Here we go again.
When it seems the biggest diva in all of sports mellowed into an unselfish legend and future Hall of Famer, willing to guide the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl that fans have implored for years, Brett Favre is returning back to his old psyche.
There’s not a season progressing, without the famous quarterback of all-time crying out loud to the world.
And each season revolves around Favre, hijacked when he has difficulty making up his mind on if he returns or retires. But now the drama isn’t in relations of un-retiring or retiring saga. Instead he’s acting out in the usual self-centered, egotistic mindset, an impolite stunt that is now old news. Describing Favre is the equivalent of identifying an elderly man who’s stubborn-minded.
And trust me he’s utterly stubborn-minded. In what has altered to an annual routine, it’s difficult forecasting the future of a wishy-washy superstar with ego higher than image itself. Notice he was given a privilege to arrive at Minnesota in his casual wardrobe, which included a cap, regular t-shirt and sandals. Remember, he’s the favorable legend and wasn’t forced to attend mini-camp or training camp, skipping out on team preparations and meetings.
Needless to say, he’s a good friend of coach Brad Childress, the guy he apparently had a heated altercation on the sidelines in Sunday night’s game. So if he lobbied for Favre, coaxed that he scorns the well-respected franchise where he formerly laid a foundation, wouldn’t Favre suit well as Childress’ guy? With numbers speaking for themselves, indeed, Favre should be the favorable guy.
The Vikings were desperate enough to grant Favre with a lifetime dream. And this season he was able to prove the Cheesehead faithful wrong, unmasking to the world he still has enough in the tank. Admittedly, he’s playing better football than ever at the age of 40. His game still features customary arm-strength, unbelievable footwork, but flaws clouds a miraculous season when he musters spotlight for his un-retiring or retiring soap operas and holds a franchise hostage.
Until this day, Favre wearing a purple uniform is surreal and seeking vengeance against Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers, describes him as a traitor. At least a disgruntled population feels like they’ve been betrayed and stabbed in the back. Even though, Favre made a clear statement each time he faced the Packers, the season may actually backfire if he starts to decline.
The last thing the Vikings need is an engaging season to fizzle. The last thing the Vikings need is a disruption from Favre. The last thing the Vikings need is a crying Favre. The playoffs are quickly looming, meaning teams should have great chemistry and blend in as a team. And if angling to complete a wondrous season in his unthinkable rebirth, Favre is the wise man obligated in solidifying aspiration and stirring the Vikings to Super Bowl glory.
First, he must put aside the controversy. If not, life in the land of 10,000 lakes turns into the land of 10,000 Favre Tales. From a 11-3 record, leading the NFC North, with currently a No. 2 seed in the NFC, a robust franchise like the Vikings haven’t had this much limelight in decades. Meanwhile, throwing a remarkable season away is pitiful.
So escaping minor controversy that suddenly turned into a media frenzy is huge deal the last few days and could cause the Vikings to stumble in the playoffs. It doesn’t take long for mood swings to take a stance, or player-coaching clashes. That’s all the hoopla materializing within Favre and Childress.
During the press conference on Sunday, in a childish mode, Favre acted like the biggest laughingstock and clown when he’s really not. Still, when he could be described as one, it’s no reason to laugh at the man who has changed the unpleasant mood, and silent nights in a miserable town. But we could mock Favre for acting like a laughingstock and clown, just because he felt his presence was significant when Childress wanted to yank him from the game Sunday night in Charlotte.
And no he wasn’t yanked for his dictating attitude, in an emotional game against the Packers when Favre changed a running play at the line of scrimmage and threw down the field for an incomplete pass on a 3rd-and-10 with 3:27 remaining. According to reports, Childress was ticked off and was ready to pull him from the game.
Most of all, Childress is trying to keep Favre healthy for the postseason. He realizes his age is a factor and body can’t take hard, quick blows. He realizes surviving and passing the first round of the playoffs are exigent. So removing him from the game is a way to salvage health, as the intentions are not to punish the veteran quarterback, especially after witnessing relentless and star-studded performance week in and week out.
While the Vikings owned a 7-6 lead, Childress wanted to remove Favre and was aiming towards a different direction. But as a stubborn-minded Favre insisted he’d stay in the game, to keep from further confrontation, he left him in the game. Any coach would fear for their player’s health, if Julius Peppers the monstrous pass rusher, knocked Favre viciously to the turf multiple times.
The Vikings’ offense was discombobulated at times, which is stunning when considering it’s the much-robust, deepest team in the league. Adrian Peterson hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in nearly five games. But let me ensure you, he hasn’t gone anywhere. He’ll be back. Better now, than latter. So can this team win the Super Bowl?
I’ll rank them at the very top. The Vikings can upset the once unbeaten New Orleans Saints, if Favre and Childress cease banging heads on the sideline and the damn-near retired vet finds his bottomless receiving core. He’s fortunate to have loaded weapons in receivers, like Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe. But now, the annoying controversy must end to put away all disruptions within a team on a mission to become NFL’s centerpiece in the playoffs and Super Bowl champs.
There’s no need to cry at press conferences. Or admit he wants to play. Believe it or not, Childress knows what is best for his team, and at that point, he felt yanking Favre was the next resort. Thanks to Favre’s personal emotions of insensitive remarks or even a coaching change, endless hoopla is difficult to revoke.
To dismiss a publicity tale, Favre might want to listen to his coach.