Posts Tagged ‘Brett Favre’

Cheeseheads must be excited.

Coming out from under a legends shadow is hard enough, doing it against a team that has won more Super Bowls than any other team in NFL history is tougher than running a mile in a treadmill made of treacle.

Aaron Rodgers is on fire and on Sunday he has a chance to become the third Green Bay Packers quarterback to hoist up the trophy named after the Packers coach who won Super Bowl I and II.

Bart Starr and Brett Favre have both played in two Super Bowls each (winning three of four combined) and now Aaron gets to play in his first big dance.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a quarterback who already has two shiny jewel-encrusted rings, and Big Ben will be after number three.

This is going to be an epic battle, and this will be the opportunity the former Cal Quarterback will have to become a household name.

I think it is also a time to avoid comparing Favre to Rodgers. Favre was a once in a lifetime talent who, despite winning only one ring himself, has left a legacy that is just about unbeatable (with maybe the exception of Peyton Maning). Rodgers could go and get himself a ring on Sunday, but that does not mean he is suddenly the equal of Favre.

If Rodgers does lead the Pack to the W then he could go on and lead his team to two or more titles in the next five seasons.

This Packers team is pretty special, and Rodgers could be on the road to emulating the success of the best Super Bowl qb ever, Joe Montana, but there is 60 minutes of football to play first.

Rodgers will only lift the trophy if the following things happen;

  • The Pack get a running game going. If James Starks can get 100 yards it will be incredible, but he will need to get between 50 and 70 to keep the Steelers D honest.
  • The Packers TEs have a great game. Rodgers will be expected to look for the WRs Jennings, Driver and Jones, but with the loss of Jermichael Finley earlier in the season Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree and Donald Lee will be called upon to be difference makers.
  • He needs to know where the tasmanian devil Troy Polamalu is on every play. Polamalu plays extremely aggressive football and he can get frustrated if he is beat early. Polamau will want to land a knockout blow (legal hit wise) on every play, but its probably not best to test him too often.
  • If he can scramble when he wants to but not because he is running for his life every other play.

Can Rodgers give Wisconsin it’s 4th Super Bowl trophy?

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Old man Brett Favre has had time finally catch up with him.

I’m still not quite believing it until I see the play by play on NFL.com, but it seems Brett Favre’s consecutive regular season streak is finally over.

297 games in a row is an achievement that I don’t think an NFL quarterback will ever be able to top.

Favre even by his own standards has to admit the 2010 season has not been hist best.

Under 12 months ago Favre was one drive away from a Super Bowl, defying all the odds, something he has done for 20 years until today.

Watching Monday Night countdown on ESPN Favre did look a peace with the fact he will not be playing – he looked glad that the circus will finally be leaving town, what with the fact his tent (Metrodome) has collapsed.

Yes the gods tried to buy Favre an additional 24 hours to recover by using their chosen weapon of snow to rip a hole in the roof of the Vikings stadium.

Alas it was not enough as Favre turned out to be human after all.

20 seasons for the ol’ gunslinger is remarkable and NFL FAN IN ENGLAND would like to pay respect to Brett Favre for each and every one of those 297 starts.

See you in Canton in 2016 Brett………..unless you are planning to comeback in 2011.

Favre watch is over for another year - whoopee!

You know when real NFL football is within touching distance when some old granddad decides to wake up from his six month coma and say ‘lets win a Lombardi Trophy’.

Bottom line ‘It’s baaaaack’.

I think even the NFL media have tried to remain subdued about #4 returning to the rigmarole of regular season football.

Whilst I refuse to acknowledge Brett Favre until he gets on a plane and gets into a locker room, now I know he has agreed to play in 2010 I have nothing but respect.

Favre’s streak of starting games is now at a mind-bending 285 games, and with only Bruce Matthews ahead of him, with 292 starts, Brett’s game in New England in Week 8, if he makes it that far, will make him the most prolific starter in NFL history.

To put this record in context, there are NO other quarterbacks in the top 10 of players with consecutive starts. The second highest ranked QB is Dan Marino, who ended his streak at 240.

Favre impressed me last year, taking his Purple People Eaters to the NFC championship. I have a feeling he could go one stage further this season.

The Minnesota defense is in a situation where it is now or never,  but the only way the Vikings will be playing in Super Bowl XLV (editor’s note – man it’s cool to have my initials in the Superbowl !) is if their offensive line keeps #4 upright for 19 games.

It doesn’t feel right to go into an NFL season without Favre slinging that pigskin, something us NFL fans have been watching since 1992.

