Sports fans sitting at edge of seats

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Everyone please pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of orange juice. You might want to have some toast or eggs or sausage or whatever.

Are you comfortable? Well, here’s my weekly thoughts on a subject that is very close to everyone in this area. This column will impact the local sports scene like nothing that has ever been written before.

Are you ready? Get a grip because here it goes.

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Well, maybe I better not tell you right now. I’m not sure if I should be saying this right now.

If you were getting really pumped up for what I was going to say and you now feel like someone stuck a Barry Bonds’ syringe into your balloon, just let me say that I really wasn’t going to say anything earth shattering.

But imagine how Green Bay Packer fans are feeling?

Quarterback Brett Favre has been deciding whether or not to come back and play this season or retire. His waffling is starting to make John Kerry look like Harry Truman.

OK, let’s not get too carried away.

Favre called a press conference Saturday to announce his decision. He wasn’t pushed by management to decide or hounded around the clock by the media. He himself decided to make the announcement.

And when he stepped to the microphone he uttered the words we had longed to hear, “No change. I don’t know, once again. I don’t know why you guys wasted a trip down here.”

Say what?

Actually, a question like that makes sense when you consider Favre called the press conference to announce his non-decision.

Favre said he is uncertain at just how committed the Packers are toward improving the team and how much they are trying to improve. He doesn’t want to go through another 4-12 season.

Maybe if Favre would give the Packers a definitely answer, they would have the answer to their quarterback position and be able to move forward with adding talent where it is needed.

The Browns are my real love ever since I was in elementary school and saw Jim Brown run and Frank Ryan hook up with Paul Warfield or Gary Collins.

But I’ve always had a fondness for the Packers since the Vince Lombardi days. And I’ve been a Brett Favre fan throughout his career in Green Bay.

But if Favre would have done to Lombardi what he is doing now, Saturday’s press conference would have had a very different outcome.

And I’ll tell you just how it would have played out. Well, maybe I better not tell you right now.

I’m sorry you wasted your time reading this column.

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.