For the past decade-and-a-half, Sunday afternoons in Wisconsin have sounded something like this:
Who art in Lambeau,
Hallowed be thine arm.
The bowl will come,
It will be won.
In (insert Super Bowl city here) as it is in Lambeau.
And give us this Sunday,
Our weekly win.
And give us many touchdown passes.
But do not let others pass against us.
Lead us not into frustration,
But deliver us to (insert Super Bowl city here).
For thine is the MVP, the best of the NFC,
and the glory of the Cheeseheads,
now and forever. Amen"
Well, at least 16 of the past 18 years.
Meh, who am I kidding. It will be down-right, blinded by rage hate.
Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt asked Packerland for "tasteful" ways to welcome the former Green Bay god back to Lambeau field. The itinerary for Sunday's game includes waffle fries (reflecting on the quarterback's retirement troubles) and has requested that fans wear flip-flops to the game.
Packer fan site cheeseheadtv.com wants to have a video montage of Favre's interceptions, concluding with his last pass as a Packer, which was an interception in a 23-20 loss to the New York Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. The Pack was 13-3 that season, which was tied for the best record during the Favre era.
They have even temporarily renamed Minnesota Ave in Green Bay to Aaron Rodgers Place.
Never mind that Favre broke every offensive passing record while with the Packers. Never mind the three consecutive MVP awards. Never mind a Green Bay's first NFL championship in 30 years. Never mind that Green Bay had two winning seasons from 1970 to 1992. Never mind that Green Bay had one losing season from 1992-2007. Never mind that he is one of the most recognizable and respected NFL stars over the last 20 years.
Never mind that he still wanted to play for the Green Bay Packers when they traded him to the New York Jets in 2008.
If anything, Packer fans should be grilling Packers General Manager Ted Thompson for trading the legend in the first place. Favre has shown that he can still obviously play, going 15-8 since leaving the Pack.
If you think that that is interesting, read this:
On KFAN-1130 AM out of St. Louis Park, MN, radio host Dan Barreiro read an e-mail from a fan:
"Aaron is the second best quarterback ever in Green Bay after Bart Starr."
I don't know if this was a sincere e-mail from a sincere Packer fan, but it wouldn't surprise me.
After all, last year's 6-10 season is behind them. The Packers are 4-2, and one of their losses has come from Favre's Vikings.
Last Wednesday, there was a long discussion on a local Milwaukee radio station debating A-Rodg's bid for the Hall of Fame.
Are you kidding me? Obviously it is a case of withdrawal from trading one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. A-Rodg doesn't have a winning record. He hasn't won a playoff game, let alone made the playoffs.
Yes, you can argue that he has put up some lofty numbers, but how many legit teams has he beaten?
Rodgers has a career 10-12 record. In 2008 they beat the Lions twice (0-16), they beat the Seattle Seahawks (4-12). Yes he beat the Indianapolis Colts (12-4), the Chicago Bears (9-7), and the Vikings (10-6).
In 2009, off to their hot 4-2 start, they have beat the Chicago Bears (3-3), the Detroit Lions (1-5), the Cleveland Browns (1-6), and the St. Louis Rams (0-7), while they have lost to the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) and the Vikings (6-1).
Favre is the only quarterback to have beaten every NFL franchise.
In a August 2008 interview, Rodgers was quoted as saying, "The things I can't understand and take personally is when I'm punching in my punch code and somebody says (bleep) you to me. It kinda bothers me. Or when a little kid is yelling swear words. That kinda gets to me.
"The boos, they expect a high level of play and they miss Brett Favre. I understand that. But the (bleep) you, and the little kids saying swear words to me? I don't understand that. "
It has gone from there to Packer fans, being what they are (waffles) who used to wear at their quarterback now swear by him.
I have nothing against Aaron Rodgers. The guy is a class act and will probably have a good career.
But seriously, Packer fans. All the hype and all the pressure you are putting on this kid is way too much.
You used to have the greatest pressure-situation quarterback of all-time. And you traded him. Brett Favre only comes once in a lifetime. You could have had him for his entire non-bench-sitting career. He would have been remembered as a Packer and only a Packer.
But from now on, when you mention Brett Favre, the Vikings are going to come up.
And for Vikes fans, there is nothing sweeter than to have the best player in your franchise history extend all of his records and play for the "best team he (Favre) have ever played for", have dramatic come-from-behind wins, be all over the media in Minnesota when you could have kept him in Green Bay.
The only explanation for the sudden Rodgers swing is having Favre in purple. Before, Packer fans didn't care much. Favre was traded to New York. He was in the AFC.
But now he is back, and he is playing in the division.
The entire anti-Favre pro-Rodgers saga is a defense mechanism. Fans, in my opinion only love Rodgers to get back at Brett Favre.
It is love at second sight. And the only reason that it is love at second sight is that they are desperate.