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Brett Favre Has Already Prepared Us for Another Un-Retirement

I don’t think anyone was shocked on Wednesday to discover that Brett Favre would return for another season with the Minnesota Vikings. But the dramatic quarterback didn’t just want yesterday to be about his return, he also wanted to talk about his next retirement stint. Are we really talking about 2011 already? My head hurts just thinking about it.

Grandpa football said that this is his last year and that after 20 seasons he’ll be ready to throw in the towel. Part of me wants to believe the drama queen is telling the truth, but his retirement track record says otherwise. Yes, he always gets the attention because he is one of the biggest names in the NFL, but is anyone else tired of hearing it? Who knows if he’ll even last the whole season because players will be targeting his ankle. Then what? Are we going to hear that because he got injured six weeks into the season it didn’t really count and he’ll be playing football again in 2011?

I really am sick and tired of going through this every year with him. Ever hear of the little boy who cried wolf? Well Favre, you’re the old man who cried retirement and eventually no one is going to listen anymore. I can’t help but respect the man, but please give it a rest.

So, here’s my proposal Brett Favre: I’ll stop ragging on you if you really don’t return next season. You may be big news nationwide but believe me, it’s bigger news here in NFC North country. I’ve gone through it when you retired from the Packers, and now again with the Vikings, and I just can’t handle the hype around your retirement anymore. Thankfully, I have an entire year until I know if you hold up your end of the bargain. That means another year of poking fun at old man Favre.

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Favre returns to the Vikings for 20th season [AP/Fox Sports]

Joe Buck Calls Tom Brady ‘Dreamy’ on TV

When he’s not in the middle of an A-Rod injury issue, apparently Joe Buck is fawning over Tom Brady. It’s actually difficult to tell if Buck was joking or being serious when he called Brady “dreamy” during Thursday’s preseason telecast of the Patriots and Falcons game. Here’s the video of Joe Buck calling Brady dreamy for you to decide if this was genuine swooning or sarcasm:

This wasn’t anything near what Thom Brennaman did praising Tim Tebow during the national championship game, but it certainly raised eyebrows. I’m chalking it up as somewhere in between genuine admiration of Brady and sarcasm over his superhero status. Gotta love Joe Buck keeping us on our toes! Who knows, maybe this was part of a bet.

Video Credit: YouTube user notohous

Peyton Manning Not Enough to Draw Fans in Toronto

The Buffalo Bills are attempting to regionalize themselves in hopes of being able to stay in New York.  As part of that effort, they have scheduled a series of pre- and regular season games to be played in Toronto.  The first — a preseason game between the Bills and Steelers in 2008 — drew 48,434 fans.  That same year, Buffalo played Miami in the regular season in front of 52,134.  Last season, the Bills played the Jets in Toronto and again were able to draw over 50,000 fans (51,567).

On Thursday night, the Bills faced the Colts in Toronto and while the announced attendance was 39,583, the Toronto Star is reporting that roughly 20,000 fans showed up for the game.  That would be bad news for the Buffalo Bills.  The stadium’s capacity is 53,000, meaning the NFL managed to almost sell it out for the first three games in Toronto.  The idea is for the Bills to gain popularity, so the fact that attendance numbers were cut in half when one of the NFL’s best in Peyton Manning came to town has to be discouraging.

In order for the Bills to survive in Buffalo, they need to prove that they can play some of their games in front of a packed house in Toronto and gain significant popularity in their region.  As PFT points out, the Bills need the Toronto series to be a success.  Otherwise, they could be looking at a move to Los Angeles.

UPDATE: An LBS reader has called to my attention the fact that the Bills attendance numbers are not that bad.  Initially, I had said they aren’t drawing enough fans.  However, they were 10th in the NFL in attendance last season, so filling the seats probably isn’t at the root of their financial issues.  Thanks to the reader who drew our attention to it.

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Report: Only 20,000 at Colts-Bills game in Toronto [ProFootballTalk]

Tony Dungy Will Travel to Jets Practice to Kiss and Make Up with Rex Ryan

Former Colts Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy made headlines when he said he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan after hearing Ryan’s profanity-laced speeches on Hard Knocks. Dungy’s extreme comment unfortunately buried his message that an NFL coach can be effective without swearing. While Dungy comes across as mild mannered, it’s not the first time he’s gotten in a zing on an opponent.

Had Dungy presented his commentary without invoking Goodell’s name and without saying he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan, then the Jets coach probably would not have been quite so upset. As it was, things got completely out of hand. Ryan is surprisingly self-deprecating and sensitive, so the criticism had to have stung. Not only did the two talk things out “man-to-man” on Wednesday, but Dungy will also visit a Jets practice at some point.

The uniting factor between Dungy and Rex apparently is an anonymous figure who knows both men and spoke highly of Rex. Because of the positive recommendation, Dungy is going to see things first hand to learn what Rex is all about. Aside from wondering who the uniting figure is, the obvious question is: will Rex cuss while Dungy’s at practice or will he be on his best behavior?

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Dungy to visit Jets after a heart-to-heart with Rex [New York Post]

Percy Harvin’s Migraine Issues Are Real

The NFL is full of tough guys and macho men. Players compete despite having broken bones, sprained joints, and torn muscles. Regardless of the condition, coaches have expectations for players and that is for them to practice and play no matter what.

You can only imagine how frustrated Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff was with superb rookie Percy Harvin last year. Harvin was one of their gamebreakers both on offensive and in special teams last season. Harvin also missed practice frequently and even had to sit out a game because of a chronic migraine condition that has plague him since he was 10 years old.

No doubt the coaches grew upset with Harvin because they expected him to work with the team but were let down on a regular basis. Additionally, compared to broken bones, migraines seem like a minor condition. Now, as if it weren’t already confirmed, we have come to find out that Harvin’s migraines are incredibly severe.

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If You Struggle Naming Your Children, You Probably Have Too Many

If Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie struggled last year because of a hip injury, the excuse for his poor 2008 season was being distracted dealing with all his fatherhood issues. Specifically, Antonio Cromartie’s kids number eight, span five states, and come from seven different mothers. That’s a lot to keep up with. Apparently it’s so much it’s even difficult for Cromartie to keep track himself. Check out this video of Cromartie having a difficult time naming his children when asked to on HBO’s Hard Knocks via Black Sports Online:

If there is one positive to take away, it’s that at least Cromartie is more familiar with his children’s names than he is with contraceptives. Maybe he should just go the Foreman route and name all his kids “George” that way he has less to remember.

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Video: Antonio Cromartie Trying to Remember His Kids’ Names On HBO Hard [Black Sports Online]

Tebow Won’t Be Able to Run at NFL Level

Tim Tebow may have played well in his first preseason game with the Denver Broncos but not everything was great. We told you that his throwing motion was too long and now we’re discovering that his physical running style may need to be discarded too.

Tebow ran for a touchdown on the final play of the preseason game but got crunched in the end zone. The hit he took was reminiscent of the one Donovan McNabb took in the first game of the season last year against the Carolina Panthers that broke his ribs and kept him out a few games.

While Tebow may have escaped a broken ribs injury, his midsection is sore enough to keep him out of practice this week. Compared to other successful running quarterbacks at the collegiate level — guys like Vince Young or Dennis Dixon for instance — Tebow’s style was more predicated on power than speed. It may have worked for Tim in the college game, but he’s quickly learning that the physical running style won’t last long in the NFL. That is, unless he wants his brains scrambled like Trent Green eventually.