Didn’t Retirement Mean Retirement?

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.

One Response to “Didn’t Retirement Mean Retirement?”

  1. I agree with your comments about Barry Sanders and Walter. I reminds me of the low class antics of Sugar ‘Ray’ Leonard, he retired a number of times and made it a farce. As far as MJ, when he ‘retired’ the first time that was only because he had been gambling, instead of suspending him [and giving baskerball a bad name]Stern and MJ worked out a deal that he would retire for a couple of years, and then come back. That way MJ or the NBA does not get their names tarnished from things that are illegal in many other sports. Remember Paul Hornung got suspended for a year for gambling. I respect Brett Favre, but if he does come back it will only tarnish my thoughts of him.

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