Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Favre's return is good for the NFL


Well, it’s official. Brett Favre is back in the NFL…again.

Favre officially came out of retirement today and signed a one year contract with the Minnesota Vikings that will pay him reportedly 10-12 million dollars this season.

This is a yearly ritual that Favre puts the entire sporting world through each year. Once the football season ends, he will state that he needs time to think things over and that he isn’t sure if he’s going to come back for another year. The next year, Favre will be seen practicing with the high school football team in his hometown of Hattiesburg. This will put ESPN on high alert because they think that this means he’s coming back. They will station a reporter down there for weeks at a time. ESPN will run with this for weeks, which will fuel more rumors. Eventually, Favre will come back to play another season because he “still has the desire to play”. After the next season, the process starts all over again.

A lot of people are very upset that Favre is back. They are tired of his inability to make a decision and stick with it.

Many more people are upset that he is back and with the Minnesota Vikings, especially Green Bay Packer fans. NFL fans (including me) believe that he is with the Vikings because he wants revenge on the Packers for trading him a few years ago.

All of the sports websites, television stations, and talk radio shows have been speaking today about Brett Favre and whether it is good for him to be back in the NFL. The majority of people are saying no because they are tired of him and his diva-esque act.

I can’t believe that I’m about to say this, but Brett Favre coming back to the NFL is good for the game.

I know, I know. I’ve ripped Favre in the past for his actions, and I stand by those statements. But having Favre back in the league, at this time, is the best thing for the game.

For the past few months, the biggest stories to come out of the NFL have been about Michael Vick, who has spent the past two years in prison for his involvement in dogfighting, and Donte Stallworth, who drove drunk and killed an innocent man.

From a public relations standpoint, these stories have been horrible for the league to deal with. Now, Favre is the talk of the NFL. Vick and Stallworth are no longer considered news worthy.

Favre’s actions these past few years have made people resent him so much that he’s become the villain of the league, and people love to hate the villain.

Think about it. When somebody mentions Star Wars, who do they think of? Darth Vader. How about the most recent Batman movie? Everyone will remember Heath Ledger as the Joker. What about the 80’s television show Dallas? J.R. Ewing was the man that everybody loved to hate.

Brett Favre is the J.R. Ewing of the NFL right now. Even the people that are sick and tired of his act these last few years will be tuning in to see Favre and the Vikings. The two games that the Vikings and Packers will play this season are going to get so much media attention that it will seem like the Super Bowl.

Once Favre steps onto the field for the first time as a Viking, people will be paying attention. Some will want him to succeed; others will want him to fail. One thing is for certain; people will be watching. That is good for the NFL.

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