While ESPN continues to drool over the upcoming Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, I continue to sit here and wonder how I should be watching this game.
It is, for the lack of a better analogy, like Darth Vader going up against the Empire.
It is the one man that Bears fans hate more than any other person in this world in Brett Favre (only person that comes anywhere close is Charles Martin)
The evil empire themselves. The Bears chief rival always seems to have the NFC North Championship go through its historic Lambeau Field and has been the center of much of my heartache for the past 10 years.
I laughed gleefully after the ugly divorce between Favre and the Packers.
I cheered the fact that both the Jets and Packers missed the playoffs last year, with the Packers being unable to win close games and Favre's second half swoon finishing what had been a promising start.
I rolled my eyes when Favre announced once again that he was retiring.
And then I stood there quietly thinking when Favre returned to the NFL with Minnesota.
...I thought of this moment. I thought of this situation.
On the one hand, it is easy to just root for the Vikings because when it comes down to it, I hate them slightly less than I do the Packers...I always have and I always will. The Minnesota/Chicago rivalry will always take a back seat for me to the Green Bay/Chicago games.
Plus, I have an immense amount of respect for Adrian Peterson. And an extreme dislike for Charles Woodson, Al Harris, and most of the Packers' linebacker corps.
But on the flip side, I realize that if I was looking at it from a pure football standpoint, then I should be rooting for the Packers because I do not want to see the ANY team in the NFC North jump out to a 4-0 start, with a 2-0 conference record. What is more, rooting for Brett Favre is really an impossibility for me.
I mean, I hated the Jets when he signed there just because of him. AND I like Thomas Jones. But now he is with another North team and what is more, they are leading the division.
Plus, I respect Aaron Rodgers for his ability, and my hatred doesn't just lay with Favre, it is directed to the Williams sisters in the middle, Jared Allen and that money grubbing turncoat Bernard Berrian also.
I can't even use fantasy football to bail me on on this one because in all of my leagues, I do not own one single Viking or one single Packer. It is just against my nature.
Now, whom do I cheer for?
I can't cheer for a good game. If I had it my way, these teams would tie each other at 17-17 and have eight unforced turnovers, two missed field goals each, wounded duck passes, penalties, missed tackles, and a multitude of other errors.
And regardless of who wins, I will have to see nothing but love being spread for whoever wins. Either it will be another amazing game from the "ageless wonder" Favre or it will be about how about the freakin' Packer fans got their revenge upon Brett.
Neither story is one I look forward to, come Tuesday morning.
So, when Monday afternoon rolls around, while I will be hopefully basking in a Bears' victory, I will also still be struggling with whom I want to lose between these two evil foes.
The green and gold that I have grown to despise or the purple squad who added on to my hatred when they gave Brett Favre a home?