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Reeling Green Bay Packers: Sorry, Titletown, It’s Not 2003 Anymore

It was Ted Thompson’s worst nightmare, and fittingly enough, it happened just hours after Halloween ended.

Brett Favre. Celebrating at Lambeau Field. After having just beaten the Packers. As a member of the (shudder) Minnesota Vikings.

But the true nightmare for Mike McCarthy’s team is not that Brett Favre is now ahead of Ted Thompson in the greatest ongoing battle of will and ego since Roger Waters and David Gilmour fought over the use of the name “Pink Floyd.”

The Packers’ true nightmare, or at least it should be, is that by losing 38-26 to Favre’s Vikings on Sunday, they have virtually lost any hope they had of winning the NFC North title this season.

By sweeping the Packers and taking a 7-1 record into their bye week, the Vikings are virtually three games up on Green Bay’s soon-to-be 5-3 record (yes, I’m already putting next week’s game against Tampa Bay in the Packers’ win column; it’s the very definition of “lock of the week”).

That three-game lead will be nearly impossible to erase over the course of eight weeks.

But hold it, you say. Aren’t the Minnesota Vikings the biggest choke artists in the history of professional sports?

Aren’t they the team that a decade ago went 15-1 in the regular season and didn’t even make the Super Bowl? That started the 2003 season 6-0 and didn’t even make the playoffs? And then followed that up the next season by starting 5-1 only to finish at 8-8?

Well, yes.

It’s particularly tempting for Packers fans to look back on that 2003 season for reasons to believe that Green Bay has a shot at the NFC North title in 2009; in 2003, the Vikings held an even greater four-game lead on the Packers just seven weeks into the season. In the eighth game of the season, Green Bay beat Minnesota at the Metrodome, sparking a 7-2 run over the last nine weeks.

The Vikings, meanwhile, went 3-6 over those nine weeks, culminating in a last-second loss to the terrible Arizona Cardinals that sent the purple home for the off-season and the Packers into the playoffs.

Unfortunately, the 2009 Vikings are not the 2003 Vikings and the 2009 Packers are not the 2003 Packers.

The 2003 Vikings had the turnover-prone Daunte Culpepper, the malcontent Randy Moss, the two-headed-garbage backfield of Michael Bennett and Moe Williams, a truly awful defense, and a true bonehead (Mike Tice) for a coach.

The 2009 Vikings have, at worst, a very good defense, an infinitely better rushing attack with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, unselfish receivers, and (yes, you knew I had to throw this in) a major upgrade at quarterback. And while Brad Childress isn’t exactly the second coming of Bud Grant, he’s not as big a putz as Tice was.

The 2009 Packers, meanwhile, look great on paper, in meaningless preseason games, and in lining up against the dregs of the NFL, but they carry with them major problems that are apparently irreparable under the current roster and regime.

This year’s Packers take too many penalties. Scratch that. They take too many stupid penalties.

They don’t get pressure on the quarterback.

Due to injury, they have an over-the-hill power running back returning kicks.

And, most glaring of all, they possess one of the worst NFL offensive lines in recent memory, which severely hinders their run game and makes Aaron Rodgers, who has become one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in an astonishingly short period of time, the biggest whipping boy since Saved By The Bell ’s Screech.

If the 2010 Packers can shore up that offensive line, they can play with anyone.

But this 2009 Packer team will be in a dogfight for one of two NFC Wild Card spots, and despite the alarming increase in godawful NFL teams this year, the Packers will face some stiff competition for those spots: Atlanta, Chicago, and any team from the NFC East not based in the nation’s capital are talented teams that will be fighting with the Packers for a postseason berth.

To make matters worse, the Packers have already played the majority of their cupcake games: After Tampa, Green Bay must play Baltimore, a rejuvenated Dallas, plus road games at Pittsburgh, at Arizona, and at Chicago.

The Vikings, meanwhile, get a very winnable three-game home stand after their bye week, and while some may question Favre’s durability as the season progresses, it seems just as likely that having the Packers games behind him has to be such a huge relief that he might even start to play better.

Favre continuing to play better? Now that he’s swept the Packers, that’s the NFC’s nightmare, not Ted Thompson’s.

