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Not a Soccer Blog…Top Eight From The News

Thanks to the absence of the venerable Nick and Austin, I have heard rumors of this blog turning into a “soccer blog.” While I have no problem with that, I thought I would appease all my eager fans with a mixed bag of non-soccer news.

Here are the top eight stories today and my not-so-humble opinion on them.

1. Brett Favre and the J-E-T-S? Who saw this one coming? I don’t think Favre will pull a Namath and win a Super Bowl, but I do think he takes a team that won just four games last season to the playoffs.

I also would like to see the Jets release Chad Pennington already so that the Bears can add him to their stable of unreliable, mediocre quarterbacks. One positive about Pennington: he is much better than Grossman and Orton.

The Patriots are safe on the top of this division for at least another year.

2. In honor of Landy I will delve into the Packers. This was a huge mistake. Plain and simple. ESPN’s Rachel Nicols asked the question that I would like to see answered: “Are the Packers better off with Aaron Rodgers than Brett Favre?”

How can they answer that with a yes? They have never seen Rodger play for a whole season, and while I am sure he will be decent, Favre is a Hall of Famer. There is no comparison. This is a win now league and the Packers just shot themselves in the foot.

3. Because we are The Looper I have to mention something having to do with golf don’t I? How ironic would it be if Sergio Garcia won the PGA Championship this weekend? The man that was expected to challenge Tiger Woods wins his first major with Tiger sidelined with an injury.

But, to tell you the truth, I hope he wins it. I think without the pressure of having to beat Tiger, Garcia will be loose and this could mark a significant turning point in his career if he is able to pull it out. He is just one shot off the lead after most of the field finished the first day and he is one of the top five most talented golfers there so why not?

4. Have you lost count of how many players Georgia has suspended this season already, because I have. They are named the preseason number 1 and immediately their players begin to act like they just won the National Championship.

Let me be the first to say that I don’t think Georgia will finish in the top 20. They obviously don’t have the maturity or leadership, their coach, Mark Richt, doesn’t have the experience to withstand the pressure and while their star running back, Knowshon Moreno, will be a front runner for the Heisman, he is not prepared to lead this team through the heart of an impossible SEC.

5. Can’t you see it now. Kids all over L.A. with dreadlock wigs and wearing number 99 Dodgers jerseys on Halloween as the Dodgers battle deep into the playoffs behind midseason acquisition, Manny Ramirez. So far Manny has hit four home runs in just six games and has energized this team that was struggling mightily to score runs.

I still can’t believe the Red Sox made the trade. I know Jason Bay is good—I have seen him 16 times a year when the Cubs play the Bucs—but he is not Manny. This is a team that is fighting for their playoff life and they traded away their best bat.

If they are able to overcome the Rays and withstand a run from the Yankees and make the playoffs it won’t matter but I don’t know if they will be able to without Manny in their lineup.

6. Sticking with baseball, how can I not mention the Cubs. Just a week and half ago people said they were going to fail as they fell into a tie with Milwaukee. But just five days later the Cubs were the proud owners of a four game sweep of the Brewers and a five game lead in the division.

Since that series the Cubs have continued to roll winning nine of their last 11 games. Meanwhile the Brewers have been winning but have also been fighting—Parra and Fielder’s little shoving match in the dugout the other night—and seem frustrated after not taking advantage of a great opportunity with Chicago in town for four games.

In no way am I writing off the Brewers but I do think they need to pull themselves together the rest of August in order to avoid a catastrophic collapse like we witnessed last season.

7. Why is there football on tonight? It is not that I am not ready for football—it reminds me that fall is coming and that is always a good thing—but it seems so early for people to be hitting each other.

Am I going to watch any of the games tonight? No. Maybe I will turn on the Bears game for five minutes to see Orton beat up by the Chief’s fourth string defense, but otherwise these games are absurd.

These EXHIBITION games are more for the coaches than anyone else and all the hoopla that comes from these games is completely ridiculous. The football writers need to wait until at least Labor Day, please.

8. I guess I will finish up with the Olympics, which begin tomorrow. I am excited to see the summer games. Great athletes competing in the largest competition in the world is always good time.

Highlights for me have to be whether the USA basketball team can actually win gold, Michael Phelps (why did he grow that disgusting ‘stache, by the way?) run for eight golds and how many people asphyxiate do to the poor air quality.

Should be a good time had by all.

So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed and hope that it inspired Nicks and Austins everywhere to come out and write once in a while.

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Only in Green Bay

Coming from Chicago I am taught to hate the Green Bay Packers. They are the Bears chief rival and up until recent years they had our number.

Since Lovie Smith took over as Chicago’s head coach the tide has shifted as he has made good on his promise to vanquish the Cheese Heads to the north.

Even this year, a down year for the Bears and a year when Brett Favre looks like he is 25 again, Da Bears got the best of their NFC North foes, TWICE.

I have the utmost respect for Favre but I can not stand the Packers as a whole and even worse are Green Bay fans.

Generally I have no problem with people from Wisconsin. Actually I think they are all around great people.

So maybe it is the water in Green Bay or something, but whatever it is, the fans are idiots!

Just another example is recent AP story about a man who duct taped a #4 Favre jersey to his 7-year-old son because he refused to wear it on Saturday when the Packers faced the New York Giants. [full story here]

Are you kidding me?

It’s hard not to love Brett Favre

Seriously, seeing Brett Favre play this year has been an absolute treat.

I’ll admit, when I was younger — prior to developing into a mature Patriots fan –– when he was in his prime, I was a huge Brett Favre/Green Bay Packers fan.

And why not? When he was at his peak during his streak of three consecutive MVP seasons he not only played some of the best football ever, he played some of the most fun football ever –– underhand forward passes, running around throwing rockets across the field, Lambeau leaps here, more touchdowns there.

It looked like he was having a blast. Heck, it was a blast. The Packers were winning and he was putting up incredible numbers, MVP numbers.

Now, 10 years later, he’s doing the same thing at age 38, leading the Pack to a 9-1 record. And it’s as much of a blast as ever.

For all of the retirement rumors of the last few off-seasons, it sure looks like Favre has put them to bed. Instead of frustration, Favre is finding success. Those quizzical grins in the collective crowd? They’ve since been turned upside down.

Who isn’t smiling for Brett Favre now? If you aren’t, we will hunt you down and make you smile…OK, I apologize that was going too far.

But back on point: No. 4 is having one of his best seasons in his last several, duking it out with Tom Brady –– who’s having possibly the most successful passing season ever –– for the most passing yards in the NFL this season. What else is he doing this season? Oh, you know, just breaking all sorts of career passing records.

I can just imagine Dan Marino going to the pantry for extra rations of NutraSystem comfort food … and finding none. I bet the NutraSystem founder was a Favre Fan too, a Cheesehead at heart –– imagine the irony.

In Sunday’s Battle of the Ancients pitting Favre against soon-to-be grandfather Vinny Testaverde (OK maybe not, but he was playing pro football before many of today’s rookies were even born) Favre tied Marino for most 3-TD passing games in NFL history (62).

I could go on, but I guess the point here is that I hope Favre can keep this up forever. Is that too much to ask?

I propose a system whereby when he turns 40 they throw a red shirt on him during games. Using a carefully plotted formula on my engineering roommate’s TI-89 that scheme alone should keep him in the league until age 53.

Running the equation again, with slight variable changes, this scheme would also lead to somewhere between 9 and 14 underhand passes for first downs. Beautiful!

Really, though, it’s bound to end at some point and I know that much. I just hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.