Brett Favre Is Back, And So Are My High Hopes

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Bryant McKinnie #74 and  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walk off the field after the Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I'm a guy that doesn't like to admit when he's wrong. I would rather sweep it under the rug, act like it never happened, and carry on with my every day life.

This time I will be a humble man, and accept the fact that I was completely and utterly incorrect when I told many of my piers that I strongly doubted Brett was coming back for one more shot at the title.

There's typically not many instances in one's life where they like to be wrong, but this time, I am tickled pink.

At around 4:30 ET, I arrived home, turned the channel to ESPN just to see if anything major had come about. Maybe Francisco Rodriguez had punched another in-law?

No Tiger Woods talk, no in-law violence, and nothing about poor Eli's scraped-up head. The screen read the following "Breaking News: Brett Favre arrives in Minnesota".

If any of you know me as a writer, you have come to know that I am one of the biggest Minnesota Vikings fan that there is. I won't say I'm the biggest fan out there, but I do bleed purple and gold.

I read over the screen so many times that you would think I was studying for some kind of test on what SportsCenter had to offer on that day.

It was like I couldn't believe it. I wanted to, but my brain kept saying "don't do it, Tanner. Don't let that screen fool you."

As quick as a porcupine's hiccup, I flung open my laptop screen, quickly went to, and saw the news that would make all this wait worth it's while.

It had become clear to me that my hero, the legend, Brett Favre, was coming back for one more shot at glory.

I've only been on this world for 16 years, but I have cared about the Vikings with every fiber of my being in that amount of time.

Favre or no Favre, I would have cheered them on whenever they graced my television screen. With that said, you will always take a legend over a quarterback that has had multiple shots, which never really panned out.

I'll go on the record as saying that I'm not pleased with how this whole ordeal has played out over the last couple weeks. I try to steer clear of drama whenever it presents itself.

I know that nobody appreciates the back-and-forth bullcrap that you are subject to go through every summer. It's ridiculous, and there really is no excuse for it.

Personally, I don't even know if Brett sent text messages to other players saying he wasn't coming back. The only people that do are Brett and his teammates.

Before anybody jumps down the man's throat, the truth should be set free. He will likely answer many questions during his press-conference on Wednesday night.

It's no secret that Favre loves the attention he gets when fans hang on his every word, or what they read, or hear on television.

If you could have the world eating out of the palm of your hand, would you do it to?

Nobody complains about a band that makes their "final tour" four or five times. They just enjoy seeing that tour, which really could be the last one.

What happens if you think "oh, I'm sure they'll do another one next year. I think we can skip this one," and they end up really putting away the equipment for good?

It's going to be burned into your conscience forever that you passed on a chance to see something magical that will never happen again.

The fact that Brett has retired more than once, but came back anyways should not make you hate the man. In all honesty, nothing should.

If you want a reason to loathe the man, it should be because he deep-down knows what he wants to, yet he waits as long as he can.

I've said it time and time again that Brett has the right to do whatever he pleases. If he were that much of a nuisance to the organization, Minnesota's front-office would have told him that his services were no longer needed on the team.

When the chance to win a Super Bowl or be a middle-of-the-pack team comes about, you will go the route in which your chances of being a champion are much greater.

The Albert Haynesworth situation is one that pops into my mind when I think of why a team won't trade that player.

The Redskins could've easily traded Albert for an early draft pick, but they decided to keep him because they know what kind of damage the man can do on defense.

Some teams are willing to deal with dramatics, others are not. Some teams can put up with Terrell Owens, others wouldn't give the guy a 1-year deal for $1 million.

There are Brett Favre "haters" all across the nation, but I'm willing to bet that more than half of them would embrace him with open arms if he were to sign with their club.

Five years ago Vikings fans would have swat the pipe dream of having Favre at the helm away because he was a Green Bay Packer. However, many of those fans would have jumped for joy if he somehow ended up on the roster.

I'm the same exact way, people.

I don't respect Chris Johnson as an athlete or person right now. Nonetheless, I would be thrilled to see him in a purple and gold jersey somewhere down the line.

People are fickle, plain and simple. When a player is on your rival, you hate him. But when that player comes to your team, you love him. That's the way the world of football is, folks.

It doesn't matter to me if you dislike Brett. Your opinion really is your opinion, so I will respect it. I doubt any Titans fan would care to know I don't like Chris Johnson.

But when I hear lines like "man, Brett is old as f***. That dude can't do s*** anymore.", I nearly vomit in my mouth. That exact quote was uttered in my direction this past Monday when I was talking amongst a group of friends regarding whether or not I thought he was coming back.

How can he not be able to play if he just came off one of the best season's of his entire career?

It doesn't matter if you're 50 years old, and you put up a 30-touchdown, 10 interception season. A great season is a great season, live with it.

You don't automatically become irrelevant when you turn 40 years old in the world of sports.

Yes, that player obviously won't be in his/her prime, but you should not knock them for being older than the typical player that you see in whichever sport it is.

At nearly 41 years old, Brett can out-perform those who are 15 years younger than him.

I don't care if you have one leg, three eyes, and can't speak english. If you can help my team be better, you're helping my team be better. I will respect you for that.

Although he may not make the best choices in life, Brett should always be a respected man because of the blood, sweat, and tears that he gave in order to help his team win. Not to mention that he is also a very kind, loving human-being.

Watching NFL live today, I witnessed Tedi Bruschi verbally attack Brett on many different levels. I, also, saw former New York Giants linebacker, Antonio Pierce, chime in on the bashing.

The two of them made it seem like Brett was a terrible person that was only hurting the Vikings by coming back. At one point I believe they questioned if Minnesota's locker-room would even be able to handle him being there again.

Heck, I think people questioned it last year. Worked out just fine, did it not?

It's true that the Vikings are prepared for this season if Tarvaris Jackson were to be the quarterback, but that's just not how things are going to go.

Any team should be grooming their back-up if they aren't sure whether or not the starter will be healthy, or even coming back to the squad.

Vikings' players are not going to whine and complain if they were to have Tarvaris or Sage Rosenfels at quarterback, but in all honesty you know they want Brett to be starting. They're still going to go out there on Sunday to work their butt off to win, and make a living.

Today is a day to rejoice for Minnesota Vikings fans. However, it may be a day of sadness for the Packers, who were likely the favorite to win the NFC North if Brett were to retire for good.

Everybody should enjoy this dream while it lasts. Last year was very exciting for Minnesota fans. Although it did not end the way we had hoped, there's still that one more shot for us all.

This is a day I will always remember. Let's go Vikings, let's go Vikings, let's go Vikings...


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