I found out that, as I expected, my Viking fandom overrides everything else. I no longer like seeing articles critical of Favre. I seek out and enjoy positive reviews of how Favre will impact the Vikings. I'm in full optimism mode once again, view Favre primarily as my favorite team's starting quarterback, and I'm setting myself up for heartbreak once again.
Stephen Oh of AccuScore shares projections for Favre and the Vikings at Yahoo!: The Vikes with a 75% chance of making the playoffs, and Favre at 65.3% passing for 23 TDs and 16 INTs.
Kevin Seifert at ESPN writes that the Vikes are his favorite to win an improved NFC North. He points out an interesting and relevant fact:
"During the past two seasons, Vikings quarterbacks compiled the NFL's second-worst passer rating in division games."
David Brauer at MinnPost talks about how WCCO got and broke the Favre story.
Readers of this blog know that I had talked myself into Sage Rosenfels. However, evidently after watching his quarterbacks every day throughout training camp, Brad Childress could not. Steve Aschburner at MinnPost:
"...people should know that it all came together from Monday afternoon to this morning. Childress called Favre to 'verify' that Favre’s decision from three weeks earlier was his final decision. Their casual phone chat turned urgent pretty quick."
And Matt Bowen at National Football Post:
"It’s obvious that Rosenfels and Jackson did not do enough in the eyes of Childress and his staff to prevent the team from reaching out to Favre again — because we have to believe that this is how it all went down. Because if they were lighting it up during practice, making plays all over the place, there wouldn’t be a reason to go back to the well again and resurrect Favre from the football grave."
Pat Reusse at the Star Tribune and Charles Robinson and Yahoo! talk about Packer fans feeling less than happy.
Matthew Berry at ESPN makes his bold fantasy predictions.
Chase Stuart at the pro-football-reference.com blog on Daryl Lamonica as the best Oakland Raider QB ever.