Brett Favre tells ESPN’s Ed Werder that he will retire from football, and the Jets. Well, it’s been a long… year… and I won’t believe it until we go through week 8 of the season and you’re not “itching to come back,” but here are some parting words:
DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU WHERE THE LORD SPLIT YOU.
Wishing you a happy retirement with your wife in Mississippi. Enjoy your Wrangler commercials, and may you come back for celebrity games, commentating, a few movie star roles, and perhaps a stint as head coach of Southern Miss. And thank you for the classy statement:
“Mike and Woody, as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding,” Favre said in the email. “My teammates _ Thomas and Kerry included _ were a pleasure to play with. Eric (Mangini) could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I’m honored to be given that chance.”
The Jets did not have an immediate comment. A Jets official said Wednesday night that no definite word had come from Favre yet but added, “that can change any minute.”
The fans appreciate it. And I am sure Eric Mangini, now on to working in Cleveland as head coach, appreciates it as well.
Linx: Terrible Towel for Good, Hewitt too Pricey to Fire, Citigroup Naming Rights, Super Bowl, Puppy Bowl and More
It’s Chinese Lunar New Year! Underwater dragon, anyone? Folks still have confidence in Obama, and that’s good, he was sworn in less than 2 weeks ago! Illinois Governor is now Former Governor Blagojevich, after his eventful last day in office; new Governor Pat (Hallelujah) Quinn promises to “fumigate state government.” Some curious comments on The American Institute for Economic Research’s Cost of Living Guide.
US Airways Flight 1549 (the one famously waylaid by geese) passengers will get a year of free “elite status” upgrades; Wall Street Journal commenters think they’re greedy because of one guy’s comment saying it doesn’t go far enough. I think, like those people are going to be flying any more than they need to in the next year? Hells no. Speaking of the flight, Addicting Games is staying classy with a flight simulator game – just prevent the plane from crashing into the Hudson! I’ve been giggling all week about this article on East Breast, Penistone, and other embarassing names of British towns from the NY Times… and Tumbledown Dick Road. It never stops making me laugh.
I am such a sucker that I am going to be watching the Puppy Bowl this Sunday as well as the Superbowl… enjoy the puppy starting lineup. My wife’s big on Mercy (pictured below, photo courtesy of Animal Planet).
+ Those damned socialists in Congress (Kucinich and Republican Ted Poe are quoted) want Citigroup to ditch the $400 million deal for naming rights at the new Mets Stadium/ CitiField.
+ John Maine avoids arbitration and will make 2.6 million next year.
+ In college basketball, an auto-bid watch from Storming the Floor.
+ USA Today finds the recent college firings “disturbing“, and name-check Gary Williams, St. John’s Norm Roberts, and Ernie Kent. Addendum: an article on Ernie Kent and the new Matthew Knight arena opening in 2011. And why would Jeff Capel leave Oklahoma for Georgia, anyway?
+ Paul Hewitt, safe at Georgia Tech… in part because they can’t afford to fire Hewitt:
If that weren’t enough, there’s this: Hewitt’s contract renders him almost fireproof.
His deal was reworked in April 2004 after he led Tech to the NCAA title game. Dave Braine, the AD who hired Hewitt in 2000 and had seen his vision realized, rewarded his coach with a six-year contract that rolls over automatically and that provides a buyout in full for each remaining season if he’s fired “without cause” (meaning, just for losing).
Hewitt is making $1.9 million this season — $1.3 million in salary, $250,000 for radio/TV shows, $200,000 in speaking fees and $150,000 in deferred compensation. Were Tech to dismiss Hewitt today, it would owe him $9.5 million.
By way of contrast, Tech was compelled to pay Chan Gailey $4 million when it fired him as football coach, and Georgia is on the hook for $1.5 million after canning Dennis Felton.
Georgia’s athletics department is flush with cash. Tech’s is not. Tech is paying Gailey through 2011 not to coach, and it just handed Paul Johnson a 50 percent raise — to $2.4 million per season. Bottom line: Nobody is rooting harder for Hewitt than Radakovich.
