Before diving into this, may I introduce myself? I’m Anita. I have a problem. I’m a Green Bay Packer fan. I think that pretty much explains everything.  I look forward to posting my occasional point of view.  Whether you agree (or not!),  I’ll try to make it fun! I’m calling my column, ” Chicks Dig Scars.”  I not only love football, but I’m kind of a hockey junkie (Go Red Wings), as well. Oh, and Notre Dame (been here since ’92. Go Irish…sigh!).

Now, on to business:

If looks could kill.....

The body language kinda says it all, doesn't it? "I hate you." "I hate you, more."

So, Brett Favre had a conference call with the Packer media on Wednesday.  Gone was the combative defiance of last year’s pre-Lambeau showdown.  The edge to Favre’s voice was absent.  There were no subtle digs at his former team, comments that served to enrage Packer fans who had rooted for him 16 years, poured money into his charities, sympathized when his father passed and when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, defended his every move, and turned a blind eye when tales of his pill popping, barhopping and skirt chasing surfaced.  He almost seemed contrite, calling the Packer faithful a “great fanbase.”  He now claims that it is a privilege to step on Lambeau Field again, and that he never took it for granted ( really, Brett, REALLY? ).  He swiftly deflected any questions regarding his “Croc texting,” issues.  He almost seemed to be in damage control mode.  It was as if a light had gone off above his head and he realized, “This could be the last time I’m in front of these people. Maybe I’d better suck up a little.”  This guy has spent the better part of the past two years running down the Packer organization to anyone that will listen.  Now, he’s suddenly nostalgic? Please. The man wants a standing O from his former fans, win or lose on Sunday night. Plain and simple.  He’s trying to repair his legacy because he knows that his body is breaking down, and the word “retirement” is no longer being met with a smirk and a shrug, but with acceptance.

He even waxed poetic about Ted Thompson.  THAT’S when the red flags went up for me.  I was reminded of a line from The Blind Side, when Tim McGraw’s character asked his wife, ”How did those words taste coming out?” and she answered,  “Like vinegar.”  But my skepticism hit critical mass when the Old Gunslinger said,  in regards to a question about he and Aaron Rodgers’ current relationship, “We don’t speak.  But, there’s no hard feelings.”  Upon reading that, I immediately Tweeted, “I believe exactly HALF that statement.”  Oh, I definitely believe that he and Rodgers don’t speak.  I also know that Aaron Rodgers tends to remember those who have doubted, slighted, or treated him badly, so I’m thinking that there are some hard feelings on the part of #12 when it comes to Brett Favre.    Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel penned a rather eye opening column last month that confirmed what many (rational) Packer fans already knew regarding how the young man from California was treated in the wake of Brett’s departure.  A lot of that treatment could have been avoided if Brett had treated the guy like a teammate, instead of gum stuck to the bottom of his shoe.  I mean, the man actually told the media that it wasn’t his job to mentor or help the kid. What?!  His treatment of Rodgers has even filtered down to younger players who never played with #4.  Bryan Bulaga, the Packers rookie offensive tackle from Iowa, in an interview ( Tuesday’s with Wilde, 10/19/10, ESPN Milwaukee ),  is quoted as saying,  I don’t know how it was with A-Rod and Brett. But, I heard it wasn’t great. It wasn’t great, and with Cliff, it’s nothing like that. He brings me in to help me out, rather than not telling me anything. And outside of meetings and the locker room, he’s a good guy. He takes care of me. If I have any questions, he helps me out.” You see, Mr. Favre, THAT is how you handle a young teammate, even one that was drafted to take your place, eventually.  Nicely done, Chad Clifton.  You are a team player.

The tone of the interview certainly worked, if Twitter is any indication. Suddenly, a large number of Tweeps who had gleefully poked fun at the “Old Dongslinger,” (tm Jason Whitlock) the past couple of years, were suddenly confessing that they actually still love the guy. I agree that time heals all wounds, and that someday, the same people that booed Brett Favre will welcome him back into the Packer fold to honor him and put his name on the ring with Bart Starr and Reggie White (who Favre would have never won a Super Bowl without). Personally, I think it will take a few years. I know it will for me. The disgust I feel whenever I see him in that fugly purple uniform has not waned.  The glee in which I watch him squirm for sending pictures of his private parts to a woman not much older than his daughter, is palatable.  Perhaps my feelings for Favre will be bittersweet, eventually, and I’ll start remembering the touchdowns instead of the soul crushing interceptions.   But I’m not holding my breath.

Let’s just say that I’m not easily fooled. I saw Wednesday’s interview as the words of a master manipulator who has spent nearly two decades pulling the wool over the eyes of adoring fanbases and the fawning media. Personally, I’d love to see Clay Matthews get to know Brett Favre on a personal basis on Sunday night, and I’d love to see that spotlight shine favorably on the quarterback who deserves a break from this entire situation.  And that’s the guy in the Green and Gold uniform.

