Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:28 pm

CJ Wilson unimpressed with Favre's texting skills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though so much has been made about Brett Favre allegedly sexting and leaving inquisitive voice mails for former Jets employee Jenn Sterger (the two-year anniversary of Favre’s final attempt is today, people. Did anybody order a cake?), there hasn’t been too much talk about why Favre got caught.

Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson has the answer. Wilson says that in a technological sense (and perhaps in a matrimonial sense), Favre isn’t too smart.

From an interview with SI.com’s Jimmy Traina.

SI.com: The Brett Favre texting scandal was also a major story. What is with this phenomenon of athletes texting naked pictures of themselves?

Wilson: I think getting caught with that kind of stuff is directly related to technological intelligence. If you have a high tech IQ, you don't get caught. If you have a low tech, then you're gonna get caught doing stupid stuff. I have no sympathy for Favre. He gets exposed now for a multitude of different things, and maybe that's better. Maybe that will encourage him to stop holding the nation hostage every year while he decides if he wants to play or doesn't want to play.

Wow, thought-provoking and snarky at the same time. Good stuff.

So, let that be a lesson to everybody out there. Get a high technological IQ, and you’ll be all right. If not, don’t bother sexting a co-worker, because it probably won’t end well.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 11:48 am

Hot Routes 12.28.10: Bengals logo = urinal?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- All kinds of live coverage from Monday Night’s Falcons-Saints game. You’ve got my blog posts discussing whether Atlanta can recover after losing its homefield immortality and whether coach Mike Smith made the right call in punting on fourth-and-six late in the game. Also, check out Pete Prisco’s column from the Saints locker room, particularly on the need for some New Orleans defensive players to “piss” on the Falcons logo.

- Remember when that Nevada woman sued Ben Roethlisberger in July 2009 for allegedly sexual assaulting her in Lake Tahoe (we refer to this as Roethlisberger alleged incident No. 1) ? Yeah, that lawsuit is still open, and it’s not exactly moving forward at a fast pace.

- Cowboys QB Jon Kitna’s status is still unknown for the season finale against the Eagles. Which means we could get more of Stephen McGee.

- An update on Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger’s treatment for cancer. He’s going through a second round of chemotherapy.

- Happy two-year anniversary to Brett Favre and Jenn Sterger!

- See if you can follow the logic of Jerry Jones not wanting to hire a coach who’s already won a Super Bowl. I’m not sure I get it.

- Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston thinks Troy Smith’s career in the NFL might be over after the QB heatedly argued with former 49ers coach Mike Singletary on the sidelines Sunday.

- Who’s been the hero for the Vikings the past couple weeks? Why it’s director of operations/team travel Luther Hippe.

- Chiefs fans are EXCITED about buying playoff tickets.

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:26 pm

Why Favre is a virtual lock to stay sidelined

Posted by Andy Benoit

Don’t expect Brett Favre to get the last minute starting nod for his team’s primetime game again this week. Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier announced on Monday that Favre remains doubtful as he is yet to pass his concussion test.

It’s one thing to put a player on the field with a bum shoulder; it’s another, in this day and age, to put him on the field with a bum head. The Vikings would be opening themselves to serious scrutiny if they announce on Monday that Favre hasn’t passed a concussion test and then turn around and start him on Tuesday.

Thus, start looking forward to a battle of mobile quarterbacks Tuesday night, as Michael Vick’s Eagles will face Joe Webb’s Vikings.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 12:51 pm

Eagles-Vikings moved to Tuesday night

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Eagles-Vikings game has been moved to Tuesday at 8 p.m., the NFL has announced.

We already told you how the weather could affect tonight’s game, with Philadelphia expecting about a foot of snow with winds gusting as much as 45 mph. But the NFL, most likely wanting to protect the tens of thousands of fans who have tickets for tonight’s game, has decided to move it back 48 hours.

Now, with the postponement, there are a few extra interesting storylines.

1) Will Brett Favre play now? He wouldn't have gone today; that would have been Joe Webb's job. But now, he has an extra two days to pass the league-mandated concussion tests. With Favre, that, of course, is well within the realm of possibilities.

2) How will this affect the Eagles-Cowboys Week 17 game? It certainly won't help the Eagles, who will be battling for the No. 2 playoff seed (which comes with that all-important first-round bye). The Cowboys, who played Saturday, now will have three more extra days of rest when they face Philadelphia.

3) For Fantasy Footballers, this will also give RB Adrian Peterson a couple extra days to rest the leg injury that caused him to miss last week's game vs. the Giants. Peterson practiced Thursday and Friday, so he probably would have played anyway. But two extra days does a body good.

4) The only good news for the Vikings beat writers who will now stay in Philadelphia a couple extra days: this postponement will give them plenty of time to compare Pat's, Geno's and Jim's.

5) What will the children do now on Tuesday night? Disney on Ice in Philadelphia has been cancelled for the night.

