Tell me if this sounds familiar.
The Packers are down 23-17 with 1:07 remaining in the game. Favre steps back and hits his receiver with a 42-yard strike. The team races down field to line up again; Favre’s arms flailing around, pointing, directing until he goes under center again with the clock ticking. Favre drops back hits his target in the endzone and the Packers pull out a nail biter for the win.
Well, that 42-yard pass was to Sterling Sharpe; the touchdown pass was to Kitrick Taylor; and on that day in 1992, against the Bengals, a Hall of Famer had been born despite his five fumbles.
That type of last minute heroics, the masterful craft of the hurry up offense that was perfected by Favre, all worked to make him better known as: The Comeback Kid.
On Nov. 1, Favre will be doing a different comeback, when he comes back to Green Bay as a Viking; something that is taboo and unthinkable, even now, to most Packers fans.
Lambeau Field will literally be a ward of mixed emotions, and rightfully so.
Favre to Green Bay was like a child to their parents. We watched Favre grow from a kid into a man, we embraced his tears of joy while remaining empathetic to his tears of sorrow, we struggled with his drug addiction, we yelled and screamed at the top of our lungs at his often exampled miscues and poor decisions, and we even felt the pain that comes with a child telling us they are leaving home.
But in the grand scheme of things there is one point I haven’t mentioned.
This is football, baby!
Favre can find a job being the next great water boy and it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, matter in the slightest.
This matchup—one of two—is incredibly important. The ramifications, and postseason implications, this game has is huge to say the least, and that is what we, and the team, need to focus on—period!
Will it be somewhat difficult to see Favre donning a Vikings jersey? Of course it will, but things are what they are. He is still the man in tundra-land so please oh please let’s move on.
Favre, probably more than anyone, knows this to be true. Minnesota has a very good team as do the Packers, so this matchup, as well as the other, will undoubtedly have a major impact on the end of the season—the team, and the fans, needs to focus on that.
Look, there is no way to sugar coat this at all. Favre is a Viking now, and so be it. As much as we all hate it—since the Vikings are a division rival—we just have to wade our way through the mire. But if the focus is on Favre, what type of service does that provide to the rest of the team—Rodgers especially!
It is a new era in Green Bay and new eras in the football realm are never easy grant it, but they are times where the fans really need to embrace and stand on their own two feet.
How many of you remember Majkowski, as a Lion, going against Favre in Green Bay when he (Majkowski) first returned home brandishing a division rival jersey?
For those of us who do remember, it was atrocious. In that game, the “Majik Man” as we came to know him, seemingly lost his wand—going 15-for-32 for a mere 153 yards, a single TD, and an embarrassing five sacks.
That game made it easier for Packers’ fans to adjust to the “new kid.” Now, admittedly, we probably won’t have the same situation here, but the point remains.
The Packers have a job to do as do the Vikings and Favre.
The fans will never forget the years and years of excitement, leadership, and personal relationship they had with Favre, but Green Bay fans also NEVER forget there are 16 chances to get to the postseason, and in the end, that is what matters most.
Initial difficulty figuring out whether to cheer or boo?
But remember, there is a another “new kid” now, and we are in an impasse; a transition if you will, just like when Favre took over for Majkowski—and we were all calling for his head against Cincinnati, screaming to have Ty Detmer put in, think about that for a second—thank god coaches DON’T always listen to us fans.
I wish Favre the best in his endeavor, I really do. I thank him for the memories and the things he did for us fans and this team.
But I also know one thing.
It is always hard to say goodbye, but it is far easier to say hello!