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Vikings Win Again, and They Didn’t Even Have to Play

Well, the Vikings won this week without ever stepping on the field. Both the Bears and Packers fell this week. And they didn’t just fall, they collapsed and sucked it up against the Cardinals (a so-so team), and the Buccaneers (a terrible team).

The Bears let Kurt Warner come back from a five-interception game (jokingly referred as that week’s best Jake Delhomme impression), to have a five-touchdown game. Meanwhile poor Matt Leinart showed again, that despite two-and-half-years to mature behind Warner, he’s still no better for it. At this rate Warner doesn’t have to worry about losing his job in the near future.

Of course say all you want about Favre, but no quarterback in history has the ability to go out on the field and look like the most awesome guy to ever throw a football and then on other days completely implode. Favre has had one or two incidents of utter implosion, but Warner has him beat. In fact ,Warner has the ability to look awesome and terrible at the same time! Last year, in the Cardinals game where Favre threw six touchdowns, Warner had something like five turnovers yet still directed four second-half touchdowns and had nearly 400 or over 400 yards passing.

I don’t think I even have to say anything about the Packers’ loss—that speaks for itself. So, by and by the Vikings had a huge win this week without even playing; heck, they don’t need to these days. So here is the fallout as I see it:

Seems that this is the straw that broke the camel’s back for most Packers’ fans. At least it would appear that way from the online reaction to this latest loss to a winless team.

I am seeing on a large scale, fans that formerly were still standing by Ted Thompson, now ready to lose it and get a fresh start with new management. Possibly with Mike Holmgren, who expressed interest in managing a football franchise in the future when he retired from coaching.

Of course it’s also Mark Murphy, the guy that insulted Brett Favre by attempting to bribe him to stay retired after Thompson pressured him out in 2007. All this drama goes back years though. Packers’ fans should be upset at the run they could have had without Thompson’s strange and inept leadership style.

His first act was to get rid of Pro-Bowl guards Wahle and Rivera, which led Favre to get the crap sacked out of him the next few seasons (Thompson’s subtle way of trying to end the legend’s career?). Looking back, I am still shocked Favre survived those years, might be why we won’t see the 49-year-old Favre flicking touchdown passes.

Then he blew a first-round draft pick on Rodgers, a great quarterback but a move made way too prematurely. Thompson jumped the gun on moving to a post-Favre era.

Then, of course, there is the way they completely ignored the various attempts Favre made to get them to use free agency to put together a ready-made veteran team to make a run for his last few seasons. That’s the ultimate disrespect in my mind. It was selfish, yes, but Favre deserved it. He deserved his chance to lead a good team to some Super Bowls. Heck he shared an agent with Randy Moss, it doesn’t take a genius to know he had some inside dealings and knew Moss would have liked to go to Green Bay.

And what does Thompson do? Effectively gives Brett Favre a big F.U. and skips getting the one-and-only Randy Moss, so he could draft another one of his hopeless second-string talents with a fourth-round draft pick.

I just want Packers fans to imagine it: A fantastic two-to-three year run with maybe a pair of Super Bowls.

Teams collapse. That’s pro football. But in the NFL you make your run at what you can get now, and if you can get that kind of team you go for it. You don’t say, “Oh, I think I’ll skip those two Super Bowl runs so I can build up for five seasons from now.” Rebuilding is a great medicine, but it’s a bitter medicine and only taken in desperation. Thompson started rebuilding from scratch instead of working to put the finishing touches on a veteran Super Bowl team for the then and the now.

That’s why I found Mark Murphy’s statements about being annoyed with Favre’s constant attempts at team management and trying to give input so funny. Favre obviously knows what he’s talking about, the Vikings have found out that having him on a team is the closest you can get to having a coach out on the field directing things as he plays. I can’t think of any NFL player that can read offenses and defenses better than Favre, nor one that can pick up sacks or call audibles as well. When he retires I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come back and start coaching a team, he has the knowledge and the leadership and the drive to do it and he has always done it on the teams he plays for.

So, in hindsight, the Packers probably would have been better off letting Favre work with the management in building the team up, after all this was the guy leading it. They’d have almost certainly had a much stronger run these last few years.

What’s more is that it appears that Thompson’s choices for rebuilding have done absolutely nothing to help the team. It’s four years in and this Packers team is still utterly lacking depth at the lines, despite a multitude of talent at linebacker, corner, receiver, and quarterback. And it becomes constantly more apparent this is not a well-coached team, which also goes back to Thompson.

Now, to briefly dive into the Favre controversy, there are certain undeniable talents he has that Rodgers doesn’t. One is his frankly unparalleled pocket presence. As some Green Bay players, (or might have been coaches), said after the last game, they avoided most blitzes because of Adrian Peterson, but they still mixed in a few.

