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July 15, 2008 9:59 PM

Drew Cartoon: Hostage Crisis

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I think what Brett Favre is doing to the Green Bay fans is horribly unjust. He supposedly made up his mind to retire back in March but now wants to drag Packers fans through the emotional ordeal of choosing between their loyalty to the team and their loyalty to a quarterback who has been the franchise for the better part of his career. Count me among the few who sees Favre as a bit of a prima donna. I found him smug and condescending during the press conferences I covered for the News during Super Bowl XXXII. I find his recent reverse retirement decision very unfair to a lot of people, mostly to the fans who supported him through thick and thin. Do you agree or not?



Discussion

  • July 16, 2008

    11:27 AM

    Kimberly writes:

    As many of my friends know, I am not a fan of Brett Favre. This does not mean I don't respect him for his incredible talent for playing the game. He has shattered numerous records and definitely deserves to be in the hall of fame. I have seen many games where he orchestrated some amazing plays, and I think he is a competent player of the game. It is his leadership that I have a problem with.

    My beef with him as a quarterback began in 1997 when the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos were about to compete for the championship title of Super Bowl XXXII. During a pre game interview Brett Favre told the reporter things like his team was far superior and this game was all but a sure win for him. He was so arrogant. His attitude did not convey a pride in his team; it was a pompous player who needed attention. When John Elway was interviewed, he acknowledged that his team was about to face one of the best in league and he was honored to be a part of the game. He mentioned how talented Favre is and how he's looking forward to facing him. Elway is and will always be a class act.

    I have followed the Broncos since high school. I fell in love with them because of Elway. I am not a fair weather fan. After Elway left, I remained a fan. I love their uniforms, and I love that they are in Denver. Colorado is one of my favorite states to visit. I love talking trash even when my team isn't doing so well. I grieve when the season comes to an end and anticipate the upcoming season. I respect a lot of teams and a lot of players, but I am loyal to my team. All this being said, I feel that I have an open mind when it comes to other teams and players. Ever since that "Super Bowl incident" I lost respect for Favre as a leader.

    So now Brett Favre has decided he doesn't want to retire yet. Remember those tears he shed as he told us all goodbye? I really believed him, and I thought what a great way to end his career. He practically took his team all the way after a devastating season the year before. On his way out he broke another record for most passing yards for a quarterback in the final season. But will it be his final season?

    He reportedly contacted the team about a month after he announced his retirement in March expressing in interest in playing another season. Green Bay officials immediately sent a negotiator down to Mississippi to talk to Favre as they were quite interested in keeping their quarterback. After waffling for a few days, Favre backed out of the deal and the talks were over.

    Favre expressed interest in returning to Green Bay again in June, but he was told that things have changed and his role with the team would be included in these changes. According to Packer's coach, Mike McCarthy Favre has said, "give me my helmet or give me my release." Now, I am a fan of the game. I don't know much about the draft or coaching, but even I know that once Favre announced his retirement the team needed to move on. I can't imagine the dilemma that this attention seeking brat is putting the staff through right now. I try to imagine Elway pulling a stunt like this. Would I just want my QB to play? Would I care about the turmoil it would be causing? I wanted Elway to stay another season, but I also respected him for bowing out on top.

    Green Bay fans are rallying up in Wisconsin wearing number four jerseys and chanting, "We want Brett." Do they realize he is asking for a release? If he can't have his original position with GB he wants to be free to sign with another team. How about the Vikings? Part of me would love that. Can you imagine the drama? And what about Aaron Rodgers? This kid has been behind Favre the past three years and now this is his chance. If the management decides that Favre missed his opportunity, the fans are never going to rally behind the new guy. He doesn't stand a chance. I think the fans should be a little more thoughtful about this situation. Remember, kids, your boy left you.

    I feel this is just another ploy for attention. I know how boring it is down here in Mississippi. Perhaps he should start a car dealership or maybe an arena football team. I think he is causing a lot of problems. He had his chance to return back in April. We will survive after you, Brett. Life will go on. Get over yourself.

