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A review of the documentary Last Day at Lambeau

 

Last Day at Lambeau is about the events leading up to and after Brett Favre retired from the Packers. Last Day at Lambeau does a terrific job by putting both sides of the conflict in perspective by being unbiased. A great documentary does this whether you’re talking about government corruption, global warming, or in this case Brett Favre leaving the Green Bay Packers. Excuse me, I meant retiring.

 

I have to admit I am little biased about this documentary. My friend Michael Neelsen directed it.  I’m also a huge Packer fan that still feels betrayed by Brett Favre. I’ll be as objective as possible.

The documentary opens up on the glory days of Brett Favre the early to late 90’s. Michael Neelsen the director speaks about and shows pictures of when he was a little kid at Packer practice, getting autographs from Reggie White, and even Ron Wolf. Imagine to be a little kid, it’s a beautiful summer’s day, and seeing your football heroes within arm’s reach. Who was every Wisconsin kids’ sports hero? Brett Favre.

There is a Brett Favre highlight reel. The great throws, dramatic wins, and the victory in Super bowl XXXI. The good times that people remember, yet soon forget when it comes to Brett Favre.

I really enjoyed the conversations with the local media covering this dramatic event. The twists and turns of a story that will forever live on as a part of football history. Everyone remembers what they were doing when Brett Favre retired as Green Bay Packer. The documentary could have easily attacked Favre regarding, his constant flip flopping on retirement, and his drama queen antics. But, it stayed true to the events that unfolded.

The thing that got lost in in all of this Packers versus Brett Favre conflict was the fans. The documentary really showed how the fans suffered in all of this. Favre and the Packers organization divided the Packer fans into two camps: the Favre haters and the Favre lovers. I was in the first camp. How could you go to the Vikings? I repeatedly asked myself along with many other Packer fans.

In the end Last Day at Lambeau begged the question. Is hero worship a good thing for a fan? We need heroes, right? I’m sure there were Packer fan’s who hero worshipped Brett Favre. I’m sure some have stopped being a Packer fan after Brett Favre left, retired.

I believe a hero is to inspire not to worship. Last Day at Lambeau brought back some great memories and a few painful ones about Brett Favre. It would be great to be the kid again, seeing your heroes in the summer sun, but eventually we grow up and realize that even our heroes are not perfect just human, like all of us. Last Day at Lambeau is a amazing documentary that will take you back to one of the greatest sports stories in football history.


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