Posted 07/12/2008 at 11:44 AM
We just can’t get enough of Brett Favre. Either Favre is either completely wrapped in his own aims to be oblivious to how pathetic this situation looks and how poorly he is treating his team and fans or he is truly an attention whore that does not want us to forget about him. His legacy is well past tarnished already given how poorly he played the last few years and how his great aberration season in 2007 ended with a typical interception in the biggest of spots so those Favre loyalists who can’t stand to see this situation play out need to just come to terms with it. Favre is certainly not the first high profile athlete to go through this type of charade (although Favre may be the first do it four years in a row) but we’ve been blinded by his rugged everyman qualities and placed him on a pedestal where this type of behavior was unfathomable.
Right now it is a no-win situation all-around. We projected the Packers to fall short of expectations in 2008 earlier this spring and with this bizarre situation we are feeling better and better about that prediction no matter what happens. If Favre comes back to the Packers and stinks, the Packers look stupid. If Aaron Rodgers stinks or gets hurt and Favre is released the Packers look stupid. If Favre plays elsewhere the Packers look stupid. If Favre plays well elsewhere the Packers look really stupid. The best case scenario for the Packers is to trade Favre and get something for him and have him change his mind about playing before the season starts. Even if he plays and struggles fans will be mad about letting Favre play his last game elsewhere.
Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Baltimore have been mentioned as the top contenders to take on Favre. The Minnesota thought is sexy but it won’t happen on either side unless something truly remarkable occurs. None of those scenarios have as much potential for a Super Bowl run as playing in Green Bay might but the Packers have clearly (and rightfully) put their foot down here. Packer fans have more reason to be upset with the management as it appears the past few months have been filled with lies about the Favre situation and ongoing communication between the two parties. At any rate it has been a fun story to follow if you’re not a Packer fan, if you are, we feel sorry for you but this is what you get for being too attached to one player and not looking out for the good of the franchise the past few years. The Packers should have put an end to Favre’s on-going back-and-forth retirement talk years ago and let him know they wouldn’t stand for it. They also should not have given him such a special contract to keep him in a situation where he can continue to waffle each year. It can be harsh to kick out the face of your team but once you start treating one player above the rest, you start to have problems even though we all assumed nothing like this could ever happen with Favre.