Favre On Letterman: A Postscript

Impressions from last night’s Late Show with David Letterman:

1. Favre’s leaning more and more toward coming back. I hate to say that, because the only stain on Favre’s legacy (well, besides those hundreds of interceptions) is the irritatingly wishy-washy way he’s handled the questions of his retirement for what seems like the last forty years. But when given the opportunity to definitively lay to rest the growing rumors of a comeback, Favre simply can’t do it. He instead adds fuel to the fire by admitting that “something’s bound to happen” when training camp time rolls around and by not responding to Letterman’s statement of “this makes me think you’re not retired.”

2. It’s clear that Favre would play forever if he could just show up at game time and play. He admitted during the interview that he’s gone hunting on game days and he joked with Letterman about desiring changes to his “summer schedule training regime.” One wonders if these jokes had ever come up in a more serious manner in discussions with Packers brass. Is it so impossible to think that perhaps Favre had approached Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy with some Roger Clemens-esque demands for less hours? If he had, was the reason he retired related to the breaking down of those talks? Is it impossible to think that perhaps if Favre hadn’t explored that avenue with the Packers before, he’s seriously thinking about it now? If any NFL player has earned the right to set his own schedule with any NFL team, it has to be Favre with the Packers.

3. Clearly Favre was uncomfortable discussing Aaron Rodgers. Here Favre came across like a jilted lover who couldn’t believe the Packers had moved on without him, sort of like when Brenda Walsh broke up with Dylan McKay but couldn’t tolerate the sight of him going out with other guys. They eventually got back together; are Favre and the Packers due for the same fate? Favre is smart enough to brush aside talk of Rodgers because the heinous impact on Rodgers is the dark side of any potential Favre comeback and Favre wants to avoid being portrayed as a bad guy screwing over someone else’s career.

4. Favre was completely believeable in his response to whether the Packers’ inability to sign Randy Moss was a factor in his retirement. Favre was smart enough to know that Moss wasn’t going to leave New England this past offseason and any spectaculation was simply fodder for talk radio and blogs like this one. 

5. Despite being the most overexposed female on the planet who isn’t a troubled singer with mental problems or a star of a Disney Channel sitcom with her dad, I find it impossible to dislike Tina Fey. And I’m trying, especially when she jokes about how little she sees her 2-1/2 year old daughter. But hey, 30 Rock is a fantastic show and her new movie looks very funny.  And if I’m honest with myself, do I worry about how much time male celebrities spend with their children? Not really. But child neglect or no child neglect, Fey is all over the place and we could use a break. Send Catherine O’Hara to tide us over while she’s gone.

So, final thoughts: I do believe now that Favre is not done and will attempt a comeback, probably with a different team. Unless Rodgers injuries himself in the offseason, which is not entirely unlikely given his history. The comeback will be closer to Michael Jordan with the Wizards than to Michael Jordan’s second stint with the Bulls. Favre will still be a God to Packer Nation, but a comeback will taint his legacy somewhat. Sort of like how Letterman’s legacy is tainted by his guest spot on Mork & Mindy.


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