What a streak, what a guy. He deserves another ring, and this season truly is the last chance saloon.

Mr Favre, strap on the gun belt, pull up those cowboy boots and flick the hat up – it’s almost time to go into battle.

My Super Bowl XLIV program was fresh from Miami !

Just wanted to say a big thank you to a Vikings fan who was hoping to see Favre and Co play in Super Bowl XLIV, and instead had to go to Miami minus his beloved Purple People Eaters.

Scott Olson is a dear friend who is in my Action PC Football leagues, and is also the man that kindly picked me up a copy of the Super Bowl XLIV program from Miami itself.

Despite the disappointment of having to watch the New Orleans Saints lift the Super Bowl for the NFC Scott remembered to purchase a program for me.

I know Scott ended up having a good time in Miami, trust me it is very hard not to, but I am grateful that he grabbed me a sparkly covered program.

It only arrived today so I have only had a quick flick, but I have already read a great article about Super Bowl memorabilia, and discovered that Santonio Holmes gloves he wore to catch the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII fetched $70,000 at auction.

Scott also added some local Minnesota newspaper sports supplements – they will be a great read as I commute on the train over the next few days.

Thanks again Scott and I hope for your sake that Favre comes back for one more try at the object on the front of the program above.

Like poo on a shoe I have a feeling the Cardinals will not be removed from the playoffs this week as Kurt gets busy through the sky

There’s nothing like starting my divisional playoff predictions with a Kylie Minogue song reference, but ‘I can’t get the Cardinals out of my head’ and as long as Kurt Waner hasn’t been concussed and is lying in a heap on the Superdome floor I smell an upset.

I got three out of the four Wild Card games right last week, with my only mistake being predicting an Eagles win against the Cowboys. I have to admit the only reason I went with Philly was because they were my pre-season Superbowl prediction, and I didn’t want to be a hypocrite.

Well now its time to dust down the Mystic Meg costume and sprinkle so prediction powder on the 2009-2010 NFL Divisional Playoff round;

NFC – Cardinals @ Saints

If you thought you saw an unforgettable fireworks display last week in the desert, this could be bigger, better faster and even higher scoring (seriously). Bizarrely this game will not come down to the quality of the QBs or WRs, it will come down to the team that has the most convincing running game. Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush versus Tim Hightower and Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells. Momentum is a funny thing and the Cardinals will have it in bucket loads after their electric game last week, whereas the Saints looked awful after they lost their unbeaten record to the Cowboys (and yes I know the Saints were playing scrubs Week 17). Both teams have dominant All-Pro safeties in the form of Adrian Wilson and Darren Sharper, but both team CBs (as a unit) are not the best in the league. Providing the Cardinals offensive line keeps up the work rate then they have the ability to push Arizona into a 2nd NFC championship in a row.

Prediction – Cardinals 38-33 Saints – Game MVP Kurt Warner 307 yards passing 3 touchdowns.

NFC – Cowboys @ Vikings

I have even having to type the word Favre, seeing as he should have retired in the last decade, but here I am again talking about Mr Wrangler. The Vikings and the Cowboys match up pretty well, and I have to say this is going to be the biggest game of the weekend, with two star studded squads that can boast remarkable offensive lines, excellent quarterbacks, and defensive studs – exemplified by the Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and the Vikings mullet wearing nut job Jared Allen. Both teams have receivers that have had bonanza breakout seasons (Miles Austin and Sidney Rice), and both have some depth and ability to change the gears with their running games. Now the romantics will want Brett to take his weapons to the NFC Championship but I have Dallas showing why they are no longer a team to be laughed at when it comes to the business end of the season. That and the fact Felix Jones is just about the only human being I know that could keep pace with Chris Johnson in a running race. Wait for Felix to do something jaw dropping and then let others know you read it here.

Prediction – Cowboys 27-24 Vikings – Game MVP Tony Romo 311 yards and 2 touchdowns

AFC – Jets @ Chargers

It doesn’t matter what you wear, what you smell like or whether you know your tango from your Foxtrot, providing you have a ticket to the dance you can do whatever you like on the dance floor. Take a bow the Rex Ryan led New York Jets. The Jets have the number one defense and the number one running game, but they now face a team that has the hottest winning streak in the NFL. We all have to admit that Ladanian Tomlinson is no longer the same 20+ touchdown monster that he has been, but he still has a nose for the end zone. The maturation of Vincent Jackson has countered the decline in LT’s skills, and Antonio Gates continues to remain at top three fantasy TE for San Diego. This should be the game that signifies the Philip Rivers era in the AFC, but Jets CB Darrell Revis is that good that he can kill off Jackson and force Rivers to make passes that he might not want to attempt. This game will be the lowest scoring and it could come down to the kicking game (both field goals and field position from punts). It could be a bit of magic from Darren Sproles that blows this game open but I see the Jets leaving California with their Superbowl dream still intact.

