Son's Loyalty to Favre Divides Wisconsin Family
by Irv N. Michaels, The Pigskin Weekly Journal
For as long as Mort Gunderson can remember, he's been a Green Bay Packers fan. "Being a Packer backer is in my family's blood, just like ice fishing, aged cheese, and the family business." said Gunderson, a third generation manure salesman from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. "It's who we Gunderson's are. All of us 'cept my boy."
Gunderson's "boy," 19-year old Scottie Gunderson, no longer considers himself a Packers fan. His loyalty, he claims, belongs instead to his boyhood idol. "I support Brett Favre, and so I support the Minnesota Vikings." said the younger Gunderson. "And if my family can't accept that, well then I just don't know what to tell 'em." This stance, according to Scottie's mother Jinny Gunderson, is completely unacceptable. "First off, no son of mine is going to wear purple. It's fruity. So there's that." said the 44-year old mother of six. "But rooting for that team with that Judas as their quarterback? Why that'll getcha kicked right out of the Gunderson home, you know!"
So venomous, in fact, is the Gunderson's disdain for Favre, and for the former Packer star's new team, they recently fired their son from his job as a warehouse worker at the family's manure store. "I was a Warehouse Technician there, and they fired me." said Scottie. "They got rid of their own son just because I root for Brett and the Vikes." Jinny, the Accounts Receivables Manager at Son of a Gunderson's Manure & Soil, does not deny her son's claim. "Your darn tootin' we fired him! When you wear a Vikings number 4 jersey to our store, you can doggone bet your bottom dollar you're gettin' the boot. And let's be clear. The boy lifted manure to and from the shelves! He wasn't a gosh darned technician!"
Mort Gunderson, though he understands his son's admiration of Favre while he was the quarterback of the Packers, cannot relate to his son's current state of mind. "Scottie grew up watching Favre with the Pack, so I can see how he came to respect and admire the man. I just don't think my son fully understands the evil that is today's Favre." said the elder Gunderson. "I mean did you see that crackback he threw on that Wilson kid from the Texans? Satan himself, vile, purple blood coursing through his veins, couldn't have thrown a dirtier block."
Both the Vikings and the Packers open their regular season schedules on Sunday, September the 13th. The teams first head-to-head meeting is on Monday night, October the 5th, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Jinny Gunderson says that her son has been warned about showing up to the family's home that night in Viking purple. "Purple is just a combination of black and blue, you know? If he wants his body to match that lame jersey of his, he'll show up to my front door wearing it."