I just thanked the lord and did the happy dance when I found out today that Brett Favre is officially back in action.
I have since been overwhelmed by the public backlash that has stemmed from this latest chapter of “As the Brett Favre Turns”.
I even heard a caller to an NFL radio show state with absolute authority and certainty that This signing was a knife in the back of Ted Thompson and as a result Brett Favre will never be inducted into the Packer ring of honor or go into the hall of fame as a Green Bay Packer.
I had to laugh.
In response to that ludicrous statement let me state with utmost authority and certainty that five years after Mr. Favre retires (if that day ever comes) he will be a first ballot hall of famer and go in as a Green Bay Packer.
The NFL takes a much more pragmatic stance on these issues than the average obsessed fan does.
Also, even a die hard Packer fan has to admit, there will be much more interest and emotion surrounding the two Vikings/Packers games this year. Isn’t that what an entertaining football game is all about?
And the sportswriters who are just incredulous that Old Man Favre toyed with their emotions again make me laugh.
Isn’t your job to write about football and present interesting stories involving the sport? Doesn’t the return of Brett Favre make your job a hell of a lot easier?
Between Favre and Vick stories many football opinion writers have already met their quota of stories for the season.
Old schoolers may blab about the purity of the game, but at heart the modern NFL is about putting forth the most entertaining product possible.
The addition of the Brett Favre saga makes this season much more entertaining. If he succeeds and leads the Vikes deep into the playoffs it will be a great story. If he falls flat on his butt it will be a great story.
If he crushes the Packers it will be a great story. If he gets humiliated at Lambeau it will be a great story.
It is certainly Must See TV!
Maybe I have this opinion because I don’t have an emotional tie to either team. Maybe I have studied NFL history and know that in 99% of cases team ownership uses players to their own benefit. Therefore I am not upset when a player finally gains the status where he is able to use team owners in the same way.
Whatever my reasons are for my opinions, there is one thing that I think is undeniable. The return of Brett Favre is the biggest storyline in football today and increases public interest in football.
That can only benefit the NFL. They should pray that he does the same thing next year.