Favre says he'll give the Vikings an answer by July 30

nfl_favre1_250.jpgDuring his final years with the Packers, quarterback Brett Favre developed a bad habit of taking his good old time when it came to deciding whether he’d return for another year.

In what would likely be his only year with the Vikings, Favre is again dragging his feet.

According to the Associated Press, Favre will let the Vikings know whether he plans to play in 2009 by July 30, one day before the team opens training camp.

So much for Favre’s supposed desire to avoid a media circus; if he waits until July 30, he’ll be facing a heavier-than-otherwise crush of reporters when he shows up at Mankato.

A cynic (and, again, it’s good we don’t know any) might think that Favre’s reluctance, supposedly due to the performance of his surgically-repaired throwing arm, could be aimed at bolstering a built-in excuse, in the event he doesn’t play well this season.

Just as he blamed a five-game meltdown to finish the 2008 campaign on his flinging wing, Favre can attribute any mediocrity to lingering problems with his football money maker.

As a result, we continue to believe that Favre will play for the Vikings in 2009, and that the drama is fabricated.

Our confidence arises in part from the fact that our pal Paul Allen of KFAN, who handles play-by-play duties for the radio broadcast of Vikings games, remains absolutely convinced that Favre will be playing in purple.

58 responses to “Favre says he'll give the Vikings an answer by July 30

  1. Favre isn’t going to tell the Vikes by July 30th. He’s gonna wait untill the very last milisecond of July 29th before he tells them what we already know, and can never forget thanks to people like Florio, and that is that he’s coming back. Gasp! What a surprise.

  2. If the shoulder is an issue the question remains, WHAT THE HELL ARE THE VIKES THINKING?! Someone pull the plug on this guys career……PLEASE!

  3. I bet you he doesn’t not want to not re-un-not re-un re-unretire MORE than he wants to not re-reun-not re-un-unre-re-retire.
    But really (as I’ve asked elsewhere)–imagine if he DOESN’T return now?!?
    He’s alienated at least 80% of the football world (including his former fanbase, former players, current players, coaches, related advertisers, etc.), and willfully surrounded himself with an enormous purple cloud of STANK for no good reason…(one could argue he’s done the same thing, even if he DOES play)…he’ll have put a huge purple traitorous stain on his “legacy”/memory, while never even having taken a single snap for the Vikes!!
    Glorious!
    And then…the fall-out among the current Vikes QBs, now all embittered and mistrusting and even LESS confident than before (if you can imagine that), while the fans and the front office shorten the QBs leashes even more…
    And the delusional, hype-gulping fanbase, split in two, and twice as frustrated with Childo and Pygi for jerking them around and leading them on…
    And all because Favre batted his eyes at the Vikes and showed ’em a little leg (arm?)…
    How funny/awesome would THAT be?
    Plus, as an added bonus, the Favregeddon coverage would diminish to, say, maybe only 5 daily mentions in every television/radio/internet/newspaper segment, instead of the usual 48!!!
    Keep your fingers crosssed!

  4. I guess I just don’t get it. Why announce a deadline like this? If you know enough about your decision to announce it like this, don’t you know enough about it to make the announcement now?
    Its a cry for attention, nothing more. The football world got too busy looking at things like Stallworth, McNair, Vick, etc., and stopped bowing and scraping to every move Princess Favre was making, so he had to try to regain the spotlight.
    Pathetic.

  5. I’m glad all you naysayers out there have all the facts along with a complete bug job on Favre’s house. If it weren’t for all you two cent sally’s, I’d be reading ridiculous comments from window lickers who get off on fantasy points. Why don’t you freaks leave the man alone and continue to do whatever it is you do to keep food on your table.

  6. C’MON BRETT POOP OR GET OFF THE POT!!! THANK GOD YOU’RE NOT A JET ANYMORE!!! YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!!!

  7. Maybe someone should go Tanya Harding on his knee and right arm so he never comes back. I don’t want him in purple!!

  8. Hopefully Favre will suffer a set back in the progress on his shoulder and he will never play football again. And in the event that Harrison gets his wish and the media can vote for the HOF, hopefully enough reporters will be so damn irritated with 4 years of circus crap from this clown tht they will punish him by making him wait 20+ years to be inducted into the HOF.

  9. honestly he should retire, but he feels like he can play & he’ll keep feeling that way till he sees he can’t play!!! GOT TO LEARN THE HARD WAY ALL THE TIME!!!

  10. To Brad Childress:
    Harriet Johnson:
    ‘We, the god fearing citizens of Rock Ridge Minnesota wish to express our extreme displeasure with your choice of Brett Farve for quarterback. Please remove him immediately! The fact that you have sent him here just goes to show that you are the leading asshole in the state!’

