Take 1, ACTION!
Cut! Take 2, roll it!
Good to see that two years later the ol' gunslinger's still got it! Seriously if I had to sit through TWO full weeks of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning biopics on ESPN 29 hours a day I would have.....probably.....watched it. But I sure as hell would have had a sirly disposition about it! Also did I just quote 2 Live Crew in that subject line?
Tell me that every Packer fan wasn't waiting for this play too. Even with the Vikings approaching field goal range in the back of my mind I knew something like this would happen. God forbid you run 5 yards and let the kicker win it. We've seen the script too many times. 2001: 6 picks in St. Louis. 2003: Interception to Dawkins at the end of the Philadelphia game. 2007: Pick to Webster in overtime. 2013: Pick to Revis to end the Super Bowl. Alright that last one happened to me while I was playing Madden on my Playstation as a Packers franchise from 2006, but you get the point.
Despite the way the game ended, what a compelling game it was. In a year of total playoff game duds, this game and the Packers/Cardinals game were the ONLY two games with drama during the entire playoff season. And yes that is the first time I've brought up the Cardinals game in over a week. Double yes that looking for that 2007 NFC Championship game on youtube was the first time I've even acknowledged that it happened. And I also have to admit that the .00000001% of me that still wanted to believe in Favre, the 13 year old Jon that watched Super Bowl XXXI in a Don Beebe jersey and a cheesehead (also what I wore to work today) started to cheer for Favre a little when he sauntered back on to the field after taking a true beating. I had to check myself "NO....We will not root for him...NO...NOOOOO...NO....Bad Jon....Bad." Once I got past that I was more than happy to enjoy the Vikings loss with the rest of Packer nation. Which is 170% still be celebrated by Ted Thompson at Curley's Pub right now.
Also, let's not forget the true winner here was Mark Brunnel. Honestly did anyone even know that guy was still in the league? Was Mark Brunnel's wife shocked to see him on the sideline while she was watching on TV? But in the end it was his perfect hold on the game winning field goal that was the difference. From all those years of watching Favre throw interceptions from the bench, to being bounced around 5 different NFL teams, he finally got his vindication 17 years later. Turns out Brunnel was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers. Congrats Mark.
And for anyone that thinks Favre is done? They=Crazy. Guaranteed this guy was coming back even if he won a ring. I'll say it right here. He's playing next year, and I think another after that. He's an addictive personality and he won't stop until he suffers a debilitating injury (Dear Clay Matthews....). He was addicted to pain killers, then alcohol, and now football. And I get it. He can still play. He still wants to try and win another Super Bowl. Like when I cruised struggled through Super Mario Bros 1 and 2, but then couldn't get through 3 for like 7 months. Did I give up? No. Even when my thumbs were throbbing and I was past my prime I kept coming back until I got it done. So yeah....that's pretty much what it's like to be Brett Favre I guess.
Bonus word for today is: retire. Because we all want him too, but know he won't.
PS: On top of all of this the most bizarre thing is that I sort of have something in common with Vikings's fans now? I had two seperate conversations with two different Viking's fans today and I didn't want to punch someone when it was over. Like we acutally felt each other's pain. Weird.
PSS: Vikings Suck.