Finally some news to get excited about: Brett Favre is back!
I don't know about you, but I was super excited when I heard the news: Brett is back!
See, when he said he was done for good, I believed him, never mind the speculation suggesting otherwise in early May, and then in late June, and early July, and again in late July, and then on Monday morning and Monday afternoon. So imagine my surprise and joy when word broke Tuesday that he was on a plane to Minnesota! If only someone could have told me the precise time it took off or what type of plane it was.
Oh wait, someone did!
Now, I know some of you may not share my enthusiasm for Favre's return, believing that he's merely a gloryhound who is addicted to adulation and already receives way too much attention from the press. His never-ending comebacks all follow the same predictable script -- tearful goodbye, door left ajar, months of melodrama and denials followed by triumphant aw-shucks return -- and you're left to wonder why we in the media cover them as if we're breaking Watergate. To which I say, ask a representative group of Americans what subject they know more about: Watergate or
Personally, I even considered going full-time Favre. After all, someone started a blog devoted entirely to "obsessive coverage" of Florida quarterback
Still, think of all the great stories that await us this season. We'll receive blanket coverage of Favre throwing screen passes in practice (some will even be caught!) and read about the little boys and old ladies of Minneapolis who adore him (because he's so daggum normal!), and how his teammates are "honored" to play with him (until they decide to blast him like Jets teammates
Okay, so you probably could have, mainly because you already did when Favre really, really wanted to play for the Vikings last year, and again this May, and in June, and again in late July and, well, you get the point. But this time it's for real! No doubt Packer backers are pissed, right? Just listen to the venom of
Or get a load of the reaction from
Of course there are other fans who aren't quite as chipper, calling him a traitor and saying he ripped their hearts out. But surely Favre can empathize with their plight, right? "If you're true Packers fans you'd understand," Favre said Tuesday. Okay, so maybe empathy isn't his strong suit.
Best of all, I just know Favre is going to tear it up in Minnesota this year. Sure, he finished 21st in the league in passer rating in 2008, causing
What is important is what happens on Oct. 5 and again on Nov. 1: Packers-Vikings, first in Minnesota and then in Green Bay. Personally, I'm hoping for saturation coverage. I want
So let's treasure this season, as it is our last opportunity to hear from our all-American, Wrangler-wearing icon before he shuffles into the Mississippi sunset. At least until late next May, and then early June, and mid-July.....