He’s back

By John McMullen  |   Friday, May 08, 2009  |  Comments( 1 )

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When I normally get ready to write about Brett Favre, I call up a few coaches and personnel people around the NFL and listen about his declining skill set.

After season three of his NFL Network reality program, "Will he or won't he?" kicked off this week, I decided to contact the real experts on Favre, the likes of Stephen King and Wes Craven.

You see, Favre has become a real-life horror movie villain. No matter how many times you think he has walked off to the sunset of Hattiesburg, Miss., he pops up again like he's Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees.

That said, this time I am actually going to defend Favre.

No, I'm not claiming Favre has had an epiphany and left his legendary selfishness in the rear-view mirror.

It's just that his personality really isn't his fault.

Favre has been gushed about for so long that he can't help but have a warped sense of reality. Sociologists have been writing about this phenomenon for years now, usually dealing with teenagers who have been targeted for greatness since sixth or seventh grade, The result is a sense of entitlement.

In Favre's case, he was stunned by Ted Thompson putting the team and organization above the needs and desires of its Hall of fame quarterback last summer. The result was an acrimonious divorce in which the Green Bay GM refused to let Favre treat the Packers as his personal playground anymore.

So, it's not about "playing" for Favre now; rather, it's about getting back at Thompson and the Packers.

And what better way to do that than sign with the Minnesota Vikings, a team many feel is a competent quarterback away from Super Bowl glory.

Hurdles remain. If anybody can give Favre a run for the money in the ego department, it's Vikings coach Brad Childress, who wouldn't let veterans like Brad Johnson or Gus Frerotte audibilize for fear of ruining his "brilliant" play-calling.

Talk about loggerheads.

Multiple sources had Childress on his way to visit with Favre Wednesday night in Mississippi, so the NFL Network camped out at the airport like it was CNN covering the Gulf War.

The result? No Childress.

Local Fox cameras in Eden Prairie then captured the Vikings coach walking into his Winter Park office at around 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Maybe -- just maybe -- this predictable train wreck has derailed before ever leaving the station.

For Favre's sake, I hope so. Already, most observers feel silly for ever lauding Brett -- a pariah who may even trump Terrell Owens and Alex Rodriguez as the most narcissistic player in sports.

Of course, they shouldn't; after all, they created this monster, a caricature of a once great player that would made King or Craven proud.
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About John McMullen

John is the managing editor of The Phanatic Magazine, the assistant managing editor of The Sports Network and the co-host of the highly rated 'Johns on Sports' radio show on WTBQ in New York. Every Saturday from 6:30-9 p.m. (et) you can hear John along with his co-host, John Gottlieb, talk to the...
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