In the words of John Mellencamp (or is it Cougar or Cougar-Mellencamp?), there was a time when a smoke was a smoke.
Remember when a sports figure’s retirement was really a retirement? When guys like Walter Payton and Barry Sanders gallantly rode off into the sunset? Before M-Jeff Jordan and Ryne Sandberg made it fashionable to unretire (multiple times in Jordan’s case)? What other athletes am I missing that unretired?
Now word is Brett Favre is hinting that he will come out of (his roughly 30-day) retirement for the Packers if the situation were right.
I was afraid of this, and what a joke. The only consolation is the longer he waits, the worse it is for the Packers. I would have definitely said that had this happened prior to the 2007 season, the Packers wouldn’t want him back. But since they may have a very real chance of going deep into the playoffs again, only with Favre, they’d be tied to asking him back if they could.
At least we know this just can’t go on for many more years.