Sydney Speaks! The Puppet Master

Harry Sydney, like many Packers fans, was a little queasy after getting up early Saturday morning, waiting an hour, then listening to Brett Favre quickly announce that he has yet to make a decision on if he wants to play football this season. Sydney explains why:

All of us who have watched Brett Favre over the years understands all the gifts that he possesses. The ability to roll to one side and throw it 70 yards off his back feet, or across the field threading it between two defenders was a thing of beauty for all the football gods to see as well as us the fans. The ability to make something out of nothing made him special. But what I've seen lately makes me sick!!!

Understand that there are two trains of thought. One is that Ted Thompson hasn't done enough to make Brett want to come back and the other is that Brett, because he hasn't made any decisions, has prevented Ted from doing anything because who wants to come to a team when their leader doesn't even know if he wants to come back. Some fans even think that Brett and Ted are working together, embarrassing each other just because of draft implications. They think that by Brett making the Green Bay Packers office of Football Operations look like a joke that teams will acquire about moving for a trade if Vince Young is there when the Packers draft. They think that the fifth pick in the draft is worth being the laughing stock of the NFL this off-season but, then again, these are the same people who have their heads buried in the sand.

This Brett Favre saga is becoming a joke and after what I saw this weekend, I really believe Brett is enjoying playing with the media and the Green Bay Packers. He has the limelight and seems to be enjoying it. Sometimes the media catches him off guard and he says stupid things like, "What are they going to do cut me?" meaning it probably in a joking way that might get taken out of context. We all have been in a situation like that, right? Or at least there are some who want to believe it was an accident. He didn't mean that, right?

What happened this last weekend opened my eyes more, and I didn't like what I saw. I saw a guy enjoying making people squirm. I saw a guy that didn't care about what his affect was doing to people. His attitude was that of a guy who didn't care that so many Packer fans have green and gold in their veins. He didn't seem to care that there are so many people that have worshipped him. It didn't seem to bother him that people live and sleep the Green Bay Packers and he basically said that in his press conference. Those words weren't some sports reporter's misquote. Those words weren't from some unnamed source. They were from Brett himself.

Hopefully you got a chance to see his press conference last Saturday morning at his golf tournament where it was leaked that he was going to make a decision. Reports are the leak came from his press agent, or someone close to the family that supposedly had the scoop. More media attention and one of the first things he said was "I don't know why you're here? I haven't made up my mind yet." Then he made fun of the people that have been his supporters by questioning them for following this saga during the off-season. Not only that, but he had the guts to make everyone wait until he was ready.

Then he questioned Ted Thompson and his desire to improve the Packers by saying "I don't know if they have improved" which translated in my mind to if you want me back so bad give me something to work with and I just might consider it. Like I said earlier one train of thought is that Thompson should have signed some quality free agents which might have made Brett's decision to come back easier, but then again if you love the game you love the game.

I wish the Packers would have signed some difference-makers in free agency as well, and not for Brett's sake, but for the Green and Gold. I want Mike McCarthy to have every opportunity to be successful as a new head coach. But then you have the people that apologize for everything wrong that Brett has done. You know those people, the ones that say Brett threw 29 interceptions because he just was trying to make a play. Like in the Cincinnati game when he threw all those interceptions and at the end of the game he did the old fake-the-spike, go long receiver play that no one practiced. Remember that one? I could go on and on about those mistakes, but then again it's Thompson's fault, right? Now we might be able to blame Ted on the fact that he did sign two busts at guard last year and they didn't work out, questioning his ability to find talent. So if that's the case they both failed in their different roles and responsibilities as leaders but that was then and now is now.

This seems to be a battle over power. Thompson has the title of GM and is supposed to call the shots, but Favre acts like he should be in control and everything should revolve around him, even the direction this team is going. We always talk about understanding the game, well, if Brett understood the game he would really understand that if he can't commit to two years it's time to move because it's the best thing for the Green Bay Packers, but he can't at this time. Oh, I forgot, it's because he seems to be enjoying being the center of attention. If he didn't like it he wouldn't be dealing with it. In my opinion he's trying to pull all the strings and make everyone dance just like THE PUPPET MASTER.

Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to managing editor Todd Korth at, and he will forward it to him.

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