Friday, July 11, 2008

Best man

By now, most of you have read or heard the Green Bay Packers' response to Brett Favre's request for his release.

The Green Bay Packers are aware of the latest developments regarding Brett Favre.

Brett earned and exercised the right to retire on his terms. We wanted him to return and welcomed him back on more than one occasion.

Brett's press conference and subsequent conversations in the following weeks illustrated his commitment to retirement.

The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team.

As a retired player, Brett has the option to apply for reinstatement with Commissioner Goodell. If that were to occur, he would become an active member of the Green Bay Packers. As always, the Packers will do what's right and in the best interest of the team.

As with all Packers greats, Brett's legacy will always be celebrated by our fans and the organization, regardless of any change in his personal intentions.

Brett and Deanna will always be a part of the Packers family.

The lovely Doreen from Waukesha wants to know why the Green Bay Packers don't allow comments at their website. She would like to tell them they are full of... natural field fertilizer.

As a somewhat disinterested observer, I think that a team's management is just insane if it pushes out the door a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback when he can still pitch the ball downfield and isn't hearing imaginary footsteps in the pocket. There's probably 12-16 decent starting quarterbacks in the NFL. There's 32 teams. Somebody in the Packer organization needs to ask the Chicago Bears what it's like to field ten men and a cheerleader on offense. So far what the Packers have seen out of Favre's replacement is that if Aaron Rodgers sneezes he's likely to break a rib. Meanwhile the current job holder takes punches better than Rocky Balboa.

As for Favre's decision to un-retire, it's pretty easy to understand. Nobody in his family wanted him to retire, and he has fifteen million reasons to show up at training camp. Maybe the price of gas for his lawn mower was more than he planned. Whatever the reason, the Packers owe it to their fans to field the best team possible, not just the players Ted Thompson drafted.

The Packers may be ready to retire the number 4 jersey, but the wearer isn't ready yet to turn it in. Meanwhile, there are plenty of teams around the league ready to field number 4 for one or two more seasons. So don't be surprised to see fans at an NFL stadium pro-shop near you buying number 4 jerseys to wear to their team's game.

Given the Packers' statement, how will number 4 look in purple?