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NFL: Jackson has ‘wanted change’ but not now

May 5, 2010 Comments off

Tavaris Jackson admits there have been times he thought a change might be best for him, but the Vikings one-time (and perhaps future) starting quarterback told Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday that he never requested a trade after Brett Favre joined the Vikings last August.

“Being a competitor and knowing the business side of it you have to think about different situations like that or what they’re thinking,” Jackson said while appearing on a show with Adam Schein and former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon. “If they’re thinking, ‘OK, we’ve had enough … we’ve got our guy,’ or whatever.

“You have to think everything through and think of different scenarios and just try to be ready for anything because you never really know what [coaches and front office people] are thinking. Honestly, it crossed my mind and I’ve wanted change, but change is not always good. The grass is not always greener on the other side. The Vikings are all I know right now and I’m just trying to do my best around here.”

Jackson and Sage Rosenfels find themselves in an extremely difficult situation this offseason. Many assume that Favre will return in 2010, despite last week’s report that he needs ankle surgery. However, if he doesn’t Jackson and Rosenfels likely will battle for the starting job and Vikings coach Brad Childress indicated at the NFL Owners meetings in March that Jackson would have the upper-hand entering that competition.

That means Jackson must prepare as if he’s going to be the starter, knowing full well he probably won’t be in that role on Sept. 9 when the Vikings open the regular season at New Orleans. Jackson’s approach this offseason has been to worry about himself and let everyone else concern themselves with the other things.

“One thing I learned from Brett is just be yourself regardless of the situation and the circumstances,” he said. “Just go out and be yourself today, every day and they [can] take it or leave it. That’s what I’m going to do and that’s how I’m approaching it. Just trying to get better every day like I always did, working hard. That’s all I can do and that’s how I’m going to take it.”

Jackson was candid in admitting that possibly being the starter isn’t the same as knowing you are the team’s choice: “It’s different when you know you’re the guy or when you kind of think you’ll be a backup. You can say you’re going to work as hard, but it’s a lot different when you know you’re going to be the guy and you’ve got those guys depending on you.”

Jackson, who is 10-10 as a starter since being selected in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Vikings, has traded messages with Favre this offseason but he hasn’t asked the veteran about his plans.

Asked if he feels the way the Favre situation is being handled by the Vikings is a “little bit wrong,” Jackson said: “That’s not for me to say. I’m not a head coach or GM or owner or anything. I look at it as everything happens for a reason and that’s the approach I always took and I will continue to take that approach. Whatever happens is going to happen and I can’t control it. Sage can’t control it. We just have to go out and do our part and pretty much just fight. Just do our thing. That’s all we can do.”


NFL: Favre: I need surgery to play in ’10

May 1, 2010 Comments off

Brett Favre is still stinging from that painful loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game three months ago — so much so that it’s a factor in his decision to come back to the Vikings next season.

Favre issued a statement on his website Friday saying that his left ankle is still hurting and will require surgery if he wants to return for Minnesota. But he said the injury “is not debilitating” and he’s come through far worse in a 19-year career built on playing through pain.

“I don’t believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010,” Favre wrote. “I’ve consulted with Dr. (James) Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I’ve put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn’t want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not.”

Currently holding all the NFL’s major career passing records, Favre will turn 41 in October. He has turned the waiting game into an art form late in his career, and it appears this summer will be no different.

The Vikings have made it clear they won’t pressure Favre into a decision on whether he will return for a 20th NFL season.

“The ankle pain is a factor, but one of many factors that I’ll need to consider in making my decision,” said Favre, who is believed to be at his home in Mississippi. “Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings.”

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he was neither surprised nor concerned by the revelation that Favre needs another surgery. He reiterated that he would be fine with Favre missing the first two weeks of training camp like he did last year.

“We were aware of it and in fact spoke about it at the end of the season and it’s just a matter of whether he was going to or not going to address,” Childress said. “We all are familiar with his aversion to surgery. That’s no surprise. So it’s just something if you want to live with it and whether you want to live with it the whole lifetime or want to fix it now, fix it again later.”

Earlier in the day, Favre told ESPN in an e-mail that the ankle is still swollen and painful and that surgery was unavoidable if he wanted to keep playing.

