Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 10:50 am

Jenn Sterger, part deux

Jenn Sterger said she wants to go into sportscasting (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Blissfully, I didn’t watch a minute of the final installment of the two-part Good Morning America interview with Jenn Sterger (come to think of it, I didn’t watch part I either, though you can catch the recap here) .

But luckily for everybody, USA Today’s Michael McCarthy watched today (and even more luckily, there is video on the website of some of her interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolous), and he reports that Sterger still wants to break into the world of sportscasting.

"I knew what I was getting myself into working in sports. It's the boy club," said Sterger.

Asked about the NFL’s investigation into the alleged sexting incident and the decision to fine Brett Favre $50,000, she didn’t seem to have much interest in talking about it. “It’s a league matter,” she said.

And that’s pretty much what she had to say. Riveting stuff (or, for most of the rest of the world, not so riveting stuff) from somebody who seems sort of desperate to remain in the public eye. Kind of like another person we know.

His name is Brett Favre. 

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:39 am

Jenn Sterger interview on 'Good Morning America'

Posted by Will Brinson

Jenn Sterger appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning and the interview went about as well as you could expect, although it's worth noting that Sterger does come off as fairly sympathetic in the video.

"How are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news?" Sterger asked of George Stephanopoulos during the interview.

She also pointed out that she's never actually met Favre, which should significantly surprise a lot of people who don't follow football closely.

Her claim, in fact, is that she wants to distance herself from the situation.

"I don't want anything to do with it," Sterger said. "I didn't want anything to do with it in 2008, I didn't want anything to do with it in 2010, I don't want anything to do with it now."

As to the Favre "incident," Sterger alleges she was "approached one day ... by a man wearing a Jets badge" who inquired about Favre getting her phone number.

"I'd say I like my job an awful lot, and I've been told I look remarkably like his wife," Sterger claims she told the Jets employee. "Have a good day."

Interestingly, she never knew -- or at least claims she never knew -- that the person on the texts and voicemails were Favre.

And she used the line "I don't really recall," to describe whether or not she sent him a text in reply.

So, yeah. We -- which in this case includes Sterger and maybe Favre -- have some closure on this now. I think. Let's hope so.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:18 am

Sterger: 'I just want my life back'

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember the news about Jenn Sterger appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" to talk about Brett Favre? Well, in all the excitement, you might have forgotten, but it's tomorrow. Yay!

And in the interview -- the commercials of which have gotten a ton of run on a certain four-letter sports network owned by ABC in the past 24 hours -- things are going to get pretty emotional. After all, Sterger's life was ruined somewhere over the last year or so.

"I just want my life back," Sterger says in the preview for the interview. "That's all I'm asking for. Just to be able to go back to work. To be able to go back to enjoying what I do. Entertaining people. Making people laugh. The hardest part about this whole thing is that I am a ridiculous person. I love to entertain people, and to say crazy things. And I'm pretty unapologetic about it."

It's not that hard to feel bad for someone who had their life "taken away" because a creepy old famous guy allegedly texted her pictures of his privates. Especially if the whole thing went public and she didn't make a cent of off it.

"I haven't made a dime off anything in this whole situation. Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine," Sterger said. "I'm not a gold-digger. The only way I wanted to make my money this whole time was to just have a job."

Here's the thing, though -- if she's so dead-set on staying out of the public limelight, why is she doing nationally televised interviews?

And why did she have a publicist working for her during the whole Favre thing? I'm not trying to assign blame to someone who got sexted -- and therefore sure does seem like the victim in this situation -- but it's somewhat difficult to think that she didn't bring just a little bit of this onto herself.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 6:38 pm

Sterger is back, guess who she's discussing

Sterger Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interview with Jenn Sterger – she of, sigh, Brett Favre sexting fame – will be showcased this week on Good Morning America, and USA Today’s Michael McCarthy has some of the lowdown on what she said.

In Sterger’s words, a Jets employee tried to play matchmaker between Favre and Sterger (though, didn’t we kind of already know this?).

"I was approached one day at the beginning of the preseason games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, 'How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number? What would you say?’" Sterger said. "And I just looked at him, my usual smartass self. And I said, 'I'd say I like my job an awful lot. And I've been told I look remarkably like his wife.’”

After she walked away without giving the person her phone number, she thought that was the end of it. She was wrong.

Also, she wants to make clear that she’s not a golddigger.

"I haven't made a dime off anything in this whole situation,” she said. “Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine."

The interview will air Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 a.m. and then again at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday on Nightline.

Sterger, I’m sure, would appreciate it if you would watch. Favre would probably rather you not.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 4:43 pm

Offseason Checkup: Minnesota Vikings

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eye on Football's playing doctor for every NFL team with our Offseason Check-ups .

The Vikings’ perils couldn’t have been any worse for Minnesotans and any better for bloggers. Brett Favre drama took on a whole new tenor. Added to the cacophony of “Will he play?” questions was “Do you think it was him?” speculation.

Favre’s acrimonious relationship with Brad Childress did not improve, either, which was part of the reason the head coach was unable to survive through November.

