Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sports Tidbits

1. Something rubs me the wrong way when I think about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell interjecting himself into the Packers-Favre situation.

“Sources have told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Thompson reaffirmed to the commissioner that the organization wants to “move on” without Favre. Consequently, Goodell encouraged the GM to accelerate the process by surveying teams around the league to determine if there is a trade partner, the sources said.

The commissioner made it clear to Thompson that Favre will be reinstated as an active player if he makes the request. Goodell also has spoken with Favre, the sources said, telling the veteran passer that he was willing to assist in the process, if necessary. (Source:

The Packers should do what’s best for them. I don’t think it’s the commissioner’s place to tell teams to accelerate the process of making trades. I understand that it’s in the NFL’s best interest to have Favre back in the mix for 2008 because of the hype it will generate but the Packers have to do what’s right for them as an organization, Goodell’s encouragements be damned.

2. As a Greek citizen with many close relatives living in Athens and as a proud Olympiakos fan, I am happy to report that Josh Childress, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks, is taking his game to the birthplace of Western civilization.

Let’s be realistic for a moment here: Josh Childress is the anti-European basketball player. He has a very tenuous grasp on the fundamentals of basketball and isn’t known for his shooting, passing, ball-handling, or hoops IQ. What he is, however, is a talented athlete who can run and jump with the best of them. I’m not sure his game will work very well in Greece but he’ll certainly be the most athletic and physically-fit player on the court. In that regard, I expect him to be a very good shot-blocker and an explosive trailing player on fast breaks. Beyond that, I can’t see him scoring against zone defenses in the Euroleague.

3. Yuck. ‘Nuff said.

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