Chicks Dig Scars. Viking Week: Is Brett Favre Trying to Repair his Image with Packer Fans?
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:
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!)