Like anyone else who knows even the least amount of trivial info about the NFL, I have been sitting at home watching the television and perusing the internet to see the latest opinions and breaking news on Favre since noon.
And I tried to tell myself not to get into this; he's not retiring. He won't retire. At least not this season. This is all smoke and mirrors. And yet I feel like I have to constantly remind everyone of this when they fall for it all over again.
The first retirement was believable; you saw the tears.
The second seemed remotely possible as well, with an implosion for the ages with the Jets, and Favre going toe-to-toe with his INTs and TD scores. He was rather quiet, saying "this time, it will stick."
Then, with little coming from his actual mouth, word began to spread that he was going to join the Vikings. Now if you all remember correctly there in NFL fandom, he said he was going to stay retired, he said this to Childress and the Vikings organization, only to be seen at Vikings training camp roughly 2 weeks later.
Did that count as a third retirement?
Fool me once, shame on YOU!
Fool me twice, shame on ME!
Fool me three times, what am I? An idiot?
I forget, and perhaps someone here can correct me, but what is the line for the fourth time?
I blame ESPN, as I have oh so many a time.
The fact here is, no franchise, not even the Vikings, a team that stamped the worst trade in league history ( Herschel Walker ), would blow a season and maybe the next three by playing a game of craps.
They've known since March what Favre's intentions were, and all those executives are simply playing along.
Oh sure, they may have to pander to Favre more than they first thought, but the pandering was a given; it was a given when they decided to fondle the idea back in '08, when Favre said he wanted to play football again after Green Bay showed him the door.
He's a man possessed, and he won't quit until his body quits. And last I saw, he could still stand on two legs and throw a football pretty deep.
So stop the speculation, and assume he will return. Assume this and you will not be mocked by me for assuming otherwise.
I kid. I know the drill, I know everyone in the sports world is acting like this is serious. Favre just wants his yearly offering. He wants the media world to praise him, and show him how both the NFL and the sports world will die if he doesn't come back for just one more year.
I know this, and yet I feel the need to say that he will be throwing footballs to Rice, he will be handing footballs to Peterson, and the Vikings will have a stake in the Super Bowl race in 2010.