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Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:48 pm

Hot Routes 12.24.10: No holiday cheer for MJD

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- For the third-straight day, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t practice while dealing with a knee injury. It’s not a good sign for Jacksonville, since no player who has missed a Friday practice with the team this year has ended up playing on a Sunday. At the same time, Jones-Drew has never missed a game due to injury. But yeah, it doesn’t look good at this point. He’s listed as doubtful on the injury report, and it'll be surprising if he suits up to play.

- Seattle’s Leon Washington and Mike Williams are candidates for the Comeback Player of the Year award. Williams knows who should get it. His teammate.

- Pro Football Talk has an interesting take on why we might not see a league decision regarding Brett Favre for a few more days.

- And speaking of Favre, how about Favre, the linebacker?

- Former Baltimore Colts and Redskins guard Ken Huff already has climbed Mount Kilimanjero once before. Now, he’s going back to do it again to help wounded soldiers.

- If you’d like to relive the topsy-turvy world of the Jets from 2010, here’s your chance to review the season.

- You remember how Ravens LB Terrell Suggs bragged about leaving Patriots QB Tom Brady off his Pro Bowl ballot? Well, Brady responded today, saying he would have voted for Suggs, in part because Suggs is such a nice guy.

- Break up the Browns? Aw, hell no, says defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

- If the Bengals decide to franchise tag Johnathan Joseph, Cincinnati’s CB would be OK with that. Considering he’d likely make $10-13 million, you can understand why.

- Some of the Steelers players will become awfully big Browns fans this weekend. It'll be for a weekend only.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 9:48 am

Proof that you all really do love Favre coverage

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Favre (US Presswire)

I have taken some heat for, as some have said, smugly reminding everyone that Brett Favre stays in the news because fans can’t get enough Brett Favre news. For some reason, it’s rude to point out that the people who complain about the quarterback’s overexposure are the same people who prompt that overexposure.

I know what you’re thinking: Nonsense! I really AM tired of Favre! He’s an egomaniacal washed up drama queen who only stays in the spotlight because the idiots in the media insist on putting him there!

And yet, you’re reading this sentence, which means you’re still reading this Favre story. And chances are, you were watching the Favre stories on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown the other night when it was announced that Number 4 was unexpectedly playing despite what was believed to be a season-ending shoulder injury.

Don’t worry, you aren’t the only closet Favre addict. Turns out, there were millions upon millions of people just like you who were watching Monday. The Countdown show set its all-time ratings record (3.5). Oh, and the previous highest-rated Countdown show was for a Vikings game involving Favre. Oh, and so was the one before that. But that’s probably just a coincidence, right. Because, after all, everyone is sick of Favre.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:06 am

Rhett Bomar: Vikings quarterback of the future?

Posted by Will Brinson

Rhett Bomar was signed off the Giants practice squad on Tuesday by the Vikings, which is a seemingly innocuous move, right?

Well, yeah, probably. But there's a little interesting subterfuge involved in that Bomar and the Vikings have an opportunity to forge a current and future symbiotic relationship.

Right now, as Chip Coggins points out at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Bomar is serving as the de facto Michael Vick practice dummy, which is the same thing he did with the Giants last week.

But Bomar isn't just there to do his best Vick imitation -- he thinks he can stick.

"It's a totally different situation," Bomar said. "There's no doubt about that. Eli's going to be there forever, and he's the franchise guy. Of course, everybody wants to play, and so I'm just looking for an opportunity to get on the field and show what I can do."

He's right -- barring some standard "miracle" that brings Brett Favre back to Minnesota, the quarterback competition next year is going to be WIDE open. There's little chance that the Vikings will roll with just Bomar and re-converted rookie Joe Webb (although that would be great for one of them), but best case he might be fighting against Webb and another rookie.

Worst case is he's competing against Webb and an acquired veteran like Donovan McNabb. But even that offers some opportunity.

Obviously some of this hinges on whether or not Leslie Frazier remains the head coach, but it's at least a better opportunity than he'll see in New York any time soon.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 3:58 pm

Vikings preparing to start Joe Webb

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Vikings are priming rookie quarterback Joe Webb to start this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brett Favre did not practice Wednesday due to a variety of ailments (the newest being a concussion suffered Monday night against the Bears). Not that Favre's injury status on Wednesday matters after he went from "out" to "questionable" Monday, but Leslie Frazier says the veteran is day-to-day.

Of course, we’ve fallen for this trick before. And with Sunday’s game being a nationally-televised primetime affair, we’re taking the news of Webb starting with the proper grain of salt.

Against Chicago, Webb looked every bit like the raw sixth-round rookie that he is. If his first read wasn’t open, he was quick to tuck the ball and run. Often times, he ran directly into the pass-rush. Webb showed some zip as a passer when he had time to stand in a clean pocket, but he more than one occasion, he was also baited into interceptions/near interceptions in those scenarios.

Whether it’s Webb under center or You Know Who once again, there’s still plenty of reason to watch Sunday night. After all, there’s no longer a question about who starts at quarterback for the Eagles.

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