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Emil Steiner

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Let It Go, Brett


Brett Favre coming back in Vikings' uniform reminds me of the past few Manny Pacquiao fights I've paid to watch -- you tune in and leave unsatisfied.

But if Floyd Mayweather can get back in the ring, why not Number 4? The hype would be 24-7 -- real and fantastic. The Vikings' marketing and merchandising departments would go berserk-er. ESPN could imbed Rachel Nichols and Wendi Nix in Hattiesburg, Miss., while CNN might dedicate a news helicopter or two to follow his truck (or whatever he's driving now). Here at The League I'm sure we'd blanket you with insider takes and reader polls debating the pros and cons.

Brett Favre playing quarterback in Minnesota would be great, at first, for just about everyone, it just wouldn't end well, especially for Favre. Much like a withering pugilist (sorry Golden Boy and Pretty Boy) Favre should retire while he still has a modicum of grace left. There are few things as depressing as watching a legend who doesn't know when to say when.

I consider Brett Favre to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. His stats are mind-boggling, his comebacks epic and his Packers resurrection legendary. But with every ill-advised pass he now throws, every brain-jarring sack he receives, every misstep he takes, that status is diminished just a little bit.

Yes, the Vikings do need a quarterback, but this is not the one for them. After all the hype and fanfare, Favre's comeback would not be poignant or heroic like "Rocky." It would be sad and pathetic like "Rocky 2" ... "Rocky 6."

By Emil Steiner  |  May 4, 2009; 6:01 AM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , New York Giants Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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why are we asking a question about Brett Favre? why can't you guys look for a real hero instead of always labelling these idiotic sports celebrities that if it wasn't for the goodness of sports they probably wouldn't amount to much. To hell with Brett Favre, his name has worn out on me and many citizens of this great nation. I really do hope that if he decides to come back that he'll be taken out on a stretcher. Brett is epitome of a LOSER.

Posted by: lovenj | May 4, 2009 11:05 AM

Not much LOVE in that post NJ. "Taken out on a stretcher."?!? You are sick. Fine don't like him, but wishing ill will on him is wrong. I respect his achivements, but I believe he should stay retired also. Lighten up LOVENJ.

Posted by: Kings_Rook | May 4, 2009 1:35 PM

Please Brett, don't make us go through all of this crap again. The emotional bru haha and then the I'mmm BBaaacckk crap that just eats up wasted media time for what? If I have to go through another Brett Favre ego boost through TV and print and then another retirement??? It's just too much, put him in the hall of fame tomorrow and leave the rest of us alone to focus on football today. BTW, I like what the Redskins have done and I think we're going to be the sleeper team of the season if everyone stays healthy. No one is looking at us and I think we are going to surprise a few.

Posted by: JimB20009 | May 4, 2009 2:02 PM

Good lord. Not again. I want to go the rest of my life having positive feelings about Favre. Last year sucked, but I could deal with it. Now things are just getting ridiculous.

Plus, I'm pretty sure he tanked the Jets to keep the Packers from getting a better draft pick. Jerk.

Posted by: crimson02 | May 4, 2009 2:31 PM

Oh lord, no, no, no, no, no. I live in Western Wisconsin and I just...can't...take another year of this cr@p.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 7, 2009 8:42 AM

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