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August 03, 2010

Brett Favre Retiring? QB Reportedly Will Not Return To Vikings : Brett Favre is indicating that he may be retiring, according to a series of tweets from Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The legendary quarterback has made a yearly habit of delaying his decision to return to football until the very last moment, but this year appears to be different, if Zulgad's sources are correct.

posted by BornIcon to football at 11:04 AM - 40 comments

Jay Glazer was just on the Dan Patrick show talking about how Brett Favre has told his Minnesota teammates that he retiring for real this time. Glazer is looking for confirmation now. The Strib is saying the same thing.

posted by NoMich at 11:02 AM on August 03

*yawn*

Great, so now the next month will be ESPN doing all Favre stories, like LeBron.

posted by scully at 11:08 AM on August 03

"Wolf!"

"Wolf!"

"Woooolf!"

"Why won't anyone believe me?!"

"WOOOOLF!"

posted by grum@work at 11:09 AM on August 03

"maybe one of the toughest human beings to ever walk the planet" - Jon Gruden on ESPN.

FFS, hyperbole much?

posted by scully at 11:10 AM on August 03

Whhops. I wrote this in today's huddle:

Jay Glazer was just on the Dan Patrick show talking about how Brett Favre has told his Minnesota teammates that he retiring for real this time. Glazer is looking for confirmation now. The Strib is saying the same thing.

posted by NoMich at 11:12 AM on August 03

"maybe one of the toughest human beings to ever walk the planet" - Jon Gruden on ESPN.

You'd seem pretty damn tough if you were jacked up on painkillers as much as Favre was during the early part of his career.

posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on August 03

Sorry. I'll back out of this thread. And I will be avoiding ESPN at least until week 1.

posted by scully at 11:29 AM on August 03

Hasn't this headline been double and triple posted before? Oh right, it's not us, it's Brett.

Of course this could just be a big ploy for ESPN's new series "Decisions that we don't care about". Next week Albert Haynesworth decides whether or not to run Shanny's shuttles.

On a serious note, I will miss the "Favre Watch" graphic that NFL Total Access runs 10 times a show.

posted by jc at 11:32 AM on August 03

I call bullshit.

If Judd Zulgad believes this, why doesn't he write it up in his own paper?

The Huffington Post is about as credible as Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey writing about medical science (which they do, with some frequency on HuffPo). It makes TMZ look like hard news.

Which, I guess, makes it the perfect place for a Brett Favre retirement piece.

posted by cjets at 11:33 AM on August 03

If everyone ignored these threads, both Favre and the threads would go away - he feeds off the attention, pay him no mind and he'll disappear.

posted by kokaku at 11:55 AM on August 03

I don't believe Favre. Unlike cjets, I believe Favre is probably spreading such rumors. However, Favre likely feels like he hasn't been receiving enough attention and wants more. So, he is doing the same thing he does every year - create drama.

posted by bperk at 11:56 AM on August 03

Should we just halt the posting on this?

Wouldn't we look and feel better if we ignored it rather than letting it run to 50 posts? Let other places get caught up in the hysterics.

posted by beaverboard at 12:06 PM on August 03

Wouldn't we look and feel better if we ignored it rather than letting it run to 50 posts?

I thought about that before I posted this but it's just so damn hard to ignore.

posted by BornIcon at 12:38 PM on August 03

Unlike cjets, I believe Favre is probably spreading such rumors.

I think Favre could be spreading them as well. And Huffpo, as the "magazine" of choice for celebrity "articles" is the perfect forum for this bullshit.

posted by cjets at 12:44 PM on August 03

And Huffpo, as the "magazine" of choice for celebrity "articles" is the perfect forum for this bullshit.

It's everywhere, not just huffpo (honestly, being on espn makes it more legit?).

posted by justgary at 12:50 PM on August 03

If Judd Zulgad believes this, why doesn't he write it up in his own paper?

This is 2010. Even print reporters break stuff on Twitter and blogs because they want to scoop electronic media.

I don't think this is a non-story. It may be a negotiating ploy by Favre to get more money, or more attention, but the reports of him telling teammates are persuasive.

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on August 03

It may be a negotiating ploy by Favre to get more money, or more attention, but the reports of him telling teammates are persuasive.

If this is about money, that would make Favre look even worse than his retiring/un-retiring tactic. Could it be about Favre wanting attention? Sure but Favre already gets more attention than the Kardashian clan.

