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Gene Wang

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Hamlet Worth the Drama


Hey, guess what? Brett Favre may be coming back for another season. I'm sure you're just tickled to hear we may be dragged into yet another offseason of speculation surrounding his status. Yet it's compelling on so many levels.

The latest theory is he'll play for Minnesota. It would be an ideal fit, considering the Vikings are probably a dependable quarterback from challenging seriously for the Super Bowl. Heading into this season, the Vikings' options at quarterback presumably are Sage Rosenfels or Tavaris Jackson. Neither is particularly appealing, although Rosenfels had a few solid stretches in Houston after Matt Schaub was hurt last season.

Favre would join an offense that features Adrian Peterson, one of the top two or three running backs in the league, and a wide receiving unit that got a significant speed upgrade with the addition of Percy Harvin in the draft. He'd have Bernard Berrian on one side, Sidney Rice on the other and Harvin in the slot. In terms of big-play potential, that's so much more than what Favre had with the New York Jets last season.

Minnesota's defense would give Favre plenty of opportunities, since it is among the best against the run and can disrupt the passing game with sack specialist Jared Allen rushing the quarterback. It's in Favre's nature to take chances by forcing the ball downfield, and he wouldn't have to sweat his swashbuckling ways with Minnesota because the defense is good enough to bail him out.

Then there's the added intrigue of Favre getting to play Green Bay twice. Imagine Favre going back to Lambeau Field wearing purple and gold. That scene alone would be worth
the interminable coverage of the soap opera As Brett Favre Turns.

Don't we all think Favre would just love to stick it to the Packers, especially general manager Ted Thompson, after Favre's acrimonious departure before the start of last season? It would make for intriguing football theater: an embittered future Hall of Famer lashing out against his former team, both in the media and ideally on the field.

Imagine the emotional impasse among the Lambeau faithful. It wouldn't be that far-fetched if some Green Bay fans were cheering for Favre against the Packers. After all, the franchise had become virtually irrelevant until Favre brought it back to prominence.

So let's all urge Favre to come back again so we can enjoy the best in reality TV. I'm sure it woudn't take much to convince Favre he's not ready for the rocking chair just yet. Based on Favre's indecisive past, chances are he may be closer to coming back than we think anyway.

By Gene Wang  |  May 4, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Watching a guy who sucks, continue sucking, while whining and crying 24x7, doesn't seem that "Dramatic" to me.

At least Hamlet was good at his job.

Posted by: JimmyCarter | May 4, 2009 12:41 PM

His return would be very interesting to watch and to care about legacy is not Favre's problem -- he could not care less, and good for him!

Posted by: deadrunnerclub | May 4, 2009 12:45 PM

It would only be worth it, Gene Wang, if you enjoy tabloid journalism and tabloid TV. Otherwise, it would be degrading to Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL, and yes, the Green Bay Packers. The only thrills to be found here are cheap ones. Favre needs to let it rest, sit back, and wait for his induction into the HoF and for the Packers to retire his number.

Posted by: wrchadwell | May 13, 2009 7:25 AM

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