It’s hard to believe, but we actually made it through a full NFL season without Brett Favre. Predictably, every injury to a starting quarterback led to rumors of Favre’s return, and even more murmurs of red-eye trips to the farm fields of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
But we did it everyone, we really did it. Favre stayed retired, and only poked his head out of his hibernation den to showcase his fantastically red face in Christmas card form. It was like meeting an old friend for coffee, complete with the awkwardness and oddness.
What’s disappointing about the conclusion of Favre’s career is that the end overshadows his body of work, at least in the short term. That’s the residual effect of dong shots. They temporarily erase our memory.
All it took is one season sans Favre, though, and that cloud has started to lift, albeit slowly, very slowly. In a documentary set to premiere at the Wisconsin Film Festival on April 18, the gaze is still cast over Favre’s final days in Green Bay, but that’s appropriate given the struggle a town and a state went through with their football identity as Favre flirted with retirement on an annual basis, and then eventually played for the enemy.
A documentary that will be of great interest to football fans in general and Packer fans in particular, Last Day at Lambeau chronicles the adoration and contempt that millions of sports fans feel toward pro football star Brett Favre. The film depicts the divorce of Favre and the Green Bay Packers in 2008 and concludes with Favre’s last game at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010.
In an approach that is notable for its even-handedness, director Michael Neelsen explores in impressive detail the controversial fate of Brett Favre, soliciting opinions and responses from historians, journalists, and fans.
Ultimately, the film is as much about the fascinating and complicated relationships fans have with their heroes as it is about the ultimately divergent paths of Favre and the Packers.
And here’s the trailer, complete with home-grown Wisconsin sadness:
Thanks, Total Packers