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Our take: Brett Favre will play

We’ve seen the reports from Judd Zulgad and Jay Glazer.  We have no reason to doubt them.

Brett Favre has told the Vikings that he will not play in 2010, citing his lingering ankle problem and other physical wear and tear.

That’s fine.  We believe he said it.  We believe he believes it.

But we also believe Favre will play again.

He’ll be in the Superdome on the evening of September 9, when the Vikings face the Saints to start the 2010 season.  He’ll be there.  He’ll be wearing something other than cutoff jeans and flip-flops. 

He’ll play. 

We believe that in part because we rarely believe anything anyone connected to the NFL says.  We’ve developed that attitude because, on too many past occasions, a player or a coach or a G.M. or an owner says one thing, and then does the exact opposite.

As it relates to Favre, his own history supports the conclusion that he’ll be back.  He retired in 2008.  He later reiterated his intention to call it quits, scoffing at rumors that he hoped to return for another season.  And he played/

He retired in 2009.  In late July, he told the Vikings that he would not join them.  Then, just as many of us began to believe that he really was finished, Favre played.

This year, whether he’s consciously doing it or not, Favre needs to once again convince us that he won’t come back, for two reasons.

First, he needs the Vikings fans to rejoice when Lord Favre rides in on a white steed to save the team from a plunge to black-and-blue mediocrity.  And they won’t rejoice unless they first believe in their hearts that Prince Graybeard isn’t coming.

Second, he needs an excuse for his own potential mediocrity.  In his quest to ride off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy tucked into the back pocket of his Wranglers, Favre fears embarrassing himself.  So if he plays poorly, it can’t happen because he’s lost his magic.  There needs to be a good reason for a Willie Mays/Joe Namath/John Unitas end to his career unrelated to whether Favre can still bring it.

Last year, it was a biceps tendon, along with an assortment of maladies that he cited multiple times prior to the start of the season, so that we all knew that if he stunk it up it happened because of his battle scars, not because he’s no longer good enough.

This year, it’s his ankle.  The one on which he had supposedly minor surgery.  The one that all of a sudden is preventing him from doing the stuff a pocket-passing quarterback does with his legs.

(Maybe he simply was concerned that he’d fail the conditioning test.)

Either way, he’ll be back.  We joked yesterday that maybe he wants more money.  Whether he wants it or not, look for the Vikings to throw a few extra million onto the $13 million base salary he’s due to earn this year.  And look for anyone named Wilf to bend a knee and beg Favre to change his mind.

And then look for Favre to reluctantly comply.  Possibly as late as the eve of the start of full-blown preparation for the regular-season opener, making Brett’s Third Annual Unretirement the dominant story over Labor Day Weekend.

Heck, it’s also possible that he never even goes to Minnesota before joining the team, and that he simply jumps the puddles between Hattiesburg to New Orleans, walks into the locker room, belts out a verse or two of Pants on the Ground, asks for a helmet, slaps a few asses, and tells his teammates that it’s time to go take care of unfinished business.

When it happens, it will be dramatic.  It will be memorable.  It will be great.

That’s precisely why Favre has decided to retire now.  He knows — whether he’s even able to admit it to himself or anyone else — that he needs to build the drama.  And the drama will indeed build.

And come early September we’ll all learn what we’ve suspected for the entire offseason.

Brett Favre will play.

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137 Responses to “Our take: Brett Favre will play”
  1. ClayMath52 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:36 AM

    If he seriously retires and comes back AGAIN, then he should be shipped to the Looney bin.

  2. mojopin11 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:37 AM

    If he does an official retirement presser, he COULD NOT possibly come back. This is such a joke now, I couldn’t imagine he would do it again.

  3. Occam says: Aug 3, 2010 11:37 AM

    Favre doesn’t ride a white steed. He rides a white Deere.

  4. justen1 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    concur

  5. bbq says: Aug 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    I’ve been saying it the whole offseason — NO, he will not.
    Favre is done.

  6. headrush4you says: Aug 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    Agreed.

  7. mike_311 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:38 AM

    exactly right.

  8. THE Tool says: Aug 3, 2010 11:39 AM

    Mr. Florio, you are a narcissistic rumor monger…I guess that and your dry wit are why this is my primary source of info on the NFL…

  9. Huckle says: Aug 3, 2010 11:39 AM

    If he quits now, he’ll forever ruin any sort of legacy he wanted to have.
    Instead of a great QB that would not quit, he’ll be seen as a quitter, that flaked out on a team that needed him, at a time when it was too late to replace him properly.
    He’d always be remembered as a bitch that screwed people over.

  10. ledtear says: Aug 3, 2010 11:39 AM

    OF COURSE HE WILL!! He is feeling the heat for skipping camp just because he wants to… this is more drama – but he will play…

  11. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Aug 3, 2010 11:39 AM

    The Saints still won.