  11. Favre wouldn’t have it any other way! Way to keep old Sagvaris Jackenfelds guessing all offseason about whether they will be competing for a backup position or cut. He plays or he doesn’t.
    Either way it’s been and will be a HUGE distraction in the locker room. How are those 2 loser QB’s going to take control and be leaders in training camp with the vacuum and uncertainty that flirting with Favre had in the confidence of the organization if he in fact doesn’t come to Minnesota? You’ve already heard players speak divided as to what it means if Favre comes to the Vikings. Of course Childo “corrected” them and made sure it was then passed off as being misquoted/misunderstood. LOL
    And fans wonder why there’s no need for a trophy case at Winter Park!

  12. By July 30th does not mean on July 30th. It could happen today, but I doubt that it will happen until July 30th.

  13. If I was the Vikings I would say screw it. Make a decision now or we are moving on.
    I don’t see any other team lining up for Brett Favre in the NFL.

  14. REALLY, WHO CARES? BRETT FAVRE CAN NOT AND WILL NEVER RECAPTURE THE GREEN BAY GLORY DAYS WHEN HE WAS KING OF THE HILL AND LOVED AND ADORED BY EVERYONE. IT’S SAD THAT HE CAN’T LET IT GO AND MOVE ON–MAYBE HE SHOULD DEDICATE HIS LIFE TO HELPING MORE YOUNG ATHLETES TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, BUT THIS ATTENTION SEEKING NEED OF HIS IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF SOMETHING POSITIVE COMING OUT OF HIS ADVANCED AGE. NOW HE JUST COMES OFF AS A BROKEN DOWN, WHINING B*TCH. STOP JERKING EVERYONE, BRETT–R-E-T-I-R-E!

  15. Funny… I was just this morning reading a debate by a group of Atheists trying to make an argument of changing the “Motto” “In God We Trust” and taking God out of money.
    July 30th…. A wonderfully Ironic date to choose to make his announcement.
    As a devoted Catholic who loves both God and Money, well… it is ….. Perfect For Brett.
    July 30th. The 53rd. Anniversary of when the United States Government authorized that The Motto “In God We Trust.” be printed on all paper money.
    Insert photo of a fan holding a sign that reads
    “In Brett We Trust”

  16. Read it and cry Farve haters… LOL
    “During a workout today in Mississippi, Brett Favre was crisp on short timing passes and was hitting receivers in the end zone from about 50 yards away.”

  17. I heard that to add even more drama to his comeback Favre will try to give all of his new Viking teammates a “Purple Nurple.”

  18. “A cynic”…would be a moron looking to deeply into nothing… This is a guy who played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand for almost an entire season…and has played with a dislocated shoulder most of his career.
    Call him what you want…but an injury faker he was never…
    The guy has been a great football player… he can still play… I still admire him(on the field).

  19. Why are all you pusses so afraid of Favre. Christ, just go back and look at all the replies every time his name is brought up….he sells and Florio knows it. This IS actually news. Usually Florio just makes sh1t up to get Favre’s name on the front page. Favre equals ratings.
    You “Packer fans” especially amuse me. Favre was traded by a retarded guy that can’t fully blink. He could still be playing for the Packers and you could still be a contender like you were every year. Well every year until Teddy showed up. You need to take it out on someone so just keep ripping Favre instead of the GM that took over a 10-6 team and 4 years later they are 6-10. One winning tear out of four and that was solely because Favre played out his arse. 10-6…….four years later….6-10…..sounds like progress.
    My guess is you guys are so against Favre playing because you would rather Lambeau Field burn to the ground than to see the Vikings in the Super Bowl….AND…..you’ve seen enough of him to know he will do it! Those Packer fans old enough to remember the 70’s and 80’s can see that they are here again.
    Thanks Ted!!!!

  20. Cameron Diaz really was ahead of her time when she picked Ben Stiller over this indecisive primadonna DBag.

  21. Your ‘pal’ Paul Allen is the most annoying homer I’ve ever heard. He accused the Giants of stealing signals from the Vikes after the 41-0 drubbing for months. Other hosts on KFAN make fun of him. But if he’s convinced, well Florio, it’s good enough for me. (and I’m not sure, but I think you’ve mentioned he’s your pal before….once or twice).

  22. Maybe the A&E channel could sign up his friends and family for an episode of “Intervention.” Wait a minute, those are all the morons that still want him to play this year. Brett, seek professional help, it certainly couldn’t hurt.

  23. Farve, is going to retire on July 30th because his shoulder hurts and the circus will be over.

  24. DePack is one of the few posters who makes any sense. Packer fans seem to have some misplaced anger about Favre. I guess they realize the team is going to be locked into mediocrity for the foreseeable future and have to take it out on someone.

