Favre story still has media pull

No matter how large or small the nugget of information regarding Brett Favre, the media is ready to make a big deal out of it. The latest was an opinion piece by FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer, saying he thinks Favre will still play for the Vikings, that became the lead on SportsCenter during much of Monday.

All behold the power of Brett.

The day after Tiger Woods proved beatable on a Sunday in a major, the PGA Championship wasn't even the lead story on the Monday afternoon editions of ESPN's "Sports Center." In fact, he wasn't even the lead story generated out of Minnesota.

No, that belonged to Brett Favre and the Vikings, as ESPN and other major news outlets jumped on the admitted speculation of FOX Sports' Jay Glazer saying that a couple of unnamed Vikings said that a deal with Favre was done.

In reference to the quotes he received, Glazer said he spent two days in Mankato talking to Vikings players. One of those days was Friday, Aug. 7, when the Vikings had a morning practice forced indoor due to rain.

What needs to be considered is the timing. The report surfaced nine days after the quotes were logically obtained, according to the story on FOXSports.com. The first question would be "why the delay in reporting the information?" The second question would be "why would the Vikings continue to deny the allegations at every turn?"

Once the national media once again jumped on the story, burying Y.E. Yang's improbable victory Sunday at the PGA Championship, ESPN's Adam Schefter said he contacted Vikings front office personnel and was told that the report was news to them. At his press conference Monday, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that he had heard nothing about it until he was handed a copy of the on-line story from Brad Childress, adding that it is a story that simply won't go away.

So where does the truth lie? Depending on who the unnamed players are, they may have been speaking off-the-cuff with Glazer saying that, given Favre's general disdain for training camp – much less living in a dorm room with a bunch of strangers – that they weren't buying his story of staying retired and that instead of showing up July 30, he would wait until after training camp officially shut down to announce his return.

The Vikings front office continues to hold to the line that, once Favre said "no" before the start of training camp, the team was moving forward with what they have. It would make sense that a serious injury could immediately change that posture, but, while both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have missed practice time due to injury, neither of them has missed any playing time yet.

According to the report, which Glazer admits was his speculation after what he was told, one unnamed Viking said he would sign immediately after the Indianapolis game. As of today, the Indy game was five days ago. The other source said he would be signed and ready to go before the third preseason game, which is less than two weeks away.

What's true? Who knows? At this point, it's more fun to watch the media jump like a starving dog on a steak at any hint of a possibility that Favre is returning for a 19th season – even if it's only admitted speculation on which one can bet the farm (those, too, are the words of Glazer).

TUESDAY NOTES

  • The StarCaps saga involving Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams will advance today. They will have their appeals heard in a hearing this morning in front of a three-judge panel for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The hearing is to determine whether the U.S. District Court has jurisdiction on the some of the claims made by the Williamses. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson has already said their court does not have jurisdiction, but the NFL has appealed that ruling.

  • Rosenfels missed practice again Monday as he continues to rehab an injured ankle. Jackson and John David Booty split the work with the first-team offense.

  • Bernard Berrian once again did not practice. He was taken from the field on a cart after suffering a hamstring injury Friday. On Sunday, Brad Childress declined to specify the severity of the injury or when Berrian is expected to return. Coaches only have to divulge practice information and injury status once the regular season begins.

  • Jared Allen left practice with an apparent left ankle injury. He was limping noticeably, but there is no indication how the serious the injury is.

  • The "Minnesota Vikings 5 Greatest Games" DVD set will be released today and available at most larger retail stores in the Upper Midwest or many Internet sites that sell DVDs.

  • Word out of New York is that Aundrae Allison, recently released by the Vikings and claimed off the waiver wire by the Jets, is getting a lot of work in the punt return game, which could mean the Jets are looking to decrease the amount of use versatile running back Leon Washington has on special teams.

  • Some Vikings fans may recognize the name of Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson, who is alleged to have suffered a broken jaw as the result of altercation with head coach Tom Cable. Hanson served as an offensive assistant in 2003-04 and assistant quarterbacks coach in 2005 under then-head coach Mike Tice. After serving as assistant running backs coach in St. Louis in 2006, he joined Lane Kiffin's staff in 2007 with the Raiders. He was one of the holdovers from the change in coaching regimes, but it would seem clear that, regardless of whose story is eventually believed, things remain as crazy as always in Oakland.

  • Former Vikings running back Maurice Hicks got a workout with the Cleveland Browns and could be signed this week.

  • Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell, the 16th pick in the 2007 draft that brought Adrian Peterson to the Vikings, said Monday that he fears his NFL career may be over or at least forever changed due to a bulging disc condition in his back. Harrell has had two back surgeries in the last two years and hasn't practiced since Aug. 6 when back pain once again flared up.

  • Former Viking and current Giants DT Fred Robbins is still battling a knee injury. He was scratched from Monday night's game with the Carolina Panthers.

  • From the "We've Created a Frankenstein" Department comes this: It seems Bears QB Jay Cutler has hoof-in-mouth disease. He had several choice quotes about the Broncos before and after being traded and has since been taken to task about the passion of the Broncos fans compared to the Bears and for calling out Devin Hester. His latest interesting quote is that he believes he should be consulted by the coaches concerning what receivers make the 53-man roster – going as far as to say if he isn't consulted, he'll still tell them what he thinks.


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