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Zanguini
08-18-2009, 04:32 PM
Hmm Next year when he retires. I'm not going to consider him retired until the super bowl.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre's latest retirement lasted all of three weeks.

The three-time MVP has done an about-face for the second time in as many years and will play for the Minnesota Vikings this season.

If the wait for Favre's decision seemed neverending, it was resolved Tuesday in a few short hours: the 39-year-old Favre jumped on a team plane in Mississippi and was picked up at the St. Paul airport by coach Brad Childress himself. The two drove to the team's practice facility, where Favre waved to hundreds of cheering fans.

No less than 90 minutes later, Favre was on the field in his familiar No. 4 jersey with purple shorts and a purple helmet, a vision that has had Packers fans cringing for months. He shook hands with a few of his new teammates and quickly began throwing as fans peeked through the security fence to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

Shortly after practice began, the Vikings confirmed the agreement that seemed so inevitable all summer, only to be held up on July 28 when the man who holds every major NFL career passing record told Childress he wasn't ready to play, citing a lack of confidence in his beat-up body to hold up over an entire season.

Childress and Favre were expected to discuss the change of heart at a news conference later Tuesday.

Childress a few weeks ago said he had not planned to pursue Favre after he said he was staying retired. And yet here comes Favre, once reviled by a Vikings fan base that hustled to welcome him to town.

"I don't have any problem rooting for one of the greatest quarterbacks ever," said Phil Setala, a 23-year-old from Minneapolis who was at practice proudly wearing a purple No. 4 jersey.

Even the governor chimed in.

"It's going to be good for the team. It's going to be good for the state. It's going to be exciting," a giddy Gov. Tim Pawlenty said after a speech.

Last month, Favre explained his decision by saying he had to be "careful not to commit for the wrong reasons."

"I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name," he said.

He has a lot of interceptions to his name, too, more than any other quarterback in NFL history. The last time Favre appeared in the playoffs -- a bitter loss at Lambeau Field by the Packers to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game following the 2007 season -- he put up one of his worst performances in recent memory.

Now the question becomes how Favre will fit in with a team that is already done with the grind of training camp, not to mention how his health will hold up so soon after he questioned it. Favre had arthroscopic surgery to fix his throwing shoulder in May.

The Vikings got an encouraging performance in their preseason opener last week from quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who has been competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job, but neither of them have been consistently sharp in practice this month.

And neither is anywhere in Favre's league. His zinger of an arm and toughness in the pocket are a combination few possess. With an offense he claimed this summer he could operate in his sleep, Favre seems to fit well with Minnesota -- epecially given the Vikings' problems finding a reliable quarterback since Childress took over in 2006.

The Vikings have Pro Bowl players all over their roster, with reigning NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson in the backfield and a dominant defensive line. No matter who's behind center, they ought to be in position to defend their NFC North title.

To win the conference, and perhaps that elusive Super Bowl, they'll need stability at the sport's most critical position.

Favre has wrestled with retirement for most of this decade and the will-he-or-won't-he saga became an annual offseason drama for the Packers, his longtime home. In Green Bay, the latest news elicted a few shrugs, little more.
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A few months after Favre's tearful goodbye news conference in March 2008, Green Bay traded him to the Jets when he tried to come back, only to learn the Packers were committed to Aaron Rodgers. Favre started strong in New York, but faded down the stretch amid problems with his throwing arm and, with another "I'm done" announcement, headed for his second retirement.

The Jets released him from his contract right after the draft and soon after, the Vikings were openly expressing interest. Favre spent the summer working out in Mississippi and led everyone to believe he was on his way back to the NFL until last month.

"It was the hardest decision I've ever made," Favre told ESPN then. "I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable."

Terez
08-18-2009, 05:31 PM
I can't really blame him for not wanting to stay home in the Kil'.

Weird Harold
08-18-2009, 07:55 PM
Hmm Next year when he retires. I'm not going to consider him retired until the super bowl.
I'm not going to consider Favre retired until somebody drives a stake in his heart and buries him at a crossroad by moonlight. :D The Vikings must be in really sad shape if Favre is going to improve their chances for a Superbowl appearance.

