Black and Blue all over: History made
I hope it doesn't sound like an exaggeration to suggest that Tuesday was one of the most historic days in recent NFL history. It was probably anticlimactic for some people who have felt all along that Brett Favre would sign with Minnesota. Perhaps it was disgusting to others who have been repulsed by the drawn-out spectacle of Favre's decision-making process.
But as Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune writes, you can't deny the enormity of what occurred:
The most iconic quarterback of his generation, a player who mastered the most important and scrutinized position in sports while revitalizing the quaintest franchise in football, in two years maneuvered his way from the team that not too long ago regarded him as a deity to the team that not too long ago regarded him as Diablo. This doesn't happen, not with a player of this fame at a position of this importance in a rivalry of this intensity.
As a result, I have to tell you that we're going to be a little Favre-heavy around here for the next few days. But I will pledge to spread the wealth as much as possible in the interim. This will still be your place for one-stop NFC North shopping. Don't worry about me. I'll just push through the finger soreness.
So let's start off the day as we always do, with a spin around the division:
- In case you were wondering, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has already quashed the idea that signing Favre could help the Vikings secure public financing for a new stadium. "I don't think that Brett Favre's coming on board with the Vikings will change the stadium debate," Pawlenty said, according to Bill Salisbury of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I do think, though, it's going to be good for the team. It's going to be good for the state. It's going to be exciting."
- Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune wonders which of the Vikings' three incumbent quarterbacks -- Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels or John David Booty -- will be looking for a job after the preseason.
- It appears Chicago has given Frank Omiyale the left guard job even though Josh Beekman has had a good training camp, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Bears used Chris Williams at left tackle on Tuesday while Orlando Pace took a day off, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
- Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune takes a look at the one healthy member of the Bears' secondary, safety Kevin Payne.
- Among the items I didn't get a chance to bring you Tuesday: Detroit placekicker Jason Hanson had minor knee surgery this week. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News explains.
- The Lions could get a ticket-selling boost from the Favre signing, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel breaks down contract figures for Green Bay defensive lineman B.J. Raji.
- The Packers are taking it slow with linebacker Clay Matthews, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.