  25. I’ts no wonder any of you Bozo’s writing these comments are not any part of an NFL organization!! You all would fill your respected team roster with the perfect Pros. So your roster number would then be ZERO! Look on the bright side cut down day would be easy for you idiots!!
    GO FAVRE!!!

  26. pretty clear to me what’s going on here.
    favre ABSOLUTELY knows if his arm is good enough to play or not. if it is not, would he really think that it would be by the end of the month? if it is not and it WOULD get better by the end of the month, don’t we think he would know that as well?
    if it is good enough why won’t he commit now?
    i think florio got it half right, he is building an excuse in for why he WILL tank at some point this season. favre has proven to be a “me first” guy over the last 2-3 years. he doesn’t care about any sense of TEAM, or collective good. he only cares about what HE gets out of any given situation, and it’s pathetic.
    the vikings are going to sign a 10 million dollar heart breaker. what are they thinking?

  27. Raider Pride Says:
    “Funny… I was just this morning reading a debate by a group of Atheists trying to make an argument of changing the “Motto” “In God We Trust” and taking God out of money.
    July 30th…. A wonderfully Ironic date to choose to make his announcement.
    As a devoted Catholic who loves both God and Money, well… it is ….. Perfect For Brett.
    July 30th. The 53rd. Anniversary of when the United States Government authorized that The Motto “In God We Trust.” be printed on all paper money.
    Insert photo of a fan holding a sign that reads
    “In Brett We Trust””
    Man you went a long way for that “joke” and it fell flat on its face! Think before you type next time.

  28. This is gonna be classic. He screws up their season, and then what do they have next year? another crappy QB controversy. Minnesota should be thinking more around the lines of Tim Tebow for next year than anything Favre is gonna do this year.

  29. “DePack is one of the few posters who makes any sense. Packer fans seem to have some misplaced anger about Favre. I guess they realize the team is going to be locked into mediocrity for the foreseeable future and have to take it out on someone.”
    Mediocrity? Yes, because it was all Favre’s doing that got them to 13-3 just two years ago.
    You and DePack can continue rooting for the Green Bay “Favres”…I’ll be rooting for the Packers this season and the rest that follow.

  30. Florio- I love this line most of all…
    “Just as he blamed a five-game meltdown to finish the 2008 campaign on his flinging wing, Favre can attribute any mediocrity to lingering problems with his football money maker.” Of course in addition to being an awarding winning journalist and a world renowned lawyer, you are now a doctor and able to see that Favre was not truly hurt last year. I guess that surgery was for nothing.
    When you hate, you hate deeply, unless this is a shabby way of generating more site interest. Either way-neither are what a true journalist should do.

  31. you really shot one out there Florio – whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    and The Days Without a Fart/Favre meter is now reset to ZERO
    Farted by Mike Florio on July 15, 2009 12:52 PM

  32. I LOVE IT!! Brett knows his arm is good enough to play..hes taking it to the last minute to prepare mentally.
    WOOHOOO!!

  33. The Packers Shareholder meeting is July 30th.
    What better time to make TT squirm a little more or hide from the shareholders again than announce it that day.

  34. # se18a29 says:
    July 15, 2009 2:06 PM
    Read it and cry Farve haters… LOL
    “During a workout today in Mississippi, Brett Favre was crisp on short timing passes and was hitting receivers in the end zone from about 50 yards away.”
    ————————————————
    Great. Now let’s see him do it with eight 200-300 pound guys coming at lightning speed in a real game situation. Different story.
    I really kinda feel bad for the Vikings organization. All this drama, all this waiting, all this posturing- all for a guy who’s gonna come out and make a fool of himself and disappoint everyone (except the Packers). The Vikes are just desperate to have a “name” QB for the first time in a billion years (Culpeper hardly counts). man, this is gonna be worse than Namath on the Rams…

  35. Beacuse Florio only gives part of the story- please refer to the folks who got the story (once again Florio rides the coat tails of someone else).
    It says things like “The quarterback told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’ll give the Vikings an answer on whether he’ll play by the July 30 start of training camp. Favre has been working out with the Oak Grove High School football team three days a week all summer, but added a Sunday workout this week.
    “There’s two weeks left and I’m doing everything I can,” Favre said. “I was down here Sunday morning working out. I’m trying to get everything to where I feel 100 percent when I go in. I can’t go in any less. When you’re 39 years old, it’s hard enough. But it’s getting there.”

  36. What a guy – he’s willing to give them 24 hours notice! Someone needs to gently remind Favre that he’s not Peyton Manning or Tom Brady these days. But I guess it won’t be Col. Klink, who has already seen a “deadline” or two go by and is still standing outside the front door in the rain wearing his rented tux and holding a wilted bouquet in one hand. (We won’t go into what he’s holding in his other hand.) No matter how this turns our, ol’ #4 has established who’s going to be in charge, and it ain’t the guy whose name sort of rhymes with “clueless.” Yep, when Brent comes off the field after throwing an int, Brad and Darell will carefully avoid looking at him and will instead go over and yell at the cheerleaders for shaking too much or not enough. Enjoy, guys. You’re gonna learn that old lesson again about being careful what you wish for.

