Packers to wait on Brett Favre jersey retirement so he won’t get booed

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre is going to have his jersey number retired by the Green Bay Packers at some point. He is one of the greatest players to ever play for one of the greatest franchises in sports. Regardless of the way Favre’s relationship with the team ended, we all know what the final chapter will be. We just don’t know when it will be written.

On Thursday, Packers president Mark Murphy said that Favre could visit Lambeau Field for a game this upcoming season but that the team is not planning to retire his No. 4 just yet. Why? Fear of Packers fans booing.

“I don’t anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year,” Murphy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don’t anticipate that this year.

“He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people … [but] I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue.”

Last month, former Packers tight end and Favre teammate Mark Chmura said he was told Favre backed out of a previously scheduled Lambeau Field appearance because he was concerned he would be booed.

“Brett was confirmed to come up here to a game last year,” Chmura said during his radio show on 540 ESPN in Milwaukee. “But (he) had to cancel at the last second, a game late in the year. Brett is very afraid of getting booed at Lambeau. And that’s why he’s reluctant to come up.”

Wilde also noted that former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 after spending six seasons with Green Bay, signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Packers last year and was booed by some fans when he returned.

The difference is Longwell is a kicker. Favre spent 16 seasons with the Packers and won a Super Bowl. He missed just one game during his Green Bay career, and that was in his first year with the team. Last year, Favre admitted he was at fault for the way his tenure with the Packers ended. Not to mention, the Packers won a Super Bowl after he left. It’s not as if he left the franchise in shambles.

Personally, I think enough time has passed. Fans love being part of the feel-good moment. Favre and his grey beard and hulking muscles will receive a warm welcome when he decides to return to Lambeau.

H/T Eye on Football

Report: Andre Johnson tells Texans he wants out

Andre-Johnson-Texans-PreviewIt has been very obvious throughout the offseason that Andre Johnson is not happy with the Houston Texans. The veteran wide receiver has already missed both organized team activities and minicamp and chosen to work out on his own. Now, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Johnson has informed the Texans he wants to be traded or released.

The biggest reason for the divide between Johnson and the Texans supposedly has to do with a $1 million workout bonus. By skipping some workouts, Johnson gave up his right to the bonus money. He recently asked the team if he could earn it back by putting in extra work and was told he could not.

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

As he has expressed publicly, Johnson believes the team is rebuilding, and he has said he has doubts about if he wants to take part in another similar process, as he has several times in his career.

Johnson wondered out loud if “Houston is the place for me” back in May. The 32-year-old has restructured his contract in each of the past three seasons to make his deal more team friendly, and he was reportedly hoping that the Texans would return the favor by allowing him to earn back the $1 million bonus. On Wednesday, Johnson was noncommittal when asked if he will show up to training camp.

“Hopefully. We’ll see what happens,” he told NFL Media’s Marcus Smith. “Training camp’s three weeks away, so we’ll see what happens.”

Rapoport says four teams have expressed interest in trading for Johnson, though the Texans have given no indication that they are willing to deal him.

This is obviously about much more than just a $1 million workout bonus. Johnson is scheduled to make $28 million over the next three seasons, so he could just report to work and collect his paycheck if money was the issue. He’s sick of losing and is finding creative ways to show it.

Javier Mascherano tore his anus during Argentina win


Argentina defender Javier Mascherano laid it all on the line for his country on Wednesday. No, I mean he really, really went all out. Mascherano may have saved the game with a tremendous tackle on Netherlands forward Arjen Robben in the 90th minute to keep the score 0-0. And you know what else happened?

He tore his anus.

Mascherano, who seemed embarrassed, told reporters about the unfortunate injury after the game.

“I do not want to be rude,” he said, as translated by SB Nation. “I tore the anus that play, so the pain…”

Unfortunately, Mascherano is not the first athlete we have featured on LBS that tore his anus. A popular wrestler suffered the same injury last year. The important thing is Argentina is going to the World Cup final. Imagine tearing your anus and losing?

The play where the injury may have occurred can be seen here

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Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss: Cowboys’ problem is coaching

Jason GarrettThe Dallas Cowboys have not made the playoffs since 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. Despite having some talented players on their roster, the Cowboys can’t seem to win when it counts. Tony Romo takes most of the blame for that, but Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss see things a bit differently. The two former NFLers think coaching is the issue.

Under Monte Kiffin last season, the Cowboys allowed a league-worst 415.3 yards per game. They also gave up 27 points per game, which makes the fact that they even won eight games somewhat impressive.

“I think for the Dallas Cowboys it’s much more than just what we see from the defense and offense, I mean, let’s go upstairs,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via The Dallas Morning News. “Let’s talk about the coaching staff. How do you go from Monte Kiffin and Marinelli being a position coach to [Marinelli] now being the defensive coordinator and Kiffin being like a position coach? And it’s the same on the offensive end. You had Jason Garrett calling plays, supposedly, then Callahan.”

Most defensive coordinators would have been fired in a heartbeat given how bad the Cowboys were last season. Kiffin was basically just demoted.

McNabb didn’t let Jason Garrett off the hook, either. He said it makes no sense that Garrett has kept his job while doing worse than Wade Phillips did before him.

“I’m still figuring out how he still has a job at this particular point the way we have continued to see this team just continue to crumble,” McNabb said. “(You played) behind hall of famers and you see how they carry the two-minute offense. He’s run the two-minute offense himself as a starting quarterback. The way that they control their offense in certain games, how can you lead games in the middle of the third quarter and you end up losing the game?”