Prediction – Jets 19-16 Chargers – Game MVP Thomas Jones 103 yards rushing 1 touchdown

AFC – Ravens @ Colts

The Ravens blew past the Patriots from the first offensive play and then like a skilled surfer dude they rode the wave of momentum to build up a lead that even Tom Brady could not claw back. The Colts will simply not allow this to happen as Peyton Manning will lock and load time after time to help Indy create an early lead. The Ravens running game is pretty special and Ray Rice was rewarded for his show of skills by gaining a 2nd Team All-Pro selection earlier this week. With support from Willis McGahee the Ravens running game has been  up there with the best. This game is in my opinion the Colts to win, with their home fans, home turf and NFL MVP. If the Colts get a 21 point lead this game could get ugly. I would love to see the unfashionable Ravens get the upset and set up a defensive slug fest with the Jets for the rights to go to the Superbowl, but this is Manning’s time. The Colts have no Steelers or Patriots to face and they just have to much speed to be stopped. Reggie Wayne to have a beast of a game and Dallas Clark to cause headaches to the Baltimore D all day long.

Prediction – Colts 30-19 Ravens – Game MVP Reggie Wayne 121 yards and 1 touchdown

Any thoughts???????

Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse
Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse

I’m here instead to raise my concerns about the health, happiness, well-being and possibly mortality of Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers S Troy Polamalu.

They are the new faces of the Madden computer game.

Lets look at the fate of previous Madden stars

09 – Brett Favre QB – was pictured in Packers and Jets uniform but either way he crashed and burned late in the season and left his record setting career on a pretty awful note, hence his flirting with the Vikings.

08 – Vince Young QB – He is now backing up Kerry Collins – yep Kerry Collins. Young is about one cameo apperance from becoming the next Akili Smith

07- Shaun Alexander RB – In 2006 Alexander had his highest number of career fumbles and missed 6 games. His career has gone down quicker than Gillian Tailforth in a Little Chef car park.

06 – Donovan McNabb QB – In 05 McNabb only managed 9 games.

05 – Ray Lewis LB – Anyone for murder charges?

04 – Michael Vick QB – Enough said – 2 years in prison and global hatred from every dog lover

03 – Marshall Faulk RB – Only 10 starts and the first time in 6 years he rushed for under 1,000 yards

02 – Daunte Culpepper QB – 16 starts in 2000, 16 starts in 2002 – but in 2001 when he was on the Madden cover only 11 games.

01 – Eddie George RB – Only Madden cover star to have a MONSTER season – 1,962 combined yards and 16 touchdowns.

I have Fitz in one of my NFL.com fantasy teams so I hope he stays fit.

It is pretty much a guarantee though that Fitz or Polamalw will suffer somewhat and I would put £10 on that both of them will combine to play under 30 games this season between them.

What u guys think – nonsense or curse of the cover?

Beanie Man - Can he be a fan thriller?

Beanie Man - Can he be a fan thriller?

It’s that quiet time of the year, where aside from the death of Michael Jackson, it’s a bad time for news on the NFL. Reading whether Brett Favre is going to suit up as a Minnesota Viking is hardy as exciting as the thriller in Manila.

If I was to make an off the wall comment such as showing huge concerns about the mental health of Chad Ocho Cinco then it could be argued that I was a little bit dangerous. I guess I do have Wimbledon to watch as Andy Murray looks to become the male tennis equivalent of Billie Jean King by winning a Grand Slam tournament in England.

So to stop the boredom and to prevent me having to sit in my living room and scream I have decided not to be beat, it is therefore time to list 5 things I am looking forward to in the 2009 NFL season;

1) Which if any rookie running backs can get 1,000 yards on the ground? I’m sure the likes of Beanie Wells and Knowshown Moreno wanna be starting something good right off the blocks. Will there be a late round superstar such as Shonn Green able to go against human nature or is the rookie  1,000 yard back strictly for 1st round selections only? 

2) Can Tom Brady make a comeback and show his skills at Wembley Stadium in October? Brady and Randy Moss certainly aren’t pretty young things but they do have the ability to light up what will undoubtedly be a cold and rainy day.

