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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | September 28, 2008
In 1994, Kurt Warner was a warm body on the Green Bay Packers' training camp roster, buried behind quarterbacks Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and Ty Detmer on the depth chart. Fourteen years later, Warner and Favre face off in the New Jersey Meadowlands for what likely will be the final time when the Arizona Cardinals meet the New York Jets. Cut by the Packers, Warner went on to greatness with the St. Louis Rams, while Favre established NFL records for career touchdowns, interceptions and consecutive games played for Green Bay. They combined to make four Super Bowl appearances and win four Most Valuable Player awards and have since moved on to play for the Cardinals and Jets in the twilight of their careers.
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By The New York Times | September 8, 2008
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers Time: : 7 TV: : ESPN The buzz: : The schedule makers gave fans several juicy intradivision games in Week 1, but they could not have imagined the extra intrigue as a result of the Brett Favre story. The matchup between the Vikings and the Packers in Green Bay did not need Favre or tampering accusations to be a marquee game. Minnesota is a popular pick to win the NFC North crown from archrival Green Bay, and the teams are dealing with many of the same issues.
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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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August 7, 2008
Unretired quarterback Brett Favre left Green Bay yesterday, and it appears to be for good. The Packers said last night they traded the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player to the New York Jets. The Jets would obtain Favre, 38, for a draft pick that could rise in value depending on how the Jets perform in the 2008 season, FOXSports.com reported. ESPN.com confirmed those details. The Jets declined to comment on the report. According to FOXSports.com, Favre spoke with Jets coach Eric Mangini and others in the New York organization for the first time late Tuesday as they tried to convince Favre he would be a good fit in New York.
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August 5, 2008
GREEN BAY, Wis. - There was no parade, no motorcade, and no photo opportunity - hardly the way you would expect Brett Favre to return to the Green Bay Packers after spending most of the past month as the NFL's longest-running daytime drama. None of the fans and media members staking out several entrances to Lambeau Field saw him enter the stadium. And while a team security official told a few hundred fans gathered near the entrance to the players' parking lot that Favre was already in the building shortly after he was expected to report at 1 p.m., Packers officials weren't immediately available to confirm that Favre was present.
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By BILL ORDINE | April 23, 2008
One of the terrifically dramatic subplots of the NFL draft is the now-famous "Green Room." That's where the NFL invites the five or six college players most likely to be taken high in the first round to gather and wait for their names to be called so each can stride to the podium, smile for TV and hold his new team's jersey across his chest. There's lots of genuine jubilation as the players selected earliest in the draft can virtually start counting the cash, and sometimes there's a heartwarming moment - Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, for instance, bursting into joyful tears when the San Francisco 49ers made him the No. 6 overall pick two years ago. But more recently, the Green Room has also been a torture chamber for some high-profile players who unexpectedly waited and waited, hour after hour, for their turn, like the short, pudgy kid in a schoolyard game of pickup football.
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By DAVID STEELE | January 20, 2008
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reportedly has agreed to a contract extension that will double his current salary to $4 million a year. His New York Giants counterpart, Tom Coughlin, is virtually a lock to get his reward of a contract extension soon. The two men face off this afternoon for a berth in the Super Bowl. John Harbaugh, settling into his new digs in Owings Mills today, surely would smile at all of the above. Especially about McCarthy, because there aren't many better examples for the Ravens' new coach to draw inspiration, and counterattacks for him to offer to those who doubt his credentials.
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By DAVID STEELE | January 19, 2008
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- By the time the Green Bay Packers players and coaches met the media yesterday afternoon, the temperature in town had rocketed to 13 degrees, with a wind chill of just minus 3. Soak it up now, Titletown residents and NFC championship game combatants, because tomorrow night, it's supposed to get cold again. File this under "O" for "obvious," but weather will be a factor when the New York Giants and Packers meet. Then again, don't file it so fast. The mythology surrounding the Packers - because of their history and because of who has played quarterback for them the past decade and a half - is that Lambeau Field in January is their ace in the hole.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 18, 2008
Shoveling out this week's sports media notes, which you probably wish I had the kids next door do, kind of the way they did with the walk: They play hardball in Green Bay. The Fox affiliate, having heard that Eli Manning is a Seinfeld fan, has decided to pull tomorrow night's rerun of the show so the New York Giants quarterback won't be able to enjoy watching it the night before his game against the Packers. In a clip from a newscast shown at the station's Web site, WLUK's general manager, Jay Zollar, said: "We do not want to give any comfort to the enemy when they come to town.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 12, 2008
NFL playoffs Seattle Seahawks @Green Bay Packers 4:30 p.m. [chs. 45, 5] Well, it won't be the Ice Bowl in Green Bay today. The forecast is for a balmy 32 degrees with some snow flurries. This is a game that should feature plenty of offense. Seattle was tied for No. 2 in the NFL in pass attempts and Green Bay was No. 6. Packers quarterback Brett Favre and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren won a Super Bowl together in Green Bay. Jacksonville Jaguars @New England Patriots 8 p.m. [chs. 13, 9]
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