All signs point to him calling it a career but would anyone be truly surprised if he came back to play this year?

posted by BornIcon at 01:13 PM on August 03

being on espn makes it more legit?

Good point.

Even print reporters break stuff on Twitter and blogs because they want to scoop electronic media.

I was going to say why not follow up with a story in his own paper? But he's done that.

Can it be about Favre wanting attention?

This. And I still call bullshit on the actual retirement.

posted by cjets at 01:21 PM on August 03

Heck, I just know we've been down this road so many times I could point out the scenery with my eyes closed.

If he's not on the field by week 16 I might consider this story to be a little more credible. I'll check back with everyone then.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:31 PM on August 03

If this is about money, that would make Favre look even worse than his retiring/un-retiring tactic. Could it be about Favre wanting attention? Sure but Favre already gets more attention than the Kardashian clan.

I don't think Favre cares how he looks. He's shown repeatedly that he is a first-ballot certainty in the Attention Whore Hall of Fame.

posted by rcade at 01:36 PM on August 03

So now, training camp already in full-swing, the guy decides to possibly retire? I should feel bad for the Vikings, but this is what they asked for when they decided to play his little games. Nothing but a selfish prick. People need to look past the "Aw, shucks" bullshit he's always trying to pass off on the public. The guy only cares about playing and/or winning to the point it looks good on him. Hopefully this is the real deal and we won't have to see any more sickening retirement press conferences.

Disappear, Brett.

posted by dyams at 01:51 PM on August 03

I don't think Favre cares how he looks. He's shown repeatedly that he is a first-ballot certainty in the Attention Whore Hall of Fame.

Good point.

Even if Favre is done, I believe the Vikings can do some damage with Tavaris Jackson as their QB.

posted by BornIcon at 01:56 PM on August 03

Until all 16 games are played in week 1 without Favre under center for some team or another, I'm just gonna go ahead and assume he's not retiring...

posted by MeatSaber at 02:40 PM on August 03

Favre retiring? I'll believe it when the 2012 season starts and he still has not stepped back on the field. Maybe 2013.

posted by graymatters at 02:42 PM on August 03

I think Favre values the consecutive games streak too much to skip a year...

posted by MeatSaber at 03:06 PM on August 03

He could skip 5 years and not lose the record.

posted by yerfatma at 03:09 PM on August 03

Mike Florio doesn't believe it.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 03:27 PM on August 03

Favre is one of my all time favorites. I wish we could have Brett for one more year minus all of the drama. I love to watch him play. He brings a certain magic to the game. But with that being said, enough is enough. Just retire already and go mow grass or do whatever it is you do in Mississippi. So long #4.

posted by sgtcookzane at 09:51 PM on August 03

In the words of Toshiro Mifune: "Torpedoes! Bombs! Torpedoes! Bombs!"

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:14 PM on August 03

Who is Brett Favre?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:30 PM on August 03

So this time it only took him 1 day to reverse his decision (if you believe all the various reports of text messages he sent to teammates saying he WAS retiring).

posted by bdaddy at 12:58 PM on August 04

Reportedly those aren't the only text messages he's been sending.

posted by bender at 01:14 PM on August 04

Nice.

posted by dyams at 01:57 PM on August 04

Reportedly those aren't the only text messages he's been sending.

From that story, one of the comments:

Knowing Brett, he was probably trying to send them to Suzy Kolber but they got picked off.

posted by tommytrump at 04:31 PM on August 04

I'm curious...Is sexting a pick up line now? Am I supposed to take one look and decide that I have got to have that?

posted by yzelda4045 at 04:47 PM on August 04

Wow, while Deadspin isn't exactly the New York Times, if their story pans out to be true Favre needs to just go away.

I've been a big fan of Favre's, and I do think he makes the Vikings a much better team, however, I don't see him playing if this story is valid.

Seriously, how does a celebrity not understand that sending naked pictures might be a bad idea...especially if you're married???

posted by dviking at 04:58 PM on August 04

Seriously, how does a celebrity not understand that sending naked pictures might be a bad idea...especially if you're married???

And wearing Crocs, no less!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:30 PM on August 04

I was kinda okay with letting the croc thing slip by...with you on it...just was going to let it pass.

posted by dviking at 08:18 PM on August 04

As a diehard Packer fan (and avowed Favre-hater since his Benedict Arnold) you'll get nothing but snickering from me over here.

posted by evixir at 07:43 PM on August 05

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