  12. Saintnation says: Aug 3, 2010 11:40 AM

    “When it happens, it will be dramatic. It will be memorable. It will be great.”
    ___________________________________
    There is nothing great about this nonsense. Set aside team allegiance and fandom for a second. I hate the Vikings as much as the next guy but what BF has done to them is unforgivable.
    How can they possibly be able to fully prepare for the upcoming season with all of this added dstraction?
    Good luck Vikings.

  13. cusoman says: Aug 3, 2010 11:40 AM

    I am in total agreement with this article and while I’m sure there will be plenty of screams of primadonna over the coming weeks, I like it, makes things interesting.
    Part of me sometimes wonders if this isn’t some grand script orchestrated by the NFL powers that be to add some drama and stories to the season, to spice it up… kind of like a WWE wrestling script. Vince McMahon is to wresting as Goodell is to the NFL.
    *gets out the popcorn*

  14. stuulman says: Aug 3, 2010 11:40 AM

    florio i typically don’t like your extrapolations but i can deal with this one

  15. Chapnasty. says: Aug 3, 2010 11:40 AM

    Smartest thing that Florio has ever written

  16. dboom92 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:41 AM

    Not this time… Favre is done.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:41 AM

    Yeah no sh!t, Florio. This is classic Favre. I’d say he’s coming back but, unlike the past two years, he never technically left.

  18. PackFaninPackLand says: Aug 3, 2010 11:41 AM

    I concur. Favre will play this season.

  19. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    HEY! PLAGIARISM! That Lord Favre riding on a white steed thing is my idea!!! I’ve been preaching that for months!

  20. Majik Bullet says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    Favre hasn’t made it official, and the Vikings haven’t confirmed it either. Maybe jumping the gun a bit, especially considering it’s Brett Favre.

  21. Sacram3ntal says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    Favre will be back right after the Saints game is over.
    I wouldn’t want a second helping of that kinda ass-whooping either.

  22. forthelove says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    He’s just pissed some kid with a torn shoulder who didn’t even play college last year is making as much as him.

  23. stetai says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    This is why Brett never announced a return because he wanted to wait to see how his body felt now, not in February. And now that training camp has started, despite everyone saying this has all been a ruse to skip it, all he did was the right thing in waiting and then telling the team.
    He did the right thing and he told the team now, so they Tavaris can practice as the starter. That’s all he ever did, it was the media and fans that waffled and speculated, he never said he would retire, he never said he would come back, he said he would wait, which he did. So lay off.
    With all that said, I am hoping and praying that Brett Favre will become what everyone wrongfully accuses him of being, a drama queen.
    Please Brett change your mind and come back, just one more year!!!!!

  24. rb2k says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    So, at what point do i get to tell you ass-clowns I told you so? Don’t tell me I have to wait until Sept. 9. This is the last dance for Brett Favre. Thank god. The guy is overrated. He was better in There’s Something About Mary than he was most years in the NFL.

  25. minhw0714 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    Brett won’t walk away from $13MM. He’ll play. He hasn’t let people twist in the wind enough.
    “How dare they focus on Albert Haynesworth and his swollen knee. My ankle is killing me when I ride my tractor. I’ll show them. . . “

  26. Triumph40 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    Brett Favre is too much of an attention whore to retire. He’ll be back under center Week 1 against the Saints.

  27. Raiderfankirk says: Aug 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    He better!! Got him on three fantasy teams.

  28. True Fan says: Aug 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    His daughter is set to go to school in Plymouth, Minnesota. Why would he be enrolling her in a school up in Minnesota if he’s staying retired in Mississippi?
    Good take PFT.

  29. mnplsjunk says: Aug 3, 2010 11:43 AM

    Duh.

  30. dvdman says: Aug 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    Two words….Drama Queen.
    Come on now there has to be a limit to how many times an NFL player can say he’s going to retire and then not retire. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!
    We all know he’s going to play and just doesn’t want to go to training camp.

  31. Mezter says: Aug 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    This is exactly what I was thinking. He’s going to play. The way that this is all happening right now just doesn’t feel genuine. I expect to see him in pads for the Vikings come game 1. The only thing I don’t like is how the NFL has given this guy so much power over a team. Its kinda sad. But the Vikings make their own bed with this guy, and they’ll pay for it eventually.

  32. va4favre says: Aug 3, 2010 11:45 AM

    Florio: This is too melodramatic, even for Favre. I hope that he does reconsider because you won’t have anyone to write about. Favre is or was the most exciting player ever to play in the NFL.

  33. PackFaninPackLand says: Aug 3, 2010 11:46 AM

    Florio: “Heck, it’s also possible that he never even goes to Minnesota before joining the team”
    ———————
    Quite frankly I believe Favre could roll out of bed the morning of Sept. 9th, drive to Nawlins and perform pretty darn good that evening – having had NO practice whatsoever.