Only the thing was, Favre caught them and redirected blocking, one player was literally saying it was like he had a sixth sense, they weren’t even showing the blitz yet and he would be pointing out blocking to the line so that they would pick it up.

Of course the Vikings don’t do anything special to get their sacks, Frazier rarely puts heavy blitzes in, they get most of them with their D-line, which is unarguably the best in the NFL. I mean name me a line comparable to Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, Ray Edwards, and Jared Allen.

But Rodgers is a great quarterback. His coaches just aren’t providing him with a system to avoid these sacks.

It’s like McCarthy really doesn’t learn anything from these losses. He makes no adjustment to his system, he keeps moving ahead like eventually he’ll force his offensive line to suddenly become a Pro-Bowl protection unit. He doesn’t provide the short-outs and screens to relieve the pressure; he doesn’t provide the receiver and the route that Rodgers can just dump a ball away to if pressure is heavy.

Their offense works astonishingly well when those center-field slants and flies and in-and-outs have time and that deep group of speedy receivers spreads out a defense and Rodgers threads the ball where it needs to go. But the big point is that defenses catch on to that and they’ll just continue to add more and more pressure to shut down the passing at its source.

They know, quite frankly, with that group and Rodgers’ accuracy, they can’t beat the offense down the field. The Vikings have short throw-away guys; Favre can throw lots of screen options or hit Percy Harvin for a quick pass to get rid of the ball.

The biggest difference it seems is that McCarthy has refused to develop a short passing game to deal with high-pressure instances, which is a huge blunder; he just can’t do that, his line is not good enough and that is a fault of the coaching staff.

I actually see a huge improvement in Aaron Rodgers this year. He’s working more to find receivers, he’s looking for second and third progressions, he’s not as completely dependent on Donald Driver as he was last year, progress is being made.

Now, he still doesn’t make use of Greg Jennings like Favre did for years, and he doesn’t have the same pocket presence. That’s obvious. Favre managed with virtually the same line two years ago.The reason is he’s neither as fast at whipping along his progressions as Favre is, nor he is as good as Favre is at pulling out a quick and convincing pump-fake ,and then with that extra second spinning around and finding the open crease.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Rodgers’ has the talent, the one thing I don’t see in him yet is the leadership, that ability to overcome adversity and pull out signature victories, which seems to be Favre’s strong point.

Though a full comparison between the two of them deserves an extensive article comparing them, and comparing when Favre had his weakest years and why, and what Favre could have done had he been a Peyton Manning or Brady or Brees, constantly surrounded by that much talent on both sides of the ball (Marques Colston by the way is perhaps the biggest steal ever out of a draft, gotta hand it to the Saints for going out and finding the players they need, Bush, Sharper, Brees, Colston, etc).

As it is the Vikings won this week and they didn’t even have to play.

That whole team must be happy to see their two main division opponents implode, both falling to 4-4, and both looking utterly awful. Meanwhile they got a godsend in this perfectly placed mid-season bye-week, giving Berrian, Harvin, Favre, and Winfield time to recover and lick their wounds.

Now they get to come out the stall kicking and making a major statement as they have a trio of home games against the horrible Lions, the slightly better Seahawks, and the mediocre Bears.

Favre’s record in home games is one of the best in NFL history, and the Vikings have played far better at home than they have on the road. That crucial three-game streak is what they get to focus on now.

They get to put up huge numbers, prop themselves up as the major contenders this year, and then be ready to make a possible run at 15-1, with the Bengals being the only dangerous challenge they face and they get to face them at home.

It has been a perfect year so far. The Vikings have definitely done good to keep Favre fresh and as the chemistry has grown stronger the sacks have grown less frequent and the team has looked better. Favre looks really comfortable and natural wearing purple, sitting in that pocket changing around blocking, calling audibles. Even Berrian, behind the game in getting incorporated into this offense, despite being its best speed threat down the field, is starting to get back into the flow.

Most importantly, he seems to have the respect from these players now as a team leader. They are playing as a team. There’s no locker-room tensions or unhappiness like with the Jets, where neither side ever wanted to be with each other. Even the other QBs don’t seem to have any resentment. Favre called Jackson T-Jack when talking about almost not starting during the Green Bay game. If anything Jackson is getting an opportunity to develop his abilities, he’s getting the chance to get more experience before stepping up to the big time. They’re not only playing as a team, people are really having fun and beyond respect, Favre is actually getting along and having fun with these guys (Peterson, Harvin, and Rice) and that’s possibly the most important thing in football.

We’ll see how well they roll out of the gates into the second half of the season, but don’t be surprised to see domination. They could have beaten the Steelers, only two improbable defensive miracles in a row stopped them. As long as they don’t make those mistakes and find ways to punch the ball in more, they’ll be unstoppable, as they finally succeeded in shutting down a strong offense late in the game during that game.

