Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Long and Winding Favre

Deadspin takes us through all of the ESPN headlines of the “Is Favre retiring?” saga:

“Sources: Favre anguished over choice,” July 24
“Sources: Favre throws for Vikings,” July 13
“Source: Favre to be monitored in Miss.,” June 12
“Sources: Vikings back off Favre some,” June 10
“Sources: Vikings want answer this week,” June 9
“Source: Favre doesn’t want surgery,” May 19
“Source: Favre looking for options,” May 15
“Source: Favre, Vikings to meet,” May 7
“Sources: Favre won’t need major surgery,” Dec. 30, 2008
“Source: Favre has ‘itch’ to return; player calls it ‘rumor,'” July 3, 2008

And the story was finally broken by… Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. Great job, ESPN!

Sports Radio Moment of the Day

After I turned on Mike Missanelli today, three of the first four callers reacted to the Cliff Lee deal by suggesting some scenario in which the Phils either package Lee along with other prospects, or simply trade all their remaining prospects to the Blue Jays for Halladay. What, do they think the Phils need eight starting pitchers?

Unbelievable

Raise your hand if you’re surprised:

[Agent Bus] Cook appeared on Sportscenter Wednesday and would not rule out Favre possibly returning to play for the Vikings at some point this season.
Cook said he “doesn’t foresee any of that happening right now.” (Our italics, since you can’t italicize while speaking out loud.)
Cook also spoke about what type of situation would attract Favre: “I don’t think he’d go to a team unless it was a contender. In fact, he probably wouldn’t go to a team unless its the Minnesota Vikings.”

Of course. This will never end. Ever.
Drew Magary has some salient thoughts.

If This is True…

Rosenthal on the latest Phillies rumors:

The Phillies are in discussions with the Indians to obtain left-hander Cliff Lee and possibly another player for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson, according to a major-league source.

So they have a chance to get two years of the reigning AL Cy Young winner, WITHOUT giving up Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ, Dominic Brown OR Michael Taylor? WOW. Forget Halliday!
Are we sure someone didn’t hack Rosenthal’s email? Because that happened yesterday about some Red Sox/Halliday rumor.
UPDATE: Done deal! It is astounding to me that this was all they had to give up, for a solid top-of-the-rotation guy. The only problem for the Phils? Too many starters. There’s nowhere in the rotation for Pedro Martinez or Rodrigo Lopez. The Phils also get right-handed bench bat Ben Francisco.
Sucks to be J.P. Ricciardi.