Minnesota Vikings Fans Hate Brett Favre...Again

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIIAugust 17, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  In this handout photo provided by Disney , Brett Favre, who recently announced his retirement, lounges with Goofy on February 28, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Favre, who holds multiple NFL records including most passing yards in a career, is at Walt Disney World this weekend for 'ESPN The Weekend,' a sports-themed fan event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Via Getty Images)

I am getting so sick of this guy.

It was exciting during the 2008 offseason, when Favre said he wanted to play for the Vikings but was traded to the Jets.

It was exciting during the 2009 offseason, when Favre said he still wanted to play for the Vikings.

All the parts were there.

Favre had shoulder surgery, there were dozens of phone calls between Brad Childress and Favre, he was working out with a local high school football team, and then Favre reportedly reserved a number of hotel rooms in Green Bay the weekend the Vikings play in Green Bay.

The Vikings gave Favre a July 30 deadline to decide what his future would be.

Favre decided that he would relax in Mississippi and then play for the Vikings.

Of course he would.

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Vikings fans were so certain that Favre would be joining the Vikings, some lunatics began ordering custom-made No. 4 jerseys with "FAVRE" on the back.

John David Booty must feel special...

Since Favre's retirement announcement, I haven't seen any.

I figured it was over. The Favre saga was finally over. Favre had ridden off into the sunset.

I watched Sage Rosenfels light up the Colts in the preseason opener. Sage was 10-of-13 for 91 yards on his only drive of the game, which eventually led to a Chester Taylor touchdown. The Vikings would win the game 13-3, and the defense would record six sacks.

Then, lo and behold, from across the horizon, Brett Favre returns to the media spotlight.

In a Fox Sports column by Jay Glazer, Glazer reports that "nearly everyone I talked to on the team is convinced he's coming, that is not an exaggeration. People from all walks of life within the organization talk about it as if it's no secret, almost an afterthought." (Glazer also reported that John David Booty's play has eclipsed that of QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Rosenfels.)

Anonymous Vikings (probably not Jackson or Rosenfels) said that Favre will be in purple for the third preseason game.

I would have been excited if this weren't the gazillionth time that Favre has courted the Vikings.

This guy is like a bully holding your lunch money over your head, just out of your grasp, and then extending the gap as you get close to it.

Eventually, you need to kick the bully in the nuts, grab your money, and run away.

Favre has been tormenting the Vikings since coming to Green Bay in 1992. Favre has outdone the Vikings by himself. He has won more MVP awards (three) than the entire Vikings franchise (two, Alan Page and Fran Tarkenton), and has won more Super Bowls (one) than anybody in Vikings history (zero).

Favre has a record of 17-14 against the Vikings, with one loss in the playoffs, but is 147-75 record against everybody else.

This Vikings team isn't going to get any better. Pro Bowlers Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield are going to start showing their age. Hopefully, it is going to take opposing teams awhile to figure out how to cover both Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.

The Vikings play in one of the worst divisions in football (except the NFC West...no two teams have finished over .500 since 1998) and have the easiest schedule in the NFL.

The real story is this: Brett Favre hates training camp.

He doesn't want to live at a college campus at age 40. He doesn't want to work out in the stifling sun with a bunch of kids who won't be in the league in three weeks. If he could miss camp, he would.

And he will.

Nobody can be more flustered during all of this than Brad Childress.

Chilly's job is on the line this season. If the Vikings can't make a run with all the tools they have, changes are going to have to be made.

And Childress will be the first to go.

That is the only reason the Vikings have put up with Favre's antics this offseason.


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