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Friday, January 15, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Favre's 'guarantee'

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

I was sitting at Brett Favre's Wednesday news conference when he said: “Honestly, I see us sitting here next week having this press conference again. If that doesn't happen, to me it will be a shock.”

It was in response to a question about whether he plans to play next season, and I took it as Favre’s way of saying he hasn’t thought about it because he remains in the routine of the season. He has said many times in his career that the end of the season always comes abruptly and is in fact “a shock.”

I didn’t make anything of it -- and trust me, I’m always looking to make something of nearly nothing. Somehow, however, it ignited a war of words with Dallas safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who joined some media members in claiming Favre had guaranteed a victory over Dallas in Sunday’s divisional playoff game.

“We'd have to beat ourselves to lose," Sensabaugh told local reporters, according to my NFC East buddy Matt Mosley. “The way we're playing right now, I don't think we can be beat.”

Favre made a rare Thursday appearance before local reporters to say “I’m not guaranteeing anything.” According to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Favre added: “The last thing I ever want to do is be bulletin-board material. Of course, I gave the Cowboys a ton of respect. They deserve it. They are playing outstanding. They are playing -- and I'm speaking NFC -- as well if not the best maybe in the league. San Diego, obviously, would argue that. How could I sit there and say, 'Well, next week possibly [we] could be home?' That very well could be true, could be over, for both teams. I'm sure people want to take it [as] he's guaranteeing a victory.”

Favre doesn’t need me to defend him, but I really don’t think anything about what he originally said should be interpreted as a guarantee. It’s silly hype for a huge game that doesn’t need any. Sensabaugh, however, took the bait and offered up a genuine bit of trash talk for the Vikings. Excellent work, Gerald. See you Sunday.

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