The Monday Night Football game last night between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings was one of the best yet hardest to watch games in my 35 years. It was exciting. It was high-scoring. There were some truly awesome drives from both teams. It came down to the final seconds with a chance to tie and go in to overtime. And I had NO idea who I was rooting for.
Well, sort of. I was rooting for exactly who I had become accustomed to rooting for since I was a teenage kid, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. I was happy every time someone scored. I was upset every time someone lost the ball or got hurt. It was kind of like watching my two best friends go at it.
That being said, I feel at this point I need to voice my opinion (because everyone else in the entire world seems to have voiced theirs already) about the whole Favre/Packer divorce. I feel that we as the Packer fans were the “kids” who happen to get hurt the most in a divorce. And it was an ugly one. To all those out there that want to lie blame squarely on one side, you’re crazy. It was ugly. It was painful. And both Brett and the Packers management (Ted Thompson primarily) were at fault concerning HOW it all went down.
But you know what? It happened. Kids in a divorce have a right to be upset at the one or both parents, and I can see in some cases where it’s truly a one-sided affair (no pun intended) they could side with one parent and end up despising the other. But when both sides contribute to what ends up being an ugly split and the dust settles, the kids may carry a grudge, but deep down they still love the parents.
I LOVE the Packers. I was a fan as a kid before the Favre era. I was an enthusiastic fan during the Favre era. And I will continue to be a Packer fan as long as the organization exists. But right now, this year, I’m the little kid who is torn over which parent to pull for. In fact I refuse to pull for one over the other. I hope them both success.
To those Packer fans out there who feel the need to hate Favre over all of this, all I can assume is that the divorce is still too fresh and you’re not thinking clearly. He brought the Packers back from being a multi-decade joke in the league. They were that team that everyone else looked forward to playing so they could rest their banged-up players. He did everything we hoped for and more. I’ve read stories about how Packer “fans” have had parties during which they either burn or destroy in other ways, their Favre memorabilia. THAT is the most ridiculous, short-sighted, knee-jerk reaction I’ve ever heard of. Sad. Those folks will regret that kind of behavior down the road (or when they sober up).
Did any of the Favre haters out there watch after the game when Favre and Driver hugged? That was the highlight of the game for me right there, a sign that under all the angst of what went down, they are still human beings with feelings. There are a lot of Packers who still love Brett and that isn’t going to change.
On a side note, did anyone else feel like the announcers were being paid to over-hype Favre during the game? I love the guy, but come on! I thought Gruden was going to run out and start kissing him on the field…
Oh, and one final side note. Just to be clear, the moment Favre retires for good, I will despise the Vikings with all the passion I did prior to Brett signing on to their roster… 🙂