  34. lioneldotsoner says: Aug 3, 2010 11:47 AM

    hey bud, thanks for that link http://sportscomplainer.com . let me know if you find anything like that for olympics

  35. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 3, 2010 11:49 AM

    Guy has to be pretty self-absorbed to want to create this much drama, and must have quite an opinion of himself to think he can sell his “good old boy” persona when in fact he’s a higer-maintenance bitch than Naomi Campbell. Nothing’s worse than a media whore, and Brett Favre has been exactly that for years now.

  36. theycallme_iPod says: Aug 3, 2010 11:49 AM

    Haha…
    That pussay just doesn’t want to go to camp and preseason…
    He’ll be there, bet your ass on it.

  37. Boudin says: Aug 3, 2010 11:49 AM

    if Brett skips all of training camp and all of the preseason, he will get absolutely throttled in New Orleans.

  38. j-wil says: Aug 3, 2010 11:50 AM

    He’s comming back, his wife just renewed her gym membership in Minnesota and those things are a bitch to get out of!

  39. Allliiieee says: Aug 3, 2010 11:50 AM

    yeah, he is going to come back. freakshow. he’ll play until whatever body part breaks is unfixable… and then he’ll keep playing until his body wears out and his fam has to pick out funeral music.

  40. vikings=worstfranchiseandfans says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    Florio is like a jilted teenage girl.
    He just refuses to believe it.
    Boo Hoo.
    Now how about going back to objectivity?

  41. WVUColumbus says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    Brett Favre has a need to capture America’s attention. This year everyone simply assumed he’d be back due to his near MVP performance last season. Therefore, all eyes aren’t/won’t be on him UNLESS he leaks that he’s going to retire…..Thennnnnnnnn, it’s deja vu.

  42. ClownBurger says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    The media whore will play and some of the sports media “men” will weep tears of joy when he returns.
    When he returns it will be similar to being in a San Francisco bath house with the love between the male media and Favre.
    Oh and if you really believe that Favre is retiring, please contact me. I have a great deal on a bridge!
    Favre is the most overrated QB of all time BY FAR and is a first class prima donna ass.

  43. MuskyHunter2542 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    Dousche Canoe

  44. scomibord says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    He wants to unseat drew btees as the Saints starter!!!

  45. scomibord says: Aug 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    He wants to unseat drew brees as the Saints starter!!!

  46. jorge says: Aug 3, 2010 11:53 AM

    Go away Bert! and stay away!
    This is a young mans game!

  47. SSgtLMJ says: Aug 3, 2010 11:53 AM

    Wishful thinking Florio…just like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, I wish the Saints could pound you into retirement as well.

  48. Larry David says: Aug 3, 2010 11:54 AM

    If he’s not on the field by week 5, which is the first game after their bye, then he’s officially done.

  49. Richm2256 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:55 AM

    No doubt Favre has proven one thing: he’s all about creating drama for himself. It wouldn’t surprise me if Florio is dead on the money about this.
    This douche has an ego the size of freakin’ Africa.
    Enough already.

  50. MACK DADDY says: Aug 3, 2010 11:56 AM

    Florio is in denial.

  51. Heinekenfun says: Aug 3, 2010 11:56 AM

    Goodbye Favre…, Hello JaMarcus…,

  52. alphamail says: Aug 3, 2010 11:56 AM

    He doesn’t have the Browns and Lions as warm-up games in Weeks 1 & 2 this year…maybe he sees a bad moon rising.

  53. azredbird4 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:57 AM

    florio…of xourse you think he is going to play…otherwise, there goes 25% of your posts

  54. Gregjennings85 says: Aug 3, 2010 11:57 AM

    Come on back, we would love to break that ankle one more time.

  55. Scott P says: Aug 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    Just like George said to the girl at the one-hour-photo on Seinfeld -..’Ahh..the dance continues..”

  56. Ollie says: Aug 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    I really used to like this guy, until last year. Now I can’t stomach him. He will play this year and I hope he looks like crap and gets benched. Of coarse he is setting himself up with an excuse if he plays poor.

  57. godlovestebowbuthatesyou says: Aug 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    Fran Tarkenton is taking a break from stealing children’s candy and killing kittens to unsuccessfully attempt to smile about Lord Farve’s retirement.

  58. Vinces Power Sweep says: Aug 3, 2010 12:01 PM

    Welcome to the annual yoyo act, Viking fans. And people wonder why the Packers and their fans tired of this crap.

  59. evilboy128 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:01 PM

    And here is the Jaguar fans chance to be “realistic”
    If the man says he isn’t coming back…that is it.
    it’s called Karma, Florio…look it up

  60. Doral4720 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:02 PM

    No matter which team you root for this is very sad. Talk about being self-absorbed. What Favre is doing is destroying the Vikings. I don’t see how any of his team mates can put up with his nonsense. Unfortunately for the Vikings Favre is once again showing the world that he is the straw that stirs the drink. Screw the team and its fans, what matters most is Favre. Even if he comes back I don’t see how the Vikings will be able to survive the rift he will cause in the locker room.

