolutely. Will i be there? Doubtful.
I’m the diaper boy, comin straight from Texas, I’ll buy you breakfast, then rape you in my Lexus.
He got nothing on Aikman, we owned the Packer’s ass in the 90’s. We won fair and square, Dez made the catch. Cowboys have the best line in the league and Gregory is gonna sack the shit out of a rodge this year. Cowboys 159 Packers 0
brett has done more things positive for the packers since the 60’s,for all you haters out there,remember what it was like before brett.packer fans need to remember that without him you would be just a middle of the road team.Ted thompson did his job i agree…i just think that if he was’nt good enough to play for green bay, let him play werever,don’t dictate were he could play.was green bay afraid that he would kiss ass in the same division?
Enough of the If Brett Wasn’t here shit. What Bob Harlan wasn’t there? Ron Wolf? Mike Holgrem? Reggie White? Did Brett do it alone? Did he have the #1 defense in the league? I could post another 10 such points.
Brett was a piece of the puzzle, he alone didn’t bring the Packers back to prominence. Lets not talk so stupid.
Sheesh. Put a cork in it, dude.
youre a joke Wolfe. Favre brought the packers fans more memories and more fun in his 16 years than in the 25 before he got there. The packers were a joke for decades and Brett brought the back to glory. Not Ted Thompson… Not aaron rodgers…. Brett Favre did. Period! Favre went to the BFC championship game and the hes told that he’s not good enough to start the next year??!! So wat happens the next year? Aaron Rodgers doesn’t even do well enough to get a wild card spot!! It was the EXACT same team as brett had the year before!!!! Fast forward to the next year and brett is on the Vikings and what does he do???? He has the best season of his career!!! He should have won the MVP imo. Not only that, but he kicks aaron Rodgers ass TWICE! And he would have gone to the super bowl had it not been for 1. Bounty gate where a convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper cheated with UNBELIEVABLY dirty late hits 2. FUMBILITIS from adrian Peterson ALL DAY! 3. A backbreaking 12men on the field penalty from Childress that PUSHES them out of field goal range (which brett had JUST gotten them into I might add) which forces brett to try to make a play where he throws the pick.
It was a almost a story book ending that would have been up there with elway.
Brett LOVED the Packers and he LOVES packet fans. Too bad new coaches, new GMs, and fickle fans never loved him back.
Don’t go to the ceremony and don’t watch the special if you feel so strongly Wolfie. I bet you can’t do it though… Because there is one thing people do when Brett’s around…. They watch…. Because you never know when he will do something special. Usually it’s when the haters (like you Wolfie) say he can’t do it.
I forgot to thank you for demonstrating exactly what I have maintained all along–namely that you people wanted the Vikings to win the Super Bowl. Turncoats, all of you.
Because you never know when he will do something special. Usually it’s when the haters (like you Wolfie) say he can’t do it.
You mean like throwing season-ending, franchise crushing interceptions in the post-season?
Get over it. I thought Green Bay fans were SUPPOSED to be the best. I would love to see Brett play one more game. What a joy he was to watch. He gave us 16 GREAT years. I enjoyed every minute of it.
P.S does anyone remember the game after his Father died?