As a Packer fan, I am supposed to be furious. I'm supposed to rather die than see Brett Favre in Vikings purple. I'm supposed to think of the glory years, when Favre was leading the Packers to the Super Bowl and winning MVPs.
Vikings fans are getting excited. The player that they loved to hate for so many years, the man they said over and over was the most overrated interception-prone piece of you-know-what, may be their next quarterback.
There is one problem—none of us should care.
In the last four years, Favre has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions only once. In those same four years, he has 88 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. Only one of those four seasons could you say that he played better than very mediocre.
But, there is a reason for Favre going to the Vikings. In four home games last year, local TV stations had to buy up thousands of tickets to ensure that the Vikings game wouldn't be a blackout in order to get their advertising money. The NFL had to give Minnesota two extensions to sell out their first home playoff game in many years, which they were able to do. (Thank you Eagles fans.)
Brett Favre would certainly alleviate those problems. By drafting Percy Harvin instead of Micheal Oher, the Vikings made it clear that excitement was more important than improving the team. Harvin is a major weapon, but with a lengthy injury history, small frame, and no set position.
If excitement is what you want, Favre can bring it. If a team atmosphere is what you want, turn the other way.
The last few years in Green Bay were tough for Favre. After being treated like royalty by Mike Sherman, he was treated like an NFL player by Mike Mccarthy and Ted Thompson.
After getting traded to the Jets, they burst on the scene to an 8-3 record, behind Thomas Jones and short-quick passing by Favre. After their win at Tennessee, Favre went to head coach Eric Mangini, and said they had to be more aggressive. He was happy they were winning, but not the way they were winning.
If you put aggressive and Favre in the same sentence, two touch downs, nine interceptions, and a 1-4 finish is what you get.
The Minnesota Vikings have two very average quarterbacks on their team. Why not a third? In his Star Tribune column, Partick Reusse said it best: "We're [vikings fans] big enough suckers who would fall for a washed-up legend."
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