You might remember Oct. 24, 2010, it was the last time that former Green Bay Packers icon turned Minnesota Viking Purple People Eater Brett Favre would touch the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field – and it’s the basis for “Last Day at Lambeau,” the film released last year about the whole Packers/Favre divorce.
Tonight, Saturday, March 2, the film will be screened in about an hour from now, 7 p.m., as part of the third annual Green Bay Film Festival in the ballroom at the Radisson Hotel & Conference, 2040 Airport Drive, Ashwaubenon.
If you’re in Green Bay or anywhere close, you might want to get yourself over there for the screening.
The film starts about one week before the October 2010 showdown between the Packers and Vikings and then takes the viewer back in time to when Favre “retired,” unretired and wanted to come back to the Packers, was traded to the New York Jets and eventually “retired” again – only to come back one more time to sign with the dreaded rival Vikings.
We all know the history. We all know that Favre would drive the Vikings through the 2009 season, including two wins over the Packers, and to the NFC Championship game where he got beaten to a pulp and threw the iconic interception that sealed the win for the Saints and the beginning of the end for Favre. Though Favre decided to come back one more time with the Vikings, the 2010 season was a nightmare. The Packers beat the Vikings twice that year, including the Oct. 24 game, Favre got creamed by the Bears, suffered a concussion, and his continuous game streak ended. He finished the year riding the bench and watching the Vikings tumble into disarray.
On top of it, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl championship as he was named the game’s MVP.
Though I haven’t seen the film (and am nowhere near Green Bay tonight), I remember that night well. I was there … on the sideline as a field photographer. I walked next to Favre as he made his way off the field and toward the locker room. He was exhausted, emotionally drained, and his eyes, reddened and moist, projected Favre’s emotions – he knew he was near the end.
“Last Day at Lambeau,” tells us the story and if you’re lucky enough to be there tonight … enjoy the show … and remember.
Here’s the trailer …