Brett Favre is trying to entertain and profit from his indecisiveness about returning to the NFL. Now he's making a commercial poking fun at himself.
While most Vikings fans aren't laughing about Brett Favre
's inability to make a commitment to "unretiring," the rest of the country will be laughing about it come September.
Favre filmed a commercial last week for Sears, which is launching the Sears Blue Electronics Crew campaign in September. In the commercial, Favre can't decide on which LED TV to purchase. The salesperson in the spot explains to Favre that Sears provides assistance to those people who can't make up their minds, saying, "You know the type, right?"
Favre smiles and says, "Yeah, I hate those guys."
The commercial has different potential scenarios, which won't be revealed until the campaign officially launches, but there are some nervous Vikings fans (and upset Packers fans) that aren't laughing … at least not yet.
Bus Cook, the agent for Favre, told ESPN Monday that Favre still hasn't made a final decision as to whether he will come back, despite the prevailing opinion that he has made up his mind and is waiting until the last moment to make it official. Cook said that Favre's family and friends aren't trying to influence his decision and will support him regardless of what he decides to do.
With the Twins leaving the Metrodome following the conclusion of their 2009 season, the Vikings will be the lone big-league sports tenant of the building. The team is looking at potentially selling the naming rights to the stadium as a way to create some additional revenue. Selling naming rights has been a lucrative source of income for many pro sports teams. The Timberwolves play in Target Center, the Wild play in the X-cel Energy Center and the University of Minnesota football team will begin play at TCF Bank Stadium. The Metrodome, which was named after Senator and former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, has never had a corporate sponsor's name attached to it in its three decades of operation.
The release of Charles Gordon may not be the last word with his Vikings career. Gordon was struggling to return to form after a gruesome knee injury last year that some believe may be career-threatening. With the team looking to open up roster spots for training camp – they will need to trim three spots if Favre signs and once the team signs rookies Percy Harvin and Phil Loadholt – and cutting Gordon simply opened up one of those roster spots. Since it is unlikely he will latch on with any team soon, the Vikings could potentially sign him later this season or at the conclusion of the 2009 campaign if he would be healthy enough to play at that time.
Negotiations between the Vikings and Harvin haven't been too intense to date, but that is expected to change, and Joel Segal, Harvin's agent, told the Associated Press Monday that he expects Harvin to be in camp when practices begin Friday.
Former Vikings defensive coordinator and Super Bowl winning head coach Tony Dungy was asked by Commissioner Roger Goodell to be a mentor for Michael Vick, who was conditionally reinstated to the league Monday. If Dungy agrees that Vick has repented for his dog-fighting history, there is speculation that his reinstatement will have his punishment reduced before the current plan to make him eligible to play in Week 6.
So what's the deal with the Lions and their pursuit of free agents willing to play for the only 0-16 team in league history? Not only has the team signed more than a dozen free agents this offseason, their chase after wide receivers would make Matt Millen jealous. Already this offseason they've signed Bryant Johnson and Ronald Curry and traded for Dennis Northcutt. Now word comes out that they're going to work out D.J. Hackett in hopes of signing him before training camp begins.
The Bears will likely be without cornerback Charles Tillman for at least the preseason. Tillman had back surgery last week to clean up a disc in his back. There have been claims that he can be ready for the final preseason game Sept. 3, but some reports put the rehab time as anywhere from four to 10 weeks.