It seems that the Brett Favre-Green Bay Packers saga is such a worldwide phenomenon that it’s being used by detainees in American military camps.
According to a military official, detainees at a Wisconsin National Guard camp in Iraq are using Brett Favre as a manner of getting at the guard troops there.
“They know Favre by name,” said First Lieutenant Tim Boehnen, who is from New Richmond, Wis.
“One of the big words they know now is shenanigan. They’ll constantly talk about ‘Favre shenanigans,’ ‘He’s so good for the Vikings,’ and ‘The Packers have got to really feel bad about that one.’ ”
According to Boehnen, it started when troops there started decorating their camp in Packers colors.
Heh. I wonder how you say Ted Thompson is a big fat arrogant idiot in Arabic. And I wonder how the Cheeseheads respond; it’s not like there is much they can say back to the creative and pesky detainees in light of the ass whuppin Favre and the Vikes have laid on them twice. Even on the hallowed Frozen Tundra of Lambeau. Ouch.
In other tangential football news, Obama has been chucking the pigskin on the White House lawn with Drew Fookin Brees (thus today’s musical selection “They Call Me The Breeze”). From USA Today:
President Obama is exercising executive privilege to get youngsters off their butts, and to urge all Americans to volunteer for community service.
In a TV spot set to run on Thanksgiving Day, viewers will see New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees zinging a pass to an unseen player. As we look closer, we realize the receiver is actually President Obama. The playing field is the White House lawn. The defender is Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
The 90-second public service announcement is a joint effort between the NFL’s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity and the president’s United We Serve public-service effort.
Pretty cool, and a worthy cause too. Football on the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania; somewhere JFK, RFK and Teddy are smiling.
National Favre League: Lot of crappy games this week. What happened to all that “parity” in the league for a couple of years? A bunch of good teams and a bunch of crappy teams makes for a lot of crappy games. Falcons at Giants is interesting. Both teams have been a tad spotty lately (really spotty for the Gents). Both teams are 5-4 and desperately need a win to stay viable for the playoffs. I rate it a pick em. Peyton and the Colts at the Ravens could be good too. Ray Lewis must be hopping mad and motivated as hell right about now from the inconsistent play of the team so far, but the Colts look to be too much I think. Jets at Pats is getting a lot of press, but it is hard to see Belichick losing another game after last weeks fourth down brain fart. Bolts at Donkos could be good too. Bolts are on their late season run early this year; the Donkos are crashing back to reality and Kyle Orton is hurt and very questionable. His backup, Chris Simms, seems like a nice kid, but he sucks. So, the Bolts easy right? Maybe. The game is at Mile High, and that is a big equalizer, so who knows. The Monday night game of Tennessee at Houston sounds mediocre, but really should be pretty good. Vince Young and the Titans are both rejuvenated and starting to play Jeff Fisher ball like they are capable of. Houston is quietly fairly solid. This game is a sleeper.
Student Athaletes: Well here are words I never thought I would utter: The big game of the week is in The Old Pueblo, Tucson, with Mike Stoops and the Arizona Wildcats hosting the Quackers from Oregon. Winner controls their own destiny for the Rose Bowl; but both still have tough games left – USC and ASU for Arizona and Oregon State (the “Civil War) for the Ducks. Much as I hate to say it, Mike Stoops sucks, the Cats have a history of blowing big games and I’ll take Oregon here. Cal is at Stanford for “The Big Game”. That wacky Stanford Band will do something goofy and the Stanford Tree will continue to roll. Penn State better watch out for an upset when they visit Sparta in East Lansing. In other also ran snoozers, the team with an offense that matches the JC Penny backwoods sweater vest wardrobe of its head coach, apparently is visiting the pushovers in the home of Bo Merlot. The Wolverweenies make Charlie Weiss and the Domers look competent, and that is saying something. The Buckeyes are just boring, but will likely roll. I am just thankful that all the Big Ten teams have at least two losses so we do not have to suffer through another embarrassment of one of their teams possibly appearing in the BCS Championship and getting their asses waxed. Again.
So that is it for this week. Talk some smack jack!