I hate to bring this up, especially when there's so much to talk about after our thumping of the beleaguered Colts, but this is big news.
If you haven't heard by now, Brett Favre reportedly went out of his way to sabotage the Packers' efforts prior to their week two match up at Detroit. According to Jay Glazer, Favre called the Lions up and spoke to members of their coaching staff for over an hour, giving them tips and suggestions on how to combat Green Bay's offense.
You read right. Favre called the Lions. This isn't a situation where he was talking to some buddy and accidentally let something slip. No, this latest move by #4 screams of malicious intent, and appears to be a deliberate effort to undermine his former team.
Also, I am having serious doubts that Favre simply called up Marinelli and said something along the lines of "Oh, yeah, Greg Jennings is a good receiver" or "Aaron Rodgers is right-handed." He spent over one hour on the phone, conversing with the coaches of a team that was preparing to play us. Heck, for that kind of commitment to ensuring the Lions knew what was coming, Favre should be added to their scouting department.
And no, I am not complaining because I feel that Favre's insider information somehow cost us or was really a factor in anyway. As you may recall, we handled the Lions pretty convincingly. This is a matter of principle. Favre's actions, if true (and in all honesty, they probably are. Glazer is a respectable writer and I doubt he'd publish this if it wasn't at least highly probable) obviously indicate that the QB harbors deep resentment for the Green and Gold, long after the messy divorce that, until this, seemed like ages ago. To be blunt, Favre's move was that of spoiled brat who breaks his brother's toy car the day after Christmas, because he didn't get what he wanted. His actions were deplorable and without honor.
I'm not the only one who thinks so. Favre's ex-teammates, including Woodson, Martin, and Wells, used words and phrases like "no honor," "disappointing," and "sabotage" to describe Favre's alleged actions. Woodson implied that this type of conduct was unethical. Martin said Favre's motives needed to be questioned. Donald Driver, who's always been close with Favre, said he preferred to remain in a state of ignorance/denial.
Some may think it's petty of me to worry about this latest incident in the Favre-Packer hate spiral. Favre's tips obviously didn't help the Lions win, so why bother talking about it? And yes, it may have been base and uncalled for, but still, it's significane seems minimal.
In the here and now, yes. However, this has deeper implications.
I don't know about you, but I was hoping that in a few years from now, when Favre hung up his cleats for good, things would be just lovey-dovey between him and the Packers. He'd accept that marketing offer, and he'd be back where he belongs, embraced by the Packer community as if he'd never left. His number would be retired, and that link between #4 and the Green Bay Packers would be made eternal.
But now, I don't know what to think. Favre's actions indicate far more than bitter feelings; they imply a deep-seated desire, and a willingness to contribute, to the Packers' demise. Read into this how you will, but the chances of a worry-free reconciliation took a shot with this one.