Add Aaron Rodgers to the list of people who aren’t doing very well but who I like and want to do well. Actually, no. Aaron Rodgers is doing well. The Green Bay Packers are not. This is kind of important.
I mean, there’s a good chance I’m only rooting for Rodgers because I despise Brett Favre. He even annoyed me before all of his crap this off-season, since he was (and is) clearly past his prime and consistently failed (fails) to perform, but no one seemed (seems) to notice since he’s one of “the all-time greats.” But I guess none of that was really his fault, except a bigger man probably retires before he’s washed up. But the Jets? Seriously? Brett Favre was the Packers. The Packers were Brett Favre. John Elway could certainly have stuck around and padded his career stats for a while, and hell, maybe he would have won another ring or two, but he has something that Brett Favre will never have, no matter how many years he clings to the last dregs of his career: a soul. So piss off, Brett Favre.
But there’s more than that, I think. I mean, everyone loves Aaron Rodgers anyway, right? First of all, he’s kind of awesome. His stats are more than decent for the line problems the Packers have had this season, and he’s, for all intents and purposes, a rookie. And then there’s the whole Brett Favre thing. Did Aaron Rodgers ever once say, “Look, the old guy is washed up. He really needs to hang it up for real this time.” Or, “Look, morons, either put me under center, or I’m hitting the road. I’m too good to be a backup, especially when Cleo Lemon has a job.” I mean, he could have. I wouldn’t have blamed him. But he didn’t. So I feel like he’s just a pretty damn nice guy. And I’m not just saying that because he’s not-so-much-with-the-cuteness.
Maybe chicks from Green Bay dig it?
So it’s really sad that Green Bay sucks this year. It sucks even more that the blame will inevitably fall on Aaron Rodgers, his numbers notwithstanding. They’ll point to “intangibles,” claiming that Favre is the better leader, or that he’s better at just finding a way to win, and I suppose there’s something to that. But there’s also something to the mud through which he dragged the entire Packers organization this off-season when they should have been rallying around Rodgers. There’s also something to the completely unfair pressure that has been put on Rodgers this season by every moron with a microphone who works for ESPN (but we’ll talk about Kornheiser in a different post). And there’s also something to all the blue-balling Rodgers had to go through the previous few seasons, which he weathered like a complete champ.
So go Packers, and go Aaron Rodgers. In ten years, you’ll still be playing football, and nobody will be talking about Brett Favre. He’ll even lose the Wrangler ad deal eventually. And more importantly, fat guys in bars in Green Bay will remember this season, and how the face of their franchise screwed them over, and though most of them have already forgiven him, some of them never will. So crack open an ice cold Bud Light, Mr. I-hate-you-Brett-Favre-why-did-you-have-to-ruin-my-childhood-for-one-more-season-in-a-city-that’ll-end-up-booing-you-like-A-Rod, because Aaron Rodgers is awesome too.
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