After 297 consecutive NFL starts, Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre’s streak is over.

Brett Favre

Brett Favre's NFL games started streak ended last night (in Detroit) at 297 games. It will be the best thing for everyone involved.

Thank God. Games-played streaks, in sports, are cancer. They do absolutely nothing to enhance the structure or work ethic of a team. All they do is put unneeded pressure and stress on players, head coaches, general managers and just about everyone else involved with a team. And, if the number-lovin’ media didn’t keep hammering streak stats into our heads, we’d all be better off for it. In the history of any game, there’s never been a games played streak that did anyone any good. (more…)

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NHL rules tinkering is absurd…and hurting the game

Florida Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon has told TSN that, at next week’s NHL general managers’ meetings, he intends to initiate a discussion about the possibility of the NHL adopting something called “a coach’s challenge.”

Dale Tallon

Panthers' GM Dale Tallon wants to introduce a "coach's challenge" to the NHL game ~ yet another league rule change (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sounds lovely but, you know what, I’ve had it. If I read about one more proposed NHL rule change, I’m gonna go off the deep end. I have never seen a professional league – one that has been around for almost a century – that tinkers and fiddles more with its rules. And their fumbling and bumbling continually cheapens a great product. (more…)

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Brett Favre

In 2009, Brett Favre threw 33 TD passes against just seven interceptions - and he sported the highest quarterback rating of his career (Canadian Press)

It’s absolutely understandable that Brett Favre has, via texts to his Minnesota Vikings’ teammates, retired from the NFL again. And it will be even better if he changes his mind at some point and returns to play again in 2010. You know why? Because it simply proves how much Brett Favre loves professional football. How much he gets from his teammates and the fans and the excitement of competition. And who are we to decide when someone should or should not leave his chosen occupation? That’s right, it’s none of our damned business. (more…)

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Hey, Ben Roethlisberger, Mensa will not be calling

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Is Ben Roethlisberger the dumbest NFL quarterback ever? It’s entirely possible. How else do you explain the repeated pattern of idiotic, nonsensical behaviour? Continually putting himself in compromising positions. The two-time Super Bowl-winning QB has now been suspended for violating the league’s conduct policy. How about for violating life’s conduct policy. Time to engage your brain, Ben, and fast! (more…)

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