Yes, the Minnesota Vikings have dropped three of their last four, all on the road, and are staring a wild card match right in the face.
They were 10-1, Brett Favre and the offense were clicking, and this team was thinking Super Bowl.
But then, as so many Favre-haters had predicted, the previously unbeatable Favre began his “late-season fade” and had his worst game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals.
That game prompted articles galore against Favre, suggesting it was “merely the beginning,” and that the end would be near. Read more…
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Thursday, December 31, 2009
It’s official. Brett Favre is human, and as much as you may despise him, he’s apparently pretty honest, too.
He admitted he wasn’t at the top of his game during the Jets’ five-game slide to end 2008. But he also said he would have gladly hit the bench, and probably even for good.
He’s even declaring 2009 as his “the streak may end” campaign, and regardless of your opinion on him as a player, his personality, or his supposed hidden agendas, that’s damn respectable.
He’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and for all intents and purposes, he’s still “got it.”
But he’s not an idiot. He may talk as if he were one. He may wear dirty, crusty red hats that only under-paid (are they under-paid?) fat truckers would wear.
But damn me if I’m wrong; this guy is honest.
Maybe to a fault, but still. You have to admire Favre’s recklessness. His love for the game.
Because no matter which side you’re on: Green Bay’s, Minnesota’s, or hate the NFL altogether, this is still a remarkable story.
Oh, and the best part? We’re just getting started.
Favre was done, people. He truly was. ESPN’s “Skip” Bayless had it right. Favre was done after retiring from New York, and he wasn’t kidding around when he shot-down the Vike’s before training camp, either.
Call him an OCD gambler, but the guy just couldn’t kick the habit. He simply couldn’t pass up the chance at going out on top. Or at least coming close.
But the best part in this entire “Favre Saga”, as many journalists so eloquently put it, is Favre’s calm demeanor and realistic outlook on everything.
He’s not coming back for revenge. Not completely, anyways. That would be foolish, and even he admits it.
He’s not shy about hating Ted Thompson or feeling spurned by the Packers. That stuff is true. But to come back and risk it all for two lousy games that he might even lose? It’s not worth it.
It has nothing to do with the stats, his legend, or (now that we’ve heard from the horse’s mouth) that remarkable streak he started 16 years ago.
Love him or hate him, it’s time to open your mind to the possibility that Favre may actually have something left to give the NFL.
Even if it’s for less than 16 games.