The fine reporters in Minnesota can stand down now.
On alert for the arrival of Brett Favre since the New York Jets removed him from the reserve/retired list on April 28, the waiting game came to an end this afternoon when Favre told Vikings coach Brad Childress that he just couldn't take the daily grind.
"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division," Childress told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He knows our system inside out ... This doesn't change anything about how I feel about our football team."
Favre, who owned the Bears for more than a decade in Green Bay prior to the arrival of Lovie Smith in 2004, will turn 40 in October.
This means instead of being able to look forward to Favre twice this season, the Bears will instead face Tarvaris Jackson or newcomer Sage Rosenfels.
The Bears first face Minnesota Nov. 29 at the Metrodome and then host them Dec. 28 at Soldier Field on "Monday Night Football.'' Perhaps Favre is in the television booth as an analyst by then.