Two years ago Brett Favre was the most beloved football player in the nation. He had just wrapped up a 13-3 season in which he put up pro bowl stats. Packer fans across the nation were expecting Favre to come back for 2008 and have one more whirl at a championship.
Oh, how times have changed.
You all know the story, Favre retires and gets a metaphoric standing ovation from the whole NFL community. Then, Favre decides he wants to come back, but the Packers say "the train has left the station." Favre gets traded to the Jets where he finds little success. Favre retires after one mediocre season in New York, and says "there is no chance" that he comes back.
Favre changes his mind, twice, and right before the preseason starts, Brett Favre is holding a purple jersey.
Which brings us to today.
Favre's actions has split Packer fans down the middle. The Favre lovers, and the Favre haters. These two groups of Packer fans have been bickering since Favre's signing, neither side winning and no end in sight. Let's take a look at the new breed of Packer fans.
The Favre Lovers
There are still many Packer fans out there (me included) who hold very little resentment against Favre. The Favre lovers are usually the younger fans, the ones who haven't really known the Packers without Brett Favre. They recognize and understand all that Favre has done for the Packers franchise, and therefore give him a "free pass" on this betrayal.
They claim they are true Packer fans because they are not condemning the greatest Packer of all-time.
The Favre Haters
Of course there are a vast number of Packer fans who have completely disowned Favre for going to the Vikings. In fact, you can find dozens of "Favre jersey burning" videos on Youtube. These are the lifelong Packer fans, who know football before Favre and who's love for the Packers was not because of the gunslinger. They recognize and understand all that Favre has done for the Packers franchise, but because of his betrayal he is just another Viking to hate.
They claim they are true Packer fans because they are staying true to the Green and Gold and will never cheer for a Viking.
For now, all we can do is watch the Packer nation tear itself apart. As I stated earlier in the article, there is no end in sight. With Favre coming to Lambeau, I wouldn't be surprised if there is an actual fight between the lovers and the haters.
The hard truth of the matter is, Brett Favre is a Viking and he plays the game for himself. This is neither good nor bad. Favre is the same person he was two years ago, he is just wearing a purple jersey.
I humbly request a peace when the Vikings come to Lambeau. I think it would be absolutely stunning if there were neither cheers nor boos when Favre steps onto the field as a Vikings. That's right, complete silence. So that we are neither cheering for a Viking, nor booing a Packer legend.
Of course, will both sides be able to come to such an agreement during the Great Favre Civil War?
Which side are you on?