How seriously do Packer fans take their football? Last week, an editorial by Bill Thornley, editor of the Spooner, Wis., Advocate started like this: “Packer fans, prepare to gag.” Then, Thornley got worked up.
Thornley, a wonderful wildlife photographer whose editorials typically are red, white and blue conservative, is clearly unhappy with the notion that former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is on the verge of donning Viking purple. For Favre to play for the Vikings, Thornley wrote, would be “stabbing in the back every loyal Packer fans who supported him for 16 years.”
Thornley concluded with this: “Any lasting legacy or good will that Favre might have still had in Wisconsin is gone the moment he puts on that Viking uniform. Many see it as the act of a traitor. Don’t look for #4 to be retired by the Packers or Favre’s name added to the Circle of Honor very soon.”