Friday, January 30, 2009

This is not good news ...

Shut up Rodgers, don't piss off Brett any worse. From JSOnline:
In the chat, Rodgers said that, after the Packers lost to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship in January 2008, he and Favre left as friends. But there's been no communications since.

Here's the transcript:

Kiley: "You must say to yourself, why doesn’t Brett speak to me. What could it possibly be? …"

Rodgers: "I don’t know. That’s a question for him. I’m not going to put words in his mouth…. When we lost to the Giants [in the 2007 NFC Championship], we left as friends, and I haven’t talked to him in a year…."

Irvin: "Why will you not reach out to him?"

Rodgers: "I did."

Irvin: "So you called him and he did not call you back."

Rodgers: "Yeah."

If this keeps up, the Curse will last centuries.

More here.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Welcome visitors. My original explanation of the Favre Curse is here.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Curse gains another believer

From Motown, a letter to the Sports Editor of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (this was copied from the dead tree version, no online link is available), postulating a "curse" on the Packers.
Cursed decision ruined Packers' season

Let's assume beyond reasonable doubt that Brett Favre did want to lead the Packers again in 2008. Rather than being welcomed home with open arms, he was cast aside by the general manager, coach and president of the team like garbage.

The team subsequently failed miserably while being led by a new quarterback who had a relatively decent individual record but was unable to provide the winning direction that Favre had done for so many years before.

Now the same GM is given another year to blindly go where he has gone before. I remind you of history concerning the Detroit Lions.

After winning three NFL championships, they traded Bobby Lane away. Supposedly he said they would not win another title for 50 years. Even though Favre said no such thing, in fact just the opposite by saying he would always be a Packer, is it possible that the same "curse" might follow to Green Bay as well?

Baker Urdan, Southfield, MI
I have couple quibbles with Mr. Urdan's letter. First, it is pretty clear that Mr. Urdan did not watch the Packers play football this season. It was not a matter of A-Rod being unable to provide winning direction to the team. The Packers lost because they could not field a defensive unit that could prevent opponents from scoring at will in the 4th quarter.

Second, as great as Brett Favre played as a Packer, he was no Bobby Lane. Lane was a winner, 3 NFL Championships in his 9 years with the Lions. Favre won only one Super Bowl in his 16 years as a Packer, a good player, but not in Bobby Lane's class.

Brett was "a one-year wonder, just a fart in the wind," as Mr. Wolf succinctly put it.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Favre Pick

The ACME Packing Company provides this summary of the Packers picks in the 2009 NFL draft.

The Packers currently have nine draft choices: seven of their own, one from the Saints, and one from the Jets. Compensatory picks have not yet been determined. Here's how the draft order shakes out:

Round Pick Overall Notes Pick Value
1 9 9
2 9 41
3 9 73
3 17 81 from NYJ (Favre trade) 185
4 9 105
5 9 137
6 9 169
6 16 176 from NO (2008 Draft) 22
7 9 201
TOTAL --- 9 --- 2430.3

Keep an eye on that 81st pick. That is what the Packers received for trading away this.
16 343 522 65.7 3472 6.7 22 56 22 81.0

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Evaluating the trade

Tom McMahon set the standard before the season began. He is soliciting feedback on Ted Thompson's decision here.