ESPN, whose batting average on the Brett Favre saga has been good enough for the Baseball Hall of Fame but low enough that its journalism professors would suggest a change in professions, is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings are going to send at least two staffers to Brett Favre's home in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Presumably, it's to see if Favre's arm is healthy enough to sign a contract with the Vikings. But, in this unseasonably cool spring, maybe someone from Winter Park just needs to see some sun to boost his body's Vitamin K levels. Somewhere, maybe ESPN's not-unattractive Stephania Bell can run down that answer for us.
ESPN on Friday, citing "a source close to the situation," said that a member of the training staff and the coaching staff will meet with Favre in the next few days.
One wonders if it's the same "source" who told ESPN that Vikings coach Brad Childress was headed to Hattiesburg several weeks ago to have dinner with Favre, or the same source who last week said the Vikings had issued a deadline for Favre to make up his freaking mind, or the same source who said Favre was treating his ailing right arm with leeches.
Assuming that ESPN is correct this time, our partner in Minnesota, Tim Yotter, guesses that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who coached Favre when both were with the Packers, would be one of the crew headed to Hattiesburg.
With the Vikings done with practice until training camp, coach Brad Childress could be part of that crew. Or Bud Grant, for that matter. Heck, perhaps Fran Tarkenton should tag along to play catch with Favre. Ahmad Rashad could run routes, now that he's not shining the shoes of LeBron James.
After weeks of unsubstantiated rumors produced faster than Saltines, here's all we really know. Childress is "anxious to see exactly what (Favre has) got left in that cannon." Favre loves football -- though he didn't love it enough to stay with the Jets – and he does not love Ted Thompson. And ESPN wants Favre to come out of retirement, if only for the Packers-Vikings game at the Metrodome, which the Worldwide Leader of the Favre Bandwagon happens to be airing on Monday night, Oct. 5.
At some point, it will all be over. And then, ESPN can go back to its full-time job of reminding us that the Red Sox and Yankees are the only teams in baseball.
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