+ Something awesome that I never knew about the Terrible Towel (I love my Terrible Towel!) – the proceeds go to a special needs school:
But the great part comes from what each of those towels does for people like Danny Cope, Myron’s son and Elizabeth’s older brother.
Myron Cope left behind something far more personal than a legacy of terrycloth, a battle flag for a city and its team. In 1996, he handed over the trademark to the Terrible Towel to the Allegheny Valley School. It is a network of campuses and group homes across Pennsylvania for people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. It receives almost all the profits from sales of the towels.
Danny Cope is one of the roughly 900 people the school serves. He has been a resident since 1982, when he was a teenager. He was diagnosed with severe mental retardation when he was 2. He is now 41.
+ The NFL is either losing money (according to the NFL Commissioner)… or flush with cash (according to the Players’ Association). Yes, there’s a Collective Bargaining Agreement that needs to be negotiated by both sides in the next couple of years.
+ Kurt Warner is not a Hall-of-Famer. Jason Whitlock apparently disagrees.
+ Brett Favre doesn’t return Aaron Rodgers’ calls. Hasn’t for a year.
And Barack Obama on the Super Bowl… he’s for Pittsburgh.
Congress signed a bill to ease rules on lawsuits from workers about pay discrimination; Even better, the US House of Reps passed a stimulus bill with no Republican votes! EAT THAT BIPARTISAN BURGER, you oppositional turds! Oh wait… there’s the Senate as well. Americans still fear Obama – oh, they would fear any president by this measure; and an interactive map of layoffs by state.
Good thing I already got my wife a snuggie… my dad didn’t drink Canadian Club… 50 most loathsome Americans of 2008 from Obama to Palin, with YOU coming in at #43… Amy Fisher is doing porn – aren’t her 15 minutes well up by now?… Elizabeth Hasselbeck is pregnant, which means she has more yapyapyap to talk about, she might talk too much according to the traffic light rule of thumb (h/t to Kottke). How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders along with being recently engaged, is also pregnant and I swear that if the show works a baby into the storyline, I’m going to frown while I am watching. Don’t test me, HIMYM!
And Jessica Simpson is looking a little more thick Texas these days, apparently. I was going to accompany that with a picture of Ms. Simpson, but I will go with Isla Fisher instead. I like her last name, and she’s starring in Confessions of a Shopaholic, one of those critically tiring, early-year movies that are made from trashy beach novels.
+ Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, basking in the glow of business and stadium decisions (and perhaps a bit of luck along with skill). Also, does the meaner look of new logos portend success? Maybe the Lions should have a pride of them eating a gazelle as a logo. And the Jets can have screaming jet fighters.
+ A study on the aftermath of concussions in football:
Recent findings that point to serious, permanent brain damage from football-related concussions have failed to alarm Super Bowl players.
A Boston University study unveiled this week uncovered new evidence concerning chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma. Six former NFL players, all dead by 50, were found to have the condition, which doctors say can cause victims to lose control of their emotions, suffer depression and eventually, dementia.
+ Oh Lord. More Brett Favre drama. He will meet with Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum about his future. Expect breathless reporting, hedging, hemming, and groans from the NY fans and players, who want a full commitment from Brett Favre if he’s coming back. Can I drive Brett back to Mississippi? Please?
+ A fan or fans in St. Louis stomped out CUBS SUCK next to the Cardinals’ stadium in downtown St. Louis, in a size visible to buildings all around (and perhaps planes). I love that the ‘Lou is nothing if not consistent! Awesome work. I think this should be a sculpture.
+ Speaking of Cub suckitude, who actually trades FOR Aaron Heilman?
+ Wake Forest Coach Dino Gaudio uses tempo-free stats (h/t Rivals college basketball). You, sir, are a smart man.
+ (Already suspended) Miami guard Eddie Rios arrested for burglary and grand theft. I am so tempted to match the knuckleheadedness on the court to this action, but obviously, his on-court lack of control has nothing to do with crime. If he doesn’t get jail time, he’ll still be out of school in a matter of weeks.
+ David Beckham might stay in Europe?
