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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Favre's arrival spurs Super Bowl talk

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Bill Williamson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Visanthe Shiancoe knew he shouldn't have said it.

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He mentioned the Super Bowl on Tuesday afternoon, minutes after completing his first practice with Brett Favre as his quarterback. The Vikings' tight end said Favre and the offense have to get clicking so they can get on the "road to the Super Bowl."

A couple of minutes later, Shiancoe admitted he shouldn't have initiated talk of the Super Bowl. But he's excited about playing with a "legend."

"Absolutely, Brett Favre can make us a better team," Shiancoe said.

Shiancoe said he didn't know anything about Favre's signing until he arrived to work and saw the television trucks outside the Vikings' facility. Then, he and several teammates watched Favre arrive at the facility on television.

"Then, it was: 'OK, let's get started,'" he said.

Asked if he was upset that Favre signed after missing training camp, he said there were "no hard feelings."

He did say he felt for quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, but the sudden change is "the beast of the business."

Meanwhile, Favre was greeted by a familiar face -- kicker Ryan Longwell. The two were teammates in Green Bay and are good friends. They ate lunch together at Minnesota's facility.

"He's excited to be here," Longwell said. "He's excited to be back in the Midwest."