Brett Favre Reportedly Admits to Voice Mails, Not Penis Pictures

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with an NFL investigator during the week to talk about his cyberstalking interactions with former Jets employee Jenn Sterger. Favre and his agent wisely avoided speaking with the media about the talk, but apparently FOX reporter Jay Glazer found out what was going on.

NFL on FOX (via Pro Football Talk) tweeted that “Favre admitted to leaving voicemails, but denied sending inappropriate pictures” to Sterger.

Of course he did.

After all the ridicule he took for those pictures, why the heck would he confess to them especially when there’s only one head in the pic, not two. Not only does this allow the “I’m much bigger than that” defense, but it also makes Favre less susceptible to sexual harassment charges.

We’ve maintained all along that Sterger is holding out for a payoff from Favre and that she likely won’t ever meet with the investigators. She’s hired a lawyer and is out for some big time cash. Favre should just pay the hush money and hope this all goes away.

Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay People Less Friendly After Losses

There was a great ESPN fantasy football commercial leading up to the NFL season featuring Chris Johnson. In the commercial, all kinds of service workers were treating CJ2K poorly because he had ostensibly let them down in their fantasy leagues. I always thought it was a clever, cute commercial, but apparently it’s most closer to reality than I ever realized.

In an interview with NBC leading up to the Sunday Night Football game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about the environment around the city after a win compared to a loss. Specifically, he was asked if it is worse when the team loses. Here’s what he said:

“It is worse. Just going down to the local store to get my groceries, people are a lot more eager to talk to you after a win the previous week, and if you lose, you might not get any eye contact. The checker might not be as kind to you. The pizza guy delivering the pizza might not be as friendly. It’s definitely a different feeling if you lose a game around here.”

Just to make sure this answer isn’t taken out of context, Rodgers had a grin on as he told the story, so it’s not like he was embittered towards the town. And if you want a better idea of how things might be for Rodgers, check out this video:

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Patriots Beat Chargers on Missed Field Goal Thanks to False Start Penalty

Last Sunday, the Patriots overcame a 17-7 deficit in the second half and defeated the Ravens, 23-20, in overtime.  This Sunday, New England nearly blew a 23-3 lead when they let the Chargers crawl within a field goal in the second half, only to lose on a missed 50-yard field goal attempt as time ticked away.

Considering the way the Chargers shot themselves in the foot all afternoon, it’s amazing they even had an opportunity to send the game into overtime.  Some of the lowlights for San Diego included several dropped passes and three fumbles, one of which came when wide receiver Richard Goodman caught a pass over the middle, fell to the ground, and flipped the ball to the ground before any Patriot had touched him.  New England recovered the fumble and it was determined that Goodman was never down by contact.

Despite their countless mistakes, the Chargers somehow clawed their way back into the game with two 11-play touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, one of which came after a perfectly executed onside kick that caught New England completely off guard.

Facing a fourth-and-one situation at the two-minute warning, Bill Belichick gave Patriots fans brutal flashbacks when he decided to go for it at about mid-field up 23-20.  The result was the same as the infamous fourth-and-two decision in Indianapolis last year, as the Chargers stuffed BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a loss.

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DeAngelo Hall Intercepts Jay Cutler Four Times in Redskins Win

Despite not playing exceptionally well, the Washington Redskins were able to pull off a 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  A lot of their success is owed to the inability of the Bears to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.  What else is new?

Cutler has taken a beating all season long, and Sunday was no different.  Cutler was sacked four times and intercepted another four, with DeAngelo Hall recording all four interceptions.  Hall took one of the picks 92 yards for a touchdown that gave the Redskins a 17-14 lead when they were in danger of going down two scores.

Hall tied an NFL record with the four picks.  The feat has been accomplished by 18 other players, with Deltha O’Neal being the last to do it when he was with the Broncos in 2001.

