Yesterday, the Green Bay Packers should have been savoring a hard-fought, well-deserved, 34-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, the team was forced to deal with questions regarding a certain former quarterback who may have caused some drama this past offseason at 1265 Lombardi Ave.
Ah, yes. No. 4. The gun-slinging Brett Favre. The man who retired, spread rumors about his comeback, held interviews with Fox News regarding his beef with Green Bay GM Ted Thompson, and eventually returned to the NFL with the New York Jets. Forgot about him? Didn't think so.
Mr. Favre is currently making headlines not only for his poor play against Oakland yesterday in the Jets' 16-13 overtime loss, but for allegedly sharing nuances about the Packers' offense with the Detroit Lions prior to the Packers' Week Two game in the Motor City.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Favre spent over an hour on the phone with Lions coaches, who were connected with Favre by then-team president Matt Millen. Apparently, Favre and Millen are hunting buddies and were originally discussing plans to get together for some outdoor activities.
One thing led to another, and Millen eventually put Favre in touch with Detroit's staff.
Favre responded to the allegations by sending a text message to his BFF Peter King of Sports Illustrated, claiming Glazer's report was "Total BS."
As a life-long Packers fan and a Brett Favre fan for almost as long, this news hit hard. While it may not be illegal in the NFL, the fact that such a well-loved player like Favre would go out of his way to give the Lions an advantage against the team that he led since 1992 is morally and ethically wrong.
Anyone who still vehemently sides with Favre in his battle with Ted Thompson may have lost some respect for their fearless leader.
The general consensus when patrolling Green Bay Packers blogs and local newspapers is that of absolute disdain for Favre. Some fans feel that this should cost Favre a spot on the Lambeau Field ring of honor or should prevent the team from retiring the iconic No. 4.
One commenter went as far as to suggest allowing Aaron Rodgers to wear the said numeral next season.
But what really grinds my gears in this whole situation is the fact that Favre can't seem to let it go. He boasted in his introductory press conferences with the Jets that both he and the Packers had moved on. Clearly, this shows that Favre still holds a grudge.
While I am still a Favre fan and still want to see him succeed with the Jets (if only just to increase the draft pick the Packers receive as compensation), I do feel betrayed and imagine the Packers players feel the same. The same guys who protected him on the offensive line, caught passes from him, and played defense to get the ball back to him now know what their hard work was worth.
Favre was willing to go turncoat and betray his former teammates to get back at mean Uncle Ted.
Maybe, then, it was karma that brought down the Favre and the Jets yesterday in Oakland. In the place where Favre showed his best the night after his dad passed away in 2003, he returned with controversy surrounding him. Instead of tossing 399 yards and four touchdowns like he did five years ago at McAfee Coliseum, he threw two interceptions, no touchdowns, and couldn't defeat the 1-4 Raiders.
So, even though the Packers won their biggest game of 2008 yesterday, the talk in Titletown is still about Brett Favre...thanks to Brett Favre.