  • July 16, 2008

    11:28 AM

    Kimberly writes:

    As many of my friends know, I am not a fan of Brett Favre. This does not mean I don't respect him for his incredible talent for playing the game. He has shattered numerous records and definitely deserves to be in the hall of fame. I have seen many games where he orchestrated some amazing plays, and I think he is a competent player of the game. It is his leadership that I have a problem with.

    My beef with him as a quarterback began in 1997 when the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos were about to compete for the championship title of Super Bowl XXXII. During a pre game interview Brett Favre told the reporter things like his team was far superior and this game was all but a sure win for him. He was so arrogant. His attitude did not convey a pride in his team; it was a pompous player who needed attention. When John Elway was interviewed, he acknowledged that his team was about to face one of the best in league and he was honored to be a part of the game. He mentioned how talented Favre is and how he's looking forward to facing him. Elway is and will always be a class act.

    I have followed the Broncos since high school. I fell in love with them because of Elway. I am not a fair weather fan. After Elway left, I remained a fan. I love their uniforms, and I love that they are in Denver. Colorado is one of my favorite states to visit. I love talking trash even when my team isn't doing so well. I grieve when the season comes to an end and anticipate the upcoming season. I respect a lot of teams and a lot of players, but I am loyal to my team. All this being said, I feel that I have an open mind when it comes to other teams and players. Ever since that "Super Bowl incident" I lost respect for Favre as a leader.

    So now Brett Favre has decided he doesn't want to retire yet. Remember those tears he shed as he told us all goodbye? I really believed him, and I thought what a great way to end his career. He practically took his team all the way after a devastating season the year before. On his way out he broke another record for most passing yards for a quarterback in the final season. But will it be his final season?

    He reportedly contacted the team about a month after he announced his retirement in March expressing in interest in playing another season. Green Bay officials immediately sent a negotiator down to Mississippi to talk to Favre as they were quite interested in keeping their quarterback. After waffling for a few days, Favre backed out of the deal and the talks were over.

    Favre expressed interest in returning to Green Bay again in June, but he was told that things have changed and his role with the team would be included in these changes. According to Packer's coach, Mike McCarthy Favre has said, "give me my helmet or give me my release." Now, I am a fan of the game. I don't know much about the draft or coaching, but even I know that once Favre announced his retirement the team needed to move on. I can't imagine the dilemma that this attention seeking brat is putting the staff through right now. I try to imagine Elway pulling a stunt like this. Would I just want my QB to play? Would I care about the turmoil it would be causing? I wanted Elway to stay another season, but I also respected him for bowing out on top.

    Green Bay fans are rallying up in Wisconsin wearing number four jerseys and chanting, "We want Brett." Do they realize he is asking for a release? If he can't have his original position with GB he wants to be free to sign with another team. How about the Vikings? Part of me would love that. Can you imagine the drama? And what about Aaron Rodgers? This kid has been behind Favre the past three years and now this is his chance. If the management decides that Favre missed his opportunity, the fans are never going to rally behind the new guy. He doesn't stand a chance. I think the fans should be a little more thoughtful about this situation. Remember, kids, your boy left you.

    I feel this is just another ploy for attention. I know how boring it is down here in Mississippi. Perhaps he should start a car dealership or maybe an arena football team. I think he is causing a lot of problems. He had his chance to return back in April. We will survive after you, Brett. Life will go on. Get over yourself.

  • July 16, 2008

    11:33 AM

    Kimberly writes:

    As many of my friends know, I am not a fan of Brett Favre. This does not mean I don't respect him for his incredible talent for playing the game. He has shattered numerous records and definitely deserves to be in the hall of fame. I have seen many games where he orchestrated some amazing plays, and I think he is a competent player of the game. It is his leadership that I have a problem with.

    My beef with him as a quarterback began in 1997 when the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos were about to compete for the championship title of Super Bowl XXXII. During a pre game interview Brett Favre told the reporter things like his team was far superior and this game was all but a sure win for him. He was so arrogant. His attitude did not convey a pride in his team; it was a pompous player who needed attention. When John Elway was interviewed, he acknowledged that his team was about to face one of the best in league and he was honored to be a part of the game. He mentioned how talented Favre is and how he's looking forward to facing him. Elway is and will always be a class act.

