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At least at the secondary school level:

Hah! I bet the opposing coach was just steaming. 🙂

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Sure it was only the Hall of Fame game, the first and most meaningless of the NFL pre-season games, but, still it was football, and the regular season is only a month away.

And that is a good thing.

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So, I’ve just turned off tonight’s Saints-Packers game. The second half turned into a blowout and it lost interest for me.

One thing struck me about tonight’s commentary: Tirico, Kornheiser, and Jaworski talked again and again about the controversy surrounding the decision to let Brett Favre go to the Jets this last summer.

“Controversy?” Hello? What none of the guys would mention, what no one on any network seems willing to mention, is that Brett Favre became a huge pain in the backfield because of his drama-queen behavior. How long’s it been? Three years since he started the “Will he or won’t he retire” dance? Four years? Five? He played with the Packers and his fans as if they were a yo-yo.

And then, when he finally does decide to retire, the NFL and the networks honor him with a year long paean to his greatness, including seemingly endless video of his wife singing his praises. With the end of the season, we all bid him a fond and well-deserved farewell.

So, of course, that summer, he says “not really!” I mean, honest to Pete, after the team has begun their transition to Aaron Rodgers, Favre comes back and says he wants to play. You just know that had to be causing all sort of disruption in the locker room, divided loyalties and whatnot. And what about Rodgers? What’s that supposed to do to his confidence thinking he’s the one, then he may not be?  And all the plans management had made for the future, planning on life without Favre?

Feh. To Brett and his ego, that doesn’t matter. It really is all about a little kid who just can’t grow up.

And, to come back to my original point, not one person in the TV media has the guts to call him on it.

Cowards.

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Hope in a loss?

Tonight my 49ers lost 29-24 to the Arizona Cardinals, yet I’m not upset. Why?

Because, for the first time in six losses, they actually made a game of it and had a chance to win in the last couple of seconds. Yes, the players blew it at the end and Coach Singletary’s call wasn’t the smartest one, but they played hard, beat the crap out of the Cardinals, and left the NFC West leaders sweating bullets until the very end.

And I think all credit goes to the new coach, Mike Singletary. He’s demanded they play with passion, toughness, and a will to accept nothing but winning, and it looks like he’s getting through to them.

Next week, we play the Rams, our ancient arch-rivals. They’re even worse than we are, so we should be able to beat them if we play anything like we played tonight. If we do, or even if we lose but still play hard, I’ll start thinking tonight wasn’t a fluke, but instead a trend.

It would be a nice change after all these years.

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