With rumors circulating that legendary quarterback Brett Favre is joining "Dancing with the Stars," the sports blogosphere is close to imploding on itself (and I know, I'm now contributing to it). If the rumors are true, Favre will follow in the dance steps of retired greats such as Emmitt Smith, Kurt Warner and Jerry Rice when the 12th season of the ABC dance-off debuts March 21.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought we got rid of this guy.
I used to be a Favre fan back when being anti-Favre was considered to be borderline unpatriotic. I stomached his initial retirement, the one where he weaseled his way to the New York Jets. But the future Hall-of-Famer lost many of us when he waffled his way to the Vikings, the hated rivals of his former team, the Packers.
If that didn't do the trick, the scandal surrounding Favre sending pictures of his old gunslinger to Jenn Sterger did. There's nothing more pathetic than a middle-aged man going all Greg Oden with a cell phone camera during a feeble incomplete pass at a young woman nearly half his age.
When Favre says that this is his NFL final rodeo, I believe him. It's over and he knows it.
But that's not to say I expect him to stay out of the public spotlight. I have never bought into all that tractor seclusion talk. I figured Favre would get an opportunity on TV as much as I hoped he would spend some quality time with his John Deere. I just thought it would be as one of those talking heads on a pre-game show, not as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
This is no huge shock, though, if the rumors are true. Celebrities have turned to "Dancing with the Stars" to rehab their images -- and ABC is glad to have them -- with mixed results. The move worked for Shannon Doherty. Not so much for Kate Gosselin. We'll see about Favre.
Hopefully, he won't last long (judging by this, he shouldn't). But it's Favre, and I doubt he will just go away.
(Update: Deadspin says the rumors are not true, which would be quite a relief for me.)