    I have followed the Broncos since high school. I fell in love with them because of Elway. I am not a fair weather fan. After Elway left, I remained a fan. I love their uniforms, and I love that they are in Denver. Colorado is one of my favorite states to visit. I love talking trash even when my team isn't doing so well. I grieve when the season comes to an end and anticipate the upcoming season. I respect a lot of teams and a lot of players, but I am loyal to my team. All this being said, I feel that I have an open mind when it comes to other teams and players. Ever since that "Super Bowl incident" I lost respect for Favre as a leader.

    So now Brett Favre has decided he doesn't want to retire yet. Remember those tears he shed as he told us all goodbye? I really believed him, and I thought what a great way to end his career. He practically took his team all the way after a devastating season the year before. On his way out he broke another record for most passing yards for a quarterback in the final season. But will it be his final season?

    He reportedly contacted the team about a month after he announced his retirement in March expressing in interest in playing another season. Green Bay officials immediately sent a negotiator down to Mississippi to talk to Favre as they were quite interested in keeping their quarterback. After waffling for a few days, Favre backed out of the deal and the talks were over.

    Favre expressed interest in returning to Green Bay again in June, but he was told that things have changed and his role with the team would be included in these changes. According to Packer's coach, Mike McCarthy Favre has said, "give me my helmet or give me my release." Now, I am a fan of the game. I don't know much about the draft or coaching, but even I know that once Favre announced his retirement the team needed to move on. I can't imagine the dilemma that this attention seeking brat is putting the staff through right now. I try to imagine Elway pulling a stunt like this. Would I just want my QB to play? Would I care about the turmoil it would be causing? I wanted Elway to stay another season, but I also respected him for bowing out on top.

    Green Bay fans are rallying up in Wisconsin wearing number four jerseys and chanting, "We want Brett." Do they realize he is asking for a release? If he can't have his original position with GB he wants to be free to sign with another team. How about the Vikings? Part of me would love that. Can you imagine the drama? And what about Aaron Rodgers? This kid has been behind Favre the past three years and now this is his chance. If the management decides that Favre missed his opportunity, the fans are never going to rally behind the new guy. He doesn't stand a chance. I think the fans should be a little more thoughtful about this situation. Remember, kids, your boy left you.

    I feel this is just another ploy for attention. I know how boring it is down here in Mississippi. Perhaps he should start a car dealership or maybe an arena football team. I think he is causing a lot of problems. He had his chance to return back in April. We will survive after you, Brett. Life will go on. Get over yourself.

  • July 16, 2008

    2:48 PM

    Dugout writes:

    Kimberly -

    I think you can let the anger towards Farve go. It's been what? 11 years?
    Grow up.
    Farve was a better quarterback than Elway ever dreamt of being. And Farve had the added bonus of not looking exactly like a donkey as Elway does.

    Farve was tougher just by the fact that he played all of his home games in frozen Green Bay and not the mild climate of Denver. Farve also did more with less talent around him.

    Try letting go of the hate that you've allowed to build up over the last decade. Try exhaling.

  • July 16, 2008

    3:06 PM

    Michael writes:

    Dugout - "grow up"
    I think you may want to take your own advice as you bash others' opinions.
    Maybe YOU should let go of the hate and try exhaling.
    "Farve also did more with less talent around him." What a joke... you have to be kidding. Elway took the Broncos to 5 Super Bowls and three of those without any true supporting cast. Through the years Elway did more with less then any other quarterback in history!!!

    As for the Favre situation - I can see both sides of it. He changed his mind and wants to play. If he can still do it physically then he should have that shot.
    ...But at the same time he is being a prima donna and putting the fans through the ringer. At some point they have to move forward and plan for the future and he has to understand that they have who they think is the quarterback of their future and leaving him on the bench so the old man can have one last hoorah is not gonna happen.

  • July 16, 2008

    8:19 PM

    Kim Kester writes:

    I just viewed the VERY POOR TASTE that your newspaper has regarding Brett Favre. I am in Green Bay, and nobody is holding us hostage, you may think this little comic is funny, I see it as rude and crude. Brett Favre is a great football player, and proved last year that he can still thread that old eye in that needle. I would say a season of 13 and 3 is not something that should be made fun of!

