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Brett Favre Retires after 19 Seasons, Maybe

Just in case you haven’t heard, and I’m guessing you have, Brett Favre is retiring, we think.  The 19-year veteran has reportedly texted a number of Vikings players stating, “This is it,” league sources told NFL Insider Adam Schefter.  An annoucement from Favre is expected at some point later today.

While Favre’s decision will certainly have an impact on the Vikings’ season, it will also impact the Cardinals as well.  Arizona will play the Vikings in Week 8 at Minnesota, which, unlike Favre’s plans, will not change.  Say what you want about Favre, but playing the Vikings without him sounds much better than playing them with him.  What seemed like a very challenging road game against an NFC favorite has quickly turned into a much more do-able game.  Don’t get too excited because the 49ers also play Minnesota in Week 2 at Candlestick.  So if both teams beat the Favre-less Vikings, it doesn’t really make a difference.

So Brett Favre isn’t going to “retire” and then come back and sign with the Cardinals, but what if he did?  The 15 year old kid in me thinks that would be “totally awesome.”  The “responsible adult” in me also thinks that Favre would make the Cardinals a better team in 2010, probably significantly better, but at what cost (damn that responsible adult)?  Adding Brett Favre won’t see us through Warner withdrawals.  Kurt’s gone and the Cardinals would have to face up to that fact even with Favre because let’s face it, replacing one aging veteran with another is almost never the answer.   Arizona has to find the quarterback of tomorrow, not the quarterback of right now.  It’s time to throw Matt Leinart into the pool and see if he can swim.

On another note, I just can’t understand the media types that take Favre’s (in)decision so personally.  It’s as if he’s literally slapping them in the face.  Athletes, in  my opinion, owe the public very little.  Certainly, they owe the public the respect owed to any human being, and of course, a little more leeway considering the media-athlete relationship is symbiotic in nature.  To call into question a man’s career, character, and anything else the media deems fit to tarnish is mystifying.  At the end of the day, whether Favre decides to play football is just a decision by a man regarding whether or not he wants to continue his current job, playing football.  Granted it’s a highly public, highly compensated job, but that’s something the media, sports leagues, and the viewing public did, not the players.  Those high salaries wouldn’t be possible if we stopped attending and watching games, but we like sports.  In my opinion, Brett Favre could take until 5 minutes before the first snap of the season to decide what he wants to do.  There are obviously ethical guidelines on fair dealings in business involved, but if the people calling the shots for the Vikings are okay with Favre’s style of business, why should anyone else have anything to say?  I can’t think of any other reason besides it gets press.


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3 Responses to “Brett Favre Retires after 19 Seasons, Maybe”

  1. Brad ONeiLL says:

    vikings announce they have lured kurt warner out of retirement. he he he. now that would be a story.

  2. Charlie says:

    oh yeah just like if http://www.mypockettourguide.com made it big! hahah

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