Not long ago, Brett Favre remarked that, in his mind, the ’09 Vikings are the best team he’s ever played on, even better than the Packers team that won the Super Bowl after the ’96 season.
Clearly, Brett was just trying to butter up his teammates and Vikings fans with that remark. Unfortunately, certain members of the ’96 Packers took Brett’s words seriously, and now these washed-up nobodies are responding with the same sort of bitterness that bubbles up any time anyone associated with the Packers talks about their long-gone hero.
One-time safety (and originator of the odious Lambeau Leap) LeRoy Butler had the strongest things to say about Favre’s alleged dissing of the ’96 Pack, calling Favre’s words “preposterous,” and going on to attack people who give Favre too much credit for the Packers’ success in the ’90s.
“This team means a lot to me,” Butler whined, “so when somebody calls up on the radio show: ‘Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around’ – it’s almost a disrespectful slap in the face.”
Hot tub aficionado Mark Chmura also chimed in, claiming Favre himself was “10 times better” in ’96 than he is in ’09, and calling the ’96 Packers defense one of the greatest of all-time. He also ripped the Vikings’ running back depth, calling Chester Taylor “a guy” – football-speak for “average.”
Defensive tackle Santana Dotson, after admitting he “threw up in his mouth” when he first saw Favre in purple, claimed the ’96 Packers D-line of him, Reggie White, Sean Jones and Gilbert Brown was better than the ’09 Vikings defensive front 4, but did admit that Pat and Kevin Williams are “two of the better tackles” in the league today.
The one thing these former Packer greats have in common besides being former Packer greats? None of them are playing anymore. Brett is. And he’s still being celebrated. And he still has a chance to win the second ring those other Packers had stolen from them by the Broncos.
In other words, there could be a little resentment at work here. All right, a lot of resentment. But that’s fine. Talking crap about Brett only fires him up even more. Can’t wait to see him tear Packer fans’ – and former players’ – hearts out in their own urine-reeking place.