+ There might be evidence that Barry Bonds used steroids besides “the cream” and “the clear”, as they lean hard on one of his associates:
Bonds was indicted in November 2007, and the authorities have since targeted [former trainer Greg] Anderson’s mother-in-law, Madeline Gestas, and Anderson’s wife, Nicole Gestas, in an effort to put more pressure on Anderson to testify. The authorities have focused on the finances of Madeline Gestas, a California businesswoman who has been the subject of tax liens. Nicole Gestas is also under investigation in connection with her own finances.
And Mark McGwire’s brother Jay is shopping a book talking about Mark McGwire’s ‘roid use. But no NY Times articles about that, or IRS leaning on his associates…
And check out the college coaches on the hot seat post. Who do you think should be added to the list (two of whom have been relieved of duty)?
According to the NY Post, former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher decided he is not interested in the Jets job. He wanted his own personnel man and no Brett Favre meddling. Who wouldn’t want Brett Favre meddling? In between interceptions, he’s the best “white-TO” at QB in the NFL!
+ Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are looking real good. It’s good to see his big arm let loose.
+ The Jets were… confused on Monday, and now:
You know the confusion is bad among the Jets when even the day after their Monday night thumping by San Diego, there was still confusion about exactly what the confusion was.
Clearing that up might be a nice starting point when the Jets drag themselves back to work this morning. Does Brett Favre really know the playbook after six weeks or doesn’t he? Was that second first-half interception that San Diego plucked away to set up another Chargers touchdown Favre’s fault, as Favre said it was, or was wideout Jerricho Cotchery right to insist he was to blame? If everyone was telling the truth afterward – they’re all to blame – shouldn’t the Jets be worried about, well . . . everyone after their 48-29 smackdown?
Why was the Jets’ defense shredded so completely, too? Why was the secondary so badly out of position? Did Favre take such a beating because the Chargers’ rushers knew the trailing Jets had to pass? Or was the Jets’ rebuilt offensive line also struggling to read the pass rush in addition to not opening holes for running back Thomas Jones? Jones is fast becoming a tree-falling-in-the-forest question: Would Jones find the holes if the line made them?…
The Jets were badly discombobulated on both sides of the ball. Then they seemed powerless to stop it. Mangini harped yesterday about the Jets’ four turnovers. But the Jets often seemed outfoxed, not just outplayed. The Jets haven’t gotten better with more time together. They have gone from narrowly winning their season opener against Miami to missing a golden chance at home to beat a shellshocked New England that just lost Tom Brady to getting smacked in the mouth again and again Monday by the Chargers.
Some of that has to be coaching.
+ Favre injured his ankle but is still good to go this coming Sunday against Arizona.
+ Since Derek Anderson is sucking for the Browns… Brady Quinn might get a look. At least it’ll bring the ladies back to the TV screen. Hell, with Tom Brady out, the NFL needs a new poster boy… and as a bonus, the new Brady loves to take pictures with his shirt off. Win win all around!
+ Plaxico Burress didn’t show up for work on Monday or Tuesday… and is suspended for the game after the bye week.
+ The Steelers are starting Rashard Mendenhall (Willie Parker is out with an injury)! Hells yeah.
+ Lane Kiffin is… still a Raiders coach. Syracuse fans want to see him go to the ‘Cuse and relieve Greg Robinson of his coaching duties. I mean they REALLY want the Kiffin. Keep an eye on the Has Lane Kiffin Been Fired Watch.
Trent Green will start in the place of benched Marc Bulger. The St. Louis columnists smell a scapegoat (I like the phrase “complete system failure”), and worry about concussion-prone Trent Green’s cranium. The times are desperate and the seat is hot, Mr. Linehan.
+ The Chiefs are leaning toward starting Damon Huard. This week. Not even joking on that:
Edwards also said the Chiefs could go week-to-week on their starting quarterback from now until Brodie Croyle returns, which isn’t likely to happen until Week 7…
The Giants and the Jets said Friday that they had ended talks with Allianz, a German-based insurance company with connections to the Third Reich, about selling the naming rights to the $1.6 billion stadium they are building in the Meadowlands.
The decision came after two days of largely negative reaction to the possibility of a deal with Allianz, which insured facilities at Auschwitz and other concentration camps, and which deprived many Jewish customers of the proceeds from their insurance policies….
