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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
I'm guessing I'm not the only one who got sucked into "There's Something About Mary" on the tube Wednesday night. I've seen it at least 512 times, but it's been a while and I had to laugh when I saw Brett Favre (circa 1998) enter stage left.

It brought to mind a funny, but possibly apocryphal, story that emerged in the wake of Favre's somewhat stiff performance. ("You know I'll always be true to you, Mary.") Responding to some good-natured grief from teammates, Favre eventually said something like, Hey, how many movies have you stunk in?

Indeed. Words to live by.

Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports Favre was visited by Minnesota athletic trainer Eric Sugarman on Wednesday. The timing makes sense given Favre's ongoing rehabilitation from surgery to release a partially torn right biceps. But it doesn't really give a clue about the timing of Favre's ultimate decision.

I guess it's possible the Vikings could make an announcement sometime in the next two or three weeks. But I'd be really surprised if Favre makes a public appearance in Minnesota before the start of training camp July 29. I'm not sure he has much incentive to travel north for a press conference and then head back to his home in Mississippi to await training camp. Just my own two bits of speculation.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • As the media battle for Favre tidbits heats up, Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings have customized 40 percent of their playbook for Favre's arrival. (Wait, I thought Favre knew the Vikings' offense so well he could "teach it"?)

  • Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean talks to Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler about his friendship with former Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair. According to Cutler, McNair helped prep him for the 2006 Senior Bowl by teaching him the Titans' offense.

  • Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago takes a look at the free-agent safeties still available should the Bears decide their depth is lacking. The list includes Will Demps and Dwight Smith.

  • Despite indications that Jason Spitz will be Green Bay's new center, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin says that veteran Scott Wells will have a chance to win that job. Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette spoke with Philbin.

  • Detroit rookie running back Aaron Brown, a sixth-round pick, showed some explosiveness in offseason practices, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.