Brett Favre Retirement: The Man That Cried Wolf

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I remember when I was young, my dad sat me down and told me a story. I am sure all of you have heard it before as well, it is the boy that cried wolf.

See, there was a little boy that had the job of tending to the town's sheep. The boy had the job of taking care of the sheep and making sure that the wolf did not eat them.

The boy thought it would be funny to see the towns people come running, so, one day, the boy cried "WOLF," and all the towns people came running.

When they got there, they found no wolf, only the boy, laughing that everyone fell for his prank.

He decided the next day to do it again, and again cried, "WOLF, WOLF."

Again, the towns people ran to the boy's aid, and again, they found no wolf, only the boy laughing.

The third day, the boy tried it again, and again the towns people ran to his aid.

Again, they found only the boy laughing. 

One of the town's men said, "You really need to be honest, because one day, you are going to cry, and no one is going to come to help you."

The next day, the boy actually saw the wolf coming to take his sheep, and when he cried "WOLF," no one came running. The little boy screamed and cried, and there was nothing he could do.

This is very similar to what has happened with the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre.

Favre has said so many times that he was retiring that now, no one believes him. 

How can they?

He says one day that he is not going to play anymore, then the next day says he could play for 10 more years.

But here we are once again, with Favre saying that he is not going to play.

This goes deeper than simply Favre deciding to play or not. The Minnesota Vikings were so sure that Favre was going to come back that they did not pay attention to the quarterback position this offseason.

Did they try to make a trade for Donovan McNabb (like someone suggested )? No, they knew Favre was coming back.

Did they spend a second-round pick on a potential quarterback of the future in Jimmy Clausen? No, they knew Favre was coming back.

Did they even try to bring in any of the many free agents that were available? No, they knew Favre was coming back.

Now we sit here, and training camps have started.

Teams are getting ready to head into the season where they will compete for the Super Bowl. Many believed the Vikings would be playing for the Super Bowl this season.

The real question is no longer will he or won't he return, but what damage did he do?

They have no quarterback on the roster that they have enough faith in to believe they are as good as they were with Favre.

The Vikings 2010 season is set to crumble, and it is all because of Brett Favre.

And if he decides to play? Then the Vikings need to re-evaluate their team next off season and make a play to get someone to lead the team into the future.

How many times does Favre have to cry "WOLF" before the Vikings stop running to save him?