  61. KolbFan says: Aug 3, 2010 12:02 PM

    God, when will the drama queen have enough?
    This story, exactly like BF, sooooo old and tired. Go away and stay away please jackass.
    Update: Brett Farve just peed golden silk. Madden plans to purchase a full length coat…

  62. east96street. says: Aug 3, 2010 12:02 PM

    “When it happens, it will be dramatic. It will be memorable. It will be great.”
    Actually, it’s gotten tedious. It’s narcissistic and borderline pathological.

  63. username says: Aug 3, 2010 12:05 PM

    Favre decides to make an announcement on the second day that “MEvi$ watch” has replaced “Favre watch”

  64. ampats says: Aug 3, 2010 12:05 PM

    Agree Richmond2256,
    I think his ankle is sore and not where he thought it would be. In a month, who knows?
    There must be dancing in the streets in Green Bay.

  65. DallasNiner says: Aug 3, 2010 12:06 PM

    It’d be awesome if he held a press conference announcing his retirement and then the next day announced he was playing. Hilarious. The guy is great.

  66. AO says: Aug 3, 2010 12:07 PM

    TJack already said he is prepare to lead the team to a winning season …. JOKE OF THE DAY … and ViQueens fan now piss off at Favre for not telling them earlier … hahahahaha …. pathetic

  67. jerome perry says: Aug 3, 2010 12:07 PM

    Tarvaris jackson is huge dropoff..he was awful in playoff games vs phily 2 years ago.

  68. MrHumble says: Aug 3, 2010 12:09 PM

    The “rumors” say he is retiring, but until BF says it himself and the Vikings confirm, I will wait and see. The point of my post is, that if BF does not hold a press conference to confirm, the idiot posters (yes…..GB fans) will forever “claim” that he retired on the vikings and changed his mind again. The media discovered long ago that BF was a “golden egg” for them…..say anything they want, founded or unfounded, spin their “opinions” into something more than just an opinion but the bottom line was “attach BF’s name to the headline and fans will flock to the article. More newspapers sold, magazines sold, internet hits, etc. etc. I am certainly not saying that BF is totally blameless in this circus but he has learned how to play the media as they play him. For all the BF “haters”….you make fools out of yourself by acting like he is of no concern to you but just take a look at how quickly the number of posts just on PFT have added up……BF’s name is money in the bank and the media learned how to milk that cash cow long ago becuz they understand that the rednecks won’t ever “get it”.

  69. REGGIEBUSH says: Aug 3, 2010 12:10 PM

    Stay home BRETT, I will send KIM over to sit on that ankle.

  70. dafish says: Aug 3, 2010 12:11 PM

    Got to agree with you for once Florio. Until paperwork is filed, I won’t believe it.

  71. yem123 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:11 PM

    Peter King is fat

  72. paladisiac says: Aug 3, 2010 12:12 PM

    In reference to “making Brett’s Third Annual Unretirement the dominant story over Labor Day Weekend”, all packer fans know that he actually did the “will he / won’t he retire” BS for two offseasons BEFORE the season he first “officially” retired. If he didn’t pull that sh*t in green bay, he’d still be there.
    Everyone knows at this point he doesn’t want to go through the rigors of camp and simply just wants to play the games. Hey, it seemed to work for him in 2009. It’s just plain old.

  73. Johnnyb612 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:13 PM

    Yes, favre needs to be coddled just like a newborn baby at this point. The queens will beg him to come back for the next month and praise his highness when he does decide to come back. Deep down he just wants to feel loved and appreciated much like any $50 whore would.

  74. DallasNiner says: Aug 3, 2010 12:13 PM

    I love how people get angry about his wishy washiness, like it somehow negatively affects their lives. If your life is affected by this you probably need to get an actual life.

  75. Richm2256 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:14 PM

    Bernt Fan#4 says:
    August 3, 2010 11:53 AM
    didn’t he say last week he might play until he’s 50?
    ************ POST OF THE DAY !!!! **********
    This puke has no idea how big of a laughingstock he has made himself. Should be in a soap opera, “As the Favre Turns”

  76. Johnnyb612 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:14 PM

    Yes, favre needs to be coddled just like a newborn baby at this point. The queens will beg him to come back for the next month and praise his highness when he does decide to come back. Deep down he just wants to feel loved and appreciated much like any $50 whore would.

  77. bullpuppy says: Aug 3, 2010 12:16 PM

    I’ll believe it when his retirement papers are filed with the league office. Football is his life and I can’t see him hangin’ up the cleats until he has to be carted off the field. To me, he ruined his legacy when he did this years ago with Green Bay … now it just makes for interesting drama during training camp time (better than stories about rookie signings and camp injuries). [obviously I'm not a Vikes fan or I'd have a completely differently opinion]

  78. quadya says: Aug 3, 2010 12:16 PM

    Heck, it’s also possible that he never even goes to Minnesota before joining the team, and that he simply jumps the puddles between Hattiesburg to New Orleans, walks into the locker room, belts out a verse or two of Pants on the Ground, asks for a helmet, slaps a few asses, and tells his teammates that it’s time to go take care of unfinished business.
    if this happens his teamates should beat the sh*t out of him and tell im to go back to the farm you wack job

  79. SeriousRadio says: Aug 3, 2010 12:16 PM

    This is just pressure on the Vikes to sweeten the pot. This is Farve’s version of a holdout.

