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Coming soon: A documentary about Brett Favre’s split with the Packers

In comparison with years past, the 2011 NFL season was relatively free of Brett Favre drama. When Favre began the season in retirement, there were very few who were convinced he would not return to football once a team in need came calling. When Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both went down with injuries for the Texans, some rumors flew but nothing came to fruition. Fear not, Favre fanatics. The void left by the lack of a gunslinger return in 2011 is about to be filled with a documentary.

As Fox Sports North points out, a documentary film entitled “Last Day at Lambeau” is set to debut at the Wisconsin Film festival next month. Those of you who despise Favre will be relieved to hear that the film does not depict him as a hero, but rather tells the story of the ugly ending between him and Green Bay back in 2008. It highlights the way in which Favre forced the Packers hand and describes the details of the trade with New York.

Despite all that he accomplished during his career as the face of the Packers franchise, Favre’s last game with Green Bay and last game at Lambeau Field were career lowlights. In 2008, he threw an interception that led to a Giants game-winning field goal in the NFC Championship Game. In 2010 with the Vikings, he came up just short of leading Minnesota to a comeback over his old team after an incomplete pass that was intended for Randy Moss.

According to FS North, the film focuses more on the love-hate relationship that fans experience with their favorite players. It does not dive into the decision the Packers made to go with Aaron Rodgers, which was one of the toughest moves a team has ever had to make and one that worked out perfectly. Call me when the documentary about Rodgers debuts. That’s the one I’d rather see.

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Brett Favre ‘not pissed’ at Saints for bounty ‘it’s football’

Brett Favre was one of the opposing players targeted by the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program. The Saints particularly went after Favre during the 2009 NFC Championship Game, hitting him mercilessly and bruising him severely. Favre doesn’t hold a grudge against them, saying it’s part of the game.

“I’m not pissed. It’s football. I don’t think anything less of those guys,” he told SI’s Peter King. “Said or unsaid, guys do it anyway. If they can drill you and get you out, they will.”

Favre’s not stupid. He knows opposing teams are targeting him, and he’s right — that’s football. But again, paying players bounties goes against the spirit and integrity of the game, and that’s why the NFL is addressing it. It won’t stop defensive players from going after offensive stars, but it might stop the excessive/dirty hits.

Saints defense ran bounty system, targeted Kurt Warner, Brett Favre

When Gregg Williams (pictured) took over as defensive coordinator of the Saints, the players and media raved about the new attitude he brought to the team. Williams ran a swarming defense that got after opposing players. Little did we know he was promoting a bounty system all those years.

An NFL investigation revealed that the Saints have operated a bounty program the past three seasons — all since Williams became their defensive coordinator. As part of the bounty program, players were rewarded for knocking opponents out of the game. According to the report, the program paid players $1,500 for a “knockout” and $1,000 for a “cart-off,” with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs.

The investigation says the Saints specifically targeted former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Anyone who watched the NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and Saints could get that sense, and the pictures of the beat-up Favre support the findings.

Team owner Tom Benson reportedly directed GM Mickey Loomis to stop the system but was unsuccessful. Coach Sean Payton reportedly knew about the system but did not stop it.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notes that the system jeopardizes player safety and competitive integrity — two key components of the league. There are also specific rules against players being rewarded for injuring opponents.

The Saints will be penalized for the bounty program and could face fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks. Even though the job of defenses is to stop offenses, placing bounties on opposing players goes against the spirit, integrity, and sportsmanship aspects of the game.

Brett Favre on Super Bowl: Being the only show in town was a big thing for me

You didn’t expect Brett Favre to keep quiet for an entire playoff run, did you?  Football fans witnessed a miracle during the 2011 season. Favre did not — to our knowledge — contemplate coming out of retirement.  The idea was kicked around a few times when Matt Schaub went down, but that was more media speculation than anything.  That doesn’t mean Favre wasn’t antsy.

“This’ll be my first year removed from playing,” Favre said during an interview with 1340 The Fan in Lubbock. “I get the question all the time: Do you miss it? I really, in all honesty, have not, but once the playoffs came around, especially (last) week, and in years past as well, this is kind of the time the juices get flowing again.

