- Associated Press - Saturday, July 24, 2010

There was major flooding this week in Wisconsin, a state where Brett Favre used to ply his trade.

It was getting pretty deep once again in Mississippi, too, in what has now become an annual rite of summer. The drama queen of the South was giving interviews and accepting selected visitors, including one who for some reason still wants to coach him this season.

Brad Childress didn’t get a commitment, of course. That would take half the fun out of the thing.

There’s surgeries to recover from, and fans to tease. A guy needs his space to throw a teammate under the bus, too, so the people of Minnesota don’t blame him for what happened that January night in New Orleans.


Besides, the Vikings don’t break training camp until mid-August and those other quarterbacks need to get some playing time in during the exhibition season. Should be plenty of time left for Childress to wax the Escalade and head to the airport to pick up his quarterback before play begins for real.

And don’t worry, Vikings fans, Favre will be there for the opening snap. He’ll be there just as surely as LeBron James was always going to flee Cleveland for South Beach.

He’ll be there because he loves to play football, and because he’s guaranteed millions to do what he loves.

He’ll be there because he loves to be loved. And he’ll be there because he needs to be needed.

That’s why Favre can’t seem to do what normal veteran quarterbacks do, which is to arrive at training camp, get in his reps, and go about his business. It’s why he retires and unretires and then calls a press conference to report the astonishing news he hasn’t made up his mind about anything.

It’s why he invites a Men’s Journal writer down to spend a day with him in Mississippi, then complains that the writer somehow defamed his family by quoting his own agent as calling him a drama queen.

Drama queen, indeed. Asked on Friday to describe his first season with Favre, Childress started singing an old show tune to Dave Campbell of The Associated Press.

“Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you,” Childress sang.

By now, Childress should know plenty about the quarterback who just won’t quit. He’s been down to Mississippi twice this year to sit out on the front porch with Favre, presumably to discuss which part of his body is bothering him now.

What they surely didn’t discuss was the NFC championship game against the Saints, where the Vikings were a few yards away from a win in regulation until mistakes by both coach and quarterback cost them a trip to the Super Bowl.

Childress has to take the blame for two conservative runs with the ball on the Saints’ 33, followed by a penalty for having 12 men in the huddle. Favre should own up for the interception on the next play, though that’s not exactly his style.

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