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Random News of the Day: Me, myself and I (and Brett)

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Random News of the Day: Me, myself and I (and Brett)

Thursday, Aug. 19, 201012:40 PM

By Joe CollinsCSNChicago.com
I would like to show you an excerpt of my column from Aug. 20, 2009:

From The Research Department: I found a full copy of Brett Favre's introductory press conference from Tuesday August 19th and I found that Queen Favre used the words "I", "I've", "I'm", "I'll", "Me", "My", "Myself" or "Mine" a combined 235 times. Just the "I" words alone were uttered 191 times. And amazingly, that number is twice as much as the amount of times he used the word "the" (90). The tally:I - 180I've - 4I'm - 6I'll - 1Me - 22My - 18Myself - 3Mine - 1And get this -- the number of times he used the word "we" in that same press conference? Only 19. Or how about the number of times he used the word "us"? ZERO.
Fast-forward to Wednesday. Same scenario. Same podium. Same goofy grin. Same aw-shucks-I'm-back routine. Same Q&A nonsense a day after TV news stations followed Favre from the airport to the Vikings training facility. Sound familiar? Makes me wonder if his 2010 introductory press conference was any different word-wise than the one from last year. The Minnesota Vikings Web site has a transcript of Brett's comments.

Let's break it down:

I: 240
I've: 7
I'm: 23
I'll: 6
I'd: 3
Me: 19
Mine: 3
My: 22
Myself: 3
We: 35
Us: 7
Team: 19
OurOurs: 4

Hey look! He actually used the word "us" seven times! He's getting better!

But not really. A couple of interesting points to ponder:

Brett Favre used a form of the word "I" (I, I've, I'm I'll, and I'd) a combined 279 times. His press conference was 33 12 minutes long. That works out to an average of 8.32 "I" words per minute. If you want to tack on the "Me" words (me, mine, my, myself), the average soars to 9.73 "selfish" words per minute.

Favre was asked about the Jeep story with Ryan Longwell (sixth question in the press conference). He answered the question using the word "I" 59 times in his answer. Fifty ... nine. Try duplicating that. I dare you.

Anybody else find it amusing that he used the words "me" and "team" the same number of times (19)?

In fairness, Favre's actions truly speak louder than his words. Two-hundred-eighty-five consecutive starts -- or 309 if you count the playoffs -- tells you that alone. The guy can play. Might throw a wobbler into double-coverage every now and then, but he still can play. And I'm sure most Vikings fans would welcome him in right now, given the current talent at the quarterback position.

But his selfishness and self-centeredness, intentional or not given the situation, especially considering the media hype, is beyond repair. I have seen a myriad of reactions by my fellow sports producers and other friends, which have ranged from the passive-aggressive ("Ha ... another news crew following Brett in a black SUV going down a highway. I wonder if he's in the back seat talking with O.J") to the flat-out aggressive ("GIVE me the remote! I'd rather watch 'Cheaters' or 'Maury Povich' right now").

I also feel sorry for my fellow sports journalists in the Twin Cities that have to put up with this annual media circus. I can't imagine the stress level involved for having to follow every breath he takes (cue that song from The Police). Maybe they like this kind of adrenaline rush, I don't know. But whether you're a Brett Favre fan or not, you have to be shaking your head at this mind-boggling showcase of self-centeredness year in and year out. It borders on nauseating. But we all fall for it in some capacity. You get vacuumed into the hype machine and there's not much you can do about it. No matter what, the guy's star power has some kind of impact on you as a sports fan.

I can tell you how it plays a role in my life: the movie "There's Something About Mary" is forever tarnished. Even though Favre has a minor role, it's enough for me to temporarily change the channel.

To "Cheaters", maybe.

Or something like that.

Joe Collins is an assignment desk editor for Comcast SportsNet and contributor to CSNChicago.com.

Hoiberg, Bulls already facing touch decisions on Opening Night

Hoiberg, Bulls already facing touch decisions on Opening Night

The Bulls’ starting point guard missing the team’s season opener is less than ideal, but that is the dilemma Fred Hoiberg and company are faced with.
 
Hoiberg made the announcement during shoot around that Kris Dunn would miss the first game of his third NBA season for personal reasons, but noted that his absence is “excused.” 
 
The Bulls will turn to Cameron Payne as they get set to play the Sixers in Philadelphia Thursday night. The 24-year-old guard out of Murray State will be tasked with running the offense against one of the better defensive teams in the league.
 
Because of injuries and the numbers game at guard, Payne hasn’t had a chance to show Bulls fans much since he came over from Oklahoma City in a trade that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Thunder.
 
“I feel like I can be way better,” Payne said when asked about the opportunity to show what he can do. “I know I didn’t make a lot of shots but it’s really not about that. It’s about getting my team involved and make sure everyone gets the ball in their spots to contribute.”
 
Payne showed flashes over the last 22 games of the 2017-18 season (14 starts), shooting 42 percent from three and averaging 4.6 assists per game in that stretch. The shooting stroke didn’t show up early in the preseason for Payne. 
 
He was better in the team’s final exhibition against Denver and has shown enough to Hoiberg to earn the starting nod. He’ll have his work cut out for him tonight.
 
“Obviously we’ve been working on different coverages based on having a full roster, but things like this happen,” Hoiberg said when asked what this does to his game prep. “It’s going to be electric in here. They’re going to come out and play extremely hard and extremely physical. That’s who they are and we have to be ready for that. It’s a little bit of shock and awe with (the Sixers). You have to weather that first storm and hopefully give ourselves a chance with great effort.”
 
After Payne, the Bulls will have Ryan Arcidiacono as the first point guard off the bench. They’ll also have the services of newcomer Tyler Ulis, who will be in uniform tonight. Hoiberg mentioned that he feels comfortable with Zach Lavine bringing the ball up as well. He also mentioned that Jabari Parker will have his hands on the ball an awful lot with the team’s second unit.
 
The season hasn’t even started yet and the Bulls are already missing several key players. After an impressive rookie season, Lauri Markkanen will start the season on the shelf with a high grade lateral elbow sprain. Denzel Valentine will also miss tonight’s game with an ankle injury. The team may have Cristiano Felicio, also dealing with an ankle injury, depending on his pregame workout goes.
 
“It’s not ideal but it is what it is,” Hoiberg said. “It happens at this level. You just have to go out and do the best job you can. It’s an opportunity for our guys to step up with two of our better players out of the lineup – really three with Denzel as a guy that can make plays in that second unit.”   

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

He’s back.

Corey Crawford was officially activated from injured reserve on Thursday and will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes.

"It’s exciting," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."

The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks have assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.

For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.