Thursday, December 21, 2006


OK, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Tonight’s Vikings-Packers tilt could be Brett Favre’s final game in Lambeau Field.

Yeah, whatever.

Look, I know it’s been a rough year for the Pack at Lambeau. Their 2-5 home record is pretty sorry. But does the sports media have to resort to this tired old speculation just to hype what is otherwise a mediocre match-up? Come to think of it, why would anyone outside of Minnesota or Wisconsin care about this game?

The truth is I was more convinced that Favre, 37, would retire after last season than he will at this year’s conclusion. The Packers may stink this season but they have some good, young talent on their squad. Why shouldn’t Favre play at least another year or two? We all know after last season’s charade that the Packers’ brass doesn’t have the guts to cut Favre loose. Brett could become the George Blanda* of the Green Bay Packers, if he so chooses.

As a Vikings fan, I will be curious to see rookie QB Tarvaris Jackson make his first NFL start. He reminds me of Daunte Culpepper except for the fact that Jackson is four inches shorter, 35 pounds lighter, has a solid work ethic and doesn’t have a birth mother in prison.

Anyhow, the Packers are a 3 ½ point favorite.

Look for Green Bay to cover the 3 ½. I’m thinking 21-14, Packers over the Vikings.

*Obscure reference to an NFL player who played until he was 49-years old.

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