I went back and read all the comments from the Brett Favre post yesterday, and I think our little sociological experiment might speak to my overall point.
Like him or dislike him, Packers fan or Vikings fan, young or old, no matter your background or worldview, Favre provokes visceral reactions from football fans and is a mainstay in NFL conversations. Yes, as many of you pointed out in the comments, he probably feeds off this drama at least to some degree, but I am continuing to think that we as fans crave this annual debate as well. Should Favre stay or should he go? It just seems to lend itself to passionate opinion and a variety of perspectives and, clearly by the response to the question I posed yesterday, is something that drives people to express themselves, regardless of how you come down on Favre and the media coverage of his retirement dalliances or which team you support.
As some of you pointed out in the comments on Thursday’s blog post, perhaps it’s because Favre strikes such a chord with the average guy and perhaps it’s because we see ourselves — or at least parts of ourselves — in him. Perhaps it’s because Favre has been willing to share his life with us, whether it be overcoming his addiction to painkillers or dealing with the loss of his father or his wife’s battle with cancer. All of that is heavy duty, real-life stuff, to which most of us can relate through our own life experiences with family and friends.
So I guess as I sort it out, with your help, I’m increasingly inclined to think this is a relationship of mutual need (and trust me, I understand how from a media standpoint with 24/7 news cycles, it most definitely serves a need for me and my brethren in the sports media field). I think we do derive something from the discourse about Favre, and I think the topic resonates, and I think there might be a bit of a void once his career ends and there is some resolution.
Thanks for all of the feedback and for so many of you taking the time to put your thoughts down. Whether we agree or not, the exchanging of ideas is what makes this whole blog thing attractive to me, and I look forward to more conversations to come.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend, and who knows? Maybe by next week, we will have an official announcement from No. 4.