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Chris Gates
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Chris Gates

The head blogger at The Daily Norseman, SBNation's Minnesota Vikings blog, since July of 2006.

Stunned and Intrigued


We thought it was over. We thought the Brett Favre circus had finally come to an end. We thought the Vikings were going to have a quarterback battle on their hands during their training camp in Mankato.

Honestly... we should have known better.

Yes, Brett Favre, the savior or the anti-Christ, depending on your perspective, is now officially a member of the Minnesota Vikings. On the list of things I never thought I'd type, that one has got to be somewhere in the top three. The NFL's all-time touchdown and interception leader arrived in Minnesota this morning and had a contract signed in time to practice this afternoon. Pictures of Favre in the red #4 jersey wearing a Minnesota helmet have made their way all over the internet over the course of the past few hours, and it's truly a surreal sight. What do I think of this? Well, after a few hours of thinking about it, my answer to that question is a firm, resounding...

I don't know.

Honestly, with as much time as I've spent this summer talking about Brett Favre, you'd think I'd have my reaction all figured out way ahead of time. I thought I would, too. But after thinking it was over and basically dismissing any reports that it could still take place, the best I can equate this to is a guy that's getting ready to get into a bar fight against somebody. As he and his nemesis are being escorted outside, he makes all sorts of plans on what he's going to do to the person he feels wronged him in some way, and will ultimately come out victorious. Then, the fight starts, he gets punched in the face once or twice, and all those well-laid plans go out the window.

For me, this is the football equivalent of getting punched in the face. By Brock Lesnar. Repeatedly.

Part of me is still wary of a Packer icon calling the signals for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2009 season. Part of me can't wait to see him out there with Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, and the rest of the Vikings' offense. Part of me wonders how I'll react when I see him throw a terrible interception in a big situation. Part of me wonders how he'll react after he throws a terrible interception in a big situation. As of this very moment, I don't know what my reaction to any of those things will be for sure.

But one thing's for sure now in Minnesota. Brad Childress and Zygi Wilf have now ensured that this season is either going to end very well, or very badly. There is no longer any in-between for the Vikings. This move puts them among the favorites in the NFC, if they weren't there already. It's now up to Childress and Favre to deliver on that promise. If they do so, they'll go down in history, if they don't, they'll both be looking for jobs after the 2009 season.

This is the 49th season of Minnesota Vikings football, and the 25th season for which I've been a fan of this team. During that time, I can't think of a season that started with more intrigue than this one.

By Chris Gates  |  August 18, 2009; 11:30 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I'm a Packer fan living in MN. I like watching Favre play, but thought the Pack did the right thing in moving past him. Reading the coverage of this deal now, it seems that everybody thinks the 39 year old Favre is still the superbowl winning 26 year old MVP Favre. Vikings fans are in for a rollercoaster ride. 2009 Favre stats: 23 TD, 31 INT.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 19, 2009 11:19 AM

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