  80. TheRedBengal says: Aug 3, 2010 12:17 PM

    He wasn’t exactly sharp those first two games last year against he Browns and Lions. He might further embarrass himself coming back without much work with the team to then play the defending SB champs.
    Not a good combo for the white knight…
    “Hans, Bubbie…I’m your white knight!”

  81. darth_vincent says: Aug 3, 2010 12:17 PM

    One Wish
    I met a fairy today who granted me one wish.
    “I want to live forever” I said.
    “Sorry” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant wishes like that!”
    “Fine” I said, “I want to die when the Vikings win the Superbowl!”
    “You crafty bastard,” said the fairy.

  82. imissmydeadspin says: Aug 3, 2010 12:18 PM

    when is hunting season?

  83. packrulzm says: Aug 3, 2010 12:19 PM

    Until I see the kick off for the Saints game without Brett on the sideline, I’ll never believe he’s retired. Whether you love the Vikings or hate them, you reap what you sow. If Brett retires, I feel no sympathy for the team. They asked for it and they got it. He still will go down as a fantastic QB who just could not leave the game behind. I still think he’ll be back. If not, thanks for the memories. Especially your last pass!

  84. MACK DADDY says: Aug 3, 2010 12:19 PM

    I would like to extend a warm, and heartfelt thank you to BrInt for holding the Vikes hostage all off season. If he weren’t such a douche, the Vikings may have Mc Nabb or some other capable QB right now. This is so god damn funny, it makes Childress and the entire Viking organization look like complete fools.

  85. shoe says: Aug 3, 2010 12:19 PM

    Should have drafted Tebow.

  86. chem says: Aug 3, 2010 12:20 PM

    Brett Favre un-retiring versus Florio’s cynical speculation being totally wrong.
    It’s the unstoppable force versus the unmovable object? How do I decide between these equally inevitable things??

  87. 41 Bottles of Coors Light says: Aug 3, 2010 12:20 PM

    Oh Florio.
    This might have been the single greatest article I’ve ever read on PFT. It felt like you stayed up all night writing it.

  88. brainwashedinpurple says: Aug 3, 2010 12:21 PM

    I had the same take, Florio. When I heard the initial report I laughed out loud.
    I would be willing to bet cash money he comes back for another season.
    He just wants to be begged to come back. He wasn’t getting enough begging.

  89. fan55 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:23 PM

    It is very difficult to throw well with a bad ankle.
    All Farve is trying to say is that his ankle hurts.
    I think the Vikings should do a variation of what Tom Landry did with the Cowboys; play Staubach AND Morton.
    Chilly,
    Start the game with Farve, if you have a big lead take him out, let Tavaris finish. Play Tavaris as much as you can while the old gunslinger stays warm and healthy enough for the playoffs. No need for Brett to play a lot.

  90. Ambrose says: Aug 3, 2010 12:23 PM

    Everything that Florio wrote above is true. Favre knows he has to say something. This way, he can go back to the farm guilt-free. Favre wants to be certain that his eventual and probable return is because someone begged him, against his will, and against his better judgment, thereby assuring a ready-made excuse when it doesn’t pan out.

  91. Dylan says: Aug 3, 2010 12:24 PM

    How does that saying go?
    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me thrice, I should be shot for being such a gullible fool.
    Favre is going to come back….

  92. JimmySmith says: Aug 3, 2010 12:24 PM

    Only Packer fans can understand the weariness that comes from this charade. And the fact that it’s happening again only makes us smile because it couldn’t happen to a more deserving franchise.
    The Vikings have always been a second rate organization, from the sleazeball coaches (Dennis Green and his sexual harassment and abortion court cases to Tice selling his Superbowl tickets) to sleazeball players (Whizanator, Love Boat, and hitting bouncers on the head with metal pipes), the Vikings have always been jealous of the classier teams in the division, so much that they sign their ex players even if they are past their prime.
    I can only hope that this is a last nail in the coffin as the team prepares to head off to LA. Then, finally, we wouldn’t have to listen to the blowhards pronouncing this the year that they are going to win the Superbowl, despite the 50 years of evidence to the contrary.

  93. Ambrose says: Aug 3, 2010 12:26 PM

    Larry David says:
    August 3, 2010 11:54 AM
    If he’s not on the field by week 5, which is the first game after their bye, then he’s officially done.
    ——————————————
    Good point! Just becasue he may not be the starter at the first game, doesn’t mean he can’t ride a white horse into the dome to save the day 1/3 of the way into the season. He will never voluntarily retire. That’s why I would like to see him return…to not give him the choice.