    I have witnessed interviews of the Packers organization interview, and the interviews with Brett, and I must say that I believe that Brett seems to be speaking with his full honesty, while the Packer organization seems to be back tracking on things that they have said. They pressured him into making a hasty decision, shortly after the season had ended, those guys (all the NFL/AFC teams) are tired, they spend months preparing, for the season, the training camps, the games, the meetings, they all take a toll on the players, and by the end of the season, they deserve alittle R & R after they have given their all for their teams. A few weeks to make a decision, is not enough.

    We, the City of Green Bay, own the Packers, not Ted Turner, not Mike McCarthy, there are protests at Lambeau every Sunday, beginning last week, and you can be sure, I will be there next week, proudly wearing my Green & Gold colors. Nothing against Aaron Rogers, but we OWE Brett the respect that he deserves, and has rightfully earned, after 16 wonderful years. What they are doing to him, is like a slap in the face.
    Kim Kester

  • July 16, 2008

    8:20 PM

    Kim K writes:

    I just viewed the VERY POOR TASTE that your newspaper has regarding Brett Favre. I am in Green Bay, and nobody is holding us hostage, you may think this little comic is funny, I see it as rude and crude. Brett Favre is a great football player, and proved last year that he can still thread that old eye in that needle. I would say a season of 13 and 3 is not something that should be made fun of!

    I have witnessed interviews of the Packers organization interview, and the interviews with Brett, and I must say that I believe that Brett seems to be speaking with his full honesty, while the Packer organization seems to be back tracking on things that they have said. They pressured him into making a hasty decision, shortly after the season had ended, those guys (all the NFL/AFC teams) are tired, they spend months preparing, for the season, the training camps, the games, the meetings, they all take a toll on the players, and by the end of the season, they deserve alittle R & R after they have given their all for their teams. A few weeks to make a decision, is not enough.

    We, the City of Green Bay, own the Packers, not Ted Turner, not Mike McCarthy, there are protests at Lambeau every Sunday, beginning last week, and you can be sure, I will be there next week, proudly wearing my Green & Gold colors. Nothing against Aaron Rogers, but we OWE Brett the respect that he deserves, and has rightfully earned, after 16 wonderful years. What they are doing to him, is like a slap in the face.
    Kim Kester

  • July 17, 2008

    10:47 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    I'd guess that Kim and Kimberly are the same poster since the names are similar and they both seem to have trouble hitting the SUBMIT button one single time.

    Advice to both: Grow up get a life.

  • July 17, 2008

    5:00 PM

    The Smoking Man writes:

    Farve couldn't hold John's jockstrap as proved in the 1 meaningful game they played against eachother. If Farve could have kept the turnovers in check (now that should be the title of his biography) the Pack probably would have won the game.

    And he is acting like a 5 year old...or maybe more like a politician with all of his waffling. Yeah, he was great, but not in the same class as John. Experts compare Farve to Elway, not vice versa. And you don't know John, so keep the personal stuff out of it. You don't see any Broncos fans bagging on Farve because he was a drug addict. He's human & prone to mistakes & is inclined to take the easy way out from time to time. Just like you ragging on John rather than coming up with an insightful, or even half way mature post, it's human nature to take the easy way out.

  • August 3, 2008

    3:17 PM

    HearYeHearYe writes:

    How righteous people like Kim K. There are thousands and thousands of people in Wisconsin. ONLY A VERY FEW COMPARED TO THIS are protesting and parading around for publicity. The MAJORITY are sick and tired of the Favre fiasco. He held the fans hostage for a few years.. will he retire, won't he retire? Then when he did retire we all cried with him and respected him for what he gave the Packers through the years. Now with his new game he has shown us a totally different side of Brett Favre and what he is doing to the morale of the team is inforgivable. There is no conscience here.......... no thoughts for the fans, no thoughts for the team. It's all about greed and staying on his pedestal. Wouldn't daddy Favre be proud of this guy's end days???!!!!

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