It was reported today that Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre intends to retire rather than return for a second season with Minnesota, a story that won’t likely go away for some time. This is because, aside from our frenetic 24-hour news cycle, no one can be certain if this report will prove to be true.
Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us three times, and you’ll be the lead on ESPN’s "SportsCenter" for no less than a week--barring the unforeseeable, of course. The Favre-Watch could be bumped by say, a knife fight between LeBron James and Dan Gilbert or, perhaps, Jerry Jones constructing a device to block out the sun.
Anything less, and we'll be facing a ubiquitous daily debate of will he-won't he, although, at this point, most fans can't help but believe he will return. This feeling of skepticism was at the heart of many Cowboys’ comments in reaction to the story, which ranged from the reverential to the incredulous to the funny, and sometimes all three at once.
“Hasn't he [retired] already?” asked linebacker DeMarcus Ware. “I would keep doing the same thing. I would keep trying to play. He can do it.”
Receiver Patrick Crayton, coming off the field at the Alamodome, sounded as tired of the annual Favre-watch as the most embittered Packers fan, saying, "Is that big news? It's every year. It's like Groundhog Day for him. ... Nah, I'm not buying it at all, man. They've still got what, a month left in training camp? Give him about a week and a half. He'll change his mind.''
“Again?'' Phillips joked. “Just use the same quotes I had last year, and the year before that.”
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