At this rate, the Vikings will be talking about picking up Terrell Owens at the end of the season and setting up an even more potent passing attack for Favre next year, if, as Wyglif thinks he will, he comes back for his best John Elway impersonation (except Elway wasn’t playing this well at the end of his career). 

What’s more is I’m happy Favre’s came back this season. It helped me come across the single funniest football quip I’ve ever seen, (hopefully you guys agree with me), When a few weeks ago someone stated, “The City of Green Bay doesn’t own the Packers anymore, Jared Allen does.”

Oh, and Favre will be mailing Ted Thompson the news stories when he wins a fourth MVP award, along with an autograph.

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The Favre Drama: Our Fault, or His?

The halfway point of the NFL season is preparing to be a faded afterthought for most NFL fans, and as we begin to usher in the latter half, media outlets are still being inundated with article, after article regarding Favre, and the drama that has become synonymous with the old graybeard gunslinger.

Whether you’re a Viking fan basking in his unheralded talent to lead a team—any team it sometimes seems—to victory, or a Packers fan seething at his departure, and coined “betrayal”— classic—or if you’re just an innocent NFL bystander caught up in the melee centralized mainly in the NFC North, the all too familiar news of Favre has become a bit overwhelming.

But who is to blame.

Sure, Favre appeared to dupe everyone with the press conference show of tears the first time around, as well as the comments made about Thompson.

Then there was the curious cell phone calls to not only Childress, but also Mangini, that eventually landed him in the big apple.

And of course, for those of you with a short memory, the last minute acquisition by the Vikings neatly presented to the public with a nifty limo escort to the practice field.

But although all of these things warrant a great deal of questions, and even jaded emotions, are they enough to justify the ever apparent obsession? Is all of this truly his fault?

To me, this isn’t about betrayal, or a shady character getting over on—not only the NFL fans but the entire NFL—or even a bitter, Wrangler jean wearing, old timer from the south.

Favre’s constant departure, and re-emergence into the NFL has been about what he loves to do most—play football.

The Packers thought it was time to move on, and give their QB of the future a chance, yes they may have interfered with Favre going to a rival team—something we won’t ever truly know—but that leaves him without fault in the matter, should those allegations really be true.

The Jets had already committed to bringing in Sanchez if they found him available in the draft, and with all the other moves in personnel, and Favre’s injury, the situation was handled in a gossamer type fashion that left Favre the odd man out.

All of this is popularly considered to be hi in to finally getting to Minnesota to exact revenge against the Packers, and TT.

Really? A professional football player that is already enshrined in the HOF for all intents and purposes, an individual who has shattered every record available to break, a man of his level of leadership went back home, and sat at his kitchen table drawing up Phase Three of his diabolical vengeance mission?

C’mon.

The drama that surrounds Favre, and the continuance of his “saga” rest within the countless articles being ushered out over, and over again by the same people who write more about him than any other topic looking to increase read count.

It is this type of topic that is even creating full blown arguments—watch there’s bound to be one here I’m sure.

As true football fans, we should realize that the man simply wants to play football, nothing more, and it is us who should let him play. His offseason antics are a thing of the past, Aaron Rodgers is the man in Green Bay, which means Favre needs to be let go, and the drama that surrounds him is something we all must remember is a creation by us more than it is by him .

I know this will be the last article of this type regarding Favre I ever write, and it was only my second, what about you?

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Brett Favre: The Saga Continues

My response to an article written by a friend of mine, who is a die hard Packer fan.  You will have to read his before mine to understand how it started.

A Brett Favre fan’s rebuttal:

Well said, Ben.  I commend the class and dignity in this article.  You spoke your mind without stepping over any line or boundary and you had me intrigued the whole way through.

Allow me, if you will, to share my viewpoints on why I feel the boo’s that were represented on that field were completely and utterly uncalled for.

As a Packer fan, you claim that the Packers are part of your family.  You live and breathe them.  While I will concede that you guys are some of the most passionate fans I have ever seen I won’t ever understand the fact that you claim they are like family to you.

What kind of family treats someone who dedicated 16 years to you the way you have?  What kind of family actually says, “But Brett kept wavering and we couldn’t stand his indecision and lack of commitment to the team and community.  We were tired of the stupid interceptions, poor decisions in the playoff games, and growing ego of the past few years.”

You grew tired of his stupid interceptions?  Did you grow tired of his stupid touchdown throws, too?  Did you decide to take a nap when he came within one game of taking your beloved team to the Super Bowl before retiring?

Glad I wasn’t born into this family.

Please, tell me what he did to show a lack of commitment in the community. 

Please, help me understand why all of a sudden you were tired of this growing ego, when it was something every one of you bragged about for years.