  37. Wiscdave, couldn’t disagree with you more.
    Quickly, what did Favre do for the Packers in the last 8 years in GB other than completely fold in the playoffs every chance he got?
    As for the Packers being locked into mediocrity, that’s just a really good (horse sh it) opinion. If the Packers Org. continued to let Favre wait until the last minute to decide if he was playing the upcoming season or not, the Pack would definitely be set back many, many more years instead of just one bad (’08) season.
    Why did Ted Thompson draft Rodgers?
    See, IMO, Favre was set to retire after the ’04 season. He just got his ass handed to him by the Vikings in the playoffs, in the cold, on his turf. He was basically done, maybe not from a physical (arm, sholder, whatever) standpoint but he had been though so much the two seasons before that professionally and personally. Almost everyone, inside and outside the organization thought he was done. So, what does the smart GM do. Draft the QB a lot of people projected to go #1 (and in hindsight definitely should have) with the 22nd pick as he falls into your lap.
    I think the world of Favre as a player. But c’mon? If you were a GM or team president, would you subject yourself to 5 years of not knowing whether or not you QB (most important position in team sports) was going to play until the week or day before training camp? For what, a guy in the decline of his career who had a 3-9 playoff record since he last won a Super Bowl? The Packers knew this, and in respect to Favre, asked that he give them an answer before the 2008 draft. How is that WRONG?!?!?! And even after that, when the speculation started, there were reports that the Packers were willing to give him his job back. Of course, he denied all this and threw James Campen under the bus in the process, and then appeared in GB a day before training camp (what’s new) and demanded his job, back. Did I mentioned he retired to the whole world 5 months prior?
    IMO, if TT does not draft Rodgers in ’05, Favre might have retired for good that year. However and unfortunately, drafting Rodgers was the beginning of Favre the ego maniac. He started demanding more and giving less and felt threatened by Thompson, when in reality, TT was just doing the prudent thing by preparing to move on once Favre finally did call it quits.
    Anyway, would be willing to bet my house that if a one Irvin Favre were still alive today we wouldn’t be talking about any of this.
    K, now I’m done.

  38. # Wiscdave says: July 15, 2009 3:15 PM
    marcduke,
    Without Favre, 6-10 and no playoffs. Get used to it.
    ———–
    You can take off your Favre knee pads now. Funny how you blame everyone but Favre for the poor seasons before 13-3.
    Favre’s body broke down for the Jets last year and would have obviously done so for the Packers as well. Meanwhile Aaron Rodgers had better passing stats than the NFL MVP– Peyton Manning. Had he come back to GB last year (good move by Thompson to cut the cord) Favre would have also played with a defense that allowed more points than any defense he played for in his previous 16 seasons by a wide margin. Granted the defense had more injured starters than I can remember in any recent time, but Favre wouldn’t have made any difference and probably would have done worse.

  39. What a joke. You got a soon to be 40 year old coming off arm surgery and saying his arm still hurts…yet we’re waiting to see if he can play a full season? The Vikes are adament about waiting it out for this clown to decide?

  40. That’s right clowns… Farve is so washed up, defenses should put 8 men in the box to stop Peterson. Please, please do it… TD City!!!!

  41. Use to be a huge Favre fan but now with his yearly circus acts I’ve lost all respect for him. Stay retired old man your ruining your legacy and you’ve become more of a joke than a legend!

  42. I have to admit I was wrong. I keep thinking Col Klink is the dumbest a$$hole in the Twin Cities and it turns out to be Paul Allen.
    Biqueen fans everywhere, please accept my most humble apology.

  43. yes gaytam…
    july 30:
    bf: and here is my answer, good minnesotans…
    i will need another month. have an ice day. (which is easy to do in minnehaha…)

  44. @ diehardbearsfan and all the rest of the bears fans…
    Two letters… AP
    HAHA losers.. what does he average 225 against your “squad”. nice defense what a bunch of chumps, you guys are going to get rocked this year.

  45. DePack and wiscdave thank you for posting the truth I agree with you two 100%. Everytime Florio mentions Favre the same Packers fans who cursed Ted Thompson for not rolling out the red carpet for Favre’s comback are now going out of their way to hate on the man. Fans of other teams get into the Favre hatting action as well. Its a real “two girls and one cup” sittuation.

  46. So, are we just skipping the season, and announcing the super bowl winner now? or do we actually get to play the games?

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