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Doug Farrar

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"I'll Hold the Ball, and You Kick It!"

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Hearing about Favre coming back to the NFL makes me feel like Charlie Brown. Over and over in the Peanuts cartoons, Lucy Van Pelt would tell old C.B. that she'd hold the football so that he could kick it. Time after time, he trusted her, only to have the ball pulled back at the last minute. For a brief few pastoral months, I thought Favre would stay retired and leave us the heck alone until his trip to Canton five years from now.

But no -- the "desire to play" (read: the desire to have his name all over the interwebs and "stick it" to the Packers) is apparently too great. Lord Favre must return, despite his obvious induction into what the Post's own Thomas Boswell once referred to as the "Say Hey, Go Away!" club.

Now, websites are tracking flights from Mississippi to Minnesota, agent Bus Cook is issuing the standard vanilla denials, and those sports reporters who aren't required to ask whether A-Rod took steroids in high school, or tipped signals in Texas, must climb back on the Favrewagon for another bumpy ride.

Say he does go to Minnesota, and a team that is thought by most analysts to be a quarterback away from a Super Bowl win proves the experts right? Who else believes that the stories will be less about the team, and more about Favre's discussions about playcalling, or his declining mechanics, or the infinite debate about his equally infinite future in the NFL?

And who else believes that's just how Favre wants it?

Not me. I'm hitting the scroll button and changing the channel. There are hundreds of rookies to track, teams making new strides, and a host of stories that have nothing whatsoever to do with Kiln, Mississippi's most famous (and least decisive) resident.

If anyone wants me, that's where I'll be. I'm not interested in kicking that ball anymore.

By Doug Farrar  |  May 4, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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