  94. jd says: Aug 3, 2010 12:28 PM

    He’ll be in the stands for the season opener.
    Until the Vikings are down 28-3 at halftime. Then he’ll waltz down to the locker room and take the field for the second half. In the most epic half of football ever, Favre comes back to win 41-38, but breaks his spine and never walks again.

  95. Jaxeagle says: Aug 3, 2010 12:28 PM

    What a douche, the Viking should have forced his hand in March so they could have pursued Donovan McNabb, which leads to this Donovan shouldn’t sign an extension with the Redskins become a free agent next year and sign with the Vikings. You heard it hear first.

  96. db3300 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:29 PM

    This is a no-lose article for Florio and he knows it. That’s why he wrote it. Not because he necessarily believes it but because he can claim a position of superior knowledge of the game. Everyone knows that there’s a good chance Favre will still play but now, if he does, Florio will get another months worth of posts telling everyone how “you heard it here first”.

  97. Adam-Chris Schefterson says: Aug 3, 2010 12:32 PM

    True Fan says:
    August 3, 2010 11:43 AM
    His daughter is set to go to school in Plymouth, Minnesota. Why would he be enrolling her in a school up in Minnesota if he’s staying retired in Mississippi?
    ———————-
    Yeah, because school enrollment is set in stone and no one ever moves while school is in session.

  98. Cup says: Aug 3, 2010 12:38 PM

    This guy is about the single most annoying person on the planet! MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!! In 5 weeks or so he will be throwing passes to some cow in a field and decide he misses the game and come back and play forrrrr hmmmmm lets see we have theeee; Raiders, Browns, Bills or Rams take your pick. He is a freaking joke, I think the Vikings should have a ceremonial cutting of Brett Favre, don’t even let the douche retire on a team. Just cut his ass to prove a point lol.

  99. Tinbender says: Aug 3, 2010 12:38 PM

    Farve, your a wuss.
    Signed, George Blanda.

  100. CPinCT says: Aug 3, 2010 12:41 PM

    Brett’s selfish behavior over the past few years has really tarnished all that he has accomplished on the field. In my opinion, he is certainly one of the greatest QB’s of all time (maybe top 5), a very tough, dependable, hard nose player, but there is nothing that frustrates me more that the retire/un-retire/retire game that professional athletes play.
    Brett, you have had a great career. Don’t continue to diminish it playing these games every year. Be fair to the sport that made you millions of dollars. Make a decision and stick with it.

  101. nutnbutnet says: Aug 3, 2010 12:45 PM

    stetai says:
    August 3, 2010 11:42 AM
    This is why Brett never announced a return because he wanted to wait to see how his body felt now, not in February. And now that training camp has started, despite everyone saying this has all been a ruse to skip it, all he did was the right thing in waiting and then telling the team.
    He did the right thing and he told the team now, so they Tavaris can practice as the starter. That’s all he ever did, it was the media and fans that waffled and speculated, he never said he would retire, he never said he would come back, he said he would wait, which he did. So lay off.
    With all that said, I am hoping and praying that Brett Favre will become what everyone wrongfully accuses him of being, a drama queen.
    Please Brett change your mind and come back, just one more year!!!!!
    ————————
    Dude you are pathetic! Is there a chapter of Favre Ass Kissers Anonymous in your area? You need to get to a meeting, now!

  102. Jets2010 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:48 PM

    I never thought that I would ask, but I can have more T.O. news?

  103. wrath4771 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:49 PM

    I agree with that whole article except for the “it will be great.” I want the Packers to have two more shots (or three) at Farve, but his melodrama is getting old.

  104. SaintsDieHard says: Aug 3, 2010 12:55 PM

    The Saints Don’t care who is under center and niether do I. I actually hope it is Farve just so we dont have to hear all the Viqueen fans excuses all damn season after the Saints beat them like a drum week 1. Two Dat!

  105. iambruce says: Aug 3, 2010 12:57 PM

    This sounds like it was written by a pathetic, emotionally drained Vikings fan that is still in the denial stage…

  106. packersurle says: Aug 3, 2010 1:02 PM

    Keep drinking the Favre kool-aid -I hope you are enjoying the ride.

  107. timmck says: Aug 3, 2010 1:04 PM

    i hope this is true. i am so sick of the melodrama. Farve has lowered himself in my esteem for several years, since this whole escapade began. while his talents are fantastic he is just another headline addicted prima donna

  108. bronco1st says: Aug 3, 2010 1:04 PM

    Lazarus Farve fullfils another miracle!!!

  109. Duck Fallas says: Aug 3, 2010 1:10 PM

    My fiance put it rather succinctly:
    “he’s a girl”

  110. Ron E says: Aug 3, 2010 1:21 PM

    I can’t take any more Brett Farve will play or will not play stories, they’ve worn out thier welcome from the previous 3 years, I just don’t care.
    At one time, I liked the Vikings, and I liked Farve when he was with the Packers and Jets, but I can’t stand the Vikings or Brett Farve now. Mr. Farve thank you for many great years and exciting games, but please retire and stay retired.
    And Vikings fans, you were so freak’n cocky last season, this serves you right. May you be humbled by many years of suffering like the Detroit Lions fans have suffered, though I’m not sure what they did to deserve it, maybe it was Barry Sanders related.

