Brett Favre and his grey beard finally arrived to save Brad Childress and the Vikings from NFL mortality this past week as he decided to join his “old” teammates in Minnesota. Brett said that he wanted to give it one more shot (sound familiar) and he didn’t want to let his teammates down.
Favre even played in the team’s preseason game this past Sunday night against the 49ers. Favre and his beard were mowed over by Patrick Willis and the Mike Singletary express at Candlestick Park. A nice welcome back present for Brett from Mr. Willis.
Brad Childress and his minions in the great north have begged, prodded, groveled, and all but attempted to mortgage the Viking franchise to old grey beard so that he’ll come back and lead them to the Super Bowl. The Vikings came so close last season; in fact they were only one play away from making a trip to Miami to face the Colts.
But I guess in his old age it is easy for Favre to forget that he threw a pass across his body and it was intercepted by the opposing team of players. The Saints went on to win that game and the Super Bowl as well.
Favre then retreated to his home in Mississippi and the Vikings were left standing by the phone for the entire offseason waiting for Brett to call.
In a nutshell this is how we ended up here: Favre getting booed by fans in San Francisco on Sunday night and Favre being thrown under the bus that he’s driving by tons of sports writers across the country.
The Favre express rolls on for the 2010 season, but this time there are bullet holes and flattened tires. Generally people are tired of Favre and his yearly saga. But that’s not the reason why the Vikings are driving their tractor toward failure.
Earlier this week, news broke that the Vikings were on the verge of signing former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker. During his time in Green Bay, Javon developed into a top 10 type of receiver under Favre. In fact, of Walkers 38 career touchdown passes, Brett tossed 20 of those to Javon. So on paper this sounds like a great marriage; Walker, a guy trying to resurrect a dead career in Minnesota after failed stops in Denver and Oakland, and Favre, a guy trying to win a Super Bowl and ride out like Elway did on with Denver Bronco back in the last 90’s.
However there is a hitch in this little match made in heaven.
Back in 2005, when Walker and Favre were teammates in Green Bay, Walker decided to hold out of minicamp in an attempt to squeeze a little more dough out of the Packers. Favre railroaded Javon. Brett even said that guys who miss training camp will “ruin the game.”
So Favre lambasted an old teammate for holding out and “ruining” the game, yet he misses the Vikings training camp for the 2nd straight year while trying to get his act together.
Pot, allow me to introduce you to the kettle.
There is no way in hell that the Vikings have amassed any goodwill from anything in the football world from this Favre fiasco. Head coach goes for more than broke and sacrifices everything, including the team, for one player and the Vikings expect a Super Bowl run out of this?
Are you telling me that 53 guys in one locker room are okay with the head coach kissing the ring of one player and pretty much ceding control to a grey beard? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you.
In the end, we’re all hypocrites and have made bad choices. But this one, this one from the world’s most celebrated country boy quarterback and the likes of Brad Childress, and that hideous headset, just reeks.
The 2010 Minnesota Vikings are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. Just don’t expect them to hoist Favre up on their shoulders come season end. That spot will be reserved for throwing the head coach out of the building.
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