All seemed well for Favre and the Packers as his private plane from Mississippi touched down in Green Bay on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. Favre emerged from the plane with a big smile on his face, followed shortly by his wife and an oversized man in a Favre Pro Bowl jersey.
He waved and laughed as hundreds of fans stood by and watched their hero, their quarterback, return to Green Bay to take back what was rightfully his...
Things suddenly took a nosedive, and there's a good possibility that Favre could be a Minnesota Viking as early as this evening after what was supposed to be a civil and simple meeting obviously went bad.
What points my thinking in this direction?
First off, the management of the Green Bay Packers. They have spent the past six-and-a-half months preparing for life without Favre.
They've turned the offense over to Aaron Rodgers, they've spent millions in marketing campaigns based off Favre's retirement (the Madden 09 Cover and a DVD series of Favre's legacy and greatest games that is scheduled for release sometime before the end of the year, to name a few).
They've done everything you could possibly do to keep a player away. They've entertained trade possibilities with the Bucs and Jets, perhaps even the Vikings now we've heard, and have pleaded with Favre just to stay away.
Management has made several personal trips to Favre's home in Mississippi to beg that the future Hall of Famer simply let bygones be bygones and that they go their separate ways. They've even offered him a $25 million retirement package, just trying to keep him off the field!
And now...all of the sudden...they're welcoming him back? No, no, no—this doesn't make sense. After all the pleading and begging and bribing, the Green Bay Packers are just going to throw Favre into a competition with Aaron Rodgers for a starting gig that they told him was out of the question months ago?
And a quarterback competition? Do you honestly buy that? Anyone who believes this farce about a "quarterback competition" is a little too naive for their own good.
Let's see...do I put a future Hall of Famer who is quite possibly one of the best QBs of all time out on the field, or a guy who's never started an NFL game in his life and just went seven of 20 for two INTs and no TDs at the Packers' family night?
You do the math.
And Favre didn't seem very open to the idea of a competition when NFL Network analysts caught up with him right before his meeting with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. When asked about the open competition between he and Rodgers, Favre said, "Well, I don't know. I guess we're gonna have to talk about that."
Brett Favre doesn't know if he's going to compete for the job? Have to...talk about it? That doesn't sound like the words of a man who is part of the "open competition" that has been confirmed by several reports (which are wrong, by the way).
And don't forget the malice and hatred that has formed between Favre and the Packers. He's done countless interviews on FOX and NFL Network, pointing the finger at the Packers, talking about being forced out and not wanted back.
Here's a quote from a FOX interview with Favre:
"I was told that playing in Green Bay was not an option. I do want to play football again. Yes, I do. Now, where I want to play it is a different question. Not in Green Bay. If they don't want me to play here, then give me my release and let me play somewhere else."
Do any of you really believe that all the happenings over the past few months have just disappeared and Green Bay is going, "Oh, my bad, of course you can come back and play Brett. I don't know what we were thinking."
Favre wants out of Green Bay and into Minnesota, a team he's hinted at playing for more than once. And the green and gold legend could be a purple people eater as early as tonight.
Keep your eyes open, and you'll see that the possibility of Favre playing for the Pack again is as slim as they come.
BREAKING NEWS AS OF 2:00 PM: FAVRE IS ON HIS WAY TO MEET WITH TED THOMPSON TO WORK OUT A DEAL, MOST LIKELY TO EITHER STAY RETIRED OR TO TRANSACT A TRADE, FAVRE HAS STATED, "I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT IN GREEN BAY. THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH SAID AND TOO MUCH IN PLACE THAT I CAN'T FORGET. CAN I MOVE PAST THAT? I DOUBT IT. I JUST DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK."
The Vikings are looking more and more like Favre's new home.