Please, explain to me why the interceptions and the play-off performances were now all Brett’s doing.  Not that I am making an excuse for his poor judgment calls in the pocket.  I know how he was careless at times, but it would never make me quit on someone that had given me the moments Brett had.

I couldn’t quit on my family.

You all speak of Brett’s constant wavering on retiring and coming back.  Yes, we all know about that and I think it is safe to say everyone was a little tired of it.  It was pretty back and forth and had to be hard for you guys.  I am, in no way, taking that away from you.

Have you ever thought for a moment that the wavering came because he didn’t want to disappoint his fans, his team or himself? 

One-hundred percent is the only thing that man knew how to give and his body was telling him different.  What did you expect from a man that takes every loss so personally, every win so heartfelt and every game like it’s do or die?

The last throw he made for Green Bay was an interception. 

Ever wonder if maybe, just maybe, he felt he let down all of you and that was his biggest fear come true?  Or were you guys too concerned about the fact he was the one that threw the pass that ruined a championship for you?

Wow, some loyal fans you are. 

And here’s something else to nibble at while you are donning the #12 jersey.

The guy that you used to root for, you know the one that has never missed a game, the one that led you to a Super Bowl victory, the one that even to this day describes you guys as the best fans he knows, wanted to play for you all along.

You were, and from where I see it probably even still, where he really wanted to be.  You were his home.  Had Brett forecast what may have happened by retiring and changing his mind, I can assure you this probably would have never happened.  Hindsight is always 20/20 though, isn’t it?

You can’t hold it against Brett Favre for still being the same Brett Favre you all once knew and loved. 

The love he has for the game, well it’s still there.  The competitiveness he has for the game, it’s still there. 

Vikings or Bears, he knew what he was doing.  He wants to win.  Selfish or not, that’s what he cares and always has cared about.  That is what you fell in love with.

He is still indecisive, that’s how he will always be.  Nothing has changed on who he is, yet everything has changed on where he is, and that is the difference you refuse to see.

If you actually think his heart is with the Vikings, well, you are either ignorant or naïve. His heart lies within football, which is why this story is still being told.  He has captured so many of us with his love for the game and the emotions he brings to each one of them, that though many complain about hearing about Brett over and over, some of us never tire from it.

Have fun booing Brett. 

Hope you have a lot of voice left in you, because from the looks of things, might be booing him all the way to his second Super Bowl championship.

As Brett Favre so eloquently put it, “But Packer fans cheer for the Packers first,” he said. “I know that. But I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, ‘I sure hate those jokers on the other side, but he does play the way he’s always played.’”

He sure as hell does.

 

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Evaluating Lindsey’s Vikings Predictions and Making More

If you are a Vikings fan you have to be enjoying this season as Minnesota sits atop the division with a 2 game lead, the Vikings have beaten the Packers twice and the team has suffered only one injury that has caused a key player to miss more than one game. Further reason to smile, the team comes out of the bye against the Detroit Lions. Yes, life is pretty good in Viking land.

Before the season began, I offered 5 predictions for the men in purple from the NFC North. As the Vikings have no game this week and I have been really enjoying the season the past two weeks it seemed like a good time to dust off what I said at the beginning of the season to evaluate my crystal ball gazing skills and to offer a few more predictions.

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Brad Childress On Brett Favre’s Groin: What Was He Thinking?

Brad Childress came under a bit of fire in Week Eight as it was revealed that Vikings QB Brett Favre had played through a groin injury while leading his team to victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Favre was  listed on the injury report, as probable, with a hip injury but “groin” was nowhere to be seen in the report and it is against league rules for any athlete injury to be hidden, possibly keeping the other team at a competitive disadvantage.

Nothing to worry about here, as witnessed by Brad Childress’ hilarious press conference .

Yes, you heard correctly. The man who also spent last week deciding to “motivate” his team by dressing like a flight attendant also uttered the words “rub it” while talking about Brett Favre’s groin.

What is Brad Childress thinking?! I know…

10) Think Green Bay felt like a jilted lover before…

9) I haven’t been asked this much about another man’s groin since dinner with Jeff Garcia.

8) Why hasn’t anyone mentioned my haircut?

7) Aww crap, those boys from Coors Light are going to have a field day with this!

6) I missed that day in health class, what DO you do with a groin?

5) Hey, a text from my agent, Vivid Video is looking for a spokesman!

4) Why does Jared Allen keep asking if I still have that flight attendant outfit?

3) Next team bonding session…TWISTER!

2) Hmm, I wonder why Sage Rosenfels is crying over in the corner?

AND THE No. 1 THING BRAD CHILDRESS WAS THINKING…

1) Why won’t John Madden stop calling me!

