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It's quite possible that no athlete in American history has received more press for doing and saying absolutely nothing than one Brett Lorenzo Favre. Wednesday, we were regaled with the story of Favre's indecision on his ankle surgery. Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress was front page news when he told the media that his erstwhile quarterback/non-quarterback was still undecided about the ankle surgery that would reportedly be required for his return in 2010. That's not new — before the 2009 season, there was an episode of "Total Access", the NFL Network's hour-long news program, which spent a good 45 minutes analyzing the gripping news that Favre had still not decided whether or not to retire. It's a symbiotic relationship — Favre plays the attention-grabbing retirement game every season when we all know he's coming back, and a willing media lapdogs along for the ride.

Well, woof woof — here we go again. The latest in what will certainly be an infinite barrage of "Will he or won't he?!?!?" stories took place in Favre's home town of Hattiesburg, Miss., when he spoke to the Southern Miss baseball team. Favre made a surprise appearance at his alma mater and, of course, the inevitable question came up. According to the Biloxi Sun-Herald, outfielder Justin Diliberto wanted to know if Favre was returning to the NFL. Favre, displaying what the article called "his boyish grin", told Diliberto and his teammates that he was willing to make a wager on that.

"I was a kid again watching y'all play in the College World Series,'' Favre said. ''That was amazing. I don't know — yet.''

Favre then looked down the dressing room toward Diliberto and answered his question.

"Let's make a (fun) bet,'' Favre said. ''If you guys go back to the College World Series this year — I will come back and play. How about that?

"You go back and I go back.''

So, there's your latest installment of Favre Watch — if the 16-9 Golden Eagles make it to the CWS, the area's most famous resident will return to the National Football League. Of course, Favre could waffle on this one if he hasn't extracted enough interest in his annual process — he could say that he was just having fun with the kids (and as every football broadcaster will tell you, Brett's just like a kid out there). And if the team doesn't make it, Favre could come back anyway (as ... we ... already ... know ... he ... will ...). After all, the CWS starts in the first week of June, and that might not be enough time to go through all the machinations.

It's just part of the NFL offseason — kinda like Brussels sprouts before dessert. If you want pro football, you'll have to wade through more Favreage. The fun's just begun!

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