Brett Favre will play for the Minnesota Vikings, to the shock and dismay of loyal Favre and Packers fans, in 2009. Donning the purple and yellow won't intimidate or cause Brett one moment of discomfort because it will help him reach his last remaining goal.
For Brett, that goal clearly transcend professional football, "legend" edict, and common decency. That goal is to humiliate the Green Bay Packers organization in general and embarrass Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson personally, during a time when Packers fans remain bitter and visibly divided, not only over Ted's decision, but the general chaos of the ensuing and disappointing 2008 season.
Brett's last burning desire to reach that goal, by risking his reputation, his health, and the esteem of million of fans, continues without apparent regard for the intended and unintended consequences of his actions.
Brett clearly believes that being in the league will cause Packers fans to question Ted Thompson's decision-making ability. It is intended to destabilize the loyal fan base further and create turmoil for both the players and organization, as long as Brett remains a visible character in the NFL.
From this misguided notion, Brett will enter the 2009 season ready to play his role.
However, it will be that of Marcus Brutus and not that of the returning, age-defying hero. Brett's decision, as poor as it may be, will only solidify support for Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers.
Reactionary fans will not appreciate having their legends insult them, which will trigger an up-swell of support, not only for Ted, but also Aaron Rodgers. Bloggers around the league will wholeheartedly support the Packers while distancing themselves from Brett's falling and tarnished reputation.
Brett's last season played in the NFL with Minnesota will give Packers fans many reasons to forget their past differences in support of the common good. This unintended blessing bestowed by Brett may be the only true "catalyst" the team needs to return to the playoffs and perhaps the NFC championship game.
Purple and yellow could just be the best color for the Green Bay Packers this season.
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