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Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
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Favre picks the Packers

Don't worry, NFL fans, he's not coming out of retirement again. At least not yet. But apparently, even though he hasn't played in Green Bay in three years, he hasn't lost any love for his old home.

In an e-mail response to NFL analyst Ed Werder, Favre said that he believes the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL Playoffs and that he will be rooting for them in their NFC Championship matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

"(Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Singletary joins the Vikings

Less than a month after Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Bear great is back among the employed. Singletary confirmed today that he will be joining head coach Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings linebacker coach and assistant head coach. (Rotoworld)

Sox avoid arbitration on Pena, Danks, Quentin

The White Sox announced on Tuesday that they avoided arbitration with starter John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin, and releiver Tony Pena, signing all three to new contracts.

Danks will earn 6 million in 2011 while Quentin's new deal is worth 5.05 million next year. Pena rounded out the group, agreeing to terms on a 1.6 million contract. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs follow suit; sign Marshall, Garza, Gorzelanny

On the same day that their cross-town rivals avoided arbitration with three of their players, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Sean Marshall, newly acquired starter Matt Garza, and soon-to-be former-Cub Tom Gorzelanny to new contracts.

Marshall's deal is for two years and is reportedly worth 4.7 million while Garza's deal was valued at one year, 5.95 million. Gorzelanny's new contract (which, of course, will be paid by the Nationals once he is traded) is worth 2.1 million. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lee DeWyze not a wise move?

Does it really matter who sings the national anthem? Apparently, it does to some Bears fans.

Though the reports have yet to be confirmed by the Bears or FOX TV, who will be broadcasting the Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, it is rumored that American Idol winner Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill. will have the honors of singing the national anthem instead of fan favorite Jim Cornelison.

The rumor has set the blogosphere ablaze, with some fans suggesting that choosing who sings the national anthem is part of a team's "home field advantage." (The Daily Herald)

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

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Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. 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."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: