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Love it or hate it: Favre signing is great theater

In a country where we've extended our workplace hours and mandatory age of retirement, why are we suddenly in a dither when a guy on the cusp of turning 40 wants to keep working?...

In a country where we've extended our workplace hours and mandatory age of retirement, why are we suddenly in a dither when a guy on the cusp of turning 40 wants to keep working?

Three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre announced this week he'll play this season in Viking purple, enraging and engaging fans of many teams.

The airwaves have been burning up with motives of revenge against the Packers and whether the fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants Favre will butt heads with his new coach, who likes to go by the book. The Vikings scrimmage may actually be entertaining to watch!

Love him or hate him, Brett Favre has been a one-man stimulus package for the Vikes.

In the first 24 hours after he put on a purple helmet, the team sold 3,200 season tickets and 11,000 single game tickets. That's an impressive start to recouping some of the $25 million it took to sign Favre.

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The signing in itself was mystifying when the team's two quarterbacks, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels led the Vikings to a convincing victory last weekend against the Colts.

Who can second-guess a sports team these days, besides everybody? Did the on-again, off-again negotiations between the team and Brett the Former Jet undermine respect and trust for all involved?

There's lots to grouse about. Favre is a waffler, he skipped training camp again and he may be washed up goods. But in the optimistic world sports fans live in at each season beginning, imagining what will be, the Favre-Adrian Peterson matchup could be something to behold.

Hope springs eternal.

Certainly Favre has much to prove. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Disgruntled fans are already referring to him as "Brettany."

Lest we forget, football is entertainment, not life and death. Some good entertainment has already come from blogs and online comments.

One reader suggested on Yahoo! Sports that fans come to the stadium dressed as (grumpy) old men. Another suggested shining laser pointers at Favre's retinas. Oh come on. One suggested he was a clunker we paid too much cash for. And finally, that Favre came to Minnesota because he heard the team changed its name to the "Vicodins," a swipe at his former addiction.

Whatever. We're mired in debt, can't decide if we want universal healthcare, ran out of money to buy new cars, and are losing jobs up the yin-yang.

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We need a diversion.

If Favre can help the Vikings to their first Super Bowl victory, signing one of the state's most hated adversaries will go down in history as one of the greatest moves of all time for a Minnesota sports franchise.

But if he throws more interceptions than touchdowns and costs the Vikes a spot in the playoffs as they go 4-12 for the season, this debacle will go down as just another bungling move by a Minnesota professional sports team.

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