Brett Favre Really Being Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

UPDATE: Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets

I can’t believe the day is actually coming — not to say that all reports are correct — but the latest out of Tampa suggests Brett Favre becoming a Buccaneer could soon become a reality. From The Tampa Tribune:

The Tribune has learned Favre will not stand in the way of a trade from Green Bay to Tampa Bay and the deal is likely to be finalized within 24 hours.

The chances of the trade unraveling are remote and Favre has indicated to the Bucs directly that he is willing to change teams after 16 years of growing his legend in Green Bay.

Once it became clear to Favre that he wasn’t welcome back in Green Bay, he became more flexible in terms of accepting a trade to clubs outside the division. The Bucs have been interested in Favre since last month, when he announced he wanted to play again.

Well, beggers can’t be choosers, and for Brett Favre to all but demand a trade from Green Bay to another NFC North team was plain selfish, not to mention pretty unrealistic. I really, truly, hope this is the last word in the saga. I will be so satisfied when he finally lands with a new team just so we can end this once and for all (until the next off-season when he retires and wants to come back, yet again). Favre in pewter? Doesn’t sound too bad to me. Now Jeff Garcia is going to be one pissed off mofo, that’s for sure.

Vince Young’s Hands Tied by Norm Chow

I’m not putting words in anyone’s mouth, I’m just reading between the lines. Check out Vince Young discussing the difference between Norm Chow and Mike Heimerdinger, the Titans’ new offensive coordinator:

Vince Young certainly harped on a few themes there, saying Heimerdinger’s more aggressive and unpredictable. VY also makes it clear that under Chow he couldn’t run as much nor throw the ball downfield too much. Obviously I’m not in the Titans film room or huddle, but I can tell you a few things. For one, Chow’s track record is pretty legit. Secondly, running only lasts for so long for QBs in the NFL. I’m sure VY would have run more if he didn’t have the quad and leg injuries last year. And let’s not forget that when you run, you subject yourself to lots of punishment from the defense, not exactly something to help one’s chances at longevity. In other words, I’m not ready to join VY’s party in knocking down Chow.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Planning to Get Married?

You figure it has to be a possibility considering the two have been dating for a good amount of time now. And much like Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush, rumors are now swirling that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen could tie the knot:

The rumours about the soon-to-be wedding were sparked after the bombshell sold off her pad at the same time as Brady did.

“The couple are hunting for their own love nest. It would be a safe bet they’re planning to get hitched,” News of the World quoted a source as saying.

Well, if you want to talk about sports betting, I thought it was a pretty safe bet the Patriots would win the Super Bowl, and we all know how that turned out. So no, we shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves here, but the fact that they’re both selling their places is somewhat telling. If anything does happen, I can’t imagine it would be anytime before the season ended, so let’s not jump the gun. That would only add to Tom Brady’s off-field drama (though it sure doesn’t seem to bother him and his record 52 touchdown passes, does it?).

Panthers Do the Right Thing, Suspend Steve Smith Two Games

Man, that Steve Smith sure is racking up an impressive practice record. At least he’s recording more KOs than Zab Judah this year. In case you missed it, star receiver Steve Smith of the Panthers got into a rumble with teammate Ken Lucas on Friday at practice. How did it happen?

According to several eyewitnesses, the two teammates were on the sidelines discussing a play that happened previously at camp. The talks got heated and Smith stood up and slugged Lucas, who was resting on one knee.

A scuffle ensued and punches were thrown as teammates and coach John Fox charged in to break up the fight. Linebacker Jon Beason had to pull Smith away from Lucas. It took several people to restrain the men and restore order.

Lucas’ face was left bloodied and he was taken immediately to a tent for care. He wound up with a broken nose according to coach John Fox. Apparently Smith has been on Lucas ever since Ken signed a free agent deal with the Panthers. Smith continually jeered Lucas after burning him in practice for touchdowns which caused some friction. Anyway, the Panthers wound up lowering the boom on Steve Smith, suspending the play maker for the first two games of the season.

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Kim Kardashian Already Planning Her Wedding with Reggie Bush

At last check, Kim Kardashian was already talking about getting married to Reggie Bush. The latest update in their relationship is pretty humorous considering Bush hasn’t even proposed to her, at least to the best of our knowledge. Still, that hasn’t stopped Kardashian from apparently beginning to plan her wedding:

“I was in Vegas last weekend for a bachelorette party and saw how hectic it is to plan a wedding, so I’ve decided to start planning mine before being asked!” Kim tells In Touch. A close friend of the couple, who have been dating for more than a year, reveals that Kim, 27, and Reggie, 23, will eventually tie the knot. “They’re in love, but football practice is starting — so no wedding bells for at least six months to a year.”

So, would this like be the equivalent of filming a Patriots 19-0 Perfectville commercial before they’ve actually won the Super Bowl? Maybe she’s acting a little too swiftly here, especially considering Bush isn’t too happy with the weight Kardassian’s been putting on lately.

Kordell Stewart Wants Back in the NFL

Kordell Stewart appeared on ESPNEWS as an analyst Monday. I’m not sure if this is a new role for him or if he’s just doing an appearance or two, but it didn’t take Slash long to use the opportunity to hop on the soap box. Sure, he was baited by anchor Mike Hill (“Come on, you can be real with me, Dawg”), but Kordell touched on a time when he didn’t get a fair shot at a starting QB gig, and why he’s no longer playing even though he feels he should be.

The year when Jimmy Miller and I in ’96 had a chance to compete, I didn’t get that opportunity to be a starter that year. He signed a new deal, and they had to give him a chance, but I didn’t get a chance to the be the starter. I shared time with Mike Tomczak.

There’s a lot of underlying stuff that I don’t know about that could be coming from other teams … I don’t know. Maybe my confidence level, I don’t know — it could be a million different things. I’ve heard that my confidence is a concern, he’s a one-system kind of guy. If you give a guy a chance and ride with the guy, I’ve proven that I can play the game. I feel like I should be playing … I do want to play.

Kordell’s not the only quarterback to voice such a concern lately — the AJC had a piece last week on black quarterbacks who are jobless. Amongst them were Aaron Brooks, Daunte Culpepper, Byron Leftwich, and Quinn Gray. For each one of those players, I’d have to analyze it case-by-case. For Kordell, I’m guessing he wouldn’t do too well in the league these days considering it’s been several years since he was a decent NFL quarterback — and that’s pushing it. Then again, as long as there’s a place for the likes of Joey Harrington, Vinny Testaverde, and Chris Redman in this league, then I certainly think there’s room for guys like Aaron Brooks and Culpepper.

Army Completely Mishandling Caleb Campbell Situation

Caleb Campbell is a strong safety who played at Army and attended West Point. He was a 7th round pick by the Lions in this year’s draft, and was set to begin the team’s training camp this week in hopes of earning a roster spot. Initially the Army said they would release Campbell from the typical two years service all West Point Cadets must perform following graduation and allow him to play professional football. Campbell’s responsibility was to act as a local recruiter for the Army while he was playing — a logical trade. But on the eve leading up to training camp, the Army said Campbell (as well as two Cadets selected in the MLB draft) must serve their Army duties instead of playing pro ball. Ordinarily a sound response would be to say that the guy signed up for this and knew exactly what he was getting into; he should fulfill his duties like everyone else. However, when you find out what the Army is using Campbell for, you really see that they’re completely mishandling the whole thing.

Campbell told The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio that he’ll be returning to West Point to serve as a graduate assistant on the school’s football team. How about that? Is he going to Iraq or Afghanistan? Will he be serving as an officer? Will he be assisting the U.S. military? No, no, no, and no. The Army will be using Caleb Campbell to coach football. Got that? Instead of letting him play professional football — a chance for the Army to be promoted every time he stepped on the field — they decided his time was better served coaching a team that’s won 17 games this decade. An organization that spends millions to sponsor a car in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series spit on an opportunity to earn tons of free publicity to all NFL fans in the form of Caleb Campbell playing for the Lions. Honestly, what the eff are they thinking? They change a rule with horrendous timing for a lame-brain reason like this? Then again, should we really expect anything less from the government?