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Does The CWS Auburn Regional Hold the Key To Brett Favre's Future?

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Bryant McKinnie #74 and  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walk off the field after the Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 4, 2010

It has nearly become an annual summer event since 2006. This event has almost become a part of summer like watermelon, homemade ice cream or fire works on the Fourth of July.

If it is summer, it is time to speculate.

Wiill Brett Favre return or will he retire?

A couple to things have surfaced that could shed some light on what Favre’s decision will be.

The first thing is that near the end of May, Favre had surgery to repair an ankle he injured in the NFC Championship game. The injured left ankle was fixed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Favre, who will turn 41 during this season, showed that having the surgery on the ankle points to the fact that he would like to return for a 19th NFL season. As with all things with Favre, there is no clear cut yes or no.

While the surgery makes it appear that he wants to return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, it could just as easily be that he wanted the surgery because his ankle hurt when driving a clutch.

With Favre, you never know.

There is one thing that would signal a clear and resound yes, that Favre would return to try to finish what he started last season.

In May, before Favre had his surgery, he visited his alma mater the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

On that visit in Hattiesburg, MS the best known product from USM told the Eagles baseball team that if they reached the College World Series like in 2009, he would return to the NFL. At the time USM had a 30-20 record and work to do just to reach a regional.

Favre’s visit to the Golden Eagles broke as a story on May 21st and the Conference USA tournament took place just five days later.

Fast forward to June 4th and USM not only made a regional but defeated baseball powerhouse Rice to earn the C-USA automatic berth.

The Eagles were placed in the Auburn Regional at Auburn, AL and hosted by the Tigers of Auburn University. If USM is going to make a return trip to the College World Series, they will have to eliminate the other teams in their bracket.

Those teams are the Auburn Tigers, Jacksonville State Gamecocks, and Clemson Tigers. The tournament is a double elimination during each round.

A victory in the regional would mean that USM will face the winner of the Atlanta Regional. Those teams are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Mercer Bears, Elon Phoenix and Alabama Crimson Tide.

This means that the people of the great state of Minnesota not only have to pay attention to the Fullerton Region, featuring the Golden Gophers. They will also have to keep an eye deep down south to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive.

Assuming that Favre will keep his word and return to the NFL if the Golden Eagles make it to the CWS again, this would be the best indicator if Brett will comeback. Vikings fans now have exchange their purple for black and root for USM.

It could be an early Christmas for the Vikings fans depending on how well the Eagles do in Auburn. An early elimination by USM means that they will have to wait, watch, and worry if Favre will return.

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