We interrupt your back-to-school/work morning in order to make sure you saw the most interesting barb yet as the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints prepare for Thursday night's rematch of the NFC Championship Game.
Saints safety Darren Sharper couldn't resist the urge to jump into the fray despite his presence on the physically unable to perform list, which means he is ineligible to play in this game. Sharper wasn't happy with the Vikings' coaching staff after departing in 2008, and this week he was asked about coach Brad Childress' comments that argued the Saints went over the line by trying to hurt quarterback Brett Favre last January.
I've suggested that more than anything, Childress was engaging in gamesmanship to bring the issue in front of both NFL and game officials. On that point, Sharper told Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I don't think he knows how to do gamesmanship. I think it's just someone that's bitter because they lost a game they wanted to win."
The truth is the Saints were called for two personal fouls on hits against Favre, and the NFL later admitted there should have been a third. By definition, that's playing outside of the rules. Whether the Saints actually tried to hurt Favre is a more subjective judgment. Regardless, did those hits win the game for the Saints? Not by a long shot, as we'll point out in a post later Tuesday. But it sure makes for good copy with kickoff more than 60 hours away.