Analysis: Watch These Days for Favre Itch-Scratching
By Jay Sorgi
Over the last two years, since Brett Favre's first retirement with the Green Bay Packers, more conspiracy theories have seemingly come out of the woodwork than the ones connected to the assassination of President Kennedy.
With the words of Scott Favre to TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Lance Allan, and those of Favre himself to NFL Network's Steve Mariucci, there are many more that are chomping through the woodwork like termites.
Seeing those things, it certainly brings about the idea that this Favre saga isn't over, and the itch will return.
Steve Young, an NFL Hall of Famer (like Favre will be in a few years), explained on ESPN that on Sundays, Favre will feel so much pain for leaving the game he loves, but that there are many other things in life that he can now enjoy.
But will he want to enjoy Deanna, his kids, his tractor and the other things, or will that itch be too much not to scratch?
Watch these dates for a potential itch to come:
1) Monday, August 31st
That's the Monday before the last preseason game. If Favre is simply bluffing and really does want to play - and thinks he can play - with the Vikings for a full season, he probably will think he wants one week to get into the Vikings system that he knows so well.
In other words, he wants to play, but doesn't want the grind of training camp.
2) Monday, September 28th
That's when the Minnesota Vikings could come off a 1-2 record after losses on the road at Cleveland and vs. San Francisco, seeing the quarterback quandary they have with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, and Brad Childress makes a call to Favre begging for his help.
Brett probably wouldn't have to say much, considering the next opponent on the schedule: the Packers.
Cue that jet to the Twin Cities from Hattiesburg.
3) The day Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Donovan McNabb get injured and have to sit out for more than just a week or two.
Those quarterbacks all belong to teams Favre would jump at playing for. New England, Indianapolis and Philadelphia are perennial playoff teams with quarterbacks who would probably keep their starting job, even with Favre on the roster.
New Orleans? Perhaps not Super Bowl worthy, but you know Favre would love to at least consider having perhaps the most potent offense in the NFL with Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Lance Moore at his disposal - with a short commute home anytime he wants.
4) The day NFL playoff rosters must be finalized.
If you don't see Favre on an NFL roster by that point, he truly will be done with his career...unless he decides to pull a Steve DeBerg and play five years after his first retirement.
We all know Favre has the will to do such a thing, and I'd put nothing past him.
Considering that, it may be a few years before we really can put the tractor watch in the garage for good, because as countless NFL defenders, prognosticators, pundits and frustrated fans will admit, you never know what Brett Favre will do.
That's what makes Brett Favre so fascinating and will keep our attention far beyond this third decision of retirement.