It's time for us all to take a deep breath. Naturally, because Brett Favre hasn't made a decision on his football-related future, we're all a little antsy.
We're getting irritable because training camps are approaching. People are talking about the preseason, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and LeBron James.
So, of course, that spawns articles and gab about Favre wanting revenge on the New Orleans Saints, or some other random, ridiculous agenda that the 40-year-old demon grandfather must have.
Come on, people—really?
Are we really digging into Favre's comments that deeply that we can't even pry common sense from statements that can be taken out of context?
Let it be known: Brett Favre isn't returning to the NFL just to beat the New Orleans Saints. He may have had it in for Ted Thompson just a bit when he forced his hand that led to a trade to the New York Jets. Hell, he even admitted to it. Kind of.
Heck, he surely enjoyed beating his former Green Bay Packers in a 2-0 season sweep last year.
But did he join the Jets just to stick it to Thompson and the Packers in 2008?
Besides, even if he did, it ended badly with a torn-up arm and his season ending in Week 17.
As for last season? His final game against the Packers was over before Week 10. Do you really think the guy returned to smash up the Packers and then just go through the motions for the final seven weeks and the postseason?
Judging by his Vikings finishing 12-4 and coming within a few poor plays of the Super Bowl, it's safe to guess an emphatic "no."
It's no different this year.
OK, so what if Favre beats the Saints, and then he loses to the Colts in the Super Bowl? Does he have to come back to get revenge on them, too?
Or will he have to come back in 2011 to get revenge on the Packers if Green Bay sweeps the Vikings or splits the series in 2010?
No, because that's insane.
Sure, he wants to beat the Saints. They beat the crap out of him and stopped him from winning a Super Bowl. Who wouldn't want to beat them?
But to say that is the only reason he would want to return is simply absurd.
I mean, really? The guy is coming back to beat the Saints in Week One, and that's it? What the hell is he going to do for the final 15 games and the playoffs after that? Retire? Not care? Drive a tractor in Minnesota?
No, this isn't about revenge. It's about common sense.
The guy doesn't want to end his career on an interception. He doesn't want to be remembered going down in flames.
He doesn't want revenge, death to Green Bay, or to keep everyone guessing.
What he wants is to play football for as long as his body can stay healthy, and he wants to leave the game on top.
Just like anybody else would. Just like anybody else who knows they still have the God-given talent to play an amazing game, and who aren't ashamed to admit they're having a hard time giving it up.
He's already one of the top five quarterbacks of all-time. He knows that, and even the biggest Favre-haters (with any logical sense) know that.
But winning a second Super Bowl and going out on top? Well, that would just push him up the list.
And if beating the Saints happens to be the first step toward achieving that, then so be it.