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Tuesday Moring Running Back Week Eight: Return of the Lambeau Legend

It was a sight we thought we’d never see. It felt like hell had frozen over and Santa Claus had suddenly converted to satanism.

There was Brett Favre, the man responsible for the reversal of fortune of the Green Bay Packer franchise, running on to the field in the putrid purple of the hated Minnesota Vikings.

Surprisingly, he was met with a chorus of boos.

On one hand I can understand that. I would feel jilted too if I ever saw David Ortiz come back to Boston in a Yankee uniform.

However, this man did make the Packers a force to be reckoned with again after so many appalling years under such luminaries as Anthony Dilweg and Don Majkowski.

But as always, sports fans are entitled to feel what they wish about whoever they want.

So amid a smattering of boos and cheers, Favre was intent to prove he still could competently quarterback a team at his advanced age.

When it was over, Favre had thrown for 244 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-26 victory.

Even when it appeared the Packers would rally in the third quarter, Favre never let his guard down and was able to count on the reliable footwork of Percy Harvin, who is quickly becoming a candidate for rookie of the year.

So in essence, while Green Bay fans have the right to feel betrayed, they have to admit that their one time hero still can adequately run an offense.

Now, heading into the bye week at 7-1, the Vikings stand atop the NFC as the team to beat.

Elsewhere in week eight action.

• You’ve got to feel bad for the Giants. It isn’t often that a team goes from first to third place in the course of a day.

• I don’t think there’s a more dynamic wideout in the NFL right now than DeSean Jackson. His big touchdown catch literally knocked the wind out of the Giants sails.

• Sooner of later you knew the Broncos were gong to crumble for at least one game. The Ravens desperately needed a victory to keep pace with the Bengals and they not only won, they made a statement.

• Maybe Rex Ryan was half right when he said he felt like the Jets outplayed the Dolphins. It certainly appeared that way on offense. But on special teams, Ted Ginn, Jr. obliterated the Jets in taking two kicks to the house. That my friends was the difference.

• Even though Peyton Manning was out of sync with his passes, Joseph Addai proved that not only can he throw, but he can do it left-handed. An equally sloppy 49er defense helped the Colts escape defeat.

• Vince Young may have given the Titans a shot of confidence in leading them to a win, but it was Chris Johnson who was the difference maker as he rushed for a franchise record 228 yards.

Tony Romo proved that he isn’t afraid to use all of his targets by connecting with three of his receivers for touchdowns to beat the Seahawks. The win also moved Dallas into a tie for first with the Eagles in the NFC East.

• On most Sundays, the Panthers have trouble holding onto the ball, as Jake Delhomme currently leads the NFL in interceptions. But this Sunday, a savvy Panther defense forced Kurt Warner into throwing five interceptions of his own in a surprising win over Arizona.

• Even though Owen Daniels is done for the year, the Texans learned that they can exploit a power running game for the rest of the season. Backup RB Ryan Moats stepped in for Steve Slaton and scored a team record three rushing touchdowns in one game.

• The Chargers used the reliable LaDainian Tomlinson and the tenacious defense of Shawne Merriman to defeat the Raiders for the the 13th straight time.

• Isn’t it interesting that more and more reports about Tom Cable being an abusive person are now coming out of the woodwork. While I personally think his former lovers are beating a dead horse into the ground, I find it odd that they waited this long to come forward.

• So much for Derek Anderson being the guy to snap the Browns out of their funk.

• Sometimes I think Rodney Harrison likes to hear himself talk. He suggested Eric Mangini cut Derek Anderson to send a message to his team. Uh, Rodney, a lot more people need to be fired or released before the Browns can ever think about turning it around.

• All you need to know about the Rams/Lions game, a game I affectionately called the Toilet Bowl, is that the Rams James Butler intercepted a pass and forgot to take it out of the end zone. Congratulations to Steve Spagnuolo on his first NFL coaching victory, I think.

• The Falcons gave it a good effort against the Saints last night, but maybe they could have won if Michael Jenkins didn’t drop an easy pass in the red zone in the third quarter.

• Next week we got a couple of key divisional showdowns with the Dolphins at the Patriots and the Giants at the Eagles. See you next Tuesday for the analysis.

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Brett Favre Still on Top: The Packers Not So Much

At the risk of contradicting myself, I must say the Pack is not as good as I thought.

Still very much in the hunt at 4-3, they looked like a team struggling to survive this past Sunday.

Despite another decent game from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 287 yards and three TDs, the defense and the offensive line looked horrible and ultimately lost this one.

The defense fell flat, not only allowing Adrian Peterson to rack up 97 yards and a TD, but let Brett Favre all but destroy them with 244 yards and four TDs.

The odds were in the Packs’ favor on a night that one, marked the first time, and probably the last time ever Favre has played in Lambeau Field since the 2007 season and first ever as the opposing quarterback, and two, he not only faced a jacked up Packers team, but for the first time the fans that adored him for 16 seasons.

