...That's a synonym for another five-letter word -- Favre. Only the vacillating Vikings quarterback could create a he-said-he-said with himself. Initially, there were reports Brett Favre texted teammates that he was planning to retire. But Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder that he never sent texts to teammates telling them he was done, and that he is still undecided about playing this season (whatever, Brett). He said he'll play if his surgically-repaired ankle is fine.
Let there be no doubt Favre is going to play this season. He simply doesn't want to have to go through training camp. Last year, Favre signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18. That way he conveniently missed the dog days of a training camp that started on July 31 in Mankato, Minn. He's doing the same thing here and setting it up so he can ride to the rescue in mid-August.
Honestly, I wouldn't mind Favre's plan if he just came out and was honest about wanting to miss camp. Lots of veterans feel that way and Favre has the juice to pull it off. Instead, he strings the process along with disingenuous statements. Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. It's also the land of one giant fake.
...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.