I am going to be honest here. While I love sports and I enjoy a good NFL game, but I am not a hardcore Green Bay Packers fan, nor am a fan of any team that has a an intense rivalry with him. However, somehow, some way, Brett Favre has found a way to make me hate him. I find this to be quite disturbing, since I really have no reason to hate this man.
The hatred didn't start during his first "retirement". I had a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished during his time with the Packers. He was and still is, a great quarterback.
Could the hatred have started in July of 2008? How about when he was trying to jerk around the Packers and Aaron Rogers? It's the original Leno-ism: I'll give you the starting position by retiring, but then I will take it right back in a few months.
Then he started acting like a bloody whiny brat, wanting an unconditional release. He went on to blame the organization for "pressuring" him and spouted quotes like he "wasn't fully committed to retiring".
How about in 2009, when he retired again? But wait, just joking. I want to play again and this time for the Minnesota Vikings.
In the meantime, the rest of us were left to endure the insufferable media coverage given to this man at the expense of actual sporting events. Every time I turned on the TV, all I heard was Brett Favre, Brett Favre and oh, more Brett Favre. While this is the fault of the media, as Favre has been in the game long enough to know how to manipulate the media to gain maximum coverage for himself.
In any case, the hatred and annoyance for this man built up gradually, but built up quite strong. Which is why, I couldn't have been happier at his glorious interception at the NFC championship game of this year against New Orleans.
As a Toronto Maple Leaf fan, I truly felt abandoned by the sporting gods, however, this divine act at such a painful part of the game for him, restored my faith in all things godly about sports. Unfortunately, you all know what this means. Another off-season talking about our favourite person... you guessed it: Brett Favre.
Currently the Olympics are on, so that should delay some of the annoyance. But, be assured, soon your sports shows will be devoted to him full-time. So take the time to enjoy the diversity of sporting programs on. A part of me wants him to permanently retire, but now a new sensation is occurring.
But, at the same time, another part of me wants him to play again, make it to the Superbowl and then throw a game losing interception with less than three seconds left in the game. I know this is incredibly mean of me to say and I really am a nice person in general, but in the words of the famous character Rhett Butler "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn".