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AR = Average Replacement September 10, 2012

I know…

I already know ok?

Packers fans are going to come down on me. I’m not a real Green Bay fan. I’m a traitor. I’ve been accused and called every name in the book. You aren’t going to shock me. Your material is old, and so is Brett Favre. The difference is Favre is laughing all the way to the bank propped up with a cold one in Mississippi and you’re still deciding whether or not to get your kid the Bronco Manning jersey they’ve been asking for. Go ahead and buy the damn thing! It builds character.

This post is NOT about Brett Favre. It’s about being a Packers fan.

I’ve been a Packers fan my entire life. It just so happened that Brett Favre was my favorite quarterback. When my favorite quarterback left the Packers I followed him, with a jersey to wear, and a Direct TV package so I wouldn’t miss a play. I also watched the Packers games. I talked a lot of trash, but the year my Dad died was the year the Packers won the Super Bowl. Of course I wanted the Packers to win. My Dad would have loved to see it with me.

I’m a Packers fan.

It’s been a few years since Favre has been gone and I’ve had to adapt and adjust to the new quarterback in Green Bay. Although, I will never forget a phone conversation that I had with my friend Ryan Cox. It went like this:

Ryan: “You hate Rodgers don’t you? You really hate him!”

Me: “Yes I do.”

Ryan: “I’ll bet you’re the only Packers fan on the face of the earth that gets mad when he throws a touchdown.” (He was giggling at this point.)

Me: “A rushing touchdown is ok, but when he throws a touchdown…” At this point Ryan is laughing hysterically.

It wasn’t Favre. Ok, it was mostly Favre. I just didn’t like Aaron Rodgers. I’ve always thought he was just an average quarterback. Argue with me all night, it’s what I’ve always thought Favre or no Favre. I always liked, and my Dad did too, Matt Flynn. Who now plays for Seattle. Flynn didn’t get any playing  time in last nights game, and the Seahawks lost.  There was no way Flynn was ever going to get some playing time in Green Bay except pre-season, that’s just the way it is. So of course he left.

Think of AR’s situation. You’ve road the bench for I don’t know, 13 years behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Promised, obviously, that some day it would be AR’s time to shine in the Green Bay sun. AR’s got patience, I’ll give him that. Ask yourself is he the brightest star on the block? I’m sure he could have gone to other teams and had a very successful career, but good old Ted Thompson promised his golden boy someday it would be his time.

And in 2010 it was his time to shine.

Can you imagine how pumped up that guy was to play football? I mean I wouldn’t have been able to sleep for a week. He came out guns blazing. Amazing stats. He looked like he couldn’t be stopped. AR wasn’t stopped, he went all the way to the dance and won. Bravo AR, bravo.

One thing I do know is if you win the Super Bowl and the hearts of Green Bay fans everywhere, that has to be one of the biggest ego boosts in the universe. Baller doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The dust settles. AR is the man in Green Bay. Last season Packer fans were so certain that they would be going to the Super Bowl I know people that had booked hotel rooms to come to Indianapolis to see the Pack win another one. Thing is, they didn’t make it. From the looks of last nights game they won’t make it again this year.

Really? San Francisco hands you your ass at home? I watched the game intently and AR looked like a deer in headlights. Meanwhile people are AR is the greatest QB, he has ice in his veins, strength like no other in his throwing arm.

He’s average, that’s it. When the hoopla is over AR is just average.

Hey, maybe I’m wrong, as the season goes on we’ll see. They play again Thursday night.

Go Pack!


You Did Not!!!…….. January 16, 2012

For those of you that clicked on this link thinking that I was going to do another debate about whether or not someone my age should wear glitter nail polish, I’m going to apologize right now. That is not what this post is about at all. My most popular post to date was my glitter nail polish blog, after that it was about my faith in God. This post has absolutely nothing to do with either one of those subjects, so if you’re mad at me, I will say “I’m sorry.” If you’re interested in sports at all, I would encourage you to read on. If not, click the next link.

The title of this blog post should be “I Will Never See The Green Bay Packers Win In Indianapolis.”

Why? I never have. The only games I’ve seen in Indianapolis have been with my Dad, and now that he’s gone, I doubt I will ever see a Packers win in Indianapolis.

I was pretty psyched when I got “Media Day” tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl in Indy. I thought for sure that the Packers would be in the final game. Until the other day. I don’t know what it was, but I got a really bad feeling about the game. Everyone thought, surely a win for the Packers. Getting the “Bye” week, enduring the fatal misfortune of their Offensive Coordinators son, the team was together. It was their time, at home, a team they beat earlier this year, no doubt about it.

Damn it all, I know better.