  111. monte says: Aug 3, 2010 1:27 PM

    This guy will do anything for attention. Florio’s assessment is dead-on; Lord Favre needs to create an “out” if/when he stinks it up, and he’s such a primadonna that he needs to make it look like he’s the hero that fights through everything to get on the field and compete. He’ll “come out of retirement” again, and the odds that he’ll announce it during a one hour special on ESPN are pretty damn good.

  112. djzato says: Aug 3, 2010 1:29 PM

    Anybody but Dallas!

  113. Green n' Gold says: Aug 3, 2010 1:34 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    August 3, 2010 12:24 PM
    Only Packer fans can understand the weariness that comes from this charade. And the fact that it’s happening again only makes us smile because it couldn’t happen to a more deserving franchise.
    The Vikings have always been a second rate organization, from the sleazeball coaches (Dennis Green and his sexual harassment and abortion court cases to Tice selling his Superbowl tickets) to sleazeball players (Whizanator, Love Boat, and hitting bouncers on the head with metal pipes), the Vikings have always been jealous of the classier teams in the division, so much that they sign their ex players even if they are past their prime.
    I can only hope that this is a last nail in the coffin as the team prepares to head off to LA. Then, finally, we wouldn’t have to listen to the blowhards pronouncing this the year that they are going to win the Superbowl, despite the 50 years of evidence to the contrary.
    ——————————————————–PURE GENIUS. Great post!!

  114. Majik Bullet says: Aug 3, 2010 1:48 PM

    JimmySmith, get down off your high, borderline retarded horse. You think the Packers are high and mighty, do good saints? What about the purple drank dealers, coaches not paying taxes, backup tight ends drunk driving, running backs beating their wives, and a linebacker run cesspool of a night club that got shut down because of multiple criminal offenses.
    Yeah, 1st class organization there. Oh, and speaking of signing ex players, almost forgot picking up K-Rob off the Vikings scrap heap because he was too big of a scumbag for the Vikings, but not the classy Packers.

  115. dietrich43 says: Aug 3, 2010 1:51 PM

    “Remember the time Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime and the Mud Dogs won the bourbon bowl?”

  116. mojomnky says: Aug 3, 2010 2:03 PM

    Hey at least Brett’s daughter is smokin hawt.

  117. fbref99 says: Aug 3, 2010 2:43 PM

    all these stories on favre an not one post from percy……

  118. Andy says: Aug 3, 2010 2:43 PM

    Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored.
    Retire already.

  119. Jack Kennedy says: Aug 3, 2010 3:08 PM

    I find it amazing that NBC would allow your headline of “Expect Favre to end up playing after all” on the front page of a high-profile website. You are putting your credibility on the line with this one, and if you are wrong, expect web viewership to decrease exponentially.
    I guess this is what we get when the bloggers of the world pretend to be actual journalists….they lead in with opinion, not hard news.

  120. smokehouse says: Aug 3, 2010 3:09 PM

    I don’t care. I’ll watch Puppy Bowl VII on Animal Planet on Super Sunday anyway.

  121. steelers rule says: Aug 3, 2010 3:09 PM

    He is havong his period now. Aug 16 back in camp.

  122. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 3, 2010 3:48 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    “The Vikings have always been a second rate organization, from the sleazeball coaches (Dennis Green and his sexual harassment and abortion court cases to Tice selling his Superbowl tickets) to sleazeball players (Whizanator, Love Boat, and hitting bouncers on the head with metal pipes), the Vikings have always been jealous of the classier teams in the division…”
    _______________________________
    I hope you are not trying to insinuate the Packers into that mythic group of ‘classier teams in the division’.
    Hang on a sec… I’m laughing so hard I just peeed my pants…
    Lets review
    The Packers rape innocent children (Chmura) deal drugs, (Jolly) and bang and beat up hookers (Underwood). And all three will end up in “The Green Bay Packer Hall Of Fame”
    Now that is a classy ass team!
    Packer-trash are the most brainwashed inbred trailer trash in all of America. They all go through hypocrite training and learn how to point the finger…
    Well keep pointing Packer-trash and pretend you and your team are something they are not!

  123. ItsallaboutBrett says: Aug 3, 2010 3:57 PM

    I agree Florio. This is just another attempt for media attention which again has been extremely successful. Training camps have opened across the league and other NFL players have had the attention on them, but not today. He will play again, he just needs more adoration, butt kissing, and maybe more money, but he will be back.

  124. TFormation says: Aug 3, 2010 4:13 PM

    I like Rex Ryan’s take, “If it’s still true in week 5, I’ll be happy as heck.” And if it’s true when the Vikes play the Bears, I, too, will be happy as heck. But my gut says Brett will be back. After training camp.
    Personally, I just dislike the dishonesty of the whole thing. He’s not fooling anyone. The Saints aren’t going to let their guard down and not prepare for Brett because of this announcement.
    Just give the guy some kind of contractual exception that says “Brett does not have to do training camp.” There. Done. Not so hard.

