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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

OK, Fischer, whad'ya think of Favre now???!!

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is pressured by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews during the fourth quarter.Journal Sentinel photo: Mark Hoffman

Ahhh, yes. People read my blog. Lots and lots and lots of them.

It explains why I get other blogs written about me and why I get personal e-mails filled with jabs anytime Brett Favre jaywalks.

Apparently because I don’t hate #4 the way most cheeseheads do, the conventional wisdom is that Deanna, Brett, Jennifer and I get together occasionally for chateaubriand, and Dom perignon.
(We do not. Brett and I can’t spell chateaubriand and would never share quality beef to begin with).

It’s foolish to even attempt to argue with a football fan who suffers from umpteen years of Packer/Favre amnesia.

So how does this Packer fan respond after Sunday night’s Packer victory, albeit one that was a Percy Harvin half a sneaker away from a Minnesota win?

I point, Packer fans, to not one, but two Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports columns written before Sunday’s big game.

First, there is Michael Hunt, your basic run of the mill writer who will never have the dilemma of clearing office space for a Pulitzer. Hunt cockily wrote:

“Brett Favre has become irrelevant enough in present terms that it's almost embarrassing to make his name the first two words of this column.

He is important around here to the extent that he is the next quarterback on the Green Bay schedule. But if he throws for a whole lot of yards Sunday night against the Packers, well, so did some guy named Shaun Hill.

Favre has been gone long enough that the divisive summer of 2008 seems as if it occurred during the second Bart Starr era. If you don't believe it, '08 also was the last year the Milwaukee Brewers were in a playoff race. How long ago does that feel?

For purposes of immediacy, Favre has become just another football player.”

Then there is the skillful, insightful, Bob McGinn. If this was1980, Michael Hunt couldn’t carry Bob McGinn’s typewriter ribbon. Oh, hell. In 2010, Hunt can't carry McGinn's, well, you know. Prior to Sunday’s big, big game, McGinn wrote:

"Brett Favre doesn't scare anyone these days with his legs. He's a statue, a sitting duck, call it what you will.

As the 28th-rated passer in the National Football League, Favre isn't wowing anyone with his arm anymore, either. He's battling tendinitis in his right elbow, and unlike his last season in Green Bay and his first season in Minnesota the ball isn't always going where he wants it to go.

In contrast, Aaron Rodgers routinely draws the utmost praise from friends and foes alike for his whip-like arm and nimble feet.

Favre is 15 years older than Rodgers and looking every day of it. Bedeviled by a scandal allegedly of his own making, Favre supposedly is this pathetic figure who can't quit second-guessing himself for playing a 20th season.

The 70,000 in attendance Sunday night at Lambeau Field will know better. Favre swept their Packers last year, and the whispers around Wisconsin all last week were, ‘What if Favre sweeps us again?’

They know that Favre can do it. For 16 years they saw him defy the odds time and again. They understand, better than anyone else, that he should never be counted out.

Favre has been mocked and vilified across the country, including in a state where not too many years ago he could have been elected governor by acclamation. But Sunday night in the NFL's smallest city, he is a 41-year-old quarterback to fear.

When you watch the decline in Favre's game, it makes everyone who followed him feel old. He can't scramble for a first down. He can't stiff-arm a would-be sacker. He can't do any of the physical, athletic things that once separated him from most of his contemporaries.

Favre doesn't have his old fastball but he still can wing it. His ability to use both halves of the field in his progression is marvelous. He remains a master at the line, getting his team from a bad play into a good play and coaxing defenses into committing themselves prematurely.

By blowing off the off-season in another graceless grab for attention and money, Favre is the main source of the timing issues that have bogged down the Vikings' offense and cost the team three close games.

None of that matters now. Favre has been in uniform for two months. He has taken an injection for his elbow. Randy Moss has been acquired to fill Sidney Rice's shoes.

All that matters is how Favre and 44 players come together during the span of three hours. Expect nothing other than a unified, emotion-charged effort from the Vikings against their greatest rival’.”

In retrospect, who was more accurate? Remember the Packers had a TD that shouldn’t have been a TD and the Vikings had a TD overturned that should have been a TD.

Most Packer fans have the mentality of Michael Hunt. That would be the beer-swilling pot-bellied cheesehead image America has of Packer season ticket holders.

Who are you? Michael Hunt? Or Bob McGinn?

Sorry. I don’t apologize for not hating Brett Favre.

(FYI-links to Journal Sentinel articles not available).

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