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Favre Sticks It to the Packers in Green Bay

In Brett Favre’s much anticipated return to Green Bay, for the second time in less than a month the Vikings beat down the Packers for a very sweet victory for No. 4


Who says you can’t go home? Well, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre not only returned to Green Bay, he kicked in the door with authority as the Vikings, led by No. 4, dominated the Packers 38-26. 

Some will say that the Vikings would not have won if not for emerging rookie WR/KR Percy Harvin (five catches for 84 yards and one TD plus five kick returns for 175 yards), but the day and game clearly belong to Favre.

After enduring a week of being called a “Waffler,” “Flip-Flopper,” “Drama Queen,” and “Traitor” by many of his former fans from his home of 16 years, Favre stepped on the field and put aside a booing crowd to stick it to his old team. 

To the surprise of no one, including Favre, when the former Packers’ legend hit the field wearing Vikings’ purple, the majority of the Packers faithful let him have it. 

However in the end, it was Favre and his Vikings teammates who left the field with much bigger smiles than the inconsistent Green Bay team for the second time in less than a month.

Favre threw a season-high four touchdown passes and was never even touched in the pocket (zero sacks) as he piled up superb passing numbers: 17-for-28, 244 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs.

Favre leaned on All-World running back Adrian Peterson (25 carries for 97 yards and one touchdown) early, and later exploded as he guided the Vikings to an early 24-3 record. 

To the Packers credit, they fought back, getting the score within 10 points. But the Vikings defense—why doesn’t anyone ever talk about them—shut them down and forced six sacks of quarterback Aaron Rodgers (26-for-41, 63.4 percent, 287 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs plus 52 rushing yards).

After the game, Favre hugged several members of the Packers team and staff including former favorite receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. 

The future Pro Football Hall of Famer left the field surrounded by media everywhere and pumped his fist to a mix of cheers and boos from the stands as he went up the Lambeau tunnel in triumph. 

Favre said after the game, “I’m not going to sit here and throw any daggers…We played about as good as we can play. We can play better, but that’s what it was going to take to beat that football team. That’s the satisfying thing.” 

Favre added, “I’ve never been one to rub it in anyone’s face…The guys I’ve played with as a Packer, I’ve got a lot of respect for, as I do (for) this organization and these fans.”

So with Favre-a-palooza over for the second time in less than one month, let’s take an inventory of what happened. 

Favre in two big wins over the Packers (scores of 30-23 in Week Four and 38-26 in Week Eight) finished 41-for-59 for 515 yards, seven TDs, 0 INTs, no sacks allowed and a passer rating well over 130. 

And of course like he always seems to do every week, Favre set a record of most completions in one venue (passed John Elway’s record) and tied Dan Marino’s NFL record of 21 career games with at least four TD passes.  

The Packers on the other hand have a 10-13 record since sending their former franchise quarterback to exile in the Meadowlands in 2008 while playing for the New York Jets

Packers veteran CB Charles Woodson even labeled the current Packers as a “non-Big Game” team.

Brett Favre is now 90-28 in his career as a starter at Lambeau Field in the regular season and 98-31 in 129 starts at the site including playoffs (8-3 record in playoffs). 

Favre stated at his postgame press conference, “What I’ve done here (Green Bay) speaks for itself.” 

For those unable to interpret Favre’s last comments, I will translate them for you.  “Hey Packers GM Ted Thompson and the rest of you haters, how do you like me now? What!”


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award -winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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Brett Favre To Stay Retired…For Now

The saga that has become the Brett Favre watch took its latest turn on Tuesday when Favre told the Minnesota Vikings he would remain retired and not join them for the upcoming season. Call me a skeptic, but I’ve been down this road too many times with Favre to believe him quite yet.

There were the many long springs and summers that Favre put Packer fans through during the better part of this decade—unwilling to make a decision on his career until it was convenient for him, without any regard for teammates, management, or fans. Everyone just chalked it up to Favre going through personal issues with his family and needing time to clear his head.

Favre finally did retire from the Packers on March 4 of last year. Many felt it was a classy end to a Hall of Fame career, while doubters claimed it was only a matter of time before he returned. Favre proved the doubters right when he requested the Packers to release him in his first attempt to get to the Vikings.