November 16, 1997. In Indianapolis, the year after they won the Super Bowl. My Dad and I were STOKED. We had tickets to the game, an opportunity to see our favorite team, and Quarterback, in our home town. No doubt in our mind we would witness a Packers win…

“Cary Blanchard’s fourth field goal of the game, a 20-yarder as time expired, lifted the Indianapolis Colts to their first win of the season, a 41-38 upset of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Colts quarterback Paul Justin, who threw for a career-high 340 yards, completed two passes to tight end Ken Dilger for 55 yards on the drive, including a 28-yarder to the Green Bay 1. Justin downed the ball three times to run the clock before Blanchard came on.

“We decided to kneel on the ball,” said Justin about the decision not to go for the touchdown in the final seconds. “The way our luck has been going this year, we could have fumbled the ball. Go ahead and put it in Cary’s hands; if he missed it was meant to be, but he made it.”

Who the hell is Paul Justin?

“I’ll answer the question now — we were not looking ahead to the Dallas game,” said Favre. “We felt we should have won. We put up a lot of points. We had a lot of fans here — maybe more than them.”

I can confirm, the Packers had more fans there at a Colts home game, no question about it.

Fast forward to the last game my Dad and I saw together.

September 26. 2004. A shoot-out. An incredible shoot-out between Favre and Manning. Even behind a pillar at the RCA Done, Dad and I cheered on our Packers in spite of the derogatory comments from Colts fans. For all of you Colts Fans, you can kiss my ass. I was embarrassed to be from Indianapolis and treated in such a way that I felt ashamed to be from Indianapolis.) I’ve heard from people “you should be happy you didn’t go to Kansas City, or to Dallas, or to New York.” To all of those people I will say; you’re stupid. I’m ok with friendly – even a little hostile banter. If I can’t handle that I have no business being at a football game in the first place. I would NEVER EVER call a person cheering for the visiting team the things I was called in my home town – Period.

“INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning and Brett Favre threw nine touchdown passes between them and weren’t even the heroes.

Manning threw for 393 yards and five first-half touchdowns. Favre threw for 358 yards and four TDs and the Packers rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to within a touchdown.

The game started with five touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes, three by Manning and two by Favre, a pace that would have added up to 175 points between them if they had kept going. Indianapolis threw 22 passes and did not have a running play in the first quarter as Manning and Favre aired it out.”

It was an incredible game. I’m not kidding. I was telling Mr. D the scope of the game tonight, and it still gives no justice to what an amazing football game it was. Besides that, how happy I was to have shared it with my Dad.

Now I’m convinced that I will never see at Packers win in Indianapolis.

I was hopeful…. that I would be able to see the Packers at Media Day in Indy. It would have meant a lot to me, damnit.

I’ll arrive at Media Day with my Favre jersey on, and a few Bloody Mary’s ingested – just to celebrate… What? I’m not really sure. I’ll figure it out.


Dear Mr. Irsay, go “Favre” yourself August 22, 2011

Filed under: Favre You — stepheppichdaily @ 9:27 pm

My God.

20 hours ago my life was normal, and then this happened….

 “JimIrsay Jim Irsay
 I’m in Mississippi,down at the crossroads….looking 4 that deal Mr. Johnson cut  so many years ago….”
And then this…
“JimIrsay Jim Irsay
Brad,I’m in Hattiesburg…is it right or left at the Firechief?
And then this…
ShawnieQRShawnieQR: Lord knows I don’t want #Favre playing for the #Colts but the humor of seeing @seppichdaily in a #Colts jersey would last a lifetime! 11:52am, Aug 22 from Web
seppichdailyseppichdaily: @shawnieqr HaHaHa laugh all you want Shawnie, this girl doesn’t wear blue, even if there is a #Favre on it! #favreyou (first one this year) 11:56am, Aug 22 from HootSuite
minipegminipeg: @seppichdaily @shawnieqr OMG that would totally be worth having #Farve here as a #Colts!! I would love to see that!! 🙂 12:02pm, Aug 22 from Web
ShawnieQRShawnieQR: @minipeg @seppichdaily It would be a cold day in hell – but the thought of it cracks me up! 12:08pm, Aug 22 from Twitter for iPhone
minipegminipeg: @ShawnieQR @seppichdailyOh I’m rolling on the inside! 12:13pm, Aug 22 from Web

These people are my friends?

These aren’t the only posts that I’ve gotten on Twitter or Facebook, and until this rumor is resolved, surely they won’t be the last.

But good Lord, Favre in a Colts uniform?  It unimaginable to me.  Just as Favre being in a Vikings uniform was like Judas betraying Jesus (to Packer fans) – not three but FOUR times.

