July 12, 2008

July 12, 2008
Welcome to the weekend. Now granted is has been storming all day in Jacksonville but at least it is the weekend.

Now I really did not mind the fact that is was raining all day today since I am on bed rest right now anyway. The rain made for a great excuse just to lay around the house with Gary and my four legged children.

I heard from Patrick this afternoon when he stopped by for a visit. He is still dealing with Dale's death and looked pretty worn out. Patrick has been dealing with Dale's family and hopefully will be finished with them soon. It's amazing how people can be selfish and petty. Anyway, Patrick invited us over tomorrow since he is going to have people over for a huge yard sale. Then in a couple of weeks, Patrick is having all of Dale's friends over for a memorial service. It is going to be so strange being there and not hearing Dale's voice. Hearing his laugh. It just will not be the same. Turns out that Victor is going to buy Dale's car since he is now working at one of the restaurants at Park and King. Gary is working on a memorial video presentation for the memorial. Luckily, he is very talented with computers so he is going to take some of the pictures I have taken of Dale's beautiful yard along with pictures of Dale in the past four years and add music to it. I think everyone will love it.

The big news for me is the story on Brett Favre since I am such a huge football fan. The Packers aren’t about to let Brett Favre become a free agent. And while he’s now free to return to Green Bay for another season, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the Packers’ starting quarterback if he does.

In an interview with The Associated Press Saturday, Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy said they don’t plan to grant Favre the release he is seeking from his contract and are committed to Aaron Rodgers as their starter. And if Favre wanted to play for the Packers, he had the chance when he told them a few weeks after his tearful goodbye news conference that he was having second thoughts. With Thompson and McCarthy preparing to board a private plane to fly to Mississippi and seal the deal on a comeback, all Favre had to do was say yes. He didn’t.

Favre, who led the Packers to a Super Bowl title after the 1996 season, held a tearful news conference to announce his retirement March 6. Favre has made high drama out of his waffling over retirement in the past several offseasons, but it seemed to be for real this time. Until Favre told Packers offensive line coach James Campen a few weeks later that he was having second thoughts. Campen is a friend of Favre’s who McCarthy said has been miscast as an official intermediary between Favre and the team in some media reports. After several telephone discussions with Favre led them to believe he wanted to return, Thompson and McCarthy were preparing to go to Mississippi when Favre suddenly called McCarthy.

Even after Favre’s near-comeback in March, McCarthy and Thompson said they regularly communicated with Favre. Thompson even went to Mississippi to visit Favre in May, and didn’t get the sense Favre was having serious thoughts about playing again as the two had lunch on his back porch. But the tone changed dramatically in June, when Campen said he was getting worried about Favre. McCarthy said he had a phone conversation with Favre on June 20, and the quarterback sent a clear message: “Give me my helmet or give me my release.”

Even then, McCarthy said when he asked Favre if he was ready to make a 100 percent commitment to football—an issue Favre had brought up in his retirement news conference—the answer still was no. Next came a text message exchange between Thompson and Favre on July 4. At the time, Thompson didn’t think it was a big deal that he wrote Favre back saying he was traveling and asked if they could talk Monday. But then Thompson began getting texts from Cook. Sensing rising tension, Thompson and McCarthy agreed to a conference call with Favre and Cook on Tuesday. Only then, McCarthy said, did Favre say he was 100 percent committed to playing. McCarthy said he doesn’t question Favre’s commitment to football, but said Favre often brought up the issue himself.

Cook then sent the Packers a letter officially asking for Favre to be released, which would allow him to sign with any NFL team.

With Favre not being offered a defined role with the Packers if he returns at this point, and the team not inclined to release Favre so he could sign with a division rival, a trade may be the best resolution. Thompson and McCarthy declined to discuss that possibility, and Thompson said he had not received any inquiries from other teams as of Saturday morning.

Where does that leave the Packers and their beloved three-time MVP?

In a pretty big mess.

But I know I am ready for football season! Are you?

So the rest of my day was very low key. We mainly watched television and talked. How about you? Enjoying your life? I hope so. Otherwise, get out and make some changes.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab