Thursday, November 18, 2010

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Eleven Notes

Starting Early

Rather than wait for the off-season this time around, 41-year-old Brett Favre is up to his usual tricks…but does he mean it this time?

Speaking with the NFL Network's Steve Mariucci last week, Favre said he is hoping for a “storybook ending” and won’t be back under centre for the 2011 NFL season (if there is one).

Lets dissect the question though: “Are you coming back in 2011?”

“No.”

Knowing the player in question’s track record I think Mariucci should have been a little more specific. I can just picture a non-retired Favre saying, “Ohhhhhh, you meant back in the NFL…I thought you meant back with Minnesota!”

As for his 3-6 Vikings, Favre knows the next few games could mean the difference between a shot at a playoff spot and a series of ‘meaningless’ games to round out what has been a legendary career. Wouldn’t that be a bit of a letdown?

“There’s still some hope left, but that is diminishing,” Favre told the Associated Press.

There was some controversy earlier in the week about his throwing shoulder, but Favre won’t be letting a silly thing like ‘pain’ get in the way of him playing – he says he feels “OK” and he’s not “overly concerned” about it.

If the Vikings lose to the Packers this weekend, it may take a miracle (or at the very least, divine intervention) for Brett Favre to end his career on a high note.

What Does the Future Hold?

Sure, it was just one game, but the Washington Redskins must be wondering if they made the right move this week…

The same day that Donovan McNabb agreed to a five-year contract extension that includes about $40-million in guaranteed money, the ‘skins go out and lose 59-28 and their QB throws more interceptions than touchdown passes.

Like I said, it’s just one game…but that’s a week after McNabb was pulled in the final two minutes of a game because his coach didn’t think he was ‘fit enough’ to run a faster-paced offence. Does anyone else find the timing of this a little bit off?

Don’t worry though – if the Washington brain trust decides it made a mistake with McNabb, there’s an out clause that says they can release him after the season and not be on the hook for any money, though it’s not believed the team will go that route.

On the other side of Monday’s lopsided win, Michael Vick is playing like a man possessed – he became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards (333), run for over 50 yards (80), throw four TD passes and run for two more majors in a single game. Amazingly, he hasn’t thrown an interception in his six starts this season or lost a fumble either.

Are those MVP type numbers? Some people think so. Others are leaning more towards someone like San Diego’s Philip Rivers, though there is a lot of football left to play this season.

So what does the future hold for Vick? NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora says the Eagles are unlikely to let him leave as a free agent - which means an extension could soon be in the works.

La Canfora reports that “some sort of franchise player distinction” will be part of a new collective bargaining agreement, if one is reached.

You Win Some, You Lose Some

The Dallas Cowboys fired coach Wade Phillips last week after a dismal 1-7 start to the season, and believe it or not, they actually won last weekend…

The celebration was almost ruined for receiver Dez Bryant though as he apparently lost a diamond earring during the game!

Why was he wearing one? Not sure. The point is, he was and he lost it at some point in the game. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, the rookie says he “was a little worried,” but a security guard found it later on and gave it back to him…for which he received “a big thank you.”

Still with the Cowboys, new coach Jason Garrett has already had to lay the smack down on one of his players for disobeying his team rules.

Garrett told his players to wear slacks, coats and ties for their trip to New York, which seems like a fair request. Marion Barber, a team captain, showed up in jeans, an untucked shirt, no tie and sneakers…without socks!

It could be worse though coach, at least he showed up wearing clothes!

Other stuff…

The Bills won a game! I’m happy for them, because being on a losing team is no fun, but I was also hoping that their winless streak would go on a little bit longer!

After blaming the turf for his seventh missed field goal of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers, umm, turf kick Jeff Reed

Is Adrian Peterson the fastest man in the NFL, or just the fastest man in downtown Minneapolis?

Alright Mr. Goodell, the NFLPA sees your 18-game schedule and raises you two bye weeks and expanded rosters…

Game to watch: I know some people will disagree with this, but how can you not be excited to watch Tom Brady duke it out with Peyton Manning on a Sunday afternoon in New England? Both clubs are in tight races at the top of the AFC, which only adds some spice to what should already be a great battle. If that’s not your cup of tea, the Giants travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles later that night, and after the clinic put on by Michael Vick on Monday, I’m excited to see what he does! Also, if you don’t like Brett Favre you can watch his potential demise early on Sunday as the Vikings host the Packers in a must-win game.

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