Favre being with the Vikings, and me being ok with it, is something that only my Dad understood.  Dad and I were up in Lambeau when Brett made his return flight to Green Bay.  We were at the pads practice, along with ESPN and every Packer fan in Green Bay and within who knows how many miles.  What we heard and saw up there, was not what you heard and saw from Ted Thompson, or the Packer Organization.  People were pissed.  Fans were booing Rodgers as he stepped out onto the practice field.  They wanted Favre back, and they were letting it be known.  The Packers weren’t listening.

We all know what happened after that.  Brett went to play for the Jets.  Then retired.  The went to the Vikings, totally kicked ass, missed the Super Bowl.  Came back for a second year, and got his ass kicked. I half halfheartedly cheered for the Packers in the Super Bowl, and was glad that they won.  However, Aaron Rodgers will never be my Quarterback.

That was it for me.  That was the end of Brett’s career as a football player.  I imagine him now mowing his back 40 with a piece of hay hanging out of his mouth, waiving to neighbors.

So enters Mr. Irsay with his ridiculous tweets.  Enters my friends with “will Stephanie finally become a Colts fan?”

The answer is no.  The only way you’re getting a Colts jersey on me is if you photoshop one on – DON’T get any ideas.

Even if Favre were to come to Indianapolis, I couldn’t in good faith become a “Colts Fan.”  That’s originally why I couldn’t stand Colts fans, because they were bandwagon fans.  One of my favorite things to do during football season is to watch my twitter feed, all the whining and crying of Colts fans.  Calling for Tony Dungy (when he was there) to get fired.  To bench Manning.  The defense sucks, the offense sucks, another interception #OMGCOLTS.

It may seem that I’m being a bit of a hypocrite, which in some peoples eyes;  I truly am.  Jumping teams with Favre.  My assortment of jerseys.  One thing I was always constant with was Favre was my quarterback, no matter what team he played for.  Reminiscent of Joe Montana’s fans back in the day – (who ironically I didn’t like – lol.)  They loved Joe, but at some point, enough was enough.

That’s where I’m at with Brett.  Enough is enough.

Curiously, if this “does” happen, it puts Brett in the same city with me….Maybe this isn’t such a bad idea after all.  That was a joke… kinda….

If he does end up coming, I’ll watch him, and hope that he doesn’t get his head torn off.


Sometimes the stars just line up… October 7, 2010

Filed under: Favre You — stepheppichdaily @ 4:19 am

We knew it, my Dad and I.  We predicted it.  We knew someday this day would come.  We thought that day would be in 2008.

Brett Favre and Randy Moss on the same team, in green and gold.  It was going to happen.  Especially when Favre had come off a phenomenal season, falling short of the Superbowl, loosing to the Giants in the NFC Championship game.  Packer fans had no doubt that Favre would return for one more year.  In the beginning  of that season Randy Moss was a free agent.  Rumor in Green Bay was that Favre did everything short of beg GM Ted Thompson (who will be referred to jackass or TT from now on) to pick up Moss.  Favre even said he was willing to give up part of his salary in order to get the receiver.   Favre is the ultimate competitor.  He came so close to the Superbowl he could taste it.  One more receiver and one more chance was all he needed to make his dream come true, then he could hang it up, gracefully.

The jackass said no.  The fact of the matter is TT was tired of Favre.  He had picked up Favre’s replacement years ago and was tired of seeing Aaron Rodgers (his golden boy) play wet nurse to a MVP quarterback.  I’m sure it was a “I’ll show you whose boss” type of situation.  TT probably had Favre’s locker packed and shipped to Mississippi before they agreed to disagree.

So on March 4, 2008 Brett Favre retired from the Green Bay Packers.

When significant things happen in our life we tend to remember where we where and what we were doing when the event happened.    I was working when I got the call.  A friend of mine that worked for the Colts called and said, Favre’s retiring, the press conference is in an hour.  I hung up the phone and   looked around, shut off my computer, left a note to my Mom (who works for the company), and drove to Chammps downtown in disbelief.  Watching the press conference I saw a man that was doing something he did not want to do.  I sat there and said, there’s no way this is over.  My Dad later ranted about TT, what a jackass he was.  “He’s ruined this team” he would say to me.

