Living on South Beach has reinforced some of life's valuable unwritten laws. For example, I can go to Joe's Stone Crabs for dinner. Reservations are not allowed. So, I put the McKenna name on the waiting list and go to the bar. An hour and fifteen minutes later, I'm still waiting on the bar. Meanwhile, Darren & Jamie Sharper walk in and they're immediately seated. I live with it and I accept it. We all have a place in making Joe's Stone Crabs reputable.
Furthermore, I ask the Maitre d' when we will be seated. He responds that "there are a few to be seated before you." Minutes later, my wife (who is supremely more beautiful than I...yes, I married up!) poses the same question. Immediately, we are seated.
It's time for Ted Thompson to be reminded of such laws. Thompson has done a remarkable job building the current roster of the Green Bay Packers. We're loaded with young prospects. Our stable also includes some veteran thoroughbreds who have proven to be loyal stallions.
In Thompson's first 3 years, he was the General Manager of Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers. Favre was the Chief of the Packer tribe. However, the present state of our team portrays Ted Thompson as the Engineer of the roster and Mike McCarthy as the director of the team's productivity. In essence, we could be viewed as Ted Thompson's Green Bay Packers. I'm more than comfortable with Thompson being the head honcho, but I wish he would recognize the Celebrity Rule.
If the Packers were coming off of a 4-12 season and Favre had played like he did in 2005, I would understand it if Thompson was shy in welcoming Favre back. But, we are living in a "win now" league. And if Favre wants back, he should be greeted with open arms. I commend Al Harris for calling into NFL Radio on Sirius and stating the same. After all, as Harris said, "we're talking about Brett Favre, here."
In many ways, I'm excited to see Aaron Rodgers perform. But, I still believe that Favre gives us the best chance to win this year.
No one knows what really has gone on between Favre & Thompson. But, in many ways, sports media has reminded me of the old school WWF. In the media, Favre has gone from Hulk Hogan to Andre the Giant - the bad guy superstar. Thompson is Bobby "The Brain" Heenan who aligned himself with Andre the Giant...then fought with him...before eventually rejoining forces. I should mention that - together - they teamed for a WWF Championship in the '80's!
If I were Thompson, I would phone the Legend. The conversation would like this:
"Brett, you should have never retired. Are you 100% committed to continuing your career in the NFL?"
If Favre's answer is yes, my response to him would be:
"Brett, we are building a winning culture in our locker room. We want to take care of those that are loyal to us. We are building an era of successful football in Green Bay. You know, Brett, putting the "Title" back in "Titletown." With that being said, I want to be fair to Aaron. With that being said, Brett, assuming you are healthy, will you guarantee me that you will play 2 more years?"
If Favre's answer is yes, I'd say, "Brett, when can you be in Green Bay?"
Following this conversation, I would phone Rodgers.
"Aaron, Brett's coming back. He's given us a 2-year commitment. We still believe that you are the future of the Green Bay Packers. We want to offer you an extension. You're going to be the back-up for 2 more years, but you will be our starter in 2010. What are your thoughts, Aaron?"
If Rodgers is fine with this scenario, great! If not, Brian Brohm becomes our future and I'd explore trade options. I'd call Bill Parcells and I'd talk to him about Jason Taylor.
"Hey Jason, can you commit to 2 more years?"
Ted, remember the Celebrity Rule. He comes first. Ted, recognize your importance. Not only are you welcome, but you're the crucial element of our assemblance. And your clan is vastly superior with #4 at the helm. Welcome him back.
Enjoy your 4th.