Posted by Ryan on September 7, 2008
I’m sure all of you with Tom Brady on your fantasy teams were hoping for more than one quarter out of the two-time Super Bowl MVP and the man who holds the single-season touchdown record for quarterbacks at 50, but football is a contact sport and people get hurt. But why did it have to be the Golden Boy, Tom Brady!
After completing a pass to Randy Moss, Brady’s leg was hit, apparently tearing his ACL. If this turns out to be true (Belichick can be quiet about these things), then it’s a season-ending injury. However, it could be smoke-in-mirrors; a slight sprain or bruise that could take a week or two to shake off. Or maybe not. We won’t know until later this week.
Regardless, now it’s time for Matt Cassel to step up. The Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10 with Cassel in most of the game, but the Chiefs aren’t that good. The New York Jets are better, and so are the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East. With thoughts of Super Bowl revenge melting away, I hope Matt Cassel can be a more than adequate substitute and keep the Pats competitive this year should the worst be true of Brady’s injury.
UPDATE: It’s true — a season-ending injury. Alas! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the New York Jets early on their first win of the AFC East since the 2002 season (grumble grumble).
Posted in Pop Culture, Sports | Tagged: ACL, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Randy Moss, Tom Brady | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on August 7, 2008
Trading in the green-and-gold for a certainly less shiny green-and-white, the Green Bay Packers have ended all this pre-season Favre silliness by finally trading the future Hall-of-Famer to the New York Jets for a “conditional” fourth-round draft pick.
But, here are some other conditions from NFL.com:
“The pick turns into a third-round selection if Favre plays in 50 percent of the plays this season, a second-rounder if he plays in 70 percent of the plays and the Jets qualify for the playoffs, and a first-round pick if he plays in 80 percent of the plays and Jets make it to the Super Bowl.”
Now here’s the real gold-mine for the Packers:
“Not only did the Packers block the Vikings from trading for Favre, but they also have done the same to every team in the NFC North…. If the Jets were to trade Favre to any NFC North team, they would have to give Green Bay three No. 1 picks. And Green Bay didn’t even stop there. The trade also includes provisions preventing a trade to another team if they were to trade him to the NFC North.”
My head is spinning a little bit on all the details, but one thing is clear from this Patriot’s fan point of view: playing the Jets won’t be two automatic W’s this season. This also means that two controversies are being quelled for the price of one as Pennington gets officially released at 4pm today. I give Favre a few months to learn the system, making the Jets potential trouble down the stretch. They’ll definitely improve on their 4-12 record last season.
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Posted by Ryan on July 26, 2008
Is anyone else getting sick of all this? I remember at the end the last NFL season, the great Brett Favre finally retired. Everyone was nostalgic, some even perplexed since he obviously still had talent, even I here at AOR provided a glowing post as a career epitaph for a man who always looked like he was having fun out there.
Now all this: Is he coming back? Yes, but where will he end up? What do the Packers have to say about this? What about Aaron Rodgers who’s been training to take over Favre’s position for months? Will Favre end up on the Vikings? Bucs? Or even the Jets? No no no, he’s back at the Packers… for now, unless traded.
I love Brett Favre the player, but he’s definitely the bad guy in all of this. He should have waited a few months before announcing his retirement earlier this year and getting everyone in such a frenzy.
Posted in Pop Culture, Sports | Tagged: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2 Comments »