A Packer Fan’s Opinion on Brett Favre’s Vikings Debut
How did the forgotten cheeseheads feel seeing Brett in purple?
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It’s funny; two weeks ago, everyone outside of Minnesota was tired of Brett Favre. As a life long Wisconsin resident and Packer fan, I was really tired of Brett Favre. Now, just one week into the season, I’m glad he’s back. The bottom line is that I love the game of football, and Brett Favre is good for the game of football.
It wasn’t anything new; playfully shoving a defender, running (or, at his age, jogging) into the end zone to congratulate a receiver after scoring a touchdown. The tongue out as he threw. Through all of his flip flopping… retiring, then not, the Vikings, then not… I almost forgot what it was that made him such an icon.
It wasn’t the numbers, although there were numbers aplenty. It wasn’t the MVPs, even with a shelf full. It wasn’t even the Super Bowl. It was the way he played the game. Ever the gunslinger, always with a smile. If he threw a pick, he’d smile like a 10 year old caught in the middle of an act of mischief. And as fans, we always forgave him. Because Brett Favre made football fun. He reminded us that this is still a game.
He wasn’t remarkable today. No passes that had us cringing, none of the trademark heroics. If anything, he was unremarkable. Didn’t really cut loose at all. But he didn’t need to. Some Peterson guy piled up nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns. No, this was a wily veteran, fully cognizant of the fact that he is about to turn 40, just steering the ship. Because for today, as the Vikings finished off a relatively easy victory over the Browns, that was all he needed to be.
It won’t be that way every week. He will, at some point, need to be Brett Favre again. And will anyone be surprised if he does just that? Not at all, because that is who Brett Favre is.
He Probably won’t. Realistically speaking, he isn’t going to survive the year; there’s a reason a 40 year old has never started a playoff game at the quarterback position. He will, at some point, do some very stupid things, because that is as much a part of Brett Favre as the heroics. But you take the good with the bad with a Favre. His prima donna routine isn’t new; he did it here. But when number four is on your side, you’re down by four with a minute left, and he saves the day… again….. you tend to forget an awful.
So Brett…. I wish you well. I will be rooting against you when you play the Packers, and I very much do not want you to win a ring. (at least not at our expense). But I hope you find a few more ‘Farve-ian’ (to quote the great John Madden) finishes, and I hope that when it is all over, you will be able to ride off into the sunset, as any great gunslinger should.