Things didn’t pick up once Childress was fired. Symbolically, and fortunately for Zygi Wilf and his cadre of business cohorts seeking a new stadium, also literally, the Metrodome roof collapsed, leaving this team homeless for the holidays. The novelty of relocated Monday night games distracted from the fact that the Vikings finished the season in the same way they started it: with a thud.


There is no reason to keep Naufahu Tahi on the roster. Even if the 29-year-old fullback had played well in 2010 (and he did not), his presence would be a hindrance. Adrian Peterson is a violent, decisive runner who does not have good patience when it comes to setting up his blocks. Peterson’s natural tendency is to get the ball and explode.

When there is a fullback in front of him, he’s forced to slow down and wait for the play to develop. Tahi, like most fullbacks, can’t hit the hole as quickly as Peterson can, even when he’s starting out two yards closer to the hole.

Peterson is better in an empty backfield. And, with a plethora of tight ends already on the roster, including blocking specialists Jeff Dugan and Jim Kleinsasser, the Vikings are better running out of dual tight end formations anyway. Save a roster spot; dump the fullback.

1. Quarterback
Favre is really gone this time (*) and, with Childress gone, the front office has realized it is finally free to admit that Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer.

2. Offensive Tackle
The Vikings won’t draft someone at this position because that’d be admitting it was a mistake to sign Bryant McKinnie to a long-term deal and invest a second-round draft pick in Phil Loadholt. The reality is, the 6’8” 350-pound McKinnie’s heart is the size of a dwarf’s. The 6’8”, 335-pound Loadholt is still developing but is yet to show any signs of ferocity.

3. Cornerback
Antoine Winfield is creeping up in age but can still play, especially if asked to man the slot. Problem is, Minnesota doesn’t have any stability outside. Cedric Griffin tore both ACL’s at different times in 2010. Asher Allen has become every quarterback’s favorite opponent. Last year’s second-round pick, Chris Cook, has character concerns and just six games to his name, thanks to injuries as a rookie.

This team’s window of opportunity has closed. The Vikings knew this was coming – why do you think they were so desperate in their pursuit of Favre last summer? Now they must develop a new green quarterback behind an offensive line that is much, much worse than people realize (Favre’s quick decision making masked many pass protection deficiencies last season).

The defense, which already needs help in the secondary given that the pass-rush has tailed off, will take a step back if nose tackle Pat Williams does not return (he’s an unrestricted free agent).

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:16 pm

Hot Routes 4.8.11 TGI cliche time

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

  • The Vikings stadium bill was posted in the Senate on Friday. The Senate was not in session, so the bill cannot be officially introduced until Monday.

  • Many believe that Marion Barber, due $4.25 million in 2011, will not be in a Cowboys uniform at the beginning of the season.

  • For the draft, Colts president Bill Polian will assume that his team's free agents are gone. (This sounds like lockout news, but chances are, Polian always takes this stance when drafting.)

  • With the Orioles off to a hot start and the Ravens not doing anything whatsoever at the moment, now seems to be a fair time to ask if the city of Baltimore is a baseball town or a football town.

  • Chris Dielman is testifying in defense of his buddy Brian Giles, who is the defendant in a domestic violence case.

  • Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is visiting with the Raiders.

  • The Patriots could be looking at Illinois running back Mike Leshoure.

  • Brett Favre is hosting a one-day seven on-on-seven high school football camp in Mississippi to raise money for charity.

  • Drew Rosenhaus doesn’t think the Dolphins can win a playoff game with Chad Henne. (It’s rare to hear the super-agent say something that burns any chance of him snagging another client.)

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 8:12 pm

Jets fighting Favre massage therapists' suit

Posted by Andy Benoit

You thought you were sick of Brett Favre stories. But admit it: given the state of the lockout, you kind of enjoy revisiting a little Favre drama right now, don’t you?

The Jets want no part in the Favre drama. On Monday, they responded to a lawsuit filed by two massage therapists who claimed they received racy, unwanted texts from Favre in 2008. The massage therapists, Shannon O'Toole and Christina Scavo, say that after Scavo’s husband asked Favre to leave the women alone and apologize, they were no longer given work by the Jets organization. Thus, they’re suing the team. (And Favre, of course.)

The Jets’ response? The women were merely contracted workers whom the organization didn’t even think much about, and that the team was unaware of the Favre drama.

"The relationship (with the team) they seek to portray could not be further from the truth," Jets lawyer Gary H. Glaser wrote in response to a lawsuit, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Jets say they never guaranteed ongoing work to any massage therapist. O’Toole and Scavo were originally hired in 2007 and made available to all players for “Recovery Days” during the preseason. In September 2008, the Jets moved their training camp from Hofstra (Long Island) to Florham Park (their New Jersey home). The team then started contracting New Jersey massage therapists. O’Toole and Scavo are Long Islanders.

The Jets argues that this is why O’Toole and Scavo were no longer brought in. O’Toole and Scavo argue that the Jets are using the relocation as a cover. The two women are seeking unspecified damages.

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