Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Is This Really The End of Favre? Sorry, Don't Buy Into The Justification
After all this, it’s now hard to exactly assume that he’s retiring eternally, or whether he’ll announce a sudden comeback in the next week, once again emerge in headlines as the worldwide nuisance in sports, becoming the most annoying sports figure for creating weariness with the draining and tiring sagas.
The entire world is begging Brett Favre to either announce retirement or return for his 20th season, and attempt in anchoring the Minnesota Vikings possibly to the Super Bowl.
But the last thing the nation wants is Favrecenter absorbing all the attention on television and radio airwaves, as no one wishes to glance at a disrupting adventure, fatigued and burnt out of the self-centered, egomaniacal veteran. By reputation, he’s a perplexing riddle and selfishly interrupts the ethical state of a team when he forges a ruckus with his nagging comebacks.
It’s practical to postulate that Favre is the equivalent of an elderly man with a stubborn psyche, reluctant to surrender the livelihood of engineering a franchise because of passion and self-assurance. Ever since he emotionally announced his retirement during a teary-eyed press conference in 2008, he have taken us on an elusive, insane and long-lasting saga, enough to make us all weary of Favre’s customary transformations.
And since then, he has been grabbing everyone’s attention for seizing the summer months with all the nonsense and selfishness by keeping a franchise hostage. For the time being, the justification is another mystery when he reportedly told the Vikings he will not return in the fall and instead plans to retire after 19 seasons in the NFL. Is he done, finally? Don’t ask.
It’s hard to read the mind of Favre, not even a fortune teller can read the mind or forecast the future of an ever changeable veteran. But we can assume that he’s coming back, realizing Favre has a history of changing his mind and constantly weighing options as if he should return to the field on Sundays or hang up the cleats and toss the football from his backyard in the rural area of Mississippi.
For now, however, he’s mentally and physically tired of playing the game after mustering fame and individual plateaus, becoming the symbol of ambitious quarterbacks. As the mania of the Favre circus diminished every time he retired and came back seeking revenge or relishing the beauty of the sport, we were jaded of the insanity and dubious drama.
This ridiculous narrative begins periodically enough as it happens each summer with Favre needing much time to deliberate in a timeless soap opera, involving a diva-like star whose frolics disgusted the fans with the annoyance and egocentrics of the most accomplished quarterback. So how long will it last before he announces a return?
Considering that he’s withholding an authentic decision is simply to skip out on training camp or maybe it’s just hearsay. Or maybe he’s toying with the Vikings inability to plot a timetable or maybe he’s carefully contemplating, leaving the grandfather of quarterbacks with enough time for his ailing left ankle to heal.
When it comes to Favre, don’t believe everything you hear. When it comes to Favre, it could be a speculation and gossip. When it comes to Favre, he emotionally gets the itch and desires to return and absolutely refuses to escape the game, without weeping on how much he misses football, a game apparently uplifting the sanity of a controversial superstar who refuses to be aloof from the league.
Once again, is this the end?
Who knows what Favre’s motives are?
“Everything’s fluid,” coach Brad Childress said Tuesday morning. “This is a very fluid situation.”
During the conference, he was asked is this the end.
“I’m not a hearsay person,” he said. “I’m a horse-say person. I got to hear it from the horse’s mouth.”
If this is the end, Favre’s legacy always will live forever, and he’ll relatively be mentioned for his record-setting accomplishments and unforeseen exploits, but as he’s labeled as the most accomplished quarterback in NFL history, he’s also a self-absorbed, egomaniac. Fortunately, he never was a mercenary or an overbearing athlete and transcended as an adorable icon, even when he waffled his status and agitated the populace with his allowance of unfair advantages by missing minicamps and training camps.
But the unreasonable idea of Favre not showing up to training camp and participating in the rigorous task, was unfair to teammates as they were mandated to workout in preparations. Relatively speaking, he understandably has a bonding relationship with Childress and had leeway to arrive at the training facility when he pleased, given the options and free privileges unlike his teammates.
For instance, he allowed Favre to skip mandatory minicamps and training camps, but scolded explosive running back Adrian Peterson for missing out and instead traveling back home. There’s a possibility Childress could coax Favre to come back next fall, as he did when he phoned and visited the jobless quarterback, suddenly naming him the starter. If Favre owes someone another season, its Childress, who had tremendous confidence and trust in the ageless thrower. If there’s someone who can plead for the services of Favre, it would be Childress after bringing aboard the finest megastar.
Once again, is this the end?
He is, without hesitating, a coveted player with heart and guts to take abuse by getting knocked down to the turf and rising to his feet banged up and limping. But he might be done for good, willing to spend quality time with his wife, Deanna and kids who are enrolled in school in Minnesota. Maybe he’s ready to experience life outside of football, and be obligated to work in broadcasting. But the odds of Favre wearing a Vikings uniform next season are very high, prior to the common rituals that have fooled us, roughly.
Whenever he does decide to walk away from the game if not this year, he’ll be highly regarded in the same category as some of the all-time greats, and be accompanied by Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, John Elway and Dan Marino. But all his accomplishments are overshadowed by persistent gossip of retirement, though it was always fun and exciting to embrace the endowment of a middle-aged player. Hopefully, the departure of Favre isn’t a setback, reliving memories of last season when he tried rehabbing his injured shoulder which hadn’t healed completely and it forced him to retire. But he came back, of course.
He fooled us. He played a prank and had us laughing. What he has done the last few seasons, is toyed with fans, executives and teammates for his self-indulgence and self-centered nature. And now, he places the Vikings in a tough predicament. They are now Favreless—that is—if he retires for good.
But the average Minnesotan is greatly confident and imploring that he returns as their quarterback or else fifth-year quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is very probable of earning the starting nod at a fluctuant position. It seems unlikely that reserve Sage Rosenfels will be named starter and had an insufficient performance as the primary quarterback, but went the entire season without orchestrating a play last season. In the meantime, we know Favre is planning on retiring and texted Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, telling his teammates he’s departing for the last time, ending all the wishy-washiness.
But he’s letting his teammates down, walking out on a potential Super Bowl contender, a franchise that is now projected of dropping a significant amount and are no longer verified as a dangerous competitor, without the benefit of Favre’s ability to guide the Vikings and take pressure off Peterson and a speedy Percy Harvin. With a bottomless wide receiving core, he could have accumulated an incredible passer rating with the assistance of Sidney Rice and Shiancoe, but he’s chosen to leave at a time the Vikings are without a valuable successor to take over his position.
He is Brett Favre, people. Still, he hasn't signed retirement documents.
And this time it’s hard to believe that he’s truly done. Who knows? According to my senses, he’ll be back next fall.