I’m not going to waste too much time on Brett Favre’s most recent return, simply because there have been too many of them. Here are some quick thoughts…
1. I’m not convinced things are going to be as peachy early on for Favre and the Vikings this year as they were last year. And that’s because the schedule is stacked against Minnesota early. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if a peek at the schedule factored into Favre’s temporary retirement two weeks ago. Here’s a look at the first eight weeks of the Vikings’ season, along with my prediction for each game:
Week 1: at New Orleans (loss)
Week 2: vs. Miami (win)
Week 3: vs. Detroit (win)
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: at New York Jets (loss)
Week 6: vs. Dallas (win)
Week 7: at Green Bay (loss)
Week 8: at New England (loss)
Seriously. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Vikings were 3-4 headed into their Week 9 game against Arizona. The early bye week also means Favre will have to go 12 consecutive weeks on that bad ankle. Not easy.
2. Exactly two weeks ago, on Aug. 3, news of Favre’s apparent “retirement” shattered the football world (sarcasm). And NFL Network went live all day. And ESPN devoted what felt like 45 minutes per hour to No. 4. The sports world stopped because Favre had reportedly sent a few text messages indicating that he was considering stepping aside.
What a waste of an entire day of resources, time, energy and money that was. When will we learn our lesson?
3. No new contract yet for Favre, but the press conference regarding his return isn’t supposed to take place until later on Wednesday, so there’s still time for Favre to get a raise. Based on what went down in this process, I doubt Favre will ask for or receive any more money, but the Vikings reportedly offered him a $3 million boost earlier this month.
4. How awesome is this story? I mean, three veteran players fly down to Favre and basically persuade the guy to come back just by spending some time with him on his Mississippi ranch. In the midst of training camp, Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell simply leave town and become recruiters. And they do a sweet job. Not bad, although Hutchinson noted it wasn’t as fanciful as it sounds.
“I wish I had some sort of fairy-tale story about the way it all happened, but it really was not a big moment or anything.”
5. I was struck by the way in which Tarvaris Jackson reacted to the news of Favre’s return:
“Honestly, I really don’t care,” Jackson said. “I feel like if my number is called I’ll be ready and I’m going to continue to try and work hard and get better. That’s all I can do. My teammates, that’s their prerogative. I can’t really control that. I’m just going to do my part.”
He doesn’t care? Perfect….