Hearing the news that three Minnesota Vikings teammates boarded a private jet to Hattiesburg to see if they could convince a certain quarterback to come back with them to Minnesota — and he did — reminds me of a classic Looney Tunes line spoken by the late Jim Backus (as the Genie in “A-Lad-In His Lamp“).
When Bugs Bunny rubs the lamp, Smokey the Genie jumps out with great fanfare:
“I’m here, I’m here! Let the bells ring out and the banners fly! Feast your eyes on me, it’s too good to be true but I’m here, I’m here!”
It seems Vikings head coach Brad Childress and his minions rubbed the lamp the right way as Brett Favre has returned once again just in time to save the Vikings (and NBC’s ratings for the 2010 Kickoff Opener between Minnesota and New Orleans).
Say one thing for Favre, he has the Vikings eating out of his hand. First, it was Childress driving Favre from the airport to the Vikings’ facility a year ago tomorrow, and now Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson miss practice to rope Favre at his Mississippi farm and bring him back to the Vikings.
There will be wall-to-wall coverage of this on every major sports outlet, but I do think the NFL is missing a chance to make some things part of its calendar, as I tweeted earlier today once word of Favre’s flight to freedom was reported.
@BlogAndTackle The NFL lists dates on official calendar for roster cutdowns but should add Aug. 17-18 as Favre Roster Decision dates.
The NFL slogan for 2010 is “Back To Football.” It seems Favre has affirmed that slogan in dramatic style once again.
As for the cartoon I referred to, here it is.