Everywhere I turn, somebody seems to have an opinion as to how Packers fans should respond when Brett Favre steps onto Lambeau Field for the first time as a member of the visiting team. Internet polls asking whether Favre should be cheered or booed. I hope this silly argument isn’t going to last all week.
For the record, I think fans should do to Favre what they do to any other opposing quarterback. If you boo Jay Cutler, then you should boo Brett Favre. There’s plenty of time to celebrate Favre’s many great years in Green Bay, and his lengthy career.
Favre is now playing for the enemy. He’s trying to do one thing and that’s beat the Green Bay Packers. If you are a Packers fan, you can’t possibly think cheering Favre does any good. The Packers are trying to beat the Vikings and win the NFC North. They need every ounce of support you can muster. Be loud, yell at the opponent, make it impossible for Favre to communicate verbally with his teammates while at the line of scrimmage.
And if you are really torn between not wanting to cheer or boo, then do nothing. Don’t cheer or boo. Be silent. You can show your disapproval without booing the quarterback you grew up cheering for.
For those of you entrenched so deep in the Favre camp, just remember this. Ultimately, your job as a fan is to do whatever is necessary and within the legal limit, to help your team win. Don’t lose sight of the fact that your real job is to be the 12th man. You could be the difference between a win and a loss on Sunday.