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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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The “G” is for “Greatness”

Never knew this.

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Yeah, This is a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

I’ll have to consult any of the blogging lawyers, but I believe the legal term here is “Wrongful Termination.”

With Chicago reeling from Sunday’s painful playoff loss, Monday morning probably wasn’t the best time for car salesman John Stone to share his love for the Green Bay Packers with co-workers and customers.

But Stone, 34, proudly showed up for work at Webb Chevrolet in south suburban Oak Lawn wearing his green-and-yellow Packers necktie anyway.

Now he’s former car salesman John Stone.

The morning after the Chicago Bears’ hated rivals beat them at Soldier Field to advance to the Super Bowl, Webb’s general manager Jerry Roberts says he fired Stone for refusing to remove the Packers-branded tie.

The facts aren’t in dispute, only the appropriateness of the novelty neckwear.

“He said, ‘You have two options,’ ” a furious Stone said later Monday. “Remove the tie, or you’re fired.”

“When I didn’t, he said, ‘You can leave, you’re fired.’

The rest of the article is  about Stone — an African American and father of two — and why he loves the Pack…and how the dealership has advertising and sponsorship ties to the Bears.

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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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“Like a Freight Train with Stick’em!”

The mid 90s Dennis Hopper-Sterling Sharpe Nike Commercial, from Hopper’s “Crazy Ref” series for Nike.

Rest in Peace Dennis Hopper, rest in peace.

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ESPN Goes Hollywood, Bags DeNiro

For years, ESPN has been making feature-length bio films on its network.  For the first time since starting these projects, the worldwide leader in sports has bagged an Oscar-winner for one of these projects as Robert DeNiro has signed on to the network’s planned bio of Vince Lombardi and the Packers Glory years.

No word if this movie will first hit theaters or make its premiere on ESPN.

Robert De Niro is set to play Vince Lombardi in an upcoming movie.

ESPN announced Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actor has agreed to play the Hall of Fame coach in the film it is developing with Andell Entertainment and the NFL.

“Lombardi” will chronicle the years in which he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the NFL’s worst team to league champions. It is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2012 during the weekend between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.

Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for “Forrest Gump,” has also signed on to the project. De Niro’s Tribeca Productions will join the producing group. A director has yet to be chosen.

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