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November 15, 2013
In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming , Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said . Chris Chase, who blogs for USA Today's "For The Win," has done just that. In a piece titled "Dear Michael Phelps, please don't turn into Brett Favre," Chase writes that the most decorated Olympian "would be wise to declare his intent the instant he knows it. No one likes a Brett Favre.
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November 15, 2013
In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming , Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said . Chris Chase, who blogs for USA Today's "For The Win," has done just that. In a piece titled "Dear Michael Phelps, please don't turn into Brett Favre," Chase writes that the most decorated Olympian "would be wise to declare his intent the instant he knows it. No one likes a Brett Favre.
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December 31, 2010
Wrong message Nick Fierro Morning Call Let's see if I have this right: Married grandpa Brett Favre gets accused of sending obscene photos to a former female co-worker, is allowed to continue with his NFL-record consecutive games streak while the longest investigation since the 9/11 commission is conducted, then gets slapped on the wrist with a $50,000 fine after the league concluded that it can't prove sexual harassment but that...
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By Matt Vensel | April 18, 2013
Most Ravens fans will tell you that inside linebacker Ray Lewis was the greatest draft pick in franchise history. But the fine stat heads over at ESPN have calculated that Lewis was the NFL's most valuable pick since 1994. In this week's ESPN the Magazine, they put together a chart of the best draft picks from each franchise based on Surplus Approximate Value (AV), which essentially measures the difference between what each player produced during his career compared to what he was expected to produce based on where he was drafted.
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January 26, 2010
Take the retirement watch Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel Watching 40-year-old Brett Favre getting battered Sunday was painful. It reminded me of that photograph of over-the-hill Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle on his knees with blood streaming down his bald head in his final season. And of 43-year-old Mets center fielder Willie Mays stumbling around in the '73 World Series. I thought of a slow-reacting Muhammad Ali getting pummeled by Larry Holmes, then16 years later shaking from Parkinson's while lighting the Olympic torch.
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By BILL ORDINE | March 6, 2008
As NFL Nation nurses its collective Brett Favre hangover, a certain reality returns to remind one and all of the transient nature of sports. Not only are things sure to change, but they also can change dramatically. If Brett Favre was Lou Gehrig to Don Majkowski's Wally Pipp, then Aaron Rodgers is Babe Dahlgren. Dahlgren was the player who had the awkward obligation of stepping in at first base when illness forced Gehrig from the New York Yankees' lineup in spring 1939. Filling in for legends is always uncomfortable business.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 16, 2009
Brett Favre is no stranger to the Ravens, even if he has faced them just three times in an illustrious 19-year NFL career. He has been sensational: On Oct. 14, 2001, playing out of the spread offense, Favre throttled the NFL's No. 1 pass defense for 337 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-23 win for the Green Bay Packers. He has been awful: On Dec. 19, 2005, playing against a Ravens defense that didn't have Ray Lewis, he completed 14 of 29 passes, threw two interceptions and lost to a team quarterbacked by Kyle Boller, 48-3.
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By BILL ORDINE | July 26, 2008
It is almost certain that Brett Favre will finish his career playing for a team other than the Green Bay Packers, the franchise with which he will be associated decades from now. And the thought of Favre in an unfamiliar uniform brought back a moment from the first NFL game I covered as a green sportswriter an eon ago. It was an exhibition game in the Los Angeles Coliseum, and when it was over and I walked into the locker room, sitting on a stool 10...
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By CHILDS WALKER | July 31, 2008
It's rare in showdowns between great athletes and management that the guys in suits come off as more sympathetic. We naturally have warm feelings for the players who've thrilled us over the years. And we basically want the businessmen to get out of the way and let them thrill us some more. The Brett Favre saga turns this dynamic on its head. And it's kind of unbelievable, really, that Favre has become so unsympathetic so quickly. Few athletes have garnered more love in the past 20 years.
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By BILL ORDINE | July 22, 2008
No two situations are ever completely analogous, but for those wondering how the Brett Favre situation will play out in the end, look no further than what happened over the weekend to defensive end Jason Taylor. Certainly Taylor is no Favre in terms of the transcendental impact on a region or state, but there are more than a few commonalities. Both have been face-of-the-franchise players, both are future Hall of Famers, both have spent more than a decade with the same team. The biggest difference is that the Miami Dolphins are in the midst of a blow-it-up, start-over renovation that even Taylor's biggest fans in South Florida knew meant his time there was over.