After being traded to the Jets, Favre showed New York fans, media, and players what many have since found out: Favre isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. By the end of the season, fans had turned on him, the media had criticized him for his play, and even teammates questioned his commitment to them.

Favre again retired from football, but it wasn’t long after that talk came up of Favre longing to return to the game, this time with the Vikings. Minnesota would have been a great fit for Favre. They have a solid defense, a great running game, and play most of their games in domes, which would have benefited Favre by not having to play in bad weather late in the season.

Be clear on one thing, though: Favre was not coming back for any of those reasons. His return was to be solely a giant middle finger to Packers’ General Manager Ted Thompson. The two never had a good relationship and Favre views Thompson as the one to boot him out of Green Bay.

After Favre refused surgery to repair his injured arm, many thought he was done for good. He then decided to go through with the surgery, which signaled to most that his return was imminent.

Today the news came that Favre would not join the Vikings, but late word has come out that he will continue to throw and test his arm and shoulder. For those that see the real Brett Favre, this will come as no surprise. He is simply trying to buy more time to hold on to his hope of sticking it to Thompson.

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The Favre Saga Is Over, Decision Is Revealed!

Brett Favre has made a decision on his NFL Future.

The 39-year-old has decided to remain retired.

This offseason has been filled with rumors of his return and possibility of joining Minnesota.  Over the last few weeks Favre continue to struggle to come to a decision.

But as ESPN reports, Favre will not make another return.

Coach Brad Childress confirmed the reports to the Star Tribune.  He told the paper Favre did not want to play through the grind of another NFL season.

“I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division,” Childress said to the newspaper. “He knows our system inside out…This doesn’t change anything about how I feel about our football team.”

“As we have consistently communicated, we feel good about our team and they have put forth a tremendous effort this offseason preparing for the season ahead,” Childress said in a statement on the team’s Web site. “With this behind us, we look forward to getting to Mankato and getting training camp under way.”

Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will compete for the Vikings’ starting quarterback job.

It was an interesting offseason, but Brett, enjoy retirement!


Brett Favre Stays Retired: Minnesota Miracle

Legendary quarterback Brett Favre is staying retired, according to a report from

After retiring originally from the Packers and crying while announcing it, he made a big deal out of it and came back to play with the New York Jets.

Being a Packers fan, I lost a lot of respect for him right there. With the Jets, he had probably the worst year of his career.

Then, Favre “retired” again, but decided he would make an attempt at a comeback. For  a long time, he was in talks with Minnesota Vikings head coach, Brad Childress. Favre had X-rays of his injured shoulder multiple times.

After setting a July 30th deadline to make his decision, at about 4:57 ET, the news came out that Favre was staying retired. And the first thing I said was: IT’S A MIRACLE!

After Favre spoke constantly about coming back, I got annoyed from hearing so much about him. He lost my respect completely.

I’m glad Favre is staying retired. This will boost the Vikings rating a lot and they are in the Packers division.



What Brett Favre Means to the Green Bay Packers In 2009

I don’t think there are 10 people that watch NFL football right now that think Brett Favre is not going to be playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.

After the initial, “will he play, won’t he play” circus that has become the norm in the NFL offseason, things look like Favre will be playing for the Vikings.

But now there is a catch.

Favre is now saying that he might not play due to the shoulder injury that he suffered playing for the Jets last year.

If, Brett decides not to play, he very well may be the Packers MVP for 2009.

It is being reported all over ESPN, and Internet sites everywhere, that many members of the Vikings are calling Brett, and texting Brett, wanting him to come play.

What does it mean, if he decides to call it a career?

First off, who could possibly be taking snaps for the Vikings next year?  Does it really matter?

With Jarrod Allen and Adrian Peterson begging Favre to join the team, will whoever is under center have any confidence?

Will the attitude of the team be, “well, I guess we can’t win without Brett?”

If Favre decides to stay retired, he will have done more damage to the Vikings than he ever did while wearing the Green and Gold.

He disrupted the entire off season.  He filled their heads with doubt.  He has them questioning their own team.

If Favre is really done, the only thing the Packers could do to make things worse for the Vikings, would be to bring Favre to Green Bay when they play the Vikings.

And have him as their honorary captain.

He would already be their MVP!


