"I wasn't paying much attention. The North Star Coffee Lounge seemed like a fairly safe haven from our storms. There are some you go into - in this line of work - that you know will be heavy. The details don't matter. All you know, for sure, is that your brain starts humming with brutal vibes as you approach the front door. Something wild and evil is about to happen; and it's going to involve YOU."
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
I don't know what it says about being a Packer fan in 2008 that the only thing I can relate it to is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but...well, there we are. So I'm doing what I hate, commenting on things that I know little about and pretending it matters. I sort of gave myself a free pass on the lack of posts for that reason and I realized it comes off as whining. So, again, here we are.
Us Packer fans are just sweet kids from the burbs trying to make it in the big city and this offseason is messing with us like a couple punks in the park slapping our brown bag lunch to the pigeons. First off we have Dr Z at SI picking the Vikings to win the dang Superbowl. Which is ridiculous assuming the other teams are allowed to play the season too, but it's still aggravating.
Now we have Peter King weighing in on the whole Favre unretirement saga. Here's the thing Pete. You gave up any sense of credibility you had years ago. If I want to know who has the best potato salad in training camp we'll give you a ring ok buddy? Otherwise please stop talking. A Packer nightmare? How is it a Packer nightmare?
On the one hand you have the most beloved player in franchise history, who, when the season was over everyone assumed would be back for one last run at a title. Then he changed some of that talk with his retirement. But at the end of the day we're still debating whether the team would want Favre to quarterback them next year or hand over the reins to an injury prone backup.
The worst case scenario being that Aaron Rodgers would walk away after his deal expires and sign with another team. Which would leave the Packers with 1 more season of a Hall of Fame QB at the helm and an acceptable heir in Brian Brohm as his backup. So, where's the nightmare?
Is it because fans fear he would tarnish his legacy? How? Fans remember the good years. No one remembers Unitas and Namath at the end of the run, they talk about when they were great. Anyone own an Emmitt Smith Cardinals jersey? Seriously, anyone?
Also, as is pointed out, Favre had a great year statistically last season. It doesn't look like he's finished. So if he has something left in the tank why exactly would the Packers trade him for a third rounder? Because it's "best for all involved?" It's best for NO ONE involved except for Aaron Rodgers. Who may be about to go all Steve Young on us or maybe he'll be out of the league in 2 years. We don't know.
I'm not saying Favre should come back. I'd enjoy it, but I'd also enjoy seeing a young guy like Rodgers try to win over his teammates too. I just want to remind people that the retarded logic strutted out by SI and ESPN warrants a skeptical eye nowadays. Throw out all the retirement stuff, throw out all of the nauseating commentary from the Chuckles on TV (which is a lot, I know) and just ask yourself what is best for your team? The proven commodity (with some baggage) or the unknown. I can see both sides of it, what I can't see is making a decision based on how pissed off the backup QB will feel about it.