3) Will TO finally heal the world of pain he has caused to previous NFL franchises by being a poster boy for the Buffalo Bills? My early prediction is 60 catches for 850 yards and 6 touchdowns – not the projections the Bills want, but TO cannot go on for ever.

4) Will the Lions perform some magic and go from 0-16 to a playoff spot? I am confident every Lions player is staring back at the man in the mirror and wanting to erase the memory of 2008. The Miami Dolphins went 1-15 to 11-5 so why not the Lions going 10-6 and gaining a wildcard behind the skills of Calvin Johnson? The Cardinals put pressure on Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards ended up one drive short of a Vince Lombardi trophy.

5) John Madden was a rock, with you wishing he was coming back for 2009, but he is gone now. Chucky has replaced him, and as a Superbowl winning coach I for one will appreciate his words of wisdom.

A Hall of Fame coach AND broadcaster - Sir Madden

There are certain people’s voices in the world who become so synonymous with sports commentary that when they finally retire from the broadcast booth it is hard to imagine anyone ever filling their shoes.

To me John Madden is the voice of football, the crazy man who wore far far too much makeup but was the personification of the NFL.

A Superbowl winning head coach with the Oakland Raiders, Madden could make wild, wacky or weird comments, but he had the NFL wins to back it up, and anyone who has seen his heartfelt interview in the Superbowl XI episode of ‘America’s Game’ knows that winning a big one meant the absolute world to him.

I like millions of other NFL and computer games fans grew up playing the John Madden franchise of computer games, in my case on the Sega Mega-Drive, Sony PlayStation, Sony Playstation2, Nintendo Wii and Sony PSP.

I almost lost my future wife to be at university due to my addiction to Madden ’95, as my friend Pin (named after a very obscure 1980s Horror film of the same name about a doctor who talked to a dummy) and I would spend hours, that turned into days battling our mass of coloured pixels against each other. This was well before flat screen HDTV.  

Hearing Madden make little comments as I try to guide the Redskins to a 16-0 undefeated season is a part of my childhood and adulthood, and I have still not shaken the habit as I purchased Madden 09 – with Brett Favre as a Packer on the cover.

NFL commentary will sorely miss John Madden and his ‘doinking’ as well as his turkducken – the most legendary bird based meat product ever discussed on Thanksgiving day.

John Madden you are a living legend – and from an NFL fan in England I will certainly shed a tear knowing that there is no more Maddenisms coming in the 2009 NFL season.

This is how I want to remember Favre, not being lifted of the Meadowlands surface on a stretcher with team mates praying around him

This is how I want to remember Favre, not being lifted of the Meadowlands surface on a stretcher with team mates praying around him

I cannot be alone in standing up and giving a big round of applause to Brett Favre for completing one of (if not the) most legendary feats of modern professional sports – 271 consecutive starts as an NFL quarterback.

Records are there to be broken, but almost 17 consecutive seasons of sun, wind, hail, snow, away fan abuse, and defenders trying to put him on his back puts Brett Favre on a stage that I very much doubt anyone will be able to share.

I do hope and pray that Brett’s retirement announcement is official – for two reasons – one selfish and one admirable.

The selfish reason is obvious, I don’t think I could cope with ANOTHER off-season filled with ‘will he or won’t he retire’ gossip from the smug ‘I deserve a big slap in the face’ Adam Schefter or the likes of PTIs Michael Wilbon or Tony Kornheiser to the varied sports writers that guest on Around the Horn (gotta love Woody Page !!!).

The admirable reason is Favre compiled some statistics that make your eyes bleed, from the 17 consecutive seasons with 3,000 plus passing yards to the mind blowing 65,127 total passing yards, to the insane 464 passing touchdowns.  Those statistics are to be poured over in 2012 or 2013 (I can’t work it out) when people make their pilgrimage to the NFL Hall of Fame.

Finishing aged 39 with 16 starts in his final 16 games is the perfect way to bow out, and although he threw an equal amount of touchdowns and interceptions in 2008 (22 a piece) he kept up his 17 year streak of over 3,000 yards a season and 18 or more touchdowns.

Any longer and Favre risked not only a serious injury but he risked damaging his legacy as the toughest SOB that ever put on an NFL uniform.

One Super Bowl win (and two Super Bowl appearances) may seem a little low for a guy who was a prime performer for 17 full NFL seasons, but we have to remember he did not always have a world beating support cast, nor did he have the best head coaches (Ray Rhodes, Mike Sherman).

