I almost feel just as guilty as the mainstream media at times like this. Brett Favre speaks, and I immediately start writing about it.
The only difference is my disdain for Favre. The guy is basically the 3-D version of the saying, "from the penthouse to the outhouse" and things don't seem to be getting any better.
After Thomas Jones ripped Favre for all those turnovers and Bill Cowher was reportedly worried about working with Favre as his quarterback, the Uncertain One has finally decided to talk, this time to the Biloxi Sun Herald.
The only one you let down was yourself? Not your teammates or the millions of Jets fans or even that guy that sits on that other guy's shoulders and screams the letters to your team while the stadium joins in? I mean, we all know Favre is more selfish than a two-year-old with his toys, but come on, you let a lot of other people down too.
''As for as Thomas, I have not seen the comments,'' Favre said. "To be honest, I am not worried about the comments, either. Was Thomas backed into a corner or in a bad mood when he said those things? I don't know, but ripping Thomas is not my nature.
"The bottom line is I didn't play well in the final five games. It starts with me and it should. I am not ripping Thomas because that is not my nature. My expectations of myself are high and the only one that I let down was myself.''
He didn't stop there. As many have pointed out, the biggest problem with Favre missing the playoffs is that the retirement questions can now start even earlier. The situation in New York seemed nearly as stable as a "Real World" episode, so it doesn't seem like he is the right fit there. With the 39-year-old nearly 3,000 miles past his next scheduled oil change, has he decided if he'll hang up the cleats for good? Ha. You really thought it would be that simple?
As far as retiring or returning, Favre was direct.Could you answer a question more speculatively? I guess he could have said, "I might retire. I might play. Check it out next week on "Scooby Doo".
"I feel the same way as last year,'' he said. "I will take some time and make my decision. I do know that I enjoy being at home.''
The playoffs continue in two days, meaning we get real football back on the agenda. But the lingering idea of Favre coming back will hang over the NFL until he makes a real final announcement. I just know that if tears come out this time, I won't be one of those running from the cry of "Wolf!"