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Game 5 of the World Series could be a clincher tonight, as the Yankees lead the Phillies 3 games to 1.  But there is also Monday Night football this evening, and tonight’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints should be a good one (We are going with the Falcons in this one, but are hoping that Michael Turner does not have a big day.  We are playing against him in fantasy this week.) But yesterday was yet another football Sunday, and although the schedule was relative light (six teams had bye this week), there was plenty of action on the field.  Here’s our recap of what you may have missed.

1. It’s official.  Brett Favre owns the Green Bay Packers.  After being greeted with boos as he came on to Lambeau Field for the first time since he was traded by the Packers two years ago, Favre completed 17 of 28 passes with four touchdowns and no interception in leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 38-26 victory over Green Bay.  As he left the field, he still received his fair share of boos, but there was a lot more applause mixed into that reception after the contest. “Packer fans cheer for the Packers first,” Favre said aftwerward. “I know that. But I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, ‘I sure hate those jokers on the other side, but he does play the way he’s always played.’ ” Could it be that we like Brett Favre more now than we did just a few weeks ago?

2. Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts, who have now started the season 7-0 after a tighter-than-expected 18-14 victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.  Quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 347 yards, and wide receiver Reggie Wayne had a career high 12 catches for Indianapolis.  But for all their success, the Colts have played only one team (the 4-3 Arizona Cardinals) with a winning record this far this season.  But all that will change in the next few weeks.  In two weeks they have a home date with the New England Patriots, followed by a road trip to play the Baltimore Ravens.  But their biggest game of the year may take place next weekend when they face… (more…)


When Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens was held without a catch in last Sunday’s game against New Orleans, it marked the first time in 185 games that he did not tally at least one grab. Owens is a notorious egoist and has been credited with destroying the seasons of playoff caliber teams in previous stops in Philadelphia and Dallas, so the media in Buffalo gathered around Owens with baited breath to see what he might say and which of his teammates he might throw under the bus after the game.

But to everyone’s surprise, Owens took the high road (or what has to be considered the high road in T.O.’s world) by simply repeating that he was “just going with the plays that are called” (truthfully, he gets a little credit for not naming names, we guess, but it sure sounded as if he was throwing offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt in the direction of a bus with his oft-repeated answer.) However, this is Buffalo, where the media has been starving for any sort of controversy, and T.O. has a well-earned reputation for being controversy incarnate.  Surely he has something more to say? So members of the media kept trying to bait him for the next several minutes into saying something, anything, that would make front page news.  But Owens did not bite, despite members of the media asking him basically the same question five times about his lack of involvement in the offense (video above.  And yes, we love the hat and glasses.)

So yesterday in a radio interview, to the surprise of no one, T.O. complained about being provoked by the media.

“It really just shows you the angle that the media has taken all these years,” Owens said during the interview. “Over the years I’ve always kind of spoken openly about whatever is being asked with my answers, so the last four or five years I’ve kind of noticed that and tried taking some steps to prevent some of those things from happening.

“But [Sunday] as you saw, it was obvious … [the media] took some more than initiative to try to get me to kind of go down the wrong path. I know the last two teams that I’ve been on, I felt like I left those teams prematurely due to media interviews that I’ve done and things kind of taken out of context and they created sort of a media whirlwind in the locker room and things kind of went downhill from there. I’m just trying to do the best job I can do as far as answering the questions and trying to be a better teammate and not try to throw people under the bus.”

For the first time in perhaps his entire career, T.O. is right.  The media has been unfair to him in the past and they were really being unfair to him on Sunday.  The man does not have to answer your questions in the manner that you want him to answer them, and repeating the question in an attempt to get him to say something controversial or mean-spirited is an embarrassment to journalists the world over.  That said, Terrell Owens is a man who has openly questioned the heart of his quarterback in Philadelphia, the professionalism of his quarterback in Dallas, and the sexuality of his quarterback in San Francisco (we shit you not), so we here believe that his stay on the righteous path will be a short one.

images-1Yesterday, we highlighted the heroics of Thomas Edward Brady Jr. in Monday’s night 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.  But for every hero, there is also a goat, and that yoke on Monday belonged squarely to Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin (pictured), who fumbled late in the contest with Buffalo up by five, setting up Brady and the Patriots’ unlikely comeback, and causing many a Western New York schoolboy, and some adults, to head to bed with tears in their eyes.

But last night, one local jackass fan took his frustration with McKelvin too far by going to the cornerback’s home and defacing his front lawn.  According to media reports, the perpetrator spray-painted a graphic depiction of the male anatomy along with the score from Monday night’s game on McKelvin’s property.  Bills players were obviously shaken by the event leading linebacker Kawika Mitchell to post on his Twitter feed, according to reports, “W/ all the safety issues n the NFL its not funny at all. We have Fam at our homes to protect. If u show ur face on my prop Ill make sure I do everythin to keep my Fam safe.” (Btw, we know that this is a new media age, but journalists and athletes alike just look stupid when a player’s Twitter rants are published as news.  That said, follow us on Twitter at acasualfan!) McKelvin later today was in a forgiving mood.

“It’s just one little incident. I hope it doesn’t happen any more,” McKelvin said following practice. “I was mad, I was kind of like angry in a way, but I was laughing a little bit for what they put on there.”

That was awful big of McKelvin, but whoever did this is still a jackass. Now Bills fans are among the most long suffering yet loyal fans in the country (the late-great Tim Russert once prayed on national television for Buffalo to win the Super Bowl from his bully pulpit on Meet the Press … We miss Tim Russert). Western New York has some of the most passionate fans in the country, and they have a developed a reputation for being respectful of athletes and of their privacy. That said, the fool who did this has done a great deal to damage said reputation.  Stay classy, Buffalo.

NFL/It had been a long time since America’s reigning quarterbacking heartthrob, Thomas Edward Brady Jr., last threw a pass in the NFL. A knee injury in the first week of last season sidelined our hero for the entirety of that campaign, relegating Brady and his chin to mere spectator status as the New England Patriots suffered through a humiliating and ultimately disappointing 11-5 season (Patriots fans have become a tad spoiled in the last decade).

But yesterday all was right with the world as Brady returned to lead the Patriots to a thrilling come-from-behind 25-24 victory over Terrell Owens and the Buffalo Bills, thrilling all who speak with that Gawd-awful New England accent, while greatly pissing off every other sports fan in the remaining 44 states.

Even though he threw two touchdowns to Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson in a span of just 1:16 (the last score coming with just 50  seconds left in the game) to finish a comeback that saw New England trailing 24-13 with just a little less than five minutes remaining in the contest,  Brady was in no mood to celebrate afterwards, sprinting to the locker room while hilariously stiff-arming ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber in her attempt to get a post game interview.  I guess it’s just like what John Updike said of another great New England sports icon — “Gods don’t answer letters.” Or sideline reporters.