“This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff,” Favre said in the e-mail posted on “One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”

Favre then issued his statement, seeming to downplay the severity of his injury by saying he feels good enough to work on his property in Mississippi.

“Sure — certain exercises cause some ankle pain, but it’s nothing that I haven’t experienced (or played with) before,” he wrote. “In fact, many people don’t realize that I injured my ankle before the NFC Championship game. I’ve had surgery on this ankle twice before, and I’ve played with the pain before. The hits I took throughout the 2009 season, including the Saints game, just added to the ankle pain and likely caused some bone spurs.”

If this all sounds a little familiar, that’s because it’s the fourth installment of a drama miniseries that has run every summer since 2006.

His waffling ultimately led to an ugly parting with the Packers that got him traded from Green Bay to the New York Jets in 2008. After a so-so season in New York, he announced his retirement in early 2009 for the second time, then reconsidered and signed with the Vikings.

He enjoyed one of the best seasons of his storied career, throwing for 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions and guiding the Vikings to a 12-4 record. Favre twice beat the Packers, who should give two-time division champion Minnesota stiff competition for the title next season whether he returns or not.

“Somebody tell Brett to have that surgery so I can make up for last year!!!” Packers linebacker Nick Barnett posted on Twitter.

Now Favre and the Vikings are back in the same place as last year.

The quandary then was whether he wanted to have surgery to repair a partially torn biceps tendon in his right shoulder. Andrews performed that surgery and Favre made it through the entire 2009 season without any problems with his arm or shoulder.

Favre is under contract for $13 million this season, but that’s only if he plays. Several signs point to the Vikings believing he will return, including not pursuing a trade for Donovan McNabb and declining to select a quarterback of the future in the draft.

“I still don’t know (what he’s going to do),” Childress insisted on Friday. “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it from way back when.”

Lets Go Saints; Playoff Links; Conan Videos; Venus Williams’ fashion; Jersey Shore;

January 22, 2010 Comments off

Let me start by stating the obvious: Saints fans will root for New Orleans on Sunday. Vikings fans will root for Minnesota. And NFL media members will root for Brett Favre. But for the rest of you who don’t have rooting interest, I’m here to tell you that you’ll easily find yourself pulling for the Saints. Why? Not because of the Saintsation cheerleaders. And not because you want me to keep featuring Kim Kardashian. But because Prince just released the most horrifyingly bad song about the Minnesota Vikings.

In Other Music News

Prince hasn’t been the only one singing his heart out. Check out LeBron James doing some Eminem during the Cavs’ win against the Lakers last night.

Playoff Links

If the Jets beat the Colts, Rex Ryan will be allowed to participate in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. … Each of the four playoff teams has a Jersey Shore character equivalent. … A lot of blogs are pointing out that the Jets have already put AFC champions gear on sale. NFL PR man Brian McCarthy says this is common practice and the Colts have done it, too.

Fashion Always Comes First

Venus Williams found herself at the center of a controversy earlier this week when questions arose about whether she was playing an Australian Open match sans undergarments. But thanks to the magic of Twitter, she cleared up the situation last night.


This heated exchange between New York Rangers coach John Tortorella and New York Postwriter Larry Brooks during last night’s postgame press conference is all kinds of awesome.

Will the Truth Set Him Free?

I actually have no idea what that headline even means, but Sean Salisbury has finally admitted to taking a picture of his “private area” while not wearing any clothes and e-mailing it around.

Sorry about that unoriginal headline, but I had to do it. Anyway, is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson strictly a family-movie guy now?  When will he return to the WWE? What did he think about ESPN’s documentary The U? And, most important, how did he answer’s Cheerleader of the Week questionnaire? Find out in this Q&A with Johnson.

Hear, Hear has compiled a ton of the always-entertaining “mic’d up” videos featuring several of the players we’ll see in action this weekend, including Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

Investigating Reporting at its Best

An Italian news reporter wasn’t completely convinced that David Beckham wasn’t, um, enhanced while appearing in Armani ads. So she decided to find out Beckham’s actual, um, size for herself.

Im Telling You the Tooth

The Flyers’ Ian Laperriere recently had some teeth stolen. Yes, stolen.

Gone Too Soon

Jersey Shore closed out its first season yesterday. There are rumors of a Season 2, but in the meantime we’ll just have to enjoy things like the Jersey Shore soundboard, wear our Jersey Shore T-shirts and watch the Jersey Shore tributes and parodies.


