Brett Favre vs. the Packers, Round 1

It still does not seem right! If someone would have told me about 5 years ago that Brett Favre was going to be playing for the Minnesota Vikings and would be starting against the Packers in a big Monday night game, I would have suggested to that person that they check into the nearest mental health facility. After all, how could he even play for someone else, let alone a bitter rival of the Packers? How could this possibly happen? This has to be one of the strangest and most unusual scenarios of all time and will be sure to generate record ratings for MNF. It is kind of like Derek Jeter suddenly getting traded to Boston or Magic Johnson going to the Celtics.

Favre is a sports legend in Wisconsin and might be arguably, the most popular Packer of all time.  I always thought he would retire as a Packer and go on to become the governor of Wisconsin. The man was an icon in Wisconsin for 16 years. He was the defining face of the Green Bay Packers.  Now, he is playing for the hated rivals to the west. Isn’t that suppose to be grounds for treason? But as a Vikings fan, I just love it!!

The Packers, Vikings rivalry is one of the most intense in all of sports.  Having lived in the Twin Cities for almost 20 years, I know all about this. There are plenty of Green Bay Packer fans who live in this area since Wisconsin is about 1/2 hour away from the Twin Cities. In fact, the Packers may be the 3rd most popular pro sports team around here next to the Vikings and Twins. But having said that, they are also the most hated sports team around here, not even close!! Nearly everyone who lives here, knows someone who is a Packers fan. Unfortunately,  I do too and have to work with a few of them. I personally think Packer fans are the most delusional fans on the planet. They think that every year will bring them a Super Bowl appearance. And when they finish below 500, they are mystified and want to fire the coach.  It is always fun and interesting to read a Packers message board!! No! Aaron Rodgers will not become the greatest quarterback of all time!!

As far as the game is concerned, I fully expect the Vikings to win. They have more talent and the home crowd will certainly be a big factor. I have attended a few games between these teams and the fan noise is always high. Add in the emotions to this game and the cover of the Dome might be blown off! The Vikings have not played well in their first 3 games but I expect them to come out and play their best game of the season and win by at least a few touchdowns.  AP will have a big night and will be the difference in the game.  In 4 weeks, it gets even more interesting. Favre returns to Lambeau for another meeting. Imagine Favre rallying the Vikes to victory at Lambeau like he did against the 49ers. It would be too good to be true!


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