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A year ago, Brett Favre retired from the New York Jets. The night he retired, I spoke with him, and he said he wouldn't change his mind because of how tough that would be on Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, who went out on a limb to acquire him and didn't do it with only one year in mind.
I asked Favre what he planned to do.
"I have no idea,'' he said. "I know I'm not going to replace throwing touchdown passes by cutting down three trees tomorrow. I do know this: I've gotten bored with everything in my life at some time. I love to hunt, but I get tired of that. I love to work on my property, but I get tired of that. We'll see. I foresee getting the impulse to play. But as good as Mike Tannenbaum has been to me, I could never bring myself to do it. I know I won't do it. If I did, I'd be putting the Jets in a tough spot, because I know they can't release me.''
I write this now only because I noticed Viking fans have rented a billboard in Favre's place of residence, Hattiesburg, Miss., urging him to come back and play. And there's little use in asking Favre how he feels about playing right now. He told Ed Werder the night of the playoff loss to the Saints he almost certainly wouldn't play, and now I'm hearing it's highly likely he will. But until Brad Childress sets a drop-dead date for Favre to tell him if he's playing -- and means it -- all of this is meaningless. I can tell you from bitter experience that Favre is going to change his mind a lot between now and whenever that date is.
Quote of the Week I
"We will operate as if we have a salary cap. We don't know if there is a new labor deal what the rules are going to be. We're doing a lot of guesswork here.''
Quote of the Week II
"There is no hangover, there is no carryover, it's a brand new season. We are well on our way to dealing with 2010.''
Quote of the Week III
"I got myself a tight end here!''
Stat of the Week
Well, $19 million should buy a collective bargaining, shouldn't it? That's the total 2008 earnings of the three-member NFL braintrust -- commissioner Roger Goodell, legal counsel Jeff Pash and executive vice president/business ventures Eric Grubman -- as divulged in the league's 2008 tax return. Pash is the league's chief negotiator with the players, and Grubman a valued business brain for the league. For the year, Goodell made $9.759 million, Pash $4.845 million and Grubman $4.453 million.
Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
When Drew Brees ruled over his Mardi Gras parade Sunday night, as part of the tradition he was toasted by a valued local figure. The local man, Sean Payton, decided that instead of lifting a glass and proposing something hokey, he'd turn the crowd on this way: by quickly putting on a visor, his Motorola headset, and giving Brees one final play for the 2009 season. The crowd, of course, roared.
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Sometimes you see a scene that is so car-wreckish you wish you could intercede, but you don't because it's none of your business.
Hertz car rental counter, 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles International Airport. There must be 75 people here, in line, waiting for cars both at the Gold counter and the regular counter, and in a situation like this, as tired as you are, there's nothing you can do. Get in line, hold it together, hope it's not an hour before you get your car, like it appears it will be, and just deal.
Except one woman just couldn't. Her husband was near the front of the line, and obviously he'd been in line for a while, and the wife waited outside with two young children. About every five minutes, she'd come in, glare at her husband and say something like:
"No car yet? What is taking you so long!''
"I knew we should have taken a cab! Why didn't we take a cab!''
And my personal favorite, with the two kids in tow: "I am soooooo tired! Can't you see how tired I am? Do something! Say something to them!''
I caught the eye of a guy behind me in line, and our looks said: "Thank God we won't be in that rental car tonight.''
Tweet of the Week
This was actually two Tweets, which I've combined.
"Hey Pete. Was just reading the MMQB bible and came across Jimmy Johnson's FB America Article u have in it. Funny or prophetic ... that his favorite band back then was Big Dick and the Extenders, now that he is a spokesman for Extenze ... Wow.''
--linemater, with an observant Tweet about the former Dallas and Miami coach who has signed on to do male-enhancement ads for a company called Extenze. It's true: I once saw Big Dick and the Extenders in the Florida Keys with Johnson and his then-girlfriend, Rhonda Rookmaaker.
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