Favreageddon: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity We Get to Witness
There are few momentous sporting events that take place in our lifetime that we have the privilege to witness firsthand.
The Miami Dolphins completing their perfect season of 1972.
Mark McGwire and then Barry Bonds breaking the single season home run record (before we knew how they were able to).
Pretty much everything Michael Jordan ever did (except for his hall of fame speech).
The events and backstories behind the scenes of this matchup are enough to create a Broadway show. Despite all that has been accomplished between Favre and the Pack, there are feelings of bitterness and resentment, as well as words being thrown back and forth then dismissed as out of context.
When asked about Favre's motivation to come back, he gave the old political answer of just wanting to play and win a Super Bowl, but when a reporter asked why not just come back with the Jets, Favre didn't have an excuse lined up, and merely said that it's over with and to move on.
Now the teams have already played once this year, but in Minnesota. The Vikings stymied the Packers for a win, but Aaron Rodgers refused to go down without swinging. Even after being sacked and intercepted multiple times, he kept firing away. Maybe it's a good thing these teams have played once already but not in Green Bay.
The feelings of Brett Favre's return were at first mixed, but now after seeing him beat the Packers in a Vikings jersey, it is unanimous. And there is the burned and destroyed Favre memoribilia to prove it.
The team, organization, whole city and state, and Packer fans across the world are huddled for this game, an almost war if you will. The Vikings are in first place and up by two games. The Packers and specifically Aaron Rodgers NEED to win this game if nothing more than to justify the business move of not catering to Favre's diva wishes to come back before training camp in 2008.
I think the pressure is more on the Packers than on Favre. Winning this game may be, er who am I kidding, IS more important than winning the Super Bowl, at least this year. Even if the Pack don't make the playoffs and the Vikings win the Super Bowl, they could always brag that Favre couldn't get it done IN Green Bay. But what if he does?
What if Brett Favre comes into the stadium he was worshipped in, wearing a Vikings jersey, throws for 300 yards, 4 touchdowns, does one of his celebratory knock down of players in an attempt to seem like he's still young and cool, not to mention tries to throw a block on a Packers defender? Well, that isn't as much of an issue if he is unable to beat the Packers IN Green Bay?
But how would the fans react? Unhappy is the least descriptive word. Can we expect beer bottles thrown onto the field ala the Cleveland Browns in 2001 on an unpopular call by the officials? What if it snows, and we could see snow balls hurled to the ground like in Giants Stadium back in 1995 (against the Chargers of all teams)?
However, one has to wonder, is this what Favre wanted all along? Even though we heard the almost as redundant statement "I've never taken steroids" that he was not interested in coming back again, the evidence tells a different story.
He booked several hotel rooms for this game back when he was still "retired." He convinced the Jets to release him, which was the only way he'd get to play for any team in the NFC North (part of the clauses in the trade to the Jets).
Instead of signing with Minnesota right away, he manipulated the media as he has been doing into hyping it up. Then, waiting until after the Vikings actually play a preseason game, he decides to play for them. Therefore, other teams do not have as much time to study up on Favre as the Vikings quarterback and will not be as prepared for him.
Now other legendary players who left their original teams only to come back in another uniform have happened before. Alex Rodriguez was initially booed in Seattle with a Texas Rangers uniform on, but has since become an after thought. Mark Messier returned to New York as a member of the Canucks and was greeted with open arms. Michael Jordan, when he returned with the Washington Wizards, was not villified.
So why is this particular case of same guy, different shirt so emotionally different? Other than the whole reasoning of how this all happened (which really does play a hand in it), playing the position of quarterback in the NFL is different from any other position in any other sport.
What if John Elway came back to play in Denver wearing a Chiefs jersey? Or Peyton Manning playing in a Patriots jersey in Indianapolis?
I can only assume Favre will have extra security on hand. But since this is something he's been planning since the summer of 2008, I'm sure he's left no note unchecked.
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