Illustration done for Minneapolis Star Tribune last fall
Oh Boy! Brett Favre is back in town and going to play for the Minnesota Vikings!
I’m a Minnesota guy in most things, but as far as sports go, the only team I care about around here are the Minnesota Twins. I can’t stand the NBA and don’t know or want to know about hockey, so the Timberwolves and Wild hold zero interest for me. Baseball is my favorite pro sport and I love the Twins and all they represent. They play the game the right way, develop their own players and make smart moves that allow them to compete without resorting to buying championships like some teams do. However when it comes to football I’m still a Wisconsin guy, and that means the Green Bay Packers. Thus I can’t stand the Vikings and I really can’t stand Favre and his diva/circus act. It’s really pissing me off this week since with Favre finally deciding to grace the Vikings with his presence his name is all over the sports page and on talk radio… meanwhile the Twins are regulated to page 2 and barely getting mentioned on radio/newscasts despite taking two of three (so far) from their chief division rival the Chicago White Sox in dramatic come-from-behind fashion the last two days. The Twins deserve better.
I think Favre might be in for a surprise this season. A lot of the big, mean football players playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage from him might also be as sick as I am of his privileged, pampered antics. You know, the 300 plus pound guys that had to show up and sweat out training camp and OTA’s all spring/summer? I have a feeling Favre might have a few more games like the NFC championship this winter where the other guys deliver some vicious hits with malice to show their displeasure. He is not the well respected player he once was.
So, go Pack and good luck Vikings… Here’s a little drawing for all those Vikings fans out there:
It’ll still look like that after the 2010 season, but don’t worry… I predict in a few years the Vikings will win their first Superbowl!
… of course they’ll be the Los Angeles Vikings then, but still…
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