So the story continues for the Bears.  They look like a team with a decent amount of talent and potential that just can’t protect it’s quarterback.  I can’t imagine Cutler has been treating his offensive line to a lot of dinners after games this season.  In fact, they should probably be showering him in gifts as often as they can.

Photo: Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo

Strange Goal Line Ruling Costs Dolphins Against Steelers

A back-and-forth game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins resulted in Ben Roethlisberger improving his record to 2-0 on the year as a starter.  There was no shortage of drama in the game, with a very strange ruling costing the Dolphins in the end.

The Steelers found themselves facing a 3rd and goal situation trailing 22-20 with about 3:00 left.  Roethlisberger took the snap from the shotgun and ran a QB draw, but he coughed the ball up after being hit just as he was crossing the goal line.  The ball squirted out and rolled around in the end zone where it appeared Miami had fallen on it.  The ruling on the field was that Roethlisberger had broken the plane before fumbling, therefore it was a touchdown.

Upoon further review, the officials determined it was indeed a fumble and that the ball had popped out before Roethlisberger broke the plane.  However, after a long explanation, the official explained that in order to overturn a play like that, there needed to be conclusive evidence that the ball was fumbled and that the Dolphins recovered the fumble.  Since the officials could not be certain which team had fallen on the ball, the Steelers retained possession at the spot of the fumble.

Pittsburgh then elected to kick a field goal on fourth down and take a 23-22 lead, which they would not concede.  Had the right call been made on the field, the Dolphins more than likely would have had the ball at their own 20 with a 22-20 lead and just over 2:00 remaining.  It turned out to be a very unusual series of events that may have cost Miami a win.

Photo: Marc Serota/Getty Images

The Most Unpredicatable Year in NFL History Continues

The earth must be off its axis or something.  I assume those of you who have been keeping track of the Sunday early games are as dumbfounded as I am.  As we already told you when we posted our NFL picks here at LBS, there’s just no easy way to pick against the spread so far this year.  Come to think of it, picking straight up is no picnic at the moment either.

If you took the Browns +13 against the Saints and the Bills +13 against the Ravens, good for you.  At the half of both games it looks like you made better picks than I did.  But if you try to tell me you expected New Orleans to be trailing Cleveland, 20-3, at the half and Baltimore to be behind Buffalo, 24-20 — both at home — then I know you’re just lying through your teeth.

Yet somehow that’s what’s going on at the moment.  I just spoke to a wise 89-year-old football expert (who I refer to as my grandfather during the work week), and even he said he can’t remember a year where there was less of a clear-cut favorite in both the AFC and NFC.  Yes, he’s still all there.  Who are the powerhouses?  Who are the Super Bowl favorites?  Right now the answer to those questions looks like a simple “nobody.”  If these games continue the way they’re going, wish us luck putting together the power rankings on Tuesday.

Why Basing Suspensions on How Much Time an Opponent Misses Wouldn’t Work

With all the talk about head shots that’s been circling the NFL over the past few weeks, there have been a number of theories about what the punishment should be for a player who’s guilty of such behavior.  Last week, the league slapped hefty fines on several players after a number of illegal hits lead to various injuries to “defenseless” receivers.  James Harrison even claims he was so frustrated with the decision that he contemplated retirement.

On ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Adam Schefter reported that the NFL is going to consider a policy for illegal hits that would include the culprit missing as much time as the victim.  That language sounds a bit harsh, but it’s the easiest way to put it.  If a player hits an opponent illegally and the opponent has to miss two games, the player who hit him would be suspended two games and so on.

Here’s why there is no way that policy would work.  If you want to say I’m reading into it too much, that’s you’re prerogative.  Just keep in mind how hard NFL coaches work to gain a competitive edge in any way possible.  Consider this hypothetical situation:  The Patriots and Jets are facing one another.  Both are in close competition for the AFC East divison lead.  A receiver that really isn’t crucial to the Patriots’ success — we’ll say Julian Edelman — catches a pass over the middle and gets popped by Darrelle Revis.  Revis gets flagged for an illegal hit and, as a result, suspended by the league.

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