I’m not sure I’ve ever felt worse for Packer fans than I did after last night’s game. Sure, I felt badly for all of us during the 70s and 80s. I felt bad for us when Jerry Rice clearly fumbled in the playoffs in the 90s and the officials considered him down. But this was particularly harsh. Our beloved QB Brett Favre leaves in 2008 and ends up on the rival Packer fans hate with all their might. Then, in the first showdown in Oct, the Packers get outplayed and lose in good part because of Favre. That hurt, but we still had the more important showdown at Lambeau to look forward to. So, then that game comes and the crowd is jacked up and the boos are loud. In a way, maybe we were thinking a Packer win would somehow return this whole messy situation at least to a balance point. But then Favre, of all people, has a fantastic game, shreds the defense and Packer fans are left to watch as THE most fair-weather fans in all of sports (if there can be such a distinction), jump around and taunt classy GB fans – who just absorbed it.
We didn’t have anything to do with Favre’s retirement indecision or personal conflicts between Favre/management. We didn’t have anything to do with Brett Favre’s decision to maneuver his way to the hated rival. We just follow closely the team we love. And last night, I just plain felt badly for Packer fans, the greatest fans in any sport.