Obama Asks Nation To Observe ‘Favre Friday’ (AKA ‘Favre’s Follies’)

Hold the presses (if there are any still left) biased print media because Heroic Leader Barrack Obama has announced “Favre Friday” tomorrow.

(More like the “Favre Follies” for those of us who are not yet brainwashed by our Grand Leader and his merry minions of mindless wonders.)

In doing so, The Oprah-Anointed One—who seeks to prove to us ignorant proletariats that he really is a common man—wants all his hordes of mainstream media sycophants to hold off on Favre mania before they print their morning doses of propaganda.

All so the Compulsive Liar In Chief—whose smoke-covered hole-in-ones are nearly as legendary as North Korea’s irradiated grand leader’s—can announce a day of national mourning or celebration.

All this for Brett Favre’s “Great Announcement” that is expected Friday.

I know, how could you forget the legendary tough, gritty future Hall of Fame quarterback whose tears have even been seen on 1930s-era TVs in North Korea?

Yeah, that guy.

While mainstream media ignore real stories—like world hunger, poverty and disease—in their quest to throw kisses to America’s wanna-be version of the grand ayatollah, there is one story they will all cover.

Brett Favre, ad nauseam.

You know, that embarrassing and lingering melodrama that has crossed over to non-sports news.

Yeah, that OTHER “One.”

However, as I interrupt my longing for what used to be the Land of Liberty (you know, the former United States of America that once was a representative republic), my worries turn to Favre.

While all kinds of other weird isms, such as Czarism, have now spread over our formerly free fruited plain like a cascading toxic brew, I realize that creeping isms may affect old folks like me and Favre.

After all, will NFL players be subject to the same authoritarian health rules as us common folk, or will they be protected like Congress and the Grand Leader (once known as president) who enjoy gold-plated insurance AND medical care, and who won’t have to wait in long lines like the rest of the proletariats over whom they will rule with a Play-Doh-covered iron fist?

If Favre retires again and then un-retires next year—after the Long Lines Health Bill is approved by Congressional nitwits, will he be subject to the president’s Goebbelsesque “choice” that will force common folk to “choose” THE ONLY THING OFFERED, The National Kill The Elderly Quickly Health Plan?

Assuming the Grand Leader’s dictatorial Orwellian desires to control the most-sensitive aspects of our lives actually are voted into law by the merry band of Congressional criminals, will Favre escape the collective called the National Pick A 10-Digit Number & Wait In Line Health Plan?

(By the way, the Abort As Many Babies As You Can Health Plan will also morph into sure-to-be-used political and social blackmail once government knows every one of your deep secrets and maladies, but not for the elites who will have a SEPARATE and UNEQUAL by what will then be a platinum-plated health plan when compared to the common folk.)

Favre is just too self-important to suffer the fate of the proletariat.

After all, the Congressional Criminals and Grand Leader will get single-digit numbers and will not have to wait in lines.

Why shouldn’t Favre get the same medical care fit for royalty? He’s special, too.

We wouldn’t want Favre to wait until the next season or the season after that—assuming we have Canadian- and/or British-style health care—to receive definitive treatment for old-age-induced arthritis like the rest of the proletariat, would we?

After all, we know how much the merry mindless minions who surround The Great One see senior citizens as nothing but money-sucking has-beens who, The Physician In Chief says, are better off taking a pain pill that will lead to a silent death rather than getting a pacemaker.

Oh, where are the Nazi eugenicists when you need them?

Well, the heck with all that mumbo-jumbo.

We’ll probably all perish under a hail of Taliban-fired Pakistani nukes anyway, so why worry?

Let’s get back to football and the Wanna-Be Dictator In Chief who shakes hands with, and definitely finds camaraderie with real murderous dictators throughout the world, such as the Iranian and Cuban crimes-against-humanity regimes, for instance.

He has asked all Americans to tune in to his sixth official mainstream media news pep rally—which will be more than all the official news conferences held by the previous president in his ENTIRE EIGHT YEARS—at which he will either celebrate Favre’s return or mourn Favre’s decision to go back to the farm.

Perhaps that’s where Favre belongs.

I, for one, will not be tuning in.

I’ve heard this drama before and I’m sick of the Grand Leader’s addiction to being televised reading speeches on teleprompters that he doesn’t write because he is a horrible writer.

