Taken from Gred Bedard's Thursday chat in response to a question about Brett Favre (I know you're shocked):
"I think a reconciliation will happen -- although it might not happen for some time (at least until Ted Thompson no longer works here). As for the venom, everybody has the right to feel how they want to feel. Just like Favre had the right to come back. I just don't understand why it had to be Minnesota. If you just want to play, why not open yourself up to other teams? Why not go back the team that traded for you, the one you said you'd never ask for your release from? Like I've said before, if I were Favre I would never entertain going to the Bears or Vikings because of the fans. Other athletes have done that. Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor come to mind. But that's me, and that's them. I've never walked in Favre's shoes. I just don't care for the way it all went down. Just be straight with people. They will understand. If you want to stick it to Ted, then say it. No one would blame you. But at least act like the fans matter. Tell them you're very sorry for putting them through this, that you sympathize with them, that you understand their emotions, that maybe you shouldn't have retired in the first place. And then tell them why it's the Vikings. I think most people have a problem with Favre because he's acted like the fans don't matter to him one bit. That's very tough to take if you've looked up to a guy for 17 years. A lot of hurt there. Favre could have helped by showing a willingness to be understanding of the situation. He didn't. Not once."
I've tried to sum this up a few times, but I've never managed it as well as that. I'll add to that by saying it's hard to respect somone who constantly says things that turn out to be untrue. I don't relish watching him play for the Vikings. But I can't wait until he's not the subject of so much conversation around here. And yeah, I know that makes me a complete hypocrite for posting this...
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