Brett Favre won an ESPY but didn't provide any announcements about his future in football. He accepted his award and thanked his teammates, but there was no retirement or comeback speech.
There was no bombshell announcement at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards from Brett Favre
If anything, Favre left his football future up in the air, saying that he isn't ready to commit to a 20th season.
In an interview with Hannah Storm on the selectively-viewed ESPN3 website, Favre said "I would love to play" in 2010, but placed a caveat on his much-anticipated return.
"I still have a little bit of time and, still believe it or not, I'm not completely healthy," Favre said. "I guess at 40, I may never be. I'm not getting any younger, but I am working hard trying to feel as best I can. Last year, I felt great. My arm was totally different than it was the year before and that made my decision a little bit easier. But we'll see."
As it turned out, Storm didn't play the Jim Gray/Pete Rose card, giving both sides of the Favre crystal ball to feel equally psyched – those who believe he's coming and those who think he can't blow off training camp.
"It starts with the ankle," he said. "This coming Friday will be eight weeks (since ESPN reported he had surgery) and I had hoped it would be a little bit better. I can walk fine. But you don't walk in football. It kind of works from there up. If you wake up in the morning and your feet hurt, it kind of makes the rest of your body hurt and, if you've been sacked 700 times, that usually adds to it. (The Vikings are) a great football team – I know that now, I knew it last year – who would love to have me come play. I would love to play and be the best I could possibly be and that's really what I'm working towards right now."
In the end, Vikings fans, football fans, British gambling fans (the current smart money is on a return), talk radio fans, drunken bar banter fans, Packers fans, fantasy football fans, tavern-coffee fans and Methodists remain non-satiated. Will he or won't he? Stay tuned. The over/under is pointing to Aug. 17½ if he comes back. Place your bets.
Conspiracy theory alert! In his acceptance speech for the Best Play Award at the ESPYs, Favre was pointing out Viking teammates that were in attendance, including Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian. In his acknowledgement of them, he said, "I don't know if any other of our guys are here." Our guys? Hmm. If he wasn't coming back, wouldn't his teammates have been those guys? Discuss.
Super-conspiracy theorists, ponder this: In his acceptance speech for Best Athlete at the ESPYs, Saints quarterback Drew Brees thanked his wife, saying that they're expecting a second child in three months – which would be mid-October. Considering the bounty that was placed on Favre in the NFC Championship Game by the Saints defenders, perhaps a few Vikings defensive players would like to assure that Brees will be able to attend the birth of his son without worrying about whether the water breaks at 4 a.m. on a Sunday.
No offense, Brett. But that play White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle made what was a one-in-a-million play. There was a throw made with a glove and a catch made with a bare hand on a bang-bang play. What? Perhaps that should have won. But, it would seem the ongoing bitterness of the father/son trailer park beat-down boys responsible for the last impressive umpire assault continues the serve as the new curse on the Sox.
Category recommend for the 2011 ESPYs – best chin grooming. The early clubhouse leader is former Viking Darren Sharper. Not only was chin fuzz immaculately groomed symmetrically, but his Soul Patch ventured into the landing strip realm. Well done, sir. The bar has been raised.
On Wednesday, the Viking Update family laid to rest a Twin Cities media icon, venerable TV sportscaster Tony Parker. Family and friends paid their final farewell to one of the VU patriarchs and a true original whose likeness many will aspire to, but few will swim in the wake of. In the event Tony's family checks out this post, on Page 131 of the James Joyce classic, Ulysses, you will find the quote, "Paddy Leonard eyed his alternates. ‘Lord love a duck,' he said." That was one of Tony's favorite sayings and no one knew what it meant or where he got it. Rest in peace, Poppi. You're back home.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.