Moss agreed, though he went much easier on Garrett.

“The thing that’s not really fair to Tony Romo is he really hasn’t had that coaching to be able to bring him along,” Moss said. “I’m not sitting here busting Garrett or trying to call Garrett out, but there has not been nothing steady in Dallas. It’s always coaches come and go.”

Playcalling has been a major issue for the Cowboys in recent years — there’s no debating that. They seem lost at times when playing with a lead, and most of that falls on the coaching staff. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this season, Jerry Jones will have no choice but to move on from Garrett.

LeBron James has moving trucks at house … which means nothing

LeBron JamesYou probably were already aware of what a frenzy there is during NBA free agency but, just in case you weren’t, allow us to share with you the latest example.

Our buddy Jorge Sedano, a longtime Miami media personality currently with ESPN, tweeted a picture Wednesday of what he says are exotic car transportation trucks outside LeBron’s house in Miami. Sedano says the photo was sent to him by one of LeBron’s neighbors.

And here’s the other moving trucks photo that received attention on Twitter Wednesday:

Naturally, the moving trucks at LeBron’s house fueled speculation that the former MVP is preparing to move back to Cleveland, which coincides with the reports that he is likely to sign with the Cavaliers.

Not so fast, my friends!

Ethan J. Skolnick, a connected Miami Heat reporter currently with Bleacher Report, says the car moving trucks are standard operating procedure for LeBron every summer.

Awwww. Does that mean he’s not going to Cleveland? What a shame. Too bad that had to get in the way of a fun rumor.

Michael Irvin: Cris Carter told my wife to leave me when I had coke problem

Michael-Irvin-Colts-Garbage-Without-Peyton-ManningMichael Irvin offered a powerful defense of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon during an interview with the Dan Le Batard Show on Tuesday. More specifically, Irvin spoke out against fellow Hall of Famer Cris Carter in the wake of Carter’s assertion that the Browns should cut Gordon.

Carter compared Gordon’s situation to his own, with the Philadelphia Eagles having cut Carter in 1990. Carter credits Buddy Ryan for giving him the motivation to get sober and get his life on track by releasing him. Irvin cautioned that the tough love approach doesn’t work for everyone.

“Dan, this is a brain disease. Addiction is a brain disease,” Irvin told Le Batard, via Ryan Cortes of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach. “You know, we act as if someone should…How can you make that decision? You must be stupid. He’s not. That’s why they call substances dope. Because it makes you less intelligent and you make the poor decision. It’s a brain disease. And it affects everybody differently.

“Now, isolation for Cris may have been the best thing. Separation, for Cris, may have been the best thing. For Josh, maybe it’s the worst thing…”

Irvin then got personal. The former Dallas Cowboys star’s cocaine addiction in the 1990s was well-documented. Irvin was a known party animal who used cocaine and then dominated on Sundays. During that time, he claims Carter told his wife to leave him.

“I’m going to put a little personal on this even though I love Cris to death,” Irvin said. “I don’t know what year it was we were in the Pro Bowl. And all Cris is trying to do, he’s just trying to share his experiences. He said to my wife, ‘You know, Michael would never come out of this problem until you leave him.’ Till you leave him.

“For years, I’ve held it. I’ve never shared that with anybody. I’ve never in my life shared that with anybody. I was so irked with Cris because he was out of line then. His ass is out of line now. He is out of line.”

While it doesn’t sound like Carter had terrible intentions when he allegedly told Irvin’s wife to leave him, you can see why Irvin is angry. Just because Carter credits his release from the Eagles for getting his life on track doesn’t mean that approach works for everyone. Having said that, Gordon’s path gets worse by the day. Something has to be done.

Chris Sheridan says ’90 percent chance’ LeBron James returns to Cavs

LeBron-James-HeatAll of the LeBron James speculation will hopefully come to a halt by the end of the week. After James meets with Miami Heat president Pat Riley (possibly Wednesday), he should know what his plans for the future are. If you believe Chris Sheridan’s sources, LeBron returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers is pretty much a done deal.

Sheridan reported on his website Tuesday that a “plugged-in source” has told him there is a 90% chance LeBron will return to Cleveland. The source added that the announcement is expected to come on LeBron’s website lebronjames.com, which Sheridan claims is updating its server to handle a massive traffic spike.

On Monday, Sheridan reported that LeBron’s wife and entire inner-circle want him to return to the Cavs. The former ESPN and AP writer seems more convinced than anyone that LeBron is heading back to Cleveland. That said, what’s the use of saying 90 percent? If you’re that convinced LeBron is signing with the Cavs, just make the prediction. Don’t leave the 10% hanging in the wind to cover your ass.

Remember, Sheridan is the same guy who made the mind-boggling decision to not vote LeBron for All-NBA first team last year. We don’t blame you if you hold that against him.

Personally, and this has nothing to do with “sources,” I could see LeBron going back to Cleveland. Why? For starters, the Heat are aging. They can’t offer the type of promising future that young stars like Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins offer. Dwyane Wade is breaking down physically and Chris Bosh is reportedly considering a max offer from a team in his home state. The Cavs, with LeBron, would probably have a better chance to win over the next five years than the Heat.

And then there’s the narrative. Can LeBron really catch Michael Jordan by winning four more rings in Miami? Probably not. Can he become the only NBA player in history to come back and rescue his home state by bringing them a title after breaking their hearts? You know it. The drama associated with the homecoming may be too much for LeBron to pass up.