So Dad and I decided to take our trip up to Green Bay anyway to see the pads practice again.  My Mom and Kerry went with us.  Anyone who is a football fan, whether you like the Packers or not, should go to Lambeau field at least once.  It’s a truly fantastic facility.  We went in August, right before school started, and we had the free time.  Plus it was pad practice time.  Dad tried to convince me that AR would be a great backup for Favre. I wasn’t buying it.  Then all of the sudden these ESPN/Media Trucks started showing up.  Wake up the next day and this is under your door:  Guess Who's Back?He’s here! Favre is back in Green Bay willing to try out for his position.  He’s there, he’s ready.  Me and my Dad were there giddy with anticipation to see Brett tear apart  AR on the field.  When we got to the practice field the media trucks were packing up.  Practice started, no sign of Brett. The Packers wouldn’t let him even practice, not even compete for the position that was his for so many years.  Brett had gotten back on a plane and headed back to Mississippi.

Touch Down

By then, the New England is rockin with Moss.

Brett decided to go to the New York Jets. Not his first choice, he would have preferred the Vikings from the very beginning, for some reason, that just wasn’t an option.  According to the Packers part of his release stipulation was Favre could not play in the same division as the Packers.  Whimps.  You don’t want him, but you don’t want to play against him?  Well, we all  saw what Favre did to Green Bay later, enough said.

So we’re back to the so close season last year, loosing again in the NFC Championship game.  Will or Wont Favre play?  In the back of my mind I knew he was coming back. The real answer came for me when he had his ankle surgery.  He’s come too far to not have one more chance.  Starting off slow, loosing some players, the offense doesn’t seem to be in sync, Favre’s childlike play even seemed to be flat. The Vikings needed a spark.  Randy Moss hates the new quarterback coach in NE, he’s ready for a change.  See the stars getting closer together?

They’ve always wanted to play together.  Favre, a gun slinger, Moss,he can catch anything you throw up to him.  When I heard the rumor that Moss might be returning to Minnesota, it was like watching a plan that had formulated over several years finally come to fruition.  Yesterday when the deal was done I was elated, and sad at the same time.  Why couldn’t have this happened in Green Bay.  Why all the turmoil?  It doesn’t matter now, because  it’s happening in Minnesota.

What better way to make your debut comeback? Monday Night Football.  Randy Moss comes back to the place where he began his career, and Favre has the receiver he finally wants.  Realistically, this will probably be Favre’s last year.  He has the weapons with Moss, Peterson, Harvin, and Rice (returning in a few weeks) to make it really fun, and count.  He can see the Lombardi Trophy in his hands.  How do you like that Green Bay?

Like most things.  I wish my Dad were here to see this. It would have been nice to be able to talk to him about this.  The pain I felt not being able to pick up the phone and call him.  In a word, sucks.

It’s going to be a helluva game Monday.  Get your popcorn ready.


Please say it’s so Brett May 23, 2010

Filed under: Favre You — stepheppichdaily @ 6:12 pm

So Friday night I was up watching tv around 10:00.  Mr. D was in zonked out mode from being at the track (Indy 500) all day eating and drinking.  I even knew that I really needed to get some shut-eye.  I was going to have to get up at 5:45 am to pick up my Cousin from work. Yet there I was, wide awake.

Like a good twitter/email addict I had my phone right by me.  Volume turned down so to not disturb Mr. D.  So when it buzzed at 10:26 p.m. I immediately picked it up and looked at it.  Email, from The Official Brett Favre Website, subject “Breaking Brett Favre News and Fathers Day Specials”.  How fast do you think that I opened that e-mail?  It said:

“This is to confirm that I did have a procedure to remove some scar tissue and bone spurs from my ankle that have been bothering me for a period of time.  I appreciate your concerns”  Thanks – Brett

My thoughts immediately, HE’S COMING BACK!

I was so overcome with joy I woke up Mr. D from his track day slumber to show him the e-mail. I shook him and said Kerry – he jumped almost out of bed and said WHAT!?! I said LOOK!  I showed him the email, he wasn’t nearly as impressed or excited as I was and went back to sleep.

I was so happy, I just sat there in my bliss.  Surely, if he didn’t have intentions on coming back, he wouldn’t have the surgery.  I mean, he didn’t have the surgery on his arm until the summer last year, came back, and had one of the best years in his career.

And I know, believe me, I know people are tired of Brett’s will I or won’t I play drama that ensues us every year since he originally retired from Green Bay and decided to come back and play for the J.E.T.S.  I understand it.  My opinion, Brett is so pissed off about what happened in Green Bay, I think he would play in crutches or a wheelchair before he throws in the towel on football without another Super Bowl.  Obviously, there has to be a time when he will stop playing (even though I’ll be crushed) but not this year.  He was too close to that Lombardi Trophy to not give it one more shot.

And the first regular season game is Vikes vs Saints 9-9-10, revenge time, I mean that’s just too good to pass up.  After looking at their 2010 schedule, they could easily win 13, maybe even 14 games this year.

So Brett, please grant me my Birthday Wish, and say you’re coming back for just ONE MORE!