I’d also like to see Colin Cowherd (whom I loathe with the white hot intensity of 1000 suns), who spent the better part of this week running down Rodgers on his ESPN radio show, have to eat a big ol’ shit burger next week. (I love Major League!)

 

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  • Geno

    Great column Anita. I’ll look forward to more of your posts. Yeah, and Brent is pretty much a dick.

  • Anita

    Thanks! And yes, he is!

  • http://mike BigSnakeMan

    Yeah, I’m not buying in either.

    I’m glad I got the opportunity to see Brett play for the Packers. He provided us with many great moments as well as some frustrating ones. Maybe more importantly, he helped make it fun to be a Packer fan again after plenty of years of the team being a league laughing stock.

    But the fact that ’4′ was a great quarterback was only a small part of the reverence that fans like myself held for him. It was the way he played the game and the image that he projected that caused him to be put on a pedestal. Now we know that image was a facade built largely in our own minds, with the national media only too happy to be complicit in the deception.

    Eventually Favre will rightly be honored in Green Bay as one of the all-time Packer greats. And while I will fondly remember all that he accomplished in a Packer uniform, I will never again view him in the same light that I once did.

    In the end, we may even owe #4 an ironic debt of gratitude for pointing out the fallacy of putting too much faith and empathy in those individuals that play games for our entertainment.

  • Tarynfor 12

    There should not be one single fan in the Green Bay Nation,to feel ashamed of how they cheered,reveled and even at times acted blasphemously because WE had Favre and others didn’t.
    Many are asked to”turn a cheek” after being hit(in many different ways)so the fans of Favre,then and now,should not feel shame that they have “closed an eye” toward concerns of Favre, then and now.
    The most important thing for all is just rejoice in the great things he aided in bringing us and not sour those memories for the lowly moments of watching and worst,aiding and abetting to have his shame outweigh our right to remember the good.I rather have Favre synonymous as a great Packer and let Minn relish in the shame he has brought them via the JETS.
    The Hatred and Love of Favre runs deep on both sides of this aisle and will for a much longer time then anyone of us should care to.
    Like the fight manager of Apollo Creed begged before the re-match of doom for him “LET IT GO,LET IT GO”.

  • http://mike BigSnakeMan

    For what it’s worth, I now view ’4′ as just another great football player; nothing more, nothing less.

    The tragedy is that he was, and could have been, so much more in the manner of Starr and a select few others in Packer lore. The fact that he won’t be (in my mind, at least) is a real shame.

  • http://www.retaggr.com/page/crichar3 Chris

    BSM noted: “…while I will fondly remember all that he accomplished in a Packer uniform, I will never again view him in the same light that I once did. I now view ’4′ as just another great football player; nothing more, nothing less. The tragedy is that he was, and could have been, so much more in the manner of Starr and a select few others in Packer lore. The fact that he won’t be (in my mind, at least) is a real shame.”

    This is completely spot on. Favre will get his moment and people will cheer. But I will have a hard time mustering the same kind of enthusiasm for that day that I would have if he had ended his career with his retirement in March 2008. As it is, he diminished his own currency as far as I am concerned.

  • http://greenbaypackernation.com John Rehor

    Great first post! Welcome to Pocket Doppler-look forward to more of your writing

  • http://mike BigSnakeMan

    Nothing like a ’4 take’ to generate a lot of conversation. Just for the hell of it (because I have no life) I went back in the archives here and looked at all the posts regarding Favre. What surprised me most, aside from the sheer volume, was how pertinent and relevant most of what has been written here still is, even dating back almost 2 years. A lot of what was speculation at the time turned out to be mostly true.

  • Anita

    “Eventually Favre will rightly be honored in Green Bay as one of the all-time Packer greats. And while I will fondly remember all that he accomplished in a Packer uniform, I will never again view him in the same light that I once did.”

    THIS is me, as well. It almost makes me sad. The past two and a half years have tarnished what was once special.

    Makes me wonder. If Favre had acted a little more like Clifton is with Bulaga (in regards to his non-mentoring and open hostility towards Rodgers), would things have been different? If he had shown simple common respect towards him (such as answering Rodgers’ call, or telling him, “Look, this is between me and the team. It’s business and I’m sorry you’re stuck in the middle.”) would the public been a little more tolerant of #12 in the summer of ’08? People lead by example and sports fans are the biggest sheep on the face of the earth. If Favre treated that kid like crap, there must be a reason for it, right? So, let’s boo him. Let’s key his truck and write nasty things on his driveway. Let’s teach our KIDS to swear at him. Good GOD.

    If Favre was really interested in mending fences with his former fanbase, his first apology should be to Aaron Rodgers. Then he can worry about the rest of us.

    Oh, wait. I take that back. His first public apology should be to his wife for being a douchebag. THEN he can apologize to Rodgers.

    Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of his arse on Sunday night, too. Eyeroll.