Any columnist who says good riddance to Brett Favre is kidding. All this feigned outrage at his on-again, off-again retirement is misplaced. So what if he had trouble deciding. The bottom line is the NFL is more entertaining with him on the field, and if he wants to change his mind again down the road, that's just fine with me.
Don't blame Favre for turning his flirtation with the Vikings into a media circus. Major news outlets didn't have to camp reporters in Hattiesburg. If everyone really wanted him to go away so badly, they could have ignored him.
People have ripped Favre and the Vikings for weeks now. Some say that head coach Brad Childress was sending a message that he didn't have faith in quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. Of course Childress didn't trust them. These are journeyman quarterbacks. This sudden concern about their feelings is ridiculous. One of those guys is going to lose the job anyway. Are people going to be upset when Childress doesn't show faith in Jackson by picking Rosenfels over him?
Then there's this notion Favre owed the Packers, the Vikings or the media something. As if his lack of clarity was hurting teams or making reporters' jobs harder. NFL teams are usually pretty ruthless and rarely act out of sentiment. Why should any player act any differently? If the Packers wanted him back, they could have had him. If the Vikings weren't interested, they could have told Favre months ago. As for the media, Favre never needs to apologize to them. He's sold more papers and magazines than any player in the league and has been a one-man TV ratings machine.
One of the reasons Favre does draw so much attention is because there were plenty of signs last year that he could still be effective. He's not like Jerry Rice, who was clearly just a role player by the time he made his final rounds. Favre threw six touchdowns in a game last year. Will Jackson or Rosenfels ever do that?
Even as Favre was falling apart at the end of the season, many of his mistakes were mental, not physical. His torn biceps didn't cause him to throw screen passes into opposing defensive lineman's arms. If Favre were more focused and comfortable in Minnesota, a lot of the problems he had at the end of last year could go away.
Favre would have had success in Minnesota. He knows the offense well and would have benefitted tremendously from having that offensive line and Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Rosenfels or Jackson probably makes this a borderline wild card team, but Favre could have added a win or two.
Perhaps the least impactful argument against Favre is that he was wasting our time. What else do we have better to do? Yes, there's a soap opera quality to Favre, but it's all entertaining. It'd be even more fun if he came back later this season. If you don't think so, don't watch if he does flip-flop down the road.