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It hurts to set you free 
But you'll never follow me 
The end of laughter and soft lies 
The end of nights we tried to die 
This is the end

-The Doors

A little melodramatic, sure, but this is the end.

The end of the long, tragically disappointing season for the Minnesota Vikings, and the end of Brett Favre's career.

Although I still got five bucks he comes back next year.

If he will come back with the Vikings, Panthers, 49ers, team to be named later, who knows? But after 20 years, two things should be obvious about Brett Favre: he does not want to be at home searching through the guide to see if anything good is on before settling on an episode of "The Office" he's seen thirty times already, and he is trying to die on a football field.

But if this is it for him, hopefully he'll have some words of wisdom to impart, because he will not be playing according to ESPN. Instead, he'll get a front row seat to the Joe Willy Webb show.

Last week, the rookie quarterback-turned wide receiver-turned quarterback Webb went 17/26 for 195 yards and no picks, while running for 31 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings upset the Philadelphia Vicks.

Is Webb the future of the team? Only time will tell.

But probably not.

The Vikings will be in Detroit for the second time this seasonhave you heard about this? You heard this? The first time, after Mother Nature broke the Metrodome, Minnesota lost to the New York Giants, and odds are they'll suffer another loss to the Lions today.

Not only do the Lions possess imposing, young talent on both sides of the ball (All-Galaxy wideout Calvin Johnson, emerging tight end Brandon Pettigrew and future Emperor of Everything Ndamukong Suh), Detroit has shown they're a tough team who, unlike others, don't want to see the season end. They're getting better with each game and soon will be a force in the NFC North.

They come into the game on a three-game winning streak, two of which came on the road after they ended a 26-game road losing streak.

Baby steps.

Can Detroit continue their winning streak as they look forward to a season with a healthy Matthew Stafford and potentially the playoffs? Will Webb look like the quarterback of the future for Minnesota?

Will Favre throw another curve ball, and interception, before he rides off?

We'll find out together as we watch this painfully meaningless game.

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