And here I thought that getting published in the Washington Post would be the biggest thing I'd have to write about today.
Yes, Brett Favre, in his dual role as savior and Anti-Christ, is officially a member of the Minnesota Vikings. In all these years, I never, ever thought that those words would cross my keyboard, but there they are. As I told the folks over at the Post in the quick little thing I typed up for them a bit ago, you would think that I would have my reaction all sorted out and everything by this point. But you'd be wrong.
Latter-day American philosopher Mike Tyson once eloquently stated, "Everybody's got plans. . .until they get hit." After weeks of not having to think about Brett Favre or any of the circus that we dealt with all off-season, this was the equivalent of an old-school Tyson uppercut, and I'm honestly still sort of lying on the mat trying to figure out what day it is. And, to be honest, I thought I was prepared for this to take place, despite the fact that everybody thought the whole situation was over.
But, when it comes to Brett Favre. . .nothing is over until he decides it is.
I wish I had something deeply profound or philosophical to say about this whole thing. . .but, to be honest, I really don't at the moment. I have a lot of questions that are swirling around my head about this whole ordeal, and I'm sure we'll be looking at all of those over the course of the next few days. But let me address the one thing that I know for sure as of right now.
Brad Childress and Zygi Wilf have, in poker terminology, gone all-in with this move. The 2009 season won't end in a middle-of-the-road fashion for the Minnesota Vikings. It's either going to end incredibly well. . .or incredibly badly. The Beloved Purple are either going to the promised land, or Brad Childress is going to be looking for a job come next January and the Vikings will be looking to start the process of rebuilding the franchise around Adrian Peterson.
The Vikings are playing their 49th season of NFL football in 2009. Yours truly has been a fan for 25 of those seasons. I can't think of any season that started with more intrigue than this one, and it's all because of this one move. And, honestly, that's all my mind can come up with at the moment. Rest assured there will be more tomorrow and in the days to come, but for some reason it's taking me an inordinate amount of time to get my head wrapped around this. Anthony and Eric have done an outstanding job thus far today on this story, including Anthony getting interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio, and it's great to know that I, quite frankly, have the two best damn co-bloggers a Viking fan could possibly hope for. We'll continue to be all over this story leading up to #4's debut against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Metrodome on Friday night.