Saturday Scorecard: The Neverending Story
Welcome to Saturday Scorecard. It's the first day of March, so we'll be in like a lion and out like a lamb, all in about 7 minutes. (If you're reading this before noon, it'll give you time to try to procure a ticket to the Marquette-Georgetown game).
The Neverending Story: Raise your hand if you're tired of the Brett Favre retirement story.
Just as we thought ... it's unanimous.
The sixth annual "will or won't he" feeding frenzy took a turn toward the absurd this week when the Packers official Web site posted a story -- albeit only for a few minutes -- that Favre was going to retire.
The story, which included some "dummy" type, was quickly removed from the site and retracted by the team.
Most reasonable people, including Packers team president Mark Murphy, look at the way Favre and the Packers played last season, consider the fact that he is due to make about $12 million and come to the conclusion that Favre will return.
If he announces his retirement in the next week, it's going to be difficult to believe that the Web site snafu was an honest mistake.
We're not exactly sure what's going to happen (though we think Favre is going to return), but here is what we'd LIKE to see happen:
Favre steps to the podium (or issues a statement through Al Jones of the Biloxi Sun-Herald) and says that he is coming back to play one final season. The farewell tour would end all the mental gymnastics he goes through and allow him to smell the roses throughout his final year and walk away no matter how the team fares in 2008. It would also let the Packers implement a plan of succession.
Will that happen? As the philosopher Jagger once said, "You can't always get what you want."
Presidential address: Watching Murphy hold court at the Milwaukee Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon a few days ago, it was easy to see why he was tabbed to replace Bob Harlan.
Murphy came across as intelligent, articulate, honest and very comfortable in the public setting (his background as a lawyer and former radio guy obviously helped prepare him for Packers questions).
Most new presidents take over sinking ships. The Packers don't need a major overhaul, so Murphy can focus on league matters. As a former player and former assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association, he has a unique perspective about what some feel is a looming labor crisis.
"There's a level, a sense that the (current collective bargaining) agreement is costing the clubs a lot more than they would like, more than the previous agreements have cost them, but I think it's all part of negotiation," he said.Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
I'm sure this is the final time that Brett will have to make this decision. Give him a break. The decision will come soon enough. He is such a competitor that it makes the decision a difficult one. One side says retire without injuries and the other side says go after another Super Bowl. Brett talks about his feelings on retirement in his book and you may view it online at: www.markmchalefootball.com
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