So I was watching MNF last night, (needed a break from all the CNBC I've been tuning in to, you know, managing mutual funds and whatnot) and I saw the video montage ESPN ran at halftime in honor of Favre's 297 game streak ending. And as much as I still want to hate the guy, I have to admit that watching all of the Packers highlights from the 90's and early 2000's nearly brought a tear to my eye. Like there was a time when Sunday's were all about Favre leading the Packers into battle and gunslinging his way into our hearts. Then came the retirement in 2008 and the slippery slope that followed of JetsFavre, and even worse VikingFavre. And I'll admit that I started to flat out HATE Brett Favre. As much as it killed a 12 year old Jon somewhere (who was no doubt building a dominant Magic deck like you read about) to hate good ol' #4, I just couldn't stand the ego, the press conferences, or the fact that he'd suit up in purple to spite the Packer franchise.
But to be honest lately I think I've gotten over all the drama. I liken it to when you break up with someone and are all sorts of bitter about it immediately afterward. You seethe and facebook stalk and make fun of the person they date right after you to your friends. Then a couple of years pass and you look back at some old pictures that bring back fond memories (MNF in Oakland, NFC Championship game in '95, Super Bowl XXXI) and regret some of your anger. Next you run into them at a movie or an airport or something and you find out their new boyfriend/girlfriend didn't live up to expectations (see NFC Championship game, 2009), that their reputation has been dragged through the mud (see sexting, tiny gunslinger), and maybe they've put on some weight and look something like this:
So then you think, 'alright, maybe enough is enough.' You know it will never be the same, and you're certainly not ready for a facebook official relationship but you might friend him/her again? I think that's where I'm at with Favre at this point. Like we all know he's an egomaniac and was never the guy we thought he was, but that doesn't change the fact that those Packer teams were the highlight of our last 20 years in Wisconsin sports and he was the leader.
PS: Seriously Brett, you're a hall of fame quarterback. Get to a Mens Warehouse or something before you stand on the sideline like a homeless person. Act like a professional.
Double PS: Eddie posted this on my facebook; Each of Favre's final throws since 2007 have all ended in some manner of fail. 2007 pick to Webster. 2008 illegal forward pass. 2009 pick to Porter. 2010 pick to Florence. Only problem I see here is the 2007 season. Everyone knows we won the NFC Championship game in 2007 and ended the Patriots unbeaten streak. Everyone.