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Is Brett Favre Faking His Arm Injury?

I hate to even speculate or suggest that a man who has started 289 straight games might be faking an injury, but it’s hard to say the thought hasn’t crossed my (and probably your) mind. Brett Favre was seen grabbing his arm on Monday night towards the end of the game. Those actions came less than a week after he had an MRI on his elbow which showed mild inflammation. Though Favre says his elbow isn’t causing him to miss passes, he’s had limited practices because of the arm.

So I ask the question to you: is Brett Favre faking his arm injury (or exaggerating it), or do you believe that it’s 100% legit?

Several factors make me believe the former could be the case. First off, Favre has proven many times over his career that he values the spotlight more than his credibility. If he didn’t, we wouldn’t have seen the retirement games year after year. It’s possible that he’s acting on camera in an effort to gain sympathy because of the Jenn Sterger investigation. Think about it: the first we heard about his elbow problem was last week, a day after Deadspin dropped the voice mail and penis bombs. Additionally, the team has been a major disappointment (as has Favre), and blaming the elbow is a convenient excuse.

For the contrary, Brett Favre has started 289 straight games and played through muscle pulls, broken bones, bruises, sprains, aches, and pains throughout his career. Who are we to question the legitimacy of an injury for maybe the toughest player in NFL history? Plus, we got on him for playing through an arm injury when he shouldn’t have towards the end of the year with the Jets two years ago. If he’s hurt and not at full-strength, saying he may step aside is the right thing to do, right?

While you may have your opinion, I have mine. I think Favre’s elbow is bothering him, but he’s turning it into a bigger issue than it is to redirect some of the conversation away from his dong shots. What do you think?

Brett Favre Hit in the Nuts With Football During Practice (Video)

It just seems to keep getting worse and worse for Brett Favre as the days go by.  He’s had to face questions about allegedly sexting Jenn Sterger and sexually harassing her.  He’s been accused of sexually harassing a massage therapist that worked for the Jets.  His elbow hurts.  His consectuvie games played streak could be in jeopardy if he’s unable to play because of injury or suspension.  Now, he’s getting drilled in the nuts with footballs during practice.

It’s unclear when the above Brett Favre nut shot pictures took place because he reportedly didn’t practice on Wednesday.  However, it must have been pretty recent as indicated by the protective sleeve he has over his throwing elbow.  Check out the Brett Favre nut shot video:

Video Credit: YouTube user williampowellschin

NFL Quarterbacks Call Breast Cancer Awareness Ball a ‘Disaster’

As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, the NFL has gone above and beyond in recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on game days.  Since the beginning of October, players have been sporting all sorts of pink accessories including wristbands, chinstraps, and cleats in an effort to help raise awareness for a genuinely good cause.

However, there is one change that may not be sitting well with the players.  After there were some rumblings that players were having trouble with the footballs being used during October, ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck claims he text messaged some quarterbacks who said the balls “have been a disaster.”  According to Hasselbeck, quarterbacks have been complaining that the balls, which feature the pink ribbon breast cancer logo, get slick because they are brand new.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has refuted the claim, saying the balls are no different from regular balls.  However, if enough quarterbacks say they’re having an issue, I don’t see why they can’t do away with that one small piece of the cause.  Having a popular and marketable organization like the NFL work to raise awareness about breast cancer is obviously a tremendous idea, but there are plenty of other ways it can be done.  Players are doing their best to sport pink in any way they can and I don’t think it would affect the cause to make a small change.

Then again, it’s the NFL and nothing irritates the league more than players trying to call the shots.  Otherwise, we’d all be able to sleep at night knowing there will be football in 2011.

Potentially Drunk 49ers Fan Climbs Onto Church Roof After Eagles Loss

San Francisco 49ers fans seem a bit on edge lately.  I suppose that’s what happens when you have high expectations for a team that starts out the season with five straight losses.  The NFC West is the worst division the NFL has seen in a long time, yet the Niners have failed to put themselves in a promising position.

That’s certainly why 49ers fans booed Alex Smith in favor of David Carr, and it’s likely why 28-year-old Michael Fisher climbed onto the roof of a church after the Niners lost to the Eagles.  Vallejo police Lt. Abel Tenorio said Fisher  “could not remember the reason (he was on the roof) but just wanted to deliver a message because the 49ers lost.”

