Sacred Cows Make The Tastiest Burgers - Even At Brett Favre's Steakhouse
I fully realize that, at least in the eyes of some, Brett Favre is an icon who can absolutely do no wrong. That said, in the words of Billy C. Wirtz, it's the sacred cows that make the tastiest burgers.
By showing up at a Lambeau Field luxury box during Sunday's Family Night scrimmage, I think Brett Favre showed absolutely no class. There I've said it - the icon showed no class!
I have no idea how the extended Kabuki dance currently being played out between Favre and the Packers will end? I do know though that it could have all be avoided had Favre either not retired in the first place or not declined numerous opportunities to "un"-retire during the off-season. That's water over the bridge though because now the icon wants back in.
Favre arrived In Green Bay Sunday evening via private jet. While breathless reporters described his reception as being at rock star levels, the truth was that there were maybe 100 people hanging out at the airport. While Favre is undoubtedly still beloved in Packer Nation, it's not like crowd control was a major issue Sunday night.
In any event, after arriving, Favre got into his SUV and headed home (followed by aerial photographers in a scene reminiscent of O.J. Simpson's Bronco chase). Not happy to simply order food and chill out, Favre and his entourage then immediately sped to Lambeau Field in order to send a message to the team that he was back - whether they wanted him or not!
Why would Favre rush to a Lambeau Field suite? Because he wanted to see how the team looked? Because he wanted to enjoy the luxury box cuisine? Because he had nothing else to do after he set his dvr to record "Mad Men"? No, no and probably not.
Favre rushed to Lambeau Field in order to show up Ted Thompson and the Packers. If it was just Thompson that he was trying to make look bad, it wouldn't matter so much. Instead however he took away attention from the team during their first appearance of the season. He clearly (and perhaps correctly) perceives himself as being bigger than the team and isn't shy about demonstrating that at every opportunity.
Like every Packers fan, I've been a huge supporter of Favre over the years. If he really gives the Packers the best chance to win this year (something I'm not completely convinced of), then I think he should be the starting quarterback. That said, the prima donna act may start to wear thin after he's thrown his fifth interception that gets run back for a touchdown.
Regardless, Favre seems to have forgotten that football is a team game. Otherwise, he would have simply reported for his physical on Monday instead of trying to upstage the team by showing up Sunday night.
Reports this morning suggest that Favre might be reconsidering his desire to play in light of the impact his actions are having on team chemistry. That would probably not be the worst thing in the world - for either Favre or the Packers.