“Even in past years, when I wasn’t in the Super Bowl, I wished I was. This week was really no different than in years past, but as far as the regular season went, I didn’t miss it a bit. … It kind of started out for me, in my career, when we got to play on a prime time setting … that was kind of the start to the Super Bowl lead-up. Just being the only show in town was a big thing for me.”

Is that last line Favre in a nutshell or what? Everyone enjoys playing for a championship, but only Favre could phrase it so gracefully. This is a guy who flip-flopped between retirement and unretirement several times, and you’d have to be extremely naive to think he didn’t love every minute of the media blitz that came along with it. It is only fitting that Brett the Packer, Brett the Jet, and Brett the Viking would admit he enjoyed the extra attention that came with the Super Bowl.

Darren Sharper Says He Would Take Drew Brees Over Brett Favre in the Clutch

It is no surprise to hear Darren Sharper say he would take former teammate Drew Brees over former teammate Brett Favre. Sharper played with Brees more recently and Brees is a much more well-liked NFL player than Favre.  However, the reason he gave is pretty entertaining.

“With the game on the line I would have to go with Mr. Drew Brees, because we’ve seen Brett — who I love to death — throw the ball up in the air when anyone can make a play on it, intercept it, at the end of games,” Sharper said on Sportscenter Tuesday according to Pro Football Talk. “If you want to come down to a two-minute drill where you need a play for your team to win, you go with one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, and that’s Drew Brees.”

That’s an even easier question for Sharper to answer fresh off of Brees’ record-breaking performance against the Falcons.  Still, it’s fun to continue to use Favre as a punching bag.  That makes two players this season who have said they prefer their current signal-caller to the Ole Gunslinger.  All Favre is a jackass jokes aside, I’d take Brees or Aaron Rodgers over him any day.

Donald Driver Likes Playing with Aaron Rodgers Over Brett Favre

Donald Driver has been fortunate to enjoy a tremendous amount of consistency throughout his 13 years in the NFL.  He has played his entire career in Green Bay and only had to adjust to two quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.  He has enjoyed success with both under center, so you might assume he would take the high road when asked which of the two he prefers playing with.  Guess again.

“I’ve played with two quarterbacks,” Driver said Wednesday according to the USA Today. “One just went out there and did what he did, and he wasn’t patient at all. But Aaron takes what the defense gives him, and that’s the type of guy you want.”

Statistically, Driver had the best seasons of his career when Favre was throwing to him.  But it’s easy to pick Rodgers over Favre given the current circumstances.  Rodgers has been the best quarterback in the NFL by far this season, and he certainly has the potential to enjoy more success in his career than Favre.  Also, it makes it easier to pick the guy who has said all the right things over the one who pisses everyone off annually and has no problem taking a public shot as his successor.

From a football standpoint, Rodgers is certainly more careful with the ball.  You don’t need to crunch Favre’s career numbers to know he never had a ratio of 28 touchdowns to only three interceptions at any point in his career.  Playing with Rodgers over Favre would be more enjoyable for any NFL receiver at this particular point in Rodgers’ career.  The fact that Favre is a d-bag only gives Aaron a further boost.

Aaron Rodgers Takes High Road in Response to Brett Favre

Earlier in the week, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre went on the radio for a rare interview. Favre, who now says his comments were misinterpreted, gave current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few backhanded compliments. Despite calling Rodgers bright and a tremendous talent, Favre said he was surprised it took Rodgers so long to win a Super Bowl.

It’s pretty childish of Favre to play like he doesn’t know why people took his comments the way they did. If Favre wanted to praise Rodgers and the Packers, he could have. Instead, his praise was more in the form of several “yeah, but …” comments. Leave it to Rodgers, ever the professional, to take the high road when asked for a response to Favre.

“You know what, I’m just, the only thing I want to say is I’m just really proud of our guys and what our team did last season. It was a great accomplishment. It took all 53 of those guys and obviously it got the attention of a lot of people and we’re proud of the fact that we achieved the ultimate goal as a team.”

Rodgers refused to engage in a public battle. Instead, he keeps quiet and chooses to let his play on the field talk for him. And when he plays at the level he does, he doesn’t need to say anything; he has people like me, who will tell you that Rodgers is better than Favre ever was with the Packers.