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Just as we're about to get ready for the Joe Webb show in Minneapolis, the possibility of Brett Favre resurfacing has become real. Without Favre, tonight's "Monday Night Football" game has plenty of drama with its dangerous conditions and playoff implications. With Favre in, it could be one hit and sayonara forever.
Monday Night Football: Bears at Vikings
A (possible) game without Favre and still plenty of drama. The Bears, who until recently got zero respect from the media, can clinch the NFC North with a win tonight over the undermanned Vikings. But will sixth-round Vikings rookie QB Webb follow in the footsteps of Sunday's has-been/rookie/question-mark quarterbacks who were for the most part pretty darn good (Rex Grossman with four TDs? Really?), making the Bears' playoff path a bit treacherous?
Perhaps the biggest story here is the weather. You all know about the Metrodome's collapse last weekend, which led to tonight's game being played at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. While local volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear the makeshift field of snow, players from the Bears and Vikings have publicly vented about playing in such conditions. Bears safety Chris Harris fears the field surface, which does not have heating coils beneath it like all NFL outdoor stadiums, "could be as hard as asphalt." Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls the field "unplayable" and fears that "anyone hitting their head will get a concussion." While these complaints may be valid, I think whoever worries the least about the weather come kickoff will be victorious. Prediction: Bears 24, Vikings 13.
Update: Favre has been upgraded from "out" to "questionable" and will be evaluated 2 1/2 hours before game time.
Men's college basketball: Sunday, the UConn women won their 88th game in a row, tying the NCAA record held by John Wooden's UCLA teams of the early '70s. Tonight, Mike Krzyzewski tries to tie former UNC coach Dean Smith as the second winningest coach in Division I college basketball history with 879 victories. His 10-0 Blue Devils will have to get past 4-6 Elon without starting point guard Kyrie Irving. I'd still peg them as favorites. Coach K will need to get to 903 wins to take down the winningest D-I coach ever, Bob Knight.
NBA: The Heat last lost to the Mavericks on Nov. 27. They last lost on Nov. 27, period. Tonight, Miami's Big Three host the Mavs and look to extend its winning streak to a lucky 13 games.