As he jogged out to the huddle for the first time, he heard something he has never heard in this stadium.

As the boos surrounded Favre, he met them head on with that same country-boy grin he gave for so many years playing here, and began once again to pick apart this secondary.

I think it is safe to say the Vikings are just flat-out better than the Pack.

I mean Favre alone has torched them in two games for 515 yards and seven TDs.

Of course Rodgers has put up phenomenal numbers as well, with 671 yards and five TDs, but it’s not been his fault that he’s been sacked 14 times between the two games and the Pack has run for no touchdowns.

It’s not his fault this defense has allowed 685 total offensive yards and 68 points in the two contests.

The Pack failed miserably in what was needed to be done to stop the Favre/AP train. There was virtually no pressure applied by the defense and the O-line again was unable to protect Rodgers.

If they do not cure their problems, missing the playoffs could be the least of their worries. With Rodgers having injuries to both feet, I’m not sure he can take much more punishment.

For all who still want to pile on Favre for his performance last week, don’t.

First of all Favre was blindsided on the fumble, because Phil Loadholt could not hold his block. Steve Hutchinson was running alongside Favre in pursuit of Lamar Woodley, the linebacker for Pittsburgh who recovered the fumble, and made a poor effort in an attempt to tackle Woodley, same as Favre.

Favre only gave up on the play after he was blocked and then realized there were three other Vikes there to make the play. Anthony Herrera was in position to make a stop, but was blocked as well. No one called Loadholt’s, Hutchinson’s, or Herrera’s intentions into question.

Secondly a little screen pass that was intercepted, that for some reason Chester Taylor was unable to hang on to even though it hit him right in the hands, is not Favre’s fault.

Again, Favre’s intentions with the team have been called into question in the pursuit of the defender when he again supposedly gave up on the play.

For someone’s intentions to be called into question after he has done everything he has been asked to do is ludicrous.

Favre has played second fiddle to AP, has been smart with the ball, only three interceptions after eight games, and has fought the urge to force plays and make risky decisions. This does not sound like a guy who is out for himself.

As far as not giving the extra effort, I do believe it was old number four who ran 50 yards to throw a crucial block on a 49ers linebacker with no regard for himself.

What more does he have to prove?

Nothing.

The man can mash.

With the Vikings at 7-1, they are at most five wins from making the playoffs with eight games left.

The Packers are 4-3 now, but very much still in contention. With another game against the Lions and one against the Bears, plus games against the Buccaneers and Seahawks they can definitely clinch second place in the division and still have a good chance at a wild card spot even if the Vikings were to win out the season.

Let’s not forget, no offense to Favre, but the Vikings are two to three games away from Favre’s annual end of season slump. Unless he avoids it, this could turn into a battle for the division.

In a season where I’ve had to stomach my favorite player demolishing my favorite team and have had to show respect for my team’s rival because of Favre and two early season stompings, anything is possible.

Lastly to all you Favre bashers:

If there is one thing I’ve learned during the past 18 seasons, Favre thrives on adversity. So go ahead heckle, boo, and bash all you want. You might just boo Favre right into the Superbowl.

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A Fan’s Account Of Favre Bowl II at Lambeau Field

As a one-time devoted Green Bay Packers fan, as well as an openly hopeless Brett Favre enthusiast, this writer got the best of both worlds this Sunday.

Tailgating with Packers and Vikings fans in a stranger’s backyard, taking trips to a self-made bathroom, I discovered what it is to be both a true Packers/Vikings fan, some humility and that defending your favorite player for the past four years has its perks in the end.

I also learned several other things on November 1st. I learned to not use “the bucket,” the “number two” disposal device, that makes women of all sizes cringe, and makes men second guess the number of brats they’ll be embedding into their fat walls.

I also learned about ketchup, and how it “never belongs on a brat.” I was told to go back to “Detroit,” or whatever that means.

But despite the unlikely culture shock a Florida resident receives from going back to his stomping grounds, the even bigger surprise was seeing the outcome of the game, and somehow even more enlightening-the unfriendly “welcome back” NFL&id=1744″ title=”Brett Favre” target=”_blank”>Brett Favre received.

You could hear the boos from inside the bathroom, even with 120 other men avoiding eye contact and trying to get “their business” done. Even with Vikings fans laughing at other Packers fans, amidst a 24-3 third quarter lead.

Even when the game seemed to be out of reach, ever single time the former Packers legend took the field, he was treated as if he had never played for the green and gold before in his life.

He was, whether we like to admit it or not, truly an outsider.

In talking to many fans and listening in on conversations, it became quite apparent that people weren’t just peeved with Favre. They didn’t just dislike him.

They hated him.

