August 07, 2008
Favre, Thompson and McCarthy.
Iíve been waiting to comment on this until it played out, and now it has. Brett Favre has been traded to the NY Jets. Iím so pissed off on so many different levels that itís hard to explain. First off, if you want to know the truth I blame Favre, McCarthy and Thompson for the whole deal. Actually I think at least 40-50% of the blame lies solely on Favreís shoulders. For those of you Favre fans that are about to lay into me, let me start off by saying two things. The man acted like a giant primadonna with his retirement thing for the last couple of years and the Packers gave him plenty of a chance to come back. He just waited until they had moved on before changing his mind.
When he retired, I believe that he truly wanted to retire. That he was done with football as a player. I figured heíd be around doing promotions and commentary, but he wouldnít don pads and a helmet again. His retirement speech was too full of emotion for it to just be an act. He had been contemplating retirement for years and at the time he made the decision he truly did what he thought was best for him and his family. I respected him for that, Iíd miss him, but I respected him.
Now we can look at the infamous timeline. Some say the timeline is full of crap, others believe it. Personally I think there is a lot of truth. Rumors of him coming out of retirement were squashed by Brett himself when he stated, ďitís all rumorĒ. He denied he was coming out of retirement in early June. Then in July he announces he is going to come out of retirementÖ right before training camps. By this time all of the plans had been set. The Packers couldnít sit around waiting and hoping for Brett to decide if he was going to actually come out of retirement. So they moved on. They drafted based on him not being back, did free agency that way, etc. They planned to move on. It takes a pretty big megalomaniac to figure that an entire team is going to put their future on hold to wait on what he might do.
Then he talks about how he was disrespected. How about the disrespect and hurt he did to not only the team but also the fans? He wasÖ is a hero and Lambeau Legend to most Packer fans and even some football fans. For him to sit here and play his game isnít fair to them either. I guess he doesnít owe us anything, I mean he did give us 16 years of joy and memories. He does have to look out for him and his family.
As for McCarthy and Thompson, those two could have handled this so much better. I mean címon, this is Brett Favre. He is the man, the myth, the legend and face of the Packers. If he wants to come back, give the guy a shot. I agree in not just releasing him, which would have been stupid. You canít risk a divisional rival to pick him up. But honestly, if you donít think he can do it, then open up the starting QB position to a competition. Maybe Favre has decreasing skills, but maybe heís still better than Rodgers. We wouldnít know until you put them into a fair and equal competition. If Favre wonít put his skills to the test against Rodgers, than let him ride bench. If he does and wins, heís your man. It doesnít take Rocket Surgery to figure that bit out.
As for the Minnesota Viking tampering charges, Goodall says it didnít happen. I think there wasnít enough evidence to prove it. There had to be some catalyst for Favre getting out. I mean he obviously wanted out of Green Bay; the Vikes gave him a place. He decided to come out of retirement. There was the comment that he would like to play against Green Bay twiceÖ howís that for loyalty? Anyway, thatís water under the bridge and Iím not dwelling on it.
To say that I feel hurt, betrayed and am saddened by the outcome is an understatement. I never thought I would see Favre play in a uniform other than a Packerís uniform. Now that it is going to happen, itís like being betrayed by your best friend. Some people say this isnít going to hurt his legacy, but I think it will. At least in this fanís eyes itís tarnished. I still have respect and brotherly love for him, Iím just hurt.
Oh, and to all the Packer fans booing Rodgers, take a note. This wasnít his decision. Heís just a pawn in the show. Grow up and give the guy a break. Destroying his confidence now is not going to help the team any.