NFL: Brett Favre stayed out of the news for, oh, almost five days. On his new Web site on Thursday, he posted a welcome note to fans that sure sounds like he’s setting up for another retirement: "I want to thank all of my fans for a memorable season. While the season didn’t end in Miami as we had all hoped, I couldn’t have enjoyed this season any more than I did. … And to the fans — those in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, and across the country — I want to express my heartfelt thanks for all of the support and goodwill that you’ve shown me, Deanna, and the girls throughout the season. It’s truly humbling to know that so many of you are pulling for us. Regardless of what the future holds, I want everyone to know that I will cherish the memories of the past year for the rest of my life. — Brett Favre" Then again, maybe he’s just one really happy Viking. You can sign up on the site to get a newsletter with the latest about No. 4. (Yeah, Fly did sign up.)
NBA: Speaking of retiring, Stephen A. Smith thinks Allen Iverson might be pondering retirement, even though, "According to those close to the Answer, there’s no truth to that." Smith cites another anonymous source as saying, "I didn’t know a damn thing about his decision to skip [All-Star] weekend until this morning. I’m stunned. Even with the things the way they are, I could’ve sworn he’d be in Dallas by now." What the so-called confidant is referring to is Iverson’s 3-year-old daughter being ill.
• Donnie Walsh issues an assurance that the Knicks don’t want just to rent Tracy McGrady — they’d be interested in re-signing him in July if they trade for McGrady now. "I’m not doing this for immediate satisfaction," Walsh told the New York Post.
Olympics: While you tune in for Olympics action over the next two weeks, might want to save this nifty visual dictionary of snowboarding tricks. NBA fans, you might like the "Frontside Alley-oop."
• Thought jockeys, wrestlers, figure skaters and gymnasts were the only ones that resort to extreme measures to keep their weight down? Ski jumpers are now among athletes prone to eating disorders as they battle the physics of flight.
Other news: Rest in peace Walter Frederick Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee, who died in Utah at the age of 90.