And quite honestly, they hated you if you wanted anything to do with him, too.

From the first Vikings turnover, where Favre attempted an audible and the center flicked the ball past him (leading to their first fumble), to chants of “Favre sucks” randomly emitting from section 126, it had finally dawned on me that sometimes, at least for Favre, you really can never go home.

But the true Packers fans stuck around, even after the bitter loss, and congratulated Favre on his likely final appearance at Lambeau Field as a player.

Even if their form of congratulations was in a “boo,” you could still tell the haters from the folks that were merely saddened and disappointed they had lost their veteran quarterback for good.

After three hours of tailgating, defending Favre, and watching the legend himself pick apart the Packers’ shaky defense, I came two two conclusions:

Green Bay is beyond just moving on from Brett Favre. The fans and the community have erased him from their collective memories, and are in the process of burning any physical evidence of his existence away for good.

But after seeing the jubilant Favre walk off the field truly happy as a winner, I also realized that it just didn’t matter.

If you were at that game, Packers fan or Vikings fan alike, you knew you were witnessing greatness yet again, and regardless of which team you were cheering for, you’d have to try pretty damn hard to keep from smiling when Favre exited the field, arms raised over his head.

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Favre Returns to Lambeau In Triumphant Fashion

To my surprise, Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field on Sunday to an overwhelming amount of boos. You heard a few claps here and there, but it sounded more like a WWE event than it did an NFL game.

Needless to say, Favre was the villain. And after laughing off the boos, and even a few middle fingers, the villain won.

The Packers are now 0-2 against their rivals in purple this season due in large part to the man who brought their franchise back to the top in the mid-90s.

None of this should be put on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. Simply put, he’s been great and has proven he’s got a great future in this league. It’s the rest of his team that needs to start pulling its weight. Especially against more formidable opponents.

It still seems the Packers defense has a ton of holes in it. It has looked good against weak opponents and horrible against good ones.

The Vikings now have a powerful grip on the NFC North and unless they collapse like Favre’s Jets did last season, an easy road to the postseason lies ahead.

Favre definitely deserves kudos from the entire NFL. Even the die-hard Packer fans. He came into Green Bay under enormous pressure, threw four touchdowns and led his team to a huge victory. All at the age of 40.

Simply unbelievable, and there’s no other way to put it.

Going into the season I was a Brett Favre critic. I thought he acted like a diva with the whole Packers situation. I still think he did.

Bu I stand corrected regarding his ability. I saw him being just another average quarterback in the NFL. Another Chad Pennington or Matt Hasselbeck.

I was way off.

As good as Favre has been, you can’t forget the fact that Minnesota was already one of the better teams in the NFC before the quarterback addition. They went to the playoffs last season.

I’m not ready to climb aboard the Favre bandwagon just yet, but I’m definitely checking out the brochure.

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Hostility No Surprise, but Favre Deserves Better

This was never anticipated, a disgruntled crowd that isn’t impatient greeting Brett Favre with heartwarming receptions when making a grand entrance by storming out the visitors’ tunnel. Today, animus natives of the Green Bay Packers fail anointing an unprecedented legend who procured loyalty.

Some feel betrayed, assessing an ultimate sense for rationalizing Favre’s impulsive transition. On a day, his popularity may have unraveled in an unwelcomed return to Lambeau Field, a hostile environment where weariness of un-retiring comebacks became battered and misleading, finally forcing general manager Ted Thompson to appoint an actual timetable for Favre to make up his damn mind.

In the midst of an everlasting saga, Thompson literally was bothered and emotionally pondered refusing to allow Favre to join archrivals the Minnesota Vikings.

It explains why it wasn’t urgent, getting rid of the prolific quarterback ending a long-lasting saga just to keep away the beloved superstar before trading the two-time MVP to the New York Jets, where he struggled in a horrific season and underperformed. Shortly after, Favre deliberated on whether he should retire or un-retire, but instead opted to return again.

Throughout, it has been puzzling guessing on a specific retirement date, but a date doesn’t matter. What matters is, he can persist on fulfilling zest or revenge if he firmly returned to confirm to the world that he could still has a powerful arm, specifically for executing a monstrous drive.   

For the most part, the epicenter of football seems to be Favre, whether it’s retiring, coming back, playing for his former team’s archenemies or seeking revenge against the long-time franchise he committed much of his livelihood to.

But if there’s hoopla referring to Favre, nonessential hype formulates and hijacks our minds inspiring us to watch the future Hall of Famer seek vengeance on his former executives and teammates.

Living in an age when sports is base on politics, much of the Favre debates are base on politics. For instance, there are fans in Cheesehead territory who still adores his audacity and enthusiasm to toss passes, still playing as if he’s a raw athlete barely establishing into a legitimate legend, while there are some who still holds grudges.     

