Want to Rattle Brett Favre? Cheer Him on Sunday

Ryan CardarellaCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings directs the offense against the Baltimore Ravens during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Te Vikings defeated the Ravens 33-31.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The manner in which the Lambeau faithful greet Brett Favre this Sunday is perhaps more intriguing than the very important divisional game itself.

Will fans stay loyal to the green and gold and boo the man who helped put the title back in Titletown? Or will they cheer the greybeard who still happens to have the best-selling jersey in the state?

Perhaps even more intriguing is how Favre will react to the moment. 

Always a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve, I truly believe that the reaction that would impact him the most would be a cascade of cheers.

As a competitor, getting booed voraciously will turn Sunday's tilt into more of a normal football game. It would be Favre entering a hostile environment trying to shut up a noisy crowd not unlike a traditional road game.

Getting booed on the road is par for the course.

And when properly motivated, Favre can be an incredible force on the football field.

He can feed off of that negative energy and use it to do precisely what he went to Minnesota to do—stick it to Ted Thompson and the Packers.

But getting cheered would dull that edge that Favre has been sharpening against the Packers since he left for New York over a year ago.

Would he be able to bring all that angry motivation to the field after hearing the respect and admiration many fans still have for No. 4?

I think it would suck the life right out of him.

Though I believe that true Packer fans should save their applause for Favre until he is inevitably honored at Lambeau or in Canton, I'd love to see how Favre would respond to a classy ovation from the Green Bay faithful before the game.

Either way, it should be a surreal sight on Sunday.