You must check out this collision (and great call by the play-by-play guy) between Blues forward Cam Janssen and Canadians goalie Carey Price.

His last show as host of the Tonight Show is today, but he made sure to have some fun at NBC’s expense Wednesday.

A reason to root against the Vikings: this tribute song using the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mini Daddy.

I don’t want to spoil this clip, so I’ll just tell you that this isn’t your traditional Rick Roll.

In his quest to spend as much of NBC’s money as possible before his last show tonight, Conan bought 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Birdand had him watch restricted Super Bowl highlights.

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NFL: Good people of Buffalo and Jacksonville… Los Angeles wants your teams.

January 6, 2010 Comments off

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Moving an NFL team to Los Angeles has been a rumor for a while, and Majestic Realty Co. has been working on a plan to make it happen. Their latest idea is to start trying to steal teams from other cities that they believe don’t deserve an NFL team, essentially. Buffalo and Jacksonville are at the top of the list.

Majestic Realty Co. managing partner John Semcken said the company is still considering at least seven franchises for a new stadium some 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

They also include the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

But he said the Jaguars and the Bills are at the top of the list because they play in small markets that tamp down their earning potential and because they have little hope of building larger venues in their home regions.

There you go, Bills and Jaguars fans. LA doesn’t believe you deserve a team. The same LA that had multiple teams over the years and couldn’t keep them. Pot, meet kettle. You’re both black.

NFL: Sources: Childress ripped Favre in locker room

December 23, 2009 Comments off

Interviews with six members of the Vikings organization revealed that Brad Childress ripped his offense during halftime Sunday and that he privately unleashed an expletive-laden outburst toward Brett Favre long after the game in the visitors’ locker room.

ESPN reported Monday that Childress considered replacing Favre on Nov. 1 against the Green Bay Packers, and two people with the team told the Pioneer Press that the coach considered replacing the quarterback Nov. 15 against the Detroit Lions.

Both incidents were overlooked, but Sunday’s was uncovered.

Childress lashed out at his offense at halftime, after the unit had mustered just 66 net yards and struggled to run or pass the ball

He cursed, and he called it “laughable” that they consider themselves a Super Bowl team

One player described the tirade as “entertaining.” Another likened it

NBC cameras showed the exchange, with Childress placing his right hand on Favre’s left biceps. But Favre pulled his arm away after Childress said something to him.

We didn’t have time – I didn’t have time to sit there and say why or what. My response was, ‘We’ve got to win this ballgame, and I want to stay in and do whatever I can.'”

Now, unfortunately, I didn’t do that, but that was my intention.”

Since taking over the Vikings in 2006, Childress has empowered his defensive coordinators but reigned over the offense. His inflexibility frustrated veteran quarterback Brad Johnson, and Gus Frerotte lamented to the Pioneer Press in August that he “basically had to run whatever they called.” Frerotte also wondered if Childress and Favre could co-exist.

Where I approached him? No,” Childress said.

“It will be interesting to see if coach lets him do that or (he) still wants to take control and lead everything,” Frerotte said of Childress.

Favre, who is easygoing off the field, draws plenty of laughs at his press conferences, and he has referred to Childress as “Chilli” in several instances. But Favre hasn’t abided by one of Childress’ credos: not to air in-house information publicly.

I think he probably gave you a stream of consciousness from the best of his recollection, wouldn’t you say? Yeah,” Childress said. “The great thing about telling the truth is you can tell it over and over again.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

NFL: Favre at odds with Vikings coach

December 21, 2009 Comments off

Brett Favre confirmed what Brad Childress would not. They got into a “heated discussion,” according to Favre, when the coach tried to pull the quarterback in the third quarter. Favre had been under a lot of pressure, as the Vikings offensive line struggled.

“Brad wanted to go in a different (direction), and I wanted to stay in the game.” This will only fuel the perception that Childress can’t control Favre. And, despite his contract extension, Childress has to be careful about his credibility with the rest of his players, who are going to be around a lot longer than Favre.

“We were up,” Favre said, referring to his team’s 7-6 lead in the third quarter. ” ‘I’m staying in the game.”

St. Paul Pioneer Press