I apologize for my lack of postage yesterday. See, I started putting a post together yesterday afternoon when I got home from work, but before I knew what happened, Kanye West took my keyboard and said, "Gonzo, I'm gonna let you finish. . .but I'm gonna write the greatest post of all time!"
So, I let him, and even offered him dinner. . .but when I asked him if he liked fish sticks, he got all angry for some reason and wound up not posting anything. I don't get it.
Anyway, speaking of everybody's favorite racism-inciting, speech-interrupting, self-promoting moron, a few years ago he and Jamie Foxx did a song called Gold Digger, which borrowed heavily from the Ray Charles classic "I Got a Woman." (Yeah, Kanye didn't come up with this one totally on his own. . .please, try to act surprised.) The West/Foxx collaboration, as you can probably gather from the title, deals with some of the more. . .shall we say "unsavory". . .types of women that are only interested in men with money and getting their hands on as much of that money as they can. Of course, when the money dries up, they no longer have any use for their man, and so they move on to the next conquest.
(Hang on. . .I'm going somewhere with this.)
Now, there's a certain segment of the population out there that feels that, in a football sense, Brett Favre is a gold digger. (See, told you I was going somewhere with this.) Despite the things that he's said and done since getting to Minneapolis, and despite the fact that his own teammates voted him to be a captain after less than a month of sharing a locker room with him, some folks see Favre as simply using the Vikings as a means to an end. . .that end being getting back at the Green Bay Packers for booting him out the door before the 2008 season. Still others have turned on the Vikings to the point that they now actively root against them as long as #4 is the quarterback.
In military parlance, the best response I have to both of these phenomenon is "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?"
Yeah, Brett Favre played for the Green Bay Packers for a very long time, kicked our butts on more than one occasion, and drew the ire of every purple-bleeding fan in America numerous times between 1992 and 2007. But there were years of Viking football before Brett Favre, and there will be years of Viking football after he retires
in 2027. Yes, coming back with the Vikings gives him the best opportunity to stick it to the Packers, and to do so more than once. But I'm guessing the real reason that he signed with Minnesota. . .and this is going to tick off the naysayers. . .is because the Vikings were the most attractive belle at the proverbial ball.
I mean, really. . .if you were a legend that was set to turn 40 during the 2009 season, looking for one last shot at glory, and trying to find a team, what better choice is there than a team where the single-best player in the National Football League lines up directly behind you on most plays, a team with a stifling defensive front seven, and a team that, quite frankly, possess more talent than any team you've been a part of since you won the Super Bowl in 1996?
The guy would have been crazy not to come here, and we would have been crazier, quite frankly, not to take him.
So, please. . .put down the pitchforks and the torches, grab yourself a cold beverage, and just come along for the ride. After this first weekend. . .not just seeing what the Vikings had to offer, but seeing what our division competition has to offer. . .one can't help but think that this ride is going to be a whole lot of fun.