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My Take on Brett Favre's Retirement, Darrelle Revis' Holdout, and More

Paul StaggContributor IIAugust 12, 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  In this handout photo provided by Walt Disney World, in a photo taken February 28, 2009 NFL quarterback Brett Favre lounges with Goofy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Favre was appearing at 'ESPN The Weekend,' an annual sports fan event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney via Getty Images)
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In the News:  The Brett Favre Retirement Watch

In My Opinion:

The on-again/off-again retirement of Brett Favre is an issue again this year.  Frankly it's unfair to the Vikings (although they continue to encourage his behavior), unfair to Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, and unfair to the Vikings fans. It continues to tarnish the career of one of the best to play the game.

I'm tired of it.  Either come back or don't, but decide now, Brett.

In the News:  Darrelle Revis Is Holding Out

In My Opinion:

I'm a little torn on this one.  On the one hand, I think Revis needs to honor the contract he signed after he was drafted.  It's unusually structured, and I'm still not sure who got the better end of the deal with the options on the last two years.  Regardless, he signed it; he needs to honor it.

On the other hand, it sure sounds like the Jets offered to renegotiate the deal, and they aren't really living up to their end of the bargain.  The ridiculous contract given to Asomugha notwithstanding, the Jets need to come to the table in good faith.

Bottom line—the Jets don't need Revis to win a Super Bowl, and he's asking for way too much money.  To me, that means he gets traded or he sits out, and I think a trade is pretty unlikely given the Jets need to find someone willing to give up an awful lot, plus find someone willing to pay Revis. 

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(Ravens fans, just stop now.  There's no way Ozzie Newsome would give up the picks or players the Jets would want, and there's no way the Ravens would pay the kind of money Revis is looking for with no CBA in place.)

In the News:  Preseason Games Start Tonight

In My Opinion:

I love the excitement of the start of the season, but some folks seriously need to stop taking preseason games so seriously.  I'll certainly be watching the Ravens game on ESPN tonight, but I'll be watching to see which players impress and who has potential.  The real thing starts in just a few more weeks.

So really, predictions for preseason games are kind of silly.  Betting on them is sillier.

In the News:  NFL's Goodell Is Trying To Sell an 18-Game Season

In My Opinion:

I think it's a mistake.  I would like to see the NFL move from four preseason games to two and have the teams add in scrimmages where they hit the field in full pads and with full contact .  For example, the Ravens might scrimmage the Eagles and Redskins instead of playing games against them.

I think adding two more games would shorten the careers of NFL players and water down the talent.  It also would take away from the anticipation of the season.  More games would mean a longer season, and some of the appeal of the NFL season is that it's not eight (or more) months long (hello hockey, basketball, and NASCAR).

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