Damaged


So I’m sitting here exhausted, with my ears ringing after forgetting my earplugs while going to a concert today (The Oranges Band, check em out), and I’m thinking about Brett Favre. I’m really tired of him. I hate him right now, but that won’t diminish the impact he’s had on everyone in association with the Packers. It seems like Favre’s done everything right in his career.

But he’s screwed up. Big time.

With his waffling between retirement the last few years stringing all Packers fans out for a ride none of them really wanted to go on, we all felt that when he retired, he would actually, well, retire. But no. He’s bored. His body keeps telling him to play. Well the whole reason he retired in the first place was because his mind was tired, not his body. So his mind is fine now? I doubt it. As soon as he walks into that meeting room when he’s not the starter, he’s going to want to get the hell out of there as fast as he can. If he goes to another team, he’ll walk into the meeting room, realize he has to learn a new offense, and he’ll get the hell out. There is basically no place for him in the NFL right now. All the playoff capable teams (and even teams not capable of making the playoffs) have quarterbacks in place. Some of the bad teams have young quarterbacks in place they need to develop. The NFL (minus ESPN) has essentially moved on from Favre.

Favre’s screwed up his legacy.

He will eternally be known as a fickle flip-flopper (even moreso than John Kerry). When he’s unretired, he can’t decide whether or not to retire. When he’s retired, he wants to unretire.

Bullshit, Brett.

You’re finished. Your legacy is tarnished. Maybe I’ll forget about all this in three years, but if this does go on for three years, Aaron Rodgers and Tarvaris Jackson are going to be in a mental institution after mental breakdowns. Maybe they should get together for some group therapy.

But anyway, Favre looks like an idiot for putting pressure on the organization to take him back after a tearful retirement. He looks like an even bigger idiot for trying to catch on with the Vikings. He’s making the Packers look like idiots by saying he forced them to retire. The Packers are making the Vikings look like idiots for saying they tampered with him. ESPN are looking like idiots—oh wait, they’re always idiots.

No one is coming out of this looking good.

Tags: Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings

  • http://www.myblogisonfire.com/packersnation Eric Mortensen

    I agree with you that I am really getting sick of this whole situation. Favre really needs to learn how to make a decision. I don’t know how someone could have so many problems making  a simple decision. It has taken several years for him to make a decision and then he couldn’t stick with his decision. At the moment I am angry with Favre but those feelings will probably fade in a year or two (as long as he doesn’t somehow play for the Vikings or Bear). While a lot of Packer fans are mad at Favre I doubt anyone will still be upset with him when he is inducted into Canton. I know I won’t since I plan to be there that day.

  • Jackie Poe

    I’ve been a Packer fan since Bartt Star days and I’ve been a loyal one even through all the very lean years. Brett along with a great coaching staff and team changed that and it seems to me all the coach and Thompson had to do was say just let us know before camp. Where is the thank you and the goal of winning the Super Bowl. Brett gives this team the very best chance they will have not unproven Rogers.

  • Chris

    I also agree that I am sick of the whole situation.  It obvious that Brett is better than Rodgers for this year but what is best for the Packers in 2009, 2010, and on?  That is what TT is concerned with.  He realizes that the Packers will not fold as soon as Brett (finally) fades away.  And here’s another question, at his retirement press conference Brett said if he came back anything short of a Super Bowl win would be a complete failure, does he not think so now?  Cause if he ends up being the QB now it is an absolute MUST that we win the Super Bowl or he will look like a jerk for messing with the team this way.

    As long as he doesn’t play elsewhere I will be able to remember him fondly but I will never forget this episode no matter what.  I may not be upset with him when he goes into Canton, but I will not think of him like I did before his phony retirement

  • Coach Tony D’Amato

    I can’t believe that the fans seem to be fairly evenly split on this. I’m a Cowboys fan first. An NFL fan second. The way your organization has handled this is a crime. Ted Thompson has wanted to get rid of Brett since he walked in the door, to prove he can wis “his way” without Brett. They forced Brett to make a decision about playing when they knew what the answer would be. They also knew he’d probably change his mind. One or two more years of Favre gives you a chance to win a Super Bowl in a win-now league. Look around. Aaron Rodgers has a chance of being the worst quarterback in the league. If you bring Favre back, give him his job back and Rodgers “quits” on the team and demands a trade, get Brian Brohm ready to take over.

    Thompson is an embarrassment to NFL fans. There never has been a day when Troy Aikman couldn’t walk into the Cowboys offices. Elway in Denver? Same thing. This is an ugly divorce because the Packers were determined that it would end, whether Favre was ready or not. He went 13-3 last season and sealed his own fate, by buying those guys a couple of down-years with Rodgers if that was to happen. That same 13-3 and getting within one game of the Super Bowl got that GM & coach healthy extensions on THEIR deals, and this is how they repay him.

    If the Packers are so convinced that they’re better without Brett, why wouldn’t they grant him his release? Because Thompson is more concerned with being right, than doing the right thing. If Thompson/McCarthy’s job is to put the best team on the field, the the team that gives them the best chance to win, nobody can dispute that means welcoming Favre back the minute they knew he was serious about playing in ’08. Favre will play again but never for the Packers, and that is shameful.

  • http://tsw2.brianjb.net Brian

    I don’t fault the Packers for wanting to know Favre’s plans prior to the draft.  Sure, the heir was already on board, but a switch from Favre to Rogers requires re-tooling the entire offense.  The players may have been on vacation at that time, but the organization wasn’t.  You can’t fault them for expecting a reasonable amount of time for planning and preparation for a drastic change.