The Thing That Won’t Go Away (Part 2)

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 25, 2010

“Favre is whiskey, and the media drinks it, and we act stupid…..”

– Dan Patrick.

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — This may sound a little cheesy but I have become mentally constipated with all of this Brett Favre coverage. It started at 12:00 noon and ended at 12:00 midnight.

But after one week, the Brett Favre media blitz became too much for me to bear. As a result, I started cursing like Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan does on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

Please forgive me, Tony Dungy, but I simply had enough.

Over the years, Favre has been cheered for his competitiveness, booed for his betrayal, criticized for his calculated comebacks, and mocked for his misguided interceptions.

But after the best season of his career, where he completed 68.4 percent of his passes, threw 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, the former cheese-head, Green Bay gunslinger and now Minnesota Vikings quarterback, is back once again.

After Favre send a mysterious text message announcing his retirement to several of his team mates, which caused ESPN reporters to panic and hyperventilate while scrambling to collect and broadcast every stat that the bi-polar, Mississippi born quarterback has ever broken, he finally showed up in Minnesota to play football for the Vikings after missing 19 days of practice.

With his arrival, the text message was denied and the retirement story quickly erased from our memory. “We have been here before. Now, it’s an old hat.” said KFAN Sports Radio host Dan Barreiro.

“This sucking up to Brett, kissing his feet. We went through it last year. I tried to tell ya’ll that we just had to up the ante’ this year. Last year, it was enough, after Coach (Brad) Childress made a couple of phone calls late.” explained Barreiro on the Dan Patrick Show.

“This year, we knew it was going to be a matter of sending the wise men down to see the baby Jesus — Brett Favre himself — I guess to seal the deal.”

Yes, the deal has been sealed.

And unfortunately for backups Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, Favre will probably be the Vikings’ starting quarterback this year.

Favre, who has a rifle for an arm, can still fire footballs to wide receivers like Nolan Ryan threw fastball, looked a little rusty, however, after his four play preseason performance against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Despite Favre’s late start and early preseason departure, everybody, including head coach Brad Childress, seems to be happy that the gray bearded grandfather is playing football again.

But at 40-years old with aging ankles, which he described as “walking on broken glass” last year, can Brett Favre make it through a brutal 16-game season this year?

“I am not really excited about getting hit anytime soon.” confessed Favre.

Favre, who has the NFL records for passing TDs, passing yards, wins for a starting quarterback, consecutive starts, and interceptions really has nothing else to prove but for some odd reason he can’t seem to walk away from the game he loves.

“There is no substitute for NFL Sunday….”he admitted.

With that said, the question remains, however, weather this so-called ankle injury that sidelined Favre was a well orchestrated plan for more money, an excuse to miss practice, a quest for attention, or a simply a good ole country boy playing a game of possum?

We want know the truth until the season begins and ends.

But after all of the brouhaha, missed practices, some protein shakes, and a lot of pain killers, the 40 year old football fossil had the audacity to say in his first press conference after rejoining the Minnesota Vikings, “20 years and I am done. I promise, this is the last year of my contract.”

For some odd reason, I still don’t believe him.

As a result, the saga continues.

But Brett Favre remember this, Father Time forgets “nobody” and NO BODY!!!