Just for fun and just for the record for you trivia nuts here is Brett’s stats from his first NFL start and his (hopefully) last one.

First – September 27, 1992 – 17-3 home win Packers v Steelers – 14 of 19 210 yards 2 td 0 int – Brett Favre’s First NFL touchdown 76 yards to WR Sterling Sharpe

***269 consecutive regular season games inbetween***

Last – December 28, 2008 – 17-24 home loss Jets v Dolphins – 20 of 40 233 yards 1 td 0 int – Brett Favre’s Last NFL touchdown 13 yards to WR Laverneus Coles

There will never be another Brett Favre, he is a one off, a grizzled block of granite that is tougher than King Kong after Godzilla has just abducted Fay Wray.

I want to thank you Brett for the memories and I wish you a happy, peaceful and content retirement, safe in the knowledge that you left every single ounce of pride, guts, determination, charisma and class on the turf or grass of every NFL Stadium.

Brett Favre I salute you………..as long as you stay retired.

Bruiser Jacobs to bash the Browns black and blue

Bruiser Jacobs to bash the Browns black and blue

Week 6 in the NFL and 41-32 is not exactly awesome – but its more correct than wrong ! – Here we go again – now for

NFLFANINENGLAND’s Week 6 NFL predictions and a few notes to go alongside the predictions. My big player of the week – Brandon Jacobs the Giants bruising RB – 120 yards rushing and at least 1 td.

Jacobs is not treated as a megastud but he is a double hard bastard (reference to a UK comedy called Game On – USA fans enjoy).

CIN @ NYJ – Jets to win 23-9 – Ryan Fitzpatrick is about all I need to say here. Favre will look to have a field day and Ocho Stupido will probably get himself an NFL sulking record.

MIA @ HOU – Dolphins to win 27-21 – Ronnie and Ricky (almost sounds like Ronnie and Reggie as in the Kray Twins again look these people up – hardcore) will dominate and the Fins start gaining confidence.

CHI @ ATL – Bears to win 24-20 – Michael Turner will have a giant bulls-eye on his shirt and Kyle Orton is doing very well despite average wrs. Watch Devin Hester as a WR – he can make magic happen.

DET @ MIN – Vikes to win 34-14 – Everyone knows AP can kill the Lions by himself, but watch out as Gus Frerotte is having a renaissance and could chip in with 250 yards and 2 tds in the win.

CAR @ TB – Panthers to win 28-21 – Jake the Snake to use the passing game when needed, and the Panthers D to remain silent but deadly. Garcia or Griese it matters not the Buccs are not gonna match the Panthers.

BAL @ IND – Colts to win 31-21 – The Colts have not been that good in 08, but the Wayne TD (my pick of the week last week – check previous post) will help Indy get back on form. Addai to get 2 tds.

OAK @ NO – Saints to win 38-24 – Brees is on FIRE – he can’t stop passing and could do something silly like getting 5000 yards – Raiders are a club that are once again suffering from the wrath of Old Man Al.

STL @ WAS – Redskins to win 27-17 – Campbell has not committed a turnover this season so i full expect him to do so against the weakest team in the NFL. Not the whipping everyone expects but Rams to falter.

JAC @ DEN – Broncos to win 31-30 – I expect a nail-biter, which sees some bizarre Cutler td pass winning the game in a wild comeback. Jags running game is spluttering a bit and that will cost them here.

GB @ SEA – Pack to win 33-20 – Aaron Rodgers is to quote Dennis Green ‘exactly who the Packers scouts though he was’. Lets all take a few Lambeau Leaps and enjoy the ride – Seahawks are not very good.

DAL @ ARI – Cowboys to win 41-31 – Tony Romo will win but Kurt Warner will pass for More yards in the game. Marion Barber will want to get back in the endzone and I am confident he will (maybe twice).

PHI @ SF – 49ers to win 24-20 – UPSET of the week – with Westbrook out and San Francisco at home this could be the game that shows Frank Gore should be talked about as an elite running back.

NE @ SD – Chargers to win 19-17 – Chargers will be fired up and will show that they are for real, by winning ugly. Pats are still a good team but the Chargers will have more desire and better rushing yards.

NYG @ CLE – Giants to win 31-16 – The Giants are looking pretty ruthless at the moment and the Browns look like – well Ruth! Giants give the ball to Jacobs and he drives a stake through the Dawg Pound.

Byes: Bills, Chiefs, Steelers, Titans