SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — I’m on my annual pilgrimage to the American Century Classic celebrity golf tournament. Along with my Sirius NFL Radio partner, Tim Ryan, I will broadcast live from the driving range for four hours Thursday and Friday.
Of course, getting in early enough in this relaxed environment leads to some great conversations with current and former players, coaches, front-office people and a few agents. Surprise, surprise: One of the hot topics of discussion is a certain 40-year-old quarterback.
Mark it down: Brett Favre will be back.
It was a year ago, here at this tournament, when all the speculation about Favre was front and center. He had just canceled his appearance here. I was among those who stated at the time that Favre would be a Viking. When it happened, it wasn’t big news to me because I expected it.
Favre’s return this year — to earn that $13 million waiting for him and address the unfinished business on the field — really isn’t big news to me, either. I expect him to show up in Minneapolis (not Mankato State, where the Vikings hold training camp) about Aug. 23. That gives him almost a week to prepare for limited action in the third preseason game, at home against the Seahawks on Aug. 28. Favre would throw 15 to 20 passes, then skip the meaningless preseason finale, like he did last year.
That would give Favre 17 days to prepare for the Sept. 9 season opener in New Orleans. The game plan in last season’s NFC Championship Game against the Saints did produce 28 points, so with some tweaking and those 17 days with the team, Favre should be ready to go.
I have talked to enough Vikings players to believe they don’t care when Favre reports and that the time leading up to his arrival is good for Tarvaris Jackson and maybe even young Joe Webb to receive some repetitions.
— Pat Kirwan