Well of course the biggest news in Packerland right now is obviously the retirement of Brett Favre... I was probably the most heartbroken person in the universe upon learning of his decision and I doubt I shall ever recover. I don't need to remind you of all the wonderful things Brett Favre has done for the Packers in his career... without him we never would have regained the glory that we once had under Vince Lombardi. I can only imagine what Vince would have thought if he'd been the coach in Green Bay when Favre was brought there. Aside from slapping Ron Wolf upside the head, I imagine he would have been at his wits end with Favre before training camp even began.
I think the thing I'll miss most about Brett is his joy. Everyone knows what I'm talking about and I bet you're smiling as you read this. Terry Bradshaw described it as "infectious." That is, everyone around him feels that spirit and joy that he so vibrantly possesses. I'll miss swearing at him one moment and worshipping him the next. I'll miss those crazy touchdowns, that for any other quarterback, would have been intercepted. I'll miss the soundbytes that were always a good laugh. I'll miss that goofy smile and the filthy baseball cap... I'll miss the jeans, the t-shirt filled with holes, the flip flops, and the Monday Morning Scruff that always graced each press conference. But most of I'll just miss the guy... the guy you could just as soon as mowing his lawn as you could hurling game-winning touchdowns. Yes I'll miss more than anything in the world... Brett Favre being Brett Favre.
That said, we unfortunately must look on to the future... *gulp*... without Brett Favre. I'm sure Aaron Rodgers was the only person in Green Bay remotely happy to hear the news because now he gets his chance to try to be Steve Young, that is, take over for a legend. The only thing I can say for the kid is Good Luck, bud, you'll need it. We Packer fans are devoted to Favre and can rattle off his stats the way a preacher can Bible verses. We don't welcome change to much and we sure don't like losing. We don't put up with jerks and don't tolerate egos. We love our Packers more than anything else in the world... they are our religion... and Lambeau Field is our place of worship. If you do one thing to taint the wonderful team that we have now, you'll be finding yourself face down in a snowpile... and on the first flight out of Green Bay. Basically, it's win now, or else.... Okay so ghere'll a few bumps. Granted you haven't played full-time in a while... but we won't give you long put up or shut up. You have some very large shoulder pads to fill... we don't expect you to BE Brett Favre. Hell no one can ever be Brett Favre. But we do expect greatness. Untarnished, glorified, masterpience of football. Nothing less than the best. That's what we expect from you. That's a lot to deliver.
So all I can say is, Much love to Brett... forever and ever he will be my hero. And oh yeah... good luck, Aaron.
Until next time!