October 6, 2010
Owners of Brett Farve rejoice!
(I am one of those owners who had to bench him, even though I was able to steal him in the 9th round of a ten team draft)
Traffic Cops, be afraid, be very afraid in the Twin Cities! remember “straight cash homie” is going to a city near you!
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 25, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a police traffic officer with his car.
The officer tried to stop Moss from making an illegal turn, and Moss used his car to slowly push the officer along the street, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.
Barrington said an assault charge was being considered.
The officer was not seriously hurt, WCCO-TV reported
Where is Ludacris when you need him?
Maybe we should extend an Amber warning to all the skeezers and skanks and scallywags (all better known as hoes, and like method man and redman, I mean it in a good way)
The Vikings sent a third-round pick to the Patriots in return for Moss, who becomes a key weapon for Minnesota QB Brett Favre.
The teams had not yet confirmed the trade. But Vikings S Madieu Williams said on Twitter that the deal was “official.”
Moss returns to the team where he spent the first seven years of his career. Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs from 1998-2004 in Minnesota.
It leaves the Patriots and QB Tom Brady without the stretch-the-field wideout who set an NFL single-season record of 23 receiving TDs in 2007.
From the Patriots position, they were on the come-up. First, they got more for the guy then what they paid for. When he was dealt from the blogs favorite team, the RAIDERS, they only got a 4th round pick, because they were happy to get rid of his contract and his dour attitude. (We still miss what could have been here in Oakland Randy) It is rare in the NFL that assets acquire more value later in their careers. Second, they did not have to give him an expensive contract extension.
Moss did not get a contract extension from the Vikings as part of the deal, NFL Network reported.
ESPN reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke by phone to inform Moss of the trade on Wednesday morning. The network described their conversation as cordial.
For Favre, the trade gives him a serious receiving threat that he has long lobbied to acquire and that he has lacked this season with Sidney Rice injured. Favre, with the Packers in 2007, pushed the team to acquire Moss but lost out to the Patriots.
This is exactly what Father Time, I mean Favre needs to get the offense on a roll. Soon, they will get Sidney Rice back and that offense will be firing on all cylinders. You will have AP (not our boy tophatal, but Adrian Peterson) Headache (not the AND1 baller, but Percy Harvin) Moss, and Rice. Plus, you have Shank Em at TE, so weapons are everywhere.
The receiver will return to New England on Oct. 31, when the Vikings visit Foxborough to the play Patriots (a game that occurs only once every eight years). Fox was already scheduled to broadcast that game nationally at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Moss’ final game in a New England uniform on Monday turned out to be his only in more than three years in which he did not catch a pass. The Herald reported that Moss had asked the Patriots to trade him after Week 1, when he had an outburst about his contract following a win against Cincinnati. Moss later apologized and said he and coach Belichick had cleared the air.
Moss, whose deal expires after the season, said after Week 1 that he wanted to stay with Patriots but added he thought this would be his final year in New England.
Moss is set to appear on Monday Night Football for the second straight week when the Vikings travel to play the New York Jets next week. He’ll likely be matched up again with Jets CBDarrelle Revis, who hasn’t played since tweaking his hamstring on a TD pass he allowed to Moss in Week 2.
Moss will be just second player to appear on MNF back to back. Keith Browner played for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1987, then played for the Los Angeles Raiders against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12 (viaESPN and Elias Sports Bureau).
Since the Vikings have already had their bye and the Patriots’ is Sunday, Moss could become the sixth player to play in 17 games if he plays in the rest of the Vikings’ contests.
This is another bonus to fantasy players who got jobbed this week by his unusual lack of effectiveness. It is the functional equivalent of the “do-over” in backyard sports. I guarantee that Favre will target him early and often…he is sure to be a “hit”!
August 18, 2009
Staying away is too difficult…
Favre signs with Vikings
ESPN.com news services EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Brett Favre is coming back for more. The 39-year-old quarterback turned his back on retirement for the second time in as many years, agreeing Tuesday to play for the Minnesota Vikings. The deal is worth between $10 million to $12 million, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. The Vikings made it official with a news release early Tuesday afternoon. A news conference to introduce Favre is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. The first inkling that something was afoot came early Tuesday, when two television stations in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Minneapolis reported that the Vikings had sent a private plane to Hattiesburg to pick up Favre. Favre and his wife, Deanna, arrived to cheering fans outside the team’s practice facility and was in a helmet and pads less than 90 minutes later. His red practice jersey was the familiar No. 4, the same number he wore for years with his now-rival Green Bay Packers. Coach Brad Childress, who greeted the Favres at the airport, had confirmed the planned meeting in an early Tuesday e-mail to The Associated Press. Asked if the plan was to sign Favre, Childress replied: “In a perfect world.” Childress’ wish came true shortly afterward, when the Vikings announced the signing. The day’s developments and Favre’s arrival were a surreal tableau, with a throng of fans who somehow learned early on of Favre’s deal with the Vikings and ran alongside the SUV as it arrived at the Vikings’ practice site from the airport, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, with a lone police officer trying to maintain order. ESPN analyst Cris Carter reported that Childress already has told the Vikings that Favre would be starting in Friday night’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy: What to expect
Brett Favre’s addition to the Vikings should be a boon to the cast around him, ESPN.com Fantasy analyst Matthew Berry believes.