But, hey, he’s a great reader and a Great Leader, huh?

(News Flash: The pep rally will be televised live on the Honduran Dictator-Worshipping Religious Channel—Channel 0 (Zero)—and covered in person by a journalist, err, I mean, sycophant-worshipper from Honduras’ underground newspaper and revolutionary army known as “How to Restore A Real Dictatorial Wanna-Be and Thief-in-Chief To Power,” otherwise known as “How A Dictator-Enraptured American ‘President’ Can Be On The Wrong Side of History So Often.”)


Why Brett Favre Should Definitely Play in 2009

Over the past four months, that notorious flake Brett Favre has jerked us around once again.

After promising he was done for good in February, he had a change of heart about a month later, and ever since we’ve been waiting with baited breath to see if he would take his shot at the ultimate revenge on Ted Thompson, to come back and try and to lead the Minnesota Vikings.

Predictably, this has led to a lot of people dragging Favre through the mud, saying he’s washed up, and that all coming back would do is tarnish his legacy further. I, for one, could not disagree more. As far as I’m considered, coming back for at least one more year is the smartest move Brett Favre could possibly make.

Everyone who talks about Favre hurting his legacy is forgetting one thing: he’s already done that to a nearly absurd level.

When a three-time MVP and the all-time leader in touchdown passes is known primarily as The Guy Who Won’t Go Away, and is treated like a mere parasite by fans and sportswriters, it doesn’t take a genius to see he’s made some poor decisions.

That being said, coming back and playing one more time could fix all of that. If his shoulder is healed, he can come in put up great numbers and shut all the naysayers up once and for all.

The fact is, Brett Favre’s 2008 season was really more good than bad. He led the Jets to a six-game winning streak, including an impressive victory against the Titans. His shoulder problems were the only thing preventing him from marching the jets into the playoffs.

If he honestly feels his shoulder is healthy, nothing should stop him from being there on opening day with the Vikings.

Of course, there’s also all those people who say he shouldn’t play for Minnesota because it would be the ultimate betrayal of the Packers fans. I think you’re forgetting something, he’s already tried to go to Minnesota before.

Everyone knows he wanted to play there last year. He only went to the Jets because Ted Thompson was afraid of him beating the Packers with another NFC team. Favre’s wishes to play for Minnesota have been clear from the beginning. I have an odd feeling he may have just “retired” this year to get out of his contract with the Jets and sign with them.

It’s simple, you could either believe he betrayed the fans already, or that he just wants to get back at Ted, but him actually playing for the Vikes wouldn’t change what has already been his motive for over a year now.

Finally, Favre should come back this season because, quite frankly, he owes us one. I’ve tried to be patient with his changes of heart, but if he spends four months causing speculation and rumors just to fool everyone and stayed retired, I’ll be pissed too.

The least he could do is give us what most of us secretly want and come back for one more year. A lot of people think it’ll ruin his reputation for good, but really, it’s the only thing he can still do to save it.


Is Favre a Latter-Day Narcissus?

Today, a latter-day mythological figure is taking shape in the United States of America.

His art is a unique throwing motion; his canvas is a 120-yard field.

His goal, the end zone.

This multiple record-holding quarterback is a true mythological figure-in-the-making.

His name is Brett Favre, a three-time AP NFL MVP.

His single Super Bowl victory—pedestrian when compared to Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw—and legendary statistics have been enhanced by his toughness, grit and longevity.

But, this hero has a fly in his ointment, and that is something he just cannot shake: A Super Bowl loss that just shouldn’t’ have been.

Oh, how the football gods torture him.

Thus, this 10-time Pro Bowler seeks in vain another golden ring.

Yet he is in love with his own image on the field.

He cannot bear to be retired.

Instead, as the latter-day Narcissus, this hero does not hail from Thespiae in Boeotia.

Nor is he renown for his beauty.

However, he is infamous for his sobbing and tears on national TV in a sport noted for tough guys.

This is one tough guy not afraid to cry and let all the world know it and see it—ad nauseam.

As John Riggins said on Sirius NFL radio last year, and I’ll paraphrase, this guy is an emotional train wreck.

Yet he is so similar to the mythical Narcissus.

He is a hero who cannot get enough of seeing himself throwing strikes, and there is nothing like the adrenalin rush, the sense of invincibility, that comes with that TD throw.