Davian93
08-18-2009, 07:59 PM
Perhaps he ran out of Oxy's and needed an excuse for his doctor to give him more.

Favre is an attention whore.

Ivhon
08-18-2009, 09:13 PM
Favre retired/unretired again?

*yawn*

I lost respect 6 months ago.

Davian93
08-18-2009, 09:16 PM
Favre retired/unretired again?

*yawn*

I lost respect 6 months ago.

I lost respect 2 years ago.

He's at the Roger Clemens 2nd Yankees tour part of his career now...wants ESPN to follow his every move for 6 months (and they've completely obliged him). I stopped following ESPN at all because of that crap...and their unending obsession with RedSox/Yankees.

Zanguini
08-18-2009, 09:21 PM
espn does have a noticeable east coast bias. But fox balances them out with a substantial east coast bias. I only watch espn during the fall because they do have the best college football coverage. And with the new contract with the SEC Arkansas will have every game televised except for the first, but i dont mind that because its against south east west central missouri tech state polytechnic institute of technology.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-19-2009, 08:07 AM
Traitor.

Ivhon
08-19-2009, 09:29 AM
espn does have a noticeable east coast bias. But fox balances them out with a substantial east coast bias. I only watch espn during the fall because they do have the best college football coverage. And with the new contract with the SEC Arkansas will have every game televised except for the first, but i dont mind that because its against south east west central missouri tech state polytechnic institute of technology.

Quality SEC West game....

Kurtz
08-19-2009, 07:39 PM
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Zanguini
08-19-2009, 09:40 PM
at least it is competitive any given week any team can win. Every team with the exception of ole miss has won the west within the last ten years. when was the last time northwestern, indiana, or stanford won thier respected divisions?

irerancincpkc
08-20-2009, 03:54 PM
Well, like it or not, Farve does improve the Vikings chance of winning. I'd take a 40 year old Farve over Rosenfels or Jackson any day of the week...

Davian93
08-20-2009, 04:43 PM
Well, like it or not, Farve does improve the Vikings chance of winning. I'd take a 40 year old Farve over Rosenfels or Jackson any day of the week...

And he'll make all those NFC North defensive backs look good too with all the balls he'll simply air up there hoping for a catch.

irerancincpkc
08-21-2009, 12:36 PM
And he'll make all those NFC North defensive backs look good too with all the balls he'll simply air up there hoping for a catch.
He's always thrown like that, and most of the time he finds a way to win.

Sinistrum
08-21-2009, 01:24 PM
Hey, if someone is willing to pay you $25 mil over two years, you'd come out of retirement too. Seriously folks, its not that big of a deal. He's a football player and the Vikings are a football team. That's the nature of the business. Who cares if he said he was going to retire and changes his mind? Its his life and his career and as long as there are teams willing to sign him, he is entitled to play.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-21-2009, 01:30 PM
But... The VIKINGS!!!! They're like The Coybows 'cept without the class!

Zanguini
08-21-2009, 02:40 PM
and they are the packers arch nemesis

Sinistrum
08-21-2009, 03:25 PM
Oh foolish fans expecting loyalty out of players.

Sei'taer
08-21-2009, 04:12 PM
Oh foolish fans expecting loyalty out of players.

I'da thought baseball would have taught all y'all this lesson already.

Birgitte
08-21-2009, 06:05 PM
What's annoying to me is that he just seems to be manipulating teams for his own benefit to the point of holding out just so he doesn't have to go to training camp. Who cares if it's better for the team if he trains with them? Not Brett Favre. He just wants his paycheck and to be able to sit on his ass for as long as possible. Granted, it's quite possible I have facts wrong there. I don't exactly watch ESPN other than the little I catch while at work. But that's what I got from it.

RogueSavior
08-21-2009, 08:16 PM
A.) Our archrival is Chicago. We just hate the Vikes too. We'd hate the Lions, but hating retards is frowned upon in polite society.

B.) Fuck Brett. That is all. He'll go into the Hall of Fame in our colors, but he just lessened the chance his number is officially retired. I predict a Pete Rose treatment by the Packers - sure, his number won't be be 'retired,' but it won't be assigned to anyone, either.