  125. Twinkietoes says: Aug 3, 2010 4:15 PM

    C’mon you guys, this is FUN. What else have we got to talk about for the Vikings, their roster is set coming into camp so there is not much to write about. This will give Tavaris and Sage more time with the first team and will give them valuable exibition experience to step in if he goes down. I don’t care if he skips training camp, he knows the offence inside and out. In any event, look for Childress to visit him a couple more times, just to make it look good.

  126. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 3, 2010 4:48 PM

    Duck Fallas says:
    My fiance put it rather succinctly:
    “he’s a girl”
    ____________________
    You two guys crack me up…

  127. farmer says: Aug 3, 2010 5:59 PM

    Mike Florio says “Second, he needs an excuse for his own potential mediocrity”
    What’s your excuse, for your actual mediocrity, Florio?

  128. RC IV says: Aug 3, 2010 9:24 PM

    Duck Fallas says:
    My fiance put it rather succinctly:
    “he’s a girl”
    =======================
    Whats the gentlemans( fiances) name?

  129. NoGravyisaperv says: Aug 3, 2010 10:13 PM

    Douche, I didn’t know Jolly and Underwood were being considered for the Hall of Fame. I can’t wait for Favre to go into Canton with the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Michael Irvin and O.J. You see Canton has no rule eliminating players who are less than stellar citizens off the field. But hey integrity and professionalism abounds there. Hell, Minnesota sends its perverted men to our malls to pose as cops and molest our children.
    You go on living in that dream world where the Vikings actually have some class. The same one you, Contra, RC IV, Gravy and Perv can shop together for women’s clothes without fear.
    Oh, and I do believe Favre is coming back. He’s setting the stage to ride in on a white horse and save the team that has no chance without him. Maybe he’ll wait till you’re 2-4.
    Without Favre, the Bears and Packers contend for the division title.

  130. weezilgirl says: Aug 4, 2010 12:15 AM

    Hey, dudes, you need to believe me. The little ole lady from Texas. I told my friend that T.O. would NOT be able to play here without either doing something incredibly stupid or saying something incredibly stupid. Huh? I won the $$$$.
    Favre won’t retire. He will lie (like he did last time) and then he will TRY to come back. Maybe this time someone will toughlove ole Brett a bit and tell him to get his white ass out of town! THEN he will be retired from that team. :-)

  131. weezilgirl says: Aug 4, 2010 12:40 AM

    Hey, dudes, you need to believe me. The little ole lady from Texas. I told my friend that T.O. would NOT be able to play here without either doing something incredibly stupid or saying something incredibly stupid. Huh? I won the $$$$.
    Favre won’t retire. He will lie (like he did last time) and then he will TRY to come back. Maybe this time someone will toughlove ole Brett a bit and tell him to get his white ass out of town! THEN he will be retired from that team. :-)

  132. BlueKnight13 says: Aug 4, 2010 1:22 AM

    As a Saints fan, I think many of you (including the writer) are overly harsh on Favre. He was literally one play from the Super Bowl. I know folks don’t like his antics each off season but he is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. I think he’ll be back but don’t know if he will match his performance in 2009.

  133. RC IV says: Aug 4, 2010 8:56 AM

    NoGravyisaperv says:
    August 3, 2010 10:13 PM
    ============================
    What a useless poster.
    You are that pathetic you made a screen name focused on another poster?
    Thanks though, now I can skim by your name without having to read it.
    How sad a life you must live.

  134. Who is Mike Jones says: Aug 4, 2010 6:23 PM

    Will a real sports writer step up and write about this circus act and explain how its really playing out? The guy obviously has decided that he will play again. While his teammates gather at training camp to work on preparing for the season, Favre is throwing passes to a group of high school kids in his wranglers. If any other player tried this, they would be fined or reported as unexcused from camp. The Viking front office is pathetic! A so-called text message that he will retire results in a 16 million offer! Don’t worry Viking fans, your front office didn’t panic! There’s always that Jackson kid!

  135. NoGravyisaperv says: Aug 4, 2010 7:11 PM

    RC IV, Thanks, I’d consider than a compliment if you actually had any substance at all……..

  136. NoGravyisaperv says: Aug 4, 2010 10:05 PM

    RC IV
    Please do, your responses lack any logic or substance anyway

  137. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Aug 6, 2010 1:20 AM

    “Heck, it’s also possible that he never even goes to Minnesota before joining the team, and that he simply jumps the puddles between Hattiesburg to New Orleans, walks into the locker room, belts out a verse or two of Pants on the Ground, asks for a helmet, slaps a few asses, and tells his teammates that it’s time to go take care of unfinished business”
    ———————————————–
    Florio, that was actually pretty funny.

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