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Are We Playing the Brett Favre Game?

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 6: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement at a press conference at Lambeau Field March 6, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
James LittleContributor IJuly 7, 2009

When I was a child, I would love to play mystery games with my friends.  We would have someone come up with a mystery to solve and the rest of us would have to figure it out while the other person left clues.  We didn't know what to call the game until now: the Brett Favre Game.

I remember when I was the person giving the clues, I would make sure the clues were good enough to keep the game going, but not dull enough to bore out the people who were playing.  You wanted something that was enough to keep people playing.  That is exactly what Brett Favre is doing right now. 

He loves that feeling he gets by playing these games.  For Brett Favre, there are two things that he needs.

Attention from the media during the offseason when he is not on the football field, and throwing the football on Sunday afternoon. Sure, he says he likes being alone on the farm, but inside he needs to play these games.

Let's take a look at some of the clues Brett Favre has left his players of the Brett Favre Game over the last few months:

Jan. 3, 2009: ESPN reports that Favre tells Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets, "It may be time to look in a different direction."

Feb. 11, 2009: Brett Favre retires for the second time in two years, doesn't cry this time.  He adds that, "It's time to leave."  Now does that mean leave the game for good? Leave the Jets? Leave the country? Take a trip to outer space? Who knows with Brett Favre anymore.  So let's say he's done for good in the NFL

He won't be back, will he? Nah, this guy wouldn't change his mind again? Wait, we're playing the Brett Favre Game.

April 2009: Favre asks for his conditional release. Bus Cook says he's still retired. Now why would someone who's content to be retire ask for his conditional release? Oh, I know. He patched things up with Ted Thompson and wants to sign one of those one-day contracts with the Green Bay Packers and retire with them...umm, yeah right.

April 28, 2009: The New York Jets release Brett Favre from the reserve-retirement list. Again, Bus Cook reiterates that Favre is still retired. The drama builds.

May 2009: Reports all month about Favre meeting with the Vikings.  Rumors are all about Favre and the Vikings.

June 8, 2009: ESPN report states that the quarterback underwent surgery to repair damage to his throwing arm in late May. Could this mean he is coming back to the NFL? Or he just needs a healthy arm to drive the big green tractor.

June 15, 2009: "It makes perfect sense as far as coming back," the quarterback said. "It's an offense I ran for 16 years. ...I could teach the offense." That is what Brett Favre said on the Joe Buck show, talking for the first time since he retired.  Fueling more fire that he will likely return to the NFL.

July 3, 2009: Dr. James Andrews says, "I did his shoulder (arthroscopic) a few weeks ago. I visited him in Hattiesburg two weeks ago. He wants to play and he wants to play for the Minnesota Vikings. He wants to end his career on a high note and I hope he can. He's a tough guy, a great guy. I'm pulling for him. He wants to play. He just wants to make sure his shoulder and arm are healthy enough."

Dr. Andrews just fuels the fire that he'll most likely come out of retirement and play another year.

July 6, 2009: Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Favre put $30,000 on a down payment for a condo in Edina, MN.  I've been to Edina before, lovely town...but I can't see Brett Favre retiring there...something must be up!

This game will continue right up until he officially signs with the Vikings. No doubt. He has to play this game, even though we the fans already figured out all the clues.

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