I can't say I'm shocked over what happened this morning concerning future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Not that he "retired," but the public and media reaction to the possibility.
People love a good story, and as he has for the past few years, Brett Favre has toyed with fans' emotions all summer long. But has the story come to an end?
Why, given Brett's history, is everyone so certain that an unconfirmed decision to leave the game of football permanent? That's right, unconfirmed. Setting aside the fact that all we have to go on at the moment are "reports," I am not sure I'd even believe it if Favre held a press conference tomorrow saying it himself.
The arguments against this sentiment will obviously include the fact that we have all been led to believe that No. 4 has been mulling it over for months, and has come to an unchangeable conclusion.
Still, I remain unconvinced. Brad Childress stated clearly that while he had heard the reports, there has yet to be a conversation between Brett and himself regarding the situation.
I am not out to create false hope for the people hoping to see him return (I am not among those people; a Favre-less Week Two Vikings team would be most preferable for my Dolphins), I would just urge everyone to remember that it is Brett Favre we are talking about here.
Is it for real this time?
Even if the reports are true, and it came right from the horse's mouth, I'm still not convinced. Even now, I'm sure that in Favre's mind, the decision is not 100 percent made.
We are still nine days away from the preseason, and as we have all witnessed in the past, a lot can happen in the span of 40 days in the NFL, and that is around the amount of time Brett Favre actually has to "make it official."
Take a deep breath, Vikings fans, because the proverbial fat lady may be on stage, but she has yet to belt out that final number.
In the words of NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora: "It ain't over 'til it's over."