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It's toasty in Green Bay

Posted on: July 27, 2008 8:05 pm

The last time I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the temperature was 15-below zero, causing me to praise the fact I live in Florida.

It was 100 degrees hotter than that when my plane landed there Sunday.

It's even hotter inside the Green Bay Packers' offices. With Brett Favre threatening to send in his letter of re-instatement any day, the Packers can't be too happy. If he comes back, they pay him $12 million to sit and watch, not to mention have to deal with the legion of Favre lovers who want him to play.

Favre will put off reporting a couple of days -- the team reported Sunday -- to try and give the Packers time to work out a trade. If not, he said he's coming to camp.

Practice that clipboard holding, Brett.

If the Packers can't trade him, they don't want to let him go to a team in their division, which he would do if he were released. So life as a backup might be in Favre's future. Aaron Rodgers is their guy.

Favre went national this weekend to some of his buddies in the media and let his story out, basically once again trying to portray himself as a victim. He said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to him again Saturday, with the chance the Goodell could intervene. He said he talked with Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who urged him not to report Sunday.

Why Goodell is involved is questionable. It's not his business. Favre's a player under contract and the team views him as a backup.

Story over.

The Packers have moved on. I feel for coach Mike McCarthy, a good man who doesn't need this circus hovering over his team and their camp.

Once again, Favre is trying to be bigger than the game. If his name were Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens, he'd be getting fried like a cheese curd. As it is, Favre is getting a pass.

Pass is an interesting word. Do those who think Favre can still be a star forget his last pass? That went into the stomach of one Corey Webster, leading to the Giants' game-winning-field goal in the NFC Championship Game.

That was six months ago, the last time I was in Green Bay. It was bitter cold that day.

Too bad I didn't have the Favre-Packers fire then to warm me up.


Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 9:07 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay




Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 2:57 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

Do you agree with them offering him 20 Million to stay retired?

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 8:10 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

I can't stay away from this any longer. I agree with the Packers organization, its not that they did not want him.. They approached him not long after the season was over and asked him if he was wanting to come back.. He told them no. Unlike last year when he waited and waited,  did not give the Packer org. any respect to what his plans were for the next season and they had to go into the draft blind. They did ask him (Brett) and he said no. They decide to move on. They drafted a QB this year. The future as they call it, is just that. Rodgers is another style QB, they have to make plays around his style. With the cap like it is they need to know what they have with him at the helm and build around him or the other QB. The Packers are not like the Big Tuna,  who comes in puts a team in cap hell to try to win in 1 or 2 years. The Pack wants that dynasty like the old days. The youth they have need to grow together, no they may not get close this year, then again they might. I have no problem with Favre wanting to play, but he thought he could walk in grab the ball and start playing, because he is "Bret Favre" "I do what I want attitude" and good for the org.  to move on. He is there employee. He played games with them last year now it there turn to repay the favor. Plus another thing about his attitude and honestly this is what lost my respect for him (Brat Favre), remember when he got banged up last year a little and had to sit for some of a game, not sure what game, middle season maybe? Rodgers came in and did a good job remind you, but when he was coming back and forth to the sidelines for plays..Where was Brett ,to be there helping him out? no where they showed him setting on his butt pouting with his arms crossed on the bench, he never not once tried to help his teammate. It tore him up to see Rodgers doing a good job. Yea thats a teammate I want.. Not. Brett your time is gone with the Pack, you had it last year but you made a pass you should not have made that cost your team. I think As the World Turns is looking for more drama, go try out for that.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2008 6:56 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

It's not that Prisco is a Farve hater!!!!  I've been a lifetime GB fan.  Lived 30 minutes from the stadium for a few years then moved to Atlanta.  Nobody likes Farve more then me.... that being said, the Packers have to move on... and they did,  they drafted two qb's and have had Rodgers waiting in the wings for years.  Farve a good year last year, but look at the two before that.  I'm not saying he can't play, nor that the Packers shouldn't have wanted him back.... I'm sure they would have opened the door for him at any time before the draft.  Bottom line... at some point you have to say.  "His indecision is effecting the team."  and move on.  I still like Farve, but I think at this point let's trade him and move on.  We have 3 young qb's just waiting for their chance.  Good luck Brett.... doesn't matter where he goes.  I hope he wins!!!!  The only team I hope that Brett loses to ... is GB.  Go Pack Go!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2008 5:51 pm

Bad Decision Making

As a long time Packer Fan, I'm glad this Favre v Pack event is transpiring. I've had a suspicion since the Holmgren era that the reason the Pack wasn't more successful was due to bad decision making. We've all watched Favre throw passes that obviously showed flawed decision making, so it should come as no surprise to anyone, that this is another "hail mary" that he hoped was going to get caught.

