Monday, May 14, 2007

Who's More Delusional: Packer Fans or Brett Favre?

I knew Packers fans were crazy but this really makes me laugh. Kansas Senator and Presidential hopeful (I guess that's what they're called) Sam Brownback was stumping in Packerland (I guess that's what that's called) and was trying to tie in some football parlance to give some context to a point he was making about the importance of families in our society. The only problem was that rather than play to the delusions of the pro-Pack crowd, he told the truth. Brownback said:

"This is fundamental blocking and tackling. This is your line in football." He followed that up with, "If you don't have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history."
Despite being a fairly true statement, that did not make the ribosomes very happy. Brownback, to his credit, realized this was not popular almost immediately and apologized to the crowd for using a non-Packer analogy. But here's my favorite part. When Brownback changed his analogy to include Favre, he wasn't really prepared for the response of the clearly batshit crazy Packer fans:
"Let's take Favre then," Brownback said. "The Packers are great. I'm sorry. How many passes does he complete without a line?"

"All of them!" more than one person yelled from the back of the audience.

"I'm not sure how I recover from this," Brownback told the crowd. "My point is we've got to rebuild the family. I'll get off this."
Two things about this: 1.) I'd LOVE to see how John Kerry would have responded if he had made this gaffe. His response would probably have been "Ok, bad example, let's take Eli McBrady then, he too is a great pitcher for the Wisconsin American Field Sport of Football Squadron." And 2.) I think Packers fans truly believe that Favre's offensive line is the only thing preventing him from completing every pass. And not because they need to improve, but because they get in his way. They need to be off the field. If Brett Favre just lined up with 10 wide receivers, he'd have 200 touchdowns a game. And apparently this delusion is contagious because now Brett Favre believes it...

Though he's apparently calmed down and stepped back from his trade demand, Brett Favre is clearly delusional about the Packers chances this year. Favre pretty much convinced himself that Randy Moss would be the difference between the Packers making and missing the playoffs. Favre couldn't be more wrong. The Packers are worse right now as an organization than the Lions (look at their rosters and don't give me their record last year, that was an aberration and a result of being in one of the worst divisions in NFL history). They have less young talent on either side of the ball than almost any team other than the Giants, absolutely ZERO playmakers on offense (unless you include Greg Jennings, but he's only as good as the guy throwing him the ball) and one of the worst defenses in the history of sport. They didn't pick up one impact player in the free agent market and while the NFC is weak and almost any team can step up and grab a 5th or 6th slot with good draft picks and savvy free agent moves, Green Bay was one of the few teams going into this offseason that had absolutely no chance of making the playoffs no matter what they did. They've got too many holes. This organization has been really poorly run for the last 3 years and some of that is Favre's fault. He's been holding them hostage with his fake retirement stuff so they haven't been able to rebuild like they should and have held onto aging former stars too long in the hopes of giving Favre his "one last run" at the title. So while I understand the nature of Favre's discontent (that he doesn't want to go out like this), he is nuts if he thinks Randy Moss could have been the difference between a playoff appearance and another season in the cellar. The Packers aren't one player away from anything. Actually, let me qualify that statement: The Packers are one player away from something. They are the retirement of Brett Favre away from becoming a viable organization and relevant again.

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