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December 8, 2011
Haven't we had enough? Jeff Schuler Morning Call No, no, a thousand times no. Haven't we had enough of this act? I've lost count of the times in the past that Brett Lorenzo Favre has "retired," only to watch the so-called gunslinger come riding triumphantly off the plains of Mississippi to the rescue of some desperate NFL team. I've ignored countless reports about how this coach or that team executive had been granted an audience at the royal Favre estate for the privilege of trying to lure him off the tractor.
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November 29, 2011
He just has to win Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times Nick Saban said he was not going to be the next coach at Alabama, and then he was. The great ones don't have to be believable — they just have to win. So what if Meyer double-talked and backtracked his way out of Florida? The only stat Gator fans should care about is two BCS titles in six years. Meyer has a right to do whatever he wants, and we have the right to think he's 10 percent genius and 90 percent disingenuous.
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May 30, 2011
Tiger transcendent Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun Although he has plummeted in the world golf rankings, Tiger Woods still soars on the buzz-meter, and he's still the biggest celebrity in sports. I'm sure worldwide, folks will argue that soccer stars are the biggest celebrities, and David Beckham is certainly more celebrity than soccer player these days. In New York, Yankees fans will point to Derek Jeter as a big-time celebrity. But no one transcends sports like Woods.
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By Matt Vensel | February 11, 2011
With rumors circulating that legendary quarterback Brett Favre is joining "Dancing with the Stars," the sports blogosphere is close to imploding on itself (and I know, I'm now contributing to it). If the rumors are true, Favre will follow in the dance steps of retired greats such as Emmitt Smith, Kurt Warner and Jerry Rice when the 12th season of the ABC dance-off debuts March 21. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought we got rid of this guy. I used to be a Favre fan back when being anti-Favre was considered to be borderline unpatriotic.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 7, 2011
Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV: • SI.com's Peter King wrote that while Charles Woodson spent the second half on the sidelines with a broken collarbone, the veteran cornerback wasn't going to let the pain dampen his mood. The memory of being at a locker with Woodson, who cherished his first championship of a 13-year career, will be with me for a long time.
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December 31, 2010
Wrong message Nick Fierro Morning Call Let's see if I have this right: Married grandpa Brett Favre gets accused of sending obscene photos to a former female co-worker, is allowed to continue with his NFL-record consecutive games streak while the longest investigation since the 9/11 commission is conducted, then gets slapped on the wrist with a $50,000 fine after the league concluded that it can't prove sexual harassment but that...
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By BILL ORDINE | August 8, 2008
Trading all-time great Brett Favre to the New York Jets might have Green Bay management on trial for the rest of this season as the Packers rely on untested Aaron Rodgers to reprise last year's playoff run, but Favre is hardly in the most comfortable position, either. Among the teams with which Favre's name had been associated - namely, the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jets - New York was the least-comfortable fit on a couple of levels. The Vikings and Buccaneers had coaches with whom Favre had some association, either directly or indirectly, and ran at least a variation of the West Coast offense.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | July 11, 2008
So former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer announced his retirement yesterday. And we're supposed to believe him? Maybe he'll stay true to his word. For that matter, Brett Favre might do the same. But I have my doubts. Favre would quiet the speculation about his possible return this season if he'd stop texting Packers general manager Ted Thompson. He's like a teenage girl. I'm waiting for Thompson to text back, "ROFLMAO," and then make plans to take in a movie. And rip on what the other GMs are wearing.
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December 15, 2010
Favre's toughness Dom Amore Hartford Courant This is one debate in which there is no shame in finishing second. But we have to pick one, and for sheer toughness I have to go with the NFL quarterback. To play 162 baseball games over roughly 180 days is very difficult, and few players do it today, even for one season. It's grueling, and even if one is lucky enough to avoid injuries, the fatigue is a formidable obstacle. It's also unnecessary for a baseball player to play every game, the primary reason it's not done much these days.
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By Sports Digest | October 30, 2010
NFL Notes With fractured ankle taped, Favre returns to practice field Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was on the field for drills Friday for the first time this week. He had tape on his left ankle, which has two fractures, threatening his ability to play on Sunday at New England. Favre threw a few easy passes in warm-ups, but he didn't roll out or take any deep drop-backs while reporters were allowed to watch. At one point, someone tossed a ball Favre's way as he lightly jogged up the field and he was nimble enough to make a stutter-step catch after a slight jump.
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