I was real excited when Brett Favre announced that he would be coming back to the NFL. I was even more excited when I learned he would be signing with the Vikings. I'm not a Vikings fan, I'm a football fan. I quickly ran to my computer to see when the Vikings and Packers would be playing this year, so the Packers could get their pound of flesh. Luckily for me the first game was going to be on Monday Night Football.
Last week Brett Favre led the Vikings to a last second victory over the 49ers throwing a 32 yard bullet into the back of the end zone for the game winning TD with two seconds left. That throw is exactly why the Vikings brought him in. There are a few really good teams that have great players but don't have a quarterback that can get them six points in two minutes. The Dolphins are one of them and proved it against the Colts, they had the ball for 3 quarters and still lost when Peyton Manning single-handedly did whatever it took to get the win, while Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington couldn't get the ball more than 15 yards down the field.
What happened next was what I have been afraid of since Favre put on the purple and yellow. Sports "experts" went crazy saying the old gunslinger is back and Favre is still a top 5 quarterback. I sure hope Favre wasn't listening. At his best he is a game manager with a strong arm. At his worst he sets more franchises back than Terrell Owens. If Brett Favre wants to leave his now destroyed legacy somewhat intact he needs to kill the gunslinger, shut his mouth and move the ball down the field in the 4th quarter.
The Vikings have a top 1 running back, Defensive Tackle combination and a top 25 quarterback. All of Favre's likability is gone. He is no longer the good old boy just chucking the ball around the yard in his Wranglers. He is now a selfish prima donna who torpedoed the Jets and Packers (who are now much better without him), a poor decision maker who led the NFL in interceptions last year. He has become the very man that Americans usually despise: poor intentions and poor executions.
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