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Jim McCormick

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Unretiring Ego

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I'm going to write this article.

No, no I'm not.

But clearly, I am. I'm just seeing what wavering feels like.

After having beaten out Woogie in Mary's eyes and dominating the NFL for the mid-to-late 90's, you'd think Brett Favre would have had his fill of the proverbial spotlight. But nay, this guy just can't recline his Barcalounger in Hattiesburg. You don't get front-page love on ESPN.com and every paper in the land for watching Bassmasters and knocking down tall boys.

Had Brett Favre never retired, had he chosen to just continue to pursue his football career without wavering, it's doubtful that the public would be so soured on him. But he has retired, and un-retired, and re-retired only to re-un-re-retire. What pains us most about all of this is the unending conjecture. Suffice to say, the man loves the spotlight.

But he also loves football. And up until Week 13 last season, he was a legit starting NFL quarterback. He had the Jets in prime position in the AFC with eyes on a playoff berth until the last five weeks of action, when he was hampered by an apparent injury to his throwing arm and compiled just three scores to 10 turnovers. The Jets, as a result, missed the postseason.

Looking past the drama and columnist fodder, what does this move mean for the Vikings?

Sage Rosenfels performed ably in the team's first preseason game, but with the front brass having lost confidence in the raw Tarvaris Jackson, they felt their hopes and potent defense and running game were too precious to leave in a journeyman's hands. So they chose this other veteran journeyman, one with a considerably gaudier pedigree.

Favre joins a team, much like the Jets of last season, that boast a stout defense but an even more potent running game. Brett Favre the game manager? Unlikely, but not impossible. If he can keep his gun slinging to a minimum (like asking Billy the Kid to just fistfight), the Vikings have arguably improved behind center.

More than anything, this move signals the desperation of Brad Childress, a man compelled to contend now or look in the classifieds for offensive coordinator gigs come January. At least the Vikings, unlike the Eagles, have taken on the PR storm for a starter. Either way, we finally have confirmation. No longer does this hang over our heads. All we have to do now is endure four months of hearing his name on a constant basis.

I guess the only thing we have going for us is that John Madden retired. He did, didn't he?

By Jim McCormick  |  August 18, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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>>dominating the NFL for the mid-to-late 90's

What??? I've never heard of a 1-ring dynasty before. Anyway, I watched Favre--that "gritty competitor" stand like a fairy princess to confer a sack record (*!) on Mike Strahan. If he's done much since but throw picks and hustle cameras, well I guess I respect Sport too much to give a damn.

Posted by: redlineblue | August 18, 2009 4:12 PM

"Favre dominating" does NOT equal "The Packers were a dynasty." The author is saying the former, not the latter. Only you mentioned team dynasties. The author said Favre dominated in that period and it was clearly true - he won MVP's and made the Super Bowl twice. No reason to disagree if you simply don't understand the words. Being on the WWW doesn't mean you HAVE to disagree with everything blindly.

Posted by: Urnesto | August 18, 2009 4:47 PM

But he has retired, and un-retired, and re-retired only to re-un-re-retire.

Well put.

Posted by: KMac3000 | August 19, 2009 12:24 AM

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