I think this has gone far enough.  Mike Singletary obviously needs to go.  Not only are the 49ers on the verge of one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, but lives are now at stake.  Stop the madness.

*** The fan in the picture is not Fisher, but instead the first disappointed-looking 49ers fan I found on the internet.

Norv Turner Fires Back at Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy has been known to get under people’s skin with his remarks as a commentator on NBC. His words inspired the Cowboys against the Saints last year, and he also upset Rex Ryan saying he wouldn’t ever hire the man. Now he’s pissed off Chargers coach Norv Turner.

Apparently Dungy must have said on Football Night in America that Norv Turner shoulders some of the blame for San Diego’s struggles this year. I was watching the show and don’t recall Dungy saying anything inflammatory, and that comment certainly doesn’t qualify. 99% of unbiased people would agree with what Dungy said, particularly considering the way the special teams problems have cost the Chargers three games.

Someone from the San Diego media took Dungy’s comments to Norv on Monday and served him up a softball. Let’s just say Norvell knocked it out of the park.

“You make a comment and see a team from (afar),” Turner said. “I can relate to him. It’s probably how he felt when his players let Darren sproles return a punt and a kick for a touchdown here on a Sunday night game or when Peyton (Manning) threw six interceptions against us. I understand we have work to do. It’s like any head coach would feel after a game like that.”

Damn, that was a pretty strong comeback from Norv. I can understand why he would be upset, but Dungy’s comments were completely fair. Then again, if you’re 2-3 and being questioned by a coach whom your team owned head-to-head, you’d probably be upset too. Keep it coming Norv, I love it.

Randy Moss’ Second Stint With Vikings Could Be a Brief One

When the Patriots decided they could no longer deal with Randy Moss being Randy Moss and traded him to the Vikings, it looked like he was moving into another situation where he was certain to thrive.  Brett Favre has always wanted to play with Moss, and it was reasonable to assume that the two would develop an immediate chemistry and put on a show.  Don’t worry, I’m not getting too far ahead of myself.  I know there’s still time for that to happen and they got off to a decent start on Monday night against the Jets, but the situation looks like it’s getting worse by the day.

Favre has found himself having to deal with Tiger Woods-type distractions.  As if it’s not difficult enough for Old Man Brett to have to answer questions about a game he just completely blew, Favre was forced to deflect questions about sexting Jenn Sterger on Monday night.  As if the Jenn Sterger saga wasn’t enough, Favre has been accused of similar behavior by another former Jets employee.  Who knows where it will end.

Let’s pile some more on, shall we?  Favre is also supposedly dealing with an injured elbow that he has described as “very painful.”  The injury comes at a time when the Vikings are already headed in the wrong direction and find themselves facing a must-win against the Cowboys this weekend.  Brett says he won’t “play just to play,” and that if he can’t make the throws he’s willing to sit out a game.

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Jacksonville Going All Out for Monday Night Football with ‘Teal Monday’

As much as we talk about fans getting screwed over — e.g. Red Sox fans seeing parking prices go up — it must be recognized when a team and city does something great for its citizens. The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football this week (I know, you can’t wait for it), and the city is going all out for the game. Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has declared the day as “Teal Monday” in Jacksonville and is encouraging all citizens and companies to show their Jaguars pride by attending the game, wearing teal and closing businesses early.

They have several different promotions planned for the game. Fans wearing Jags t-shirts will get a free drink at the team’s official tailgate. Several downtown bars will offer happy hour prices all night. They’ll be selling Jags t-shirts for $5 and offering $1 beer specials at the pregame tailgate. Also, and I’ve never really heard of this before, they are inviting all the fans to sing the National Anthem (calling it the 12th man). The whole evening sounds like it will be a lot of fun and has me so amped up I want to fly out to Jacksonville for the game!

It’s no secret that the Jags are hurting when it comes to fan support. They were ranked dead last in terms of popularity as a team based on a recent Harris Poll, and they had trouble selling tickets last year. This is exactly what a team should do to try and energize a fan base. Just think, the swell of fervor is due in large part to the thrilling win over the Colts.