At long last, a "truce" has apparently been declared between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers and heâ€™s coming back next year to get into the Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired.
This whole thing is being treated like some kind of armistice, as if the Hatfields and McCoys were suddenly going to Sunday dinner together.
From my perspective, I think everybody who thinks this is some kind of hatchet burial are way off the mark. And my perspective includes my first Packer game in 1960 and the first one I covered in 1976. Iâ€™ve been around.
And in all those years Iâ€™ve learned a couple of lessons about Green Bay Packers football.
One is that the Packers go about their business pretty much as they want without much regard for media pressure or even fan pressure. The fans hardly ever pressure this team, the love is so deep.
I have always thought this feud was more the progeny of a media circus than it was a real severe split between opposing forces. I donâ€™t think Favre hated Ted Thompson and I donâ€™t think Thompson hated Favre. They may have had a disagreement, but they are, and were, grown men.
The second thing Iâ€™ve learned is that, above all else, Packers nation has reverence for the past. Fundamentalist Muslim jihadists have nothing on Packers fans when it comes to frantic and undying devotion.
Let me give you a very clear example.
Bart Starr last played for the Packers in 1972. He was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. After he retired he coached the Packers for 10 years with a dismal 52-76-3 record that was marked by virtually consistent controversy with the media and with some of his players.
Yet in Packer nation, nobody talks about Starr the crappy coach.
All you hear is about Starr the player. When he and his wife Cherry come back to Green Bay itâ€™s as if Moses and his wife (I donâ€™t know if Moses had a wife, but you get what I mean) have come down from the mount for a visit.
Former Packers president Bob Harlan may have been the go-between when it came to engineering this celebration between Favre and the team, but it was the Packersâ€™ deep desire for honoring their past that was the driving force.
And I think that class and honor will be present when they retire that number. I think the boos that everyone expects will be few and far between.
This organization is far too classy for that.
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Aug. 30, 2016
Julie Tarney has just published a book, "My Son Wears Heels: One Mom's Journey from Clueless to Kickass," one that the New York Times Book Review called an "exceptional job of tracing the zigzagging line of Harry's self-identity."
Published Aug. 25, 2016
The ability to talk about race is behind the plan for OnMilwaukee's ongoing series of Milwaukee Talks: honest and frank discussions, unedited and focused on the issues of equality and justice. It's also the time for big dreams for the city.
Published Aug. 23, 2016
The Milwaukee theater season is underway and I've been looking through the schedule. I've found 24 productions I'm really anticipating. There are going to be others, and surprises, but my 24 are the productions I can't wait to see and experience.
Published Aug. 18, 2016
As Milwaukee struggles with the issue of how to deal with racial violence, it's critical to find answers to two key questions. The first question is how did Milwaukee become so racist. The second is how do we fix a culture that loves violence.
Published Aug. 16, 2016
Simon Mustaffa is 18 and lives in the Central City. He's off to UWM with a full scholarship and he has strong views about the violence in Sherman Park. For him, it's not a surprise at all; this explosion was a long time coming.
Published Aug. 16, 2016
All In Productions has a history that can be measured in months, but it has already staged some wonderful plays. It has produced five so far, and the next one is directed by artistic director Robby McGhee, who knows where this company wants to go.
Published Aug. 13, 2016
Under the feathery touch of director Marcella Kearns, Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" takes isolation, desolation and disappointment and stands them on their ear, filling the Cabot Theatre with chuckles, laughters and outright roars of fun
Published Aug. 12, 2016
A sweltering hot August night was the perfect atmosphere for the opening night of "No Exit," Jean Paul Sartre's trip through his particular and peculiar vision of hell. The Dale Gutzman-directed production is a searing journey through the existential mind.
Published Aug. 11, 2016
Election day has come and gone and some of the results in the primary contests are satisfying, but also quite a bit troubling. Leading the satisfaction category is the reelection of District Attorney John Chisholm over Verona Swanigan, 65% to 35%.
Published Aug. 9, 2016
If you are young(ish), headed out on a warm Saturday night and want to go drinking Downtown, you have your choice of four distinctly different areas and crowds to join. As an Uber driver, I spend lots of time in all four places.