MINNEAPOLIS -- All was right in the Upper Midwest football universe Wednesday in the wake of
Fans of the Vikings could go back to disliking Favre, a nemesis nonpareil and a turncoat the likes of which they would abhor had he been pondering a move from Minnesota to Green Bay rather than vice versa. Meanwhile, Packers fans could revel in the Vikings' troubles on the eve of training camp the way good. nasty rivals are supposed to. Even those dairylanders who might have been rankled by the manner in which Favre ended, dragged out, then ended again his stellar career in Green Bay could get behind the quarterback now for putting Minnesota through a wringer one more time, as he had on all those Sundays, without ever taking off his ball cap.
Then things got even better: Almost instantly with the news that Favre had told Minnesota coach
The mass chortling you heard with that came from about 120 miles north of Milwaukee. Even most devilish Packers fan couldn't have made up this sort of stick-to-the-other-NFC-North-guys scenario.
There are, at a basic level, a couple of reasons why Vick to the Vikings might make sense. Minnesota's need at the quarterback position remains, made more extreme by the hemming and hawing of Favre that kept incumbent
A second reason Vick could make sense for Minnesota is simple: the Vikings already were prepared for a media circus geared to Favre's latest emergence from retirement. The satellite trucks, the helicopters, the national media personalities, the bloggers moved to actually pull on pants for the car ride all were poised to travel to Mankato, Minn., for the opening of camp Friday. That's halfway to the hysteria that will descend on whatever NFL team gives Vick a chance to resuscitate his pro career. Minus the PETA presence, anyway.
But Vick to the Vikings doesn't make sense in most other ways. Bringing in Favre would generate controversy, little "c,'' limited to sports and on-field antics. It would pit purple-and-white against green-and-gold, old against young, the now against the future, and that's about it. Bringing in Vick would mean Controversy, capital "C,'' creating on-field issues and dragging along much more serious off-field considerations. It would be Mossy Cade -- the former Packers safety convicted of sexual assault in 1987, then signed and almost instantly dumped by the Vikings in 1988 when confronted with a community uproar -- all over again. Times a thousand. Let's not forget that owner
Besides, the position already is crowded, with Jackson, Rosenfels, third-stringer
Might as well face it: Favre is going to be with the Vikings from the start of camp Friday through the end of their season, assuming it stops somewhere shy of Miami and Super Bowl XLIV. He won't -- barring a tweet from Hattiesburg and a late-night roster move -- complete a single pass for them, but he'll be there in spirit on every pass that T-Jack or Rosenfels does not complete. He'll be a shadow lurking over each shaky performance or crisis of confidence that any of the Vikings quarterbacks has.
Because of the Vikings' worthy but protracted flirtation with Favre, he will be their ghost of
Whenever they need some fourth-quarter heroics and sputter as the clock ticks away instead, he'll be there. Whenever a fan is in the mood to second-guess, well, almost anything, he'll be there.
Now with Favre's comments to