C'mon Brett, make up your mind!

PackerReport.com's Steve Lawrence, like many Packers fans, is frustrated with Brett Favre and his inability to decide if he wants to play football another season or not. Lawrence provides his take the quarterback's indecision.

Maybe Mark Chmura is right. Maybe Brett Favre is selfish.

"I don't know why you guys wasted a trip down here," Favre chided the media horde who had gathered in Tunica, Miss., to take part in Favre's news conference on Saturday morning.

"There is life aside from my decision. ... There are other things to do during the off-season," Favre said when asked to make a statement to the fans who await his decision.

Nice try, Brett. But you - and only you - are to blame for Packers Nation prying themselves out of bed at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday.

It was, after all, your very own personal assistant, Becky Stuart, who told an Associated Press reporter: "You've got to get up early if you want the scoop."

With reporters scurrying for confirmation that Saturday would, indeed, be the day the great Favre finally would make up his mind, countless calls were placed to the Packers and Favre's agent, Bus Cook. Certainly, with all of those phone calls, Favre had to know the firestorm Stuart had created.

If Favre had just a little courtesy, he could have informed Cook and the Packers that no major announcement was going to be made Saturday. From there, they could have passed along to reporters - and, therefore, to you - that Stuart needs a muzzle and nothing was going to come out of Saturday's gathering.

Aside from the inconvenience it caused reporters, it greatly inconvenienced the fans, many of whom cherish the once-a-week chance to get a few extra winks of sleep.

Instead, the speculation boiled over. Fans, who love Favre, stumbled out of bed, rubbed the crusties from their eyes, fumbled for the coffee pot and staggered toward the remote control. Then they waited. And waited. And waited. The 7:30 a.m. news conference finally started at 8:20 a.m. And for what? Why did Packers Nation put their lives on hold?

"No change. I don't know," Favre said when asked immediately if he had made a decision.

You waited for Favre to crack that sly grin, and then to add that he would play one more season for the Packers.

But that comment would not be forthcoming. Not today. Not tomorrow. Who knows, perhaps not even this coming week or next week or next month.

At this rate, Favre will make his decision sometime shortly before Aaron Rodgers announces his retirement.

I can't blame Favre for laboring over this decision. As I've written before, I remember my dad being unable to decide whether he wanted to retire. And that was for a 9-to-5 factory job with Social Security benefits beckoning.

Favre's decision clearly is more difficult. He's young, in real-life years, at least, and, the 29 interceptions aside, anyone who paid the smallest bit of attention to last year's games can see that Favre certainly could be an effective player for another year or three. Then when you consider the fun, the locker-room camaraderie and the $10 million, you realize that walking away from it all is a tough decision.

But this madness must stop. Favre was right, without saying as much, in telling fans and reporters to get a life. But he brings this on himself. Don't tell the Green Bay Press-Gazette that you might make up your mind as soon as this weekend, then schedule a news conference and allow your personal assistant to hint that you are going to announce that decision.

Maybe it's just the lack of sleep, but I can't imagine I'm the only one who cares less and less every day about what Favre plans to do.

Fans worship Favre, and they've donated millions to his Brett Favre Fourward Foundation. Favre should return that love to the fans, finally make a decision, and keep his support team silent until that day comes.

If he can't show us all that little bit of respect, then perhaps we've learned who the real Favre is just a bit too late for our own good.

Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. Send comments to steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com.


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