Sunday, January 24, 2010

Forever a Saints Fan

Honestly friends, I don't even know where to begin. I could sit here and complain about how Favre blatantly milked that injury in an effort to increase the size of his legendary status. I could grumble about how at times it appeared as if the officials may have been pulling for the old gunslinger themselves. Or I could talk about how it's been a rough season having to see Favre not only beat the Packers twice, but to see him now just one game away from the Super Bowl.

But none of those things matter anymore, as Brett Favre did what I've been saying he'd do all along. He choked when it mattered, and now his season is over.

Is it wrong to root against Favre so much that it becomes an obsession, one in which I started planning the method of my suicide for if the Vikings would have won the Super Bowl? That's an issue for another time, but the fact of the matter is I'm feeling a new lease on life right now. I wouldn't say that I cried after the Saints beat the Vikings 31-28 to earn a trip to the Super Bowl, but I definitely teared up with joy, as this is a moment that I've been waiting for ever since Favre pulled up in an SUV with Brad Childress last August.

When Favre threw the interception to cost the Packers a shot at the Super Bowl two seasons ago, I was left in a state of shock where I honestly had a hard time breathing. I wrote about it back then, it was terrible. This time around? I couldn't be happier. Favre, in a moment when it mattered most, made an incredibly stupid decision by throwing across his body and the ball found the hands of my new favorite player Tracy Porter. As my fellow Favre-hating friend Shep says, Favre's last passes with the Vikings, Packers, and Jets (and even the Falcons!) so far have all been interceptions. Two of those cost him a shot at the Super Bowl.

Now, here's the thing. This loss doesn't make everything right between Favre, the Packers, and Packers fans. There are still morons out there that will worship Favre until he dies, and I don't even care about them anymore. Favre still did beat the Packers twice this season, terrible moments in Packers history that I will never forget. But through all of this, Favre did do one good thing. Like I said, I felt terrible, depressed, angry, and confused when Favre cost us the NFC Championship Game just two years ago. After Sunday night, he has allowed Vikings fans, the fans of our most hated rival, to feel the exact same thing while in turn giving Packers fans immense joy. That's pure irony for you folks, and that has made this whole terrible journey almost worthwhile.

As for what happens next? Well, we've all seen this before. As of this writing, Favre is at the podium going through his whole "Will I or Won't I" routine, and that's something that Vikings fans are going to have to live with. Is it wrong that I'm taking joy in seeing him up there, with bruises on his face and tears in his eyes? If it is, I don't give a shit, because I love this, I am buying a Saints NFC Champions t-shirt online right now, I am rooting for New Orleans in the Super Bowl, and I have a renewed love for Darren Sharper.

You gave me sixteen years of great memories, Brett Favre, and then you took it all away by how you acted post-retirement and your signing with the Vikings. But for one night, after all the stress you've caused me this season, I can again say thank you. Thank you for another great memory.

Now let's not go through this again next year, okay?


b2 said...

just beautiful.

Jonk said...

Good post.

Saw that last INT anecdote elsewhere tonight, too, but want to point out that the penultimate pass as a Jet was an interception, not his last.

And not sure about the Falcons - that was so long ago that I can't find a way to verify it, but two of his four passes in that game were interceptions, so it's at least 50/50.

Favre's got 497 touchdown passes. No way he doesn't come back.
Even though everyone knows he's just playing for the love of the game, he's like a kid out there, the records mean nothing to him, blah blah!

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