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Can Favre really pull it off?

October 13, 2009 - Lee Smith
As a longtime Green Bay Packers fan (and Minnesota Vikings hater), I'm suddenly confronted with the possibility that Brett Favre (a Green Bay legend) could lead the Vikings deep into the playoffs. Dare I say it ... they could even win a Superbowl. Egads!

I still like Favre, and Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson is fun to watch. These aren't the much-hated Vikings of Moss, Carter and Culpepper. Still, when push comes to shove in January, am I going to cheer (even if only on the inside) for Favre and company?

Ah ... there is this hope and the reason Favre is wearing purple and not green and gold: The living legend has gagged enough times in the playoffs to make one understand Packer GM Ted Thompson's reasoning for parting ways with Favre. The interception in the NFC title game against the Giants two years ago was atrocious. Favre also put up an errant pass against the Eagles a few years prior. That gave the Eagles the game. And let's not forget his five-interception doozy against the Rams.

When all is said and done, Vikings' fans may learn the hard way what Packer fans knew: Favre is great. But often, not great enough.


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