Make no mistake, Brett Favre is loving this. Sure as he throws those huge interceptions in big games at key moments, he's enjoying this completely and thoroughly.
We're now almost three weeks into training camp, where men playing the ultimate team sport start to mesh together. When chemistry, that all important yet undefinable element, is born and strengthened. Where players endure two-a-days in blazing heat, bonding over shared pain, misery and discomfort.
Brett Favre cares about none of that.
Favre does this every year, of course. The "Favre Watch" becomes an integral part of ESPN's programming around December, right before he takes his team (whichever team it may be that year, depending on what suits Brett's liking, be it the Packers, Jets or Vikings) into the playoffs and sinks their season with an ill-advised pass to the other team. "Will he be back? What's he thinking?" is the nightly question.
Lost among all this Favre-induced hysteria is the fact that he is hurting the Vikings organization and its players by playing this childish game. Throwing out a hint here, a tease there, indicating maybe he'll play, maybe he won't. Meanwhile, the Vikings offense has to wait until he decides he is good and ready to decide to know who will be taking snaps in the regular season. Is that fair to Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels, the two guys competing for....what ARE they competing for? To be the Vikings starter, or to be Favre's backup? Don't they deserve to know?
How about the Viking receivers? Maybe they build up a nice chemistry with Jackson or Rosenfels. In the back of their minds, they still have to assume that it's all going to be for nothing if Brett decides he feels like playing.
Last, but certainly not least, the Vikings coaching staff certainly can't plan too far ahead if they're not even sure who their quarterback might be.
The best outcome in this whole situation would be for the Vikings to call him up and say "thanks, but we're moving on." Not only would it strike a blow to Favre's incredibly overinflated ego, but to all the athletes in professional sports who feel they're simply bigger than the teams they're on as well as the sport they play.