A couple weeks ago, I wrote this article; comparing my emotions from this whole Brett Favre-Packers saga to those of a child whose parents are getting a divorce.Â After citing irreconcilable differences, the divorce is official.Â The papers are signed.Â The once unthinkable has happened.Â The Packers have traded Brett Favre to the New York Jets.
As of Monday night, Packer Nation was expecting Favre to show up at Tuesdayâ€™s practice to begin competing against Aaron Rodgers for the starting quarterback job.Â In other words, Favre was going to be the starting QB come September 8th.Â But about 48 hours later, number four will try to continue this legacy in the bright lights of the Big Apple instead of the small town of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
I was in Green Bay Tuesday afternoon, covering what was supposed to be the return of the legendary leader of the Pack.Â But as the couple sat down, trying one last time to put the ugliness of the past five weeks behind them, it was decided by both parties that is was simply too late.Â As head coach Mike McCarthy alluded to Tuesday, the damage had been done.Â â€œThe he-said, she-said thing definitely took a toll.â€Â
Those of you who know me outside of what you read on this site, are well aware that I changed my voicemail to, â€œHey, this is David.Â I donâ€™t want to talk about itâ€ when Favre announced his retirement.Â If you thought I was depressed then, you should see me now.Â No amount of chocolate, wine, or Air Supplyâ€™s â€œAll Out of Loveâ€ can heel my broken heart.Â Ok, maybe Iâ€™m being a little facetious, but you get the point.
Referring back to my divorce article, I have finally chosen which parent I will live with.Â My feelings have wavered on an almost daily basis, but now itâ€™s official, J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!Â Donâ€™t get me wrong, I am still and always will be a Packers fan, but not nearly as die-hard as the past 16 years when Iâ€™ve cheered Brett as passionately off the field as he has played the game on it.Â
How all of this has played out makes me very suspicious of Packer GM Ted Thompson.Â My initial reaction is to call him a prick and a selfish bastard.Â He has claimed all along that he wanted to do the best to keep Favreâ€™s legacy in tact and that Thompson had Favreâ€™s best interests in mind.Â
Without certainty, Favre is the loser in this battle.Â He wanted to be the Packers starter.Â It didnâ€™t happen.Â He wanted to be released or traded to the Vikings.Â It didnâ€™t happen. Several sources have indicated that Favre would have preferred playing for the Bucs.Â It didnâ€™t happen.
TSB.net contributor Peter Christian calls me the only Packer fan friend he can talk to who will be reasonable about this situation.Â So this is not just me slurping Brett Favre worse than Rachel Nichols has the past couple days.Â
At least the saga is over.Â Now, I must lie alone with my head on my phone, thinking of Brett â€˜til it hurts.Follow paulmbanks