I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Brett Favre. He was indeed one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, a legendary player for a legendary franchise. His untimely death at only 38 is truly a tragic event ...
... wait ... what? You mean Favre isn't dead? Oh, he just ... retired?
Well, you could have fooled me. The way ESPN and other sports outlets were running round-the-clock film reels of Favre's career highlights, the solemn commentary, the reverent music, and you would have thought the future Hall of Famer had driven his truck off of a Mississippi road and been eaten by a bear after the wreck. News flash to the media - the man is still alive. He's retiring, not ascending into heaven!
If Favre got this treatment by just hanging up his shoulder pads, God help us all when Tiger Woods decides to pack it in. The Earth may hurl itself into the sun upon that cataclysmic news.