Thursday, August 7, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Ready for football season
Think the world is ready for some football? All last week, the talk was about football. The level didn’t really matter. It swung from secondary to the pro’s. The watchwords were – we can hardly wait.
Of course, the happenings are pretty much the same this time of year. The teams (at all levels) start ramping up their prep sessions, holding interviews and feeding the media tidbits about the program which has been redesigned to transcend whatever heights (or lows), which were achieved the season before.
The brand new coaches begin unveiling their expectations of the road which will take the franchise to the ultimate goal.
And to get things underway, there is the Hall of Fame game. This showcases the talents of yesteryears whose exploits and accomplishments will be enshrined with them in the hallowed halls in Canton, Ohio, for all posterity to come and view for the duration.
This year’s honorees were almost all defensive players. Actually, 95 percent – Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Gary Zimmerman, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Art Monk (wide receiver). And former Redskins players dominated the selections. Perhaps that was only fitting since the Redskins were doing battle with the Indianapolis Colts.
It is a pro football game, but fans generally don’t get too excited about it because it features future stars (hopefully), who may or may not be around when the regular seasons opens in about a month.
A few Redskins grabbed some notice in this warm-up. Rookie Colt Brennan turned in a great performance, showing swift movement and fast, crisp passes that were on the money. Jason Campbell, another QB hopeful, did well, hitting five out of five. Running back Mike Hart, who critics have dubbed too small to make it in this league (how many times have we heard that one?), quieted some of his detractors by turning in some ground yards that helped the ’Skins to the 30-16 victory.
While a lot of the football genre was reveling in the glory of the Hall, the Brett Favre saga was continuing just a little farther west.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had earlier tried to let the Packers and Brett resolve the issue(s), stepped in Sunday and ordered the Packers to allow Brett to retrieve his retirement letter. With no choice, the ’Pack quickly countered with an offer to Favre that was worth $25 million. Green Bay management stated that the matter would be settled on Monday.
Brett, you are a proven winner, certain to join all the other greats in Canton one day. Take the 25 mil, cut bait and go cut some timber.
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