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Brett Favre and the 'H' word

Posted on: October 31, 2009 4:55 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2009 4:57 pm
 
GREEN BAY -- Former Packer LeRoy Butler remembers the time, a few years back, when a group of Packers players from the 1996 Super Bowl team wanted to organize a reunion. It was a nice idea but there was a problem.

When some former players phoned Favre and left messages for him, he didn't return their calls.

Some players weren't surprised they didn't hear from the All-Universe thrower. After all, Favre used to dress in a different locker area from the rest of the team.

The rift between Favre and the current Packers management may have started quite simply. Favre wasn't treated like a diva, and he took offense, and the relationship degraded from there.

Favre proponents believe he is a sincere warrior; Favre realists know better, understanding that Favre's ego is as potent as his arm.

The 'H' word is hate. Do some on both sides hate each other?

Probably not but there also isn't a great deal of like between former Packers players, current management and Favre.

The nerves were again exposed when Favre said this Minnesota team was the best he ever played on. It was met with a swift rebuke by some of Favre's former teammates who took genuine offense in interviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"To say that the team he's on now, after seven games, is better than the '96 team - that's just preposterous. Not only did we have the No. 1 defense in 1996, but we had No. 1 special teams," said Butler. "I bleed green and gold so much. I don't want somebody to beat my team. This is my team. I played 181 games, I was there before Brett, before Reggie White and Ron Wolf and everybody. This team means a lot to me, so when somebody calls up on the radio show: 'Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around' - it's almost a disrespectful slap in the face."

Said former tight end Mark Chmura: "I kind of went through the teams position by position and they just aren't as good as we were. And it all starts with Brett - Brett's not as good as he was. They have Adrian Peterson, but I think Chester Taylor is a guy. We had Dorsey (Levens) and Edgar (Bennett), that's pretty good balance. Our tight ends were clearly better (laughs). I may be biased. Their offensive line may be a little bit better. Our quarterback was 10 times better, our receivers were better, our special teams were much better.

"I mean, you're talking about the No. 1 defense in the league at that time, maybe one of the best defenses ever to play the game. Don't get me wrong. Favre is still a good quarterback, but he was unbelievable in the day. When we played back then, teams feared us. I don't know if teams fear the Minnesota Vikings today. We knew no one could beat us at home, absolutely nobody."

Then Chmura added: "I'm still green and gold all the way. I hate Minnesota; I can't stand Minnesota. I don't care if Brett is playing there. It didn't bother me, him with the Jets. But Minnesota I know personally I could never do it. I would just retire."

And that's what some of Favre's former teammates don't get and what makes them so angry at Favre. The Vikings? Really? The Vikings? Of all teams?

The game between Favre and his old team is big but it's not the game itself that makes this contest so fascinating. What's more important is that the game serves as a sort of gauge that measures the relationship between Favre, his old team and the fans.

It seems that some of Favre's teammates -- and not just a few of them -- aren't the biggest Favre fans.

Is it hatred? No.

But it's probably close.





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Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 12:52 pm
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

This coming from someone who's screen login is 'irregardless'.

Douchebag should be more like it.

In fairness, Brett Favre is dumb as a box of rocks. It might not be disrespect, just stupidity.

But yet he is obviously much smarter than you.....

 




Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

Brent isn't the greatest teammate, and that's a fact.  Brent only thinks of himself, and that's a fact.  If anyone thinks differently, obviously doesn't know.

I live in Green Bay, and know players who've played with him.  He wasn't the best teammate, and pretty much just kept to himself starting around 2001.

And to the ditt-iots still complaining over Limbaugh, get over it.  He never had a chance, it would've never happened.  Get over it and yourselves.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:36 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

I, being a Packers fan, am completely disgraced by this whole Brett Favre thing.  


I am completely over it. Favre acting like a little bitch has made me forget who he was.  I always thought he was a team player but hearing from him last week when he said The '09 Vikings are the best team he has ever played with made me question that.  Favre has turned into nothing but a attention junkie.


AvengersGirl, i would act the same exact way if someone like Randy Moss or Cris Carter would have came to the Green Bay Packers.  I would cheer for my team, but not those individual players




Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:33 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

You assume that lifelong Vikings fans like myself only became fans of Favre when he put on the purple.  Well that's just not true.  I for one have been a big Brett Favre fan since way back when he played for the Jets.



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:20 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

Chmura the deviant has been hitting the pipe.  Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens are the definition of "a guy".  Dorsey's career stats aren't much better than Chester Taylor, despite Taylor's only one year as a feature back.  Taylor's stats are better than Bennett's, and Chester is a better player than his stats.



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:15 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

Any predictions for the final score of today's game?  I'm calling it:

Vikings 38 - Packers 31

Anybody else?



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:05 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

How about a nice, little stroll down memory lane?



You can expect more of the same, today...



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 10:53 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

I have one word for your rant ......AWESOME!



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 10:46 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

tikibarber:  With all due respect let me say that was then and this is now.  I made a good amount of money betting against the Vikings in the Superbowl.  I plan to make some today bettong ON them against the Packers.  Good luck to you.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 10:44 am
 

Brett Favre and the 'H' word

Favre is the worst kind of person - a whiny, crying hypocrite who has no problem selling out his old teammates...I'm not a fan of either team, but today I'm a Green Bay Packers fan.  I hope they destroy Favre and the Vikings.


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