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Somewhere in Mississippi, A Man is Screaming

Breaking from the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

The Green Bay Packers have signed General Manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension, team president Mark Murphy said Friday.

Murphy said the sides actually agreed to the deal in December but wanted to wait until after the season to announce it so it wouldn’t be a distraction for the team in its successful bid to win the Super Bowl.

Thompson had two years remaining on his contract. Murphy wouldn’t comment on the length of the deal, but the last time Thompson did a contract extension, in January 2008, he also had two years remaining, and it extended his deal to five years.

Thompson, 58, has been the Packers’ GM since 2005.

Early reaction from Packers players online is extremely positive.  On Twitter, All-Pro Linebacker Clay Matthews called the news, a “Great Move!!”

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Favre: Packers Can Win it All

That’s real nice of him.

Now, was this the same guy who told the Bears’ Julius Pepper to beat the Packers?  Pretty sure it was…

Brett Favre may have left Green Bay three years ago, but he’s still got the Packers in his heart.

In an e-mail response to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Favre said Monday that the Packers are “by far” the best team left in the NFL playoffs.

“[Packers QB] Aaron [Rodgers] is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe,” Favre said in the e-mail. “But [defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] and the defense gets the MVP award at this stage.”

Rodgers, who’s emergence made Favre expendable in Green Bay before the 2008 season, led the Packers to a dominant 48-21 win over the top-seeded Falcons on Saturday.

Favre officially filed retirement papers with the league Monday after two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and one year with the New York Jets. The 41-year old Mississippi native originally retired in 2008 after the Packers decided to go with Rodgers as their starting quarterback.

However, Favre decided he wanted to return later in the year and was eventually traded to the Jets.

But Favre insisted he holds no grudges against the organization he was with for 16 seasons.

“There is no bitterness. I’m happy for them and very happy and content with my legacy,” Favre told Werder.

Favre again chose to retire after the 2008 season, but signed with the rival Vikings in August 2009. Favre’s decision alienated many of those Packers fans who once cheered his Lambeau Field heroics.

Still, Favre thinks this is the year for Green Bay to win its first Super Bowl since Favre and the Packers beat the New England Patriots in 1998 in Super Bowl XXXI.

“I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering,” Favre said in the e-mail.

I’m pretty much done questioning the motives of Brett Lorenzo Favre.  What he tells Ed Werder may indeed be the truth; or it may be just an attempt to rebuild his image with a the Packers fan base.

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Favre to Do Leno

Get the TiVO ready, he’s taking the “Hamlet Act” to Late Night…again.

From ESPN’s NFC North Blog:

The most interesting part of Brett Favre’s scheduled television appearance is whether we’ll know anything about his future before then.

Yes, Favre is on Jay Leno’s official guest list for the March 4 taping of the Tonight Show. (I believe SportsbyBrooks.com gets the hat tip for this one.) Will Favre make an announcement, prolong the speculation or wax poetic about a decision he could conceivably make before then? I imagine Minnesota will know Favre’s plans before Leno, but you never know.

In an auspicious bit of timing, the show will air less than two hours before the official start of the NFL’s free agent market.

The last time Favre appeared on late night television, it was with CBS’s David Letterman in 2008, where he began his public ambiguity about having retired less than a month before.

May the Vikings fans enjoy this saga as much as we have.

And, don’t expect to hear an answer from Favre on if/when he might be coming back until a week or so before training camp.  After a promise of missing all “Organized Team Activities” (OTAs) and half of training camp has been secured.  It’s how Favre operates; get used to it.

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Yeah, We’ve Been There Vikings Fans

A Vikings fan posts on YouTube his silent reaction to the game-winning 40 yard field goal in the New Orleans – Minnesota game.  (H/T Allapundit via Twitter.)

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Apparently Only “Capper” Misses This

Like clockwork, with the Packers heart-breaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chris “Capper” Leibenthal blamed everything about Sunday’s loss on Packers’ GM Ted Thompson. (I personally blame the numerous dropped passes by the receiving corps, an injury-deprived secondary where guys on the team one week are now in the Dime Package, and a certain kicker who shall not be named for fear of an expletive-laced rant will be unleashed.)

Now, it’s no doubt Leibenthal sided with Favre in the “Great Packers Divide of 2008,” that’s fine; he’s entitled to his opinion, but I for one am glad I don’t have this headache going on again as Favre’s ego puts itself in front of his new team (Again).

Brett Favre didn’t want to come out of Sunday’s 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He let Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress know about it. And after the game he let the media know about it.

