I know people who get very sad this time of year. They wake up one late Spring day and realize the NBA finals are over, the Stanley Cup has been skated, and there is nothing but baseball now.
That's not me. This is a very exciting MLB season with Yankees drama, Cubs excitement, Detroit comebacks, Tampa Bay dominance (until this week!) and many other story lines that I am eating up. And bring on the All Star Game tomorrow night!
But if you are one of those sad sacks with a countdown on your calendar to the start of football season, man, did you love this weekend!
I was planning on writing more about it but when I read Gene Wojciechowski's column on same on ESPN.com i realized I could not improve upon anything he said about it. With one exception. I think he goes a little light on Favre. Yeah, I know it is mighty hard to walk out of the spotlight (see Michael Jordan, Roger Clemens, Evander Holyfield, etc.) but the way he did this is kind of a dick move. He should have had all these second thoughts before that March press conference and if he still ended up retiring and now wants to change his mind he should keep it to himself for the sake of the Packers organization.
Anyway, here's the first part of Gene's excellent analysis with a link to the rest....
"The World Series of Poker isn't being played in Las Vegas. It's being played in Green Bay, Wis., and Hattiesburg, Miss. And so far, a very amateurish Ted Thompson is trying to show strength in his hand.
Feel free to laugh the next time Green Bay Packers management, both past and present, starts talking about 'preserving' Brett Favre's legacy and cherishing Favre's place in the team's 'family.' It means nothing.
The Packers are about the Packers, and that's fine, even expected, but at least say so from the beginning. Don't pretend you're genuinely concerned about Favre's standing in franchise lore when, in reality, you're more concerned about damage and image control.
Favre wants to unretire. And yeah, it's a bit of a diva-ish thing to do. Tears in March. Text messages in July.
But Favre has earned his share of diva currency, enough for one Get Out Of Retirement card. He's played hurt. He's played with his heart heavy with grief. And he's played for the moment, not the money. There are bits and pieces of his body all over Lambeau Field.
Thompson, the Packers' general manager, doesn't see it that way. His solution -- and remember, the Packers are the self-appointed guardians of Favre's football reputation -- is to announce that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, the guy only seven months removed from the NFC Championship Game, can return but may be a second-stringer. Think about it: Favre wearing a baseball cap and holding a clipboard.
Packers management wants it both ways. It says it wants to protect Favre from himself, but mostly it wants to protect Favre from becoming a free agent, signing with the Minnesota Vikings and possibly kicking the Packers' butts twice in the regular season. That's the reason behind not granting Favre his release -- nothing else.
Management says the 'finality' of Favre's retirement prompted the Packers to 'move forward with our football team.' But how can you move forward if Favre is still on the depth chart? If you don't want him as your starter, which is beyond astounding, then why want him at all?"
The rest is here. What do you think will happen next? This is juicy stuff, people.