Little fly in the ointment with that new report about Brett Favre being set to have surgery later this week: Judd Zulgad of the Star-Trib aka Fish Wrap Factory West Side of the River says his paper has been unable to confirm what Charley Walters’ sources are telling him. Zulgad goes on to point out that the story could still be true, but cautions us not to get our hopes up, given all the other Favre stories that have turned out to be less-than-veracious once the light of reason was shone upon them.
There’s one element of the new story that will certainly give any observer of Twin Cities media pause: the name Charley Walters on the byline. Shooter has tried to sell us more bum steers over the last few years than almost anyone you can name. Then again, a story this big constitutes a much larger potential blow to a guy’s reputation than one of Shooter’s usual openly speculative pieces, so one would hope he would have his ducks in a row before running with it. The newspaper business is in enough trouble as it is.