While Favre is just a borderline top-20 fantasy quarterback (he was 16th in points among QBs in 2008), Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian should see boosts in production.
The presence of Favre makes Peterson the consensus No. 1 pick. Berry previously had Peterson ranked No. 2 behind Michael Turner.
Also, Berrian is now a top-20 fantasy receiver. He is currently ranked No. 26 in ESPN.com average draft position.
• Favre: 3,294 passing yards; 21 TDs; 19 INTs
• Berrian: 73 receptions; 1,150 yards; 7 TDs
• Peterson: 1,701 rushing yards; 11 rushing TDs; 22 receptions; 184 receiving yards; 3 receiving TDs
“I have mixed emotions, but I have always loved to watch him play,” Favre’s mother, Bonita, told the Sun Herald of Biloxi. “This time, however, I thought he would stay retired and stay home. I guess he could not do it. “They [Minnesota] seem to have a good team in place, and he liked that. I guess I need to get a Vikings jersey now.” John David Booty, who had been wearing No. 4, was assigned No. 9. Favre, a longtime star in Green Bay, came out of retirement last season to play for the New York Jets. He retired again, only to then entertain the idea of joining the Vikings. Three weeks ago, Childress said the quarterback would stay retired. The pronouncement turned out to be premature. Two television stations were the first to report that Favre was seen boarding a plane Tuesday morning that was headed to Minneapolis. Sources told Hattiesburg television station WDAM, which initially broke the story, that Favre had said: “We may know something by dinner.” A high-level source first told Minneapolis TV station WCCO that Favre was expected to sign a deal with the Vikings on Tuesday. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that according to a source, Favre told close friends and family members before boarding the plane: “I’m going to play football.” The decision to do so comes even though Favre has informed the team that Dr. James Andrews detected a slight tear in his right rotator cuff in May while performing arthroscopic surgery on the quarterback’s passing shoulder in May, according to a source. “The tear is still there and there’s always a possibility something could happen with it later on,” the source told Werder. “He wanted to give it the best chance he could before he made a commitment. But the last three weeks, it hasn’t gotten any worse and he’s been working hard. Hell, who knows? It could flare up again if they make him throw 50 or 60 balls a day.”
“After all those years of not being able to hit him, do I want to hit him? Of course I want to hit him. He’s an awesome guy. I wish him the best.
” — Packers linebacker Nick Barnett, as told to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It was concern about that injury, and the pain in both of his ankles and left knee, that discouraged Favre from signing with the Vikings before training camp. Favre, who holds almost all of the NFL’s career passing records, has never been much of a fan of offseason practices, though. Last summer, he ended his retirement with the Packers and forced a trade to the Jets, where he faded down the stretch amid problems with his throwing arm. But Favre remained in regular communication with the Vikings’ coaching staff the past three weeks, and a source said that owner Zygi Wilf had to do very little convincing when the two met this week near Favre’s home in Hattiesburg. “He had a lot of aches and pains and they basically needed a commitment from him before he felt he was ready to play,” a source told Werder. “He wants to be able to do the best he can do and doesn’t want to disappoint them.” Favre has been working out regularly with Oak Grove High school players in Hattiesburg, according to WDAM-TV, and has not missed a practice even after telling the Vikings he would remain retired. The Vikings finished training camp last week and beat Indianapolis 13-3 in their preseason opener Friday. They got a strong performance from quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who has been competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job since Favre jilted the team July 28. The Vikings are expected to challenge for the NFC North title this season, with whoever is behind center. Rosenfels and Jackson have had some rough moments during practice. Jackson hurt his knee, missed a few workouts and then returned, but he was out of sync last week against the Colts. Rosenfels did well, but preseason games are tough to evaluate and Indianapolis held out all four starting defensive backs. On Monday, Jackson, responding to the day’s scuttlebutt that Favre was predicted to play in Minnesota this season, said he was not paying attention to any of the talk. “I pretty much have said [Favre] probably will follow me even when I retire. I’ll probably have to hear about it. I’m just trying to take care of my business, and I can’t worry about that stuff,” Jackson said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “If I let that stuff get to me, ain’t no telling where I’d be right now. I just let it roll off my shoulder and just keep going. Just keep trying to get better.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Tuesday he was not surprised by Favre’s return. “I don’t think anybody should be surprised by it,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Aaron Rodgers, who inherited the starting quarterback position after Favre retired — then unretired — said, “I don’t have a reaction,” the Journal Sentinel reported. “It doesn’t pertain to me. It has absolutely nothing to do with me. It doesn’t change anything. It has nothing to do with the Green Bay Packers.” Packers linebacker Nick Barnett told the newspaper: “Ater all those years of not being able to hit him, do I want to hit him? Of course I want to hit him. He’s an awesome guy. I wish him the best.” Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, ESPN reporter Ed Werder, ESPN analyst Cris Carter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
September 9, 2008
Even if you don’t like football, you have to be amused at the stunts of Terrell Owens and other performers during the course of the football game.
