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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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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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L.A. May Finally Get its NFL Team

Of course, it means someone else will likely lose theirs.

(Oh, admittedly, I just like pointing out this story because the Vikings are on the list of teams which could relocating in the next decade without a new stadium.)

INDUSTRY, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he had signed a bill allowing the construction of a 75,000-seat stadium that developers hope will lure an NFL team back to the Los Angeles area.

Schwarzenegger said he signed the environmental exemption bill last week but saved the announcement for a press conference in Industry, where the stadium would be built about 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

The bill would nullify a lawsuit filed by residents in nearby Walnut over the project’s environmental impact.

Schwarzenegger called the lawsuit frivolous as he addressed a crowd of union members wearing hardhats. Across the street, a dozen protesters held signs saying “No Stadium.”

“This is the best kind of action state government can create — action that cuts red tape, generates jobs, is environmentally friendly and brings a continued economic boost to California,” Schwarzenegger said.

Majestic Realty Co. is heading the stadium project after helping develop Staples Center, the downtown Los Angeles home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Kings.

Majestic has targeted seven teams as candidates to move to the Los Angeles area: the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

The firm has said the teams are in stadiums that are either too small or can’t be updated with luxury box seats or other revenue sources an NFL club needs to thrive.

Huh, had no idea the Niners were looking to replace Candlestick Park.

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Green Bay TV Jumps for Chance to Carry Vikings Games

Oh dear lord, give me a break.

You won’t be able to catch Brett Favre at the helm of the Minnesota Vikings on local TV during the preseason, but eight regular-season Vikings games are set on local stations.

WBAY, Channel 2, looked into carrying today’s Vikings game against the Kansas City Chiefs with no luck. The Vikings hold the rights to that game.

“They didn’t want to give them to us,” said Don Carmichael, WBAY general manager. “They didn’t want to ruffle the feathers of the Packers.”

Two of the remaining preseason Vikings games are spoken for by ESPN and the NFL Network, with no local broadcasts allowed out of the home markets.

Six of the regular-season Vikings games will be carried on Fox affiliate WLUK, Channel 11.

That schedule includes games at noon Sept. 13, at Cleveland Browns; noon Oct. 11, at St. Louis Rams; noon Nov. 1, at Green Bay Packers; noon Nov. 15, Detroit Lions; noon Nov. 29, Chicago Bears; and 3:15 p.m. Dec. 6, at Arizona Cardinals.

Fox tailors its game assignments to what works best for a given market, “and it turns out most of the games assigned to us include the Vikings,” said Jay Zollar, WLUK general manager.

WBAY landed local rights for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” coverage of the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Packers-Vikings game .

Also in the schedule is the noon Dec. 13 Cincinnati Bengals-Vikings game on CBS affiliate WFRV, Channel 5. The Oct. 18 Vikings game on CBS conflicts with the Packers game that day.

It’s common for television markets within the same NFL division to show the other games of their in-division opponents on their networks; your team often isn’t the only game you’ll be able to see on Fox or CBS on a given Sunday.  This may just be the first time Green Bay media actually posted the schedule of them in public before.

Last season, the Green Bay CBS-affiliate WFRV, made a special plea to the network to get as many New York Jets game as possible.  That request was fulfilled.

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Ashton Kutcher is One Upset Dude

The following video contains ADULT language.  It is one man’s opinion — mind you he’s a Bears fan, but even they are entitled to speak their minds, if poorly — on the return of Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite his ranting and raving, Kutcher does have a point.  The NFL is allowing Brett Favre — no doubt because he’s Brett Favre — to exploit a MAC Truck-sized loophole in the NFLPA and owners collective bargaining agreement.  What is to stop any future player who is upset with his current team or contract to just ‘retire,’ submit his paperwork to the league, get released from their old team which would nullify the current contract, and then ‘unretire’ and sign with another team who gives him either a better contract or team?

Hate to say it, but Kelso’s got a point there.

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ESPN: Favre In Anguish Over Decision

Of course he is…it wouldn’t be the same if Brett Favre actually acted on a whim.

Though it must be said, for a quarterback known for being a ‘gun-slinger,’ and ‘able to think on the fly,’ these past five off-seasons of “Will He / Won’t He,” that are akin to a hostage negotiation with three NFL franchise have shown us so much about who “The Real Brett Favre” is.

With Minnesota Vikings players scheduled to report to training camp in less than a week, Brett Favre remains anguished about whether he should come out of retirement and join the team. That decision, according to sources, has become more difficult in recent days because of the efforts of Vikings players including Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Steve Hutchinson, all of whom have now begun calling and texting Favre in an attempt to convince him to become Minnesota’s starting quarterback.

“If it weren’t for the involvement of the Vikings players directly telling Brett they want him on their team, I think he might have already decided against playing again,” a source said.

A source said that Favre is beginning to feel a sense of obligation, not only to Vikings players but to a coaching staff that has been recruiting him since the moment the New York Jets released him in April. According to sources, Favre has been communicating regularly with Vikings head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was Favre’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay for three seasons.

While it has seemingly been an effective strategy, using other players to recruit Favre — if Vikings coaches are actively involved — is not without some risk. If Favre opts not to play, incumbent quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels might feel a sense of betrayal.

Money is not an issue, as a source says that Favre and the Vikings have negotiated a one-year contract worth approximately $10 million. But the quarterback has not decided whether to sign it.

What seems unresolved in Favre’s mind is whether, at age 39, he can reasonably expect to be healthy enough to play 16-plus games for the Vikings while maintaining the standard of performance he expects of himself.

Don’t expect me to comment on the ‘decision’ tomorrow.  Family’s in town for Kurt’s graduation, so I’m going to be spending the day celebrating his success being proud of my little brother.

That said, he’s coming back.

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