Enough with the annual retirement ritual, Brett

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Just as the Chicago Cubs have become a non-story almost every August lately, Brett Favre is quickly in jeopardy of joining them.

This is the fourth time he has announced his retirement. It is also the fourth time he’s withdrawn it. Enough already, Brett! The shock value and newsworthiness are quickly wearing thin with me. Granted, I was never a fan of yours when you wore the gold and green. I thought you made the wrong decision when you went to New York. I was tired of your shtick!

I have to admit, I did find a new respect for you when you showed you still could compete at a fairly high level when you were surrounded with a decent team in Minnesota. One game away from the Super Bowl warrants that respect!

Now, it’s that time of year again when you play your games with the media and the fans. It’s getting as old as Jane, our Rockford resident dinosaur. If you think you can still play, play! If your ankle or any other malady forces you into retirement, go quietly and enjoy your family and all the fruits of your labors.

My gut instinct is we’ll see you on the field once training camp is over. I’m thinking your modus operandi is to talk about retirement while your teammates are sweating their numbers off this month at two-a-days.

I don’t blame you for not wanting to join them. I wouldn’t want to, either, at your age and with your credentials. Although I would have the intestinal fortitude to admit it and just say, “Hey, I’m freaking Brett Favre, I don’t need another training camp, and I’ll see you on the field on opening day!”

I think that would be more respectful and more newsworthy than this ritual that is quickly becoming a rite of August.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the Aug. 11-17, 2010 issue

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