I picked up a shift Tuesday morning to work on the patio. It was beautiful out, so I thought why not? As I was getting the patio set up, I walked by the bar and glanced at the T.V. Supposedly, there was a news outlet that was under the impression that Brett Favre was on his way to Minneapolis. As badly as I wanted to yawn with this overkill of Favre babble that just won't die- they had my attention. In the minutes that followed, the updates that were being reported, on every sports outlet, cemented the idea that Favre was on his way to Minny. Then Doogie called. He wanted me at Winter Park (Vikings HQ's) at 2:30pm, to help him out with what was bound to be a media shit-storm. The reality of Brett Favre being a Viking hit. I cruised outta work and met Doogs at Winter Park for the last half-hour of practice. It was a bit strange to see Brett Favre wearing a Vikes helmet, I admit, but that feeling was washed away by the sheer excitement of knowing what this meant to the Vikings, and myself, the fan.
It's funny. People get so caught up in the drama that the media spins about Favre being selfish, and a prima-donna, that they let the real meaning of things slip by. There is an overwhelming excitement within the Vikings team. They know who Brett Favre is and what dimension he brings to their football team. Except for Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson (the other QB's), everybody from the Vikings, that I interviewed, was jacked up about Favre's presence. And why wouldn't they be? He's a Hall of Fame QB that brings a legitimate threat of a forward pass- something this team wouldn't have had if it went with Tavaris Jackson. Favre's presence, alone, means there is a real possibility of Adrian Peterson breaking the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, held by Eric Dickerson. Also, Favre has made a living out of sending TE's to the Pro Bowl, and with Visanthe Shiancoe ready for a breakout season, don't be surprised to see him in Miami. And with Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin to throw the ball to- behind one of the best offensive lines in football- the "Favre-palooza" that Shiancoe called it, is well worth the price of admission.
Kinda feels like '98... Oh and that Super Bowl was in Miami, too. I'm not saying, I'm just saying. You know what I'm saying...?
And Doogs... if you need any help at the Metrodome, Friday night...
Tune in or get tuned out- it's just Komencentz!