Favre back for more

TED WYMAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Apparently Brett Favre has been channelling George Costanza these last couple of years.

He's doing everything in opposite.

When he says he's retired it means there is absolutely no chance that he actually is.

After going through his most tiresome mind-changing routine last season before finally returning and forcing a nasty divorce with the Green Bay Packers, Favre had a mediocre season with the New York Jets and then immediately resumed his favourite pastime of off-season waffling.

He retired again this winter but immediately started listening to overtures from the Minnesota Vikings and brought his never-ending soap opera out of hiatus.

Sports writers, broadcasters and bloggers from around North America resumed their daily musings on which way Favre was leaning until the future Hall-of-Famer finally put all the speculation to rest by telling the Vikings just before training camp that he intended to stay retired.

On that day, Favre as much as told the world that he was definitely coming back.

Anyone who was listening immediately recognized his opposite-speak.

Surely Favre would soon be a Viking.

He didn't let us down.

Favre, one of the NFL's all-time greatest quarterbacks, returned to the NFL yesterday, joining the Vikings in time for the coming season.

We won't say he came out of retirement because technically you have to actually have some time away from the game to be retired.

Favre has never missed a game since 1992. He started every game for the Jets last year and presumably will do so for the Vikings in 2009.

The big question is what is his motivation? What is it that simply won't allow him to give up the ghost even when his mind and body have told him numerous times to call it a career?

Hopefully it's his insatiable lust for the game of football, a desire to win and a longing to stay active in the sport he loves as long as humanly possible.

Hopefully, this is not about revenge for the 39-year-old, three-time MVP.

Hopefully, Favre is not doing this because he can't get his unceremonious breakup with the Packers out of his head.

He has now signed with a division rival of the Packers and will get a chance to play his old team twice, including once at Lambeau Field, where the reaction of the crowd will be as anticipated as the appearance of the man wearing No. 4 and a purple, horned helmet.

Favre is an icon on par with Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi in Wisconsin and though his legacy has been tarnished by his recent indecision, fans will never forget what he did for the organization.

Unfortunately, they may also be left with the memory of a player who couldn't walk away and turn the other cheek but instead signed with an arch-rival just to stick it to their beloved team.

Perhaps all will be forgiven when he eventually does retire, but how will we know when that day comes?

On the day he says he is definitely not retiring, of course.


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