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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Brett's broken record


Here's the Brett Favre report for this week:

On Tuesday, "sources'' said Brett might not play anymore so ESPN devoted the first ten minutes of SportsCenter to that. Including a discussion between Ron Jaworski and Mike Golic -- excuse me. Merrill Hoge and Mike Golic -- over whether Favre is among the best quarterbacks ever. They finally agreed he "belongs in the discussion.''

I'll take John Unitas and Joe Montana but I'll "discuss'' Brett.

But not right now. Because on Wednesday, Brett let the world know he hasn't made up his mind yet and implied that no, it's not about more money. No surprise there, because that's been the standard, making late July and early August the annual "Brett Favre time,'' something I suspect that most fans NOT in the upper Midwest are quite bored with.

Haven't we learned that it's always the same. Brett says "we'll see,'' then implies he's retiring. Then he waffles. Then he returns. Although obviously, some year he won't return. We just don't know yet if that year is 2010.

Here's what I do:

I wait until Brett tells the Biloxi Sun-Herald, his local newspaper, because that's when we REALLY know his plans. Then I watch ESPN or the NFL Network showing a private jet taking off from the airport in Hattiesburg with "unknown people'' aboard. (Actually, I don't watch -- it's forced upon me if I tune to one of those channels.)

I love, by the way, that Brett talks to the Sun-Herald first. In a day when newspapers are struggling and the "Worldwide Leader'' tries to put a stranglehold on "scoops,'' Brett is being loyal to his hometown paper and his hometown fans.

So never mind the "sources.''

Never mind Ed Werder or anyone else on Brett's front lawn (I get along fine with Ed, who has a thankless assignment tracking down stars and showboats.) Never mind Bus Cook, Brett's agent -- Deanna Favre, Brett's wife, has far more influence, as she should.

Listen to Brett, who has a bad ankle, doesn't like training camp and probably could report a week before the season opener because he knows the Vikings' system in his sleep.

Bottom line: when Brett thinks it's time, he'll report. If his ankle really is sore, he won't, leaving us to speculate through the start of the season, especially if the Vikings struggle a bit.

But in the meantime, let's leave him alone.

Sports Center can spend a whole hour on T.O. and Ocho and Pacman with the Bengals.

By Dave Goldberg  |  August 5, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Dave Goldberg , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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