Every once in a while, or more often, we engage in rank speculation. It depends on our mood.
And right now I’m in the mood for some rank speculation. (Blame it on Christmas.)
Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Minnesota today for a series of meetings and to attend the historic open-air game at TCF Bank Stadium between the Bears and Vikings. Four days ago, Goodell met directly with former Jets in-house sideline reporter Jenn Sterger in connection with the ongoing investigation into Favre’s alleged behavior in 2008, when he was the Jets’ quarterback.
So what if Favre feared that Goodell was going to request a sit-down, at which time Favre would be asked questions about any potential conflicts between the things Favre told NFL V.P. of security Milt Ahlerich and the information Sterger has given to the league? We can think of no better way for Favre to duck the session than to suddenly be upgraded from “out” to “questionable” on the injury report. Now that he’ll be worked out by trainers 2.5 hours before the game and that he otherwise needs to digest the game plan, Favre will be too busy to meet with Goodell.
Then again, if Goodell really wants to talk to Favre, Goodell can push the issue. But with time running out on any decision that would impact Favre before Favre exits the NFL’s jurisdiction once and for all, every day that passes before Favre would be asked follow-up questions will make it more difficult for the NFL to punish him, especially if the NFL otherwise is faced with a he-said/she-said situation that can’t be resolved in any forum other than a court of law.
If Favre ultimately doesn’t play, our rank speculation could be right on the money.