However, Holmgren calling bad plays costing the second SB, Sherman and his drafting and play calling (anyone remember 4th and 26), and most recently McCarthy's game plan against the Giants for the NFC title game, all showed just as flawed decision making as any Favre Hail Mary, or throw into triple coverage.

The fact that McCarthy is having a key say in this decision, exposes the organizations defect, not only now, but probably for the last 15 years. Thompson gets kudos for his drafting, but luck might be the same as insight in this case.

Does anyone in the world actually believe that the Pack would have gone 13-3 last  year had Favre not been the QB? Did Thompson go from a draft producing a 4-12 record to a 13-3 record because of his brilliance? Did anyone know in advance that Ryan Grant would be as productive as he was last year?

Objectively looking at the group- Thompsen got lucky, McCarthy was saved by his players, and Favre managed himself better last year than he had for a couple of years.

None of that indicates that the Organization, Head Coach or QB are good decision makers- exemplified by this soap opera at the moment.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 5:41 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

Yeah cause Football and a job are exactly the same.

You change your mind in a job, say you don't want to work there. You either quit or get fired. There's no other options. People do change their minds too. Like, if you retire from your job and are bored at home, you'll go out and get a job. So comparing Football to a everyday job is silly.

Football is a Business, yes. But it's more than that. If you can still play, you are going to want to play. Favre can still play, he proved that last year. And has he once said 'i'm bigger than the Packers and the whole NFL! I'm just that good!' No. Shut up. Seriously. I do not like all the Villafying that people are doing with Favre. No; he's not a God. No; he's not the best QB in the NFL right now, but he is one of the top qb's. He does not give up easily and all the bad marks everyone gives him for playing? Interceptions. Usually they are QB killers. Favre is not overly affected by them, and will keep throwing the ball, without hesitation. For Packers fans this is both a good and bad thing. I know I always winced when Favre threw the long ball. But that's how Favre is-high risk-high reward. Not many QB's get you that.

I'm just tired of everyone painting Favre out as The Devil. Thompson may not be The Devil either, but he has not made smart one in this situation has really, but still. This could have been handled better and it does seems like the Management is lying here. It'd have been better if they had just said 'sorry Brett we don't want you here in any role" then they could havre traded him sooner. Or what have you. Instead they said 'oh you can come back in some way, or as a Backup.' That is a slap in Favre's face. Sorry peoples it is. It seems like the Packers are in me first mode and that's ok. But if they don't want Favre and are so sold on Rodgers, just let Favre go. Jeez.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2008 5:06 pm

Packers should reinstate Favre, then suspend him

Once he files those papers with the league and Favre is an active player, the Pack should suspend drama-boy Favre for the first 8 games of the season with no pay.  I've never witnessed a player so intentionally display conduct intended to be detrimental to a team.  Favre has destroyed his legacy, and he's trying to destroy a franchise.  If a player can games and money over a DUI, Favre is deserving of a long suspension this conduct.  This sissy belongs on The Hills, not a football field.  If he was my employee and he was admitted trying to damage my company, I'd fire him.  Since firing him would result in his release and Favre going to Vikes and getting what he wants, the next reasonable choice is a long suspension.


Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 5:01 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

Prisco just seemed to write what he wanted to here to get people who dislike Favre to agree with him.

And, before now, I don't think the Packers have lied either. But, it really seemed that since Thompson took the job he's wanted Favre gone. What I don't like is everyone criticizing Favre for taking his time the last few years to decided HIS future. Anyone who is outside of Green Bay, or is not a Packer fan needed to shut up. I say that because all of the other NFL fans whine and gripe about Favre. If he sucked as much as everyone says he does, then why do you care what he dies or doesn't do? Anyway, enough of that rant.

Favre may not have handled this great. But to say that Thompson did is assinine. Thompson kicked him out the door and McCarthy will be the one to pay for it if this goes bad. McCarthy will get fired and he does not deserve that. Thompson does, but he sure as heck won't get fired.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 3:38 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

What if Favre plays, starts for GB, and then someone "retires" him during the season, like Aikman and Steve Young. Yes this is your love, but the other thing to consider is that you want to get out before you get any friggin brain damage. One concussion is all it takes!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2008 3:34 pm

It's toasty in Green Bay

I'm not trying to be biased here...but while I like the style of community we have here at Sportsline, I'll tell you straight up, the writing is lackluster.  Granted it's a blog, but this is still a very half-baked opinion in an entry from this "expert".  So for the second time, I reference you to for another viewpoint on this matter, and while it's the opposite one, it's not nearly as polarizing as this one.  I believe that to be a sign of a better journalist, "blog entry" or "article".


If Prisco & Co. would put the time they put into their blogs into their articles, then maybe they would compete with ESPN a little more than they do.  They have the audience here;  they're just putting out an inferior product.

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