I don't care who broke this story, who gathered the info, or who was the last to put their own delightful "spin" on it.
The fact is, no one got it right.
Whether or not Brett Favre ever said anything to anyone about retirement, thinking about retirement, or thinking about "thinking about retirement" is no longer the issue.
This isn't about Jay Glazer botching a story that likely never existed, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune running with something that never had any legs, or ESPN turning their supposedly dominant sports coverage into a free-for-all Favre-a-thon.
However, it could be about each and every one of these people/companies, as they all got the facts wrong. And the reason why, is because there weren't any, to begin with.
This story about arguably one of the game's greatest quarterbacks to ever play, was completely backed on hearsay, on someone's comments that wasn't named Brett Favre. It turned a normal, boring sports news day into a media frenzy.
Favre had to be laughing more than ever. He was all over ESPN, local news, talk shows, and just about every fantasy football and NFL news site on the web.
Top 10 lists of the greatest passers of all-time, featuring of course, our beloved Brett.
Debates on whether he would "un-retire."
How "Favre" does he drop down your fantasy rankings?
Give me a break.
The guy in question doesn't say a single word, and we're seriously biting off a huge chunk of he-said/maybe news?
This is worse than last season, and like it or not, this is once again the media's fault.
I'm not saying Favre hasn't contemplated retiring. His ankle isn't 100 percent. He's been honest about that. He's probably been 50-50 on retirement since the day after the loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFC Championship game.
But that's not news. Neither is the fact that Favre has openly admitted to wanting to play in 2010. He's been trying to heal his ankle, prepare for the 2010 season, and do the right thing.
He doesn't want to waffle. He doesn't want to retire. And he doesn't want to hold the Vikings or other fans hostage.
But with horrible "reporting" like this, he doesn't really have much of a say in the matter these days, does he?
Did he mention to someone that he might retire if he had to make a decision soon? Maybe, sure.
But did he come out to the public and retire? Last time I checked, that is definitely not the case.
In addition to Favre not waffling "yet again," Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, kicker Ryan Longwell, and several other Vikings teammates all said that this was "news" to them.
Well, sort of. For it to constitute as news to them, it'd have to be credible, or you know, real.
Heck, even Brett's brother, Scott, said that this report was ridiculous, and that he knows nothing of what is being spoken of.
Stop writing your "Goodbye, Brett" love songs, novels, and epic articles. Quit changing your fantasy football rankings. And stop hating on Favre.
The guy hasn't said a word, and people are already buying into praising, immortalizing, or burying him as if he's dead and gone forever.
If you ask me, he's still coming back. He'll take as long as he can to rest up and get ready for the Saints in Week One, but he's coming back.
It's almost a guarantee. But that's not from Brett Favre. That's from me. And I'm not pretending I know more than I do. I don't have FOX Sports, a credible paper, or ESPN backing me.
But I'm not making stuff up, either. If we all just read between the lines, and not the same old gibberish and poor reporting, we'd probably come to the same conclusion:
When Brett Favre is definitely ready to hang them up, we'll know. And it'll be because he steps out of the shadows to tell us.
But in the meantime, enjoy the ride. Hang on every rumor, piece of news, article, and comment by anyone remotely connected to Favre.
Because that's part of this joyous time of season. That's part of the Favre Saga.
And, though you wouldn't dare admit it, you wouldn't have it any other way.