Life After Favre: A Season of Change with the Green Bay Packers and their Fans

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The 2008 football season was one of transition for the Green Bay Packers and their legion of loyal fans. For the first time in seventeen years, the Packers were entering the season without three-time league MVP Brett Favre under center. After a whirlwind summer of rumor and controversy, Packers’ management decided traded the thirty-eight-year-old gunslinger to the New York Jets, leaving “Packer Backers” worldwide to cope with life after Favre.

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The 2008 football season was one of transition for the Green Bay Packers and their legion of loyal fans. For the first time in seventeen years, the Packers were entering the season without three-time league MVP Brett Favre under center. After a whirlwind summer of rumor and controversy, Packers’ management decided traded the thirty-eight-year-old gunslinger to the New York Jets, leaving “Packer Backers” worldwide to cope with life after Favre.

Wisconsin native Phil Hanrahan moved from Los Angeles to Green Bay for the 2008 season. He watched games at Lambeau Field and followed new starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he attempted to follow in the footsteps of Favre, a Green Bay immortal. Immersing himself in the worlds of team and town, Hanrahan is reborn a full-blown Cheesehead; living in a hotel that decades earlier had served as the Packers offices, observing training camp practices, interviewing players, attending the Packers’ annual shareholders meeting, tailgating in arctic cold, shoveling snow at Lambeau for $8 an hour, celebrating Packer great Fuzzy Thurston’s 75th birthday at Thurston’s bar, and, at every turn, befriending the scores of die-hard Packers fans he encounters along the way.

Hanrahan also journeys far from Lambeau in his pursuit of adventures in Packer Land. He attends road games in Minneapolis and New Orleans and catches others on TV in small-town Wisconsin taverns. He watches one game in a bar and grill owned by rookie receiver Jordy Nelson’s parents in rural Kansas, another at Mabel Murphy’s, a year-round Packers bar located in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also visits Kiln, Mississippi, Favre’s hometown.

With energy, insight, humor, and vivid color, Life After Favre tells the story of a singular team and town. Hanrahan reveals the incredible scope and breadth of Packer Nation, and in doing so demonstrates how, when you bleed Packer green, even a 6-10 season can be something special.

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Publishers Weekly
Hanrahan's chronicle of the 2008 Green Bay Packers-the Green and Gold's first season in 17 years without three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre-has a bit in common with the team that limped to a depressing 6-10 season: namely, a lack of focus. A Wisconsin native, L.A. freelance writer Hanrahan temporarily relocated to a Green Bay hotel (which, decades earlier, had housed the Packers' offices) to cover the whirlwind aftermath of the summer 2008 decision by team management to trade the 38-year-old, freshly returned from retirement, to the New York Jets. While Hanrahan remains surprisingly objective regarding the most dramatic episode in Packers history, enthusiasm leads him to overstuff his narrative with unnecessary detail regarding individual games and peripheral players. Told primarily through game summaries and the voices of fans that Hanrahan meets in bars-including not just Green Bay's Stadium View Bar & Grille, but the Broke Spoke in Favre's hometown of Kiln, Miss.-this volume manages a colorful team history and a comprehensive career overview of Favre's replacement, Aaron Rodgers. Unfortunately, the book ends prior to Favre's second "retirement," renounced in the summer of 2009 when he joined Green Bay's hated rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.
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Brett Favre's long-anticipated first retirement in the spring of 2008 was greeted by three lavishly illustrated tributes that were rendered premature when the dithering quarterback changed his mind a few months later. This book was begun with the question of how the Packers and their devoted fans would deal with the brave new post-Favre world after 16 years of remarkable stability behind center. Freelance writer Hanrahan moved to Green Bay to live the life of a Packer fan, enhanced with a backstage press pass for player interviews. Favre's dramatic peregrinations added significantly to the tension underpinning the author's study of the team and its fan base with their partially divided loyalties. While Hanrahan's profile of personable new Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is particularly good, his strongest emphasis is on the delightful fans he meets not only in Wisconsin but also in far-flung Packer outposts in Kansas, Arizona, and Mississippi. VERDICT A literate, fresh take on the unraveling Favre yarn that will be of interest to all football fans.—John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
John Maxymuk
* STARRED REVIEW: While Hanrahan's profile of personable new Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is particularly good, his strongest emphasis is on the delightful fans he meets not only in Wisconsin but also in far-flung Packer outposts in Kansas, Arizona, and Mississippi. VERDICT: A literate, fresh take on the unraveling Favre yarn that will be of interest to all football fans.
John Rehor
The best book ever written on the Packers.
Jason Albert
Hanrahan doesn't fall prey to sports-book clichés, and, as a result, 'Life After Favre" ends up being much more a celebration of the inimitable culture that surrounds the Packers than just a look at one specific year or player.
Howie Magner
Pack aficionados will dig glimpses of Green Bay's storied past while they're guided through [the] present. . . . The book's soul is Hanrahan's interaction with fans. Whether he's hanging with them in Kansas or Kiln, or shoveling brats or snow with them at Lambeau, those fans remind you that it is indeed a Packer Nation.
Rick Gosselin
I'd give it an A for football fans and an A+ for Packers fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602397736
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Hanrahan is a Wisconsin native and lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who has taught writing at Marquette University and worked as a copywriter, book publicist and book reviewer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Irish America, and Milwaukee Magazine among other publications. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, studied literature at Oxford University, and holds an MA in English from Duke University. He makes his home in Los Angeles but will spend the ’09 football season in Green Bay.
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    Posted April 19, 2014

    Brett favre

    Brett is beast p.s. brett is why I became a vikings fan also adrian peterson.

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