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Doug Farrar

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It's all an attention grab

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Just one day after sending the football media all atwitter with the supposed news of his imminent departure from the game, Favre was seen on the same Hattiesburg, Miss., field where he's been working out with high school kids the past few years.

Before you start thinking that Favre's "just acting like a kid out there" for the love of the game, keep in mind that the Vikings have offered a sweetened pot for 2010 that could increase his compensation from $13 million to $20 million with incentives. And since the concept of anyone actually reporting anything about Favre in an objective fashion died years ago, if he does come back for the money, that fact will be buried quicker than Matt Millen's credibility -- perhaps by Matt Millen himself.

What Favre does know is that if he changes his mind again, the Vikings will welcome him back with open arms. While it's possible that the ankle-related retirement story is real, it's also entirely possible that in a week dominated by Albert Haynesworth, the Hall of Fame, and a rush of training camp stories, Favre's own internal Media-ometer went off, telling him that he hasn't been talked about enough in recent days.

That's changed now -- when Favre rises, as Lazarus from the dead, to grace us once again with his presence in a few weeks, the majority of the football media will try and snooker you with the notion that it's the greatest thing for the game ... well, ever. 'Cause Brett just loves the game, y'see. But from year to year, as this ridiculous exercise continues, we're exposed more and more to a personality so addicted to being the center of attention, he's got his retirements/non-retirements down to where and when he "spontaneously" works out with the high school kids. None of this is up in the air -- I'm firmly convinced that Favre already knows what he wants to do. But he's going to string us along as long as he can, and we're going to fall for it.

By Doug Farrar  |  August 5, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Doug Farrar , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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