Armageddon is the last battle between good and evil, the end of the world as we know it; whereas Favregeddon is an annual event, occurring each summer right around August. The battle is between Brett Favre's ego and his old body.
So far, what we know is that there are sources saying that Favre has text members of the Minnesota Vikings that he will retire, partly because his ankle has failed to respond to treatment as well as he'd like it to (of course, video evidence of him throwing at a high school football leads one to believe otherwise). From these anonymous sources, we now have some media outlets treating as fact, like ESPN, who just yesterday dedicated most of their time showing highlights of Favre while trying to get reactions from players and coaches around the NFL. Other media outlets are being cautious with this story, since this happens nearly every year.
Brad Childress, the head coach of the Vikings, claims that he has had no contact with Favre regarding his plans to retire, stating that he won't believe it until he hears it from Favre. Other Vikings, like tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, are taking the rumor more seriously, indicating that he's had contact with some players that have received the text messages which seem to at least imply that Favre is retiring.
Evidently what we know about this situation is nothing. In this author's opinion, thiswhole situation is about an increase in pay for Favre. Scheduled to make thirteen million this year, he might feel that his body might suffer some kind of permanent damage, either to his ankle or to something else. However, Favre, being the savvy media whore he is, does not want it to seem like it's about the money, so he uses his ankle as the leaked explanatory reason for his not being in camp. It has been reported this morning that the Vikings have now offered him twentymillion (sixteen guaranteed and up to four million in incentives) to play this year, a ridiculous amount to pay for a 40 year-old-going-on-41, but worth it considering the other possibilities at quarterback going forward.
But, I digress. This happens every year. And we won't have an answer from Favre for another two weeks, I'd wager.
Happy Favregeddon, everyone!