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Favre fuels Packer-Viking rivalry

MINNEAPOLIS — These Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Minnesota have much in common, including an intense dislike of each other's football teams.

It's more polite than the East Coast, but this is a true story: An angry Vikings fan was once arrested for trying to light a Packers backer on fire.

So when Brett Favre called off retirement for a second straight summer and did the unthinkable by signing with the Vikings, that loathing toward the NFL's all-time leading passer formally shifted east to Wisconsin.

Tonight, Minnesota will host Green Bay at the Metrodome in Favre's first game against his old team.

The still-strange sight of the soon-to-be-40-year-old quarterback in purple will surely spur passion to new heights on both sides in a regular-season game for the ages.

Greg LeVevre grew up not far from Lambeau Field. He said he still respects Favre, but can't stand the sight of him wearing No. 4 for the enemy team.

What's it been like?

"Seeing your ex-girlfriend dating an ugly guy," LeVevre said. "It is Packers first. It always is. The team won't go away."

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