On this particular day, Packers fans went berserk, badly booing an old-timer who has amused an entire state. To have much hostility against Favre is pathetic, when he stirred the Packers to playoff berths and two Super Bowls. True, they were held hostage, ready to move forward with Aaron Rodgers, who patiently waited in the wings to earn his dream job as the starting quarterback.

After he was promised the starting job, the Packers were strictly committed to Rodgers and shut the doors on Favre. Because I believe he came back for vengeance, he still deserved a better reception other than a bitter one he received. Although we all saw this coming, belittling, harassing and deriding their long-time leader was erroneous.

At least taking a brief moment to honor a veteran with much ego and selfishness was a common way to pay tribute to a veteran that installed a winning atmosphere. Instead, Cheesehead maniacs are acting as true Packers fans, and against anyone who signs to play for their archrivals.

But betraying Favre is a misconception, and weird to visualize when it seem he only departed yesterday, traveling to the Vikings. Brad Childress, the coach of the Vikings, was desperate enough accepting the embattled quarterback, to fix deficiencies that greatly were a complication hindering prosperity on their fragile offense.

A hostile crowd booed loudly, at Lambeau Field. When he arrived, touting out the tunnel they booed, when he warmed up they booed, when he entered to take his first snap they booed, and when called signals from the line of scrimmage, they booed.

He was badly insulted and wasn’t praised for signifying grace or dignity on a franchise that signified greatness and yearly rituals when football season approached. Even if his wishy-washy and selfish demeanor is perceived differently, still he deserved credit, but it will never happen as long as he’s a Viking.

Yes, his legacy will live on at Green Bay, but it might never be the same, an oddity difficult to keep from degenerated for signing with division rivals and enhancing their probability of dominating the division. His presence is the difference maker in their 7-1 record, including their perfect 2-0 in a two-game sweep putting them in good position of topping the Packers.

Just from the rebellious and out of class receptions, is proof that loyal fans are very distraught with the ex-Packer and believes he’s a traitor, refusing to stay true to an organization that strongly hates the Vikings.

Whether most angry fans are haters or critics just waiting to lambaste Favre, either way, that is, it could be a sign of envy of their legend departing to play for another season. But furious aren’t still over the remarks Favre made publicly weeks ago, when he admittedly pronounced the Vikings are the most talented team.

Yes, those remarks right there are enough to upset a large crowd committed to embracing the Cheeseheads. Sometimes, real football geniuses sit wondering if Thompson gave up on Favre prematurely turning to Rodgers. Or sometimes, real Packers fans may agree with Thompson’s decision.

By hearing the warm receptions when Rodgers arrived, gives us the assumption barbaric fans are content with the up-and-coming gunslinger, lasting in a quarterback duel in each meeting against Favre.

Even though he denies vengeance, two victories against his former team at 40 is making a statement. He hasn’t played efficient in a long time, unless you are wise enough to include two years ago when he could’ve retired on top after leading the Packers to the NFC Championship Game, but unfortunately came up short.

Let’s not fail realizing that we are entitled to make any chooses in our lives, meaning Favre is allowed to sign with any team. In the offseason, he singed with the Vikings, making a bold choice and ruined the way people recognize or evaluate him as a person base on his decisions. He’s not necessarily a villain for signing with the Vikings, but I will honestly say his legacy lives on.

Once again, he led the Vikings to a large margin victory, sending the fans to the exits early disappointing to witness a 38-26 victory in a Sunday matinee. Notice Favre is more productive in the passing game if surrounded by an active supporting cast. A plethora of dangerous options offensively is huge for a veteran at Favre’s age, to whereas he isn’t force to implement a laborious task.

There’s no questions Adrian Peterson is a game-changing receiver and likely is the fastest man in the league. Maybe it’s in the cleats or shoes. Take a glance at his shoe collection. Maybe it makes him really explosive.

Meanwhile, in Favre’s emotional return, he dazzled and captivated us by completing 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Unlike last season, he’s careful with the football and avoids sacks, when he scrambles away from rushing defenders to finish on mind-blowing throws.

Face it, Favre’s Vikings is to powerful to stop in the NFC North, mustering consistent drives in his old stadium and shattered angry hearts. Critics and fans need to cut down on the hostility, and praise the savvy old timer for his work ethic and ability to dominant the game he’s truly passionate in.

Leading a franchise for 16 years signified longevity that isn’t replaceable. But now, he’s portrayed as a villain, wearing a purple helmet and jersey as No. 4 still remains the same, since an ugly departure in Green Bay where tailgate parties reside, where Lambeau leaps originated and where Favre will always be a legend, despite an unhappy town that should be courteous enough to praise him.

After leaving behind memorabilia it’s worth remembering a life-long legend eternally, instead of booing.

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