Iraqi detainees use Brett Favre as ammunition

Robert Downs

Servicemen from the Wisconsin National Guard stationed in Iraq are being bombarded… with verbal abuse, according to Milwaukee radio station WTMJ. Detainees are rubbing Brett Favre’s defection to the Minnesota Vikings into Packer fans in Iraq.

"They know Favre by name," First Lieutenant Tim Boehnen of New Richmond, Wis. told the station. "One of the big words they know now is shenanigan. They’ll constantly talk about ‘Favre shenanigans,’ ‘He’s so good for the Vikings,’ and ‘The Packers have got to really feel bad about that one.’

According to Boehnen, it started when troops decorated their camp in Packers colors. The detainees picked up on the Favre talk and figured out how to get under the soldiers’ skins.

"They obviously then started up the conversations, and started talking about Brett Favre.  They soon learned about Favre going to the Vikings, and things just started going downhill from there."

"They’ll hear guards talking about it, and then they pick up a lot of stuff from that, too," said Boehnen. "They’re very crafty.  They learn different stuff from different ways."

The group is part of the 32nd Brigade, with more than 3,200 troops performing a number of missions in Iraq.

“Packers logos can be seen all over Camp Cropper and detainees frequently joke about Brett Favre’s success as a Minnesota Viking to tease the 829th Engineer Company’s guard force,” said Lt. Colonel Tim Donovan.