So right after I published that first post, I noticed that I made a grammatical error, but I’m too lazy to point it out.
Anyhow, that’s not important. The whole reason why I started this blog is to get my frustrations about the Vikings current season out in some form.
Let me start by saying that I became a Vikings fan when I was five years old. Our family moved to Minnesota, and despite a Bears fan for a father, I first remember liking the Vikings when a woman in our church at the time gave me a Vikings coloring book. It was Denny Green’s 1st or second year as the head coach, I think. It was probably pretty close to when Favre was starting his first games for the Packers. So as long as I’ve been a Vikings fan, (until the beginning of last season) Favre was the QB of my least favorite team. Now in the mid 90’s, the Packers were slightly better than the Vikings, but for the most part evenly matched, until 1996 when they finally got over the hump and won the Superbowl. Now it is one of my deepest, darkest secrets that I actually rooted for the Pack that year once the Vikings were eliminated from contention. You see, I’m 3/4 Swedish, and my parents went to North Park College (now North Park University) in Chicago, and my family is very involved in the Evangelical Covenant denomination. (If you’ve never heard of us, check us out at http://www.covchurch.org/) Well I don’t know if Mike Holmgren is himself Swedish, but I know his wife was a Covenanter and his daughters apparently went to North Park, and so he gave a bunch of money to the school. So for that reason my parents were for the Packers, and I, like a good little boy went along with them. I don’t know what was wrong with me. So then, the following season, I came to my senses and went back to Packer hater mode, and correctly predicted that the 13 point underdog (or whatever the line was) Denver Broncos would beat the Packers. I also basked in the greatness that was the ’98 Vikes, and took great pleasure in Randy Moss’s shredding of their defense in Lambeau on Monday night. Year after year went by and I had to listen to announcers gush over Favre time and time again while we went through our different QB’s that were, in my opinion, far cooler and more fun to watch than that jerk in Green Bay. Meanwhile there would be times when Favre would beat my team, and look like such a clown while doing so. And so my disdain reached unhealthy levels. I’m not proud of it, but I just downright loathed the guy. When he finally retired, I was happy to see him go, but unhappy to see all of his interceptions go with him. (I absolutely love that his final pass as a Packer is a pick in overtime that cost his team a Super Bowl appearance). When there were rumblings that he might come back to the NFL, and that he wanted to come to the Vikings, I was somewhat on the fence, but for the most part supported the idea just because I knew it would stick it to Packer fans big time. When he went to the Jets instead, I decided that it was probably for the best that he wasn’t a Viking. Then he played horribly down the stretch for the Jets, and I just kept loving his horrible QB play. I continually mocked his career and Hall of Fame credentials by saying he was the all time interceptions leader, and that outside of his 3 stellar MVP seasons, he really didn’t have a great career statistically. He was overrated in my mind. I’m of course, biased, but that doesn’t change the fact that compared in this pass happy era of the NFL, his career 86.6 passer rating isn’t very good, and until this season, Favre never had a passer rating over 100. And he’s even worse in the playoffs. So when the talks renewed about the Vikings getting him again, I was adamant that I didn’t want him on my team. I called in to the local sports talk radio station in Minneapolis to give my opinion that Vikings fans were jealous of the success the Packers had with Favre and were kidding themselves when they thought they’d be getting the same caliber player. I even lost my sense of sticking it to the Packer fans. I felt like Favre had let them all down with his selfish flip-flopping on his retirement in Green Bay, and they didn’t really deserve to see their favorite player in a Vikings uniform. Plus I empathized with them. Twice it was rumored that the Packers might trade for my favorite player of all time Randy Moss, but it didn’t happen. The thought of Randy in those disgusting uniforms with those gluttonous drunks in Lambeau cheering him on made my skin crawl (yes, I realize there are drunks at all NFL games including idiots at Viking games too), and I knew I could never love him the same way if he ended up in Green Bay, even if it wasn’t his fault that our idiot front office traded him away (I’ll get to that rant another day), and it wouldn’t be his fault if he was traded to the Pack. So for any Packer fans out there that might be reading this, I am sorry for any childish Viking fans that may have taunted you as Favre suited up for the Purple. Please forgive them; they know not what they do. I only hope that you would have returned the courtesy to me if Moss had played for you. Then we can look at the facts of why Favre was not best suited to be our QB. I must begin by saying that I, along with my brother, are the only 2 Tarvaris Jackson apologists that I am aware of. If you are as well, let me know, because I haven’t met any others. Tarvaris has not exactly made a splash in the league thus far, but let’s compare his numbers from his first three years to, oh, I don’t know, Brett Favre’s in his first 3 years in the league. Tarvaris, with limited playing time, so he didn’t get a chance to get in a rhythm without fear of getting benched, had passer ratings of 62.5, 70.8, and 95.4, compared to Favre’s first 3 years of 0.0, 85.3, and 72.2. Notice Tarvaris was far from great, but he was improving, while Favre had a decent year in year 2, but was just inconsistent, and yet, his coaches stuck with him, and it payed off with the next four years posting ratings over 90 each season. Was Tarvaris about to make the jump and turn the corner in his fourth year? We’ll never know since he didn’t get the chance to start, but he has continued his improvement in his limited playing time this year with a rating of 113.4 (which is higher than any year Favre had ever had). Now let’s compare his first three years to Favre in the same three years. Favre posted ratings of 72.7, 95.7, and 81.0. Overall, a better three years than Tarvaris, but those who remember those years know that Favre had a much better receiving corps those first two years in Green Bay, and it’s also easy to see that Favre was in the twilight of his career, with one good rejuvenation year in the middle there. Clearly not in the same upward trend that T-Jack was in, and giving no indication that he would play well as a 39-40 year old. So there you have it, I was against Favre from day one. And I’ll continue this rant in my next posting, which will explain how Favre has ruined this season for me, and I believe, has ruined the Vikings’ chances at winning a Super Bowl, both now and in the future.
Click here for Part 2 of this rant.