Television footage showed Favre and Childress in an animated discussion on the sideline during the third quarter, while the Vikings were still leading 7-6. With the offensive line struggling to contain Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, Favre was getting hurried and knocked down.

Favre did not come out of the game. But in postgame comments, it was apparent he was not happy with what happened.

“Yeah, there was a heated discussion, I guess you would call it,” Favre said of the exchange. “No secret, I was getting hit a little bit. I felt the pressure on a lot of plays. We had seven points. So I think everyone in the building was like, ‘They’re not moving the ball, they’re not getting points.’ Brad wanted to go in a different direction and I wanted to stay in the game. ”

It was not the first time that Childress wanted to pull Favre from a game, but found the veteran quarterback not willing to step aside.

Sources tell ESPN that on Oct. 5, during a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers that drew national attention for Favre’s first game against his former team, Childress tried to pull Favre when he was unhappy about a decision the quarterback had made.

The Vikings had a 30-20 lead and were running their four-minute offense. The Packers were out of timeouts, and the Vikings called a run play on 3rd and 10 with 3:27 left. Favre changed the play at the line of scrimmage and took a shot downfield that fell incomplete, stopping the clock.

Childress was furious and told offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell that he was taking Favre out of the game, sources told ESPN. Bevell talked Childress out of it, but news got back to Favre that Childress was going to pull him.

That week, sources said, Favre went into Childress’ office and confronted him and Childress backtracked, saying that it was the emotion of the game and the coach didn’t want to get too far away from what they were doing offensively.

On Nov. 15, Favre was taken out of a game against Detroit, with a little more than five minutes remaining and the Vikings up 27-10. Childress tried to smooth the situation over by joking about pulling Favre, but he was not amused, sources told ESPN.

Later today, ESPN’s “NFC North Blog” reported that after watching this week’s press conference with Vikings head coach Brad Childress the blogger came away with the idea that the Favre-Childress dynamic is more “colleagues” than that of “Player-Coach.”

On some ways that’s fine; but on others it feels a lot like those new age parents who’d rather be their child’s friend than their parent.  In the end, the lack of discipline and order structure tends to give you out-of-control, spoiled brats.

Until then, enjoy the sideshow about to unfold in Minnesota.  I for one welcome the Vi-Queens suffering through the Favre soap opera rather than the Packers.  It will be a lot like an ex-boyfriend watching his ex-girlfriend sabotage her new relationship from the outside.  He knows what’s coming, feels sorry for the new guy in his ex-girlfriend’s life, but can’t help but still smirk as it’s going through the implosion stage.

UPDATE: Favre’s weekly press conference is Wednesday.

(Yes, I miss this too, don’t you?)

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William Henderson: Boo Packers Fans, Boo

Via ESPN’s “NFC North Blog,” which also points out this.

Interesting side note: As a free agent in 2006, Henderson visited the Vikings and entered into negotiations with the team before the Packers re-signed him. Nothing like using a division rival for a little contract leverage.

Since retiring from the NFL after the 2006 season (He was released by the Packers and no other team was willing to sign him), Henderson has been trying to break into a career in broadcasting.

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We Tried to Warn You Vikings Fans

Because “capper” only shows Brett Favre’s highlights as a Viking these days…

Get ready Packers fans; and get loud.

And if you need any incentive, please read this website interview done by Favre’s college-aged daughter Brittney (H/T Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee), where you can see the brainwashing has taken to her quite well.

How did you feel seeing your father’s press conference when he retired from the Green Bay Packers. Did you think it was going to be that hard for him to do?

I knew it was going to be hard because what a lot of people didn’t realize at the time was that there was a lot of pressure for him to do so. People deny it, but drafting a quarterback isn’t exactly welcoming for a veteran. He was being worked out of the picture and he knew that. That year he brought the packers to the NFC championship game that came down to the wire. It was emotional for him because he knew he wasn’t ready to retire. He was right about the fact that he didn’t have much to give, because he was tired of feeling like the organization was waiting to pull the plug. It was a tough time, even before he retired. I’m so happy he came out of that situation without ever losing his character.

Man, I was more dead on in July 2008 than I thought.

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Favre Fined $10,000 for Illegal Block

This may be something I’d have to contact the Elias Sports Bureau about, but was Favre ever fined as a Packer?

He’s not even a regular season game in, and he’s been fined as a Viking.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday for his crackback block on Houston defensive back Eugene Wilson in a preseason game.

The play happened on Monday night at Houston in Favre’s first extensive action since he signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18.

