You can talk about deja vu, waffling, retirement, the Packers, betrayal, or legacies all you want.
None of that changes what's about to happen to the NFL in 2009.
While we probably all thought we knew what we were getting from Brett Favre as a Packer for 16 seasons, we had a "first" with Favre landing in New York last year, and we are once again heading into the unknown with the future Hall of Famer.
However, while "unknown" could mean just about anything after a second consecutive summer of Favre drama, the Vikings are still inheriting an ageless quarterback who possesses all the excitement and possibility that Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson couldn't muster up, not even if their talents were combined.
Forget about Favre's shoulder and the new "tear in the rotator cuff" bit, and don't buy that he's coming back to "stick it" to Ted Thompson.
Don't even make the mistake in assuming he'll have another late-season meltdown simply because his past four seasons haven't ended favorably for him.
If you take a good, hard look at Favre, his role players, and what Minnesota has to offer him, this signing and this entire team has the makings of division winners, and quite possibly Super Bowl contenders.
The offensive line is solid. That means we shouldn't be cringing in fear of an end to Favre's streak.
That also means the holes for Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor should remain open enough for the to do what they do best.
The special teams is good, led by the consistent and reliable Ryan Longwell and boosted by the versatile and explosive Percy Harvin.
The deep passing game? Check. Got it. See ya later.
Favre to Berrian. Write it down and save it—you'll be hearing a lot of it.
The Vikings' tight end is probably the most athletic and complete tight end Favre has had in 10 years. Peterson is 10 times the player and runner that Thomas Jones is, and Favre helped turn Jones from a red-zone free agent bust, to a Pro Bowl, 13-touchdown back.
Oh, and that defense led by the "Williams Wall" and Jared Allen? It ain't half bad.
The point is: This team was already pretty damn good. So good, I might add, that people were picking them to win the division without Favre.
And now some people out there actually have the audacity to predict they'll miss the playoffs? Really?
Favre could stink it up for the final five games just like he did last year, and this team could still make the postseason. But with such a good supporting cast, not to mention and offense he actually knows—and has mastered—that doesn't seem nearly as likely as Favre being successful.
The truth is, too many people aren't giving Favre and the Vikings much of a chance. And the sad part is, they really don't have much reason not to.
You see, fans across the nation got it all wrong.
This isn't about Favre coming into an NFL town and trying to will it to victory. Instead, this championship-ready team is merely joining forces with the veteran to form a complete roster—one that was simply short a true, reliable passer.
Does Brett Favre put the Vikings over the hump and into Super Bowl contention?
Maybe, and maybe not.
But do the Minnesota Vikings give Favre one last shot at a title? You bet.