Packers Vs. Vikings: More Than The Game

Kyle ThompsonContributor IOctober 1, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 03: General manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers watches practice at summer training camp on August 3, 2009 at the Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This WILL be the most watched game in the 40 year history of Monday Night Football and maybe be the most watched game ever.  Why?  Well everyone knows why, on October 5th five days before Brett Favre turns 40, he will start at Quarterback for the hated rival of his former team the Minnesota Vikings.  Now usually when the Vikings play the Packers, obviously Packers' fans want the Pack to win because they are playing a rival and divisional opponet and it helps the overall record (and obviously the same goes for Minnesota).  But this game is much, much more.  This is a matter of who is right and wrong, yes I understand it is one game, but it isn't - JUST - one game.  This game is personal, exactly what Favre has wanted since he wasn't given his starting job back after he retired, he wants to stick to the Packers and their entire team and organization.

Favre can say all he wants that the season is too long to play just for "revenge",  and he has also said if he was going to play just for revenge he would have signed right away.  Yeah okay, whatever.  Favre wants to win, that is obvious so to say these two games against the Packers are the only ones that matter to him would be a false statement.  But what is true is that THIS is the reason he came back; I know it, you know it, and he knows it.  If he wins this game (and other) he will feel that he has proven his point, he wants to show the Packers they made a HUGE mistake not letting him come back and then just trading him away.  He wants to show he is not washed up and prove to everyone that he still has it.  He is a competitor no doubt about it, but Brett Favre only cares about Brett Favre, plain and simple.  I used to think Favre played for the name on the front of his jersey, but I know he plays only for the one on the back.

For Green Bay this is a very important game because they do not want to drop two games behind the Vikings for the division lead.  But really do you think that is what is on the minds of the Packers and Packers' fans.  Not a chance.  This Monday night game will be one of the biggest games in the history of the historic Green Bay franchise.  They get the chance to show everyone that Brett Favre is washed up, done, finished, whatever word you want to use, and that THEY made the right decision.  That "The Wizard" Ted Thompson, made the best decision of getting rid of the legend and bringing in Aaron Rodgers.  To show that he was right and everyone who hates him or has doubted him was wrong.  You think this game is just about the Packers or Vikings getting one more win in their column, yeah right it is a whole lot more.

I don't know how the atmosphere, conversations, water-cooler talk, analysis, you name it, is like because I don't live there, but what I do know is how die-hard Packers' fans are preparing for this game; what they are talking about; how they can't wait to see the Green Bay Packers beat the washed up 40 year man who they used to love to watch, because he made them feel like they were the ones out there.  Like when you play football in the backyard having a great time with friends just loving to play the game because of how fun it is.  The state of Wisconsin cannot wait for this game.  Ever since Favre signed with the Vikings, Packers' fans had this game circled on their calendars.

At 7:30 P.M. here in Wisconsin on Monday, October 5th, 2009, the Green Bay Packers will face the Minnesota Vikings.  A game that should be very entertaining and fun to watch.  When the game is over, it won't be just another win for the team that is victorious, it will be a matter of who was right and who was wrong.  So just sit back, relax, and get your popcorn ready, for the circus that is about to hit Minnesota.