Black and blue, and purple with envy

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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has led his club to an 8-1 record and the NFC North Division lead. (Andy King / The Associated Press)

Seems like Wisconsin National Guard troops who love the Green Bay Packers can’t get away from needling about Brett Favre’s resurgent season in Minnesota, even when they’re stationed thousands of miles away. Favre has shined in the first half of the season, leading the Vikings (8-1) to the top spot in the NFC North, three games clear of his former club with seven games left to play. He’s also the top-rated quarterback in the NFL and generally has avoided the five-interception games he’s known for.

Detainees at Camp Cropper, Iraq, have been listening in on their guards’ conversations about football and, lo and behold, have used Favre’s success to get under their guards’ skin.

Packers fans might get the last laugh, though — Favre helped lead to the New York Jets to a strong start last year, only to see Gang Green collapse down the stretch and miss out on the playoffs.


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