November 26, 2009
Green Bay (6-4) at Detroit (2-8) Time: 9:30 a.m. Television: Channel 11. Line: Packers by 11. Over/Under: 47.5. Story line: The Lions were without their two best players -- quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson -- when the Packers beat them, 26-0, in Week 6. That might be the case again today, as Stafford is nursing a sprained left shoulder, and Johnson is battling hand and knee injuries. Green Bay has dominated this series lately, winning 16 of 18, and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy has never lost to the Lions.
November 2, 2009 |
It all looked so familiar, and yet so strange. Brett Favre walking off the grass at Lambeau Field, fists raised in victory, photographers encircling him like a massive amoeba. And then there were the boos, raining down from the upper reaches of this stadium he knows so well. Catcalls from Packers fans who once thought he could do no wrong. "It was about what I expected, I guess," the Minnesota quarterback said Sunday after throwing four touchdown passes to lead the Vikings to a 38-26 victory.
August 23, 2009 |
For thousands of Green Bay Packers fans in this waterfront town, Brett Favre has never been closer to their homes. Or further from their hearts. Just across the St. Croix River, half an hour by car, is downtown Minneapolis and the Metrodome, Favre's new home stadium. The decision by the 39-year-old star quarterback last week to come out of retirement and sign with the Minnesota Vikings was the final straw for millions of Packers fans. It left Hudson -- a picturesque community of about 50,000 that's 250 miles from Green Bay but only 18 from St. Paul, Minn.
October 24, 2008 |
On Brett Favre Pass, a legacy catches hell. It is a dead end street, but a sports bar there is a thoroughfare of debate. What's he doing? Where was he doing it? Who called whom? Why Brett why? On Brett Favre Pass, some folks are wishing he had thrown his last. "I just wish he had stayed retired," said Ron Enke, manager of Champion's sports bar, located a Hail Mary away from Green Bay's Lambeau Field.
August 16, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was so clear back then, in April 2005, when quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were selected in the NFL draft. There was nothing murky that day about who won and who lost. Smith was taken No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Rodgers -- once thought to be in the running for the top pick -- languished for almost five hours before Green Bay took him 24th. The cash disparity told the story. Smith's contract guaranteed him $24.
August 8, 2008 |
Still grasping the reality of what he is -- the newest member of the New York Jets -- Brett Favre focused Thursday on what he says he isn't. "I'm not a traitor, I never will be," he said, less than 24 hours after his falling out with the Green Bay Packers led to a trade. "It's a business, that's how it works." And for the Packers, it was a smart business move.