For the last six seasons, Green Bay Packers fans have been subjected to the role of audience in the annual "Will He or Won't He?" Sweepstakes Lottery.
It's sort of like watching Jeopardy, and thinking you know the answer, then finding out you were totally wrong.
On the one hand, it's not the end of the world because you didn't actually lose any money, but at the same time it's frustrating because there's nothing you can do about being wrong.
It's a tough position to be in, especially when the “prize” in question is arguably the best quarterback in NFL history.
Since 2002, Packers quarterback Brett Favre has been toying with the idea of retirement, and has yet to make a decision. He will hopefully do so before the February 29 free agency date, so that the Packers won't end up in the bottom of the league again.
Favre is also trying to reconcile his age with his ability. He's trying to make sure that his decision is best for himself, his family, and his team. He's trying to decide whether or not he's willing to make the commitment to train for another off-season to come back. He's also trying to decide it this season really was his high point, and whether it would be a good time to call it quits.
Brett Favre is my favorite quarterback of all time; he's one of my favorite athletes of all time. He's also one of the classiest athletes I've ever heard about (as long as one can ignore his substance abuse in the past).
He's the consummate sportsman, and he made it a joy to be a Packers fan this year.
More than all of that, watching Favre play football reminds me how awesome it is to get to do something that you love.
Whether or not he decides to retire, I hope he knows that his fans and admirers are from way outside of Green Bay, and Wisconsin for that matter.
Most of all, I wish that he'd hurry the hell up so I can stop checking Google News on an hourly basis.