Critical Comments From Green Bay? I'll Take My Chances With No. 4
Now that training camp has subsided in Mankato and the Favre media frenzy has passed, articles and comments from around the national media and on Bleacherreport.com have lit a fire under me.
Media members have seemed to automatically slip the Vikings to third in the NFC North, most notably Sirius NFL Radio host Adam Schein, since the signing of quarterback Brett Favre this off-season.
Then again, I've learned to deal with these sort of comments that seem pretty out there to me.
These people say the Vikings can't win until they bring in a consistent quarterback and when they do, they say it is not the right guy and the team will be penalized for it the upcoming season.
Although they seem to get under my skin, comments from national media are not the reason I am writing this article.
The comments that did came from right over the border in Cheese Land.
I knew the Favre-bashing would come the first few days after his signing from Packer fans, and I can't blame them too much. This was the guy that took their team to the last Lombardi Trophy and was the face of the franchise for more than a decade.
But now they are getting to be too much.
Sports radio, television, blog, forums; you name it, Packer fans are giving their two cents on why Brett Favre is comparable to Satan himself.
Well now, it's my turn.
During Favre's retirement and unretirement in Green Bay after the 2007 season, the part that will never leave my mind is General Manager Ted Thompson making sure Favre never entered the Packers facility when training camp was about to open.
I also remember Favre's family commenting on the organization during this time, saying that it seemed Brett had always been under the pressure to end his time so the young Aaron Rodgers could start a new era in Green Bay.
While I did meet my share of Favre followers who couldn't let go of their hero, I heard a majority of fans saying they were ready for Rodgers to take over, supporting the organization's decision of telling Brett that his time was up.
Now, after one season of seeing their former quarterback in a different jersey and conference while also watching Rodgers play sufficiently for the most part, Favre has done the unthinkable and signed with the Vikings, even undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder to enable him.
And Packer fans from all over are saying that what Brett is doing is terrible, a crime even, and that he will never be liked again.
But wait, weren't these the fans that though it was right to move on without Brett because he had already retired?
Weren't these the fans that said he should stay at home in Hattiesburg, Miss.. on his lawnmower?
Yeah, those ones.
Well, now they see what the one-time Packer has went to. A team that is No. 1 at stopping the run and the best running back in the NFL right behind him when he is under center.
Yeah, I guess you have a right to be angry, only please admit it's out of frustration.
Most of you wanted him gone, and you got your wish behind Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy.
Here's to payback in week four at the Metrodome.
Go get 'em, Brett.
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