Maybe Brett Favre is finished. Maybe he will never throw another pass. Maybe, after his sensational 2009 season, and the thudding playoff loss with which it ended, Favre will limp away.
But skepticism is required. I asked Larry Brown, coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, last season about a rumor that he was going to the Philadelphia 76ers. I asked this after Charlotte's fourth straight loss to Orlando, and Brown was offended. I understood.
However, the question was legitimate because Brown has a history of leaving. And skepticism about Favre's departure is legitimate because he has a history of staying.
If Favre is gone, I salute him. Although he's a diva, albeit a diva in Wrangler jeans, he was compelling. He was too big a gambler to be the quarterback that Peyton Manning or Tom Brady are. He believed his arm could overcome double-coverage, and often it did. But to gamble is to lose, and he often did.
I admire the bravado. The league won't be the same without him. If he's gone, I mean.