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That's Brett, on the ground.

Brett Favre? Really?

Bad news yesterday for Vince Young, Tim Tebow and any and all other legitimate applicants for work as an NFL quarterback.

The St. Louis Rams think this guy is a more viable option than any of you.

And you just know, because Favre said no, that this is going to happen next:

(Somewhere in America)

(Phone rings).

"Hello?"

"Hi. Could I speak to Fran, please?"

"Speaking."

"Fran? Fran Tarkenton?"

"Yup."

"This is Jeff Fisher from the Rams. How's it goin', man? Life all good and everything? Still got the arm? Still got the good wheels?"

"Um, well, I guess. I mean, I am 73 years old."

"Yeaaah, well, see, it's like this. We need a quarterback. Favre turned us down. So, you know, I was wondering if you might want to warm up the old wing again, just for old time's sake. I mean, a scrambler like you is perfect for the kind of offenses we run these days in the NFL."

"Let me repeat myself: I'm 73 years old. Surely there are other guys out there. What about Tebow? He's looking for a job."

"Nah. Like I said, we need a quarterback."

"Well ... there's no way I can do it at my age."

"Oh, come on. It'll be fun. I mean, if you come back, I'll go the extra mile for you and then some."

"Meaning?"

"I'll sign Jim Brown!"

(Click).

Ben Smith's blog.

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