Brett Favre returns to Lambeau Field in Green Bay Nov. 1, and the city’s mayor has asked Packers fans how to mark the quarterback’s dubious homecoming with the archrival Minnesota Vikings.
On the city’s Web site, Mayor Jim Schmitt is asking fans to send ideas for “respectfully” welcoming Favre back. Schmitt says he’ll use the ideas “to create a list of the Mayor’s Top 4 things” he can do to “tastefully” welcome Favre. The site says one early suggestion is to create the world’s largest No. 4 waffle, a playful jab at Favre’s indecisive approach to retirement.
St. Thomas students have ideas of their own.
“I would make a giant cheese effigy of Brett Favre,” said junior Brett Bakefield, who’s a Vikings fan. “I would use the smelliest cheese I could find in Wisconsin.”
Tommy Glass, a freshman, had a more musical idea.
“I’d play ‘Open Arms’ by Journey and have an emotional man-hug in front of the city of Green Bay,” Glass said. “If the mayor did that, he probably shouldn’t run for re-election.”
One Packers blog, cheeseheadtv.com, already has weighed in with a list of suggestions to mark the occasion. Among them: creating a video montage of Favre’s interceptions and showing it before the game.
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