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• NCAA Preview 2009
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• Sideline: The Incredible Sulk Continues
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• Sideline: College Football National Signing Day
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• Sideline: An Epic QB Matchup?
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• Sideline: NFL Divisional Weekend Preview
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• Sideline: Romo's Pause / Seattle Seahawks
• Sideline: Weekend Prep: Red River and More
• Sideline: College Football's 'Crossroads' Weekend
• Sideline: Gramatical Error
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• Sideline: Two and Oh; Oh and Two
• Sideline: No More NCAAffeine
• Sideline: Week 1 College Football
• Sideline: How To Spell Heisman / Chad Ocho Cinco
• Sideline: A Second Slice
• Sideline: The Favre story STILL won't go away
• Sideline: Olympic Notes / Ricky's Still Relevant
• Sideline: Committee Meetings
• Sideline: Let the QB Battles Begin
• Sideline: Slinging The Slinger — More Favre
• Interview: Clint Dempsey
• Sideline: Welcome to the 2008 season
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• 2008 NFL Draft Review
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• Sideline: Bowl Bites: The Wrap
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• Sideline: A Certain Lack Of Welcome
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• Sideline: Two Thanksgiving thoughts
• Sideline: Halftime: NFC
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• Sideline: London / A Tale of Two Chads / Intimidation
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• Sideline: The Dolphins Did What?
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• Sideline: Habits to be Broken
• Sideline: Overtime
• Sideline: This Week's Starters
• Sideline: USF: Covering The Spread / Fantastic Football
• Sideline: Grossman: The Final Act? / McNabb, the Epilogue
• Sideline: Eagles QB in Slight Controversy
• Sideline: Leftwich's Parting Gift / Boos cruise
• Sideline: Notre Dame M.I.A.
• Sideline: Looking Beyond NFL Wk. 1
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Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale
Slinging The Slinger
Two thoughts on Brett Favre — because I just know you're all keen to have more Favre coverage. First, can sportswriters and bloggers stop writing articles bemoaning how the Brett Favre story won't go away? It's much the same as the conceit where a TV reporter reports on the number of TV reporters reporting on the Brett Favre story, while the camera points at all the media trailers one of which, presumably, is their own. Personally, I'm going keep mentioning Favre as long as the whole silly saga keeps going.
Second, How's this for an off–the–wall idea: send him back where he came from: Atlanta. The Falcons originally drafted Favre back in 1991 before trading him to Green Bay. It would be fitting for Favre to finish his days where it all started, the Falcons would get publicity, the Packers could be sure he wouldn't play in their division and reasonably confident he wouldn't show up in the postseason. With Matt Ryan already in place in Atlanta and with no question that he's going to be the starter by next season at the latest, there's an implicit limit on how long anybody will humor Favre sticking around, and they wouldn't have to throw Ryan to the wolves this year.
Yahoo! sportswriter Michael Silver's 2008 owner rankings — easily as essential as live coverage of Favre's plane landing — once again placed Saints owner Tom Benson among the worst. This year's excuse appears to be Benson's comments on the CBA, but two years ago, Silver rated him 32nd of 32 over rumors that he might move the franchise elsewhere (which hasn't happened). On both occasions, he cited the Benson Boogie, Tom's celebratory dance, as if that was somehow germane to the rankings.
I can't claim to have met Tom, but did chat recently with part–owner Rita Benson LeBlanc (overlooked by Silver), and I'm calling foul on this low ranking. While Rita's 'Saints–in–the–community' PR is omnipresent — there's barely a question she can't turn to the subject — there has to come a point when we accept two things:
(1) The Benson family DOES have the Saints involved in the city of New Orleans, be it for community or business reasons. Rita's enthusiasm for New Orleans and the ongoing project there is evident when talking to her. And almost certainly genuine. Despite the family's San Antonio connections, if they can make the Saints work in (and for) New Orleans, they'll be there.
(2) This is still a business, the same way every NFL team is. The Bensons can't be expected to struggle away in a non–viable location while somebody else swoops in on a lucrative San Antonio market. Maybe Rita Benson LeBlanc has more time and energy to invest in New Orleans than her grandfather does, to shape the existing market. And judging from tickets sales these past three years in a potentially depressed region, it's hard to see it working much better.
So, how about forgetting what is said (or danced) by Tom Benson, and instead looking at the situation on the ground: the city supports the team, the team supports the city, and most preseason predictions have the team in the thick of the playoff hunt. And when was the last time you heard of a protracted, ill–tempered hold–out in New Orleans?
Was there something else this week? Oh yes, the small matter of actual NFL action.
It was something of a Washington weekend with the induction of Darrell Green and Art Monk into the Hall of Fame, followed by a 30–16 victory over Indianapolis in the first preseason game. In the early going, the better drives were put together by Indy, but it was a different Colt, Colt Brennan who made an impact with two touchdowns and a near–perfect performance to turn the game around.
Brennan, whose Hawaii career produced the most passing yards in 1–A history, slumped to the 6th round with suspicions of being a 'system' quarterback. If so, he certainly likes coach Jim Zorn's system in Washington. Brennan threw with confidence, and looks like a steal already, regardless of a sidearm throwing motion.
Nice to see there's still a slinging quarterback in the NFL. I can't remember the last one.