Shep's Blog: Packer fans should boo Favre this Sunday

By Jeff Shepard - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogging with Shep! If you clicked on this link, you're either a huge sports fan, or you're one of those people that likes to stare at car wrecks as you drive by. Either way, I'm glad you're here.

There's really not going to be a theme with this Blog. Sure it will revolve around the sports world, but we'll delve into all kinds of topics. From sandwiches to music to the latest books I've read, we'll bounce around all over the place. But of course, the main topic we'll focus on is Sports.

And for this first blog, let's focus on the first family of football in South Mississippi - The Favres.

Over at St. Stanislaus High on Friday, the Rockachaws are holding Senior Night, where they'll say good-bye to the Class of 2010. Of course, the marquee name of this class is Dylan Favre. The SSC quarterback has been re-writing the MHSAA record book for three seasons, and now he's the leader in passing yards, touchdowns, completions and several other categories.

The awards and accomplishments are nice for Dylan, but if you ask him, he'd trade them all in for a shot at the state title. And this year, Dylan may get his wish.

The Rockachaws are one of the best teams in Class 4A in all of Mississippi, and they've been considered the best team in the South half for most of the year.

When the playoffs start next Friday, SSC will be the favorite to reach Jackson. And that would be huge, considering the school's never made it out of the first round of the playoffs.

Dylan's uncle Brett is playing a big game this weekend. For 16 years, Brett Favre was the face of the Green Bay Packer franchise. He revitalized one of the most unique teams and areas in all of professional sports by leading them to one Super Bowl title and a runner-up finish the following year. Brett became the NFL's first 3-time MVP for his incredible play under center.

But a few years ago, things started to go sour for Favre and the Packer front office. General Manager Ted Thompson grew tired of Favre's wavering and the annual "will he" or "won't he" retire saga. Favre was eventually traded to New York, where he played one season for the Jets before getting what he really wanted. And that was to sign with the Minnesota Vikings - the Packers' bitter rival in the NFC North.

On Monday night, October 5th, Favre fired three touchdown passes in Minnesota's 30-23 win over Green Bay at the Metrodome. This Sunday, the rematch comes at Lambeau Field where the Favre legend was molded.

As much as the players in this drama will try to downplay them, emotions will be running high, in the locker room and in the stands.

Now, this may not be a popular opinion in South Mississippi, but there's only one response that Packer fans should have for the returning Favre. After clapping for him the first time they see him, they need to BOO him like he's always been a member of the Vikings.

I know this sounds harsh, but he's the QB of their biggest rival now. Are they supposed to clap for him throughout the entire game?

Yes, Brett had an amazing career on that field, but he made this personal and left Green Bay only to sign with a team in the same division. Brett's a big boy, and if he gets booed one Sunday in Green Bay, it won't diminish his legacy one bit.

So what do you think? Feel free to leave any comments about this blog, or any ideas for future blogs/ramblings. I really enjoy getting up on the soap-box! Have a great day!

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