Lamping said in an interview: “We paid very close attention to what people were saying this week. Whether those opinions were expressed directly to us, or through the media, we paid attention and was one of many factors that went into our decision.”
But he would not say why the teams entered into negotiations with Allianz knowing of its Nazi-era dealings and the potential that people in the New York market, which includes many Jews and Holocaust survivors, might be offended.
“We gained a real understanding of the depth of the issues in the community,” he said.
How they could not have predicted the backlash, I don’t know.
A football recap.
+ As you know by now, the Cheifs eliminated Tom Brady from football competition for the year. Despite the fact that Yahoo! broke the Tom Brady story, the New York Post editors completely knew they were expressing joy at the man’s injury. He wears Yankee caps, you dipholes. But the Post is never actually classy, the great paper of rumor and innuendo they are.
+ Watching that Redskins/ Giants game last Thursday was great for a drive or two, and whenever Brandon Jacobs flat destroyed a safety; but the Redskins had their chances and the Giants couldn’t put them away. The Washington Post looks into what went wrong with the rookie head coach Jim Zorn and third-year QB Jason Campbell; some say he’s a poor fit for this kind of offense. For his part, Jim Zorn definitely was not hurrying things up in a hurry-up situation; it was poor execution all around and not just on the quarterback.
+ In the OH SNAP files, the Tennessean noted that Vince Young may have asked out of the game against Jacksonville, before he was injured. At the very least, he did not inform the trainers that his hamstring was tight, he simply sat to the side. Well, an update: the man who has also thought about retiring has roused concerns about his mental state (h/t to Music City Miracles):
Concerns about the well-being of Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Vince Young prompted an early morning meeting at the team’s headquarters.
Metro police officers and Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher gathered at Baptist Sports Park around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to meet with Young after trying to locate him.
According to sources, questions about Young’s state of mind began when the quarter back left his home abruptly at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
According to the same sources, Young seemed emotionally down and left his cell phone behind.
Titans’ officials alerted Metro police to be on the lookout for Young’s SUV.
After Coach Fisher spoke with Young, it seemed concerns about Young’s state of mind were unfounded, according to sources.
+ That Raiders game last night against the Broncos was a complete dog. Their reporters are going to go back to thesaurus to find new ways of saying "inept." DeAngelo Hall chirps a lot for a guy who picks up consecutive unsportsmanlike penalties. Poise, my man. Poise.
+ The J-E-T-S JETSJETSJETS played a decent game in Miami on Sunday, beating the Dolphins 20-14 in a game featuring an injured kicker, a furious comeback by deposed former Jet Quarterback Chad Pennington, and Favremania. Lots of room for improvement on this squad, though. Some guy named Will Leitch comments that the conservative Mangenious style may conflict with Brett "no father to my style" Favre.
+ Joe Flacco sounds like an excited kid, and he should be – rookie starting his first NFL game, and he wins? Big runs? The Baltimore Sun lists some keys to success… they’re going to be disappointed in the "need to improve" areas. he’s still a rookie.
+ The Rams got housed. They keep this up, they’re going to get relegated and the Missouri Tigers will join the NFL. That was for the sake of joke, of course the Tigers would do worse.
+ The Lions suck way worse than the Falcons, who got a passing touchdown from their rookie QB Matt Ryan and some hella good running from Michael "I’m Free" Turner.
+ Matt Forte for the Bears proved up to the challenge of the starting job, gashing the Colts for 123 yards on Sunday night. A fun thing about being in Chicago – the city is extremely football partisan, and where I live, the Bears are part of the local culture. And it’s a walking city. So I could follow whether the Bears were doing well as I walked the dog by listening for the cheers coming out of every other apartment building, with blonde Chads and Trixies walking up to their viewing parties with cases of beer… that’s pretty cool. You don’t get that as much in New York, where fans of every team live.
I didn’t keep track of the rest of the games because, well, what is there to say about Buffalo putting 34 on Seattle, or Pittsburgh laying 38 on Houston? Carolina vs San Diego was competitive and Arizona vs San Francisco was kind of pathetic. I can’t believe Dallas didn’t put more points on the Browns.