Nor can he get enough adulation that he receives from adoring, sycophantic fans.

Yes, this hero is in love with himself.

It would be divine punishment to have him watch such replays the rest of his life, just as the original Narcissus’ punishment resulted in him falling in love with his own reflection in a pool, not realizing it was his own.

Alas, unlike the real Narcissus, I would not want Favre to perish in front of his super-duper big-screen TV watching replays of his almighty self, but perhaps the real mythical character’s demise at the reflection pool is an indication of what happens to our souls when we become too enamored with ourselves and our achievements.

We run the risk of losing sight of the important things in life.

Football is not one of them.

(The public-domain painting from Wikipedia shows Narcissus at the reflection pond.)


Columnist Calls Favre ‘Diva-Like’

Perhaps one of the worst insults an NFL player could receive would be for a “local media and political” commentator to venture into sports and use an effeminate phrase to describe a tough guy.

Yet that is exactly what David Brauer of did while writing about the’s new Favre Web page on its Web site.

Both newspapers cover the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

“Even if you loathe the diva-like signal-caller, this is a big story right now and it only helps readers to aggregate their ongoing coverage somewhere,” Brauer wrote.

In fairness, Brauer may be a big sports fan, or perhaps he isn’t.

It doesn’t matter because he is a media commentator, but how often do you have a non-sports writer calling a future Hall-of-Famer diva-like?

It’s priceless, but so telling in Favre’s case.

Both news organizations cover sports, but that is where today’s Web sites’ similarities end.

Favre-worshipping fans of any jersey, who expect a future Super Bowl, can only be generously described as suffering delusions of grandeur.

Realizing a way to build readership, the StarTribune has taken the mind-numbing Favre retirement-unretirement odyssey to its ultimate insanity.

Here are some of the headlines and links devoted to a quarterback who will turn 40 during the season:

  • “Childress says he is willing to wait for Favre”
  • “More confirmation Favre will wear purple”
  • “Judd Zulgad blogs that the chances of Favre joining the Vikings are ‘99.9 percent’ after his comments today”
  • “Coordinator Bevell visited Favre with trainer”
  • “Darrell Bevell made that trip along with a trainer, and he’s the first coach to see the QB throw. Decision time remains uncertain.”
  • “Friends, family of No. 4 know it’s Favre from over”
  • “… Favre is often depicted as a prima donna. …” {Really?}
  • “Green Bay’s Jennings doesn’t care what Favre does”
  • “Burning bridges between Favre and Packers fan”

My head is spinning, like an out-of-control ego.

Brauer’s newspaper had a rather dull sports page today, as noted by these headlines:

  • “Our rich cycling culture: Getting to know the pedal pushers”
  • “Biking basics: Rules of the road in Minnesota”
  • “Bike trek: Tour of Twin Cities bike trails”
  • “Poker players relieved as Minnesota backs off effort to block gaming sites”
  • “Minnesota paradox: ‘Hotbed for poker talent’ is a leader in opposing online gaming”


Perhaps could start a Web page that features the disaster wrought by the 1989 Minnesota-Dallas trade.

Remember Herschel Walker?

It’s the trade that delivered catastrophe and failure to Minnesota, rather than NFL glory and a Super Bowl, or two.

It’s the trade that propelled Dallas to a near dynasty in the early 1990s primarily through a remarkable draft that made Cowboys out of Russell Maryland, Emmitt Smith, Kevin Smith, and Darren Woodson.

Remember, all the Vikings needed back then was a proven running back, yet the coaching staff never really utilized this great runner.

The StarTribune is the same newspaper that came up with the unfair-to-Walker “Herschel the Turkey” label for Minnesota sports figures who do not live up to expectations or who aren’t of the good character that law-abiding Minnesotans expect.

Now the same news organization is featuring a Brett Favre page?

Although draft choices and money are not an issue with Favre, my point is that signing him will be as catastrophic in terms of team cohesion and Minnesota’s future as the Walker trade.

Remember, Minnesota’s coaches never really utilized Walker or warmed up to him. The trade ruined team chemistry.

And what if this high-risk gamble by the Vikings doesn’t pan out, what will be named for Favre?

The chicken or dumplings?