The 39-year-old lined up at receiver in Minnesota’s version of the wildcat offense. Rookie receiver Percy Harvin took the snap and started running around the left end in Favre’s direction. Despite playing with sore ribs, the quarterback crouched and threw his body at Wilson’s legs to cut him down.

The game was televised nationally and the block caused an uproar in Houston and elsewhere around the league. Wilson injured his left knee on the play and defensive players have long considered that type of block a dirty play.

“What was up with that?” Wilson said after the game when asked about the block. “Seriously, what was up with that?”

His agent, James Sims, wondered what was up with the fine.

“Absolutely not,” Sims said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston when asked if the punishment fit the deed. “Certainly there have been similar blatant infractions like this where a player has received a one-game suspension, which would have cost Favre a whole lot more money.”

Sims said Wilson was looking to get an apology from Favre.

“Eugene went back out on the field after the game hoping Favre would come up to him and apologize and express some concern and that didn’t happen,” Sims said. “Eugene then was hoping Favre would send him an apology through some sort of correspondence, but that hasn’t happened, either. Eugene is still hopeful Favre will apologize to him.”

No word yet in Minnesota if such an apology has been issued.

Frankly, given its availability to members of the sports press and certain sports franchises, I’m bit surprised Wilson doesn’t contact Favre on his cell phone.

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NFL May Fine Favre for Illegal Block

Oh, how quickly some saints can become sinners…in Vi-queen gear.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre potentially could face a fine by the league for an illegal block during a preseason game Monday night. The play is under review by the league, an NFL official said Tuesday.

Favre was penalized for an illegal crack-back block on the Houston Texans’ Eugene Wilson. Favre lined up at wide receiver on the play in a “Wildcat” formation.

“What was up with that?” Wilson said after the game of Favre’s illegal block, according to the Associated Press. “Seriously, what was up with that?”

Favre said during his postgame news conference that he hadn’t been trying to hurt Wilson.

Even so, the league office handed out numerous fines last season for illegal hits during games, to the point that players and union officials were critical of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s approach. The fines were imposed in many instances to protect quarterbacks. In this case, it’s a quarterback that potentially could be fined.

USAToday has a long blog post (H/T Sean Hackbarth) on how the usually Favre-loving, heavy-breathing, slurpers in Monday Night Football booth turned on him on a dime upon seeing the replay.  My favorite was play-by-play man Mike Tirico.

Tirico, the play-by-play announcer, added to the criticism.

“I don’t care, Brett Favre or not, that’s not cool,” said Tirico, as Jaworski seconded his notion.

“You’re messing with a guy’s career when you do that. That’s not right.”

Here’s Favre’s “Ah shucks” explanation after the game to the Minneapolis press.

“Percy was running my way Believe me, I hope he’s OK. I hope it didn’t look as bad on film as it may have seemed but my intentions, believe me, were not to hurt anyone, including myself. Percy was running my way, I was out there, there’s going to be those people who say you should have done nothing. Get out of the way. But I think had I not blocked anyone and just got out of the way and Percy gets hit and gets hurt, I think that looks worse.”

There’s nothing against Favre throwing a block, just not as illegal a block as he threw.

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Favre: “I May Have Cracked Rib”

How and when did this happen exactly?

Did he fall out of bed wrong?  Was he not wearing the special QB Red Jersey, or did he fall off the tractor?

Brett Favre told ESPN before the Minnesota Vikings‘ game on Monday that he suspects he may have a cracked rib.

Favre hasn’t had an official diagnosis, but he says taking a deep breath causes discomfort. The 39-year-old quarterback isn’t listed on the injury report and no other other Vikings official mentioned the injury pregame.

The three-time MVP says he has no plans to wear any kinds of special padding, saying “the damage is done.” Favre is expected to play the entire first half against the Houston Texans.

Favre, who signed a $25 million deal with the Vikings on Aug. 18, completed just one pass for four yards over two series in his Minnesota debut just days later.

Me?  I’ll believe it when I see it.  Favre may indeed be injured, but it could also be all a stunt to either get more rest as he continues to work the rust of not being at training camp off or wants the Texans to lay up on him.

That, or he’s not injured, fakes it, and then has a great game to grow the legend.

Sorry if that sounds overly cynical, but I’m taking this season with Brett Favre in Vi-queens purple as he is not the down home country boy who plays for the love of the game, but is a master manipulator who will do and say anything to get his way.

Also, when did he get a medical degree?  I doubt he’s qualified to self-diagnose.

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