Revenge or Retirement: Why Payback May Fuel Brett Favre's 2010 Return

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of  the Minnesota Vikings is helped off the field by medical staff after getting injured on a play against the New Orleans Saints 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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I've always been puzzled by the term, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."

First of all, I've never totally understood why revenge is being served cold.  Secondly, if revenge is the main meal, then what is the entree? 

Okay, so realistically we all know what the term means. However, when it comes to football, is it so wrong for certain players to want to gain revenge on a certain team, coach, or player?

I guess not, as long as the revenge is taken on the playing field. But this time, one man in particular has voiced his opinion regarding extreme revenge he would like to enact this season.

In case you haven't heard already, Brett Favre's decision is still pending. Brad Childress has failed to set a definite deadline, thus leaving Brett Favre all the time in the world to twiddle his thumbs and leave us all in an eager state of mind.

But before we can go ahead and make a judgement of whether or not Favre will play in 2010, it seems that he has left us a juicy little clue in terms of how his mind is thinking right now.

Recently, in an interview with the Biloxi Sun Herald, Brett Favre told the press that, "I would love to go beat the Saints."

Now, before we can go ahead and decipher how this indicates Brett Favre's thinking, it is important to consider what Brett Favre is actually saying.

I don't think it is any secret nowadays that Minnesota Viking fans are extremely unhappy with the New Orleans Saints.  Repeatedly the term "screw" has been mentioned toward the officiating in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, and an overall hatred between the two has brewed more or less out of nothing.

Therefore, it isn't all that odd for ole' Brett Favre to want to get some revenge on the Saints in 2010.  After all, New Orleans was the team that perhaps delivered Favre with one of the most embarrassing moments in his long and story career during the overtime period.

However, as much as Brett Favre is willing to talk about his possible plans this season, is his wishful thinking all that realistic?

Well, for the most part the Minnesota Vikings are still a very strong team.  They have a great running game, a great receiving game, and overall are a well-coached team that is on a steady path toward possible Super Bowl glory.

But before we can crown the Vikings champions, if the past is noteworthy, the Vikings ultimately struggle without a quarterback.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, no Brett Favre, no ring.  Sure the Vikings are a talented team, but if there is no real leadership and experience on the sideline, they will struggle to get over that final hurdle that is the Super Bowl.

Still, relating back to Brett Favre's comments, he is in every possible position to make this call.

He was so close but came up short last season, and now he simply wants to get a little revenge. 

Not to bring up the past once again, but when Brett Favre wanted revenge on the Green Bay Packers last season, did he get it?

Well, how about we ask Packer fans how the two losses to the Vikings both in the Metrodome and at Lambeau Field felt in 2009, and then tell me if Brett Favre gained some form of payback.

You see, this is ultimately Brett Favre's league. Despite his many inconsistencies and mistakes, when he wants something, he normally goes and gets it.

When Brett's father died, the very next game he went out and put on a show against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. When Favre and the 1996 Packers made the Super Bowl, he simply went out and delivered against the New England Patriots.

This season is no exception.  So if he does return, expect to see Minnesota do everything in their power to topple the New Orleans Saints.

Luckily, we don't have to wait too long for this match up. After all, the two are set to collide in Week One of the regular season.

The only issue right now is Brett Favre's decision. 

Will he retire? 

Well according to Favre himself, he may not be ready to just yet.

"If my body was a wreck, the decision would be made," Favre said. "But that is not the case. I know (the Vikings) want to know. Hell, I want to know. But I am not going to press it."

Now, it is time for Favre to put his thinking cap on and make a decision. Personally, I do believe that this so-called "revenge" will fuel Brett Favre's internal fire a little.

"People tell me all the time to go beat the Saints and redeem yourself," Favre said.

"People said the same thing with Green Bay the year before. It was, 'You have to go back and beat Green Bay.' I don't want to be in my 20th year and hear people say, 'You have to redeem yourself.' Like I said, I would love to go beat the Saints. But what if that doesn't happen?"

That's the question we all want to know Brett. Now, it's time for you to have the final word in your future.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .