As I'm sure everyone has heard, there is a strong chance that Brett Favre has finally decided to throw in the towel.
Though I will continue to remain skeptical, even if No.4 steps in front of the camera teary-eyed and says his goodbyes, for now let's assume that the reports are accurate, and that the NFL will soon be without Brett Favre for the first time in nearly two decades.
This development is potentially huge for the Dolphins, and I must admit, something for which I was cautiously yet whole-heartedly hoping.
An explosive start to a season is something that has been absent in Miami for quite some time now, and with the Dolphins slated to visit Minnesota in Week Two, Favre's exit could be just the variable to make it happen.
All offseason, it has been the same story—analysts not sure how to rank the Vikings while Brett Favre's status remained in limbo. With him, they have a good chance of defeating any team in the NFL,without him, they are taken down quite a few pegs in terms of competitiveness.
The Dolphins, a team particularly susceptible to being manipulated by an All-Star passer, could now very well breeze into the Metrodome and hand the Vikings what will almost certainly be their second loss of the season (the Vikes face the Saints in New Orleans in Week One). Miami is likely to be fresh off of a retaliatory Week One victory over the Bills, who stunned them in the second meeting of 2009.
If Favre does indeed stay away, there is no question, the Fins have a far greater probability of winning their first Week Two match up since September 14th, 2003 versus the New York Jets.
It would be beyond ideal, and maybe just what Miami needs to get the all-important strong start that Tony Sparano has vowed to aim for this season.
There is one more thing I would like to say, on behalf of Miami Dolphins fans everywhere:
Please, Brett, don't change your mind this time.