Most people who start off playing or watching football do because as young men or women, something spoke to them about the game. Maybe it was the ability to run on the green grass, or the love of competition was the key to you pressuring your parents for your first piece of equipment. Whatever the reason, we worship at the mecca of football every Saturday, Sunday, some Thursdays and Fridays to watch the players of our favorite teams strap it up and play football.
The reason that I am ticked off is that there is a clear double standard in football, and I have not really seen anyone address the differences. I was at home watching football with the entire Too Old crew, rooting for the Raiders. (See our live blog thoughts on the game) Before the Raider game, Green Bay was playing Minnesota. Since I have Aaron Rodgers on my fantasy team ( BTW, I put the beatdown on a buddy and won all the awards this week in the fantasy realm on ESPN) I watched the game with some interest. (That and he led a mini golden era in CAL football with the upset of USC and the almost upset the following year)
Aaron Rodgers scores his first rushing touchdown in the second half of a very close game. The game is made emotional by the fact that Rodgers has to replace a legend in Brett Favre, and they are playing his first game at home against the hated Minnesota Vikings. So, after his scores, he is clearly jacked up. This is the time that he will be able to turn the crowd that was so pro Brett Favre into fans of number 12, Aaron Rodgers. So, he does what is a time honored tradition, which is to hop into the stands afters scoring, called the Lambeau Leap.
Now, here is where I have my problem. Look at the picture closely. You see to refs standing right there watching the entire spectacle. They are always sort of amused when it happens. Some make it up, others do not have the strength to get up there after a long play. How is this not showing up the other team, or causing a non football spectacle on the field? Honestly, I think that all should be able to admit that it is. This is a slight delay to the game. But, for showmanship value, I think that it is worth it. It is not Peter Griffin over the top in his performance from the Music Man.
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In the episode “Patriot Games” of Family Guy, Peter Griffin sings the song complete with choreography, leading the crowd into chorus, as a victory dance after scoring a touchdown and after guest Tom Brady tells him “no showboating”.
That is a little over the top, but pretending and paying tribute to Usain Bolt and his stunning victory in the Olympics is not distracting or insulting to the other team. He got into a track stand and pretended to go off on the sound of an imaginary gun. Stunts like this where Hines Ward dances to MIMIC Chad Johnson
And the original trickster in all his glory and different moves
( start at 1:15)
There is a story behind his celebrations and the Riverdance has a funny story behind it. Apparently the dance is also a diss at Brian Urlacher as well. The story behind the story is that Urlachers baby mama was suing Lord of the Dance, Micheal Flatley. Since the Bengals were playing the Bears, it seemed like the perfect in your face answer to a defense that talked a lot of trash about how they were going to be able to stop Ocho Cinco.
But, back to my man, T.O. The football as a camera and other funny celebrations go to show his creativity. I hated him as a 49er coming and celebrating at the star.
But, I respected that and I think that he respected George Teague coming and lying his ass out for his celebration on the scared star.
Now, as a Cowboy, I appreciate the celebrations even more. The league will need to slow down and let players show some of their more personal side. Unlike all the other sports where you can see the player/athlete, football has helmets which obscure the player. As a player, I would imagine that is nice, since it gives you some anonymity that you might otherwise not get. But, for the true showman, you have to let a player play.
So, in conclusion, STOP HATING NFL! You make me like you less. Notice I didn’t say that I was going to stop watching football, because I wont. But, you will make me angry and I will continue to vent in my blog….lol But, seriously. QUIT HATING on entertainment.